Stephen Aylward

Stephen Aylward

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Aylward is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and the founder of Kitware’s office in North Carolina. He also helps direct Kitware’s medical research activities. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Dr. Aylward is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is an elected member of the executive board of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) society. He also is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging, and he serves on several conference and academic advisory committees. Prior to joining Kitware, Dr. Aylward was a tenured associate professor of Radiology, Computer Science, and Surgery at UNC.

In general, Dr. Aylward’s research has focused on vascular image analysis, computer-aided diagnosis, point-of-care ultrasound applications, and the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK) and other open-source toolkits. He has had Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Research Project (R01) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Defense (DoD) to (a) work with a small businesses to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use ultrasound system that helps novice users assess intra-abdominal bleeding for trauma victims in the field, (b) assist a university professor to study the micro-vasculature of tumors using micro-bubble contrast agents to grade cancers and to study their response to treatment, (c) assist a small business to create a commercial ultrasound system that forms whole body 3D ultrasound scans of mice to detect genetic variations and to characterize disease, (d) enhance the capabilities of the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) for medical imaging, and (e) collaborate with leading institutions on the study of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Aylward has been involved in these and related research areas for nearly 25 years.

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