dr.ir. F. van der Heijden (Ferdi)

Associate Professor

About Me

Dr Ferdinand van der Heijden, (M) Associate Professor, obtained his MSc (1981) and PhD (1992) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is currently affiliated with the Robotics and Mechatronics group working on medical applications. He conducts his research work at the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. Since 2014, he has also been associated with the Netherlands Cancer Institute / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital. His research interests are in the area of image and video analysis. The work involves specific applications in surgical navigation, medical image analysis and modelling. He is the author of two widely-used textbooks, “Image Based Measurement Systems” and “Classification, Parameter Estimation and State Estimation” (2nd edition published in 2017).


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Imaging Techniques
Magnetic Resonance


Moreira, P., van de Steeg, G., Krabben, T., Zandman, J., Hekman, E. E. G., van der Heijden, F., ... Misra, S. (2017). The MIRIAM Robot: A Novel Robotic System for MR-Guided Needle Insertion in the Prostate. Journal of medical robotics research, 2(4), [1750006]. DOI: 10.1142/S2424905X17500064
Meulstee, J. W., Verhamme, L. M., Borstlap, W. A., Van der Heijden, F., De Jong, G. A., Xi, T., ... Maal, T. J. J. (2017). A new method for three-dimensional evaluation of the cranial shape and the automatic identification of craniosynostosis using 3D stereophotogrammetry. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 46(7), 819-826. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijom.2017.03.017
Eskes, M., Van Alphen, M. J. A., Balm, A. J. M., Smeele, L. E., Brandsma, D., & Van Der Heijden, F. (2017). Predicting 3D lip shapes using facial surface EMG. PLoS ONE, 12(4), [e0175025]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175025
de Jong, G., Tolhuisen, M., Meulstee, J., van der Heijden, F., van Lindert, E., Borstlap, W., ... Delye, H. (2017). Radiation-free 3D head shape and volume evaluation after endoscopically assisted strip craniectomy followed by helmet therapy for trigonocephaly. Journal of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, 45(5), 661-671. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2017.02.007
Ten Harkel, T. C., Speksnijder, C. M., Van Der Heijden, F., Beurskens, C. H. G., Ingels, K. J. A. O., & Maal, T. J. J. (2017). Depth accuracy of the RealSense F200: Low-cost 4D facial imaging. Scientific reports, 7, [16263]. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16608-7
El Chemaly, T., Siepel, F. J., Rihana, S., Groenhuis, V., van der Heijden, F., & Stramigioli, S. (2017). MRI and Stereo Vision Surface Reconstruction and Fusion. In 2017 Fourth International Conference on Advances in Biomedical Engineering (ICABME) IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/ICABME.2017.8167571
van Alphen, M. J. A., Eskes, M., Smeele, L. E., Balm, A. J. M., Balm, A. J. M., & van der Heijden, F. (2017). In vivo intraoperative hypoglossal nerve stimulation for quantitative tongue motion analysis. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering - imaging & visualization, 5(6), 1-7. DOI: 10.1080/21681163.2015.1072056

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