Prof. Romeny is emeritus professor of Biomedical Image
Analysis at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Medical image
processing has become a leading field in the Netherlands. Many universities,
academic hospitals and companies, Philips in the lead, have a specialized research
group in this field. Prof. Romeny is one of the pioneers and founders of this
field. Many of the current group leaders were trained by him (see https://www.romeny.info/phd-students/).
After his PhD in the neurosciences he was chairman of the Dutch Association for
Biophysics and Biomedical Technology.
In 1983 Romeny started as the first physicist at the
Radiology Department of the AZU. He became clinical project leader of the first
Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) project in the Netherlands,
for digital storage and presentation of radiological images. He was chairman of
the then young Dutch Association for Clinical Physics (NVKF) and played an
important role in the development of the field of clinical physics and the registration
of the profession. He developed medical image processing by investing
thoroughly in fundamental mathematics and drawing inspiration from the visual
system. In 1989, in Utrecht, he initiated the successful SSVM (Scale Space and
Variational Methods) bi-annual conference series, still gathering today.
As a professor in Eindhoven, he has played an important role
in the development of the analysis and visualization of brain connectivity (6
PhDs, and a successful start-up Mint-Labs, collaboration with the Chinese
Academy of Sciences in Beijing where Prof. Romeny is a visiting professor ),
collaboration with Philips on dynamic tumor detection in breast cancer,
cardiovascular disease analysis and visualization, interoperative imaging and
image integration, MRI 4D flow visualization, pulmonary ischemia, and many
other topics. Extensive research has been carried out with the University
Hospital of Maastricht into optimizing deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's
patients, using advanced tractography methods and ultra-high field MRI.
Because of his driving force, he has meant a lot to his
employees, students and the companies that worked with him. For many years he
was a member of the Program Planning Committee of the ECR, Europe's largest
radiology congress (Vienna, 22,000 visitors). For many years he took all his
PhD and master students to Vienna, where he introduced them to his large
He co-founded the Biomedical and Information Engineering
(BMIE) School in Shenyang, China, a collaboration between TU/e, Northeastern
University, Philips Healthcare and Neusoft Medical Systems. This course now
houses more than 2000 students. He is the initiator and project leader of the
Dutch-Chinese RetinaCheck project. This project aims to screen huge numbers of
diabetic patients and those who do not yet know they have diabetes in China
(where 11.6% of the population has diabetes), to detect early signs of retinal
damage and prevent blindness. 55 papers have already been published in this
project, and the retinas of thousands of people in China have now been
analysed. The project has been converted into a start-up (now acquired by the
Chinese clinical partner He Vision Group) in order to allow this project to
play a lasting role in the (international) prevention of blindness. He has
received the Friendship Award from Liaoning Province in China for this work.
In the field of brain-inspired computing, Prof. Romeny has
made important contributions. His book Front-End Vision and Multi-Scale Image
Analysis (written entirely in Mathematica) has been reprinted 5 times and is
used worldwide as teaching material. Prof. Romeny is a gifted speaker and teacher. His lectures became the basic subject
of image processing in the Netherlands for PhD students, organized under the
auspices of the research school ASCI (Advanced School for Computing and
Imaging). He has an
impressive international track record of Summer Schools, keynote lectures,
guest lectures (also at schools and for children) and conference contributions.
His unwavering enthusiasm has led many to choose the profession of medical
image analysis. Prof. Romeny was chairman of the Dutch Association for Pattern
Recognition and Image Processing from 2010 to 2022.