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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: 
Gandhi T, Kasturi R, Antani S. Application of Planar Motion Segmentation for Scene Text Extraction Proc. of the 15th IEEE International Conference of Pattern Recognition. 2000 Sept.;1:1831-4.
Antani S, Long LR, Thoma GR. A Biomedical Information System for Combined Content-Based Retrieval of Spine X-ray Images and Associated Text Information 3rd Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing. 2002 Dec.
Antani S, Kasturi R, Jain R. A Survey on the Use of Pattern Recognition Methods for Abstraction Indexing and Retrieval of Images and Video Pattern Recognition Journal. 2002;35(4): 945-965.
Antani S, Long LR, Thoma GR, Stanley RJ. Vertebra Shape Classification using MLP for Content-Based Image Retrieval International Neural Networks Society and IEEE Neural Networks Society. 2003 July 2003;:160-65.
Long LR, Antani SK, Thoma GR. A Prototype Content-Based Image Retrieval System for Spine X-Rays Proc. 16th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. 2003 June;: 156-62.
Xu X, Lee DJ, Antani S, Long LR. Localizing Contour Points for Indexing an X-Ray Image Retrieval System Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society. 2003 June;: 169-74.

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