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FOM 2004 Workshop Announcement

Bartek Rajwa brajwa at purdue.edu
Fri Feb 27 15:46:46 EST 2004

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizers I would like to invite you to a workshop 
entitled "Multidimensional data presentation techniques" which will take 
place on April 4 from 12:30 to 4:30 just before the opening of the Focus 
on Microscopy 2004 Conference in Philadelphia.

http://www.cyto.purdue.edu/FOM2004/ - workshop web page
http://www.focusonmicroscopy.org/ - FOM2004 web page

This workshop will include an interactive tutorial on the use of a 
variety of techniques for multidimensional microscopy data presentation. 
Many advanced visualization packages for microscopists are commercially 
available. Similarly, plenty of applications for video processing and 
presentations can be found on the market. However, transforming complex 
data sets into the actual presentation for use in lectures or in web 
sites is not as easy as it seems. There are a variety of 
tricks-of-the-trade, useful suggestions, and some very nice inexpensive 
or free software available. We would like to share our experiences and 
tell you about them!

You will learn how to present static 2D images as well as 3D datasets in 
the most efficient way. We will show you how to produce short animations 
using data from confocal/MP systems in highly compressed MPEG4-based 
formats. You will receive a handout and CD-ROM containing key materials 
presented in the workshop as well as a significant number of really 
valuable free utility software packages.

We will demonstrate:
* How to compress microscopy data. What are the pros and cons of 
compression? Does it affect final results? What about lossy and lossless 
* How you should present your 3D data. How to prepare 3D image 
reconstruction? How to create anaglyphs? How to protect the data in an 
anaglyph when you compress it? How to make a movie anaglyph/animation?
* How to create an animation from a 3D construction.
* How to create movies that are playable in PowerPoint, on web pages, or 
with other media.
* How to understand codecs and their associated problems.
* How to edit animations/movies using high-speed command line processing.
* How to you add your name, logo of your institution, or other info into 
the movie.
* How to deal with sound overlays.
* How to reproduce a movie-making process. You will learn simple command 
line macros that are really fast!

If you are registered for the workshop, please take some time to take 
our pre-workshop survey. Your participation will help us greatly with 
the workshop preparation. We would like to know about your expectations, 
your level of experience in multimedia multidimensional data 
presentation techniques, and the issues you consider to be important. 
The link to the survey is present on the workshop web page.

Bartek Rajwa

rajwa at flowcyt.cyto.purdue.edu
Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories


The organizers of the workshop gratefully acknowledge the assistance of 
Media Cybernetics Corporation, the producer of Image-Pro Plus - an image 
analysis software package for fluorescence imaging, quality assurance, 
materials imaging, and various other scientific, medical, and industrial 

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