The Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society
|Founded||July 29, 2004|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Focus||Computer Vision, Medical Imaging, Medical Devices|
|Method||Industry standards, Conferences, Publications|
|Leo Joskowicz (President)|
The MICCAI Society is a professional organization for scientists in the areas of Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of these fields, the society brings together researchers from several scientific disciplines. including computer science, robotics, physics, and medicine. The society is best known for its annual flagship event, The MICCAI Conference, which facilitates the publication and presentation of original research on MICCAI-related topics. However, the society provides endorsements and sponsorships for several scientific events each year.
In 1998, three international conferences: Visualization in Biomedical Computing (VBC), Computer Vision and Virtual Reality in Robotics and Medicine (CVRMed), and Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) merged into a single conference entitled "The International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions" (abbreviated MICCAI) with its first edition in Boston. The MICCAI Society was founded in 2004 by several active members of this research community and former chairs of the MICCAI conference. In 2009, the society introduced the "MICCAI Fellow" award to recognize senior members who had made substantial contributions to the MICCAI community. 12 fellows were elected in 2009 and three additional fellows are elected each year. New MICCAI Fellows are announced each year at the Annual MICCAI Conference. Since 2012, the society is involved in several events each year outside of the annual conference through endorsements and/or sponsorships. These include a number of smaller international conferences, MICCAI-focused workshop sessions at related conferences, and educational programs such as "summer schools".
Medical Image Computing (the "MIC" in MICCAI) is the field of study involving the application of image processing and computer vision to medical imaging. The goals of medical image computing tasks are diverse, but some common examples are computer-aided diagnosis, image segmentation of anatomical structures and/or abnormalities, and the registration or "alignment" of medical images acquired through different means or at different points in time.
Computer Assisted Interventions (the "CAI" in MICCAI) is the field of study concerned with the use of computational tools in medical interventions. Prominent examples of computer aided interventions currently in widespread use include image guided biopsy and robot-assisted surgery. Integral to this research area is effective human-computer interaction and user interface design.
Within the MICCAI community, a number of organizations have emerged to represent and advocate for certain populations of MICCAI researchers. Among these are the MICCAI Student Board and the Women in MICCAI Committee.
The MICCAI Student Board began in 2010 when MICCAI initiated its social media presence by creating a facebook group. This effort was championed by student researchers who used the group to organize events specifically for students at the 2011 and 2012 annual conferences. After the 2012 event, the MICCAI board of directors formally recognized the MICCAI student board as a part of the society and began providing support for the student board's annual events.
The Women in MICCAI Committee began as a series of networking sessions for female researchers within the medical image analysis research community during the 2015 MICCAI conference and the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. In October 2016, the MICCAI board of directors approved a measure to create the "Women in MICCAI Committee" with the goal of strengthening the representation of female scientists in this research area.
Since its inception, the Women in MICCAI Committee has continued to organize networking sessions in conjunction with MICCAI events. It also developed and maintains several online platforms for discussion on social media. The committee is the primary interface between the MICCAI board of directors and the community of women researchers in MICCAI.
MICCAI conferences are typically scheduled for five days, of which the first and last days set aside for satellite events consisting of tutorials, workshops, and challenges. Those include the Brain lesion workshop (BrainLes), the Workshop on Interpretability of Machine Intelligence in Medical Image Computing (iMIMIC), Domain Adaptation and Representation Transfer (DART), and others. The main conference includes invited presentations, panel discussions, and podium and poster presentations of original research papers which are published by Springer Nature as conference proceedings.
|2020||October 4-8, 2020||Lima||Daniel Racoceanu, Leo Joskowicz|
|2019||October 13-17, 2019||Shenzhen||Dinggang Shen|
|2018||September 16-20, 2018||Granada||Alejandro Frangi Caregnato|
|2017||September 10-14, 2017||Quebec City||Simon Duchesne|
|2016||October 17-21, 2016||Athens||Sebastien Ourselin, Aytül Erçil|
|2015||October 5-9, 2015||Munich||Nassir Navab|
|2014||September 14-18, 2014||Cambridge||Polina Golland|
|2013||September 22-26, 2013||Nagoya||Kensaku Mori|
|2012||October 1-5, 2012||Nice||Nicholas Ayache|
|2011||September 18-22, 2011||Toronto||Gabor Fichtinger|
|2010||September 20-24, 2010||Beijing||Tingting Jiang|
|2009||September 20-24, 2009||London||Guang-Zhong Yang|
|2008||September 6-10, 2008||New York City||Dimitris Metaxas|
|2007||October 29 - November 2, 2007||Brisbane||Anthony Maeder|
|2006||October 1-6, 2006||Copenhagen||Mads Nielsen|
|2005||October 26-29, 2005||Palm Springs||James Duncan|
|2004||September 26-29, 2004||St. Malo||Christian Barillot|
|2003||November 15-18, 2003||Montreal||Terry Peters|
|2002||September 25-28, 2002||Tokyo||Takeyoshi Dohi|
|2001||October 14-17, 2001||Utrecht||Max Viergever|
|2000||October 11-14, 2000||Pittsburgh||Anthony M. DiGoia|
|1999||September 19-22, 1999||Cambridge||Alan Colchester|
|1998||October 11-13, 1998||Boston||Ron Kikinis|
|2021||September 27 - October 1, 2021||Strasbourg||Caroline Essert|
|2022||September 18-22, 2022||Singapore||Shuo Li|
|2023||October 8-12, 2023||Vancouver||Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, James Duncan, and Russ Taylor|
|2024||October 6-10, 2024||Marrakesh||Karim Lekadir and Julia Schnabel|
The MICCAI conference proceedings consist of full-length papers which undergo comprehensive peer review. Since even before the merger of the CVRMed, MRCAS, and VBC conferences (see History), the proceedings of the annual conference have been published by Springer Nature as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.
In addition to the proceedings of the annual conference, MICCAI officially partners with two peer reviewed scientific journals: "Medical Image Analysis" published by Elsevier and "The International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery" (IJCARS) published by Springer Nature. These journals loosely correspond to the "MIC" and "CAI" focuses of the MICCAI Society respectively, but they have substantial overlap in subject matter.
The MICCAI Society also partners with Elsevier to develop a series of books on MICCAI-related research, written by scientists in the MICCAI research community. As of April 2020, nine books have been published in this series