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BioTech 91 | Introduction to Image Processing with MATLAB | 2-Day Hands On Workshop

September 12, 2018 to September 13, 2018

Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Only: Payment approval and authorization is done through your AO or lab manager. Receiving lab approval does not constitute enrollment. Fellows or those being sponsored by their lab can enroll using this form while waiting for authorization of payment.

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MATLAB provides both a point and click environment for data exploration and hypothesis generation and an intuitive programming language for custom application development.  In two days you will go from zero to learning how to use them together to develop your own custom workflows for 2D and 3D image processing.

 Learn and apply basic image processing methods including image preprocessing, registration, filtering and noise removal, segmentation, morphological operations, edge detection, logical operations.

Develop and obtain examples which you can immediately apply or adapt to your research specifically for 2D image segmentation, object tracking, automating image processing workflows, 3D image processing, and working with or generating videos.


Image processing provides one of the most powerful tools for biomedical research, and yet many scientists lack the basic understanding, skill, confidence, and tools to develop their own approaches to image processing required to work at the frontiers of research in their field.  Many commercial software packages from software companies or instrument vendors limit scientists to standard workflows making it difficult if not impossible for scientists to ask precise questions about their own unique research problems.

This workshop provides an introduction to image processing and real world examples to help bridge this gap.  As a result, you will gain the ability to ask and answer questions unique to your research and improve your day to day research productivity.

The workshop utilizes a project-based learning approach where we learn how to use MATLAB’s capabilities in the context of real world biomedical examples for 2D segmentation, object tracking, and 3D image processing.  For each example, you will explore how to build a workflow using point and click apps and also receive helper code which you can use immediately back in your day to day work.


Tools/Skills Taught

How to use multiple MATLAB point and click apps for
     Data import and preprocessing
         Plotting and visualization
          Image processing

Basic Image Processing concepts

Basic MATLAB programming concepts

How to use the MATLAB programming language for 2D and 3D image processing

Using MATLAB for statistical analysis

No prior programming experience is required.

Who Should Attend

Anyone is welcome.  This workshop has been specifically designed for three categories of attendees:

This in an introductory workshop for scientists, researchers, data scientists, clinicians, or statisticians at any training level (pre/post bac, graduate student, post-doc, staff scientist, physician) who wish to be able to use MATLAB to build their own image processing workflows or understand how to use or potentially customize MATLAB image processing applications developed by other people.

This workshop will also be useful for anyone with basic knowledge of MATLAB or other programming languages who is looking to gain skill and experience using MATLAB to develop complete workflows for several typical image processing applications or how to work more efficiently using MATLAB point and click apps to autogenerate code blocks for your workflows.

 Program or lab managers or core lab directors looking for first-hand experience using MATLAB in order to better support the scientists you work with.

Related workshop
This image processing workshop has some overlap with the BioTech 90 | Introduction to MATLAB Fundamentals for Biomedical Scientists workshop.  The workshops are designed to work if taken together or independently.  You will get the most benefit as a new MATLAB user if you take both of them in order.

Introduction to MATLAB Fundamentals for Biomedical Scientists focuses on the breadth of using MATLAB for multiple types of data in the sciences, including image processing.

This workshop, Intro to Image Processing with MATLAB, focuses on developing depth of expertise specifically in image processing including image processing methods, tracking, and 3D functions.

Workshops generally run from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

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Instructor's Background

Comprehensive Binder Included 
Contains all notes, protocols, and reference material needed. No additional books are required. 

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.   One CEU is equal to ten contact hours.  Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 1.4 CEUs.

Refund Policy
100% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop. 
50% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 days prior to the start of the workshop. 
0% refund, 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 
3 days or less prior to the start of the workshop.  



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