Short Biography

Frank Heckel

Born in 1981 in Zwickau, Germany, I received the diploma in applied computer science in 2007 from the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. My diploma thesis was about real-time crowd simulation in three-dimensional virtual environments. In 2015 I received the PhD in computer science from the Jacobs University Bremen for my thesis entitled "Sketch-Based Interactive Segmentation and Segmentation Editing for Oncological Therapy Monitoring".

I've joined Fraunhofer MEVIS, Institute for Medical Image Computing, Bremen, Germany, as a research scientist in 2007, where I've been working in the field of oncological therapy monitoring. Since 2013, I am visiting scientist at the Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS), Leipzig, Germany, where I am focusing on automatic quality assessment for medical images in the context of the project OR.NET. My main research interests are interactive segmentation and segmentation editing for 3D medical images as well as object reconstruction and medical image analysis.

I am member of the Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine working group, a subdivision of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.G.


Image processing
  • Interactive segmentation
  • Segmentation editing
  • Computer vision
Computer graphics
  • Computational geometry
  • Object reconstruction
  • Real-time rendering
Machine Learning
  • Decision Support
Software development
  • Programming
  • Performance optimization
  • Parallel processing
  • Usability engineering


Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery
Semmelweisstraße 14
04103 Leipzig, Germany


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