||Several MIAL papers to be presented at
||MIAL presents at ISVC 2009. Three papers
will be presented at the Optimization for Vision Graphics and Medical
Imaging track of the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC)
||Hengameh Mirzaalian awarded studentships
and scholarship. Congratulations to Hengameh Mirzaalian (PhD student of
Prof. Ghassan Hamarneh and Dr. Tim Lee) on receiving the BCCA/MSFHR
Infrastructure grant supported studentships and the CIHR Skin Research
Training Center scholarship.
||William Ma made a successful MSc defense.
William Ma made a successful MSc defense today. Congratulations! Thesis
title: Motion estimation for functional medical imaging studies using a
stereo video head pose tracking system
||Dr. Aaron Ward receives the Dean of
Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Ward
(former PhD student of Prof. Ghassan Hamarneh) for winning the Dean of
Graduate Studies Convocation Medal! Aaron is currently a postdoctoral
fellow at Imaging Research Laboratories (IRL) at Robarts Research
Institute, School of Medicine at UWO.
||Special Colloquium: Advances in Dose Calculations, Image
Processing and Dose Measurements in Radiation Therapy. Presenter: Luc
Beaulieu, Departement de Physique, de Genie Physique et d'Optique
Seminar: Cortical Thickness Analysis in Humans and Primates. Presenter:
Martin Styner, PhD. Eng., ETH, Neuro Image Analysis Laboratory, UNC.
Aaron Ward successfully defended his PhD
Thesis. Congratulations to Aaron Ward who made a successful PhD defense
today. Thesis Title: Computational Intelligence Supporting
Anatomical Shape Analysis and Computer-Aided Diagnosis.
||Maclean's Classroom Visit. MIAL members
presented eye-catching demos to Simon Hayter, a photographer from
Maclean's magazine, for their annual university-rankings issue. We are
grateful to Carol Thorbes, Information Officer with SFU Public Affairs,
for organizing this event.
||MICCAI 2008 Workshop - Exploration and
Analysis of Functional and Time-Varying Medical Imaging Data. A workshop
on the Exploration and Analysis of Functional and Time-Varying Medical
Imaging Data was organized in conjunction with MICCAI 2008 in New York.
The workshop was co-organized by Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh (MIAL) and Dr.
Rafeef Abugharbieh (BiSICL).
||MIAL and Vivarium Featured in FAS Applied
Thinking: MIAL and Vivarium research featured in the June 2008 issue of
FAS Applied Thinking.
||Aaron Ward and Ghassan Hamarneh Featured
in 'Technology for Doctors'. PhD student Aaron Ward and supervisor and
co-director of the Medical Image Analysis Lab at SFU, Dr. Ghassan
Hamarneh were featured in the article "Research at university lab is
shaping up - Non-invasive 3D image diagnostics" that is published in the
July 2008 issue of Technology for Doctors.
||VIVARIUM Seminar: Some Recent Advances in Visual
Computing. Daniel Cohen-Or, School of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv
VIVARIUM Seminar: 3D Geometry Reconstruction from Image
Data and Biomedical Applications. Presenter: Hans-Christian Hege, Head
of Visualization and Data Analysis Department, Zuse Institute Berlin
||VIVARIUM Seminar: Polyharmonic wavelets---from isotropy
to steerability. Dimitri Van De Ville, Radiology Department, CIBM Signal
Processing Core, University Hospital Geneva.
||Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh received CVPR
Outstanding Reviewer Award. The IEEE Computer Society presented Dr.
Ghassan Hamarneh with an Outstanding Reviewer Award at the Conference on
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (IEEE CVPR 2008) in Anchorage,
Alaska. The award was sponsored by IBM Research.
||Chris McIntosh profiled in the MSFHR
||MIAL Members highlighted in latest Brain
Research Center's e-newsletter. The May 2008 Brain Research Centre
newsletter is now available, profiling award recipients who are
affiliated with the labs of Brain Research Centre, including Chris
McIntosh, Aaron Ward, and Lisa Tang.
||MIAL participates in MICCAI 2008. Two
papers from MIAL will be presented at the Medical Image Computing and
Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) conference to be held in New
||Chris McIntosh Receives MSFHR
Studentship. Congratulations to Chris McIntosh, PhD student under the
supervision supervision of Ghassan Hamarneh, for receiving a Michael
Smith Foundation Health Research Senior Graduate Studentship. The
research funded will focus on "Spinal cord segmentation and analysis for
understanding multiple sclerosis". Hear Chris' speech at the Award
||Rehabilitation Aimed at Muscle
Performance awarded MSFHR funding. Michael Smith Foundation Health
Research has awarded Prof. Darlene Reid, Prof. Ghassan Hamarneh, and
other researchers the Team and Research Development Plan funding for
research on "Rehabilitation Aimed at Muscle Performance (RAMP)". The
proposal was ranked first among all applications.
