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Expertise and Research Interests: 

Dr. Antani is a versatile lead researcher advancing the role of computational sciences and automated decision making in biomedical research, education, and clinical care. His research interests include topics in medical imaging and informatics, machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence, and global health. He applies his expertise in machine learning, biomedical image informatics, automatic medical image interpretation, data science, information retrieval, computer vision, and related topics in computer science and engineering technology His primary R&D areas include cervical cancer, HIV/TB, and visual information retrieval, among others. Google Scholar.

Dr. Antani is currently also (Acting) Branch Chief for the Communications Engineering Branch and the Computer Science Branch in the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine.

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 the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC). Dr. Antani currently serves on the editorial boards of the MDPI Journal Data and the Elsevier Journal Heliyon.

Honors and Awards: 

In addition to many staff achievement awards, in 2016, Dr. Antani received the NIH Director’s Award -- “For exemplary leadership and creative engineering in developing an automated chest x-ray screening system for tuberculosis and deploying it in Africa”. In 2016, he also received the Federal Computer Weekly - Federal 100 Award. 2015, Dr. Antani received the Information Technology Excellence Award from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) along with other RAPID Project Team members for OTS Data Mining for developing a mobile application “that uses modern technology for real time adverse event reports and management in FDA”. 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: 
Xue Z, Antani SK, Long LR, Thoma GR. Comparative Performance Analysis of Cervix ROI Extraction and Specular Reflection Removal Algorithms for Uterine Cervix Image Analysis Proc SPIE Medical Imaging 2007. Vol. 6512: 65124I-1-9
Hsu W, Long LR, Antani SK. SPIRS: A Framework for Content-based Image Retrieval from Large Biomedical Databases Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):188-92.
Demner-Fushman D, Antani S, Thoma GR. Automatically Finding Images for Clinical Decision Support Proc of IEEE DM-Med 2007. Omaha, NE, October 2007, pp. 139-144
Xue Z, Antani S, Long LR, Jeronimo J, Thoma GR. Investigating CBIR Techniques for Cervicographic Images AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:826-30.
Simpson M, Ford G, Antani S, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. A Lightweight Statistics Package for Interactive Publications Poster at 20th NIH Research Festival (TECH-15), September 2007, National Institutes of Health
Srinivasan B, Antani S, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. Identification and Segmentation of Multi-Panel Images in Biomedical Journal Articles [Poster]. Poster at 20th NIH Research Festival (BIOINFO-1), September 2007, National Institutes of Health
Zhu Y, Long LR, Antani S, Xue Z, Thoma GR. Web-based STAPLE for Quality Estimation of Multiple Image Segmentations Poster at 20th NIH Research Festival (IMAG-12), September 2007, National Institutes of Health
Antani SK, Deserno TM, Long LR, Thoma GR. Geographically Distributed Complementary Content-Based Image Retrieval Systems for Biomedical Image Informatics Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):493-7
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.