PhD Dissertation won the 2020 PhD Thesis Award from the Editor-in-Chief of MDPI Sensors

The PhD Thesis Award is organized annually by the Editor-in-Chief of MDPI Sensors. One outstanding PhD thesis is selected as the winner from the applications worldwide. Dr. Martin Halicek, a PhD student from Dr. Baowei Fei’s lab, won the 2020 PhD Thesis Award. The title of his thesis is “Development of deep learning methods for head and cancer detection in hyperspectral imaging and digital pathology for surgical guidance”.

Dr. Baowei Fei is recognized by the Office of Research and Innovation at the University of Texas at Dallas and received the 2020 Federal Research Innovation and Expenditures Dynamo (FRIEND) Award.

Federal Research Innovation and ExpeNditures Dynamo (FRIENDs) of the Office of Research and Innovation are recognized based on achieving a cumulative level of federal research expenditures (CLFRE) in excess of $500,000 as either PI or co-PI for fiscal year 2020.  Dr. Baowei Fei was a recipient of the 2020 FRIEND Award that was signed by Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, the Vice President for Research, and Dr. Richard Benson, President of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Eight undergraduate students published their first papers

Congratulate 8 undergraduate students who published their first papers on their undergraduate research works in the lab in 2020. These papers are listed below and are published and indexed by PubMed. They are the first author and their names are in bold.  For motivated undergraduate students who want to do research in the lab, please contact Dr. Baowei Fei (bfei@utdallas.edu).

1: James Huang, Halicek M, Shahedi M, Fei B. Augmented reality visualization of hyperspectral imaging classifications for image-guided brain tumor phantom resection. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11315:113150U. doi: 10.1117/12.2549041. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32606488; PMCID: PMC7325483. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32606488/

2: Patric Bettati, Chalian M, Huang J, Dormer JD, Shahedi M, Fei B. Augmented Reality-Assisted Biopsy of Soft Tissue Lesions. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11315:113150W. doi: 10.1117/12.2549381. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32528216; PMCID: PMC7289183. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32528216/

3: Matthew Pfefferle, Shahub S, Shahedi M, Gahan J, Johnson B, Le P, Vargas J, Judson BO, Alshara Y, Li Q, Fei B. Renal biopsy under augmented reality guidance. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11315:113152W. doi: 10.1117/12.2550593. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32476704; PMCID: PMC7261605. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32476704/

4: Jose Vargas, Le P, Shahedi M, Gahan J, Johnson B, Dormer JD, Shahub S, Pfefferle M, Judson BO, Alshara Y, Li Q, Fei B. A complex dual-modality kidney phantom for renal biopsy studies. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11319:113190J. doi: 10.1117/12.2549892. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32476707; PMCID: PMC7261611. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32476707/

5: Amol Mavuduru, Halicek M, Shahedi M, Little JV, Chen AY, Myers LL, Fei B. Using a 22-Layer U-Net to Perform Segmentation of Squamous Cell Carcinoma on Digitized Head and Neck Histological Images. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11320:113200C. doi: 10.1117/12.2549061. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32476709; PMCID: PMC7261613. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32476709/

6: Abhishaike Mahajan, Dormer J, Li Q, Chen D, Zhang Z, Fei B. Siamese neural networks for the classification of high-dimensional radiomic features. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11314:113143Q. doi: 10.1117/12.2549389. Epub 2020 Mar 16. PMID: 32528215; PMCID: PMC7288755.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32528215/

7: Ka’Toria Edwards, Chhabra A, Dormer J, Jones P, Boutin RD, Lenchik L, Fei B. Abdominal muscle segmentation from CT using a convolutional neural network. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11317:113170L. doi: 10.1117/12.2549406. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32577045; PMCID: PMC7309562. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32577045/

8: Chris Tran, Halicek M, Dormer JD, Tandon A, Hussain T, Fei B. Fully automated segmentation of the right ventricle in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot using U-Net. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2020 Feb;11317:113171M. doi: 10.1117/12.2549052. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32476706; PMCID: PMC7261612. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32476706/

PhD student published 12 first-author papers and 20 co-author papers

Congratulate Martin Halicek for his successful PhD defense in March 2020. During his PhD study, Martin published 12 first-author papers. By collaborating with other students and scientists in the lab, Martin also published 20 co-author papers. Since he joined the Quantitative Bioimaging Laboratory for his PhD study, Martin authored a total of 32 papers, all of which are indexed by PubMed. Thanks Martin for his contribution and best wishes for his career development in the future.

