Professor Jens Rittscher

Senior Research Fellow; Professor of Engineering Science

Jens Rittscher is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford.  His appointment is held jointly between the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Nuffield Department of Medicine.    He is a group leader at the Target Discovery Institute and  is a member of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research.

Before coming to Oxford in 2013. Jens was a senior research scientist and manager at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, USA, one of the world’s largest and most diversified industrial research laboratories. Building on his extensive expertise in computer vision, probabilistic modelling and statistical learning, he developed new theoretical approaches that address specific real-world challenge problems in automated video annotation, visual surveillance, and biomedical imaging. In the context of biomedical imaging he worked on applications ranging from monitoring cellular processes and computational pathology to the development of an anatomical atlas for zebrafish imaging. In addition he held a position as an adjunct professor at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy (NY, USA). In 2001 he was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford for his work on recognizing human motion under the supervision of Professor Andrew Blake, FRS.


Jens’ research is to enable biomedical imaging through the development of new algorithms and novel computational platforms. Current focus of his research is to improve mechanistic understanding of cancer and patient care through quantitative analysis of image data.

Relevant Overview Publications:

  •   J. Rittscher, R. Machiraju, and S. T. C. Wong (Editors), Microscopic Image Analysis for Life Science, Applications, Artech House, 2008 (19 chapters, 489 pages)
  •   J. Rittscher, Characterization of Biological Processes through Automated Image Analysis (Review), Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 12, pages 315-344, August 2010

For a detailed list of Jens’ publications, see here.

Contact Details
Postal Address
Institute of Biomedical Engineering,
Department of Engineering Science,
Old Road Campus Research Building,
University of Oxford,

Target Discovery Institute,
NDM Research Building,
University of Oxford,
Old Road Campus,