Last 1st and 2nd of February, two workshops were held in the University of Sheffield. The first one was focused on end users of GIMIAS, while the second one was focused on developers of the GIMIAS Framework.
The goal of the end users workshop is to show the available features in GIMIAS for solving biomedical image computing and simulation problems. The attendees chose one of the three available tutorials: angiology, cardiology or neuroimaging. Using the example datasets available in the GIMIAS website, they started to use GIMIAS for image processing, automatic segmentation, manual segmentation, visualization and mesh editing. The instructors were answering all the questions made by the participants. Finally, the attendees shown interest to use GIMIAS in their daily work and asked for more functionality and more tutorials like registration or orthopaedics.
On 2nd of February, the workshop was focused on developers that want to integrate their own tools in a single application and create a clinical prototype. The workshop organizers installed all the development tools and compiled the last version of GIMIAS in all computers. The attendees were following the instructions and the majority could finish all steps until the creation of a GIMIAS plugin.
20 participants attended to both GIMIAS workshops. The major number of people came from the University of Sheffield, but there were also people from other parts of UK, like the King's College London, the University of Oxford and one person from the Cancer Research Center in Germany. The attendees are working on several biomedical domains but they share the same need: an integrative framework for fast development of clinical prototypes.
Attendees showed interest in GIMIAS for integration of their own tools in a single application, create a GUI without much effort for clinical environment and use standard tools available in GIMIAS for visualization, segmentation, registration and mesh editing.
Cristina Staicu is a graduate student from the University of Sheffield that attended both workshops. Her research is focusing on aorta coarctation. She started using GIMIAS in the context of a European project called euHeart, three years ago. She expressed her satisfaction with GIMIAS: "The AngioImages workflow of GIMIAS is exactly what I need for the segmentation step" and with the development tools: "CSnake and StartNewModule developed great in the last 2 years".
All attendees were satisfied with the workshop topics, the instructors and shown their interest to use GIMIAS as a standalone application and as an integrative framework.