Workshop Proceedings:

The first international workshop on Microscopic Image Analysis with Applications in Biology, MIAAB 2006, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 5th of October 2006 as an associated workshop of MICCAI 2006, the 9th Conference held by the international society of Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention.

The motivation for organizing this workshop is the fact that the automatic analysis of microscope imagery plays an increasingly important role in biosciences research. Novel imaging devices such as the confocal and two photon (or multi-photon) electron microscope, automated stages for electron microscopy, and higher resolution electron tomography enable researchers to image biological systems at the cellular and sub-cellular scale. These datasets pose a number of challenges that are very distinct from conventional clinical imagery in their size and abundance, the detail of relevant features and their statistics. Sophisticated algorithms are necessary to process such imagery and extract biologically relevant features and information.

The one-day scientific workshop program focussed on the design, development and application of such algorithms which

address specific challenges related to applications such as high-throughput screening for drug discovery, high content analysis of neurobiological data, and disease-specific analysis of tissue arrays. The program was comprised of two invited talks, eight oral, and eleven poster presentations. The two invited talks were given by Dr. Eileen White (Rutgers University and theCancer Institute of New Jersey ) and Dr. Nicholas Ayache (INRIA Sophia-Antipolis).

We wish to thank the authors of all submitted papers for their interest in the workshop. We also wish to thank the members of our program committee and the additional reviewers for their commitment of time and effort in providing valuable recommendations for each submission. In particular we would like to thank Mads Nielsen, General Chair of MICCAI 2006, Rasmus Larsen, Program Chair of MICCAI, and Jon Sporring, Workshop and Tutorial Chair, for the local organization and the registration management.

We hope you will find these proceedings both inspiring and of high scientific quality.

Dimitris N. Metaxas
Ross T. Whitaker
Jens Rittscher
Thomas B. Sebastian