Md Asif Khan Setu (ESR11), Heidelberg, February 2020
My secondment partner is Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Germany, and I already started my secondment in September 2019 and it will be completed in June 2020. The focus of Heidelberg Engineering includes optimization of the imaging and eye-care IT technologies, to provide ophthalmic diagnostic solutions that empower clinicians to improve patient care.
As part of my research, my secondment tasks are developing and validating new imaging algorithms, software and biomarkers for anterior segment OCT angiography, OCT meibography and confocal microscopy, which will provide better ophthalmic diagnostic solutions for Dry Eye Disease diagnosis.
At Heidelberg Engineering, I work closely with both the R&D (Software Development and Image Analysis) and Product Management teams, led by Dr. Stefan Schmidt and Dr. Ali Tafreshi respectively. My primary supervisor is Dr. Stefan Schmidt, and under his supervision I am working on developing new algorithms and software. It is a great experience for me to work in a company that is the global leader in my research domain. Both of my supervisors and my team mates have been very supportive and I always feel included in the team. Also, my supervisor Dr. Stefan Schmidt, provides me with all the necessary technical and logistical support that I may need. He arranges weekly meetings to discuss my research progress and to help me overcome any difficulties I may encounter. Together with my academic supervisor Prof. Philipp Steven, we are hopeful that this secondment will enable us to have a productive research output.