Aaron Ward awarded NSERC PDF.
Congratulations to Aaron Ward for being awarded the prestigious NSERC
Canada Postdoctoral Fellowhsip (PDF). Aaron is currently a PhD candidate
under the supervision of Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh, carrying out research on
medial based shape representation, statistical shape analysis, and shape
correspondence, with applications to musculoskeletal and neurological
Chris McIntosh awarded NSERC CGS-D.
Congratulations to Chris McIntosh! He has been awarded the prestigious
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-D). Under the
supervision of Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh, Chris is a PhD student carrying out
research on artificial life approaches for medical image analysis,
vascular image segmentation, and energy-minimizing deformable models.
IEEE CVPR 2008 "SMRFI" paper on shape
matching. Lisa Tang and Ghassan Hamarneh's paper titled Shape Matching
via Registration of Vector Valued Image (SMRFI) will be presented at the
IEEE CVPR 2008 conference in Alaska.
Omer Ishaq Successfully Defended His MSc
Thesis. Congratulations to Omer Ishaq, who successfully defended his MSc
Thesis today! 200Thesis Title: Algorithms for image analysis of corpus
callosum degeneration for multiple sclerosis.
||Lisa Tang Awarded NSERC/MITACS IPS
Scholarship. Congratulations to Lisa Tang (MSc student with Prof.
Ghassan Hamarneh) for her NSERC/MITACS IPS scholarship. Lisa will
continue her research on registration and fusion of functional and
anatomical medical image data.
VIVARIUM Seminar - Finding Objects with Dynamically
Deformable Models. Klaus D. Toennies. University of Magdeburg
||Zhe Fang Successfully Defended His MSc
Thesis: Congratulations to Zhe Fang who successfully defended his MSc
Thesis (in December 2007) (Senior co-Supervisors: Ghassan Hamarneh and
Torsten Moller). The title of Zhe's thesis is: VISUALIZATION AND
EXPLORATION OF SPATIO-TEMPORAL MEDICAL IMAGE DATA SETS.
Seminar: Shape Analysis Using
Overcomplete Wavelets of the Sphere, By Prof.
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL),Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
||Vivariam Seminar: Image Analysis Projects
at the Computer Sciences Department of University Paris Descartes
bio-imaging, satellite imaging, document analysis. Nicolas Lomenie, Assistant Professor,
Universitť Paris 5.
||Medial Profiles: Among Top Accessed IJSM
Papers. Written by Dr. Hamarneh, Dr. Abugharbieh, and Dr. McInerney, the
article Medial Profiles for Modeling Deformation and Statistical
Analysis of Shape and their Use in Medical Image Segmentation has been
selected by the International Journal of Shape Modeling as one of the
top most accessed articles.
||Open house event co-organized by the VIVARIUM Labs: the
Medical Image and Computing Analysis (MICA) labs, the Autonomy labs, the
Graphics, Usability, and Visualization (GRuVi) labs, and the Vision and
Media (VML), at the School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser
||World's experts on Medical Image Analysis
meet at BIRS. Some of the best known medical image analysis researchers
in the world met at The Banff International Research Station (November
5-9, 2007), which hosted the workshop on
Mathematical Methods for
Medical Image Analysis. The workshop was co-organized by Ghassan
Hamarneh (MIAL) and Rafeef abugharbieh (BiSICL) and focused on
presenting and discussing the latest trends and challenges for solving
problems in segmentation, registration, shape modeling and analysis in a
multitude of medical imaging modalitie.
||MICA Information Session. The Medical Image Analysis and
Medical Computing Labs held an information session. Undergraduate
students from Computing Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and
Kinesiology attended the session, which included talks by lab directors
and graduate students, an informal gathering over snacks and drinks, as
well as a visit to the to the lab and viewing and participating in
project demos. The event was very well attended, with students from all
four invited faculties joining us to learn about the kinds of research
that we do, and the skills and courses that undergraduate students
should develop and take in order to best prepare themselves for eventual
work in our research areas. Due to the success of this event, we expect
to hold similar events annually, with the objective of helping
undergraduates prepare early so that they may enjoy greater success as
graduate students in medical computing.
||Image Registration Seminar: Dynamical
systems and group-wise image registration.
