Research topics of Claes Peter

Dr. Claes is a junior post-doc researcher. He majored (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering, Multimedia and Signal Processing with a strong emphasis on image processing at KU Leuven. For his doctoral thesis in the group of <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; COLOR: windowtext; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; TEXT-DECORATION: none; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; text-underline: none">Medical Image Computing (MIC; KU Leuven), which he earned in June 2007, </SPAN> he developed computer software and an interface for craniofacial reconstruction for victim identification purposes.  After his doctoral thesis Dr. Claes worked for four years with the team of Prof. Clement at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, building up a network of international collaborations (across four continents). Since January 2011, Dr. Claes has been working as a research expert in morphometrics at the Medical Image Computing (MIC) group of the division Processing of Speech and Images (PSI) of the Electrical Engineering department (ESAT) of the KU Leuven, which conducts research on quantitative image computing. In his current position Dr. Claes applies his technical background and expertise in biomedical imaging and analysis to complex problems involving both life-science and engineering perspectives. The major aims of his position in the MIC group are to: A) advance the underlying technical algorithms for craniofacial morphometrics (the statistical approach to the modeling of shape and shape variations), B) increase the dissemination of technical expertise into other disciplines through cross-disciplinary research and both national and international collaborations, and C) improve the mutually synergistic research between the life and computational-sciences so as to define and explore alternative and novel approaches.
 The core of Dr. Claes’s expertise lies in image-based craniofacial morphometrics, which he has broadly and successfully applied to the fields of physical anthropology, quantitative genetics, forensic reconstruction, clinical genetics, orthodontics, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery, perceptual psychology, forensic odontology, and virtual autopsy. Some of his recent contributions to the morphometric community include, A) establishing spatially-dense descriptions of shape and the development of accompanying statistical routines for the analysis thereof, which was applied to the biological question of facial sexual dimorphism, B) the conception, mathematical definition, and naming of dysmorphometrics, an extension of current morphometric techniques to model and quantify morphological abnormalities typically encountered in biomedical sciences, C) the development of techniques to measure abrupt facial form changes, normal and disordered facial asymmetry, and facial discordancy or the lack of harmony, useful in cranio-maxillofacial care and for planning surgical interventions .