Published on 24.01.2024

Helmholtz Imaging Newsletter Issue No. 13

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Dear  Imaging Enthusiast,

It’s that exciting moment when we share the latest highlights from Helmholtz Imaging and our affiliated platforms. 😊 Welcome to the newest edition of our newsletter – dive straight into the content and enjoy your reading journey!

Your Helmholtz Imaging team


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Helmholtz Imaging Conference 2024: Registration & Call for Abstracts

Join us on 14-15 May for our annual Helmholtz Imaging Conference in Heidelberg. Open to all scientists and researchers across all Helmholtz research fields, this event is tailored for those involved in imaging research or utilizing imaging techniques. 

Experience exciting keynotes, engaging discussions, scientific talks, poster sessions, and more. This conference offers a fantastic opportunity to expand your network, showcase your work, stay updated on imaging trends, and contribute to shaping the future of Helmholtz Imaging. 

More information, registration & call for abstracts

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Best Scientific Image 2024: Submit your image by 23 February 2024

We are accepting submissions for our Best Scientific Image 2024 contest. Don’t miss the chance to submit your most intriguing scientific image(s) by 23 February 2024 for a shot at claiming the Helmholtz Imaging Best Scientific Image 2024 title and win valuable prizes totaling thousands of Euros! The contest is open to anyone working at a Helmholtz Center.

Winners will have their images showcased at the Helmholtz Imaging Conference 2024 (14-15 May 2024), and featured both in a traveling exhibit and in the Helmholtz Imaging calendar 2025, showcasing the incredible portfolio of the Helmholtz Association and the invaluable role of imaging science in addressing major societal challenges.

Get your images ready & submit them via our portal

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Alena Prudnikava, HZB

Helmholtz Imaging Roadshow at HZB – Join us on 29 February 2024!

We are coming to HZB! Join our information session on 29 February 2024 at HZB Adlershof at 10-12 pm to explore the diverse activities offered by Helmholtz Imaging and become part of our dynamic community. During our session, delve into our extensive support and imaging expertise portfolio, learn about use cases and funding opportunities, and discuss with our experts in a Q&A session. If you have imaging-related questions, bring them along for on-site discussions. 

Also, from 19 to 29 February you can enjoy our exhibit at HZB showcasing the Best Scientific Images of our 2023 contest. Don’t forget to submit your scientific image if you feel inspired for a chance to win Best Image 2024. 

More information & registration

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Reinforcing AI in Cancer Research: Annika Reinke Awarded Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize

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Annika Reinke from Helmholtz Imaging and DKFZ has been awarded the Richtzenhain Doctoral Prize for her outstanding work in reinforcing AI applications in cancer research. This prestigious biennial prize, dedicated to outstanding dissertations affiliated with Heidelberg or the University of Heidelberg, recognized Annika’s achievements among six awardees in 2023 with a prize of 2,000 Euros. In our interview, Annika discusses her research, accomplishments, and future plans.

 Read more about her contributions on our website 

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Metrics Reloaded Recommendations Framework Wins Top Recognition at Helmholtz AI Awards

Lena Maier-Hein, Annika Reinke, Minu Tizabi, Ali Emre Kavur and Paul Jäger accepted the award for the best digital resource for their Metrics Reloaded Recommendations Framework on behalf of a large consortium comprising more than 70 institutions across the globe. The announcement was made during the virtual Helmholtz AI Retrospective and Awards Ceremony on 13 December 2023.
The framework provides metric recommendations for image analysis, and its open-source toolkit is designed to guide researchers towards choosing metrics in a problem-aware manner. This award highlights the team’s commitment to advancing image analysis within the Helmholtz community. 

Access the article and the toolkit 

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DACL Challenge: Helmholtz Imaging Support Unit DKFZ Secures Third Place

The Applied Computer Vision Lab within the Helmholtz Imaging Support Units at DKFZ joined the DACL Challenge focused on “Semantic Bridge Damage Segmentation”. Their team – the Winning Wieners – won third place. This accomplishment earned them a prize of 1,500 Euros. The challenge’s objective was to identify optimal models for recognizing defects and components in bridges through semantic segmentation. The challenge was based on the “dacl10k” dataset, a novel, real-world, large-scale benchmark for multi-label semantic segmentation that distinguishes between thirteen defect types and six building components. A detailed overview of the challenge results and approaches will be presented in the challenge paper, soon to be published on the organizers’ website.

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Welcome Dagmar Kainmüller, New Helmholtz Imaging Center Coordinator at MDC!

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Dagmar Kainmüller, Head of Research Unit at MDC, as she steps into her new role as Center Coordinator. Dagmar takes over from Stephan Preibisch, who served in this position since the inception of Helmholtz Imaging. We express our gratitude to Stephan for his dedicated service and wish him success in his future endeavors. Congratulations to Dagmar on her new position – we look forward to collaborating with her at this organizational level.

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Meet Helmholtz Imaging

Say hello to Helmholtz Imaging team members at the following events:

Helmholtz GPU Hackathon

Join the upcoming Helmholtz GPU Hackathon on 23-26 April 2024 at CASUS in Görlitz! GPU Hackathons offer scientists an exciting opportunity to accelerate their large-scale AI or HPC research under the guidance of expert mentors from national laboratories, universities and industry leaders in a collaborative environment. 

Gather your team of three to six people and collaborate on porting (parts) of your code onto the GPU or refining an already existing GPU implementation. Register your team by 31 January 2024! 

More information & application

This event is co-organized by CASUS, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), and the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA) together with NVIDIA and OpenACC. 

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New publications

Discovering Process Dynamics for Scalable Perovskite Solar Cell Manufacturing with Explainable AI by Lukas Klein, Sebastian Ziegler et al.

ParticleSeg3D: A scalable out-of-the-box deep learning segmentation solution for individual particle characterization from micro CT images in mineral processing and recycling by Karol Gotkowski et al. This paper is the result of a HI Collaboration with the participation of Shuvam Gupta and Jose R. A. Godinho from HZDR HIF. Access the code

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