International Workshop on Image Analysis methods for the Plant Sciences

September 3, 2013 - Uncategorized

I’ve just left the 2nd International Workshop on Image Analysis methods for the plant sciences – it’s a fun little workshop which has been held in Nottingham for the last two years; I’m on the committee, and it’s quite specialised but also quite busy. The idea behind the workshop is to bring together people who work on image processing and machine vision, within the domain of plant science and plant imaging. There are quite a lot of us – normally tucked away in biology departments, or in computer science with lots of biology friends (like me). The range of talks was good, covering imaging in lots of different modalities (PET scans, microscopy, Optical computed tomography, fancy DSLRS, major robotic installations, phone cameras, webcams, videos… pretty much any way you can capture images, people are capturing images of plants).

My PhD student Vaughan (Shishen Wang) gave a really nice talk on our work on investigating colour differences between some wild and mutant strains of Arabidopsis; other talks of note for me included the keynote from Jason Swedlow, who talksed about the Open Microscopy Environment, a super piece of work dealing with image and metadata management (and more); Giovanni Sena from Imperial who gave a great (if slightly over long:-) talk on his work in cellular modeling of Arabidopsis roots; Rick van de Zedde from Wageningen showed his super cool video of tomato seedling sorting – I’d seen the video before, but gosh it is impressive.

Next year it looks like we’re going to host the meeting in Aberystwyth, which will be good!

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