VIGOR++ Workshop 2014 - Showcase of Research Outcomes and Future Outlook

Date: 9 May 2014

Hamilton HouseMabledon Place, WC1H 9BD, London, UK

Workshop Overview
This workshop is the third in the series (See also Workshop 2012 and Workshop 2013) and will showcase the outcomes, including a system demonstration, of the VIGOR++ project and explore future work in the integration of clinical data and MRI image analysis, classification and visualisation within the concept of the Virtual Physiological Human

The VIGOR++ Workshops serve as a forum for a diverse and rich mix of innovators - both technologists and clinicians. Attendees have a wide range of backgrounds representing parts of the supply chain including: researchers in universities and hospitals; diagnostics and device companies; public health authorities; private healthcare providers; market analysts and patient groups. The VIGOR++ Workshops are a place to exchange knowledge, share experiences, debate current issues, and meet colleagues and friends active in the field.

Reasons to Attend
Benefit from a programme featuring leading experts covering best practices, efficient algorithms, insights and take-home messages that will help you improve your research and patient outcomes. The VIGOR++ Workshops offer opportunities to learn about the:
a. latest screening protocols used for the diagnosis bowel diseases from medical professionals
b. newest algorithms designed to process efficiently and accurately multi-scale data
c. paradigm shift in GI modelling in the context of Virtual Physiological Human and prepare your strategy
d. innovative ICT systems handling medical data in real-time by attending the planned demonstrations
e. emerging portals that empower patients towards self-care
The programme features presentations, demonstrations and a poster session and there are several breaks to make contacts and network.

The Workshop is free to attend and delegates need to register via Eventbrite. For any questions, please email

09.15-09.45 Arrival, Registration & Networking

09.45-09.50 Welcome & Workshop Overview
           Dr Costis Kompis, Vodera

09.50-10.10 Vision and Achievements of VIGOR++
           Dr Frans Vos, TU Delft

10.10-10.50 Demonstration of VIGOR++ Tools
                   Dr Harry Hatzakis, Biotronics 3D, Dr Carl A Puylaert, AMC and Prof Stuart Taylor, UCLH 
10.50-11.10 Clinical Aspects and Data Management
                   Prof Alastair Forbes

11.10-11.30 Break & Refreshments

11.30-11.50 Image Analysis
          Dr Frans Vos, TU Delft
11.50-12.10 Pattern Recognition and Classification
                   Prof Joachim Buhmann, ETH Zurich

12.10-12.30 Interactive Visualisation
                   Prof Hans-Christian Hege, ZIB

12.30-13.30 Lunch & Networking

13.30-13.50 Poster Pitches
13.50-14.30 Poster Session
Posters provide details about the underlying technologies: Clinical data annotation, Image analysis, Modelling (including automatic detection and classification), and  Interactive visualisation.
                   Image registration for Assessment of Crohn’s Disease Severity
                Mr Zhang Li, TU Delft
                   Robustly Measuring Quantitative Features of Crohn's Disease Activity
Mr Robiel Naziroglou, TU Delft
                   Extracting Quantitative Feature from Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI
Mr Jeroen Van Schie, TU Delft
                   Computer-aided CD severity estimation on MRI
Mr Peter Schüffler, ETH Zurich
                   Detection and Segmentation of Crohns Disease: Relevance in a Clinical Scenario
Dr Dwarikanath Mahapatra, ETH Zurich
                   Staging of Crohn’s Disease Activity using CT, MRI, US and Scintigraphy: A meta-analysis
Mr Jeroen A.W. Tielbeek and Mr Carl Puylaert, AMC
                   A combined clinical index for Crohn's disease activity
Dr Jesica Makanyanga, UCLH 
                   Visualization & Interaction for Monitoring Crohn’s Disease
Mr Falko Marquardt, ZIB 
14.30-15.15 Future Outlook Statements                                 
                   Dr Tanja van Viegen, Robarts Clinical Trials
                   Mr Michael Seres, Patient Group Representative & Blogger

                   Dr Mike Grahn, Enteric & Queen Mary University of London


       15.15-15.25 Exploitation and Other Applications
                   Dr Simon Aliwell, Vodera
15.25-15.30 Presentation of Best Poster Award
                   Prof Eduard Gröller, TU Vienna & Dr Mike Grahn, Enteric & Queen Mary University of London
       15.30 Wrap up, Tea and Networking

Delegate Pack
All presentations and posters are also available to download, [16.5MB pdf and 9.6MB zip, respectively]. Videos from the various sessions to follow.

