The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has chosen Prof. Nassir Navab as an IEEE Fellow for 2022. Navab is head of the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The IEEE recognizes Navab’s outstanding achievements in augmented reality-based applications in medicine and computer-aided interventions.
Prof. Navab is one of the pioneering researchers in the field of medical augmented reality. His major invention, the camera-augmented mobile c’arm of 1998, was the first augmented reality system providing real-time fusion of optical and x-ay images, allowing surgeons to see through the patient during surgical procedures. His team was the first to introduce augmented reality into operating rooms both for trauma and orthopedics surgery and for sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer and melanoma patient in early 2010. Navab holds 70 European patents as well as 51 US patents. In October 2021, Navab received the prestigious Enduring Impact Award of MICCAI Society.
The IEEE is a leading global professional association promoting the advancement of technology for the benefit of society. IEEE Fellows are granted to individuals with an outstanding track record in any of the of the organization’s fields of interest - from robotics to consumer electronics. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors and comprises the highest grade of membership - it is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors within the technical community, as well as an important career achievement.