Ioannis Kakadiaris, Ph.D. - October 23, 7-8 p.m.

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“Improving Prediction of Heart Attack Risk”

Despite major advances in understanding atherosclerosis, each year seemingly healthy people experience sudden, adverse events, ranging from acute heart attacks and strokes to sudden cardiac death. In the U.S., close to 610,000 previously asymptomatic individuals will have a sudden heart attack or stroke this year; 125,000 of them will die within one hour. Physicians need new strategies to identify asymptomatic individuals at risk for cardiac events. Through his research in biomedical image computing, Dr. Kakadiaris mines information from cardiovascular imaging data to enhance the ability to detect persons with a high likelihood of having a heart attack in the near future.


Ioannis Kakadiaris, Ph.D.
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Computer Science,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering
University of Houston

Ioannis A. Kakadiaris is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. Dr. Kakadiaris earned his B.Sc. in physics at the University of Athens in Greece, his M.Sc. in computer science from Northeastern University, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kakadiaris is the founder and director of the UH Computational Biomedicine Lab (www.cbl.uh.edu). His research is motivated by fundamental open problems in the broad area of image analysis, with an emphasis on applications that address some of society's greatest challenges including eradicating heart attacks. Dr. Kakadiaris is one of the organizers of the Pumps & Pipes Initiative, a unique collaboration between Houston's largest industries – medicine and oil and gas – and academia, designed to explore potential crossover ideas and technologies.

Dr. Kakadiaris has been honored with a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, the Schlumberger Technical Foundation Award, UH Computer Science Research Excellence Award, UH Enron Teaching Excellence Award, and the James Muller Vulnerable Plaque Young Investigator Prize. His research has been featured on Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, KPRC NBC News, KTRK ABC News, and KHOU CBS News.