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Marsland. Massey Univ. New Zealand.
||MIAL participates in MICCAI 2007. Four
papers from MIAL will be presented at this year's Medical Image
Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) conference to be
held in Brisbane.
||MIAL showcased projects to visitor
Aaron Ward received Honourable Mention at
CIHR National Student Research Poster Competition: Aaron Ward, PhD
student at the Medical Image Analysis Lab under the supervision of Dr.
Ghassan Hamarneh, received an honorable mention at the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research National Student Research Poster
Competition. Aaron was selected by SFU as one of the top 2% of doctoral
students in the health sciences and nominated to participate in this
competition and in the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) in
Winnipeg, June 6-7, 2007.
Engineering a simpler computer. Making
computers simpler to use is part of Vincent Chuís grand plan. The
Governor Generalís Silver Medal recipient is creating ways to ease their
use both in industry and at home. [full
Aaron Ward wins Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research Trainee Award: Aaron Ward, under the supervision of
Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh, has won the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research (MSFHR) Senior Graduate Studentship Award for his project on
Volume and shape of the caudate nucleus and putamen as biomarkers for
Parkinson's Disease progression.
||I-DO developed at MIAL as new Insight
Journal contribution: The ITK Deformable Organisms framework (I-DO)developed
at MIAL by Chris McIntosh and Ghassan Hamarneh has been selected as one
of the Insight Journal contributions to be included in the new version
3.4 release of ITK.
||MIAL presented at "What can YOUTH Do?":
MIAL members introduced medical image analysis projects to secondary
students at this Gifted Education event on May 4, 2007.
||Toward More Intelligent Health Care.
Getting a quicker, smarter look at medical images taken using
computer-aided tomography (CAT scans) and magnetic resonance imaging
would help doctors make faster, more accurate diagnoses. At Simon Fraser
University, Ghassan Hamarneh and Chris McIntosh have developed virtual
worms that can 'crawl' through images of tubular structures such as
blood vessels. For details, see: IEEE Intelligent Systems, In the News,
Toward More Intelligent Health Care, Improving Diagnoses, March/April
(Vol. 22, No. 2), ISSN: 1541-1672, page 5, Danna Voth.
||Talk - VisEn Medical: Applied Molecular
Imaging from Small Animals to the Clinic. Jeffrey D. Peterson, Ph.D.,
Director of Applied Biology, VisEn Medical.
||MIAL contributes 2 papers to the 2007
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging.
Talk by Prof. Klaus Toennies (University
of Magdeburg): Dynamically deformable models for shape representation.
||FAS Mini-Symposium: Behavioural
Neuroscience and Functional Imaging.
||MIAL will present 5 papers at SPIE
Medical Imaging 2007.
||Intelligent Crawler Featured in the
Vancouver Sun. The work of Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh and MSc student Chris
McIntosh on image crawlers is renowned again; this time, their work is
featured on the front page of the Vancouver Sun on Nov 6th 2006.
||Creeping crawlers win award. From SFU
News: Imagine an intelligent microscopic worm that could painlessly
crawl through blood vessels, mapping every branch and passage. Such a
creature could guide brain surgeons cutting out cancerous growths, or
cardiologists searching for narrowed arteries. While no such thing
exists in the real world, computer scientists at SFU have created
artificial software animals that do travel the complex tree-like vessels
in 3D medical volume images from CAT scans or MRIs (Magnetic Resonance
Images). What's more, these virtual creatures can navigate more than
just blood vessels. They can map out complicated networks of nerves, or
air passages in lungs and similar complex branching systems in other
||MIAL participates in Open House: Several
lab members made presentations and demos in the Open House.
||CSC/PIMS Distinguished Speaker Series:
Image and Video Special Effects based on Geometry and Partial. Professor
Guillermo Sapiro. University of Minnesota.
||From Medical Images to Computer Games. As
a computing science undergrad working with Ghassan Hamarneh, Vincent Chu
improved MATLAB's image processing powers, but after graduation he
decided to apply his programming skills to computer gaming.
||Image Crawlers featured on SFU FAS
||MIAL's papers in MICCAI 2006.