Research paper was recognized as the Editor’s Choice Article from the MDPI Sensors

The research on hyperspectral imaging and image guided surgery was recoconized by the editor of MDPI Sensors as the Editor’s Choice Article. The full citation of the paper is listed as: Fabelo, H.; Halicek, M.; Ortega, S.; Shahedi, M.; Szolna, A.; Piñeiro, J.F.; Sosa, C.; O’Shanahan, A.J.; Bisshopp, S.; Espino, C.; Márquez, M.; Hernández, M.; Carrera, D.; Morera, J.; Callico, G.M.; Sarmiento, R.; Fei, B. Deep Learning-Based Framework for In Vivo Identification of Glioblastoma Tumor using Hyperspectral Images of Human Brain. Sensors 201919, 920. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19040920.

Undergraduate Student Selected as IEEE Regional Representative

MD Fiaz Islam Bhuiyan has been appointed the role of Regional Student Representative for IEEE Region 5 that encompasses  12 Southwestern States: CO, KS, MO, OK, AR, TX, LA, and parts of IL, WY, ND, SD, and NM. At the beginning of February, Fiaz had the honor to represent IEEE Region 5 at the 2020 IEEE global Student Activities Committee (SAC) meeting in Portland, Oregon. He gave voice to the needs of over 90 Student Branches in Region-5 and planned to organize events and competitions to engage the student branches in technical and leadership pursuits. Fiaz also worked with IEEE global SAC in creating a framework and opportunities for student engagement at the global scale through competitions like the IEEEXtreme programming contest and Virtual Speakers program. For more details about IEEE student activities visit: https://students.ieee.org/committee/

BME Undergraduate Student Won the Intuitive Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference of SPIE Medical Imaging

Undergraduate Student, Matthew Pfefferle and co-authors from Dr. Baowei Fei’s Lab in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Texas at Dallas won the Intuitive Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference of SPIE Medical Imaging, which is held in Houston, Texas on February 16-20, 2020. The SPIE Medical Imaging Conference is the internationally recognized premier forum for reporting state-of-the-art research and development in medical imaging. The title of the paper is “Renal biopsy under augmented reality guidance” by Matthew Pfefferle, Sarah Shahub, Maysam Shahedi, Jeffrey Gahan, Brett Johnson, Phuc Le, Jose Vargas, Blake O. Judson, Yasmeen Alshara, Qinmei Li, and Baowei Fei. This is a collaborative project between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Undergraduate Student to receive IEEE Region Outstanding Student Member Award

Undergraduate research assistant, MD Fiaz Islam Bhuiyan has been selected to receive the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Student Member Award for his exceptional contributions of time and effort to the Student Branch, the Section, the Region, and the National IEEE to advance the principals of IEEE. Fiaz has demonstrated a high caliber not only through his contributions to the community but also in maintaining a strong academic standing and dedicated research work.

Undergraduate Students, Ka’Toria Edwards, Patric Bettati, and MD Fiaz Islam Bhuiyan, won the 2020 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award (URSA) from the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are a one-time competitive award made by the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Texas at Dallas, designed to reward the contributions and facilitate the professional development of undergraduate researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. Students selected to receive an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award receive $500 and the certificate, awarded upon participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award poster competition held in mid-April. Three undergraduate students, Ka’Toria Edwards, Patric Bettati, and MD Fiaz Islam Bhuiyan, from Dr. Baowei Fei’s lab, won the 2020 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award.