Benjamin Zwick

Mr, Dr, BEng(Hons) PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Ben is a Research Associate in the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory (ISML) at The University of Western Australia (UWA). ISML works towards improving clinical outcomes through development and appropriate use of technology. It runs exciting research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the National Institute of Health (USA) and other national and international agencies.

Ben was born in Zürich, Switzerland and educated in Perth, Western Australia where he received a BEng in mechanical engineering and PhD in biomechanical engineering from The University of Western Australia.

Ben’s mission is to apply computational science and biomedical engineering to the the seeking, diagnosing, and investigating the nature, origin, and cause of diseases in human beings, and the prevention, cure, alleviation and combating of such diseases. Ben’s research is guided by his prior industry experience in engineering and design which has given him a unique perspective on the practical challenges that are involved with turning ideas into reality. He most enjoys working on challenging multidisciplinary projects where he has a unique technical advantage, and where a successful outcome will benefit the lives of others.

Research interests

  • Biomedical and biomechanical engineering
  • Computational solid and fluid mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Computer and robot aided surgery
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Numerical methods (especially finite element, meshless and meshfree methods)
  • Medical image analysis and image processing
  • High performance computing
  • Brain cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Vascular disease

Current projects

  • Biomechanics-based neuroimage registration for tumor resection and epilepsy surgery planning
  • Simulation of needle insertion into soft tissues
  • Immersed boundary methods for computational fluid dynamics with moving boundaries

Teaching overview

Tutoring, student consultation and marking for the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) courses at UWA:

  • Finite Element Methods (GENG5514)
  • Numerical Methods and Modelling (GENG4405)
  • Mechanisms and Machines (ENSC3001)


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