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IPRPI Workshop on Diffuse Optical Imaging,
October 27th & 28th, 2011

Location: Blitman Residence Commons

Workshop Description:      

Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) is a non-invasive imaging modality that makes use of the light in the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum. The inverse problem in DOT involves reconstruction of spatially varying absorption and scattering properties as well as fluorophore lifetime and yield in tissues from boundary measurements. These fundamental quantities can be utilized to obtain tissue oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin concentrations, blood oxygen saturation, water, fat and fluorophore uptake in tissue.

The unique physiological and biochemical information offered by DOT is very valuable for practical applications such as breast cancer diagnosis, cognitive activity monitoring, brain tumor and hemorrhage detection, functional muscle imaging with a growing list of applications in fluorescence tomographic imaging.

This workshop is aimed at highlighting the challenging and new medical applications where diffuse optical imaging can potentially play a major role and the recent developments in instrumentation and the solutions of PDE based non-linear inverse problems, thereby providing a discussion forum in identifying new directions in diffuse optical imaging research.

This workshop is supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, NSF DMS-0852516.

Program for the Workshop:

The proposed workshop will run for two days, and will consist of nine 45 minute talks each followed by a 20 minute short discussion session. At the end of the second day there will be a one hour poster session and a discussion session.    

Dr. Birsen Yazici, Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, RPI
Dr. Xavier Intes, Department of Biomedical Engineering, RPI

Schedule and Invited Speakers:

Session I. October 27th, 2011

Continental Breakfast

Welcoming, Announcements

Dr. Arjun Yodh
The University of Pennsylvania, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)
Title: Imaging Efforts with Diffuse Light at Penn

Dr. Qianqian Fang
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Radiology
Title: Use of compositional priors in multi-modality optical imaging improves breast cancer diagnosis

Workshop Lunch

Dr. Eva Sevick-Muraca
the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Brown Foundation Inst. of Molecular Medicine
Title: Near-infrared fluorescence imaging in humans: applications for unmet clinical needs

Dr. Keith Paulsen
Dartmouth Medical School, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology
Title: Optical absorption, scattering and emission imaging when combined with conventional imaging modalities

Dr. David Cuccia, CEO/CTO,
Modulated Imaging, Inc.
Title: Inverse Problems in Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI) and Measurement/Instrument Design with Virtual Photonics

Panel Discussion

Session II. October 28th, 2011

Continental Breakfast

Dr. Hamid Dehghani
University of Birmingham, UK, Medical Imaging, School of Computer Science
Title: Computational Developments in Diffuse Optical Imaging

Dr. John Schotland
University of Michigan, Mathematics, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Optical Tomography and Inverse Transport

Lunch and Poster Session

Dr. Eric Miller
Tufts University, Laboratory Imaging Science Research (LaISR), Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Hyperspectral Inverse Methods for Diffuse Optical Tomography

Dr. Andreas Hielscher
Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering & Radiology
Title: Partial-differential-equation-constrained algorithms for clinical optical tomographic imaging

Travel and Lodging:

Driving directions and a campus map can be found at:

There are a number of places to stay in the Troy/Albany/Schenectady area that are convenient to RPI.

We will reserve a block of rooms at a reasonable hotel, Franklin Square Inn & Suites, close to campus. When you request a room, you will need to mention: "IPRPI" to ensure you receive the RPI rates. You will need to call the hotel directly to receive the RPI rate; RPI rate is NOT available via internet reservation. Please reserve your room by Monday, October 17th to ensure availability. The Franklin Inn will release blocked rooms on this date.

Best Western Franklin Square Inn
One Fourth Street
Troy, NY 12180
Ph: 518-274-8800
Fax: 518-274-0427

Internet access and breakfast are included in the room charge.
If you need transportation from the Franklin Inn to the Rensselaer campus, you can use the Redhawk shuttle service.The shuttle stops at the Blitman Residence Commons. The shuttle route can be found at:

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Latham Albany Airport
833 New Loudon Rd (Rt. 9)
Latham, NY 12110
Ph: 518-640-2200

To reserve a room, please call the Group Reservations Department at La Quinta Inn & Suites, Latham Albany Airport (518) 640-2200. Please ask for and Group#: 608. Note that the RPI rate is NOT available via internet reservation.

Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street,
Troy, NY
(518) 272-1700

Internet is included with this room charge. The Hilton Garden Inn provides free shuttle service to and from the conference site.

Speaker/Participant Reimbursement:

To apply in advance for travel reimbursement, please fill out a provided application for travel reimbursement and submit to (mclauj3@rpi.edu). If you are seeking reimbursement for airfare, each flight must be with a U.S. carrier or code-shared with a U.S. carrier. If this is not possible, please contact (mclauj3@rpi.edu) or 518-276-2145. Original and detailed receipts for each expense must be submitted along with reimbursement requests. More specifically, for airfare the receipt must list the detailed itinerary as well as total cost, and for meals receipts must list individual meal items and total cost.

A/V Equipment and materials for poster presentations: A computer projector and laser pointer will be available for talks. If additional equipment is needed please contact (mclauj3@rpi.edu). Stands for posters as well as poster board for mounting posters will be made available. If you will be presenting a poster, please note that the poster boards are 36x48 in.

Please fill out and send a provided conference registration form to (mclauj3@rpi.edu), if you plan to attend. Please indicate on the form if you want to make a poster presentation, giving the title of your poster presentation at the same time.

Parking and Transportation:

If you are driving to the workshop, campus parking permits can be obtained by first contacting (mclauj3@rpi.edu) and she will arrange for a parking permit to be left for you at the front desk of the Franklin Inn & Suites or the Hilton Garden Inn..

For more information regarding the technical program, contact Birsen Yazici (yazici@ecse.rpi.edu) or Xavier Intes.


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