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Research profile

Erik Bekkers is a postdoctoral researcher in the Mathematical Image Analysis group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include differential geometry, machine learning and medical image analysis.

With his current research on the mathematical foundations of deep learning he addresses core problems in medical image analysis based on generic mathematical solutions that enable a wide application scope. His research is highly interdisciplinary in nature (from advanced mathematics to applied engineering research and clinical science) which is reflected by his industrial and clinical involvement through collaborations and a previous Ph.D. project (cum laude) carried out in a joint position at medical device company i-Optics B.V. (the Hague, NL) and at Biomedical Engineering (TU/e).

For his pioneering work in the field of geometric deep learning he was awarded the prestigious Young Scientist Award at MICCAI, the premier international conference in the field of medical image computing, and the Philips Impact Award at MIDL, the international conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning.

Academic background

Erik Bekkers received his M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands. In January 2017 he received his Ph.D. degree (cum laude)  for  his  thesis  "Retinal Image Analysis using Sub-Riemannian Geometry in SE(2)," which was conducted in a combined position at Biomedical Engineering at TU/e and at the medical device company i-Optics B.V., the Hague, the Netherlands. He currently is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU/e, working on the application of Lie group (and control) theory in medical image analysis and machine learning.


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Image analysis Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Geodesic Rekenkunde
Vessel Rekenkunde
Data-driven Rekenkunde
Brain Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Screening Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Template matching Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Optics Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen

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Onderzoeksoutput 2012 2019

8 Citaties (Scopus)

Roto-translation covariant convolutional networks for medical image analysis

Bekkers, E. J., Lafarge, M. W., Veta, M., Eppenhof, K. A. J., Pluim, J. P. W. & Duits, R., 1 jan 2018, Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2018 - 21st International Conference, 2018, Proceedings. Schnabel, J. A., Davatzikos, C., Alberola-López, C., Fichtinger, G. & Frangi, A. F. (redactie). Cham: Springer, blz. 440-448 9 blz. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11070).

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Medical Image Analysis
Image analysis
Neural networks
Neural Networks
24 Citaties (Scopus)
247 Downloads (Pure)

A PDE approach to data-driven sub-Riemannian geodesics in SE(2)

Bekkers, E. J., Duits, R., Mashtakov, A. & Sanguinetti, G. R., 1 dec 2015, In : SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. 8, 4, blz. 2740-2770 31 blz.

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Open Access
Maximum principle
Pontryagin Maximum Principle
4 Citaties (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

Template matching via densities on the roto-translation group

Bekkers, E., Loog, M., Romeny, B. T. H. & Duits, R., 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 40, 2, blz. 452-466 15 blz.

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Open Access
Template matching
Template Matching
Lie groups
1 Citaat (Scopus)
93 Downloads (Pure)

Nilpotent approximations of sub-Riemannian distances for fast perceptual grouping of blood vessels in 2D and 3D

Bekkers, E. J., Chen, D. & Portegies, J. M., jan 2018, In : Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision. 60, 6, blz. 882-899 18 blz.

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Open Access
Perceptual Grouping
Blood Vessels
blood vessels
Blood vessels
1 Citaat (Scopus)
27 Downloads (Pure)

Fourier transform on the homogeneous space of 3D positions and orientations for exact solutions to linear PDEs

Duits, R., Bekkers, E. J. & Mashtakov, A., 8 jan 2019, In : Entropy. 21, 1, 38 blz., 38.

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Open Access
pulse detonation engines
rigid structures
image analysis


MICCAI Young Scientist Award

Erik J. Bekkers (Ontvanger), 19 sep 2018

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk


Philips Impact Award

Erik J. Bekkers (Ontvanger), 6 jun 2018

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk


Context-aware Artificial Intelligence in medical image analysis

Erik Bekkers (Ontvanger), jul 2019

Prijs: NWOVeniWetenschappelijk

Image analysis
Artificial intelligence


Mathematical models in physiology




3D reconstruction of streamer discharges using mathematical algorithms: based on predictive back-end reconstruction, minimum spanning trees and sub-Riemannian geometry

Auteur: de Veld, F., 4 jul 2019

Begeleider: Dijcks, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Nijdam, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Bekkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Florack, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


A new retinal vessel tracking method based on invertible orientation scores

Auteur: Bekkers, E., 31 aug 2012

Begeleider: Duits, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1), ter Haar Romenij, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Berendschot, T. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Automatic detection of vascular bifurcations and crossovers in retinal images

Auteur: Smit-Ockeloen, I., 31 aug 2015

Begeleider: Abbasi Sureshjani, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Bekkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & ter Haar Romenij, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Geometric image denoising and machine learning

Auteur: Smets, B., 2019

Begeleider: Duits, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Bekkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Portegies, J. W. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Improving on vascular tracking using sub-Riemannian geodesics

Auteur: Smets, B. M., 31 aug 2017

Begeleider: Duits, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Bekkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor