David E. Breen

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Associate Professor
Geometric Biomedical Computing Group
Department of Computer Science
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office : 143 University Crossings
             3175 JFK Boulevard
Office # : (215) 895-1626
Dept. # : (215) 895-2669
FAX # : (215) 895-0545
david AT cs.drexel.edu

Office Hours - Thursdays, 3:00 PM → 5:30 PM
Other times by appointment



I am part of the Drexel team that was recently awarded one of the National Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation!
Called AFFOA, the institute focuses on advanced fibers and textiles and will be led by MIT.
Go here for more information.

My recent paper "Lymph Node Metastasis Status in Breast Carcinoma Can Be Predicted via Image Analysis of Tumor Histology" (with M. Zarella, M.A. Reza, A. Milutinovic and F.U. Garcia) was the featured article on www.aqch.com in November 2015.

I co-organized, with the Drexel Cybersecurity Institute, a symposium on Big Data, Cybersecurity and Privacy.

My PhD student Linge Bai won the 2014 Jay Modi Memorial Award.

She also won the People's Choice Award at the 2014 CCI Day Ph.D. Research Poster competition.

Check out "Level Set Morphing Goes to Hollywood!"


I am affiliated with the   Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, the Center for Functional Fabrics,
and the Center for Biological Discovery from Big Data.

I collaborate with five research teams:

I am currently on the Program Committee of
      the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine,
      the 2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) and
      the Fifteenth Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XV).

I was the Local Organization Chair of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Self-adaptive and Self-organizing Systems, which was held at Drexel in September 2013.

I have an opening for a CS PhD student.
The student should have some training in distributed computing, AI, physics and/or 3D modeling, and an interest in biology. S/he will work on a project to develop bio-inspired, agent-based techniques for simulating/controlling active/programmable matter.
Please contact me if you have this kind of expertise and are interested in conducting this type of PhD research.


Research Interests

With my background in computer graphics, geometric modeling and visualization, I am now focusing my research efforts on geometric biomedical computing. This is a research area that lies at the intersection of biology, medicine, engineering and computer science, and one that develops algorithms and software to solve geometry-related computing problems for a variety of biomedical applications.

I am intrigued by the dynamic processes that aggregate small-scale, local interactions to produce large-scale, self-organizing macroscopic behavior and structures.

I have also returned to my technical roots (cloth modeling) by getting involved with the research at the Center for Functional Fabrics.
I am helping to develop computational technologies needed for the design of advanced textiles.

I am currently involved in five research projects:

Here is an overview of my research activities/expertise.

My research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications        Selected Ray-Traced Images

       My book, Cloth Modeling and Animation, (co-edited with Donald House) is available from AK Peters!

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Last modified on April 26, 2016.