Toby Driscoll is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware and founding director of the Center for Applications for Mathematics in Medicine. His research is in scientific computing, numerical methods for differential equations, modeling, and biomedical applications. He is the author of the Schwarz-Christoffel Toolbox for MATLAB and a leading contributor to the Chebfun software project. He is author or co-author of four books and is working on a Julia version of the textbook Fundamentals of Numerical Computation.
Tear film breakup (TBU) is thought to be a major contributor to dry eye syndrome, which afflicts millions worldwide. Although clinicians can easily conduct fluorescence imaging during patient visits and observe what appears to be TBU, there are no widely accepted objective characterizations of TBU, let alone software that can automatically detect it. Julia is being used to detect the corneal region in fluorescence videos, collect regional intensity, and cluster regions based on TBU likelihood.