Dr Avan Suinesiaputra

BE in Computer Science, MSc in Computational Science, PhD in Medical Imaging


Avan Suinesiaputra received BE in computer science (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 1998), MSc in computational sciences (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2002), and PhD in medical imaging (Unversity of Leiden, the Netherlands, 2010). His main research has been focused in the development of automated medical image analysis algorithms. In 2011, he joined the Department of Anatomy with Radiology as a research fellow. His current research theme is machine learning and big data analytics for computer-aided cardiovascular disease.

Research | Current

Left ventricular remodelling in the population

Aim: To develop a mathematical model of cardiac shape and motion that follows the progression of heart disease over time. 

Funding agent: Heart Research Council NZ

Model-based LV dyssynchrony assessment

Aim: To develop computational algorithms to assess left ventricular dyssynchrony in patients enrolled for cardiac resynchronisation therapy.

Funding agent: Auckland Medical Research Foundation

Right ventricular function in adult congenital heart disease

Aim: To develop a novel image processing and a clinical tool to quantify right ventricular function from MRI in patients with congenital heart defects.

Funding agent: National Heart Foundation

Cardiac Atlas Project

Aim: To extend statistical atlasing of cardiac models that have been established by the Cardiac Atlas Project (CAP) into patients with congenital heat disease. This is a collaboration project with the University of California, San Diego.

Funding agents: Faculty Research Development Fund, National Institutes of Health USA

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Teaching | Current

MEDSCI 703 - Advanced Biomedical Imaging

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

Completed PhD students

  • Dr. Xingyu Zhang - Statistical shape analysis of the left ventricular finite element models (2013)

Available research projects (master/PhD)

I am open to discuss any master or PhD research topics within the area of cardiac image analysis. Feel free to drop me an email. Here are some of my current interests:

  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence for medical image analysis
  • Computational anatomy of the heart
  • Computer-assisted cardiovascular disease diagnosis


Cum Laude (Master of Science degree)

Areas of expertise

medical image analysis, statistical shape analysis, image processing, cardiac modeling, computational anatomy, machine learning, big data analytics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Suinesiaputra, A., Ablin, P., Albà X, Alessandrini, M., Allen, J., Bai, W., ... D'hooge J (2018). Statistical shape modeling of the left ventricle: Myocardial infarct classification challenge. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 22 (2), 503-515. 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2652449
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young
  • Suinesiaputra, A., Sanghvi, M. M., Aung, N., Paiva, J. M., Zemrak, F., Fung, K., ... Kim, Y. J. (2018). Fully-automated left ventricular mass and volume MRI analysis in the UK Biobank population cohort: Evaluation of initialresults. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 34 (2), 281-291. 10.1007/s10554-017-1225-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Young
  • Zhang, X., Medrano-Gracia, P., Ambale-Venkatesh, B., Bluemke, D. A., Cowan, B. R., Finn, J. P., ... Young, A. A. (2017). Orthogonal decomposition of left ventricular remodeling in myocardial infarction. GigaScience, 6 (3), 1-15. 10.1093/gigascience/gix005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young
  • Suinesiaputra, A., McCulloch, A. D., Nash, M. P., Pontre, B., & Young, A. A. (2016). Cardiac image modelling: Breadth and depth in heart disease. Medical Image Analysis, 33, 38-43. 10.1016/j.media.2016.06.027
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30234
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Young, Martyn Nash, Beau Pontre
  • Suinesiaputra, A., Bluemke, D. A., Cowan, B. R., Friedrich, M. G., Kramer, C. M., Kwong, R., ... Young, A. A. (2015). Quantification of LV function and mass by cardiovascular magnetic resonance: Multi-center variability and consensus contours. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 17 (63).10.1186/s12968-015-0170-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Young
  • Suinesiaputra, A., Medrano-Gracia, P., Cowan, B. R., & Young, A. A. (2015). Big heart data: Advancing health informatics through data sharing in cardiovascular imaging. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 19 (4), 1283-1290. 10.1109/JBHI.2014.2370952
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young


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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level B, Room B40
New Zealand

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