Cloud-Based Ocular Disease Diagnosis

Cloud-Based Ocular Disease Diagnosis

The W.K. Kellogg Eye Center is home to the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, which is part of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan Health System.

Eye diseases can be very difficult to diagnose, especially those that are detectable only by a combination of specialized tests. The goal of this project is to develop and scale a web-based software tool to help diagnose retinal disease “in the cloud.”

Past work on this project has developed an automated genetic diagnostic prediction method. The algorithm is based on machine learning, which automatically creates a model from past patient data. This is implemented in a web interface that is useful for a small number of users.

In 2017 the project team will develop a scalable and secure cloud application for clinicians around the world. This first deliverable entails developing a scalable, robust and secure server back end and a polished user interface.

More Information: 2017-KEC

Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following document in January 2017:

Student IP Agreement for this Project Team


How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors CS, ECE, EE, MATH, MICDE, MIDAS
  • Course Substitutions EECS 498, CSE-G, Honors, EE MDE, MIDAS, MICDE, Data Science Capstone, ECE Cognate
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
  • Web Development and Programming (3 - 4 Students)

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA
  • Database Design (1-2 Students)

    General interest and skills in programming

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA
  • Machine Learning/Machine Vision (1-2 Students)

    • Likely Majors: EE, ECE, CSE/CS-LSA, MATH, MICDE, MIDAS, Robotics

Faculty Mentor: Drew DeOrio1
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Andrew DeOrio is a lecturer at the University of Michigan. His research interests are in ensuring the correctness of digital hardware designs. In addition to teaching software and hardware courses, he teaches Creative Process and works with students on technology-driven creative projects. Andrew also plays music and makes fire organs.

Sponsor Mentor: Dana Schlegel2
Genetic Counselor
Dana is a genetic counselor at the Retinal Dystrophy Clinic and also sees genetics patients in the Ocular Oncology Clinic. She supervises students during clinical rotations and is involved in classroom genetics teaching. She is involved in research projects relating to retinal dystrophies and autofluorescence imaging.Before arriving in Ann Arbor, Dana volunteered with Peace Corps as a high school biology teacher in a rural town in Mozambique. She later worked as a Portuguese medical interpreter at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Dana received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Harvard University in 2007.

Executive Sponsor Mentor: K. Thiran Jayasundera2
Diseases of the retina and vitreous including retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, macular diseases, age-related macular degeneration, surgical management of complex retinal detachments, anti-angiogenic therapy and photodynamic therapy.Diagnosis and treatment of inherited retinal degenerative diseases, including Stargardt disease, retinitis pigmentosa variants, cone dystrophies and unusual retinal dystrophies requiring electrophysiological testing

Executive Sponsor Mentor: Naheed Wali Khan3
Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Focus
Visual electrophysiology of retinal degenerative diseases and clinical electrodiagnostics


For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (Kellogg Eye Center).