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MICCAI Educational Challenge 2019

Overview

The MICCAI Educational Challenge will be held for the fourth time, leading up to and concluding at MICCAI 2019 in Shenzhen, China. The goal of the challenge is to encourage members of the MICCAI community to create and share educational materials, covering fundamental concepts in medical image computing and computer-assisted interventions. The first prize winner of the MICCAI Educational Challenge will receive a prize of $500, sponsored by the MICCAI society. Pending sufficient submissions, a second and third place prize will also be awarded. The winner(s) will be decided by popular vote and announced at MICCAI 2019. Tutorials may be formatted as videos, papers, presentations or blog posts.

Motivation

There are many fundamental concepts unique to medical image computing and computer-assisted interventions. However, finding good learning resources can be difficult, whether you are a new student or an established researcher exploring a new topic.

With the MICCAI Educational Challenge we are building a library of tutorials relevant to the MICCAI community, created by and for its members. Establishing a comprehensive collection will make the field more accessible and shorten the startup time for new students. The MEC will be repeated at future MICCAI conferences, building a large corpus of educational resources for the community.

How to participate

You have complete flexibility in choosing the format of your tutorial. We are accepting:
  • Tutorial papers
  • Tutorial presentations (e.g. Powerpoint slides)
  • Tutorial blog posts
  • Videos

**New in 2019**: Participants are encouraged to consider preparing any blog-style submissions as a post through Medium, which will be published directly through the newly created MICCAI Educational Initiative publication on Medium. We’ve published a getting started article on the Medium channel to help you begin.

Submitted tutorials do not have to be especially long (even a few well thought out slides / pages can be incredibly helpful to beginners). Perhaps you have made something for a lab meeting or blog that would be interesting for the entire community?

Your submission can focus on any fundamental concept or technique related to MICCAI, including but not limited to registration, segmentation, atlases, computational anatomy, machine learning, deep learning, inference, computerized diagnosis, surgical navigation, surgical planning, medical simulation, medical robotics, visualization or software. In particular, the following topics were identified as subjects of interest in a recent Facebook poll: (in order of most to least popular) segmentation, statistical analysis of medical images, computer-assisted intervention, and optical/histology applications.

In previous polls by the MICCAI Student Board, students have additionally indicated that they are especially interested in “How to make it work”, tutorials focused on implementation details not usually discussed in papers. These materials are especially welcomed by the MEC. Tutorials should be comprehensible by Masters and PhD students entering the MICCAI field, to understand basic concepts and commonly used techniques. Tutorials featuring examples using open-source software are also encouraged.

Submission requirements:
  • All submissions should be in English.
  • Word count limit: 4000 words, excluding references. Slide presentations are limited to 40 slides. Note that these are upper limits, and submissions are not required to be nearly this long!
  • Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes
  • Previously published tutorial papers from past MICCAI's are not eligible.

You can also look at examples of previous MEC submissions.

Prize

First prize is $500, sponsored by the MICCAI society. The winner will be decided through expert panel judging followed by a popular vote.

All submissions will first be judged by a panel of experts, using an objective evaluation of the achievement of the tutorial goal. Tutorials will be scored based on:
  • Accuracy of content
  • Comprehensiveness of content
  • Appropriate level (accessible to new Masters and PhD students)
  • Relevance to the MICCAI community
  • Clarity

The top 30% of submissions will then proceed to a popular vote held at MICCAI 2019, to decide the winner.

Distribution of a prize is contingent on the MEC receiving at least three submissions, to ensure some level of competition. Given sufficient submissions, runner-up prizes will also be awarded to submissions that receive second and third place in the popular vote.

Submission

Please submit your tutorial by emailing it to miccai-student-board@csail.mit.edu with the subject line “MEC”. Please include your name and affiliation in your submission. By submitting to the MEC, you (and your co-authors) agree that your submission will be made publically and freely available on the MEC educational challenge materials website by the MICCAI Student Board.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: August 2, 2019
  • Expert judging: August 13 to September 12, 2018
  • Popular voting deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:55pm (CET).
  • Announcement of the winner: October 16, 2019 at MICCAI awards ceremony.

All submissions will be made publicly available shortly following MICCAI 2019.

Questions?

Please direct any questions to miccai-student-board@csail.mit.edu.