Published on 09.07.2024

Helmholtz Imaging Newsletter Issue No. 16

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Dear Imaging Enthusiast,

We are delighted to present the newest edition of our newsletter, packed with the latest insights and important developments from our recent endeavors and sister platforms. Join us as we delve into the dynamic world of imaging and uncover the stories in this issue together!

Happy reading!

Your Helmholtz Imaging team


A personal note from us:

Do you have an imaging challenge, no matter how big or small? We’re here to help you, free of charge. Contact us via our support hub. 

Also, if you haven’t yet, join our network of experts, modalities, instruments, and facilities! CONNECT with us.


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Reminder: Deadline Approaching for the Helmholtz Imaging Projects Call

Time is running out to submit your proposal for the Helmholtz Imaging Projects! Don’t miss your chance to secure funding for your innovative, cross-disciplinary research at the intersection of imaging and information & data science. Final submissions are due by July 30, 2024.

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to advance your project with Helmholtz Imaging’s support!

Apply for funding

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We’re Hiring: Exciting Job Openings Available!

We are excited to offer two exceptional career opportunities for professionals passionate about advancing imaging science:

  • Join our Engineering & Support Unit DESY as Research Software Architect
    • Role: Develop the cloud infrastructure for the Model Zoo, create web service concepts for AI model deployment, coordinate cloud service implementation including UX design, and more.
    • Apply by July 31, 2024
    • Details & registration
  • Join our Research Unit MDC as Synergy AI Scientist
    • Role: Benchmark self-supervised learning paradigms, derive principles for foundation model development, collaborate with HFMI Pilot Projects, and more.
    • Apply by July 11, 2024
    • Details & registration

Good luck to all applicants!

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Jörg Modrow

Relive the Highlights from the 2024 Helmholtz Imaging Conference

We’re thrilled to share some highlights of the Helmholtz Imaging Conference held on May 14-15, 2024, in Heidelberg. The event was filled with insightful keynote sessions, interactive discussions, and valuable networking. Explore the rich content, including all presentation slides and images from the conference, now available on our website. Revisit the conference and see the best moments captured during the event! We look forward to welcoming you at one of our future events

Read the full recap and access the presentations

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Klas Ove Möller, HEREON

Advancing Plankton Research: Helmholtz Imaging’s Collaborative Datathon at MDC Berlin

Helmholtz Imaging hosted a plankton image Datathon at MDC-BIMSB in Berlin. Between June 24 and 28, researchers from the Helmholtz Imaging Units at MDC and DKFZ joined forces with scientists from HEREON and GEOMAR to establish a large and diverse dataset of plankton images to serve as training data for an aquatic life foundation model. We aimed to establish an initial dataset of 100 million images from different imaging modalities and to discuss domain-specific details for the training and evaluation of the foundation model.

The event is part of the Aquatic Life Foundation Project, involving researchers from MDC, GEOMAR, HEREON, AWI, UFZ, and Helmholtz Imaging. The project was launched following the meeting and formation of the Pelagic Imaging Consortium in the fall of 2023, which brought together plankton researchers from five Helmholtz Centers and Helmholtz Imaging. 

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Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEK-13

New Blog Post on CONNECT: UTILE-Oxy Transforms Hydrogen Production with Deep Learning

Discover how deep learning enhances hydrogen production for better efficiency & insights on our blog section on CONNECT in our latest post, “UTILE-Oxy – Deep Learning to Automate Video Analysis of Bubble Dynamics.” This pioneering study by André Colliard Granero and team uses advanced AI to optimize bubble dynamics in electrolyzers, achieving up to 95% precision with rapid analysis enhancements.

UTILE is a Helmholtz Imaging Project aiming at developing a data platform for energy materials that automates and thus accelerates and improves the collection, analysis and management of valuable image data from diverse characterization methods across the scientific community using AI. 

Read the full post for a deeper understanding and access to the UTILE-Oxy repository. 

Join our network of experts, modalities, instruments, and facilities! CONNECT with us. 

Do you have an idea for a cross-displinary research project at the intersection of imaging, information and data science? Apply by July 30, 2024 for funding! 

