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Meet Hugo and his thesis about cardiac simulation

Hugo Talbot presents his work on cardiac simulation - © Inria

Hugo Talbot has just received his doctorate from Inria. His research focuses on real-time simulation of cardiac electrophysiology. Through his video portrait, let's see an example of an Inria thesis.

An Inria thesis focusing on medical simulation

Hugo Talbot had his doctorate approved last July after working on his thesis for three years as part of the Shacra project team at Inria Lille - Nord Europe (in conjunction with Université Lille1*)  and the Asclepios team at Inria Sophia Antipolis. His thesis was jointly supervised by Hervé Delingette, a researcher on the Asclepios team who specialises in processing medical images, and Stéphane Cotin, Shacra team leader specialising in real-time medical simulation.

The research concerned real-time simulation of cardiac electrophysiology. The objective? The software uses calculations to reproduce the electrical activity of the patient's heart. The simulation reproduces in real time the various steps needed for ablation of a cardiac arrhythmia: insertion of a catheter and navigation in the vascular bed, electrical measurements, arrhythmia location and neutralisation of the pathogenic region.

Such a tool has multiple applications:
-the simulation can help with learning about and understanding cardiac electrophysiology,
-students can use it for virtual training in radio-frequency ablation of arrhythmia using specific patient cases. Virtual practice can reduce theoretical training while standardising the curriculum.

Video portrait

During the course of the interview, Hugo Talbot explains the various phases of the thesis project, the challenges and possible applications for his research.

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* within the UMR 8022 CNRS-Lille1-Lille 3-Inria, LIFL.

Keywords: Modelling Digital medicine Medical simulation Asclepios team Shacra team Cardiac simulation Medical research