MICCAI: Spinal Crawlers: Deformable Organisms for Spinal Cord
Segmentation and Analysis
MICCAI Joint Disease Workshop: (1) 3D Shape Analysis of the
Supraspinatus Muscle, (2) 3D Shape Description of the Bicipital Groove:
Correlation to Pathology
MICCAI Open Science Workshop: I-DO: A Deformable Organisms framework for
||Chris McIntosh Awarded CIHR CGS.
Seminar on Ultrasound-guided
Computer-assisted Orthopaedic Surgery. Prof. Purang
Abolmaesumi, Queen's Univ.
||ISSPIT accepted 4 MIAL papers. Four
papers by our MIAL members were accepted by the 6th IEEE International
Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT ).
Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of IEEE ISSPIT 2006
and presented at the Listel Vancouver Hotel on Aug 27-30.
||MIAL participates in the SFU open house.
||Our second MIAL social event held on
March 24th. We all had a great time and look forward to the third social
Seminar: Activation Analysis in
Functional Magnetic Resonance. Prof. Rafeef Abugharbieh,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UBC.
||Talk: Non-invasive evaluation of tumour
microenvironment using PET and MRI in animal models for cancer.
Presenter: Donald T. Yapp, Research Scientist.
||Aaron Ward 2nd place winner in FAS
graduate research conference. Three-way tie on second place including
Aaron Ward's "3D Shape Description of the Bicipital Groove of the
||Level set regularization for highly
ill-posed distributed parameter. Dr. Kees van den Doel. UBC.
Selective Photon Counting Technology for
Medical Imaging Applications. Dr. Karim Karim, Assistant Professor
of School of Engineering, SFU.
Seminar: Computation of an Average Atlas
using LDDMM and Geodesic Shooting. Dr. Faisel Beg, SFU.
||Talk: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and
Spectroscopy in animal models of human diseases. Piotr Kozlowski,
Assist. Professor, Department of Radiology/Surgery.
||MIAL had three contributions accepted to
the 2006 SPIE Medical Imaging conference.
||Talk: Magnetic Drug Targeting. Dr. Urs
Hfeli, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC.
||MIAL lab social. Our first ever MIAL
social! It was an evening of great fun, good discussions, as well as
||MIAL Participation in the Graduate
Research Day. Two focused graduate research talks (by Chris
Jennings from GrUVi and Chris McIntosh from MIAL) and the opportunity to
socialize and network with members of other labs. The Talk by Chris from
MIAL will be on: Detection and analysis of vasculature in medical
||Talk: Imaging in Nuclear Medicine -- Is
Chemistry Important? Dr Don Lyster, Department of Radiology,
Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre and UBC.
||CCSMI Presentation by Chris McIntosh.
Centre for Computational Sciences in Medical Imaging. Artificial-Life
Models for Medical Image Analysis.
||Seminar: Molecular Imaging with Glucose
Derivatives. Cara Fisher, University of British Columbia Chemistry
Department & PETGroup of TRIUMF.
BCKDF funding for MIAL.
||Talk :A Framework for SPECT Image
Reconstruction Using Graphics Hardware and Software. Bergner and Eric
Dagenais, Computing Science, SFU.
A CFI New Opportunities Fund has been
awarded to the Medical Image Analysis Lab.
||Best paper award. Congratulations to
Xiaoxing Li and Ghassan Hamarneh who have received the best paper award
for the Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision 2005. Their
paper is titled "Modeling Prior Shape and Appearance Knowledge in
||MIAL featured in the "Spotlight on Health
Research News at Simon Fraser University": Biomedical Image Computing
at SFU: A Training Ground for Health Researchers. Dr. Hamarneh from
the School of Computing Science and Dr. Beg from the School of
Engineering Science have established a state of the art Medical Image
Analysis Lab (MIAL) at Simon Fraser University. Founded in 2003, the
MIAL develops techniques for automated processing and analysis of
multi-dimensional biomedical images including magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound. As a training ground
for MSc and PhD students interested in medical image analysis and
computational anatomy, the MIAL is a key player in the field of
biomedical image computing.
Biomedical Image Computing.
||The Medical Image Analysis Lab is
actively recruiting M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in doing their
masters or PhD thesis in Medical Image Analysis and Computational
||Ghassan joins SFU school of
Computing Science as an