Workshop Proceedings:

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 discovery, high

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
Jens Rittscher
Stephen Lockett
Thomas B. Sebastian

This workshop was made possible in part through generous support from the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.