Imaging Science 2001, September 26-28, 2001, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science

Held jointly for the first time with the
First SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences
September 24-26, 2001

About the Conference

Current developments in the technology of imaging have led to an explosive growth in the interdisciplinary field of imaging science. With the advent of new devices capable of seeing objects and structures not previously imagined, the reach of science and medicine have been extended in a multitude of different ways. The impact of this technology has been to generate new challenges associated with the problems of formation, acquisition, compression, transmission, and analysis of images. By their very nature, these challenges cut across the disciplines of physics, engineering, mathematics, biology, medicine, and statistics. While the primary purpose of this conference is to focus on mathematical issues, the biomedical aspects of imaging will also play an important role.

This conference represents the first official function organized by the newly formed SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science (SIAG/IS). This SIAG and the SIAG on the Life Sciences were both created in recognition of the fact that the mathematics community should participate more directly in these non-traditional areas. Since these two activity groups have such a strong overlap in the area of biomedical imaging, this conference has been scheduled to overlap with the Conference on the Life Sciences, chaired by James Collins, set for September 24-26, 2001.

Organizing Committee

David C. Wilson (Chair), University of Florida, USA
Akram Aldroubi, Vanderbilt University, USA
Fred Bookstein, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Tony Chan, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Longin Jan Latecki, University of Hamburg, Germany
Chris Johnson, University of Utah, USA
Bernard Mair, University of Florida, USA
Robert J. Plemmons, Wake Forrest University, USA
Gerhard Ritter, University of Florida, USA
Guillermo Sapiro, University of Minnesota, USA
Michael Unser, ETH, Switzerland


SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Army Research Office (AR0) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for their support of this conference.

Conference Themes

Invited Plenary Speakers

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following mathematicians and scientists have accepted their invitations to speak at the conference. These invited speakers and their presentations will play an important role in increasing interaction among mathematicians, engineers, physicists, and researchers and scientists in academia, industry, and government who attend the meeting.

Electromagnetic Inverse Problems
Margaret Cheney, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Mathematical Morphology and Genomic Regulation
Edward Russell Dougherty, Texas A&M University, USA
Sparse Geometrical Image Representations for Processing
Stephane Mallat, Ecole Polytechnique, France; and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, USA
Stochastic Models for Natural Images
David Mumford, Brown University, USA
Level Set/PDE Based Algorithms for Image Restoration, Surface Interpolation and PDEs on Manifolds
Stanley Osher, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Sampling, Frames and Image Processing
Akram Aldroubi, Vanderbilt University, USA
Mathematical Morphology
Junior Barrera, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Navigating the Visible Human: Differential Geometry and Computational Anatomy
Fred Bookstein, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Pattern Recognition in Genomics
Yidong Chen, National Human Genome Research Institute, USA
Pattern Recognition in Genomics
Edward Russell Dougherty, Texas A&M University, USA
Inverse Problems in Imaging
Eric Kolaczyk, Boston University, USA
Robert Nowak, Rice University, USA
Vision Geometry
Longin Jan Latecki, University of Hamburg, Germany
Image Reconstruction
James Nagy, Emory University, USA
Curt Vogel, Montana State University, USA
Imaging Through the Atmosphere
Robert J. Plemmons, Wake Forest University, USA
Target Recognition
Gerhard Ritter, University of Florida, USA
Medical Image Analysis
Hemant Tagare, Yale University, USA
Wavelets and Image Processing
Michael Unser, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, France

How to Contribute

Deadline for submission has passed.


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four presentations on a well-focused topic. A number of minisymposia have been solicited by the conference Organizing Committee to supplement the conference themes. The Organizing Committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes.

Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available at:

Minisymposium organizers should consider the following recommendations when designing their sessions.

The Organizing Committee will review contributed minisymposia and reserve the right to limit the number of minisymposia to maintain an acceptable level of parallelism in the meeting sessions.

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals is: March 2, 2001

Contributed Presentations in Lecture Format

Contributed presentations in lecture format are invited in all areas of imaging science consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional five minutes for discussion.

Contributed Presentations in Poster Format

A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aides on a 4' x 6' poster board presented in a two-hour informal session that allows presenters to discuss their research with attendees.

Posters should state the subjects, methods, present data, and conclusions.

A poster board will be provided at the conference for each poster presenter.

To know more about a poster presentation please visit:

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of contributed presentations a single speaker may present.

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for a lecture or poster: April 6, 2001.

Conference Speakers

The Conference organizing committee expects every speaker of a scheduled presentation to register and attend the conference. (SIAM would ask that the speaker(s) pre-register so that all program materials are ready for the speaker(s) when they arrive and check in at the registration desk).

If it becomes necessary for a speaker to cancel his/her presentation, the speaker is expected to find an alternate presenter immediately, preferably one of the speaker's co-authors. The speaker must inform the SIAM Conference Department immediately of any change to his/her scheduled presentation.

A 'no-show' or cancelled presentation can cause serious inconvenience to the attendees and conference organizers.The committee thanks all speakers in advance for compliance with this request.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of a contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract, which must be sent electronically using the Conference Management System available at: The 75-word abstract will appear in the final program.

About the Conference Headquarters Hotel

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts, USA 02116

Phone: (617) 426-2000

Built in 1927, the venerable Boston Park Plaza maintains the luxury and splendor that has attracted heads of state, famous stars, and anyone who cherishes the grand era of American hotels. It is conveniently located in the heart of historic Back Bay, adjacent to Boston Common and the Public Garden.

About Boston

For information on the Boston area, visit

SIAG on Imaging Science Mission Statement

The purpose of the SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science is to:

The SIAG brings together researchers who seek to develop and apply mathematical and computational methods in all areas of imaging science. It cuts across disciplines to catalyze mathematical research relevant to imaging science and rapid diffusion of advances in mathematical and computational methods.

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