Profiles of Workshop Contributors
Frans M. Vos is the co-ordinator of VIGOR++. He obtained Masters Degrees in medical informatics as well as in computer science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1993. He performed his graduation work at Yale University (USA). In 1998 he obtained the Ph.D. degree at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and subsequently he was a research fellow with the Department of Applied Physics of Delft University of Technology. He became assistant professor with Delft University of Technology in 2003. Since 2000 he is also a staff member with the Department of Radiology at the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam. Dr Vos is past treasurer of the Dutch Society for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing (2000-2007). Since 2007 he is a member of the education board of the Master’s program on Biomedical Engineering. His main research interests are in medical image processing and visualisation, particularly focussing on virtual colonoscopy, diffusion tensor imaging. He was able to acquire many research Grants from the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research, Dutch Foundation for Technology and Philips Healthcare. He has been responsible for the development of many tools for CT colonography in Philips’ ViewForum workstation.

Harry Hatzakis is co-founder and CEO of Biotronics3D whose 3DNet medical imaging platform is utilised by the VIGOR++ project. He has spent all his professional working years in medical technologies in Europe and North America, progressing from R&D through Product Management to Strategic Global Marketing of Diagnostic Imaging Solutions. He has ample experience in global markets having successfully introduced several new lines of products. Harry studied Electrical Engineering as well as Medicine in Greece and Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London. His current main research is in the field of the management, analysis and visualisation of medical images and their interface to Electronic Health Records.

Stuart Taylor is the current Royal College of Radiologists Roentgen Professor for Research, Reader in Clinical Radiology at UCL and is only one of two UK radiologists to be awarded Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) senior lecturer status. He sits on the NCRI Colorectal Surgical Subgroup, is Research Officer for British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology, and is a member of the Royal College of Radiologists Research Committee and European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology CT colonography and Educations Committees. He leads the Department of Health Radiological Academic Clinical Fellows and Academic Clinical Lecturer Programme at UCLH/UCL. He currently heads the functional MRI research program at UCH and is lead for a new 3T MRI research facility. Current research interests include the use of MRI, CT and ultrasound in the prediction of histological markers of disease activity in Crohn’s disease.

Alastair Forbes is professor of Gastroenterology at University College London and University College Hospital. He is Head of the Centre for Gastroenterology and Theme Leader for Research and Development. He was Medical Director of Core (the Digestive Disorders Foundation) and is now Chairman of the Education Committee of the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). He was previously consultant at St. Mark's Hospital (1992-2005), Dean of the St. Mark's Academic Institute, Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and Chairman of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (2002-5). His interests lie mainly in inflammatory bowel disease and nutrition, including laboratory work on intestinal regeneration.

Zhang Li studied studied at the College of Electronic Science and Engineering at National University of Defense Technology (China) during 2004-2010. Since 2010 he has been a PhD student at Quantitative Imaging (QI) group at Delft University of Technology, supervised by Frans Vos and Lucas van Vliet. His interests are in image analysis and his research focus on deformable registration of medical images.

Peter Schüffler gained his MSc in bioinformatics at the Saarland University and MPI Saarbrücken in Germany. He worked at the MPI on an automated workflow for the discovery and design of epigenetic cancer biomarkers (Methmarker). In 2008, he started his PhD in the machine learning laboratory at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Starting with the SIMBAD EU-project that investigates the hardly understood similarity based patterns in cancer tissue micro array images his PhD involves various kinds of machine learning challenges in medical imaging and computational pathology. His interests are computational biomarker discovery in cancer genomics and proteomics as well as machine learning methods for medical computer vision. 

