Rochester, Minnesota




Dr. Richard A. Robb received the B.A. degree in Mathematics in 1965, the M.S. degree in Computer Science in 1968, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Biophysics in 1971, all from the University of Utah. He is currently the Scheller Professor in Medical Research and Professor of Biophysics and Professor of Computer Science in the Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School. He is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Mayo Graduate School. He is Director of the Mayo Biomedical Imaging Resource at Mayo Foundation/Clinic.

Dr. Robb is a member of the American Physiological Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, the National Computer Graphics Association and the International Society for Computer Assisted Surgery. He is editor, associate editor and serves on the editorial board of several prestigious international journals.

Dr. Robb has been involved in the development and application of computer systems for processing, analysis, and display of biomedical image data for over thirty years. He has been principal investigator on several NIH research grants and has over 300 publications in the field of biomedical image processing, including 5 books and 30 book chapters. He has patented several inventions related to display, manipulation, and analysis of computer-generated medical images. He has directed development of comprehensive software packages which provide advanced capabilities for multidimensional biomedical image visualization and analysis in basic research, clinical practice, and education. These software packages are used in over 300 institutions around the world and have been licensed to several companies.

Dr. Robb's research interests are in biomedical image visualization, image processing, image modeling, virtual reality, advanced software systems, and high performance computing systems and networks for biomedical image analysis. He has developed several specific applications of these techniques, including 3D image-guided neurosurgery for brain cancer and epilepsy, prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, quantification and treatment of coronary artery disease, catheter-based myocardial ablation, radiation therapy planning, craniofacial reconstructive surgery, and computerized histological analysis.

Dr. Robb has designed and taught several academic courses in image processing and visualization, and has helped develop a unique curriculum in biomedical imaging. He has successfully mentored more than 20 Ph.D. students. His continuing interests include design and evaluation of new-generation paradigms for biomedical imaging and visualization systems of the future, particularly for medical treatment planning, minimally invasive clinical procedures, computer assisted surgery, medical education, and basic science curricula.

Dr. Robb was honored in 2000 with a Named Professorship by the Board of Trustees of Mayo Foundation/Clinic. He received the prestigious award in recognition of his many contributions to medical research and education over a span of 30 years. The endowed professorship, called the Scheller Professorship in Medical Research, cites him as a "respected leader, innovative scientist, and caring educator."


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Primary Appointment

  1. Physiology and Biomedical Engineering

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Biophysics
  2. Professor of Computer Science


  1. Research Fellowship National Institutes of Health
  2. PhD - Computer Science/ Biophysics University of Utah
  3. Fellow - Science University of Utah
  4. MS - Computer Science University of Utah
  5. BA - Mathematics University of Utah
  6. AS - Science College of Eastern Utah

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