The 7th “Karl-Heinz-Höhne Award for Visualization in Medicine” (in short medvis-award) is now accepting submissions. Besides eternal glory, the top contestants of this biannual competition will receive in total 1.000 EUR, donated by BrainLAB AG. You can only apply if you are a young scientist with a diploma thesis or with up to two publications (published or to be reviewed) in the field of medical visualization. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Find out more about the award here and check out previous winners here.
The submission deadline is the 4th of May (May the 4th be with you!) and the lucky winners will be receiving their award at VCBM 2016 in Bergen, Norway 🙂
I know our post on or rather against the use of rainbow colormaps is one of the most well-read on our blog. It gets referenced quite a bit and is even used in visualization lectures. It’s been a while since it was written though, and now it seems like a good time for an update featuring the beautiful alternative colormaps now included in Matplotlib. Let’s start with a little teaser image:
Two classics and the four new colormaps applied to medical data!
Update: The submission deadline has been extended to March 4th due to popular demand!
The “call for papers” for the EuroRVVV (EuroVis Workshop on Reproducibility, Verification, and Validation in Visualization) was released yesterday and this year it is focused on medical visualization! The topic is “From Medical Visualization Concepts to Certified Applications”. We hope that everyone gets excited about it and submits as many papers as possible until February 26th, 2016!
Further details and submission details can be found at: http://eurorvvv.org/
It’s no secret the Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) is one of my favorite events for some years already, all medical visualization all the time! Since last year, it turned into an annual workshop, which means we get to enjoy another VCBM in 2016 already, from the 7th of September until the 9th. This edition promises to be extra epic for several reasons, outlined below:
- It will be in Bergen, Norway. Bergen, for those of you that never visited, is a truly amazing city situated between majestic mountains and a beautiful harbor. You could do worse! “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”, people!
- Additionally, also speaking from personal experience, the Bergen Vis group is filled with awesome people that do great research.
- If this is still not convincing you of the epicness, next year the 10th annual Medviz conference will be held at the same time!
‘So where do I sign up?’ I hear you thinking. The official website describing all the details is here, there is a Facebook page for you to like (if not love!) here and even a Facebook event here!
This year IEEE VIS (the conference formerly known as VisWeek) 2015 takes place in Chicago, also known as the “Windy City”. On the first day, I attended a very interesting tutorial about medical visualization entitled “Rejuvenated Medical Visualization”. This tutorial was opened by Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, the organizer of this event. He welcomed the audience and introduced the other speakers in the tutorial: Anders Ynnerman, Stefan Bruckner and Helwig Hauser.
Attending VIS 2015 in Chicago this year? Lucky you! We’ve compiled an overview of papers that sound relevant to our medical visualization interests and have some recommendations on what workshops, tutorials and sessions to attend to maximize your medvis experience. Can’t make it this year? No worries, there will be a full conference report afterwards.
- On Sunday there’s a workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (8:30am–5:55pm) in the Empire if VA is your jam.
- If VA is not your jam, I recommend going to this tutorial:
Rejuvenated Medical Visualization—LargeScale, Whole-Body Visualization, Visualizing Physiology, Non-standard imaging and Simulations, and Cohort Studies featuring Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, Anders Ynnerman, Stefan Bruckner and Helwig Hauser from 8:30am–12:10pm at the Monroe. Check the trailer:
- In the afternoon you can then stay in the Monroe for the tutorial on Direct Volume Interaction for Visual Data Analysis with Alexander Wiebel, Tobias Isenberg, Stefan Bruckner and Timo Ropinski from 14:00-17:55. There’s a video too:
- If you’re interested in uncertainty visualization, there is a full day
workshop (8:30am-5:55pm) in the Empire room: Visualization for Decision Making Under Uncertainty featuring Kristin Potter, Ruediger Westermann, Christoph Heinzl, Mike Kirby, Ross Whitaker, Eduard Groller, Torsten
Möller and Stefan Bruckner.
