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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: 
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]
KC S, Aafaque A, Antani SK, Thoma GR. Line Segment-Based Stitched Multipanel Figure Separation for Effective Biomedical CBIR. Int. J. Patt. Recogn. Artif. Intelligence 31, 1757003 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1142/S0218001417570038.
KC S, Antani SK. Automated chest X-ray screening: Can lung region symmetry help detect pulmonary abnormalities? IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/TMI.2017.2775636.
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. In: Carneiro G. et al. (eds) Deep Learning and Data Labeling for Medical Applications. LABELS 2016, DLMIA 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10008. Springer, Cham
De Herrera A, Long LR, Antani SK. Content-Based fMRI Brain Maps Retrieval. International Conference on Brain and Health Informatics, Omaha, NE, USA, October 13-16, 2016.
Narum R, Zou J, Antani SK. Semi-Automated Ground-Truth Data Collection and Annotation for Journal Figure Analysis [Poster]. 2016 NIH Research Festival
Liang Z, Powell A, Ersoy I, Poostchi M, Silamut K, Palaniappan K, Guo P, Hossain M, Antani SK, Maude R, Huang J, Jaeger S, Thoma GR. CNN-Based Image Analysis for Malaria Diagnosis. IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics & Biomedicine (BIBM), Shenzhen, China, 2016.
Jaeger S, Silamut K, Yu H, Poostchi Mohammadabadi M, Ersoy I, Powell A, Liang Z, Hossain M, Antani SK, Palaniappan K, Maude R, Thoma GR. Reducing the Diagnostic Burden of Malaria Using Microscopy Image Analysis and Machine Learning in the Field [Poster]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH), Atlanta, USA, 2016.
Ben Abacha A, de Herrera A, Wang Ke, Long LR, Antani SK, Demner-Fushman D. Named entity recognition in functional neuroimaging literature. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM), Kansas City, MO, 2017, pp. 2218-2220.

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