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PhD student presents research at SPIE Photonics West Conference

PhD student Albert Dadzie

Albert Dadzie, a Richard and Loan Hill Department of Biomedical Engineering second-year PhD student, recently attended the SPIE Photonics West Conference to present his work on using deep learning to quickly identify tumors.

Dadzie presented a paper titled “Color Fusion Effect on Deep Learning Classification of Uveal Melanoma.”

His research is specifically focused on deep learning’s potential in automating the classification of ocular tumors, potentially facilitating quicker diagnoses and treatments and consequently better outcomes.

Dadzie works under Richard and Loan Hill Chair Xincheng Yao, specializing in developing objective and accurate methods for the early detection of chorioretinal diseases.

“Attending the conference provided me with an enriching and transformative experience,” Dadzie said. “It also gave me a unique platform to immerse myself in the latest advancements within the field of biomedical engineering, specifically in optical technologies The opportunity to interact with leading researchers and professionals, share insights, and receive direct feedback on my work was invaluable.”

His paper is currently under review for Research Square and is available on the National Institutes of Health National Libraries of Medicine website.

SPIE is the International Society for Optics and Photonics, an organization dedicated to advancing optical technologies. Founded to connect researchers, educators, and professionals in the field, SPIE provides a platform for collaboration, education, and the dissemination of research through conferences, publications, and educational resources.

Dadzie’s current research focuses on refining and advancing cost-effective diagnostic tools to prevent blindness from diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma, among other ocular diseases, aiming to make early detection accessible to all.

He graduated from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with his doctorate in optometry.

Dadzie received funding from the SPIE Student Conference Support program to help with travel expenses.