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  • Join us in Delémont where shape models are in focus !


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Siemens/Sicas SHAPE Award Winner: Shape-aware 3D interpolation using Statistical Shape Models - F. Bernard, L. Salamanca, J. Thunberg, F. Hertel , J. Goncalves, P. Gemmar

Shape Challenge Best Prize: 1000shapes (Irina Vidal-Migallon, Heiko Ramm and Hans Lamecker)

Invited Speakers


Tim Cootes

University of Manchester

Professor of Computer Vision

Talk : Image Interpretation using Statistical Shape Models

Many objects of interest in images can be represented as deformed versions of some average structure - for instance faces, bones and many organs in medical images. This talk will describe methods of constructing statistical models of the variation in shape and appearance of such objects from annotated sets of examples. The talk will include an overview of "Groupwise Registration" algorithms, which can automatically compute correspondences across large sets of 2D and 3D images. Such methods can be used to automatically construct shape and appearance models with minimal manual intervention. I will also describe methods of initialising registration using automatically constructed part+geometry models, which can significantly improve overall robustness on challenging registration problems. I will give an overview of efficient regression-based techniques for matching shape/appearance models to new images. I will focus on two approaches.
  1. Active Appearance Models and their variants, in which model parameters are incrementally updated using estimates predicted from image information sampled from regions defined by the current points.
  2. A powerful approach which uses Random Forest regression to vote for the most likely position of each model point, then finds the shape which gives the best overall response.
  3. This has been found to give robust results on many different applications.

Thomas Vetter

University of Basel


Talk : 3D Morphable Face Models

The analysis of face images has many aspects reaching from face identification to social judgement or to medical questions. In our research we aim on a single unifying approach for these tasks. The core of our approach is an analysis by synthesis loop using a 3D morphable face model for reconstructing the image to analyse. Based on various face image analysis tasks I will demonstrate the advantage of generative models and discuss also current limitations of our model and approach.

Stephan M. Pizer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kenan Professor

Talk : Statistics of Shape on Manifolds: Methods and Comparison Methods

The geometry of an object modulo translation and possibly rotation is best understood as a point on an abstract manifold with significant curvature. Even zero-order geometry, i.e., a list of positions, has this property. Higher order geometry involving local properties such as directions or curvatures or non-local properties such as cross-object relations adds curving dimensions to the abstract manifold. The presentation will survey object geometry models (OM) to support shape statistics, as well as techniques for doing shape statistics on curved manifolds (ST). Because different ST,OM pairs (STOMPs) have been proposed, methods to compare STOMPs are needed. These STOMP comparison methods will also be discussed.

Mario Goetz

DePuy Synthes, Innomedic

Manager Software Development

Benjamin Haas

Varian Medical Systems,

Team Leader Image Processing

Thomas Albrecht

Varian Medical Systems, Baden

Scientific Software Engineer

Talk : Shape Models in Medical Device Development

The introduction of statistical shape models into industrial applications has been slower than expected considering their popularity in the research community. Our speakers are involved in bringing shape model-related medical devices to market and will share their experience with shape modeling in an industrial environment. This includes practical applications from radiotherapy planning and orthopedic implant development. A large part of the talk will focus on the challenges of showing clinical effectiveness of solutions and other aspects of the highly regulated medical device industry. These practical challenges are mostly not addressed in current research, even if it is medically motivated. The speakers hope to raise awareness and invite researchers to focus on these issues in order to help the translation of shape models to practice, so we all can see patients benefit from this exciting technology.


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    A. Black, B. White, and J. Doe, "A Sample Paper Title", In Proceedings of Shape Symposium, p. NN, Delemont, Switzerland, 2014.


Siemens/Sicas SHAPE Award, sponsored by  

  • This award was won by Florian Bernard from the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg for his presentation on : Shape-aware 3D interpolation using Statistical Shape Models (F. Bernard, L. Salamanca, J. Thunberg, F. Hertel , J. Goncalves, P. Gemmar)

Shape Challenge Best Prize, sponsored by sponsored by  

  1. This award was won by Irina Vidal-Migallon, Heiko Ramm and Hans Lamecker from 1000shapes
  2. Second place: Andreas Schneider, Bernhard Egger from the Graphics and Vision Research Group, University of Basel
  3. Third place: Thomas Gerig and Andreas Forster from the Graphics and Vision Research Group, University of Basel

Event pictures

Shape 2015


Grand Challenge in Statistical Shape Modeling

As part of the Shape Symposium we are hosting the second Grand Challenge in Statistical Shape Modeling. The task is to complete 10 partial liver segmentation from a set of segmented training datasets provided as courtesy of www.visceral.eu .

Training datasets and more information about the challenge can be found on the challenge webpage.

The reconstruction submission deadline was Sept 23rd 2015 23h59 CEST
Final ranking

Shape 2015 - Challenge

Venue Delémont, Switzerland

The congress venue is located 40 km from Basel in Delémont/Switzerland, the capital of the canton of Jura.

A shuttle bus will take visitors from the train station in Delémont to the conference venue.
Taxis and public buses are available (Bus 11 or 18, stop Zard).
More information

MedTech Lab
Place des Sciences 1
2822 Courroux, Switzerland

phone: +41 32 422 58 20

Conference Chairs

Orcun Goksel: General Chair

Professor, ETH Zurich

Marcel Lüthi: General Co-Chair

Researcher, University of Basel

Mauricio Reyes: Program

Professor, University of Bern

Philippe Büchler: Sponsorship

Professor, University of Bern

Guoyan Zheng: Program

Professor, University of Bern

Michael Kistler: Publication

Project Manager, SICAS

Ruth Steinmann: Local Organization

Managing Director, SICAS

Ghazi Bouabene: Tutorial and Challenge

Researcher, University of Basel