- If you’re up for some Paraview in the afternoon there is a tutorial (2:00pm-5:55pm) in the Adams room, appropriately entitled The ParaView Tutorial
- In the evening (7:00pm-9:00pm) there is a Practicioner event in the Empire, featuring a talk on “Visual Exploration in Surgery Monitoring for Coronary Vessels”:
- The first SciVis session in the State “SciVis Intro + Biomedical and Molecular Visualization (I)” (10:30am-12:10pm) is a definite must-see:
- Accurate Interactive Visualization of Large Deformations and Variability in Biomedical Image (J)
Authors: Max Hermann, Anja C. Schunke, Thomas Schultz, Reinhard Klein
- Real-Time Molecular Visualization Supporting Diffuse Illumination and Ambient Occlusion (J)
Authors: Robin Skånberg, Pere-Pau Vázquez, Victor Guallar, Timo Ropinski
- Occlusion-free Blood Flow Animation with Wall Thickness Visualization (J)
Authors: Kai Lawonn, Sylvia Glasser, Anna Vilanova, Bernhard Preim, Tobias Isenberg
- NeuroBlocks: Visual Tracking of Segmentation and Proof-Reading for Large Connectomics Projects (J)
Authors: Ali Al-Awami, Johanna Beyer, Daniel Haehn, Narayanan Kasthuri, Jeff W. Lichtman, Hanspeter Pfister, Markus Hadwiger
- After lunch, get ready for another SciVis session in the State on Comparative, Ensemble and Uncertainty Visualization (2:00pm-3:40pm):
- Streamline Variability Plots for Characterizing the Uncertainty in Vector Field Ensembles (J)
Authors: Florian Ferstl, Kai Bürger, Rüdiger Westermann
- Isosurface Visualization of Data with Nonparametric Models for Uncertainty (J)
Authors: Tushar Athawale, Elham Sakhaee, Alireza Entezari
- Effective Visualization of Temporal Ensembles (J)
Authors: Christopher Healey, Lihua Hao, Steffen Bass
- Glyph-based Comparative Visualization for Diffusion Tensor Fields (J)
Authors: Changgong Zhang, Thomas Schultz, Kai Lawonn, Elmar Eisemann, Anna Vilanova
- Multi-field Pattern Matching based on Sparse Feature Sampling (J)
Authors: Zhongjie Wang, Hans-Peter Seidel, Tino Weinkauf
- For Tuesday’s finale, yet another interesting SciVis session in the State room regardig Reconstruction, Rendering and Evaluation (4:15pm-5:55pm):
- Towards an Understanding of Mobile Touch Navigation in a Stereoscopic Viewing Environment for 3D Data Exploration (T)
Authors: David López, Lora Oehlberg, Candemir Doger, Tobias Isenberg
- Reconstruction and Visualization of Coordinated 3D Cell Migration Based on Optical Flow (J)
Authors: Christopher Paul Kappe, Lucas Schütz, Stefan Gunther, Lars Hufnagel, Steffen Lemke, Heike Leitte
- Gaze Stripes: Image-Based Visualization of Eye Tracking Data (J)
Authors: Kuno Kurzhals, Marcel Hlawatsch, Florian Heimerl, Michael Burch, Thomas Ertl, Daniel Weiskopf
- Anisotropic Ambient Volume Shading (J)
Authors: Marco Ament, Carsten Dachsbacher
- JiTTree: A Just-in-Time Compiled Sparse GPU Volume Data Structure (J)
Authors: Matthias Labschütz, Stefan Bruckner, Eduard Gröller, Markus Hadwiger, Peter Rautek
- Wednesday morning you have a difficult choice to make ^^, both the SciVis and VAST sessions look interesting:
- SciVis in the State: Tasks and Applications (8:30am-10:10am):
- A Classification of User Tasks in Visual Analysis of Volume Data (C)
Authors: Bireswar Laha, Doug Bowman, David Laidlaw, John Socha
- Using Maximum Topology Matching to Explore Differences in Species Distribution Models (C)
Authors: Jorge Poco, Harish Doraiswamy, Marian Talbert, Jeffrey Morisette, Claudio Silva
- Visual Verification of Space Weather Ensemble Simulations (C)
Authors: Alexander Bock, Asher Pembroke, M. Leila Mays, Lutz Rastaetter, Anders Ynnerman, Timo Ropinski
- A Visual Voting Framework for Weather Forecast Calibration (C)
