Philippe C. Cattin is Associate Professor for Medical Image Analysis and Image-guided Therapy at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Brugg-Windisch, Switzerland and a M.Sc. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland in 1991 and 1991, followed by a doctoral thesis on biometric systems at the Institute of Robotics, ETH Zurich in 2002.
After his Ph.D, Cattin lead the Medical Image Analysis Group of the Computer Vision Laboratory at the ETH Zurich until in late 2007, when he founded the Medical Image Analysis Center at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland, which he is still leading today. Made possible by an endowment from the Swiss entrepreneur Dr. Hansjörg Wyss, the center has become a leading scientific contributor, developing and now minitaturizing robotic laser surgery.
Cattin is currently also heading the newly established Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel and is widely expected to produce further breakthrouhgs in augmented reality and navigation and, his focus at Lift Basel, a computer-assisted robot-guided laser osteotome — simply put a robotic laser bone cutter.