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Professor Jens Rittscher

The aim of his research is to enhance our understanding of complex biological processes through the analysis of image data that has been acquired at the microscopic scale. Jens Rittscher develops algorithms and methods that enable the quantification of a broad range of phenotypical alterations, the precise localization of signalling events, and the ability to correlate such events in the context of the biological specimen. This work can be structured into the following three major areas:

This algorithm development needs to be guided by a firm understanding of the broader application context which is indicated in the figure below. Sophisticated algorithms are now necessary to image increasingly complex model systems over an extended period of time. In order to understand the role of certain genetic modifiers we need to relate these to the image derived measurements and features.  



Dr. Jens Rittscher has been appointed as a University Research Lecturer in 2013 and he is the first joint academic appointment between the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Nuffield Department of Medicine. In particular his work supports the Target Discovery Institute and Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. In addition to his research in the field of biomedical imaging, Jens Rittscher has worked extensively in the area of video surveillance, the automatic annotation of video, and understanding of volumetric seismic data. 

Before coming to Oxford in 2013 Jens Rittscher led the Computer Vision Laboratory at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, USA. He joined GE in 2001 after completing his PhD at the Department of Engineering Science at University of Oxford. During this time he was part of the Visual Dynamics Group led by Andrew Blake. He received his Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany. Jens Rittscher held a position as an adjunct assistant professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of IEEE and acts as an elected member of the IEEE SPS Technical Committee on Bio Image and Signal Processing.

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Relevant Overview Publications:

  •   J. Rittscher, R. Machiraju, and S. T. C. Wong (Editors), Microscopic Image Analysis for Life Science, Applications, Artech House, 2008 (19 chapters, 489 pages)   [web]
  •   J. Rittscher, Characterization of Biological Processes through Automated Image Analysis (Review), Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 12, pages 315-344, August 2010   [web]


Full list of publications and patents.