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About SaMBa

Medical Information and Image Processing are experiencing an accelerated growth worldwide in the past decade and are reaching all parts of the world. In particular, Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in Latin America, which have a long and rich history of academic and clinical institutions, are addressing a variety of healthcare challenges, both general and specific to the region. The academic communities in these countries have been growing and have attended and organized a growing number of regional and international conferences and meetings.

In this context, the International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis (SIPAIM) is a yearly event held in various Latin American cities. Its main goal is bringing together medical and biomedical researchers from the region with a strong interest in image and signal analysis.

SIPAIM is a non-profit foundation promoting research and academic activities in the field of medical information management and imaging by bringing together scientists, engineers, physicians, surgeons, educators and students mainly, although not exclusively, from Latin American countries.

Through these events, SIPAIM managed to stimulate the emergence of a growing Latin American network related to medical and biomedical information. We are convinced that including the MICCAI community - with its traditional ingenuity and brilliance - in these discussions will help pave the way to a whole set of new scientific challenges, models and solutions.


  • Medical Image Computing
  • Medical and Biomedical Imaging
  • E-Health
  • Digital Pathology
  • Medical Procedures Workflow Analysis
  • Biosignals and Gait Analysis
  • Computer Aided Interventions
  • Analysis of Medical Procedures Through Imaging


This year, as a preview to MICCAI 2020 to be held in Lima, Perú, MICCAI will be having the first ever MICCAI-SIPAIM Workshop. Its purpose is to present success stories of science, research and innovation stemming from Latin America and to encourage the formation of international academic networks in biomedical research with a strong component in Medical Information Processing and international academic networks with the region’s experts. We intend to sustainably support this network and its spirit in coming years, both until MICCAI 2020 and beyond.

Come and join us for this exciting initiative!

Granada Conference Centre

Granada, Spain

Septermber 20, 2018

Our speakers

Eduardo Romero

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.

Roberto Lavarello

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú.


Leticia Rittner

University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.

Gustavo Carneiro

University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Ignacio Larrabide

Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Angel Cruz-Roa

University of Los Llanos, Colombia.

Important Dates

Paper submission Thursday June 14th 28th, 2018 (11:59pm PST)
Reviews Due Thursday July 5th 19th26th, 2018
Camera-ready MICCAI Submission Thursday August 9th, 2018
SaMBa Workshop Date Thursday September 20th, 2018


SaMBa: Sipaim – Miccai Biomedical Workshop

Two types of contributions will be considered as part of the workshop:

  • Extended abstracts: 1-2 pages covering recent published work, ongoing PhD theses, preliminary results and/or open problems, to be presented during short spotlight oral presentations and/or posters.

  • Long papers: 8 pages of original research work in the same format as the regular MICCAI paper. This type of contribution will be published in the workshop proceedings. For guidelines, see: MICCAI Submission Format Guidelines.

The proceedings of SaMBa 2018 will be published as part of the joint MICCAI Workshops proceedings with Springer (LNCS).

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Session Chairs: Natasha Lepore and Jorge Brieva

15:00 – 15:45 Eduardo Romero, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Title: TBD
15:45 – 16:30 Roberto Lavarello, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Title: Imaging-Based Solutions to Health Care Problems in Low Income Environments
16:30 – 16:30 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00 Panel session: Research and collaboration opportunities in and with Latin America
Ignacio Larrabide, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Angel Cruz-Roa, University of Los Llanos, Colombia
Leticia Rittner, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Gustavo Carneiro, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Daniel Racoceanu - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
18:00 – 19:00 SaMBa poster presentations

Social event

Informal dinner get together at La Cuchara de Carmela. We will book the space and each participant will pay for their own consumption.


