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Sameer
K
Antani
,
PhD
Branch Chief
Location: 
38A
/
10S1010
Phone Number: (
301
435-3218
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: 
Bryant B, Sari-Sarraf H, Long LR, Antani SK. A Kernel Support Vector Machine Trained Using Approximate Global and Exhaustive Local Sampling. Proceedings of the 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT) 2017, Austin, Texas, USA, December 2017. Pp. 267-8 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3148055.3149206
Rajaraman S, Antani SK, Xue Z, Candemir S, Jaeger S, Thoma GR. Visualizing abnormalities in chest radiographs through salient network activations in Deep Learning. Proc. IEEE Life Sciences Conference (LSC), Sydney, Australia, 2017. pp. 71-74, DOI:10.1109/LSC.2017.8268146.
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, Long LR, Seco de Herrera AG, Antani SK, Wang K, Demner-Fushman D. Named Entity Recognition in Functional Neuroimaging Literature. BIBM 2017
Moallem G, Poostchi M, Yu H, Palaniappan N, Silamut K, Maude RJ, Hossain Md Amir, Jaeger S, Antani SK, Thoma GR. Detecting and Segmenting White Blood Cells in Microscopy Images of Thin Blood Smears [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH), Poster, 2017
Almubarak HA, Stanley RJ, Long LR, Antani SK, Thoma GR, Zuna R, Frazier SR. Convolutional Neural Network Based Localized Classification of Uterine Cervical Cancer Digital Histology Images. Procedia Computer Science, Volume 114, 2017, Pages 281-287, ISSN 1877-0509, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2017.09.044.
Moallem G, Poostchi M, Yu H, Silamut K, Palaniappan N, Antani SK, Hossain Md Amir, Maude RJ, Jaeger S, Thoma GR. Detecting and Segmenting White Blood Cells in Microscopy Images of Thin Blood Smears. Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR), 2017
Guan Y, Li M, Jaeger S, Lure F, Raptopoulos V, Lu P, Folio LR, Candemir S, Antani SK, Siegelman J, Li J, Wu T, Thoma GR, Qu S. Applying Artificial Intelligence and Radiomics for Computer Aided Diagnosis and Risk Assessment in Chest Radiographs. 2nd Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (CMIMI) of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), Poster, 2017.
Moallem G, Jaeger S, Poostchi M, Palaniappan N, Yu H, Silamut K, Maude RJ, Antani SK, Thoma GR. White Blood Cell Detection and Segmentation in Microscopy Images of Thin Blood Smears [Poster]. NIH Research Festival, Poster, 2017
Ben Abacha A, De Herrera A, Gayen S, Demner-Fushman D, Antani SK. NLM at ImageCLEF 2017 Caption Task. International Conference of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum for European Languages 2017 Sep 11 (pp. 358-360). Springer, Cham.

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