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Sameer
K
Antani
,
PhD
Staff Scientist
,
Communications Engineering Branch
Location: 
38A
/
10S1010
Phone Number: (
301
435-3218
Expertise and Research Interests: 

Dr. Antani is a versatile researcher leading several scientific and technical research projects. He applies his expertise in biomedical image processing, medical image informatics, visual information retrieval, and related topics in computer science and engineering technology, toward advancing the biomedical sciences, in global health applications, and the advanced methods for dissemination of scientific information. Notably, he leads the R&D of an automatic screening system for detecting presence of Tuberculosis (TB) and other pulmonary abnormalities in digital chest x-ray images; and, (jointly with Dr. Demner-Fushman) the OPEN-i biomedical image retrieval system that provides text and visual search capability to retrieve over 2.3 million images from approximately 730,000 Open Access biomedical research articles from NLM’s PubMed Central repository.

Professional Activities: 

Dr. Antani is a senior member of the International Society of Photonics and Optics (SPIE), and member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society. He serves as the Vice Chair for Computational Medicine on the IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Life Sciences (TCCLS), and as an Associate Editor with the IEEE Journal of  Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Honors and Awards: 

In 2014, Dr. Antani's automated chest X-ray screening project was an awardee of HHS Ignite, a departmental initiative that serves as an “incubator for new ideas” run out of the HHS IDEA Lab. In addition to several staff achievement awards, in 2013, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contribution to novel image and text based methods for searching the biomedical literature. In 2009, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contributions to Content-Based Image Retrieval in Geographically Distributed Systems. In 2008, he was a member of the NLM team recognized by Internet2 for developing geography-independent cancer research tools.

Publications/Tools by Sameer Antani: 
Xu T, Huang X, Kim E, Long LR, Antani SK. Multi-test cervical cancer diagnosis with missing data estimation. Proc. SPIE. 9414, Medical Imaging 2015: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 94140X. (March 20, 2015) doi: 10.1117/12.2080871.
Xue Z, You D, Chachra S, Antani SK, Long LR, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. Extraction of endoscopic images for biomedical figure classification. Proc. SPIE. 9418, Medical Imaging 2015: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations, 94180P. (March 17, 2015) doi: 10.1117/12.2081033.
Candemir S, Antani SK, Jaeger SR, Thoma GR. Lung boundary detection in pediatric chest x-rays. Proc. SPIE. 9418, Medical Imaging 2015: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations, 94180Q. (March 17, 2015) doi: 10.1117/12.2081060.
Rahman MM, Antani SK, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. A visual concept-based interactive biomedical image retrieval using entropy and spatial information. Proc. SPIE. 9418, Medical Imaging 2015: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations, 94180U. (March 17, 2015) doi: 10.1117/12.2081456.
Demner-Fushman D, Antani S, Kalpathy-Cramer J, Müller H. A decade of community-wide efforts in advancing medical image understanding and retrieval. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2015 Jan;39:1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.12.002.
Abstract | PMID: 25572585
Kalpathy-Cramer J, de Herrera AG, Demner-Fushman D, Antani S, Bedrick S, Müller H. Evaluating performance of biomedical image retrieval systems-An overview of the medical image retrieval task at ImageCLEF 2004-2013. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2015 Jan;39:55-61. doi: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.03.004. Epub 2014 Mar 27.
Abstract | PMID: 24746250 | PMCID: PMC4177510
Simpson MS, You D, Rahman MM, Xue Z, Demner-Fushman D, Antani S, Thoma G. Literature-based biomedical image classification and retrieval. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2015 Jan;39:3-13. doi: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.06.006. Epub 2014 Jun 20.
Abstract | PMID: 25016956
Jaeger S, Candemir S, Antani SK, Wang Y, Lu P, Thoma GR. Two public chest X-ray datasets for computer-aided screening of pulmonary diseases. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2014 Dec;4(6):475-7. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2223-4292.2014.11.20.
Abstract |  PDF | PMID: 25525580 | PMCID: PMC4256233
Gordon, E, Ersoy, I, Jaeger S, Waisberg, M, Pena, M, Thoma GR, Antani SK, Pierce, S, Palaniappan, K. Retinal Microcirculation Dynamics During an Active Malarial Infection. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), 2014.

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