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VBC'94 Call For Participation

Margret Ryan, Med Sci, 4-2939 mar at mayo.edu
Tue Nov 9 15:22:12 EST 1993


		   Visualization in
	       Biomedical Computing 1994
		       (VBC '94)

		  October 4 - 7, 1994

The goal of the third conference on Visualization in
Biomedical Computing (VBC '94) continues the tradition
established in the first (Atlanta, 1990) and second
(Chapel Hill, 1992) conferences to enhance and
promote the science of computing and visualization in
medicine and biology.  This objective is achieved by
bringing together a multidisciplinary, international
group of researchers, scientists, engineers, clinicians
and toolmakers engaged in all aspects of scientific
visualization in biomedical computing.

Visualization in biological and medical research has
rapidly emerged as a unique and significant discipline
aimed at developing approaches and tools to allow
researchers to "see into" and comprehend the living
systems they are studying.  Topics of investigation
and development in the discipline span from basic
theory through tools and systems to complete
applications.  This conference will synthesize these
topics in synergistic presentations ranging from
principles to practice.  Approaches to biomedical
visualization include the presentation of information
in three dimensions, development of dynamic
methods to interact with and manipulate
multidimensional data, and development of models
that enhance interpretive and decision-making
processes.  Visualization tools include graphics
hardware and software to display and animate
information, as well as environments that facilitate
human-machine-data interaction for the interpretation
of complex systems.  Examples of applications of
visualization in biomedical computing include
presentation of anatomy and physiology in 3D,
animated representation of the dynamics of fluid
flow, and graphical rendering of biomolecular
structures and their interactions.

There will be single sessions of half-hour papers.
The presentations by and discussions among
participants should interest basic scientists, engineers,
medical researchers, physicians, surgeons,
psychologists, and biomedical visualization students.


		 Conference Chairman
	Richard A. Robb, Mayo Foundation/Clinic

		Conference Coordinators
	Barbara McLeod, Mayo Continuing Education
     Margret Ryan, Mayo Biomedical Imaging Resource

		   Technical Program
	       Karl Heinz Hoehne, Co-chair
		 University of Hamburg
		Michael Vannier, Co-chair
	     Washington Univ. Medical School

	Nicholas Ayache, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis
	   H. Harlyn Baker, SRI International
	 Helmar Bergmann, Vienna Univ. Hospital
	 James Coggins, Univ. of North Carolina
	   James Duncan, Yale University
	Mark Ellisman, Univ. of California, San Diego
	Alan C. Evans, Montreal Neurological Inst.
	Norberto Ezquerra, Georgia Inst. of Tech.
	  Henry Fuchs, Univ. of North Carolina
	    Ernest Garcia, Emory University
	  David Hawkes, Guy's Hospital London
	       Cliff Jack, Mayo Clinic
	   Arie Kaufman, SUNY at Stony Brook
	       Olaf Kbler, ETH, Zurich
	Ron Kikinis, Brigham & Women's Hospital
	  Hal Kundel, Univ. of Pennsylvania
	  David Levin, University of Chicago
	    Marc Levoy, Stanford University
	   Bruce McCormick, Texas A & M Univ.
	 Chuck Pelizzari, University of Chicago
	 Stephen Pizer, Univ. of North Carolina
	Andrew Todd-Pokropek, Univ. College London
	   Max Viergever, Utrecht University


The VBC '94 Conference will be helf at the Siebens
Education Center at the Mayo Foundation / Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota.  It is adjacent to the
conference hotels, connected via sheltered pedestrian


	Paper abstracts due February 1, 1994
	Tutorial proposals due February 1, 1994
	Acceptance notification to authors April 1, 1994
	Full papers due July 1, 1994
	Registration due September 1, 1994

There are three major related themes to be included
in Visualization in Biomedical Computing '94:
(1) Theory and Algorithms, (2) Tools and Systems,
and (3) Applications in Medicine and Biology.
Emphasis will be given to scholarly original papers.
A list of possible topics within each of these themes
is indicated below but is not intended to be exclusive:

	Theory and Algorithms
	* Models of Visualization
	* Human-Machine Interaction
	* Object Segmentation and Classification
	* Shape Descriptions and Characterization
	* Representation of Spatial Knowledge
	* Multi-Modality Image Registration and Fusion
	* Visual Perception and Communication
	* Cognitive Aspects of Visualization
	* Computer Vision and Image Processing
	* Virtual Reality Paradigms
	* Artificial Intelligence in Visualization

	Tools and Systems
	* Hardware/Software Tools
	* Image Format Standards
	* User Interfaces, Including Virtual Reality
	* Interactive Workstations and Networks
	* Novel Visualization Equipment
	* Acquisition of Data
	* Visualization Data Bases and Atlases
	* Graphics and Display Techniques
	* Multidimensional Display
	* Quantitative Analyses

	Applications in Medicine & Biology
	* X-Ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, etc.
	* Microscopy Imaging
	* Molecular Biology and Cellular Biology
	* Craniofacial Reconstruction
	* Biomechanics and Orthopedics
	* Dentistry and Orthodontics
	* Prosthetics Development
	* Modeling and Simulation of Biological Processes
	* Radiation Treatment Planning
	* Surgical Planning and Stereotaxy
	* Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Analyses
	* Cardiac/Pulmonary Imaging
	* Anatomy/Pathology
	* Functional Imaging
	* Biological and Medical Education

Authors are invited to submit five (5) copies of an
extended abstract which may include figures but not
exceed 2,000 words by February 1, 1994.  Included
at the beginning of the abstract must be a 50-word
statement summarizing the major result of the
research.  Send abstract copies to:

		Richard A. Robb, Ph.D.
		Mayo Foundation/Clinic
		Medical Sciences Building 2-135
		200 First St., SW
		Rochester, MN  55905

Proposals for half-day (four-hour) tutorial sessions
are invited in any aspect of visualization in
biomedical  computing, including the topics listed in
the Call for Papers.  Tutorial proposals should
include an outline (not exceeding 2000 words)
accompanied by a curriculum vitae submitted by
February 1, 1994 to:

		Richard A. Robb, Ph.D.
		Mayo Foundation/Clinic
		Medical Sciences Building 2-135
		200 First St., SW
		Rochester, MN  55905

	Manufacturers and vendors of any type of
	commercial equipment and tools for scientific
	visualization are encouraged to contact:

		Mahlon C. Stacy or Dennis P. Hanson
		Mayo Foundation/Clinic
		200 First St., SW
		Rochester, MN  55905
		507-284-4558 or 507-284-8809


The registration fee includes conference registration,
a copy of the proceedings, opening night receptions,
lunches each day, conference banquet and
refreshment breaks.  Members of cooperating or co-
sponsoring organizations may pay the "Members"
fee.  Conference and tutorial fees are listed below:

				Before       After
				Sept. 2      Sept. 2
     Non Members................$350.........$400
     Tutorial (1)...............$200.........$225
     Tutorials (2)..............$300.........$325
     Tutorial - Student (1).....$150.........$175
     Tutorials - Student (2)....$200.........$225

Northwest Airlines will provide attendees with round
trip air transportation to Rochester, Minnesota at 5%
discount off any published fare or 12% off any
applicable coach fare.  Restrictions apply.  Additional
information may be obtained by calling AAA Travel
at 800-666-5050 or 507-289-1851 and asking for the
VBC group travel desk.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the
Kahler Hotel ($79 Single/Double) and the Kahler
Plaza Hotel ($95 Single/Double).  You may
make your reservations directly with the hotel by
calling Kahler Lodging at 800-533-1655 or 507-
282-2581 and identify yourself as attending VBC
'94.  Reservations must be made prior to
September 12, 1994, to assure a room at the
group rate.

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