Dwarikanath Mahapatra completed his undergraduate education in India and studied for a PhD in medical image analysis at the National University of Singapore. Having obtained his PhD degree in 2011, he has been involved in the VIGOR project ever since as a post-doctoral research fellow. His main research interests are in applying machine learning techniques for medical image analysis, particularly registration and segmentation. Dwarikanath has experience in automated analysis of MR images of the heart, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract.

Carl Puylaert is a PhD candidate and medical student at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. Since 2013 he has been involved in the VIGOR project. His research is on MRI in Crohn’s disease under the supervision of Professor Jaap Stoker and Frans Vos.

Jesica Makanyanga qualified in medicine from the University of Zimbabwe and is now doing post-graduate training in gastroenterology and internal medicine in London. She has an interest in inflammatory bowel disease and is doing a PhD on MR enterography in Crohn’s disease at University College London under the supervision of Professor Stuart Taylor and Professor Alastair Forbes.

Tanja van Viegen is Clinical Research Manager at Robarts Clinical Trials. She did her MSc in Fundamental Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utrecht. Her specialties were “Health Education” and “Rheumatology”. After finishing her Msc in April 2001, she continued with her PhD in the Rheumatology department at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and defended her PhD thesis in October 2005. In May 2005, Dr van Viegen started her career in Clinical Research as a CRA and later as Clinical Research Manager and International Project Manager at Sticares InterACT, a small CRO specialized in Cardiology. As Project Manager she was responsible for managing phase II and phase III studies in several countries in Europe, Israel and South Africa. In January 2013, she joined Robarts Clinical Trials as the first Dutch employee of their new office in Amsterdam as Clinical Research Manager. In this position, she is responsible for managing a big phase III study in UC in 20 countries in Europe and Canada. Dr. van Viegen is a Professional Member of the Institute of Clinical Research.

Mike Grahn is Director of Technology at Enteric. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and has been working with the Academic Surgical Unit, Royal London Hospital, since 1987.  His particular interests lie in the development and implementation of complex medical technologies in the treatment of colorectal disorders.  He also acts as a consultant to the European Commission and the UK Technology Strategy Board and has contributed to several medical publications.

Simon Aliwell specialises in delivering innovation management, technology commercialisation, R&D and entrepreneur support services. He has lead teams providing innovation management services and consultancy to industry, government and academia and founded and ran a number of technology networks including the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN. Over the last 15 years he has worked extensively with companies large and small to help access technology, markets and both public and private sector finance. Simon has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.

Eduard Gröller is Associate Professor at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms (ICGA), Vienna University of Technology. In 1993 he received his PhD from the same university. His research interests include computer graphics, flow visualization, volume visualization, medical visualization, and information visualization. He is heading the visualization group at ICGA. The group performs basic and applied research projects in the area of scientific visualization. Dr. Gröller has given lecture series on scientific visualization at various other universities (Tübingen, Graz, Praha, Bahia Blanca, Magdeburg, Bergen). He is a scientific proponent and member of the Scientific Review Committee of the VRVis Kplus center of excellence. Dr. Gröller is adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Bergen, Norway (since 2005). He co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and acted as a reviewer for numerous conferences and journals in the field. He also has served and serves on various program and paper committees. Dr. Gröller is head of the working group on computer graphics of the Austrian Computer Society and member of IEEE Computer Society, ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik), OCG (Austrian Computer Society).

Disclaimer: The VIGOR++ Consortium reserves the right to alter the programme and accepts no responsibility for views expressed by speakers or delegates.

Venue Map
Click on the map for directions to the workshop's venue. St Pancras International Railway Station is only few minutes away for continental arrivals by Eurostar.


Media Supporters
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