2016 Summer Project Week

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Welcome to the web page for the 23rd Project Week!


The 23rd Project Week open source hackathon was held in conjunction with the 30th International Conference on Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) and the IPCAI 2016 conferences in Heidelberg, Germany. Please go through this page for information, and if you have questions, please contact Tina Kapur, PhD.

A summary of all past Project Events.


Please note that on Tuesday there is no organized Project Week activity due to IPCAI @ CARS

Time Monday, June 20
Tuesday, June 21
Wednesday, June 22
Congress Hall of CARS, Room Trübnersaal
Thursday, June 23
Congress Hall of CARS, Room Trübnersaal
Friday, June 24
Congress Hall of CARS, Room Trübnersaal
Saturday, June 25
Congress Hall of CARS, Room Trübnersaal
9:00am-10:00am Workshop: Ultrasound-guided interventions software platform (all day)
10:00am-10:30am Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
10:30-12pm 10:30am-12pm: Progress Review
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch and adjourn
1:00pm-3:00pm Welcome!
Project Introductions
3:00pm-3:30pm Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
3:30pm-5:00pm What does a Neurosurgeon need from technologists? (Alexandra Golby, MD) Breakout Session: Slicer Extensions (JC, Steve)


  • Note: Please use this template to create project pages

Worldwide Ultrasound Navigation

Over the last several PWs, an international group has emerged for collaborative specification and development of ultrasound-based navigation for surgical and interventional radiology applications. This group represents the leadership of ultrasound navigation technology from Queens University (PERK Lab, PLUS: Andras Lasso, Tamas Ungi, Csaba Pinter, Gabor Fichtinter), Montreal Neurologic Institute (Simon Drouin), Brigham and Women's Hospital/HMS (William Wells, Steve Pieper, Sarah Frisken), Robarts Research Institute, Western University (Terry Peters, Adam Rankin), Trondheim University and SINTEF (CustusX: Christian Askeland, Frank Lindseth).

Simplified Human-Computer Interactions for Intra-Operative Usage

This theme focuses on infrastructure for simplified human-computer interactions for intra-operative usage. This includes Guidelets, simplified graphical user interfaces that can access the same backend as 3D Slicer; as well as interfaces for virtual reality/augmented reality devices from the consumer market that are that are improving by leaps and bounds and show promise for surgical use.

Machine Learning for IGT

This theme applies concepts from machine learning to image-guided therapy, including the application of convolutional neural networks for segmentation of mechanically implanted devices during surgery, and the use of Gaussian processes for estimation of uncertainty in image-fusion.

IGT Other


This theme deals with creating data formats to enable medical image informatics. Led by the QIICR project, the results will be made available in the DICOM for Quantitative Imaging (DCMQI) Library for sharing quantitative image-processing results in a standardized way.


Improvements to the core functionality of widely used open source tools is an on-going theme.


Creation of tutorials and documentation is an on-going theme.


  • Dates: Monday June 20th to Saturday June 25th, 2016, with one day break on Tuesday June 21st to attend IPCAI.


