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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: 
Zou J, Antani SK, Thoma GR. Localizing and Recognizing Labels for Multi-Panel Figures in Biomedical Journals. Proceedings of International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, November 13, 2017
Ben Abacha A, De Herrera A, Gayen S, Demner-Fushman D, Antani SK. NLM at ImageCLEF 2017 Caption Task. CLEF (Working Notes) 2017
Rajaraman S, Antani SK, Jaeger S. Visualizing Deep Learning Activations for Improved Malaria Cell Classification. Proceedings of The First Workshop in Medical Informatics and Healthcare (MIH 2017), Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (PMLR), v. 69, p. 40-47.
Candemir S, Antani SK, Xue Z, Thoma GR. Novel Method for Storyboarding Biomedical Videos for Medical Informatics. 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
Xue Z, Antani SK, Long LR, Thoma GR. Automatic multi-label annotation of abdominal CT images using CBIR. Proc. SPIE 10138, Medical Imaging 2017: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications, 1013807 (March 13, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2254368.
Ding M, Antani SK, Jaeger S, Xue Z, Candemir S, Kohli M, Thoma GR. Local-Global Classifier Fusion for Screening Chest Radiographs. Proc. SPIE 10138, Medical Imaging 2017: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications, 101380A (March 13, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2252459
Xu T, Zhang H, Xin C, Kim E, Long LR, Xue Z, Antani SK, Huang X. Multi-feature based Benchmark for Cervical Dysplasia Classification Evaluation. Pattern Recognit. 2017 Mar;63:468-475. doi: 10.1016/j.patcog.2016.09.027. Epub 2016 Sep 22.
Lure F, Jaeger S, Antani SK. Automated Systems for microscopic and radiographic tuberculosis screening. Electronic Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 5-9, February 2017. [In Chinese]
Guo P, Almubarak H, Banerjee K, Stanley RJ, Long LR, Antani SK, Thoma GR, Zuna R, Frazier S, Moss R, Stoecker W. Enhancements in localized classification for uterine cervical cancer digital histology image assessment. J Pathol Inform. 2016 Dec 30;7:51. doi: 10.4103/2153-3539.197193. eCollection 2016.
De Herrera A, Schaer R, Antani SK, Müller H. Using Crowdsourcing for Multi-label Biomedical Compound Figure Annotation. First International Workshop, LABELS 2016, and Second International Workshop, DLMIA 2016, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Athens, Greece, October 21, 2016.

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