• The University of Western Australia (M018), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2073 Citations
  • 18 h-Index

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Personal profile


Barry Cense studied Applied Physics at the Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven (1995). He holds a PhD degree from Twente University, the Netherlands (2005). His research has brought him from the Netherlands (Philips Corporate Research), to the USA (Massachusetts General Hospital, Indiana University), Japan (Utsunomiya University) to Australia (University of Western Australia). He is the (co-)inventor of 11 published US patents and the (co-)author of more than 40 peer-reviewed published papers. These papers have been cited more than 10,000 times (source: Google Scholar, October 2019) and he has an H-index of 35.

Research interests

In retinal imaging, physicians rely upon morphological changes that occur after cells have been damaged. Unfortunately, this damage cannot be repaired by the body itself, and new ganglion cells or photo receptors cannot be added artificially. My goal is to use high-end retinal imaging techniques such as polarization-sensitive imaging, adaptive optics and retinal tracking to probe the health of the retina, so that diseases can be diagnosed in the earliest possible stage.

Teaching overview


  • ENSC2001 - Motion, co-coordinator. This is a first-year unit. I am coordinating the workshop sessions. Students build an autonomous vehicle that finds its way and fires a rocket. The rocket is pressurized with air. Approximately 250 students participate.
  • ELEC5552 - Design, co-coordinator. This is a 5th year capstone unit, where students work on real world problems, desiging, building and testing prototypes for companies and academics at UWA. Currently, 26 groups of about 6 studens each are enrolled.

Education/Academic qualification

Biophysical Engineering, PhD, TU Twente

Applied Physics, BSc, Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Industry keywords

  • Bioengineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital Health
  • Ageing

Research expertise keywords

  • Optical coherence tomography/intra-vascular ultrasound
  • Optical imaging
  • Optics
  • Image processing

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Research Output

  • 2073 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 31 Article
  • 5 Conference paper
  • 2 Abstract/Meeting Abstract

Co-registered combined OCT and THz imaging to extract depth and refractive index of a tissue-equivalent test object

Fitzgerald, A. J., Tie, X., Hackmann, M. J., Cense, B., Gibson, A. P. & Wallace, V. P., 1 Mar 2020, In : Biomedical Optics Express. 11, 3, p. 1417-1431 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Vectorial birefringence imaging by optical coherence microscopy for assessing fibrillar microstructures in the cornea and limbus

    Li, Q., Karnowski, K., Untracht, G., Noble, P. B., Cense, B., Villiger, M. & Sampson, D. D., 1 Feb 2020, In : Biomedical Optics Express. 11, 2, p. 1122-1138 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Retinal imaging with optical coherence tomography and low-loss adaptive optics using a 2.8-mm beam size

    Maddipatla, R., Cervantes, J., Otani, Y. & Cense, B., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Biophotonics. 12, 6, e201800192.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Short-time series optical coherence tomography angiography and its application to cutaneous microvasculature

    Wang, Q., Gong, P., Cense, B. & Sampson, D. D., 1 Jan 2019, In : Biomedical Optics Express. 10, 1, p. 293-307 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    A 2.8-mm beam diameter system for retinal imaging with OCT and adaptive optics

    Reddikumar, M., Cervantes, J., Otani, Y. & Cense, B., 2018, BIOMEDICAL IMAGING AND SENSING CONFERENCE. Yatagai, T., Aizu, Y., Matoba, O., Awatsuji, Y. & Luo, Y. (eds.). SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 4 p. 107110C. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10711).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper