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Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Mathematical Foundations of Computational Anatomy (MFCA'08) - Geometrical and Statistical Methods for Modelling Biological Shape Variability

Abstract : The goal of computational anatomy is to analyze and to statistically model the anatomy of organs in different subjects. Computational anatomic methods are generally based on the extraction of anatomical features or manifolds which are then statistically analyzed, often through a non-linear registration. There are nowadays a growing number of methods that can faithfully deal with the underlying biomechanical behavior of intra-subject deformations. However, it is more difficult to relate the anatomies of different subjects. In the absence of any justified physical model, diffeomorphisms provide a general mathematical framework that enforce topological consistency. Working with such infinite dimensional space raises some deep computational and mathematical problems, in particular for doing statistics. Likewise, modeling the variability of surfaces leads to rely on shape spaces that are much more complex than for curves. To cope with these, different methodological and computational frameworks have been proposed (e.g. smooth left-invariant metrics, focus on well-behaved subspaces of diffeomorphisms, modeling surfaces using courants, etc.) The goal of the Mathematical Foundations of Computational Anatomy (MFCA) workshop is to foster the interactions between the mathematical community around shapes and the MICCAI community around computational anatomy applications. It targets more particularly researchers investigating the combination of statistical and geometrical aspects in the modeling of the variability of biological shapes. The workshop aims at being a forum for the exchange of the theoretical ideas and a source of inspiration for new methodological developments in computational anatomy. A special emphasis is put on theoretical developments, applications and results being welcomed as illustrations. Following the very successful first edition of this workshop in 2006 (see http://www.inria.fr/sophia/asclepios/events/MFCA06/), the second edition was held in New-York on September 6, in conjunction with MICCAI 2008. Contributions were solicited in Riemannian and group theoretical methods, Geometric measurements of the anatomy, Advanced statistics on deformations and shapes, Metrics for computational anatomy, Statistics of surfaces. 34 submissions were received, among which 9 were accepted to MICCAI and had to be withdrawn from the workshop. Each of the remaining 25 paper was reviewed by three members of the program committee. To guaranty a high level program, 16 papers only were selected.
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Xavier Pennec, Sarang Joshi. Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Mathematical Foundations of Computational Anatomy (MFCA'08) - Geometrical and Statistical Methods for Modelling Biological Shape Variability. Pennec, Xavier and Joshi, Sarang. MICCAI, Inria, Hal, pp.188, 2008. ⟨hal-00846316⟩

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