  • Location: Heidelberg, Germany.
    • Getting to Heidelberg: Most will fly into Frankfurt Main International (FRA). At the airport look for "long distance trains". There you can buy a ticket from the machine to Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof (main station), around EUR 25. It usually takes less than an hour, with a change in Mannheim to a regional train. https://www.bahn.de . If you arrive on Sunday you can take a bus from the station to the Old Town or where your hotel is. Heidelberg is pretty small, look for directions on Google Maps. If you arrive on Monday see below on how to get to DKFZ directly.
    • Monday at German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ
      • Enter through the main lobby ( just north of https://goo.gl/maps/e3ZbcsM5KC82, you can't miss it, it's the tallest building on campus with a big "dkfz." on top). The meeting room is on the 8th floor (H824, "Glaskasten", "glass box"). We will leave some instructions how to get there at the reception. The meeting time in the lobby will be 8:45am for those who wish to be at the meeting room by 9am. Official activities will start at noon with lunch.
      • To get to DKFZ in the morning you can use the Google Maps link above, public transport information is available there. For people staying in the Old Town, near Bismarckplatz or coming from the station it will be most likely Bus #32, exit at stop "Chirurgische Klinik", which is the second one after crossing the Neckar river. More detailed timetables at the local transportation services VRN. If you are up early there is also a nice walk along the river.
    • Tuesday there is no organized Project Week activity due to IPCAI @ CARS
      • Suggested place for meetings is the Marstall student center (map)
    • Wednesday-Saturday at the Congress Hall of CARS.
  • REGISTRATION: Please register for the CARS conference at http://www.cars-int.org/cars_2016/registration.html
  • Registration Fee: Euro 650 (after April 26, 2016)
  • Hotel: After registration, you can book hotels using the CARS organization at http://germany.nethotels.com/info/heidelberg/events/cars/default_en.htm or on your own. Please remember that Project Week starts on Monday June 20th, even though the formal CARS/IPCAI program starts a day later, so you will need to pay attention while booking the hotel room.

Preparatory Conference Calls:

    • 800-501-8979. The pin is 7327389. (International dialing instructions are available here)
    • Call #1 Tuesday, May 10, 3pm Boston time.
    • Call #2 Tuesday, May 17, 3pm Boston time.
    • Call #3 Tuesday, May 31, 9am Boston time.
    • Call #4 Tuesday, Jun 7, 9am Boston time.
    • Call #5 Tuesday, Jun 14, 9am Boston time.



REGISTRATION: Please add your name to this list if you are definitely planning to attend. If you are not already on it, please add yourself to the na-mic-project-week mailing list. We need to know the number of people at DKFZ, so if you are there on Monday, please add "(Mon)" next to your name. Official registration for the event is through the CARS conference at http://www.cars-int.org/cars_2016/registration.html -- which you can do now or onsite.

