Schedule of Events

Advanced Imaging Center Meeting - November 2016 - Los Angeles, California, USA


The Advanced Imaging Centers meet once a year to discuss the future of imaging software for life sciences. 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 competition is...
  • What concerns me is...
  • What I like a lot about Imaris is...

2) Choose one of the topics below and prepare a short presentation on that topic.

  • Topic 1: Machine Learning: What are the questions?
    Machine learning is again becoming a fashionable topic. All the big players invest heavily in “deep learning” and machine learning in general. Google for example trained a neural network on 10 million images to achieve 16% correct categorization of objects and themes from 22000 categories to choose from. Obviously we will not tomorrow tackle problems that require such large amounts of training data. For one thing we don’t have so many data to train on. And then there are probably some simple to answer questions that don’t require so many training data. These questions would be interesting to look at. What are the questions that Imaris could resolve with Machine Learning? Can you think of some questions that you would like Imaris to automatically answer? Imaris could automatically “understand” how to...?
  • Topic 2: Molecular Modelling: Should Imaris render models?
    Imaris creates really simple models from data. Imaris doesn’t know how to assemble models bottom up from molecules like for example CellPack ( does. Today molecular modelling for visualization is an entirely separate world from the world of image analysis. There are initiatives to combine both worlds. The Alan Cell Sciences Institute aims to build tools that can fit molecular models of the cell to measured image data. What will this mean for Imaris? Will Imaris in 10 years visualize molecular models of cell membranes or actin filaments or other cellular structures overlayed with fluorescent image data?
  • Topic 3: Volume Rendering and Surface Rendering: What can be improved?
    Creating nice pictures is one of the things Imaris is good for. At the same time there are many things that could be improved. Shadows. Ambient Lighting. Reflections. Automatic volume rendering settings. Better rendering on white backgrounds. Better tools for clipping parts of the image away. Transparent rendering of surfaces. Cartoon-style rendering. Zoom-insets. What is it that you want to see improved?
  • Topic 4: Large Data: How can we reduce large data?
    Microscopes can easily acquire terabytes of data. We need strategies to deal with them. What will it take for biologists to accept lossy compression? Can we devise a “standard background detection method” that becomes an acceptable step to discard some of the original data in the “background” regions? Can we devise a standard “dynamic range compression method” that becomes an acceptable step to discard some of the original data when the least significant bits of an image are white noise? What can we do to reduce the size of data for faster opening, faster processing, and longer storage?
  • Topic 5: Wailing Time: What is not good about Imaris?
    Likely there are things in Imaris that you are not particularly happy with. What are they? Which are the most important things that should be improved, changed, rebuilt, removed because they are just not good?

Day 1 Wednesday, November 9

16:00 - 18:00: Bitplane Presents Imaris

18:00 - 18:30: Drinks

Day 2 Thursday, November 10
Start: 08:30 / End: 17:30

8:30 - 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 - 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 17:30: Workgroups and Discussions

18:30: Dinner.

Day 3 Friday, November 11
Start: 08:30 / End: 15:00

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.


Rooms should be booked at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles at USC, 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90007. A room rate of $179 per night has been secured for all AIC Members. Please book by calling: - INDIVIDUAL CALL-IN at 1 (800) 333 3333

It is important that you specify that you are part of the “AIC MEETING GROUP” and provide us with the guest name(s), requested room type and bed type (i.e. King, Double/Double), credit card as guarantee (when applicable), check-in and check-out dates, and any requests for special room arrangements or special payment arrangements. The room types cannot be guaranteed. Reservations must be made on or before 10-19-16.

Rates are subject to state and local taxes, which are currently 15.5%.

Rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet
  • Complimentary Access to 24-Hour Fitness Center & Business Center
  • Complimentary Access to Jacuzzi and Pool Facility



Eduardo Rosa Molinar
AIC Chairman
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Peter Majer
Image Analysis Scientist

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

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