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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.
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.
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.