The University of Eastern Finland enjoys international recognition in the fields of the forest-based bioeconomy, and medical computing. External funding has played a key role in several new openings that contribute to climate change mitigation and better patient care.
“Among other things, we study how the development of imaging techniques and data analysis can improve the procedures used in micro- and neurosurgery. For instance, we are among the first in the world to develop eye-tracking for surgical techniques,” Associate Professor Roman Bednarik from the School of Computing says.
Bednarik’s research group collaborates with the university’s School of Medicine and Kuopio University Hospital, KUH. Together, they have applied advanced computational techniques, such as eye-tracking and optical spectral imaging, to research addressing teaching methods used in microsurgery, and factors that contribute to or threaten surgery outcomes, such as experience, noise and workload.
“This line of research has promoted the development of a new culture that supports clinical training. It has also promoted the popularity of 3D printing methods, virtual surgery planning and simulation-based education among OR staff,” Director of KUH’s Microsurgery Centre Antti-Pekka Elomaa, MD, says.
Together with Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the university has developed a new study programme in medical computing in response to the competence needs arising from specialised health care.
“There is a need for experts with a medical background and solid skills in computer science,” Bednarik says.