Kitware Makes a Positive Impact at 2012 MICCAI Conference

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Dr. Stephen Aylward elected to Board of Directors, Roland Kwitt awarded Young Scientist Award, and Kitware sponsors Young Scientist Publication Impact Award.

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Kitware, a leading R&D software solutions provider, today announces three prestigious accomplishments that occurred during the 15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI).

Dr. Stephen Aylward, Kitware’s Senior Director of Operations in North Carolina, was elected to the MICCAI Society’s Board of Directors. Dr. Aylward has been a major proponent of the MICCAI Society and its dedication to the promotion, preservation, and facilitation of research and education in the fields of medical image computing and computer assisted medical interventions. He has been an active conference contributor of workshops and tutorials, including the first MICCAI workshop, “Open-Source Software for MICCAI” in 2005.

"It is a great honor to be elected by the MICCAI Society members,” said Dr. Aylward. “It reflects the productivity of our collaborations with medical imaging and interventional researchers around the world."

Last year, Dr. Aylward worked with conference organizers to establish the Young Scientist Publication Impact Award, a new tradition sponsored by Kitware that recognizes a researcher whose MICCAI work had an impact on the field in terms of citations, secondary citations, subsequent publications, and h-index. This year the award went to Caroline Burn from the University of Pennsylvania for her paper “A Tensor-Based Morphometry Study of Genetic Influences on Brain Structure using a New Fluid Registration Method,” authored by C. Brun, N. Lepore, X. Pennec, Y.-Y. Chou, K. McMahon, G.I. de Zubicaray, M. Meredith, M.J. Wright, A.D. Lee, M. Barysheva, A.W. Toga, P.M. Thompson.

MICCAI also awarded the prestigious Young Scientist Award to the first authors of the top five papers at the conference, as voted on by an award committee from among the papers with the highest weighted review scores. Roland Kwitt, an R&D Engineer at Kitware, was awarded one of these Young Scientist Awards for his paper "Recognition in Ultrasound Videos: Where am I?" written in collaboration with Nuno Vasconcelos, Sharif Razzaque, and Stephen Aylward. Roland’s paper explores the use of ultrasound imaging as an inexpensive alternative to MRI and CT imaging for rural and developing parts of the world.

You can view our entire medical team, and learn about Kitware's solutions in the area of medical computing by visiting http://www.kitware.com. For more information, please contact kitware(at)kitware.com.

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