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Helmholtz Summer School – From Data to Knowledge: Registration Opens Soon

Mark your calendars for August 12, as registration kicks off for the rebranded Helmholtz Summer School, offering a diverse curriculum designed to transform data into knowledge. This unique summer academy, organized by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science platforms Helmholtz AI, Helmholtz Imaging, HIFIS, HIDA, and HMC, features courses suitable for all levels of expertise.

Helmholtz Imaging is excited to present three specialized courses:

  • Regularization in Image Reconstruction: From Model to Data Driven Methods (Course 10)
  • Introduction to Image Registration (Course 11)
  • 3D Visualization (Course 12)

Make sure to secure your spot between August 12 and August 25, 2024. Don’t miss your chance to enhance your skills and knowledge in the vibrant field of Information & Data Science.

More details and registration (starting August 12)

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Knut Sander

Meet Helmholtz Imaging

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

  • Say hi to Martin Burger and Jin Liu from the Research Unit DESY at the International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation on August 26-30, 2024 in Hamburg. Registration is still open.
  • Join Martin Burger, Danielle Bednarski, Lukas Weigand, Samira Kabri & Tim Roith from the Research Unit DESY for their workshop “Deep Learning in Inverse Problems” on September 23-24, 2024 at DESY. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Say hello to Fabian Isensee, Paul Jäger, Lena Maier-Hein & Annika Reinke at MICCAI on October 6-10, 2024 in Marrakech, Morocco. Their paper “Confidence intervals uncovered: Are we ready for real-world medical imaging AI?” was accepted early.1
  • Meet Tim Rädsch at the European Conference on Computer Vision on October 1-4, 2024 in Milano, Italy where Tim will present the paper “Quality Assured: Rethinking Annota-tion Strategies in AI Imaging”.²

1 Authors: Evangelia Christodoulou*, Annika Reinke*, Rola Houhou, Piotr Kalinowski, Selen Erkan, Carole H. Sudre, Ninon Burgos, Sofiène Boutaj, Sophie Loizillon, Maëlys Solal, Nicola Rieke, Veronika Cheplygina, Michela Antonelli, Leon D. Mayer, Minu Dietlinde Tizabi, M. Jorge Cardoso, Amber Simpson, Paul F. Jäger, Annette Kopp-Schneider, Gaël Varoquaux**, Olivier Colliot**, Lena Maier-Hein**; *shared first authors, **shared senior authors

² Authors: Tim Rädsch, Annika Reinke, Vivienn Weru, Minu Dietlinde Tizabi, Nicholas Heller, Fabian Isensee, Annette Kopp-Schneider & Lena Maier-Hein

News from our Sister Platforms

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HIDA Lecture: Exploits and Misuse of AI

Join us for an engaging lecture in which we will examine the challenges and security threats associated with generative AI. These threats fall into two main categories: malicious inputs used to exploit generative models and the misuse of computer-generated output.

Register now for the lecture on July 25

Upcoming: Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration Conference 2024

Join us from November 4-6, 2024 for our 3rd virtual Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration Conference and dive with us into the world of metadata. Use this opportunity to discover the latest news, exchange knowledge, make new contacts in the community or expand existing ones and contribute to the event.

Registration and the call for abstracts will open shortly 

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Contribute to IT4Science-Days

Join us at the IT4Science-Days 2024, taking place on September 24-26, 2024, in Göttingen, Faßberg-Campus. This event, organized by the Max Planck Society, brings together experts from scientific IT to exchange ideas and solutions for IT challenges in scientific use cases. Contributions from Helmholtz, Leibniz, and Fraunhofer are welcome. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your ideas and connect with experts! 

Submit your abstract by July 17

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New publications

Learned Regularization for Inverse Problems: Insights from a Spectral Model by Martin Burger & Samira Kabri 

Ill-posedness of time-dependent inverse problems in Lebesgue-Bochner spaces by Martin Burger, Thomas Schuster & Anne Wald

Discover all publications by Helmholtz Imaging

Job openings

Come & work with us at DESY
Research Software Architect

Come & work with us at MDC
Synergy AI Scientist in the Helmholtz Foundation Model Initiative

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