Benjamin Zwick

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

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

Personal profile

Biography

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 the 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 a PhD in computational biomechanics from The University of Western Australia.

Ben’s mission is to apply computational science and biomedical engineering to seeking, diagnosing, and investigating the nature, origin, and cause of diseases in human beings, and the prevention, cure and alleviation 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 distinct technical advantage, and where a successful outcome will benefit the lives of others.

Research interests

  • Computational biophysics for medicine
  • Image-guided surgical planning and navigation
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Computational solid and fluid mechanics
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Computational biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • 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

Current projects

Research projects

  • Biomechanics-based neuroimage registration for tumour resection and epilepsy surgery planning
  • Brain electrical activity modelling for epilepsy surgery planning
  • Biomechanics of the brain-skull interface
  • Simulation of needle insertion into soft tissues

Software projects

Additional software can be found in the following repositories:

Teaching overview

Ben has served as a unit coordinator, lecturer and tutor for the following units of the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) programmes at The University of Western Australia:

  • 2023 – 2024: Biomechanics (unit coordinator, lecturer and tutor)
  • 2022: Cardiovascular Biomechanics (unit coordinator, lecturer and tutor)
  • 2021: Mechanisms and Machines (tutor)
  • 2016 – 2018: Numerical Methods and Modelling (tutor)
  • 2014 – 2016: Finite Element Methods (tutor)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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