CRTC Overview

A. Mission: 

  • Maintain high-quality application-driven research environment to train both graduate and REU students to be highly competitive and productive within multi-disciplinary settings.  
  • Create   learning opportunities to motivate and excite undergraduate and high-school students to pursue studies in STEM education.
  • Initiate entrepreneurial opportunities to transfer technology from my lab to industry and create new opportunities for funding our basic research in challenging and emerging areas like image-driven modeling. 

CRTC's  PhD students are placed or recruited at top research medical schools and groups in US (eg. Harvard and NIH), research labs (LANL, PNNL, MPI in Germany) and companies (Dassault Systems, Ansys, Synopsys, MSC, Corvid Technologies, Broncus Inc. and Alter).  Given this record and extensive network of collaborations that span across four continents, nine countries and 17 Universities and Medical Schools we are well positioned to continue and improve our record in: innovation, productivity, outreach and entrepreneurial activities.  CRTC's innovation and publications record is second to none when it comes to  productivity of technologies that work in parallel mesh generation and real-time FE-based medical image computing.


B. Strategic Planning

CRTC's long term strategic planning is aligned:

  • with our nation’s priorities to reduce cost in healthcare without compromising quality and in many case improve quality, 
  • with NIA's and NASA/Langley priorities to help contribute in modeling and simulation to predict aerodynamic characteristics of configurations at conditions that cannot be simulated in ground test facilities, or safely tested in flight and thus contribute in national security and competiveness of our transportation and defense industries and
  • with our nations priority to invest in  e-learning technologies and in CRTC's case we target the vital area  of STEM K-12 education by developing a niche for geometry where we can  leverage our background and record in Engineering Geometry. 


C. Cross-cutting research with emphasis in Biomedicine/Healthcare, HPC Runtime Software Systems, and STEM Education 

In addition to our work on enabling technologies for Image Guided Neurosurgery for brain cancer with Harvard Medical School and Fudan University, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease with VCU and Endoscopic Sinus/Skullbase Surgery with EVMS, CRTC's technologies for non-rigid registration and real-time medical image fusion and I2M conversion are used in many applications in Image Guided Diagnosis and Therapy,  Life Sciences and engineering applications. We actively pursue such interdisciplinary opportunities within Virginia, US and abroad.  In the area of STEM education, our initial focus is on developing a framework for performing empirical studies on the effects of video lectures on K-12 students learning.