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Research Scientist
Melbourne Research Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia



Bhavna Antony is a research scientist at IBM Research - Melbourne, Australia. She received her PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa. Her research is focussed on the automated analysis of medical images, with a specific focus on the identification and extraction of clinically relevant parameters. She has worked extensively in the field of ophthamology and analysed retinal scans acquired using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Her contributions in this field include some of the earliest publications on the automated analysis of volumetric scans using a graph-theoretic approach that leveraged spatial context in 3-D. Her work also focussed on the incorporation of machine learning techniques that not only made the analytics more robust but also made it easily adaptable to animal models and images of varying resolution and noise characteristics. Using these techniques, she was able to extract relevant structures in images acquired from human patients as well as animal models (murine, canine and chick eyes).

While her research began in glaucoma, she has sought to learn and contribute to other areas of vision science as well, such as  age-related macular degeneration, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and myopia.

At IBM, her work continues to be focussed on ophthalmology and vision science, with a keen interest in using machine learning and AI technologies to address challenges ranging from accurate diagnosis and carefuly monitoring of patients to personalised prognostics and treatment planning.