Jos Vander Sloten
Vice Dean for International Affairs,
Lecture: Translational work in academia: The Materialise Story
In this paper we elaborate on some joint research and development efforts in the medical segment: patient-specific orthopedic implants and surgical instruments, and cardiovascular solutions. Both developments benefit from the availability of accurate three dimensional representations of the inner structures of the body and allow for an engineering on the patient’s anatomy. The Mimics Innovation Suite (MIS) is an established and broadly used software both in academia and in industry to achieve this engineering on anatomy in a cost-effective way.
Lecture: From an idea to a proof-of-concept
Jos Vander Sloten (°1962) obtained his MSc and PhD in mechanical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1985 and 1990 respectively. Currently he is full professor within the Division of Biomechanics at KU Leuven. He founded the Leuven Medical Technology Centre (L-MTC) in 2008 and served as the first chairman for two terms until 2016. His teaching assignments are engineering mechanics, problem solving and engineering design, computer integrated surgery systems. From 2006 to 2012 he served as programme director of the Master in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven.
His research interests are computer applications in musculoskeletal biomechanics and computer integrated surgery, on which he authored more than 160 journal papers. He is member of the council of the Belgian Society for Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, and a former council member of the European Society of Biomechanics. In the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) he served as secretary-general (20032004), president-elect (2005) and president (2006). He was elected Founding Fellow of EAMBES and more recently also as a Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Suceava (Romania) and a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His h-index is 34.
Between 2014 and 2018 he represented the Faculty of Engineering Science of KU Leuven within the Board of Directors of CESAER, the Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research. He is still a member of the General Assembly of this organization. Since 2016 he is the Vice Dean for International Affairs of the Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven.
He is a co-founder of the spin-off company Custom8 and member of the board of directors of the companies Materialise NV and Roryco NV and of the non-profit organisation ORSI (robot assisted surgery training and research).