ZD.B Research Group

Head of Group

Dr. Alexander Popp

Scientific Staff

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News

Sep 13, 2017 - Plenary Lecture at YIC 2017 (ZD.B Research Group)
The first results of the ZD.B research group "EVARSim: A Simulation-Based Digital Toolchain for Surgery Planning and Risk Prediction in Endovascular Repair (EVAR) of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)" at the Center Digitization.Bavaria (ZD.B) were presented today within a plenary lecture at the 4th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC2017) in Milan / Italy. More details on this conference, including the scientific program and an abstract of my presentation, can be found here.

Aug 24, 2017 - Open Positions (ZD.B Research Group)
The research group "EVARSim: A Simulation-Based Digital Toolchain for Surgery Planning and Risk Prediction in Endovascular Repair (EVAR) of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)" at the Center Digitization.Bavaria (ZD.B) expedites innovative research at the forefront of simulation-based engineering. EVAR is a minimally invasive procedure, where special mechanical devices known as stent grafts (see above) are inserted into the patient’s aorta. The objective of the EVARSim project is to fully exploit the potential of digital technologies in order to give specific advice to vascular surgeons during EVAR surgery planning: Which stent graft size and design should be chosen for this particular patient? Where exactly should the device be placed to reduce risks such as stent graft migration and endoleakage? Starting from medical imaging data, a set of high-resolution patient-specific models of the aneurysm geometry and the commercially available stent graft designs will be set up and a digital workflow based on high-performance computing (HPC) and uncertainty quantification (UQ) for predictive stent placement simulations will be devised. As a long-term vision, the EVARSim project aims at a comprehensive clinical validation of its findings, which will pave the way towards the advancement of digital technologies in precision medicine. The group is currently looking for two PhD students / reasearch assistants (fully funded TV-L13 positions for 3.5 years each)! If you are interested please contact me directly! You should have a genuine interest in biomechanics, biomedical engineering and the clinical application of computational mechanics research. The willingness for cross-disciplinary thinking and international collaboration (especially with cardiovascular surgeons and other medical partners) is absolutely essential. At the same time, you should have a strong background in computational mechanics (solid, structural and/or fluid mechanics), numerical methods, algortihms, software development as well as programming - ideally with a focus on finite elements or related discretization methods.

Aug 01, 2017 - New Research Grant (ZD.B Research Group)
My project proposal "EVARSim: A Simulation-Based Digital Toolchain for Surgery Planning and Risk Prediction in Endovascular Repair (EVAR) of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)" at the Center Digitization.Bavaria (ZD.B) has been successful. I am very excited about building up an independent research group at TUM with the grant money (1.2M €). There will be more information on future research topics soon!