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Reinhard Beichel received his Ph.D. degree in May 2005 from Graz University of Technology in Austria. During his doctoral research he spent fifteen month at the medical image analysis laboratory of Prof. Dr. Milan Sonka (The University of Iowa, USA), working on three-dimensional Active Appearance Models (AAMs) for the segmentation of medical structures.
Since June 2005 he holds an assistant professor position at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology. His primary research interests include medical image analysis, Active Appearance Models (AAMs), virtual surgical planning and computer aided surgical interventions. Dr. Beichel is the leading key researcher of an interdisciplinary team working on the development of a virtual liver surgery planning system. The work in this field has been distinguished by three internal prizes. Currently, he is involved in an EU funded program dealing with the development of computer aided minimally invasive surgical methods.