News of the Junior Group Medical Image Computing

Workshop "Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin" (BVM) 2017 in Heidelberg


We cordially invite you to BVM 2017 from March 12 to 14, 2017 in Heidelberg.

Medical image processing is the key technology for modern diagnostic imaging and surgical support. Since 1998 the German-language image processing experts meet at the "Bildverarbeitung in der Medizin" (Image Processing in Medicine).

The next "Bildverarbeitung in der Medizin" (Image Processing in Medicine) workshop will take place from March 12 to 14, 2017 at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. We welcome contributions of European colleagues in English or German language.

The aim of the workshop is once again to present current research findings and deepen the dialog between scientists, industry and end users. The workshop also specifically targets young researchers wishing to present their diploma, doctoral or post-doctoral projects.

The topics of the workshop include the full spectrum of medical image processing, in particular algorithms, software and hardware systems and their clinical application in the fields of research.

BVM Prize 2016


Tobias Norajitra, Sandy Engelhardt, Thomas Held, Sameer Al-Maisary, Ivo Wolf, Raffaele de Simone, Hans-Peter Meinzer und Klaus Maier-Hein

are granted the

Best Paper Award BVM 2016

for their work

3D statistical shape models with distributed appearance modeling: segmentation by voting


A robust and accurate correction of head motion and distortion artifacts in a diffusion-weighted MR dataset is an essential pre-processing step for precise analysis of micro-structural tissue parameters. The presented correction method provides such accuracy and robustness by exploiting the different intensity relationships between the volumes of a diffusion-weighted image. Each relationship is considered as an objective function and is optimized simultaneously within the memetic-search approach, a hybrid optimization principle. The increased accuracy as well as the robustness against outliers is shown on both realistic simulated and in-vivo datasets at different levels of artifact corruption.

Successful participation at the Heidelberger Hackathon


Christoph Kolb, Matthias Eisenmann, Christian Weber and Jens Petersen participated in the {Life Science} meets IT Hackathon ( and won both the audience award and the award for "Best Business Case". Together with their colleagues from the surgical department of the Heidelberg University Hospital they developed a system that greatly simplifies teaching of minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgery. The system allows experienced surgeons to virtually interact with the instruments of a learning surgeon and to guide them similar to classical surgery. The awards include participation in a Europe-wide startup contest and a comprehensive founding package.

Friedrich Wingert Scholarship 2015

Our students Silvio Kolb and Nico Riecker received a scholarship from the "Friedrich Wingert Foundation" (5,000€) . The scholarship is dedicated to young academics in the field of medical informatics and linguistics.

NVidia Hardware Grant

We recieved a hardware grant from NVidia for our ongoing research projects with deep networks.

German-Korean Workshop


Form 15th to the 18th of September we successfully hosted the 2nd International Workshop on Medical Imaging and Cognition Guided Surgery. In this second iteration of the German-Korean workshop, existing contacts were intensified and possible furture collaboration investigated.

Finalist WMSG

Peter Neher has been selected as a finalist in the White Matter Study Group student research competition at ISMRM 2015.



Peter Neher is awarded the ISMRM Merit Award 2015 "magna cum laude" for the paper "A machine learning based approach to fiber tractography".

 More information here.

conhIT Young Academics Award 2015


Silvio Kolb was decorated with the runner-up young academics award at the IT healthcare trade fair conhIT in Berlin for his bachelor thesis with the title "Surgical suture tracking for automatic prostheses selection to assist mitral valve reconstructions".
The thesis was supervised by Prof. Ivo Wolf (University of Applied Sciences Mannheim) and Sandy Engelhardt (DKFZ) in close cooperation with Prof. Raffaele De Simone (Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg).

More information here.

