Computer Graphics Laboratory ETH Zurich




Computer graphics has vast applications in the medical arena. We conduct research on facial modeling and simulation applied to dental treatments and craniofacial malformations such as cleft lip and palate. Our goal is to facilitate medical treatments by developing novel, data-driven and reliable graphics methods.


Burden-Reduced Cleft Lip and Palate Care and Healing

Cleft lip and palate is the most frequent craniofacial malformation in newborns (1:700 births) with no existing effective preventive measures. Use of orthopedic plates reduces the cleft size, facilitating the surgery and potentially reducing the required number of surgeries. Our goal in this project is a fully digital and automated method of designing individual plates which are then fabricated using 3D printers. Inputs could be intraoral scans as well as smartphone videos of the intraoral geometry, which would facilitate the use of plate therapy in low-income countries. This project is funded by the Botnar Research Center for Child Health (BRCCH) and implemented in collaboration with the team of Dr. Andreas Müller from the University Hospital in Basel.

Infant Face Modeling

We build high-quality models of the human infant face and head learned from real datasets that are derived from the medical treatment of infants. Our AI-based solutions enable 3D patient modeling, visualization and simulation of malformation treatment. This facilitates treatment planning, decreases the burden on physicians and increases the satisfaction of patients. Together with our research partner Dr. Andreas Müller from the University Hospital in Basel we focus on common craniofacial malformations observed in infants.