Workshop on Ontology of Images

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The National Center for Biomedical Ontology will host a two-day workshop focused on the ontology of (biomedical) images. The goal of the workshop, which will take place on March 24-25, 2006 in Stanford, is to coordinate current efforts towards the development of a biomedical image/imaging ontology. The following topics will be addressed:

       * basic principles of sound ontologies
       * steps towards coordination and integration of ontologies in the imaging domain
       * hands-on experiments directed towards building a biomedical image ontology (dealing with: images and image-classification, image features, interpretations, relation of images to reality, the role of a reference ontology such as the FMA)
       * preliminary discussions directed towards building an ontology of imaging tools and data, including issues related to the classification of imaging algorithms and to the potential uses of a tools ontology in supporting interoperability of bioinformatics software

The workshop is designed to be of value to all those involved in biocomputing in the imaging domain, including representatives of those NCBCs who use or develop imaging technologies.

   Participants will include Yasser alSafadi (Philips Research), Carol Bean (NCRR), Bruce Bray (Utah), James A Butler (GlaxoSmithKline), John Carrino (Partners), Werner Ceusters (IFOMIS), David Clunie (RadPharm, Princeton), C. Forbes Dewey (MIT), Ivo Dinov (UCLA), Keith Dreyer (Harvard), Donald Harrington (NIBIB), Frank Hartel (NCI), Dave Helman (L&C), Peter Hunter (Aukland), David Kennedy (Harvard), Richard I. Kitney (Imperial College, London), Anand Kumar (IFOMIS), Curtis Langlotz (University of Pennsylvania), Suzanna Lewis (Berkeley), William Lorensen (General Electric), Yves Lussier (Columbia), Peter F. Lyster (NIH/NIGMS), Dirk Marwede (IFOMIS), Robin A. McEntire (GlaxoSmithKline), Robert Murphy (CMU), Mark Musen (Stanford), Dianne Reeves (NCI), Daniel Rubin (Stanford), Mariana Casella Dos Santos (L&C, Belgium), Barry Smith (Buffalo).
   Sessions will be scheduled from 9am to 5.30pm on each of the two days.
   We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Language & Computing (L&C).
   Barry Smith

   Draft Agenda
   Friday March 24 2006
   Session I: Barry Smith (Moderator)
   9am Basic Principles of Ontology Design
   10.30pm Coffee
   11am Towards an Ontology for the Imaging Domain
   12.30pm Lunch
   Session II: Daniel Rubin (Moderator)
   2pm RadLex, Ontologies and Terminologies in Radiology
   (with brief presentations from RadLex and DICOM)
   3.30pm Coffee
   4pm Ontologies and Reasoning with Radiological Image Data
   Saturday March 25 2006
   Session III: Werner Ceusters and Suzanna Lewis (Moderators)
   9am Towards Interoperability of Ontologies: Presentations from Image Ontology groups
   10.30-11am Coffee
   11am How to Align Image Ontologies
   12.30pm Lunch
   Session IV: Ivo Dinov and Barry Smith (Moderators)
   2pm Towards an Ontology of Imaging Tools and Data
   Presentations from NCBC Image Groups on Available Resources and Needs for Tool/Data Registry
   3.30 Coffee
   4pm How to Realize Identified Needs: Ontology vs. Yellow Pages
   Some Relevant Links
   The Open Microscopy Environment (OME) Data Model
   OBO Biological Imaging Methods
   RadLex: A Lexicon for Uniform Indexing and Retrieval of Radiology Information Resources
   David Clunie's Medical Image Format Site
   Medical Image Databases
   Pathbase (Mutant Mouse Images)
   Foundational Model of Anatomy
   Structured Reporting
   IATR Registry of Image Analysis Tools
   Murphy Lab Image Services
   In Vivo Imaging
   A Taxonomy of Diagram Taxonomies

   Recommended Hotel:
   Standard room with full-sized bed: $65 +10% occupancy tax
   Larger room with a queen-sized bed: $80 +10% occupancy tax
   Larger room with two full-sized beds: $95 +10% occupancy tax
   Participants can book online at
   or by calling 650-926-2800; please mention in comment field:
   Group number = #232246
   Group name = "Image Ontology Workshop."
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