BVM Prize 2015


Jan Hering, Ivo Wolf, Tawfik Moher Alsady, Hans-Peter Meinzer and Klaus H Maier-Hein

are granted the

Best Paper Award BVM 2015

for their work

“A Memetic Search Scheme for Robust Registration of Diffusion-Weighted MR Images”

ISMRM Challenge 2015

The ISMRM Diffusion Study Group is sponsoring a novel Fiber Tractography Challenge to stimulate an interactive discussion on diffusion reconstruction and tractography methods at this year’s study group meeting at ISMRM 2015 in Toronto. The Challenge will use a simulated but highly realistic diffusion-weighted dataset in which 26 specific white matter bundles have been used to generate synthetic data that awaits your processing and analysis.

The Challenge, developed by diffusion experts

Peter Neher, Jean-Christophe Houde, Emmanuel Caruyer, Alessandro Daducci, Tim Dyrby, Klaus Maier-Hein, Bram Stieltjes, and Maxime Descoteaux

has been designed to emulate clinically-realistic acquisition. Several common artifacts have been introduced in the data to probe the strengths and limitations of your processing pipelines. All entries will receive individualized feedback and statistics comparing their results to the ground truth white matter bundles. A discussion of the methods and results will be held at the DSG meeting at ISMRM 2015, scheduled for Monday June 1 from 4:30-6:30pm in Reception Hall 105.

For additional details, including information about the data, evaluation methods, and submission procedures, and to download the data, please visit the challenge website at

An ISMRM virtual conference (date soon to be announced) will be held to present the Challenge, and one full hour of the study group meeting in Toronto will be dedicated to discussion and result presentations. Further questions regarding the challenge should be directed to

Research grant

In collaboration with Mint Medical GmbH, the Medical Image Computing group was awarded a 2.5 years grant "Extraction and domain-adapted classification of information from medical imaging data" through the Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-sized Businesses.

ISMRM 2015

The abstract "A machine learning based approach to fiber tractography" submitted to the ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Toronto by Peter F. Neher, Michael Götz, Tobias Norajitra, Christian Weber and Klaus H. Maier-Hein has been specially selected for the "power pitch session" to give a maximum exposure to the most interesting abstracts at the annual meeting. Of all 6,038 abstracts subitted to the meeting, only 165 have been hand-selected for this format.

German High Tech Champions Award

Michael Bach, Frederik Laun, Andreas Lemke, Klaus Maier-Hein and Bram Stieltjes win the German High Tech Champions Award in Medical Imaging (RSNA 2014, Chicago)

Award for Abstract


The abstract Norajitra T, Meinzer HP, Maier-Hein KH "3D-Regression Voting on CT-Volumes of the Human Liver for SSM Surface Appearance Modeling" has been chosen by the reviewers of the Shape 2014 Symposium on Statistical Shape Models and Applications (Delémont, Switzerland) to be one of the best conference submissions. At the conference, the novel method for anatomical surface localization has been presented in a scientific talk to leading representatives from science and industry.

Journal publication in Neuroimage

16.06.2014: Our manuscript "Methodological considerations on Tract-Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS)" was published in Neuroimage.

More information here.

Review Paper on Electromagnetic Tracking in Medicine

In close collaboration with international research groups from USA (Washington), Canada (London), Austria (Vienna) und Hungary (Budapest) a review paper titled "Electromagnetic Tracking in Medicine - a Review of Technology, Validation and Applications" was published in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging in May 2014.

More information here.

ISMRM Merit Award 2014

13.05.2014: Klaus H. Maier-Hein (geb. Fritzsche) and Christian Weber were granted the ISMRM Merit Award 2014 "magna cum laude" for the Paper "Multiparametrical diffusion tensor imaging for the detection of anaplastic transformation of low-grade gliomas".

More information here.

Journal publication in Alzheimer´s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer´s Association

14.04.2014: Our manuscript "Widespread white matter degeneration preceding the onset of dementia" was published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin (BVM) 2014 in Aachen
BVM 2014 Aachen


The Division of Medical and Biological Informatics is co-organizer of the workshop "Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin" (Image Processing in Medicine) in Aachen, which takes place from March 16 to 18, 2014. More information here.

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