CEI events at CinC 2018 in Maastricht

posted Sep 13, 2018, 10:35 AM by Jess Tate   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

We have a few events scheduled in conjunction with CinC 2018 in Maastricht.  
  1. Kick-off meeting, Sunday, Sept. 23, 10:00 am
  2. Wrap up  meeting, Wednesday, Sept 26, 5:30 pm
  3. Work group meetings and general meeting space:  Maastricht UMC+, level 4.  
The tentative agendas for these meetings are: 

CEI Kick-off meeting
Sunday, Sept 23. 10:00 am

Location: Maastricht UMC+, room A3/B3 (level 3, see map)
10:00 - 10:05 — Welcome
10:05 - 10:30 — CEI and workgroup update
10:30 - 11:00 — Joint discussion (new directions or changes to workgroups)
11:00 - 11:30 — Workgroup discussions, plan meetings for the week

CEI Wrap-up meeting
Wednesday, Sept 26. 5:30 pm 
Location: Maastricht UMC+, room B3.  
5:00 - 5:10 — Overview of conference progress 
5:10 - 5:20 — Preview of workgroup plans 
5:20 - 6:00 — Discussion - future CEI meetings and workgroup collaborations

Here is a map of the venue and the meeting locations:

We look forward to seeing you all there.  

CinC 2018 Abstract Deadline April 15!

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:32 AM by Rob MacLeod

We have about week before the April 15 deadline for CinC 2018 abstract submission.  The submission system and rules are the same as in past years and our impact on the meeting will depend on the number and quality of the submissions we get.  This is the meeting we all agree to target for our technical presentations and discussions, with satellite meetings before, during, and after the main CinC meeting. 

We also have two excellent Special Sessions related to our domain:  Thanks to Pietro, Matthijs, Linwei, and Dana for preparing those!

And to submit your abstracts:

Summary from the CEI activities during CinC

posted Oct 24, 2017, 9:01 AM by Jaume Coll-Font

CinC  went very well from the perspective of ECGI.
There was a sizable attendance of researchers on ECGI and 3 sessions were devoted to the topic.

Around the conferences, CEI organized a series of events starting with a kick off meeting on Sunday morning.
The attendance to that event was about 25 very motivated people.
During that meeting, the organizing committee presented the three hackathon topics that would be covered during the rest of the conference: pre-processing of ECG data for ECGI, estimation of activation and recovery times and ECG pre-processing for AF.
The researchers interested in each topic then gathered in small sub-groups and decided how would they proceed.

Here is a summary of the work done by each workgroup during CinC:

- ECG preprocessing
The objective of this group is to compare the different pre-processing approaches that each researcher uses and determine their impact on inverse solutions.
To that objective participants will process the 4 datasets currently available, 2 donated by Laura Bear --- including a series of paced beats and a sequence of VT that degenerates into VF --- and 2 donated by Jana Svehlikova --- consisting on healthy subject recordings.
Participants in this group will sequentially apply their methods in each stage: filtering, baseline removal, beat segmentation, etc..  The result of this work will be the analysis of the pre-processing under all combinations of approaches in each stage.

During the meeting, this group managed to process the data in the first stage (filtering) by 4 different contributors. These results already show some differences in the solutions obtained when applying MFS to a single beat.

If you want to actively participate in this group, you can join the mailing list at: or directly visit the google groups website and request joining the mailing list at!forum/ecgi-signal-preprocessing.

- Processing of atrial signals:

Following last CinC meeting, the CEI working group on atrial arrhythmias has decided to focus on the following actions: (1) promote joint research on pre and post processing of atrial EGMs and ECGs and (2) elaborate a consensus paper on the ECGi in atrial arrhythmias.

In order to follow-up these activities we’ve created a google group so that we can exchange emails. These communications will be posted in the forum in the CEI webpage ( There you can find a first thread with more details about the future actions of the group. 

Please let Maria Guillem <mguisan@itaca.upv.esor Stef Zeemering <>  know if you’d like to be subscribed to this group. Otherwise you will not receive further email communications regarding this topic but you could follow our activities in the webpage.

