16th Conference on Medical Image Understanding and Analysis 9 - 11 July 2012, Swansea, United Kingdom miua2012.swansea.ac.uk SCOPE This 16th annual technical meeting will be hosted in Swansea in 2012. MIUA is the principal UK forum for communicating research progress within the community interested in image analysis applied to medicine and related biological science. It has been a successful series begun in Oxford in 1997. The meetings are designed for the dissemination and discussion of research in medical image understanding and analysis, an expanding area in which significant advances are currently being made. It is an area notable for the range of research communities involved, and the meeting aims to encourage the growth and raise the profile of this multi-disciplinary field by bringing together the various communities. MIUA 2012 is a single-track conference with oral and poster presentations. All accepted contributions will be published and the full proceedings will be available to delegates at the conference. Selected papers are also likely to be published in the on-line journal Annals of the BMVA. This 2012 edition adopts a new format: we are organising a half day conference tutorial, which is particularly beneficial to research students and early career researchers working in the field. Prof. Nikos Komodakis from University of Crete, Greece will be delivering the conference tutorial on the topic of "Discrete graphical models for medical image analysis: inference and learning methods". Online submission is now open! TOPIC OF INTEREST The meetings are designed for the dissemination and discussion of research in medical image understanding and analysis, and aims to encourage the growth and raise the profile of this multi-disciplinary field by bringing together the various communities, including Cardiac Imaging Novel Imaging Methods Computer-Aided Pathology Oncology Computer-Aided Radiology Ophthalmology Computer Assisted Surgery Positron Emission Imaging Dermatology Radiology Image Guided Intervention Surgery Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tissue Perfusion Neurology Ultrasound Technical contributions are sought in all relevant areas including, but not limited to, the following: Analysis of Cellular Images Analysis of Time Series Analysis of Functional Images Artificial Intelligence in Imaging Cardiac Imaging Computer-Aided Pathology Computer-Aided Radiology Computer Assisted Surgery Data Fusion Decision Support Human Computer Interaction Image Interpretation Image Guided Intervention Image Perception Image Registration Intelligent Imaging Systems Motion Analysis Multi Modality Novel Imaging Methods Quantitative Image Analysis Segmentation/Classification Shape Analysis Statistical Methods in Imaging Systematic Testing & Validation Texture Analysis Tissue Perfusion Virtual Reality Visualisation KEYNOTE SPEAKERS MIUA invites two to three prominent researchers in this field to present their work at the conference. We are grateful to the following three speakers who have already agreed to give keynote lectures at the MIUA 2012 conference. Prof. Alison Noble Oxford University, United Kingdom Professor Alison Noble FREng is a Statutory Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Oxford University Department of Engineering Science and a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IET, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is a Director of the Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA)Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary research group working in the area of biomedical imaging and image analysis, a subarea of biomedical engineering. The laboratory is based in the Oxford Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBME), part of the Department of Engineering Science, which opened in January 2008 and is the hub for biomedical engineering at Oxford. (more detailed speaker biography available on conference website) Prof. Ge Wang Virginia Tech, USA Prof. Ge Wang has been working in two imaging areas - x-ray computed tomography (CT) and optical molecular tomography. He is the founding editor-in-chief and associate editors for specialty journals as well as the leading guest editor for three IEEE Trans. Medical Imaging special issues on x-ray CT, molecular imaging, and compressive sensing respectively. He received awards and recognitions such as Fellow of IEEE, SPIE, AIMBE and OSA. To date, he has attracted >$15M of funding as PI/Contact PI, and >$20M as Co-PI/Co-investigator. Prof. Wang and his co-authors published >280 journal papers. He is the Director of the SBES Biomedical Imaging Division since 2006, which is also the ICTAS Center for Biomedical Imaging. (more detailed speaker biography available on conference website) Prof. Daniel Alexander University College London, United Kingdom Prof. Daniel Alexander is Professor of Imaging Science in the Department of Computer Science and Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL. He is an EPSRC Leadership Fellow and co-founder of the EU CONNECT consortium. He leads the Microstructure Imaging Group, which includes 15 researchers many of whom work on joint projects with the Department of Medical Physics, the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. He also leads development and maintenance of the open-source software toolkit, Camino. (more detailed speaker biography available on conference website) CONFERENCE TUTORIAL MIUA 2012 is going to organise a half day tutorial on the 9th July 2012. The tutorial is particularly beneficial to research students and early career researchers who are working in this field. Prof. Nikos Komodakis University of Crete, Greece Prof. Komodakis is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the Computer Science Department, University of Crete. He is also an affiliated researcher with INRIA-Saclay (the French research institute in informatics and control), working at the computer vision and medical imaging group. Prior to that he had also been a postdoctoral research fellow as well as an adjunct professor at the Applied Mathematics Department of Ecole Centrale de Paris (fellowship awarded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche), which is one of the top three engineering schools in France (part of the elite of "Grande Ecoles"). In 2007, He was finalist for the prestigious ERCIM Cor Baayen Award for the most promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics. (more detailed speaker biography available on conference website) IMPORTANT DATES Technical paper submission: 12 March 2012 Challenge abstract submission: 12 March 2012 Notification of acceptance: 7 May 2012 Camera ready paper submission: 21 May 2012 Conference tutorial: 9 July 2012 Main conference: 10 - 11 July 2012 PAPER SUBMISSION Technical Papers (6 pages) are solicited on any topic within the scope of the conference. Each paper will be evaluated by three reviewers. Challenge Abstracts (1 page) are also solicited. These should outline a challenge to the image analysis community from a clinical or end-user perspective. MIUA operates a double-blind review process. Your review submission must not identify you as the author. MIUA does allow for dual submission of manuscript contents, typically with conferences such as IPMI, MICCAI and ISBI. The authors should indicate in their summary statements where else the work has been submitted for publication and to what extent the MIUA paper overlaps the dual submission. Paper submission instructions and submission website are available at the conference website: http://miua2012.swansea.ac.uk CONFERENCE CHAIR Xianghua Xie Swansea University, United Kingdom CONTACT miua2012@swansea.ac.uk