Posted on December 30, 2015

KINDI Center for Computing Research at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently held a workshop to discuss developments and solutions in the field of computer vision for healthcare applications.

Themed “Computer Vision for Healthcare Applications”, the event was organized in conjunction with CENG Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), and sponsored by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). It provided CENG faculty and students an opportunity to meet with experts and researchers, and exchange experience and ideas on developments in  computer-based healthcare research. Attendees included CENG dean Dr Rashid Alammari, KINDI Center for Computing Research director Prof Qutaiba Malluhi (pictured), CENG associate dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, CENG CSE Department head Dr Summaya Al Maadeed, as well as representatives from industry, and CENG faculty, students, and staff.

Keynote speakers were Case Western Reserve University Center for Computational Imaging and Personalised Diagnostics director Prof Anant Madabhushi, and University of Sheffield Department of Mechanical Engineering professor of biomedical image computing Prof Alejandro Frangi. They presented on “Quantitative Data Convergence: Integration of Radiology, Pathology, Omics Data for Predicting Disease Aggressiveness” and “Patient Outcome, and Computational Medicine: Towards Integrated Management of Cerebral Aneurysms”. 

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The program agenda included presentations delivered by CENG departmental faculty including Dr Al Maadeed, associate professor of computer engineering Dr Uvais Qidawi and of computer science Dr Nasir Rajpoot, professor of computer engineering Prof Abbes Amira, and professor of electrical engineering Prof Boualem Boashash. They discussed a wide range of topics such as “Intelligent Position Monitoring System to Prevent Pressure Ulvers for Long-Term Bed-Ridden Patients”, “Reconfigurable Computing for Medical Imaging Systems”, “Locating and Profiling Cancer Cells in Solid Tumor Tissue Slides”, “Automated Multichannel EEG Abnormality Detection for Improving Newborn Health Outcomes”, and “Medical and Computer Aided Approaches for the Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer”.

In his remarks, Dr Alammari said: “Computing research is an important area of interest in Qatar and one of the areas of CENG’s research focus. This workshop reflects the wide range of research services that the College provides for users and healthcare organizations to develop and enhance the programs they use. It also highlights the College’s contribution to advancing the healthcare sector in Qatar, and its ongoing efforts towards the country’s health and welfare.”

Prof Malluhi said: “KINDI Center for Computing Research is investing thoroughly in the healthcare applications to develop new programs and solutions for this important field which is developing progressively. In this context, this event reflects the Center’s mission to provide community and industry with new findings in computing research that meet the needs of users in their daily life.” Dr Al Maadeed said: “This is a timely event that paves the way for dialogue on a topic that is of interest to the industry and healthcare sectors. It also engages CSE students to reflect on issues relevant to the community’s needs and aspirations, and to find solutions to its everyday challenges.”

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