Call for Special Sessions Proposals

We are looking for scientists desiring to organize focused special sessions at the 2015 International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) being held in Brooklyn, NY, between April 16 and 19.

Special sessions concentrate on critical and emerging topics in biomedical imaging, preferably of interest to a relatively large audience.

Each of the sessions is expected to last 1.5 hours, counting between 4 and 5 invited speakers (each exploring different facets of the chosen topic). Presentations will be oral, and only by invitation of the organizers.

We expect these sessions to be a focusing opportunity at the Symposium, establishing synergies and eventual links to relevant communities and exploring the new opportunities that these can offer. A total of $1,000 will be allocated for each Special Session to support invited speakers. Invited speakers are required to register to the conference, either at the discounted IEEE-rate for the full conference (even if not IEEE members) or at the one-day rate for the day of the special session. Session organizers are also encouraged to seek outside funding to provide additional support for speakers.

In advance of the meeting, invited contributors will be required to either submit a 4-page paper for inclusion in the proceedings, or to submit a 1-page abstract that summarizes the content of the talk (which will not be included in the proceedings), following the regular paper submission deadline. According to IEEE standards, the 4-page invited papers will undergo peer review, which will be organized and supervised by the Chairs (proposers) of the individual special sessions. As contributions are expected of being more of an overview than presenting novel contributions, reviews will essentially focus more on quality than on novelty. The reviewing process will use the same system as the main conference and will run parallel to the main review.

If you are interested, please submit a proposal to Simon Warfield and Erik Meijering containing:

  1. Brief description of the proposed topic, including justification of its relevance to ISBI.
  2. Tentative list of speakers (and whether they have agreed to participate).
  3. Expected audience.

Submission format and Important Dates:

Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file. The subject heading should clearly state ISBI15 Special Session Proposal.

Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than September 10th, 2014, as the proposals are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Final notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by October 15th, 2014.