Aims and Scope
MediViz has evolved rapidly from its original concentration purely on medical visualisation and is now possibly the leading interdisciplinary forum for researchers and professionals in the bio-medical domain to exchange ideas and report results on visualisation within their disciplines to the wider world. It thus provides important support for researchers who are faced increasingly with the necessity of adopting a multidisciplinary approach to address the problems faced in pushing forward the boundaries of modern medicine.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Multi-scale Bio-Medical Structure Sensing, Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation”. Of particular interest is the capture and early processing of natural data to be used as input for external and internal biomedical structure definition. Papers are encouraged which demonstrate the measurement and modelling of the dynamics of biomedical data and structures; these may range from the microscopic, cellular level to the macroscopic organ or whole-patient level.
These structures often undergo constrained interactions which need to be measured and realistically simulated in order to understand the fundamental processes, to facilitate the development of bio-medical products or to enable advances in critical bio-medical applications such as life-saving patient treatment.
At the microscopic level, examples are the exciting developments that now visibly link nuclear and cytoplasmic structural changes in cells to changes in their environment, for example induced by drugs, radiation or other novel agents being explored in the quest for new diagnostic or therapeutic techniques. At the macroscopic scale, examples are the characterisation, simulation and prediction of internal and external body movements for robot assisted (radio)surgery, intensity modulated and image guided (radio)therapy, and the emerging modality of ion-beam therapy.
Quality of life, encompassing recovery patterns and rehabilitation following treatment is an important, but often neglected theme. In this age of evidence-based medicine, how do we objectively define and visualise recovery patterns following treatments that impact on patient mobility, hearing, speech and vision. Hence, papers addressing the evolution of new biomedical and clinical tools and their likely impact are especially welcome.
Papers are invited that address information visualisation, from the microscopic to the macroscopic level, in biomedical, biomechanical and other related fields. These include:
Quantitative imaging and measurement of biomedical structures.
Animation, simulation and predictive modelling.
Interaction, deformation, growth and evolution of biomedical structures.
Models, including physico-scientific, particle, implicit surfaces, finite element etc.
Multi-modality visualisation, searching, characterisation and comparison of complex structures.
Surface, volume, dynamic and sensory data reduction, mapping and user representation.
Display and interaction technologies, including VR, augmentation, stereoscopic, haptics etc.
Image & computer applications, including screening, diagnostics, surgery & cancer therapy.
Human interfacing, virtual image projection, retinal projection, tactile and sound stimuli etc.
Virtual and augmented reality.
International Conference on BioMedical Visualization – MediViz chairs:
Feng DONG, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Chris Moore, Christie Hospital, UK
MediViz Advisory and Programme committee <pending>:
Prof Gordon Clapworthy, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Prof R. T. Ritchings, University of Salford, UK
Prof D Burton, The General Engineering Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Dr Bogdan Matuszewski, Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Laboratory, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Prof C J Moore, Dr Gareth Price and Dr Tom Marchant, Developing Technologies Section- Radiotherapy Physics, North Western Medical Physics Department, Christie Hospital, UK
Prof D R Burton and Dr F Lilley, General Engineering Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Prof Lik Kwan Shark, Dr Bogdan Matuszewski, University of Central Lancashire, Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP), UK
Prof B Shariat, LIRIS, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon-1, France
Authors should submit their papers electronically, along with accompanying visualisation materials to:Conference coordinator GraphicsLink…MediViz08 – Conference Co-ordinator P.O. BOX 29, HATFIELD, AL9 7ZL, United Kingdom. Tel: (Int. +44) 1707 – 652 224 Fax: (Int. +44) 1707 – 652 247 Email: MV09@graphicslink.co.uk