- Activation/Recovery times estimation:
The main objective of this group is to accurately determine activation and recovery times from intracardiac electrograms
The progress of the ART (activation and recovery times) group are the following:

Stage 1: Estimation of Activation times in ventricular signals

    • In simulated epicardial electrograms, comparing to exact ground truth  [KIT simulated on EDGAR]
    • In contact-recorded electrograms, comparing to best available ground truth [Bordeaux torso tank with multiple beats]
    • In ECGI-reconstructed electrograms, comparing to best available ground truth [Bordeaux torso tank with multiple beats]

Stage 2 or 3: Recovery times in ventricular signals

Stage 2 or 3: Activation and recovery times in atrial signals

In order to do so, we will  set up a COVALIC "challenge" to be able to post and compare progress online.

If you want to actively participate in this group, please, contact the mailing list at ( or directly visit the google groups page at

At the end of CinC, we all gathered in a closing session where we shared the progress of each workgroup. 
After observing the progress in each sub-group, we concluded that pre-processing and activation times should move onto their own CEI workgroups and the activation times processing merge with the current workgroup on atrial signals. We will set-up COVALIC "challences" for each workgroup and continue the progress off-line during the year.

Given the large number of workgroups (5!), we will not pursue new hackathon events in the upcoming CinC meetings. Instead, we will use the Sunday meeting time to decide which aspects of the current workgroups should we work on during the conference. Then we will use the meeting times during the conference to make progress on those aspects,

As a closing note, we reminded that CEI is a collaborative effort and needs the implication of everyone to succeed. To that purpose, we encourage everyone to help organize and propose ideas to the organizing committee. Anyone can reach it at

CEI Events at Computing in Cardiology 2017 in Rennes, France

posted Jun 7, 2017, 7:32 AM by Rob MacLeod   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 7:44 AM ]

This year's Computing in Cardiology Conference in Rennes, France, Sept 24-27, 2017 was a big success for the ECG community.  

Here is a summary of activities that took place:
  • Opening planning meeting on Sunday, Sept 24 at 11:00-1:00 at the Ecole Saint-Vincent, which you can find described here
  • Regular sessions Tuesday at 8:30 and10:30; Wednesday at 8:30 
  • Special Session on "Towards the Clinical Adoption of Electrocardiographic Imaging: Challenges in Evaluation and Validation" on Wednesday 14:15.  See the CinC Program for more details. 
  • Hackathon event with the theme: Sharing and developing best practices for pre- and post-processing data for ECGI and donating data via EDGAR.
  • CEI satellite meeting Wednesday, right after the formal program is concluded.  Room: TBA
  • Room available for CEI activities anytime during the conference itself
Stay tuned for a more comprehensive summary of the progress and especially the new workgroups. 

44th International Congress on Electrocardiology (ICE)

posted Jan 12, 2017, 6:35 PM by Brett Burton   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 8:37 PM by Rob MacLeod ]

The 44th International Congress of Electrocardiology (ICE) was held this year in the historic Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.  The program included several sessions on ECG, cardiac modeling, and various topics in pathophysiology.  

Below is a summary of all the talks related to ECGI at ICE:
  1. * Jaume Coll-Font, PhD (USA): Tracking the heart movement with the ECG; Correcting the respirationmovement of the heart in a porcine model
  2. * Remi Dubois, PhD ESPCI, France: Ventricular fibrillation: what we can learn from noninvasive mapping
  3. * Laura Bear, PhD The Electrophysiology and Heart Modeling Institute (LIRYC), France: Detection of Electrical Dyssynchrony by Electrocardiographic Imaging
  4. * Dana Brooks, PhD Northeastern University, United States of America: Technical challenges to wider clinical adoption of ECGI 15 
  5. * Michał Kania, PhD The Electrophysiology and Heart Modeling Institute (LIRYC), France: Evaluation of a new method for three-dimensional prediction of the exit site of ventricular tachycardia15 
  6. * Peter van Dam, PhD Peacs BC, Netherlands: The path of the mean spatio-temporal activation isochrone derived from the 12Lead-ECG to localize the PVC origin 15 
  7. * Milan Tyšler, PhD Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia: Evaluation of using reduced number of mapping leads for noninvasive localizationof ectopic ventricular activity 15 
  8. * Brett Burton, BSc, PhD student University of Utah, USA: The effect of subject-specific ischemic zone geometries on body surface potentials
  9. * Maria Guillem, PhD Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain: Noninvasive estimation of hierarchical activation patterns during atrial fibrillationby Electrocardiographic Imaging
  10. * Jess Tate, PhD student University of Utah, USA: A Sampling Strategy for Reducing Error in ECG Forward Simulation

Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart (FIMH) another ECGI Showcase

posted Jan 12, 2017, 6:24 PM by Brett Burton   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 8:43 PM by Rob MacLeod ]

FIMH 2017 is the 9th international conference on Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart. This biennial scientific event aims to integrate the state of the art research and novel development efforts in the fields of cardiovascular modeling and image analysis. The main goal is to encourage collaboration among students, junior and senior scientists working in signal and image processing, imaging, applied mathematics, biophysics, biomedical engineering, and experts in cardiology, radiology, biology and physiology.

There was a whole session related to ECGI as well as set of other relevant talks:
  • Session: Electrical mapping, modelling, and inverse problems in electrocardiography
    • Gwladys Ravon, Remi Dubois, Yves Coudière, Mark Potse: A parameter optimization to solve the inverse problem in electrocardiography
    • Sophie Giffard-Roisin, Hervé Delingette, Tom Jackson, Lauren Forvague, Jack Lee, Aldo Rinaldi, Nicholas Ayache, Reza Razavi, Maxime Sermesant: Sparse Bayesian Non-linear Regression for Multiple Onsets Estimation in Non- invasive Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Thomas Pheiffer, David Soto-Iglesias, Yaroslav Nikulin, Tiziano Passerini, Julian Krebs, Marta Sitges, Antonio Berruezo, Oscar Camara, Tommaso Mansi:  Estimation of Local Conduction Velocity from Myocardium Activation Time: Application to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
  • Other related talks:
    • Andjela Davidovic, Yves Coudière, Yves Bourgault: Image-based modeling of the heterogeneity of propagation of the cardiac AP. Example of rat heart HR-MRI
    • Nicolas Cedilnik, Josselin Duchateau, Remi Dubois, Pierre Jaïs, Hubert Cochet, Maxime Sermesant: VT Scan: Towards an Efficient Pipeline from Computed Tomography Images to Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation 
    • Maxime Survesant: Keynote on merging statistical and deterministic models
These talks are published and available from this book  

CEI Events at Computing in Cardiology 2017 in Rennes, France

posted Aug 14, 2016, 11:16 AM by Rob MacLeod   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:23 AM ]

This year's Computing in Cardiology Conference in Rennes, France, Sept 24-27, 2017 will once again be an important venue for the CEI.  

Here is a summary of activities we have in the planning phase:
  • Special Session on "Towards the Clinical Adoption of Electrocardiographic Imaging: Challenges in Evaluation and Validation"
  • Additional sessions depending on submitted abstracts, see the Program soon on the CinC website.
  • Hackathon event with the theme: Sharing and developing best practices for pre- and post-processing data for ECGI and donating data via EDGAR.
  • CEI satellite meeting Wednesday, right after the formal program is concluded.  Room: TBA
  • Room available for CEI activities at times during the conference itself

ISCE 2017 in April 19-23, 2017 in St. Simons Island, Georgia

posted Jan 31, 2016, 11:27 AM by Rob MacLeod   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

ISCE (International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology) is a meeting that is sometimes important for our field, although they have focused on other topics for this year.  We thank this organization for their past support and encourage you to check this year's program for topics of your interest.  For more information and to register visit the ISCE 2017 web page.

IBBM 2017 Registation and Fellowship Applications are open

posted May 14, 2015, 11:12 PM by Brett Burton   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 10:15 AM by Jess Tate ]

This year's edition of the Image Based Biomedical Modeling course is well into the planning phase and we once again expect 50 participants from all over the world (e.g.,  Czech, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and the UK). The program includes many hours of guided lab exercises with the goal of teaching participants how to use the complete suite of SCI software.  For more details, please see the IBBM web site and especially the fellowships available for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Note, the fellowships offered by the IBBM are outstanding and cover most of the costs of the event.  They are open to students and postdoctoral fellows and we especially want to attract more students in the area of bioelectricity of both the heart and the brain.  So please consider applying or having your trainees apply!

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