A five day Workshop on Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis (WMLMIA 2015)
was organized by Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) during June 24-28,
The workshop was inaugurated on June 24, in the presence of Prof. Timothy Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi), Prof. Ramesh Oruganti (Dean (Academics), IIT Mandi), and Prof. B.D. Chaudhary (Dean (Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy), IIT Mandi). During the inauguration, they highlighted the importance of technology in healthcare, and that of interdisciplinary interactions in this area.
The workshop was organized with the objective of improving the awareness of research
in medical image analysis, among young researchers,
both from theoretical and practical perspectives. It also aimed to facilitate the
intermingling and networking of domain experts in machine learning and medical image
analysis, from academia and industry, and medical practitioners.
Towards achieving this objective, the workshop involved talks by eleven speakers, consisting of five researchers from academic institutions (IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIIT Hyderabad), five experts from industry (GE, SIEMENS, EVIVE, AINDRA), and a radiologist from PGIMER Chandigarh. The talks focused on a variety of topics covering the background on machine learning, applications in medical image analysis research and system development, and some clinical perspectives. Some examples include neonatal healthcare, acoustic and OCT image analysis, medical image reconstruction, patient monitoring, vessel segmentation, coronary artery plaque, and healthcare analytics.
The workshop was attended by about sixty participants from various institutions across India. The participation consisted of post-graduate and under-graduate students, and some faculty members. The workshop facilitated many useful interactions between the guests and participants.
During these interactions, the need for further developing the medical image analysis community was realized, and it was discussed that more meetings/activities should take place, to achieve the same. Some conscious efforts to be made in this directions were outlined.
The workshop was sponsored by IIT Mandi, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Aindra systems, and Evive software systems.
|Prof. Timothy Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi delivering inaugural address|