3D Anatomical Human

Funded by: European Commission - Marie Curie Program
Duration: 48 Months (October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2010)
Reference: MRTN-CT-2006-035763

Overall Objectives of the Marie-Curie training network:
+ Application of multi-disciplinary research to real life problems.
+ Bridge gaps between musculoskeletal simulations and models.
+ Improve learning support for medical training.
+ Increase awareness, feasibility, efficiency of virtual reality technologies to clinical problems.

International project web site (Miralab, Geneva)

The objective of the 3D anatomical human network to increase, by scientific exchange, the development of new technologies and knowledge around virtual representations of human body for interactive medical applications. The network has a specific goal: developing realistic functional three-dimensional models for the human musculoskeletal system, the methodology being demonstrated on the lower limb.

Background - Why is STARlab on this project?
People, organizations and software must communicate, although different needs and backgrounds imply different viewpoints. The divergence is natural and valuable, but it leads to problems in communication, interaction and understanding [Faquhar 1997]. STARlab's experience in ontology developement can address these interaction problems by providing an interdisciplinary platform for co-developping ontologies by multiple users from different domains.

How can STARLAB contribute?

+ Integration of Knowledge Management:
+ Collecting different parts of knowledge from domain-experts (e.g. medical doctors, researchers) in the form of templates which can be submitted online.
+ Supporting domain-experts to create these templates which interact with STARlab's DOGMA server. Templates provide elementary data to fill the ontology framework.
+ Interdisciplinary Domain management: Laying bridges where data are created and disseminated (e.g. set disciplines in relation to each other: MRI, physics and medical knowledge).
+ Building information management framework considering distributed and collaborative settings, such as the Semantic Web, where ontologies naturally co-evolve with their communities of use (de Moor et al., 2006) - a new way of knowledge sharing inside the network.

Important point to notice: The community (here: Marie-Curie network partners) create the ontology (content) – we create the building framework (structure)

For information about this project contact:

Aggelos Liapis: agliapis@googlemail.com


Partner name Code Country
University of Geneva (coordinator) UNIGE Switzerland
Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli IOR Italy
University College London UCL UK
Vrije Universiteit Brussel STAR Belgium
Aalborg University SMI Denmark
EPFL EFPL Switzerland
CRS4 CRS4 Italy


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