BME 7900 Seminar - Michael Miller, PhD



Weill Hall 226


We are pleased to welcome our next seminar speaker, Dr. Michael Miller from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the Massey Professor and Director in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Co-Director of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute. Computational Anatomy and Diffeomorphometry: Embedding the Brain into the Soft Condensed Matter Continuum Abstract: I will discuss the central model of computational anatomy, the study of anatomical shapes and form via the group action of diffeomorphisms. We will attempt to show two applications (time permitting), the first using the diffeomorphisms to define a Geodesic Positioning System at the heart of, a data science application for indexing pediatric and geriatric brains, and the second using the diffeomorphisms to study Alzheimer’s disease in a population of 360 pre-clinical subjects examined since 1995. We will show (time permitting) how geodesics in the group reveal the generalized Euler-Equation (1755), generalized for compressibility and representing growth and form. Bio: Michael Miller is a biomedical engineer and pattern theorist, whose research interests focus on computational anatomy for brain mapping within the field of Medical imaging. From 1984 until 1998, Miller was on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, where in 1995 he was named the Newton R. and Sarah L. Wilson Professor in Biomedical Engineering. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998 in the department of Biomedical Engineering where he was named the Herschel and Ruth Seder Professor in Biomedical Engineering in July 2003. Miller has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed archival publications as well as two textbooks, the first with Donald L. Snyder entitled Random Point Processes in Space and Time (most recent edition, 1991), and the second with Ulf Grenander elaborating on their efforts in Computational Anatomy entitled Pattern Theory: From Representation to Inference (2007). Miller received the national IEEE Biomedical Engineering Thesis Award first prize in 1982, the Johns Hopkins Paul Ehrlich Graduate Student Thesis Award in 1983, and the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1986. In 2002 he was recognized by ISI Essential Science Indicators for garnering the highest rate of increase in total citations in the field of engineering for his work in Computational Anatomy. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1976. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1978 and 1983, respectively. Miller has been involved in founding four start-up companies in the past decade, two of which are currently focused on Biometrics and Biomedical Imaging for Brain Mapping. Dr. Miller joined the ranks of the Johns Hopkins University Gilman Scholars in 2011. In 2015 Johns Hopkins was awarded the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, for which Dr. Miller was named co-Director with Ric Huganir the Director. In July 2017 he was named Director, Department of Biomedical Engineering.