VCBM: virtual and free this year + call for image contest submissions!

The premier workshop venue for biomedical visualization research VCBM is already celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year! We are happy to share the following information from the chairs:

“10th Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (EG VCBM 2020) September 28 – October 1, 2020 (virtual workshop)

As VCBM is held virtually this year due to COVID-19, the registration is free for all participants (visit www.vcbm.org to register). This year, VCBM is held jointly with VMV (the 25th International Symposium on Vision, Modeling and Visualization) and DAGM GCPR (the 42nd German Conference on Pattern Recognition). All talks will be live-streamed and there will be ample opportunities for discussions and scientific exchange.

For the 10th anniversary of EG VCBM, we are happy to announce an exciting program with high-profile keynote speakers, research paper presentations, industry talks, a joint panel discussion together with VMV, a free half-day tutorial on game engines for visualization on Monday, posters, and an image contest. For the latter, we would like to invite you to submit your images related to computational biology and medicine – visualizations, photorealistic and non-photorealistic renderings, computer generated and hand-drawn illustrations are all welcome. A jury will select the best submission to receive the VCBM Image Award, and the conference participants will select the People’s Choice Award. All the accepted submissions will be displayed in a virtual gallery on the VCBM webpage. The deadline for the submission is September 20, 2020. For more information and submission instructions, please visit: https://www.gcpr-vmv-vcbm-2020.uni-tuebingen.de/?page_id=612

We are also happy to announce that there will be again an open call for submissions to the Computers and Graphics Journal (C&G) Special Section on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM) after the workshop. Besidesoriginal research, system, and survey papersthat summarize and expand the state of the art in visual computing with a strong focus on applications to biology and medicine, we explicitly want to invite significantly extended and revised versions of full papers, surveys, or posters presented at the VCBM 2020 (full papers are expected to contain at least 30% of additional material).

We hope to see you all at virtual DAGM GCPR | VMV | VCBM 2020! For more information, see www.vcbm.org!

the General Chairs of VCBM 2020:
Michael Krone (University of Tübingen, Germany)
and Kay Nieselt (University of Tübingen, Germany)”

PostDoc position in (Medical) Visualization and Visual Computing at TU Wien, Austria

The Visualization Group at TU Wien (Austria) has an open PostDoc position in Computer Science in the area of (Medical) Visualization and Visual Computing. The successful candidate will be involved in research and teaching activities of the group and will be able to pursue her/his research interests.

The position is for a duration of 6 years, with an earliest starting date in September 2020. The application deadline is the 13th August 2020. Please check out the official announcement for further details.

PostDoc position in brain imaging research at Linköping University, Sweden

The team at Linköping University, Sweden is recruiting a a post doc for brain imaging research related to brain-gut interactions in Irritable bowel syndrome.

They offer a possibility to work in a multidisciplinary team, which has been investigating brain-gut mechanisms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) since many years. The team has been using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, including MR spectroscopy together with clinical data, analysis of gut barrier function, blood samples, and questionnaires on mood and behaviour. In 2020, they are planning a new intervention study. If you want to know more about the project, you can contact Maria Engström (maria.engstrom@liu.se) or Susanna Walter (susanna.walter@liu.se) for more information. The application deadline is the 21st of February, 2020.

Thanks for the tip, Daniel Jönsson!

Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality

Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality
Thursday 23rd May, 6.30pm

Our Visualising Medical Heritage Project brings medical history to life and enables enhanced access to our museum collection through cutting edge visualisation technology. Join us for a series of events where we will explore the different potentials of visualisation, combining medical history, science and the creative arts.
This workshop looks at the wonderful world of VR. From 3D digital modelling to VR headsets and Minecraft, find out how new technologies are helping us to bring our medical heritage to life.
We’ll also be joined by Holoxica Ltd and The School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art – they’ll be demonstrating some amazing, new technologies which explore imaginative uses of 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.
The event starts at 6:30pm and is suitable for adults and children 12+
Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Book here – https://rcpsg.ac.uk/events/HERITAGEVMH230519-2019-05-23-121

Our Visualising Medical Heritage project is supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Invite for Book Chapter

I have an exciting opportunity to contribute a book chapter to the book volume entitled Biomedical Visualisation, Springer International Publishing, of which I am Editor. This will be within the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology series. I am looking for those involved in using technologies to improve our understanding of the human body, related biological processes and educating via technological methodologies. Volume 1 and 2 are out soon. Contact me if interested with a proposal.

Here are the links for Volumes 1 and 2:

https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030060695

https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030142261

Call for Participation: Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine 2019

The Eurographics Association organizes a biannual competition to acknowledge the contribution of computer graphics in the medical field, and to encourage further development. Originally called “Eurographics Medical Prize”, the competition was renamed to “Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine” in 2010 — in honor of Dirk Bartz who passed away far too early in March 2010. Dirk Bartz was a highly
recognized and enthusiastic scientist, teacher and promoter of Visual Computing in Medicine.

Submissions to the Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine 2019 are being invited from researchers and developers who can demonstrate that a particular benefit in a medical application has resulted from the use of visual computing technology that they have produced/developed. Submissions from all areas of visual computing — examples include the use of new data visualization techniques, interaction methods, or virtual/augmented environments are welcome. Entries typically summarize a body of research and/or development that has been conducted over the course of a project, PhD thesis, etc. and particular weight is put on demonstrating the medical impact of the work.

The submission deadline for next year’s award is January 25, 2019. Please find more information on the official webpage.

Night at the Museum of Anatomy – past, present and future

We have a very exciting public engagement (adult only) event called Night at the Museum of Anatomy – Past, Present and Future. It will be held from 18:00-20:00 on the 27th September at the University of Glasgow with partners from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, the NHS and featuring anatomical, historical and pathology specimens from our Anatomy Facility, as well as body painting, at the University of Glasgow. Click HERE to find out more and be sure to register fast to guarantee your place. It is set to be a very popular event!

3 PhD + 1 PostDoc position in Medical Visualization at the University of Bergen (Norway)

Good times for medical visualization here in Norway, as we are hiring 3 PhDs and 1 PostDoc in medical visualization currently! The visualization research group at the Department of Informatics of the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB), is seeking motivated and capable new PhD students who wish to pursue cutting-edge visualization research in a stimulating and dynamic international environment. The PhD positions are for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility for a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The PostDoc position is for a period of 3 years. All of these positions are financed partly by the Bergen Research Foundation (BFS) and associated with the newly established Mohn Medical Imaging and Visualization Centre (MMIV).

More information on these excellent job opportunities is available from the job openings page. The application deadline for the PhD positions is the 1st of August 2018, so do not delay and prepare your application! You can apply directly via the Jobbnorge announcement for the PhD Positions. The PostDoc position will be announced shortly.