Authors: Hongsen Liao, Yingcai Wu, Li Chen, Thomas M. Hamill, Yunhai Wang, Kan Dai, Hui Zhang, Wei Chen
- Real-time Uncertainty Visualization for B-Mode Ultrasound (C)
Authors: Christian Schulte zu Berge, Denis Declara, Christoph Hennersperger, Maximilian Baust, Nassir Navab
- At the same time, the VAST session in the Red room, Visual Analytics in Medicine and Healthcare, also looks tempting (8:30am-10:10am):
- VisOHC: Designing Visual Analytics for Online Health Communities (J)
Authors: Bum Chul Kwon, Sung-Hee Kim, Sukwon Lee, Jaegul Choo, Jina Huh, Ji Soo Yi
- 3D Regression Heat Map Analysis of Population Study Data (J)
Authors: Paul Klemm, Kai Lawonn, Sylvia Glasser, Uli Niemann, Kathrin Hegenscheid, Henry Voíölzke, Bernhard Preim
- Supporting Iterative Cohort Construction with Visual Temporal Queries (J)
Authors: Josua Krause, Adam Perer, Harry Stavropoulos
- PhenoBlocks: Phenotype Comparison Visualizations (J)
Authors: Michael Glueck, Peter Hamilton, Fanny Chevalier, Simon Breslav, Azam Khan, Daniel Wigdor, Michael Brudno
- Integrating Predictive Analytics into a Spatio-Temporal Epidemic Simulation (C)
Authors: Chris Bryan, Xue Wu, Susan Mniszewski, Kwan-Liu Ma
- The SciVis sessions after the morning session are
Feature Extraction and Flows (10:30am-12:10pm) and Maps, Geometry and Terrain (4:15pm-5:55pm), neither of which seem to contain any medvis.
- Thursday morning starts with another interesting SciVis session in the State room Interfaces, Languages and Systems (8:30am-10:10am):
- Diderot: a Domain-Specific Language for Portably Parallel Scientific Visualization and Image Analysis (J)
Authors: Gordon Kindlmann, Charisee Chiw, Nicholas Seltzer, Lamont Samuels, John Reppy
- Visualization-by-Sketching: An Artist’s Interface for Creating Multivariate Time-Varying Data (J)
Authors: David Schroeder, Daniel Keefe
- CAST: Effective and Efficient User Interaction for Context-Aware Selection in 3D Particle Clouds (J)
Authors: Lingyun Yu, Konstantinos Efstathiou, Petra Isenberg, Tobias Isenberg
- Intuitive Exploration of Volumetric Data Using Dynamic Galleries (J)
Authors: Daniel Jönsson, Martin Falk, Anders Ynnerman
- Scalable Parallel Distance Field Construction for Large-Scale Applications (T)
Authors: Hongfeng Yu, Jinrong Xie, Kwan-Liu Ma, Hemanth Kolla, Jacqueline H. Chen
- After the coffee break, a medvis-free SciVis session in the State featuring Vectors, Acceleration, and Hardware (10:30am-12:10pm)
- In the afternoon, there is another choice to make between CG&A and SciVis:
- There’s a SciVis session in the State on Multivariate and Tensor Visualization (2:00pm-3:40pm):
- Interactive Visualization for Singular Fibers of Functions f: R3->R2 (J)
Authors: Daisuke Sakurai, Osamu Saeki, Hamish Carr, Hsiang-Yun Wu, Takahiro Yamamoto, David Duke, Shigeo Takahashi
- Association Analysis for Visual Exploration of Multivariate Scientific Data Sets (J)
Authors: Xiaotong Liu, Han-Wei Shen
- Mining Graphs for Understanding Time-Varying Volumetric Data (J)
Authors: Yi Gu, Chaoli Wang, Tom Peterka, Robert Jacob, Seung Hyun Kim
- Visualizing Tensor Normal Distributions at Multiple Levels of Detail (J)
Authors: Amin Abbasloo, Vitalis Wiens, Max Hermann, Thomas Schultz
- Adaptive Multilinear Tensor Product Wavelets (J)
Authors: Kenneth Weiss, Peter Lindstrom
- The CG&A session at the Empire deals with Application-Tailored Visualizations (2:00pm-3:40pm) and features among other topics, this medvis-related paper:
- Interactive Visual Analysis of Heterogeneous Cohort Study Data
Authors: Paolo Angelelli, Steffen Oeltze, Judit Haász, Cagatay Turkay, Erlend Hodneland, Arvid Lundervold, Astri J. Lundervold, Bernhard Preim, Helwig Hauser
