ACSC Keynote Speaker
Professor Chris Johnson

University of Utah

Biomedical Computing and Visualization


Computers have changed the way we live, work, and even recreate. Now, they are transforming how we think about and treat human disease. In particular, advanced techniques in biomedical computing, imaging,and visualization are changing the face of biology and medicine in both research and clinical practice. The goals of biomedical computing, imaging and visualization are multifaceted. While some images and visualizations facilitate diagnosis, others help physicians plan surgery. Biomedical simulations can help to acquire a better understanding of human physiology. Still other biomedical computing and visualization techniques are used for medical training. Within biomedical research, new computational technologies allow us to "see" into and understand our bodies with unprecedented depth and detail. As a result of these advances, biomedical computing and visualization will help produce exciting new biomedical scientific discoveries and clinical treatments. In this talk, Dr. Chris Johnson will discuss the state of the art in biomedical computing, medical imaging, and visualization research and present examples of their important roles in cardiology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, and radiology.


Professor Chris Johnson's research interests are in the area of scientific computing. Particular interests include inverse and imaging problems, adaptive methods, problem solving environments, numerical analysis, biomedical computing, and scientific visualization.

Professor Johnson was awarded a Young Investigator's (FIRST) Award from the NIH in 1992, the NSF National Young Investigator (NYI) Award in 1994, and the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF) award in 1995.

In 1996 he received a DOE Computational Science Award and in 1997 recevied the Par Excellence Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association and the Presidential Teaching Scholar Award. In 1999, Professor Johnson was Awarded the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology from Governor Michael Leavitt.

In 2003 he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Utah. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Professor Johnson directs the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute.

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