The second international
workshop on Microscopic Image Analysis with Applications in Biology,
MIAAB 2007, was held in Piscataway, NJ, USA, on September 21
2007 as an independent workshop which was hosted by the Center
for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
In 2006 we organized the first
workshop as part of MICCAI 2006. Based on the strong interest
we hosted this one day workshop to build a community of researchers
that work on automatic analysis of microscope imagery which 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
content analysis of neurobiological
data, and disease-specific analysis of tissue
arrays. The program was comprised of two invited
talks and 16 oral sessions.
The two invited talks were given by Prof. Jelena Kovacevic
(CMU) and Prof. Gustavo Leone (Ohio State).
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 Terry Yoo, National Library of
Medicine NIH for supporting the electronic proceedings of the workshop.
We hope you will find these proceedings both inspiring and of
high scientific quality.
Dimitris N. Metaxas
Thomas B. Sebastian
This workshop was made possible in part through generous support from the National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health.