Note: Both pre-conference workshops are limited to 25 participants each, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. Please consider these courses during registration. See registration page.

Workshop A The workshop is booked out!

Time: April 3, 2 pm to 6 pm and (cont.) April 4, 9 am to 12 am. Fee $75
Location: Chestnut Room, Sheraton University City
Organizers: Drexel University & Definiens AG

Title: Cellenger - Object Oriented Image Analysis / Technology and Applications

Microscopy, imaging and image analysis is a powerful combination which allows the researcher to gather objective, quantitative and reproducible information, thereby obtaining stronger statistical evidence faster and with fewer experiments. Today the bottleneck in this workflow is the quantitative analysis of images.

A research team around Nobel Laureate Gerd Binnig at Definiens AG, Munich, has developed a new approach, the object-oriented image analysis. Image information is represented and processed by a hierarchical network of image objects. Thus, even difficult image analysis tasks such as low signal/noise ratio images, heterogeneous or variant structures of interest or more complex semantic tasks can be addressed fully automatically.

Definiens Cellenger represents a new standard for high content image analysis, based on a new object-oriented approach to image analysis. The workshop will introduce the methodical approach in different image analysis fields and will include hands-on applications.

Workshop B The workshop is booked out!

Time: April 4, 12:30 to 4:30 pm (finishes prior to Conference Welcome). Fee $50. Pre-registration required.
Location: Chestnut Room, Sheraton University City
Organizers: Dr. Bartek Rajwa, Jennie Sturgis and Dr. J.Paul Robinson (Purdue University) supported by Media Cybernetics

Title: Multidimensional data presentation Techniques

This workshop will present an interactive tutorial on the use of a variety of techniques for multidimensional microscopy data presentation. There are a number of useful hints on what to do when we create a nice animation using some of the advanced packages available. Transforming complex data sets into the actual presentation for use in lectures or in web sites is not as easy as it seems. There are a variety of tricks-of-the-trade, useful hints and some very nice inexpensive or free software available. For example:

Further Information: http://www.cyto.purdue.edu/FOM2004 (to be activated Feb 8)

Learning goals: Students will know how to present static 2D images as well as 3D datasets in the most efficient way. Students will learn how to produce short animations using data from confocal/MP systems in highly compressed MPEG4-based formats. Students will receive a handout and CD-ROM containing key materials presented in the workshop as well as a significant number of really valuable free utility software packages.