Endoscopy and Computer Vision

EnCoV is a research group located at the Faculty of Medicine in Clermont-Ferrand. It has links with the local university and university hospital. It is part of the Image-Guided Therapies research axis of Institut Pascal (UMR6602 UCA, CNRS, INP Clermont Auvergne) and the Technology for Medicine (TechMed) research axis of CHU Clermont-Ferrand.

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EnCoV means Endoscopy and Computer Vision. It is a research group of Université Clermont Auvergne and CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, and a member of the Image-Guided Therapy department of Institut Pascal. The latter is a joint research unit with code UMR6602 of Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS and INP Clermont Auvergne. EnCoV conducts scientific, clinical and interdisciplinary research. This research is focused in, respectively, computer vision, endoscopy and computer-aided medical diagnosis and intervention.

Computer vision is the part of computer science which studies the automatic interpretation of digital images and videos. EnCoV is especially interested in image registration and 3D reconstruction. Endoscopy is to look inside the body using a camera, called an endoscope. EnCoV is especially interested in two types of endoscopy. The first type is laparoscopy, which is for the abdominopelvic cavity, in gynecology, hepatology and urology. EnCoV works on laparoscopy and robot-assisted surgery, which are both part of Mini-Invasive Surgery. The second type is colonoscopy, which is for the large intestine. EnCoV researches at the frontier of computer vision and medicine, by developing algorithms and testing them on simulated, phantom, animal and patient models. In Mini-Invasive Surgery, EnCoV's systems aid intervention by combining preoperative data with the intraoperative video stream using Augmented Reality. In colonoscopy, EnCoV's systems aid diagnosis by providing lesion size measurement and lesion recognition tools.

EnCoV begun in January 2017, as a follow-up of ALCoV. ALCoV was created ex-nihilo in late 2009 by Adrien Bartoli and Michel Canis, who are now heading EnCoV. ALCoV was top-graded A+ by AERES in May 2011 and soon after entered CNRS. It officially existed for the 5-year period between 2012-2016. It was centred on laparoscopy and generalized to endoscopy when transformed to EnCoV. EnCoV was approved by HCERES in December 2015 for the 5-year period between 2017-2021.

Website created and maintained by Adrien Bartoli.