Ultrasound Localisation and TRacking Algorithms for Super Resolution (ULTRA-SR) Challenge:

About the Challenge

Super-resolution (SR) ultrasound imaging, particularly through localisation and tracking of microbubble contrast agents (also known as ultrasound localisation microscopy or ULM), is a new exciting area of research in biomedical ultrasound with potential impact in a wide range of biomedical applications. In recent years many different SR methodologies and algorithms have been proposed by different groups and their applications to biological systems, pre-clinical models and clinical patients are being explored.

We challenge the participants to produce the best SR images using a set of data consisting of a number of contrast enhanced ultrasound image sequences generated through computer simulation and in-vivo acquisition. Participants are asked to submit:

  1. Their SR imaging results in a pre-defined format;
  2. A paper summarizing details of the methodology. Paper submissions should follow the IEEE IUS 2022 proceedings guidelines.

All accepted participants are required to prepare a poster for presentation during the ULTRA-SR workshop at IEEE IUS 2022 in Venice. Posters will remain visible during this 3-hour challenge summary workshop, as well as during the entire symposium.

The top 4-8 finishers will receive a cash prize of up to $1,000 USD and will have the opportunity to deliver oral presentations about their algorithms during this workshop.

DEADLINES

May 31: Challenge Abstract Submission Deadline

June 13: Acceptance Notifications

September 5: Final Submission Deadline

Organizers

Mengxing Tang
Imperial College London
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Vassilis Sboros
Heriot-Watt University
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Marcelo Lerendegui
Imperial College London
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George Papageorgiou
Heriot-Watt University

Kai Riemer
Imperial College London
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Bingxue Wang
Imperial College London
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Advisory Comittee

Jørgen Arendt Jensen
Technical University of Denmark

Georg Schmitz
Ruhr-University Bochum

Pengfei Song
UIUC

Chris Dunsby
Imperial College of London

Mickael Tanter
INSERM

Kirsten Christensen-Jeffries
King’s College London

Sevan Harput
London South Bank University

Ruud Van Sloun
Eindhoven University of Technology

Yonina Eldar
Weizmann institute

Jianwen Luo
Tsinghua University

Olivier Couture
Sorbonne University

Massimo Mischi
Eindhoven University of Technology

Paul Dayton
NC State University

Jean Provost
Polytechnique Montréal

Stefanie Dencks
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Shigao Chen
Mayo Clinic

Mingxi Wan
Xian Jiaotong University

Meaghan O’Reilly
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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