4th International Workshop on Computational Phantoms

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4th International Workshop on Computational Phantoms for Radiation Protection, Imaging, and Radiotherapy, 20-22 May, 2013, Zurich Switzerland

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Computational phantoms were developed for ionizing radiation dosimetry starting in the early 1960s. In parallel, the Bioelectromagnetics Society developed various simplified and complex phantoms to study EM coupling mechanisms. In 2006, a breakthrough was achieved with the decision to develop and maintain the Virtual Family, a project that was originally co-funded by MMG and GSMA. Over the years, these phantoms have continuously gained in realism and the anatomical diversity they now capture is unprecedented. With the advent of personalized medicine, computational human phantoms are in the midst of becoming simply indispensable. These models are the raw material for computer-based simulations of the biological mechanisms, and of the chemical and physiological processes occurring in the human body, and for controlled and detailed analyses of specific perturbations. As such, they are predicted to revolutionize in silico biology and medicine, diagnostic, treatment planning and treatment administration, drug design, and medical device development. Accordingly, the computational phantom scene has recently grown considerably and well-funded research programs such as the EU-financed “Virtual Physiological Human” project attest to the importance of ICT technologies for modeling and simulation of biological and physiological processes.

The rapid progress made from the greatly simplified phantoms of the 1970s to the current state-of-the-art boundary representation phantoms has been the focus of three previous workshops on computational phantoms. The first two workshops, held at the National Board of Radiological Protection, U.K. in 1995 and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S.A. in 2000, played a key role in facilitating rapid research and development. The third workshop held in 2011 convened the ionizing and the non-ionizing radiation dosimetry communities, which both face similar challenges in anatomical modeling, standardization, risk assessment, and software development. Since 2011, the number of phantoms has increased substantially, and formidable progress has been achieved in terms of the models themselves and in terms of the applications for which they are used. As the field continues to advance at an extraordinary pace, it is imperative that the various communities that develop and apply these computational tools maintain a dialogue to evaluate together available solutions and identify emerging needs. The objectives of the upcoming 4th workshop is to convene an international audience of researchers, clinicians, regulators, and industrial partners applying computational human phantoms and related applications to discuss current issues and developments in the field and to formulate a roadmap for future research.

This workshop is a flagship event organized by world leaders in the field. Together, the members of The Consortium for Computational Human Phantoms and the Zurich-based IT’IS Foundation have for more than a decade been at the cutting edge in the design of high-resolution, accurate, whole-body anatomical models, notably with the Virtual Population developed at IT’IS (www.itis.ethz.ch/vip), which serves as the gold standard.

The 2½-day workshop program will include reviews of national projects, keynote presentations on the needs for and the importance of computational phantoms in research, industry, and clinics, and numerous sessions on phantom development and related computational applications. With the participation of industrial partners, this workshop will also serve as a networking event and as a unique opportunity to share ideas, visions, and priorities.

Details on the program, the location, the registration process, and the different exhibition packages are available on the conference website at http://www.cp2013.org. For questions, please contact the workshop organizer with an email to info@cp2013.org or by phone: +41 44 245 96 86.

Dr. Davnah Payne
Scientific Coordinator
IT'IS Foundation for Research on
Information Technologies in Society

Zeughausstr. 43 / CH-8004 Zurich / Switzerland
Phone:+41 44 245 9686 / Fax: +41 44 245 9699