- Friday morning starts with part two our favorite session topic Biomedical and Molecular Visualization (II) in the State (8:30am-10:10am):
- AnimoAminoMiner: Exploration of Protein Tunnels and their Properties in Molecular Dynamics (J)
Authors: Jan Byška, Mathieu Le Muzic, Eduard Gröller, Ivan Viola, Barbora Kozlikova
- Exploration of the Brain’s White Matter Structure through Visual Abstraction and Multi-Scale Local Fiber Tract Contraction (T)
Authors: Maarten H. Everts, Henk Bekker, Jos B.T.M. Roerdink, Tobias Isenberg
- Cluster Analysis of Vortical Flow in Simulations of Cerebral Aneurysm Hemodynamics (J)
Authors: Steffen Oeltze-Jafra, Juan R. Cebral, Gábor Janiga, Bernhard Preim
Medvis.org-contributor Kai Lawonn will be representing team medvis.org at the event, so be sure to go say hi to him if you see him (you might get one of the extremely-limited-edition medvis.org business cards ;)). Besides representing, he’s also presenting his work Tuesday morning in the ‘SciVis Intro + Biomedical and Molecular Visualization
(I)’-session, so don’t miss that one either ^^. I would like to wish all attendees a great time at VIS! Good luck and have fun! For those left behind like me, I can only wish Scivis does a little tweeting for a change 😉
Update: The slides of all talks are now available here!
MICCAI 2015! This year, MICCAI (International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention) takes place in Munich almost during the Oktoberfest. Sauerkraut, Weißwurst, Beer, and Science. What a great combination! The first day, MICCAI started with a few satellite events. Among these events, for us most relevant: the Tutorial on Advanced Medical Visualization. Most of the big shots in the medical visualization area contributed to this event and talked about ongoing research and the current state of the art in medical visualization. Anna Vilanova and Bernhard Preim were the hosts of this tutorial and introduced it.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) 2015 conference for the third and potentially, but not hopefully, last time. This year it was held in Chester (UK) at The Riverside Innovation Centre at the University of, you guessed it, Chester! In this conference report I will summarize some personal highlights. Repeating last year’s tradition, I again tweeted a picture for almost every talk. I still don’t think Twitter is really gaining traction among the scivis community, and I wonder what it would take to change it (or if it even needs to change ^^). As every year, given the theme of the conference almost every talk is relevant to our medical visualization interests, but I would like to briefly summarize only a couple of them here. Check the full list of papers and posters presented here if this is not enough to satiate your VCBM-craving-needs. Continue reading
The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in Germany has an open position for a PhD Student in Computer Graphics, AR / VR at the Computer-Assisted Surgery group at the Faculty of Computer Science. The research focus is the image guided minimal invasive therapy, especially the development of visualization and interaction techniques for Augmented / Virtual Reality.
Check out the full job description and apply here. The application deadline is the 10th of October, so don’t delay and start sending in those applications!
In this exciting series at medvis.org we interview fascinating people working in the medical visualization field. We had the pleasure of interviewing Roy van Pelt, who talked to us about his academic career and current activities in industry. Continue reading