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UCL welcomes students from AIIMS and IIT-D for CMIC summer school

22 June 2020

16 students will attend UCL CMIC’s medical imaging summer school in July, supported by the Global Engagement Office

Two Indian students participating in the UCL CMIC programme last year

UCL will host 16 students from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) for a summer school in medical imaging between 6-10 July 2020.

The summer school is an annual course hosted by UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), which will be held virtually this year. The programme enables young scientists to engage with experts at UCL across a diverse range of image computing topics, fostering new links of collaboration, critical thinking and scientific discovery.

Last year, five students from AIIMS visited UCL to take part. Their visit coincided with the Global Healthcare Engineering Symposium, hosted by UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE).

Two of last year’s students, Amol Sood and Ashank Khaitan (pictured above), said: "As clinicians, we are not frequently exposed to the engineering process that goes behind developing the technology that we often use in the clinics. So it was an enriching experience to listen to the talks by pioneers in the field of medical image computing, and to interact with such an array of engineers and physicists".

Medical image computing is a core theme of healthcare engineering at UCL with internationally recognised activities crossing multiple centres, institutes and departments. IHE's long-standing focus on medical imaging and devices, data science, artificial intelligence and robotics was recognized with a recent EPSRC-award for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Intelligent, Integrated Imaging in Healthcare. Through the CDT and with allied academic staff, projects at UCL cover a wide variety of imaging modalities, devices, theories and applications.

With this sixth MedICSS event, young scientists from around the world will have the opportunity to engage with both UCL and industry experts in a diverse range of image computing topics. As part of the course, delegates will learn about the newest developments in the medical imaging field. In addition, lectures by scientific leaders will promote activity-based learning through interactive breakout sessions which will encourage collaboration, critical thinking and scientific discovery.

The five-day course covers different topics including: acquisition/reconstruction, image guided interventions, image processing and analysis, modelling and machine learning. It will culminate with a hands-on mini project.

AIIMS students taking part in this year's summer school are Vanshika Arora, Anjali Singhal, Anshul Gupta, Aditi Rao, Vishwas Kumar Anand, Mehak Singhal, Tamoghna Ghosh, Mehak Arora, Parul Berry, Archisman Mazumder and Manraj Singh Sra. Joining them are IIT-D students Dharmesh Singh, Archana Malagi, Vivek Kamalkant Parmar, Puneet Dheer and Kritika Lohia.

The UCL Global Engagement Office is part-funding the students and supporting wider collaboration in India. Thanks to UCL CMIC for hosting the students virtually.

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