[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: SPIE Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference

Robert J. Webster III robert.webster at vanderbilt.edu
Mon Jun 27 06:13:06 PDT 2011

Dear Medical Robotics Colleagues,

I wanted to draw your attention to the newly retitled SPIE conference on
Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling.  This
conference was previously known as the "Visualization, Image-Guided Surgery,
and Modeling" Conference, and the new title reflects a re-focusing of the
conference to include a larger emphasis on robotics.

The call for papers is located here:

The deadline for extended 2-4 page abstract submission (acceptance decisions
are based on review of extended abstract) is: July 27, 2011

The deadline for full paper (6-10 pages) submission for accepted abstracts
is: January 9, 2012

Conference location and time: San Diego, California, Feb 4-9, 2012

Size: The entire SPIE Medical Imaging meeting includes over 1000 technical
presentations, grouped into 8 tracks (these are called "conferences" within
the SPIE Medical imaging "meeting" rather than "tracks", but they are what
one would usually think of as tracks).  Image-guided Procedures, Robotic
Interventions, and Modeling is one of these 8 tracks. The others include
topics ranging from Medical Imaging Physics, to Computer-Aided Diagnosis, to
Ultrasound, among others.

A few personal reflections on the conference, as a robotics researcher who
has begun attending it regularly over the past couple years:

-The conference includes a focus on clinical applications, but basic
research in engineering is also desired. The people that attend are
typically engineering researchers who like to get into operating rooms and
do work that affects patients. Robotics researchers interested in
translating benchtop results into clinical practice will find many valuable
collaborators at this conference.

-The conference is welcoming to new researchers, and to students.  Many
students give presentations at SPIE (both poster and oral), though you will
also see senior researchers presenting.  There is a nice mix at SPIE, and
everyone understands that some students may be presenting their first
conference talk.

-The conference is cutting edge.  Since paper decisions are based on
extended abstracts, people are typically talking about results they obtained
within the month or two prior to the conference.  This is in contrast to
many other robotics conferences with full paper submission, where people are
talking about results they obtained 8-10 months prior to the conference.

So in summary, I hope that you will consider submitting your work to SPIE
and attending this year, even if this conference has not previously been on
your usual conference rotation.  If you are a medical robotics researcher
who likes seeing practical applications of image-guided surgery and robotics
in operating rooms, I believe you will thoroughly enjoy SPIE.

Robert (Bob) Webster
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University

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