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Sameer
K
Antani
,
PhD
Staff Scientist
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 informatics, automatic medical image interpretation, machine learning, information retrieval, computer vision, and related topics in computer science and engineering technology toward advancing the role of computational sciences in biomedical research, education, and clinical care. His current R&D projects include: an automatic screening system for detecting presence of Tuberculosis (TB) and other pulmonary abnormalities in digital chest x-ray images; an automatic cell counting system for malaria screening; retrieval of fMRI data based on activation similarity; and, the OPEN-iSM biomedical image retrieval system that provides text and visual search capability to retrieve over 3.2 million images and videos from approximately 1.2 million Open Access biomedical research articles from NLM’s PubMed Central® repository.

His other work includes contributions to cervical cancer diagnostics through cervicography and histology image analysis; retrieval of spine x-rays from an image database using visual and shape queries; and, next generation scientific publishing.

Professional Activities: 

Dr. Antani is a Senior Member of the International Society of Photonics and Optics (SPIE), 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 for the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Honors and Awards: 

In 2015, the malaria screening project received awards from HHS Ventures Fund, a Department of Health and Human Services initiative that serves as an “incubator for new ideas” run out of the HHS IDEA Lab. Prior, in 2014, his project on automated chest X-ray screening project was, similarly, an awardee of HHS Ignite. 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 2012, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contributions to novel ways of search biomedical literature using visual and text queries in the Open-i project. 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: 
Shou J, Antani S, Long LR, Thoma GR. Evaluating Partial Shape Queries for Pathology-Based Retrieval of Verterbra Proc. 8th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. 2004 Jul.;12:155-60.
Xu X, Lee DJ, Antani S, Long LR. Curve Matching for Spine X-ray Image Retrieval Using Dynamic Programming Proc. 8th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. 2004 Jul.;12:172-6.
Antani S, Long R, Thoma GR. Content-Based Image Retrieval for Large Biomedical Image Archives Medinfo. 2004 Sept.;2004: 829-833.
Bopf M, Coleman T, Long LR, Antani S, Thoma GR, Jeronimo J, Schiffman M. An Architecture for Streamlining the Implementation of Biomedical Text/Image Databases on the Web Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. 2004 June.;: 563-69.
Jeronimo J, Schiffman M, Long LR, Neve L, Antani S. A Tool for Collection of Region Based Data from Uterine Cervix Images for Correlation of Visual and Clinical Variables Related to Cervical Neoplasia Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems: IEEE Computer Society. 2004 June.;:558-62.
Stanley RJ, Seetharaman S, Long LR, Antani S, Thoma GR, Downey E. Image Analysis Techniques for the Automated Evaluation of Subaxial Subluxation in Cervical Spine X-Ray Images Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems: IEEE Computer Society. 2004 June.;: 204-9.
Xu X, Lee DJ, Antani S, Long LR. Partial Shape Matching of Spine X-Ray Shapes Using Dynamic Programming Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems: IEEE Computer Society. 2004 June.;: 97-102.
Tagare HD, Qian X, Fulbright RK, Long RL, Antani SK. Shape Based Retrieval in NHANES II Proceedings of the 12th Annual ACM International Conference on Multimedia. 2004. 776-779.
Chamarthy P, Stanley RJ, Cizek G, Long R, Antani S, Thoma G. Image Analysis Techniques for Characterizing Disc Space Narrowing in Cervical Vertebrae Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics. 2004; 28: 39-50.
Antani S, Xu X, Long R, Thoma G. Partial Shape Matching for CBIR of Spine X-Ray Images Proc. SPIE Electronic Imaging - Storage and Retrieval Methods and Applications for Multimedia. 2004 Jan; 5307: 1-8.

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