Research and Development
The SICAS network relies on partnerships and collaborative research projects for the empowerment of Computer Assisted Surgery with a strong focus on clinical and industrial impact. SICAS initiates, coordinates and manages collaboration projects in translational research and development, and provides support in knowledge and technology transfer. The Institute can help to access infrastructure and matched funding.
A thematic core of SICAS is an application platform for statistical shape models for surgical implant design and manufacturing. In 2014 SICAS has initiated an international conference on statistical shape modelling, the SHAPE Symposium.
The SICAS Medical Image Repository SMIR is hosted by SICAS as user lab for research and education at universities and hospitals. The SMIR is a specialised database including an anatomy ontology and linked to various computational tools, such as for statistical shape modelling or image segmentation. SICAS staff runs the hardware infrastructure in Le Noirmont/JU, provides programming assistance and offers services to the users and customers.