  1. Tina Kapur, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (BWH/HMS), Boston, USA :: tkapur@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  2. Ron Kikinis, BWH/HMS, Boston, USA and University of Bremen / Fraunhofer MEVIS, Germany :: kikinis@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  3. Dženan Zukić, Kitware, USA :: dzenan.zukic@kitware.com
  4. Ines Prata Machado, MIT Portugal Program, Lisbon, Portugal :: ines7_prata@hotmail.com (Mon)
  5. Sonia Pujol, BWH/HMS, Boston :: spujol@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  6. Scheherazade Kraß, PhD Student, University of Bremen, Medical Image Computing group, Germany :: shery@uni-bremen.de (Mon)
  7. Maria Francesca Spadea ImagEngLab, Italy :: mfspadea@unicz.it (Mon)
  8. Paolo Zaffino ImagEngLab, Italy :: p.zaffino@unicz.it (Mon)
  9. Salvatore Scaramuzzino ImagEngLab, Italy :: salvatorescaramuzzino@gmail.com (Mon)
  10. Steve Pieper, Isomics, Inc., USA :: pieper@isomics.com (Mon)
  11. Nicole Aucoin, BWH/HMS, Boston :: nicole@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  12. Simon Drouin, Montreal Neurological Institute :: simon.drouin@mail.mcgill.ca (Mon)
  13. Thomas Kirchner, German Cancer Research Center :: t.kirchner@dkfz.de (Mon)
  14. Elvis Chen, Robarts Research Institute, Canada :: chene@imaging.robarts.ca (Mon)
  15. Adam Rankin, Robarts Research Institute, Canada :: arankin@robarts.ca (Mon)
  16. Christian Askeland, SINTEF, Norway :: christian.askeland@gmail.com (Mon)
  17. Hans Meine, University of Bremen / Fraunhofer MEVIS, Germany :: hans.meine@mevis.fraunhofer.de (Mon)
  18. Longquan Chen, BWH/HMS, Boston, USA :: lchen@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  19. Davide Punzo, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Netherlands :: punzodavide@hotmail.it (Mon)
  20. Lauren O'Donnell, BWH/HMS :: odonnell@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  21. Yannick Suter, BWH/HMS :: yannicksuter@bluewin.ch (Mon)
  22. Junichi Tokuda, BWH/HMS :: tokuda@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  23. Sarah Frisken, BWH/HMS :: sfrisken@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  24. Prashin Unadkat, BWH/HMS :: punadkat@partners.org
  25. Anna Roethe, Charite, Berlin
  26. Michael Onken, Open Connections, Germany :: onken@open-connections.de (Mon)
  27. Jan Schlamelcher, Open Connections/OFFIS, Germany
  28. Janne Beate Bakeng, SINTEF, Norway :: janne.beate.bakeng@sintef.no
  29. Ole Vegard Solberg, SINTEF, Norway :: OleVegard.Solberg@sintef.no
  30. Jon Eiesland, SINTEF, Norway
  31. Tamas Ungi, Queen's University, Canada :: ungi@queensu.ca (Mon)
  32. Andras Lasso, Queen's University, Canada :: lasso@queensu.ca (Mon)
  33. Csaba Pinter, Queen's University, Canada :: pinter@cs.queensu.ca (Mon)
  34. Thomas Vaughan, Queen's University, Canada :: vaughan.thomas.a@gmail.com (Mon)
  35. Javier Pascau, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain :: jpascau@hggm.es (Mon)
  36. Verónica García-Vazquez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain :: vgarcia@hggm.es (Mon)
  37. Mónica García-Sevilla, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain :: mgsevilla@hggm.es (Mon)
  38. David García-Mato, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain :: dgmato@hggm.es (Mon)
  39. Rocío López-Velazco, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain :: rlopez@hggm.es (Mon)
  40. Raúl San José, BWH/HMS, Boston :: rsanjose@bwh.harvard.edu
  41. Pietro Nardelii, BWH/HMS, Boston :: pietro@bwh.harvard.edu
  42. Andrey Fedorov, BWH/HMS, Boston :: fedorov@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon, Wed, Thu)
  43. Christian Herz, BWH/HMS, Boston :: cherz1@partners.org (Mon)
  44. Frank Lindseth, NTNU/SINTEF, Norway :: Frank.Lindseth at sintef.no
  45. Peter Behringer, Basler AG, Germany :: peterbehringer@gmx.de
  46. Santhirarajah Mathimugan, Basler AG, Germany :: Santhirarajah.Mathimugan@baslerweb.com
  47. Koji Kobayashi, Vocsis Corporation, Japan
  48. David Black, University of Bremen / Fraunhofer MEVIS, Germany :: david.black@mevis.fraunhofer.de (Mon)
  49. William Wells, BWH/HMS :: sw@bwh.harvard.edu (Mon)
  50. Attila Nagy, University of Szeged, Hungary :: attila@orl.szote.u-szeged.hu (Mon)
  51. Bojan Kocev, University of Bremen, Medical Image Computinggroup, Germany :: bkocev@uni-bremen.de (Mon)
  52. Sara Fernández Vidal, Institute of the Brain and Spine, France :: sara.fernandez_vidal@upmc.fr (Mon)
  53. Fernando Pérez García, Institute of the Brain and Spine, France (Mon)
  54. Marco Nolden, Medical and Biological Informatics, German Cancer Research Center (Mon)
  55. Christian Hansen, University of Magdeburg, Germany :: hansen@isg.cs.uni-magdeburg.de (Mon)
  56. Julian Hettig, University of Magdeburg, Germany :: Julian.Hettig@ovgu.de (Mon)
  57. Jorge Onieva, BWH/HMS, Boston :: jonieva@bwh.harvard.edu
  58. Caspar Goch, German Cancer Research Center (Mon)

Please make sure that you are on the NA-MIC Project Week mailing list.