Center for Dental Informatics: Programs

Practicum and Thesis Opportunities

The Center for Dental Informatics at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, offers exciting opportunities for students interested in a class project, practicum or thesis. The center has a very active research and information technology infrastructure program that offers many opportunities to put didactic skills into practice.

Project areas and applicable skills and technologies include:

Project Skills and technologies
Quantitative Image Analysis using Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended: A student worker is required who possesses Photoshop CS3 technical skills as well as Web talents to become part of the development team for a cutting edge biomedical research educational resource. The project is funded by an Innovation in Education award from the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Provost's Advisory Council on the Instructional Excellence. Good Photoshop CS3 features knowledge, advanced general computing including video and audio editing, familiarity with Web 2.0 technology: wiki use, social bookmarking, basic knowledge of CourseWeb/Blackboard course management system (see details about the position and the project)
Web design: The Center for Dental informatics maintains and develops several large Websites, and will undertake a major Web redesign project later this year. Needs assessment, specification development, graphic and Web design, user interface design, usability tests HTML, Flash, XML, php, mySQL, JavaScript, Java
Online communities: The Center is working on the development of two online communities through NIH-funded projects. Specification development, Web design, system architecture development, evaluation design, usability tests, knowledge management Web and database technologies, scripting
Educational software development: Several projects center on the development of cutting-edge educational software in clinical dentistry or the basic sciences. Specification development, Web design, information design, educational design, adaptive learning, typography, user interface design Web and database technologies, programming (several languages)
Custom programming projects: Periodically, the Center requires small-scale programming projects for special needs. Specification development, programming, testing, usability tests Java, C++, mySQL, Oracle, php4, JavaScript
Computer-based dental record projects: Currently, the Center is working on implementing a computer-based dental record for all patient care areas in the school. Needs assessment, comparative product review, systems integration (various commercial platforms)

The center offers opportunities for short- and long-term engagements for class projects, practica and theses. If you're interested, please contact: Dr. Heiko Spallek, Asst. Professor, Center for Dental Informatics, School of Dental Medicine, Phone: (412) 648-8886, Fax: (412) 648-9960, E-mail:,