Dr Julia Dietlmeier

Insight Diversity: Dr Julia Dietlmeier on her start in research

Submitted on Tuesday, 28/03/2023

Dr Julia Dietlmeier received her Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Wireless Communication from Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany. She completed her Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
She completed her PhD degree in Electronic Engineering specializing in Computer Vision and Machine Learning from Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland in 2017. Her PhD thesis “A Machine Learning Approach to the Unsupervised Segmentation of Mitochondria in Subcellular Electron Microscopy Data” investigated applications of unsupervised machine learning techniques to biomedical segmentation problems in electron microscopy domains.
Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher within the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, Ireland. Her research interests involve deep learning, medical imaging, electron microscopy, pattern analysis, statistical communication theory, information-theoretical problems and applied numerical methods. She is a member of IEEE and European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI).

What inspired you to pursue a career in research, and how did you get started in your field?

I dreamed about working in research during my Master studies in the USA. I remember that I was inspired by lectures such as Statistical Signal Processing and Systems Science and especially how one can develop medical applications based on pure mathematics. However, I had two maternity leaves in between and had to postpone my PhD ambition. In addition, our young family relocated from the USA to Ireland. I was looking for a new job in Ireland and was successful to start as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Image Processing and Analysis (CIPA), Vision Systems Group at DCU. This position has later developed into the PhD research under the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform (NBIP) funding scheme. The research carried out at CIPA, DCU expanded my knowledge in computer vision and biomedical imaging and helped me to secure a Postdoc position with Insight.