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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: 
Lotenberg S, Gordon S, Long LR, Antani SK, Jeronimo J, Greenspan H. Automatic Evaluation of Uterine Cervix Segmentations Proc. SPIE Medical Imaging 2007. Vol. 6515: 65151J-1-12.
Antani SK, Deserno TM, Long LR, Guld MO, Neve L, Thoma GR. Interfacing Global and Local CBIR Systems for Medical Image Retrieval Proc Workshop on Medical Imaging Research (Bildverarbeitung fur die Medizin). March 2007; 166-71.
Thoma GR, Long LR, Antani S. Biomedical Imaging Research and Development: Knowledge from Images in the Medical Enterprise September 2006 Technical Report to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors.
Long RL, Antani S, Jeronimo J, Schiffman M, Bopf M, Neve L, Cornwall C, Budihas SC, Thoma GR. Technology for Medical Education, Research, and Disease Screening by Exploitation of Biomarkers in a Large Collection of Uterine Cervix Images Proc CBMS 2006, June 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah; 826-31
Xu X, Lee DJ, Antani S, Long RL. Pre-Indexing for Fast Partial Shape Matching of Vertebrae Images Proc CBMS 2006, June 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah; 105-10
Yao J, Antani S, Long LR, Thoma GR, Zhang Z. Automatic Medical Image Annotation and Retrieval Using SECC Proc CBMS 2006, June 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah; 105-10
Gordon S, Zimmerman G, Long LR, Antani S, Jeronimo J, Greenspan H. Content Analysis of Uterine Cervix Images: Initial Steps Towards Content Based Indexing and Retrieval of Cervigrams Proc of SPIE Vol. 6144 61444U-7
Thoma GR, Ford G, Chung M, Vasudevan K, Antani S. Interactive Publications: Creation and Usage Proc IS and T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2006: Digital Publishing. San Jose, CA. Jan 15-19, 2006.
Antani S, Cheng J, Long J, Long LR, Thoma GR. Medical Validation and CBIR of Spine X-ray Images over the Internet Proc IS and T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Science and Technology 2006: Internet Imaging VII. San Jose. CA Jan 15-19, 2006, SPIE Vol. 6061 pp. 60610J (1-9).
Xu X, Lee DJ, Antani S, Long LR. Relevance Feedback for Spine X-ray Retrieval CBMS, 2005. Dublin, Ireland; pp. 197-202

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