DECODED Chats – Alex Sigaras on HoloLens in medical research

Alex Sigaras showing the hololens demoAlex Sigaras @alexsigaras is a research associate in computational biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine (@WeillCornell) in New York City. He develops software solutions for the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine and Institute for Computational Biomedicine with projects spanning over healthcare system design, LIMS and pipeline design for computational genomic analysis. His research interest focuses on data visualization and interaction of healthcare and genomic data for cancer research and care using new emerging technologies including augmented and virtual reality such as Hololens, Oculus Rift and Google Glass.

In a meetup of the HoloLens Developer Group in New York Alex presented on the topic of how Hololens transforms healthcare research.

We invited Alex to chat with Chris Heilmann about his HoloLens work. We also covered sharing of information and development in healthcare and how HoloLens allows for collaboration of experts in all fields and not only developers.

If you prefer to have an audio version, you can download it here (MP3, 19MB)

Here are the questions we covered:

  1. You just gave a talk at a HoloLens meetup about medical research. Who are you and what do you do with HoloLens?
  2. What are the benefits of using the HoloLens as a visualisation tool in computational medicine compared to VR environments?
  3. Is there a collbaboration benefit in augmented reality and mixed reality rather than virtual reality? Does it scale better in bigger groups?
  4. Genomics is known to have to deal with huge amounts of data. Isn’t that an issue on a device that is self-contained like the HoloLens?
  5. Most of the HoloLens demos you see are single person use. Your use case is pushing the collaborative part of the device. How does that work out?
  6. What is the development stack you use? Did you find it hard to port to the device and to re-use code of other, VR, solutions you already had?
  7. Do you also have some success stories where using HoloLens helped find a data correlation faster than any of the other ways you used before?
  8. Is there any way for the audience here to collaborate in your research and help you further breaking down silos in medical research?

You can see the HoloLens work Alex and his team are working on in this following tweet:

If you want to see the slides of the presentation Alex mentions, they are available on SlideShare:

In addition to visiting Alex at work, Chris also got a special treat to have a demo of their other VR work, including The Cave, a room with 5 walls that are rear-projected screens allowing you to get detailed 3D views of MRI scans. If you want to see a very rough and unedited video of this demo, you can go to Chris’ blog.

We want to thank the Weill Cornell institute for this opportunity and are looking forward to seeing more of the work in the near future.

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  1. Pingback: My visit to the medical Holodeck – cancer research at Weill Cornell using HoloLens and the VR Cave | Christian Heilmann

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