The Image Group – University of Copenhagen

The Image Group

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Jon Sporring

Associate Professor, Ph.D.
University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 5
2100 København Ø
Office: HCØ - Building E, Office 4.0.16
Direct: (+45) 2448 2894

Short CV

Jon Sporring received his Master and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Part of his Ph.D. program was carried out at IBM Research Center, Almaden, California, USA. Following his Ph.D, he worked as a visiting researcher at the Computer Vision and Robotics Lab at Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, Greece, and as assistant research professor at 3D-Lab, School of Dentistry, University of Copenhagen. Since 2003 he has been employed as associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, and since 2008 he has been Vice-Chair for Research at Department of Computer Science. From 2008-2009 he was part-time Senior Researcher at Nordic Bioscience a/s.

Research Interests

My main research area is

  • medical image processing,
  • medical computer graphics,
  • information theory.

Bare Facts

  • Born: September 8, 1969
  • Citizenship: Danish
  • Married: Since September 1995
  • Children: Vibe (14 March 1996) and Malthe (12 October 1998)


  • Paedagogikum from Faculty of Health: 1 year, ended December 2001.
  • PhD from Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU), Denmark: December 1998.
  • International Studies: at IBM Research Center, Almaden, USA: June 1997.
  • Master (Cand. Scient.) Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: January 1995.
  • Bachelor in Computer Science and Chemistry: 1992


  • Senior Researcher at Nordic Bioscience A/S: Since November 2008.
  • Vice Head of Department for Research at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Since January 2008.
  • Associate Professor at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Since August 2003.
  • Associate Professor at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Since August 2003.
  • Assistant Research Professor at 3DLab, School of Dentistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: February 2000 - July 2003.
  • Post-Doc at Department of Computer Science, Foundation Of Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Greece: February 1999 - January 2000.
  • Post-Doc at DIKU: November 1998 - January 1999.
  • Research programmer under Professor Peter Johansen at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen: April 1993 to April 1995. Funded by SNF.

Honorary Office

External Funding and Projects:

  • Centre for Stochastic Geometry and Advance bioimaging (CSGB). The mission of the Centre is: 1) to develop a new generation of stochastic geometry methods with the ultimate purpose of establishing a mathematical and statistical fundament for computer based analysis of advanced bioimaging data 2) to contribute to the education of the next generation of international researchers in this important discipline at the borderlines between mathematics, statistics, computer science and bioscience 3) to develop the Centre into a leading international player within frontier research and research training in stochastic geometry and its applications in advanced bioimaging
  • Learning Image Biomarkers (LIMB). The project aims to develop new machine learning technologies for supervised and semi-supervised learning that will allow the design of efficient imaging biomarkers while reducing the number of patients in clinical trials, reducing the time between screening, while being more reliable than traditional markers.
  • Breast Cancer Screening. Breast cancer screening onset and frequency is currently differentiated based on age only. BiomedIQ and University of Copenhagen have published (5 journal papers) and patented research that indicate that screening mammograms of healthy women may be analysed automatically by computers to assess the risk of future breast cancer. This knowledge may be used to make future breast cancer screening more efficient by directing resources towards women at risk and reducing screening costs by at least 15% without reducing screening effect. Taking this methodology to national and international breast cancer screening programs and clinics is the parties’ shared vision.
  • Computer-Aided Assessment of COPD from CT Image (COPD). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The research project aims to a) develop and evaluate image processing techniques to enable reproducible, localized measurements of lesion morphometry and progression, b) study disease development and progression in a large group of smokers currently enrolled in the Danish lung cancer screening trial, and c) study disease characteristics in patients with rapid decline compared to non-rapid decline of lung function.
  • Natural Image Sequence Analysis (NISA). Develop statistical and geometrical characerizations of what makes "visual meaningful" images
  • Krop og Bevisthed (Body and Mind). An interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers at the University of Copenhagen on the connection between the function of the brain and consciousness.
  • 3DMed: "Udvikling af en PC-baseret DICOM viewer til kliniske målinger i et 3D-datasæt". Erhvervsfremmestyrelsen through EU-licitation as a collaboration between Image House A/S, DTU, 3DLab, InnoTech Aps (7 MKr)
  • DSSCV: Deep Structure, Singularities, and Computer Vision.  EU-project in collaboration with IT-University of Copenhagen, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Department of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (1.8 MEuro ~ 13.9 MKr)
  • Natural Shape.  Collaboration with DIKU, 3D-Lab, Psychology, Mathematics (7 MKr)
  • Fertimorph.  Collaboration with University Hospital of Copenhagen, 3D-Lab, and Image House A/S (8 MKr)
  • Computer Vision.  Collaboration with Image Group at DIKU and Mads Nielsen at IT-University (1 MKr)

Public Presentations:

  • Real time rendering and Photon mapping, Talk at IDA Matematik, May 31, 2012
  • Humim project, Radio interview Talk for Harddisken, a computer oriented radio show on Danish National Radio MP3, link, May 25, 2011
  • Artificial Intelligence in Computer Games, Talk for Ungdommens Naturvidenskabelige Forening, March 29, 2011
  • Fysik i Computerspil, Messe presentation at Uddannelse Uden Grænser 2008, January 31-February 2, 2008
  • Iterative funktionssystemer, Talk at Inspirationsdag for gymnasielærere 2008, February 1, 2008
  • Bayes Reconstruction of Missing Teeth, Talk at IMM/DTU, November 21, 2007
  • Spil for folket, Talk at miniworkshop at D3 Copenhagen 2007, November 17, 2007
  • Newton spiller ikke Computer, Talk for "Ungdommens Naturvidenskabelige Forening", November 8, 2007
  • Biomedical Science Dating Event - Bioimaging, University of Copenhagen, Panum Institute, Denmark, November 13, 2006.

PhD supervision:

  • Mahdieh Khanmohammadi: Vessicle Detection; Februar 1, 2012
  • Peter Mysling: Supervised Pathology Detection in Rheumatoid Arthritis; January 1, 2012
  • Akshay Pai: Volume-based subcortical measures of Alzheimer's Disease; December 1, 2011