Biofilm Image Analysis - Workshop -

Beyenal, Haluk beyenal at erc.montana.edu
Thu May 23 09:55:16 EST 2002


Biofilm Image Analysis
- Workshop -
http://www.erc.montana.edu/

July 25 - 26, 2002
The Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT, U.S.A



Overview

Analysis of digitized biofilm images  is a critical tool in  quantifying
biofilm structure.
The goal of this workshop is to provide the participants with the knowledge
necessary to perform
biofilm imaging, and  to interpret  biofilm images.  The workshop is
offered  by the Biofilm
Structure and Function Research Group at the Center for Biofilm Engineering,
Montana State
University. Members of this group have extensive experience in  acquiring
and interpreting
biofilm images,  and in extracting numerical parameters characterizing
biofilm structure, from
such images.  For detail description of our activities, please see
http://www.erc.montana.edu/.

Agenda

The workshop will start  Thursday, July 25 and will last for two days, until
Friday, July
26, 2002.  Daily activities will include lectures and laboratory sessions.
The lectures will cover
biofilm structure and  image analysis of biofilms.  The lab sessions will
cover acquiring biofilm
images and using  the ISA, biofilm image analysis software developed by the
Biofilm Structure
and Function Research Group.


Lectures

Biofilm structure and function: the need for  quantifying biofilm structure
Digital image technology and image analysis techniques

Lab sessions

Imaging biofilms
Quantifying biofilm images using of the  ISA software developed by the
Biofilm Structure and Function Research Group
Interpreting the structural parameters extracted from biofilm images



Instructors and Organizers
The workshop is organized and instructed by:

Professor Zbigniew Lewandowski
Professor Gary Harkin
Assistant Professor Haluk Beyenal


Instructors
Zbigniew Lewandowski is the course director and a professor in the Civil
Engineering
Department and in the Center for Biofilm Engineering at the Montana State
University. He is
also the principle investigator of the Biofilm Structure and Function
research group at the Center
for Biofilm Engineering.  He has 15 years of experience in biofilm studies,
and has co-authored
more than 60 papers in the area.

Gary Harkin is a professor in the Computer Science Department at the Montana
State
University.  He has conducted research in collaboration with the Center for
Biofilm Engineering
in image processing and biofilm analysis for 12 years.  He has over 20 years
of experience in
image processing and pattern recognition and has co-authored 9 papers in
these areas.

Haluk Beyenal is a research assistant professor  of Chemical Engineering in
the Center for
Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University.  He has conducted research
on biofilms since
1990 and on biofilm structure and function since 1996.  He has co-authored
more than 25
publication on biofilms.


Location
The workshop will be held at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana
State University.
The campus is located at the center of the Bozeman area, in the beautiful
Gallatin Valley, nestled
in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Directions and a map of the area will be
sent to you with your
registration materials.


Accommodations
Participants are encouraged to stay at one of the following hotels due to
their close proximity to
the Montana State University campus.

Best Western - City Center Motel, 507 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT     (406)
587-3158
(within walking distance of the campus)

Holiday Inn - 5 Baxter Rd., Bozeman, MT     (406) 587-4561
(the hotel will provide transportation to the campus)


Fee and registration
The number of participants is limited and reservations will be accepted on a
first come, first
served basis. Therefore, pre-registration is necessary.  In order to
pre-register, please call or e-
mail Haluk Beyenal (contact information is given below).  Once
pre-registered, you will receive
a confirmation number.  No payments will be accepted without a confirmation
number!  The
payment must be received by June 10, 2002.  The cost of the workshop is
$1,500, which includes
the workshop materials, a free copy of the ISA software, a  farewell dinner,
continental breakfast
each  morning, and coffee during breaks.  Each of the attendees will receive
a free copy of the
ISA program, which was developed to quantify biofilm images. The fee may be
paid by check,
money order, or purchase order (payable to Center for Biofilm Engineering).
To register please
complete the registration form and return it with the fee to Haluk Beyenal.


The deadline for the registration is June 10, 2002



Registration form
Course on Biofilm Image Analysis
July 25 - 26, 2002
The Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT, U.S.A




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?       Enclosed is a check in the amount of $1500, payable to the Center
for Biofilm
Engineering
?       Enclosed is a purchase order made payable to the Center for Biofilm
Engineering.
?       Enclosed is a money order made payable to the Center for Biofilm
Engineering

Additional conditions
The registrants are responsible for accommodations, meals, and
transportation. The organizers are not liable in the
case of an accident. It is therefore important that the participants carry
appropriate health and travel insurance.

Send to:

Dr. Haluk Beyenal
Center for Biofilm Engineering
P. O. Box 173980
Room 366 EPS
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3980
Tel     : 1 (406) 994 2269
Fax     : 1 (406) 994 6098
Email   : beyenal at erc.montana.edu



Cancellation
The organizers reserve the right to cancel the workshop because of
insufficient
enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the program is cancelled,
the organizers will
refund all registration fees, but can not be held responsible for any other
related costs, charges, or
expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or
travel agencies.

Refunds will be made for cancellations by registrants received in writing by
June 3, 2002.
The participant has to pay $ 50 as an administrative fee if they cancel by
June 3, 2002. After that,
the participant or organization will be held responsible for the fee. Anyone
who is registered but
cannot attend may send a substitute.

For more information, please contact one of the following;

About program content
Zbigniew Lewandowski
Professor - Civil Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering
Montana State University-Bozeman
366 EPS - P.O. Box 173980
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone   : (406) 994 4770
Fax:  (406) 994 6098
E-mail  : zl at erc.montana.edu


About registration
Dr. Haluk Beyenal
Center for Biofilm Engineering
366 EPS - P.O. Box 173980
Bozeman, MT 59717
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3980
Tel     : (406) 994 2269
Fax     : (406) 994 6098
Email   : beyenal at erc.montana.edu

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