Schedule of Events

Advanced Imaging Center Meeting - April 12-13, 2018 - Paris, France


The Advanced Imaging Centers meet once a year to discuss the future of imaging software for life sciences. The venue for this year's meeting is 74 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75012 Paris, Institut de la Vision. For two days the members pool their view of trends and needs in the rapidly evolving field to shape the evolution of Bitplane’s Imaris software.

As an AIC please have a look at the agenda, fill in the registration details below.


Pre-meeting Preparation

There are two things to do in preparation of the meeting:

1) Complete the following sentences in preparation for the meeting:

  • Today Imaris is...
  • In 5 years I would like Imaris to...
  • The 3 most painful things about microscopy are...
  • The 3 most painful things about Imaris are...
  • To double the number of Imaris users you should...

2) Read through the list of topics below and come up with some questions and ideas:

  • Topic 1: Data Storage
    Imaris needs images in IMS format and Spots and Surfaces in IMS format. Every image that you work with in Imaris will be stored in IMS format. Where do you want these IMS files to be on your file system? Think about how you organize your data. Do you create folders for an experiment and store the original image data (Zeiss, Leica,...) in those folders? Do you have many folders? When you convert to IMS would you like those IMS to be put in the same folders? Do the IMS files and the original files have similar lifetimes? Second topic: Do you want Zeiss files to be auto-converted to IMS? When should that happen? Third topic: Do you like the fact that Imaris stores objects in the same file as image data or would you rather have those separate?
  • Topic 2: Validation and Curation tools
    Validating segmentation results and tracking results is not simple when there are many objects in an image. Can we build tools that help? What are the problems that make this task difficult? How would you ideally approach it? What tools can you think of that might help?
  • Topic 3: Show us your work with an Atlas
    If you are working with an Atlas, comparing your images to data from the Atlas, show us the steps that you go through. Which atlas do you use? What do you download/upload? How do you register your image with atlas data? Do you have registration tools? Are these tools provided by the Atlas creator?
  • Topic 4: Animation Output and Sharing results
    Cloud stored animations are easily accessible anywhere. Just login with your google account, create an animation in Imaris and view it from your cell phone later. You can do it today but you need to upload it yourself. Imaris could automatically do it for you. One step further, Imaris could automatically create a movie of any image that you add to arena and upload that to your google video account without you having to do anything. What in this direction would you like to happen in the next 10 years?
  • Topic 5: Virtual Reality and Gesture Input Devices
    It can be quite a positive surprise to put on good VR or AR glasses for the first time. Obviously there is something cool about them. In a few years they will be small and integrated into normal glasses and so on and we will all use them. Many companies in this business couple the use of these glasses to modern input devices to allow users to click and rotate and interact with the computer by moving their hands around or shooting at things with some futuristic gun. Will these devices replace the mouse for Imaris users? Or will we work with AR glasses and a computer mouse? What of all of this should Imaris do in five years?

Day 1 - Thursday, April 12

08:30 - 10:30: AIC Presentations

  • AIC present their work (15 min each)

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30: AIC Presentations continued

  • AIC present their work (15 min each)

12:30 - 13:00: Lunch

13:30 - 17:30: Workgroups and Discussions

19:00: Dinner

Day 2 Friday, April 13

8:30 - 10:30: Workgoup Presentations

  • Presentations from workgroups

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30: Imaris Roadmap

  • Imaris Roadmap

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 14:30: Discussion. Open Topics

  • Open session

14:30-15:00: Conclusions.

  • Peter tries to summarize.


Please book your own accommodation. There are many hotels in the area. For your convenience here is a random selection of hotels that are close to the venue:



Eduardo Rosa Molinar
AIC Chairman
University of Kansas

Peter Majer
Head of Imaris Development

Susan Cummings
Global Events Co-ordinator
Andor Technology
+44 (28) 9023 7126 ext. 2727

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