Wiro Niessen received his PhD (cum laude) in October 1997 at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Part of the research was carried out at Yale University. From 1997 to 2004 he was leading two research theme groups in the Dutch Graduate School of Biomedical Image Analysis (Imago), UMC Utrecht, focusing on cardiovascular image analysis and image guided interventions respectively. In this period he supervised 12 PhD students, 6 Postdoctoral researchers and a large number of Master’s students.
In January 2005, he started as a professor in Biomedical Image Analysis at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, where he is leading the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam of the Departments of Radiology and Medical Informatics. He is currently supervising 27 PhD students in the fields of biomedical image analysis and computer-assisted interventions. In September 2005 he was also appointed as a part time professor at the Department of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, next to his appointment in Rotterdam. Prof Niessen is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and Elsevier's Medical Image Analysis, and has served as a guest editor for four special journal issues. In 2001 he was programme chair of the premier conference on medical image computing and computer assisted interventions (MICCA 2001), in 2006 programme co-chair of MICCAI, in 2008 he was programme co-chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in Paris, and in 2010 general chair of this meeting in Rotterdam. Prof. Dr. Wiro Niessen serves on the scientific board of numerous journals and conferences in medical image analysis, computer vision and computer aided surgery.
In 2005, he was elected as a member of the Dutch Young Academy by the Royal Academy of Sciences. He has (co)-authored over 250 publications, abstracts excluded, in the fields of computer vision, medical image analysis and image guided surgery, of which over 100 have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals, and of which 5 received best paper awards.