• Time: 16th - 20th October 2017

    Place: ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

    Participation fee: 450 CHF (academia) / 800 CHF (industry)


    ZIDAS2017 is over.

    Thank you to all participants - it was a blast!

    We are now working on ZIDAS2018.

  • About the School

    This one-week school provides a hands-on introduction to image processing and analysis, with an emphasis on biologically relevant examples

    Is this school for you?

    • Are you a life-science researcher with a pressing need to quantify your light-microscopy images?
    • Are you uncertain about how to: Best calculate co-localisation, do deconvolution, automate the counting of cells, track objects over time, handle massive amounts of image data, record your image-analysis work-flows in a reproducible manner?
    • If you answered yes to some of the above, then this school is for you!


    Digital images of high quality and quantity are now the norm in biomedical sciences. Ten to twenty years ago, when many current professors trained as students or post-docs, this was not yet the case as most microscopes were, at best, equipped with low-resolution digital cameras, celluloid-film (analogue) cameras, or no camera at all.


    This rapid change is rarely reflected in the curricula of life-science university departments and they offer few, if any, courses in image processing and analysis. Understandably, courses in image-analysis (computer-vision) in the computer-science departments tend to have different aims, work on different image-data, and pre-suppose literacy in at least one programming language, rendering them all but irrelevant for the life-scientist working in the laboratory.


    To bridge this gap, between what the life-scientist needs and what courses he/she is normally offered, we have created this school for image analysis. No former experience with programming is assumed, nor will much indeed be needed; only a strong desire to learn what can be done and how to do it is required.

    What you will learn

    You will learn the fundamentals of image analysis, including basic macro programming in ImageJ/Fiji as well as other software solutions.


    In the first part of the week we will also cover the process of image-formation as it pertains to image analysis: Resolution, correct exposure, point-spread functions, detector noise, Shannon's sampling theorem, and aliasing. All with a clear focus on application in the lab.


    In the second half of the week there will be a number of focused topics, building on what was learnt during the first days:

    • Scripting in MATLAB
    • Tracking particles and cells in time-lapse recordings
    • De-convolution of microscopy images
    • Stitching and registration of stacks of large image data

    Structure of the week

    You will be working actively with image-analysis software every day -- this is an interactive hands-on school, not a passive lecture series. Short introductions are followed by guided work-flows that we step through together. You can and should ask questions at any time throughout.


    There will be a single invited lecture every day, alternating between scientists using image-analysis as an integral part of their biomedical research and researchers developing new image-analysis algorithms and software.


    You will have the chance to work on your own data, that you brought from home, throughout the week, with support from the trainers.


    In the second part of the week you will be working on image-analysis projects, in groups, with support from the trainers. On the last day you will present the results of your project-work.


    Printed material as well as online material will be made available for all the modules.


    1. We will accept 25 participants --- this number is kept low to facilitate effective tutoring.
    2. The school takes place in Zurich
    3. You will need to bring your own laptop (let us know if this is not possible for you)
    4. Participation is only possible for the entire week
    5. A small number or travel grants and fee-waivers are available, mainly for non-Swiss people
    6. PhD students can earn two ECTS points from the school
    7. Lunch will be provided, other meals are up to you
    8. Travel and accommodation arrangements are your own responsibility
  • Program

    This may change slightly as we go - adapting to participants

    Click on image to go to linked Google sheet

    Current as of 2017-10-20

  • Anyone can apply - irrespective of affiliation, position, or location!
    Deadline: 12-noon on 15th August 2017
    (Extended till midnight August 15th)

    Application closed!

  • Speakers

    Scientists using or developing image analysis methods in their research

    In our studies we combine modern real-time fluorescence imaging of the living organism with classical genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics approaches. Quantitative data analysis is a central tool that we use to describe the dynamics and behaviour of our cellular systems in the wild type and in mutants. Where possible we use these quantitative data to develop mathematical models, which we can use for further “in silico” exploration of the mechanisms driving the system. Consequently, many of our projects are highly collaborative and interdisciplinary.

    I am interested in automating large-scale analysis of 3D Electron Microscopy volumes of neural tissue. Methodologically, this amounts to machine learning-based image processing. In particular, I am currently working on the introduction of higher-level priors into neuron segmentation algorithms. Previously, I did some research on synapse detection and segmentation and this topic is still of great interest to me.

    Our lab is interested in studying how the heterogeneous constituents of mammalian bone marrow (BM) tissues are structurally and functionally interconnected to work as a single finely-tuned, sophisticated and versatile functional unit.

    My research focuses on developing computational methods for analysing medical images. The goals are to

    • extract semantic information, 
    • perform quantitative measurements and 
    • perform population comparisons 

    to aide diagnosis, treatment and clinical research.

  • Advisory Board

    Zurich Image and Data Analysis School 2017

  • Connect With Us

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  • Support and Endorsements

    This school is created by ScopeM-IDA staff, powered by NEUBIAS trainers, and realised with support from EXCITE

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