Ziv Yaniv is a senior computer scientist in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, at the National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and at TAJ Technologies Inc. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Israel, in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he was an assistant professor in the department of radiology, Georgetown university, and from 2011 to 2014 he was a principal investigator at Children's National Hospital in Washington DC. His main areas of interest are image-guided interventions, medical image analysis, computer vision, and software engineering.

Dr. Yaniv is a member of the MICCAI society and a senior member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Computer societies. He was chair of SPIE Medical Imaging: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling (2013-2016) and program chair for the Information Processing in Computer Assisted Interventions (IPCAI) 2016 conference. He has also served on the program committee of various international conferences in the domains of computer aided interventions and medical image analysis (MICCAI, IPCAI, SPIE, EMBC). He has been an associate editor for IET Healthcare Technology Letters since 2013 and on the editorial board of Springer's Int. J. Comput. Assist. Radiol. Surg. since 2016.

He believes in the curative power of open research, and is actively involved in development of free open source software, including the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK), the Insight Registration and Segmentation toolkit (ITK) and SimpleITK.