Computing in Cardiology
We cordially invite you to participate in the 41st annual international conference of Computing in Cardiology, which returns to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Sunday, 7 September through Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Cambridge is the home of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of Harvard University. The conference will be hosted by MIT's Laboratory for Computational Physiology.
Computing in Cardiology (formerly Computers in Cardiology) is an international scientific conference that has been held annually since 1974. CinC provides a forum for scientists and professionals from the fields of medicine, physics, engineering and computer science to discuss their current research in topics pertaining to computing in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular physiology.
The scientific sessions of the conference include oral and poster presentations, the 22nd annual Rosanna Degani Young Investigators Award competition, and the 15th annual PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge. In recent CinC meetings, the topics have included:
In order to reserve their places in the scientific program, all authors must confirm by 15 July that they will present their accepted submissions at CinC 2014. The registration fee increases after 15 July, and rooms reserved in the conference hotel at a discounted rate for CinC attendees may not be available after that date.
Situated on opposite banks of the scenic Charles River, Boston and Cambridge are lively, surprising, multicultural, emininently walkable cities with excellent modern public transportation, and nearly four centuries of history. Over 100 colleges and universities, with over 250,000 students, contribute to the cities' cultural life and diversity. Among the area's major attractions are the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the USS Constitution, and (for baseball fans) Fenway Park, as well as dozens of smaller but noteworthy landmarks, musical and theatrical performing groups, parks, museums, and the waterfront, harbor, and its islands. During the social program, attendees will sample some of these hidden gems.
Boston is easily reached by non-stop flights from Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Zurich, and many major cities in North America. The conference venue, the Royal Sonesta Hotel, is on the Cambridge bank of the Charles, three miles (five km) from Logan International Airport and adjacent to Boston's Museum of Science and a variety of restaurants and shops. The hotel provides free shuttle service to MIT and to other nearby attractions.
The conference will begin on Sunday, 7 September, with an afternoon symposium on the MIT campus in the Media Lab, about a ten-minute walk from the main conference venue. The scientific sessions will begin on Monday morning with the opening plenary session of presentations by the four finalists in the Rosanna Degani Young Investigator Award (YIA) competition, followed by parallel sessions. Monday afternoon and evening will be devoted to the traditional social program with opportunities for activists and passivists to explore the Boston and Cambridge area, followed by a gala dinner cruise exploring Boston harbor. Parallel and poster sessions will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, ending on Wednesday afternoon with a closing plenary session, including selected talks and presentations of the YIA, Challenge, and poster awards. Optional post-conference tour programs and workshops will be announced later this spring.
The focus of this year's symposium is data — big data, shared data, metadata; well-characterized, multidimensional, complex, physiologic and clinical data — and how data resources function as catalysts and accelerators of progress in understanding, predicting, and treating chronic and critical disorders. The program will include presentations by five outstanding researchers:
Part I: Resources for Data-driven ResearchThe Framingham Heart Study
Daniel Levy, MD
Director of the Framingham Heart Study
Director of the Center for Population Studies
PhysioNet: the Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals
Ary L. Goldberger, MD
PhysioNet Program Director
Director of the Margret & H. A. Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
The MIMIC Intensive Care Databases
Leo Anthony Celi, MD
Laboratory for Computational Physiology, MIT
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Founder and Executive Director of Sana (sana.mit.edu)
Part II: Closing the LoopEarly detection of subacute potentially catastrophic illnesses using readily available bedside monitoring data
J. Randall Moorman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
Editor-in-Chief, Physiological Measurement
Detection and treatment of apnea in preterm infants
David Paydarfar, MD
Professor of Neurology and Physiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
This year's challenge is the 15th in the annual series which we established at CinC 2000. Its topic is Robust Detection of Heart Beats in Multimodal Data, and it aims to accelerate development of open-source research tools that can reliably, efficiently, and automatically analyze continuous long-term data from bedside monitors and similar devices that record not only ECG but usually other physiologic signals as well. The first phase of the challenge began on 7 January and ended on 7 April; the challenge resumed following the CinC abstract deadline on 16 April, and continues until 15 August. Participants wishing to be eligible for Challenge awards must have submitted an acceptable abstract describing their work on the Challenge by the abstract deadline (which has now passed), and must attend the conference to present their work. The most successful eligible participants in each of the three phases of the Challenge will receive awards during the closing plenary session at CinC on Wednesday afternoon, 10 September. If you missed the deadline, you are still welcome to participate unofficially (without eligibility for awards) and to join the discussion during scientific sessions dedicated to the challenge at CinC 2014. For further details, visit http://physionet.org/challenge/2014.
To recognize, celebrate, and promote excellence in poster presentations at CinC, former CinC president Bill Sanders and his wife, Gary, established the poster awards in 1997. In gratitude for their many contributions to CinC throughout its entire history, the CinC Board named the Poster Awards in honor of Gary and Bill Sanders. This year's awards will be presented during the closing plenary session on Wednesday, 10 September, to the authors of the three posters judged best in each poster session by a jury of Board members and selected attendees. All posters presented by their authors during the poster sessions are eligible to win an award. For details, see http://www.cinc.org/poster.shtml.
Don't wait to hear if your abstract has been accepted -- by then, it may be too late!
You will need a visa to attend CinC 2014 unless you live in or are a citizen of the USA, or you are a citizen or national of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, or the United Kingdom. Visit the web site of the US State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html for further information.
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Zeroth announcement (9/2013)
First announcement (1/2014)
Call for papers (3/2014)