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2nd VPH NoE Workshop - Medical Imaging Toolkit: Tools and Interoperability

21 Juillet 2011

Catégorie : Conférence internationale

Open Call for Proposals.
2nd VPH NoE Workshop on Toolkit Hands-on Training Medical Imaging Toolkit: Tools and Interoperability

21-23 November 2011
INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France

 Open Call for Proposals
2nd VPH NoE Workshop on Toolkit Hands-on
Training Medical Imaging Toolkit: Tools & Interoperability

21-23 November 2011
INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France


The VPH NoE has designed a flexible training strategy to address priorities that will develop over time. Short‐term activities include a series of training events to address particular needs, featuring Study Groups, Workshops on the use of the VPH ToolKit, Summer Schools on VPH models and modelling techniques, and Erasmus Bilateral Student Exchanges. The main objectives of these activities are:

  • To start to deliver training activities that bring together researchers from different backgrounds and institutions, promoting the consolidation of a VPH community whilst providing valuable information on these experiences to direct and inform future training activities;
  • To meet the need for tuition on critical aspects of VPH expertise, not least in training on the VPHToolKit.

The Workshops are intended to be quite distinct from the Study Groups (whose primary aim is to answer specific scientific research questions in a multidisciplinary setting). In contrast, ToolKit Workshops will focus on the identification of ‘gaps’ in existing tools used by the VPH Community, will promote the use and re‐use of these tools in problem‐solving activities, and will ultimately encourage the collaborative improvement of such tools.

Workshop Objectives
  • To be a forum for discussions around medical imaging software.
  • To help the development of practical interoperability between different tools in an environment shared by researchers and developers.
  • To disseminate a bestpractice approach to imaging tool development, in particular for incorporation into the VPH ToolKit. The different VPH Guidelines (e.g. on Interoperability) will serve as a basis and will be improved based on this experience.
  • To publish relevant results in a journal, such as the Insight Journal.
Call for Participants

The workshop organisers invite interested researchers and practitioners to propose their participation in this 2011 Workshop in either or both of two distinct categories, focusing on interoperability:

  • Presenting an imaging software solution, or
  • Submitting a problem‐solving requirement

The workshop organisers invite interested researchers and practitioners to submit solutions and/or problems identified in their current or recent research projects that would expose, or benefit from,increased interoperability with other participants or third party software systems. Proposers will beinvited to work closely with the workshop organisers or fellow participants in the preparation of theworkshop activities aimed at addressing their specific topics of interest. The organisers will try tofacilitate interaction between participants prior to the event.

The scope of this 2nd workshop will focus on the medical imaging contribution to the virtual physiological human. Several examples in this context of successful interactions between tools currently included inthe VPH ToolKit are described below. The workshop is orientated towards gathering information on theproject or the plan of research and the problem (ideally the workflow) that the applicants would like to address.

Prospective proposers should expect that this workshop will offer a set of potential solutions to their technological problem, based on tools currently included in the ToolKit, or tools that may become candidates for inclusion in the ToolKit, as motivated by this workshop. Developers of tools in the ToolKitwill jointly work with proposers, leveraging the experiences gained in the past applying such tools tosolve workflow‐oriented VPH‐related technological problems (see next Section). This workshop is better seen as a gathering of scientists and developers having a common goal of enabling practical interaction between their tools, in order to disseminate them further, and share more knowledge.

The organisers here wish to act as ‘match‐makers’ between two types of candidates:

  • Producers of tools looking for new software to interoperate with, or who would like to increase the popularity of their tools by making them useful to third parties;
  • Consumers in search of a functionality present in another tool that they would like to use to solve a particular problem.

It may be that a particularly appropriate problem could be the target for multiple attempts at a solution,based on different sets of available tools.

Exemplar Workflows

A first exemplar interoperability application could be the demonstration of different image registration algorithms through a common API dedicated to this medical application. A first version of this Registration Programming Interface was just released for the VPH NoE. It can serve as a basis to build this interoperability feature.

A second exemplar interoperability application will be to concatenate different processing tasks originating in different software systems into a single pipeline.

Who can apply?

The present workshop is part of several activities undertaken by the VPH NoE in order to contribute to the consolidation of the VPH community. In this context, prospective applicants do not need to be coreor associated members of the NoE, proposals from the VPH‐related community at large will be welcome.

Submission procedure: Imaging Software Solutions or Problem Proposals

Interested researchers wishing to present an imaging software solution or submit a problem‐solving activity are requested to provide the following information:

  1. Name of the principal researcher who proposed this activity
  2. Institutional information
  3. Description (up to 4 pages):

    1. For the imaging software presenters: the imaging software with an emphasis on the publicly available parts and how it could interoperate with other software.
    2. For the solution seekers: the technological problem for which a solution is sought,together with the details of the project under which the problem proposed is framed,and potential  partners, with whom you would to be exchange functionalities, data. A workflow‐oriented description would be helpful.

  4. Description of the tools currently used, if any: existing plug‐in mechanism, workflow, IPC/RPCframework...
  5. Description of other tools you may wish to explore, or a description of how a series of such tools are/could be linked/integrated to do so.

Such descriptions should please be kept short, not exceed 4 pages in length, and should be sent (cc: by October 1st 2011.

All those considering submitting a proposal are strongly encouraged to contact the organisers before July 31st 2011, even if the proposal is not fully developed. The organisers are keen to hold preliminarydiscussions without obligation, to ensure that workshop planning and facilities are optimised.

  • Workshop Dates: 21 to 23 November 2011
  • Preparation workflows and tools: October ‐ November 2011
  • Problemworkflows selection: Early October 2011
  • Problemworkflows proposal: End of September 2011.
  • Initial contact with organisers: From now onwards ‐ before 31st July 2011 strongly encouraged.

The workshop will be co‐located with another major Imaging event, namely the CTK Hackfest, to beheld from the 14 to the 18 of November 2011 in Sophia Antipolis as well.


There is no charge for participation in the Workshop.


Funding is not available to support attendees travel or subsistence. Although catering will be provided on site during the workshop, all travelling and accommodation expenses will need to be covered by the attendees themselves.


INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France.

Contacts, mailing addresses...

Local Coordinator: Benoît Bleuzé,
Event Submitter: Frederic Cervenansky,
WP3 Coordinator: Keith McCormack,