  • Andrea Loddo, Cecilia Di Ruberto, Michel Kocher and Guy Prod'Hom, "MP-IDB: The Malaria Parasite image database for image processing and analysis".
  • Sarada Dakua, Julien Abinahed, Abdulla Al-Ansari, Pablo Bermejo, Ayman Zakaria, Abbes Amira and Faycal Bensaali, "A Method Towards Cerebral Aneurysm Detection in Clinical Settings".
  • Darwin Díaz, Germán Corredor, Eduardo Romero and Angel Cruz-Roa, "Web-based telepathology for teaching and research in Latin America".
  • João Mauricio Rosario, Renato Suekichi Kuteken and Rayanne Floriano Batista, "Gait Generation Strategy Based on Cognitive Algorithms".
  • Camilo Cáceres, João Mauricio Rosario and Dario Amaya, "Proposal of a Smart Hospital based on Internet of Things (IoT) Concept".
  • Livia Maria De Rodrigues, Roberto Souza, Letícia Rittner, Richard Frayne and Roberto Lotufo, "Common Carotid Artery Lumen Automatic Segmentation from Cine Fast Spin Echo Magnetic Resonance Imaging".
  • Dmytro Kotsur, Roman Yakobenchuk, Rudolf Leube, Reinhard Windoffer and Julian Mattes, "An algorithm for individual intermediate filament tracking".
  • Jully González, Angélica Atehortúa, Ricardo Moncayo and Eduardo Romero, "Ocular Control Characterization of Motor Disabilities: the Cerebral Palsy Case".
  • Joohi Chauhan, Rahul Goswami and Puneet Goyal, "Using Deep Learning to Classify Burnt Body Parts Images for Better Burns Diagnosis".
  • Liu Xiangyuan, Wang Xingce, Wu Zhong-Ke, Liu Quansheng, Jose Pozo Sole and Alejandro Frangi, "Mixed-model Noise Removal in 3D MRI via Rotation-and-Scale Invariant Non-Local Means".
  • Nicolas Munera Garzon, Javier Andres Almeida Moreno, Charlems Alvarez Jimenez, Nelson Fernando Velasco Toledo and Eduardo Romero Castro, "Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Characterization in Children by Decomposing MRI Brain Regions with Zernike Moments".
  • Cristian Barrera, Germán Corredor, Sunny Alfonso, Andrés Mosquera and Eduardo Romero, "An automatic segmentation of gland nuclei in gastric cancer based on local and contextual information".
  • Halim Benhabiles, Karim Hammoudi, Feryal Windal, Mahmoud Melkemi and Adnane Cabani, "A Transfer Learning exploited for Indexing Protein Structures from 3D Point Clouds".
  • Miguel Guevara, Zhong Yi Sun, Pamela Guevara, Denis Rivière, Cyril Poupon and Jean-François Mangin, "Identification of U-bundles based on sulcus morphology".


Organizing committee
  • Eduardo Romero - Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogota, Colombia.
  • Natasha Lepore - Los Angeles Children and University of Southern California - USA.
  • Daniel Racoceanu - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, San Miguel - Lima, Peru.
  • Leo Joskowicz - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Israel.
  • Alejandro Frangi - University of Sheffield - UK.
  • Jorge Brieva - Universidad Panamericana - Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Juan David García - Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogota, Colombia.

Program Committee
  • Carlos Alberola-López, Universidad de Valladolid - Spain.
  • Fernando Arambula, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico - Mexico City.
  • Aurelio Campilho, University of Porto - Portugal.
  • Oscar Acosta, Université de Rennes 1 - France.
  • Manuel Desco, Universidad Carlos III - Spain.
  • Sebastian Graf, Universidad Favaloro - Argentina.
  • Alfredo Hernández, INSERM - France.
  • Marius Linguraru, Children's National Health System, Washington DC - USA.
  • Joan Marti, Universidad de Gerona - Spain.
  • Dehaes Mathieu, Université de Montréal - Canada.
  • Diana Mateus, Technical University of Munich - Germany.
  • Petia Radeva, Universidad de Barcelona - Spain.
  • Mauricio Reyes, University of Bern - Switzerland.
  • Rene Vidal, John Hopkins University - USA.
  • Demian Wasserman, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis - France.

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