AI and Digital Microscopy meeting, Exeter 25-26 June, 2018


AI and Digital Microscopy

25-26 June 2018, University of Exeter, Exeter.

A two-day multidisciplinary meeting centred on application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods in Digital Microscopy will be held at the University of Exeter on 25-26 June, 2018. The meeting is hosted as part of the project “Novel context-based segmentation algorithms for intelligent microscopy”, funded by the EPSRC at the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter.

Organising Committee: David A Randell, Gabriel Landini and Antony Galton.
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Digital microscopy and image processing have revolutionised many analytical approaches to the analysis of cells and tissues, and contributed to resolving a wide range of problems, from experimental cell research to cancer diagnosis. However automated interpretation of image contents remains an important challenge. This is where AI could provide formal techniques and algorithms (such as spatial logics, constraint-based methods, explicit ontologies and machine learning algorithms) to represent, encode and mechanically reason about information and interpret the contents of histological images. This is essential to support expert observers, provide quantitative approaches (for reproducible results) and free users from performing otherwise repetitive tasks to achieve the goal of fast, reproducible and quantitative analytical methods.

Images in digital microscopy range from small, single field captures to ‘whole slide images’ typically requiring gigabytes of memory to process, and this represents a further challenge in finding ways to efficiently represent and encode information that is relevant to the histological models used to interpret them.

This multidisciplinary meeting aims to provide a unique opportunity for networking, discussing problems, sharing and showcasing AI techniques that are directly related to the processing of microscopy digital images for a new generation of intelligent cytological and histopathological analyses.

Date and Venue
The meeting will be held on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of June, 2018, at the Reed Hall Conference Centre, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter. Reed Hall is located in extensive grounds and gardens and is well-located and a popular venue to host meetings and day conferences.

Format of the meeting
The meeting is free (registration is essential), it includes coffee and tea, and lunch for the two days. It will not cover either accommodation or travel costs.
The event will be limited to a maximum of 50 attendees on a first-come first-served basis and priority will be given to those presenting and to those attending both days.

There will be talks by invited speakers as well as the opportunity to make short presentations by participants and group discussions. The number of presentations will be limited to 21 and subject to approval by the Organising Committee. We welcome presentations of new or existing work.

Confirmed invited speaker:
Prof. Nasir M. Rajpoot, University of Warwick. The Promise of Computational Pathology.

One session will showcase the activity of the supporting project in the following areas:

  • Machine learning applied to light microscopy sections,
  • Mathematical Morphology and Discrete Mereotopology,
  • Resolving segmentation errors
  • Formal ontology of histological imagery.

(Full programme to follow)

Registration and important dates
As places are limited, early registration is essential. Please email: and provide (details will only be used for registration purposes):

  • name and affiliation (e.g. University/Department),
  • contact telephone number,
  • e-mail address,
  • an indication of intention to submit a presentation.

Oral presentations by participants will be strictly limited to a maximum of 10mins each (6mins presentation + 4mins for questions).

Please submit the abstract of the proposed presentation in PDF format (maximum one page A4, font size 11) to by the 15th of May.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 31st of May and the final presentation documents in PowerPoint or PDF format should be sent to the organisers by the 18th of June.

Additional information
For an evening meal on Monday 25th June, a list of local pubs and restaurants will be available at the conference.

Accommodation in Exeter

  1. Holland Hall – University of Exeter Please enter promotional code: PC18
  2. Mercure Rougemont
  3. Mercure Southgate
  4. Jury’s Inn
  5. Hotel du Vin
  6. Premier Inn
  7. Queen’s Court
  8. Raffles
  9. City Gate
  10. Headweir Mill House

Getting to Exeter, the University and Reed Hall
Information on how to get to Exeter and from Exeter to the Streatham Campus may be found using the following link:


Just a gentle reminder the deadline (15 May) for registration for this free meeting is approaching soon.