Friday, October 7, 2011

Institute bioengineers at MICCAI

Guest post by Kevin Cleary, PhD

The Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation was well represented at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) meeting in Toronto from September 18-22, 2011.

Principal Investigator Ziv Yaniv, PhD, was the lead organizer for a tutorial on Image-Guided Interventions. Principal Investigator Marius George Linguraru, PhD, was a co-organizer for a workshop on Computational and Clinical Applications in Abdominal Imaging. Additionally, I was a participant and panel speaker during the workshop on Systems and Architectures for Computer Assisted Interventions.

The MICCAI meeting is an annual event, which attracts leading scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines associated with medical imaging and computer assisted surgery. Each year, more than 1,000 people from around the world attend this high level convention. Session topics address issues encountered in a wide variety of image-based clinical disciplines including cardiology, radiology, and surgery. A rigorous double blind review process with five reviewers assigned to each paper ensures the high technical quality of the presentations. For anyone interested in the latest technical developments in medical image analysis and computer assisted interventions, this is the conference of choice.

“MICCAI is the essential annual meeting for the medical imaging community and an important venue for us to represent our new institute and pioneering work. It is a very efficient way to establish new research alliances,” said Dr. Linguraru. “The MICCAI conference highlights key technologies that we plan to incorporate into future navigation systems for pediatric applications.

In addition, the conference gives us the opportunity to interact and recruit highly skilled individuals interested in developing the next generation of navigation systems for pediatric interventions,” added Dr. Yaniv. The conference was very motivating for all of the Sheikh Zayed attendees as the meeting highlighted the continuing influx of technology into the clinical realm.

The next annual meeting will be October 1-5, 2012 in Nice, France. Proposals for workshop and tutorials are due January 6, 2012, and papers for reviews are due March 1, 2012. Further information can be found at

--Kevin Cleary, Technical Director, Sheikh Zayed Institute

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