Distributed Databases and processing in Medical Image Computing

The final report is online

DiDaMIC-2004, a one day satellite workshop of MICCAI-2004, is devoted to the sharing of heterogeneous data and problem solving methods in the context of medical image computing. It will be held in Rennes on September 30th, in conjunction with MICCAI 04.

Scope and Objectives

Sharing medical imaging data disseminated in various places and applying to them different shared data processing methods have ever been a dream for researchers and medical scientists. Clearly, many biomedical researches and applications would benefit from the development of such capabilities: for instance to improve the size of group studies and then the significance of statistical results, to perform meta-analysis and knowledge discovery via data mining techniques and to facilitate the reuse and the evaluation of algorithms for the deployment of the more robust.
Recent advances have allowed overcoming many of the initial obstacles toward this goal. All types of medical images are now digital and the DICOM standard facilitates the transfer of images and associated information. High speed internet is available in all research centres enabling the rapid communication of large data sets. Finally, suitable syntaxes (e.g. XML) and high level languages (e.g. OWL) have been designed to represent structured information such as metadata, related knowledge and data processing schemes.

In spite of these progresses, a lot of problems have to be solved before the sharing of medical images and data processing methods becomes a reality in the context of academic research and clinical applications: e.g., semantic interoperability, data and methods modelling, performance and security issues, some of which being addressed by the GRID community (e.g. European IST projects, such as MammoGRID in Europe, and Biomedical Informatics Research Network in the USA).

In this general context, the objective of the workshop is to gather researchers from different communities, especially from image processing, database, knowledge engineering and grid computing communities, interested to discuss the topics mentioned below in the context of Medical Image Computing.


Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

Medical images distributed databases
Semantic modelling
Shared ontologies and vocabularies
Data representation (images, processed data)
Image processing tools representation (dataflows)
Query management,
User interactions
Virtual organizations

The program will be composed of keynotes addressed by invited speakers, as well as contributions of participants.


This one-day workshop will be held at IRISA, Rennes, France


Key Dates

Deadline for paper submission: May 26, 2004
Online registration: May 31, 2004
Notification of acceptance: July 5, 2004
Early-bird registration deadline : August 15, 2004
Workshop: September 30, 2004




Paper size: 6-10 pages
Format: PDF
The workshop notes will be distributed to participants

The program committee will coordinate the edition of a special issue of a peer reviewed journal, dedicated to domain of the workshop. A selection of the most salient papers will be made and the authors encouraged to submit an enhanced version of their manuscript for a peer review.



Papers must be submitted electronically through the DiDaMIC-2004 submission site



Michel Dojat (INSERM U594, Grenoble, France)
Bernard Gibaud (Univ. Rennes I, IRISA, France)

Program Committee

Dave Berry (UK)
Mike Brady (UK)
Vincent Breton (FR)
Laurent Desbat (FR)
Gerhard Engelbrecht (AU)
Cecile Germain-Renaud (FR)
Derek Hill (UK)
Marie Christine Jaulent (FR)
Bertram Ludaescher (US)
Richard McClatchey (UK)
Xavier Pennec (FR)
Alan Rector (UK)
Michael Vannier (US)

Local Organization

This workshop is supported by the Neurobase project, a Concerted Incitative Action (ACI) sponsored by the French Ministry of Research.

Contact Infos


Michel Dojat, Inserm U594, Grenoble

Bernard Gibaud, UPRES 3192, VisAGeS Team, University of Rennes 1, IRISA, Rennes

Email: didamic_info@irisa.fr


Local Organization

puce Edith BLIN-GUYOT
puce Valérie LECOMTE

Conference Secretariat
Campus de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes Cedex

Phone: +33 (0) 2 99 84 72 51
Fax: +33 (0) 2 99 84 73 95

Email: didamic_info@irisa.fr



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