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SPIE 2014 Panel Discussion: The Design and Benefits of Successful Grand Challenges

The Retrospective Image Registration Evaluation (RIRE) project began at Vanderbilt in 2001 and was one of the first, highly successful grand challenges in the field of medical image computation. It is largely responsible for the rapid growth in the use of registration metrics based on mutual information and the use of target registration error for registration accuracy evaluation. In the past decade, grand challenges have become commonplace, and their utility for accelerating the pace of research has become broadly accepted.

In this panel discussion we will explore the roles and potential of grand challenges from the perspective of funding agencies, academic institutes, and commercial companies. The panel and the audience will hypothesize on the key components of a successful grand challenge, and they will identify resources and research gaps related to conducting and evaluating grand challenges.


Panel Members

  • George Redmond, National Cancer Institute/ NIH (United States)
  • Sonia Pujol, Brigham and Women's Hospital (United States)
  • Stephen Aylward, Kitware, Inc. (United States)
  • Bram van Ginneken, Radboud Univ. Nijmegen Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
  • Eric Pepper, SPIE (United States)