"The ultimate goal of my research is to optimize the transfer and expansion of knowledge from one generation to the next..."
—Felix G. Hamza-Lup
Collaborating, Researching, Patenting
Felix G. Hamza-Lup's research laboratory on the Armstrong Atlantic campus is a hub of research projects that delve into a variety of personal interests - from cancer research to the science of incorporating the tactile sense into computer applications known as haptics.
As director of N.E.W.S. (Network-Enabled WorkSpaces), Hamza-Lup has employed undergraduate and graduate students in research, resulting in several research papers co-authored by students and published in scientific journals.
One his projects, Neuro Pathways, is in collaboration with the Mercer University School of Medicine and involves developing an interactive map of the human nervous system. By being able to visualize neural pathways and embryonic development, Hamza-Lup says, medical students can more easily comprehend difficult three-dimensional concepts detailed in two-dimensional medical texts.
Another collaborative project developed by Hamza-Lup and a physicist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, has resulted in a patented web-based graphical simulator called 3D Radiation Therapy Treatment (3DRTT). The computer application is designed to work with multimillion-dollar radiation therapy linear accelerators that deliver radiation dosages to cancer patients. 3DRTT accomplish two things that previously couldn't be done. It allows for web-based training of medical personnel on the use of the huge, expensive machines and eliminates the risk of patient-machine collisions, which has vexed medical personnel for years.
A native of Romania, Hamza-Lup, earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
“The ultimate goal of my research is to optimize the transfer and expansion of knowledge from one generation to the next,” he said. “We can do that by identifying areas where there is room for improvement and applying state-of-the-art technology and research to provide the best solution for our time.”