Author Archives: Oliver


We are proud to announce the first Smart Ultrasound Imaging Workshop (SUSI), to be held as satellite to MICCAI 2019 in Shenzhen, China, 13 October 2019 (AM).

This workshop aims at promoting ultrasound image computing, particularly focusing on smart computational methods applied on ultrasound images.

Have a look at our workshop website. We’re looking forward to your contributions!

Update: The submission deadline was extended to July 19th!


After my absence last year in Barcelona πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ (IPCAI) and Quebec πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ (MICCAI), I am very much looking forward to attending both conferences this year.

IPCAI (Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions) will take place from June 20th to 21st in Berlin πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ, and MICCAI (Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention) from Sept 16th to 20th in Granada πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ.

I am especially excited for MICCAI: ImFusion is a proud Silver Sponsor, so we will have a nice booth there with lots of demos – I am hoping for interesting discussions! Talk to you soon!

PhD Defense: Accomplished!

I’m happy to announce that I completed my PhD defense last Friday.

Although having left academia (for now) already months ago to a fulfilling industry job, the defense essentially closes this chapter of my life. It has been an enormous time, and I would like to express by deep gratitude to my advisor Prof. Nassir Navab for this guidance, encouragement, and enthusiasm all along the way. I’m already missing you guys in Garching and at IFL!

Celebrating with Prof. Thuerey, Prof. Peters and Prof. Navab

IJCARS Paper accepted

Just in time before I’ll submit my dissertation, our IJCARS 2017 paper on robotic 3D ultrasound got accepted:

Oliver Zettinig, Benjamin Frisch, Salvatore Virga, Marco Esposito, Anna RienmΓΌller, Bernhard Meyer, Christoph Hennersperger, Yu-Mi Ryang, Nassir Navab: 3D Ultrasound Registration-based Visual Servoing for Neurosurgical Navigation. In: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 12 (9), pp. 1607–1619, 2017.

ISBI Paper accepted

Good news: Our ISBI 2017 paper, to be presented in April in Melbourne πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί, just got accepted: πŸ™‚

Oliver Zettinig, Julia Rackerseder, Beatrice Lentes, Tobias Maurer, Kay Westenfelder, Matthias Eiber, Benjamin Frisch, Nassir Navab: Preconditioned Intensity-Based Prostate Registration using Statistical Deformation Models. In: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), pp. 853–857, IEEE 2017.

IROS Paper accepted

Yay: Our IROS 2016 paper, to be presented in October in Korea πŸ‡°πŸ‡·, got conditionally accepted: πŸ™‚

Salvatore Virga, Oliver Zettinig, Marco Esposito, Karin Pfister, Benjamin Frisch, Thomas Neff, Nassir Navab, Christoph Hennersperger: Automatic Force-Compliant Robotic Ultrasound Screening of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 508–513, 2016.

ICRA and IPCAI Papers Accepted

Good news: Within the last couple of days, our papers to ICRA (Stockholm πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ) and IPCAI (Heidelberg πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ) got conditionally accepted:

Oliver Zettinig, Bernhard Fuerst, Risto Kojcev, Marco Esposito, Mehrdad Salehi, Wolfgang Wein, Julia Rackerseder, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Benjamin Frisch, Nassir Navab: Toward Real-time 3D Ultrasound Registration-based Visual Servoing for Interventional Navigation. In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 945–950, IEEE 2016.

Risto Kojcev, Bernhard Fuerst, Oliver Zettinig, Javad Fotouhi, Sing Chun Lee, Benjamin Frisch, Russell Taylor, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Nassir Navab: Dual-Robot Ultrasound-Guided Needle Placement: Closing the Planning-Imaging-Action Loop. In: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 11 (6), pp. 1173–1181, 2016.

Best New IEEE EMBS Student Chapter

A little less than a year ago, we started an IEEE EMBS Student Chapter in Munich. I think our activities since then are worth mentioning:

  • 7 distinguished lectures
  • 3 field trips
  • 1 panel discussion
  • 1 membership promotion event and distribution of free goodies
  • More than 100 people participated in different activities
  • Raised more than € 5000 in sponsorship
  • Registration of e.V. in Germany

And finally, we have been selected for the best new chapter award:

EMBS Chapter activities provide valuable, local interactions among EMB members and members of the Biomedical community at both the student and
member stage. Annually, EMBS recognizes excellence at the Chapter level.

It is with great pleasure to inform you that your nomination for the Technical University Munich Chapter has been selected as the 2015 Best
New Student Chapter. The Chapter is commended for the supporting activities, outreach and promotion of IEE EMBS to the local, student community.

EMBS is very pleased to bestow this prestigious award on you.

We award presentation will take place during the EMBC’15 conference in Milan. We are very happy that are recognized both on a local level and internationally, and we hope that we (Amit, Felix, Cristina, Yeshu and me) can continue with great activities in the future. Visit our Website or our Facebook page for more information and to get in contact with us!

Update from Baltimore

JHU Homewood Campus

JHU Homewood Campus

Some updates – maybe a little overdue – from Baltimore:

From March until July, I’m on a research visit at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. I’m working at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR), under supervision of Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab (as in Munich) and Prof. Dr. Russell H. Taylor. During my stay here, I’m focusing on robotic ultrasound acquisition and visual servoing applications.

A few words regarding the riots on April 27th: I’ve never felt particularly safe in this city, and it’s probably a very good idea to avoid certain neighborhoods completely. So when we heard the news about the violence, the state of emergency, the activation of the national guard, and the curfew, of course we got worried how this will end. Nevertheless, I absolutely see that the Freddie Gray incident was just the last straw and that there seems to be no other way to gain media attention to the underlying problems of Baltimore and this country in general. I can report that the neighborhood around the JHU homewood campus is quite safe, and after the first night, security in the city has pretty much returned to normal again. While I condemn completely pointless looting and arson, I really hope the riot will trigger some positive change.
Edit: This NY Times article sums it up pretty much.

Some good news at the end: I am presenting our work on prostate biopsy guidance

  • O. Zettinig, A. Shah, C. Hennersperger, M. Eiber, C. Kroll, H. KΓΌbler, T. Maurer, F. Milletari, J. Rackerseder, C. Schulte zu Berge, E. Storz, B. Frisch, N. Navab. Multimodal Image-Guided Prostate Fusion Biopsy based on Automatic Deformable Registration. 6th International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions – IPCAI 2015, Barcelona (June 2015). accepted.

at the IPCAI conference in Barcelona! Looking forward to many interesting discussions (and also the beach, of course πŸ˜‰ ). See you there!

Going to MICCAI 2014

Yeah, our paper was accepted at MICCAI 2014. See you in Boston πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ™‚

Oliver Zettinig, Christoph Hennersperger, Christian Schulte zu Berge, Maximilian Baust, Nassir Navab: 3D velocity field and flow profile reconstruction from arbitrarily sampled Doppler ultrasound data. In: Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention--MICCAI 2014, pp. 611–618, Springer LNCS, 2014.