Mr. Avila received a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook specializing in 3D biomedical imaging and visualization. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience leading research and development projects in several academic and commercial settings including computing laboratories, basic science laboratories, and corporate research and development facilities. While employed at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the early 1990’s he co-developed VolVis, an open source biomedical visualization system for confocal microscopy and medical research. He joined GE Global Research in 1994 and focused on developing visualization and analysis algorithms for clinical applications. He was a contributing author to “The Visualization Toolkit” textbook and co-developed the volume rendering architecture in VTK, a widely adopted open-source toolkit for data visualization. He led the development of several key medical technology areas at GE including real-time visualization systems for medical scanners, medical image analysis and segmentation algorithms, and haptic rendering and display methods.
He is a contributing author on over 15 papers and has taught and organized numerous conference tutorials in the field of medical image analysis and visualization. In 2000, he received the Albert W. Hull Award, the highest award for early technical achievement given at GE Global Research. In 2003, he was selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the ninth annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium as one of the nation’s top young engineers. He started and led the first Computer Aided Detection (CAD) program at GE Global Research from 2001 to 2005 and during this time Mr. Avila became a prominent and often invited speaker on the development of CAD algorithms for lung cancer management and other major diseases. He is a participant in RSNA’s Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance and is currently the co-chair of the RSNA Imaging Biomarker Roundtable Ad Hoc Committee on Open Image Archives. In addition, Mr. Avila serves on the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board of the Lung Cancer Alliance, a national non-profit organization devoted solely to support and advocacy for all those living with or at risk for lung cancer.
Mr. Avila joined Kitware in March 2005 and is currently Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions, where he is leading the development of open-source imaging toolkits and products that significantly improve the effectiveness of healthcare, including image-guided intervention; quantitative disease detection and therapy assessment; and clinical data presentation and interpretation.
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