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Deadline for abstract / paper submissions: 10th January 2019


Dear Colleague,

The CARS congress is the annual event for a distinguished international community of scientists, engineers and physicians to present and discuss the key innovations that shape modern medicine on a worldwide basis.

Founded in 1983, CARS has played a leading role in medical and imaging informatics for more than 30 years by focusing on research and development on novel algorithms and systems and their applications in radiology and surgery. Its growth and impact is due to CARS’s close collaboration with the IFCARS, ISCAS, CAR, CAD, CMI and IPCAI organizations.

Recent successful CARS congresses have taken place in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Chicago, Osaka, Geneva, Pisa, Fukuoka, and Heidelberg. We would be delighted to welcome you at CARS 2019, which will take place in Rennes, one of the leading cities for medical research and development in France, where the congress will take place in a very special historic setting.

Following the long term successful cooperation with CARS congresses in many parts of the world, in 2019 these prestigious scientific communities will jointly hold their annual meetings as part of the 33rd CARS Congress in Rennes, France.

At the CARS congress you will have the opportunity to meet scholars and practising experts in the fields of radiology, surgery, clinical medicine, engineering, informatics and healthcare management who have an interest in topics, such as

  • artificial intelligence in radiology and surgery
  • advanced medical imaging
  • image- and model-guided interventions
  • image processing and visualization
  • intelligent operating room of the future
  • decision and action support in surgical management
  • computer aided diagnosis
  • medical simulation and evaluation
  • surgical navigation and robotics
  • model-guided and personalised medicine
  • machine learning
  • multidisciplinary computational anatomy
  • integrated patient care

New IT-systems adapted to clinical environments, such as the operating room, but in particular, new methods and IT-tools for modelling the patient and medical processes as well as artificial intelligence (AI) systems are increasingly shaping the scope of CARS. Clinical specialties represented at CARS include:

  • computer assisted neuro-, ENT-, orthopaedic and spinal surgery, cardiovascular- and thoracic surgery, gastroenterological-, gynaecological- and urological surgery
  • imaging and interventional radiology
  • computed maxillofacial imaging
  • computer assisted radiation therapy
  • image guided navigation surgery
  • minimally invasive and robotic surgery
  • pathology informatics
  • computer assisted radiology and minimally invasive therapies

In close cooperation with institutions which presented clinical results of novel IT methods and tools in IJCARS, special emphasis will be given to innovative clinical investigations which show significant advances in clinical workflows and patient outcomes.

Please note that the deadline for paper and abstract submissions for CARS 2019 in Rennes is January 10, 2019. In addition to the abstract/paper submission, you are invited to submit short and informal proposals on tutorials, workshops and other special events which potentially can enhance the mission of CARS which is innovation, interdisciplinarity and internationality.

Congress format
The four-day congress consists of invited talks by internationally recognized experts, approx. 200 paper presentations, as well as exhibits and posters. Special focus sessions as well as product exhibits in the industrial exhibition are planned to give participants access to hot topics and new CARS-related products.
Tutorials, workshops and special events related to the above topics complement the regular sessions of CARS and are organized under the auspices of the International Foundation of CARS.

Congress Topics
Relevant research and developments in Radiology, Surgery, Dentistry, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering and Modelling including but not limited to:

33rd International Congress and Exhibition on Computer Assisted Radiology (CAR)
Chair: Ulrich Bick, MD (D)

  • Medical Imaging, e.g.
  • DR, CT, MR, Virtual Endoscopy, US, SPECT, PET and Molecular Imaging
  • Computer Assisted Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Image Processing and Display
  • Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers
  • Medical Workstations
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Therapy
  • Image Guided Diagnosis and Therapy of the Prostate
  • Ablation Therapies
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Nanotechnology for Imaging and Therapy
  • Telemedicine, E-health and Multimedia EPR
  • Expert Systems and Computer Assisted Education
  • Economic and Management Issues
  • Security, Legal and Ethical Aspects
  • PACS Architecture, Workstation Design and Workflow
  • Image Distribution, Storage and Archiving Strategies
  • Interoperability and Standardization
  • Managing Radiation Dose and Contrast Media
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems

23rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery
President: Kensaku Mori, PhD (J)
  • Artificial Intelligence Assisted Surgery
  • Machine Learning in Surgery
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality for Surgery and Interventions
  • Image Processing and Visualization
  • Intraoperative Devices and Sensors
  • Intraoperative Imaging
  • Computer-assisted Planning
  • Surgical Navigation
  • Navigated Control
  • Surgical Robotics and Instrumentation
  • 3D Modelling and Rapid Prototyping
  • Methods of Validation and Verification
  • Evaluation of CAS Systems
  • Postoperative Result Assessment
  • Surgical Knowledge and Decision Management
  • Decision and Action Support in Surgical Management
  • Situation Awareness in the OR
  • Surgical Skill Assessment
  • Surgical Workflow Analysis
  • Surgical Simulation, Education and Training
  • Ergonomics, User Interfaces, Haptics and Multimodal Devices in Surgical Applications
  • Brain-Computer Interface, Neurostimulation
  • Clinical specialties:
    Computer aided surgery in neurosurgery, ENT surgery, orthopaedic and spinal surgery, cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, gastroenterological surgery, gynaecological surgery, urological surgery
  • Image Guided Navigation Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Image Guided Therapy

21st International Workshop on Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Artificial Intelligence
Chair: Hiroyuki Yoshida, PhD (USA)

  • Deep Learning / Machine Learning
  • Radiomics
  • CAD for Precision Medicine
  • 3D Printing
  • Grand Challenges in CAD
  • Quantitative Imaging
  • Risk Assessment
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Comparative Evaluation and Fusing CAD systems
  • Content-based Image Retrieval
  • Observer Performance Studies
  • Clinical Evaluation
  • Cloud CAD
  • CAD for Breast, Lung, Colon and Gastrointestinal Tract, Eye/Retina, Head and Neck, Liver, Prostate, Musculoskeletal, (Cardio-)Vascular, Multiple Organ Systems, and Dentistry
  • CAD for Oncology
  • CAD for Histopathology and Microscopy

25th Computed Maxillofacial Imaging Congress
Chair: Christos Angelopoulos, PhD (USA)

Co-chair: Yoshihiko Hayakawa, PhD (J)

  • New Imaging Devices and Novel Applications
  • Evidence-based Selection Criteria in Digital Maxillofacial Imaging
  • Craniomaxillofacial Computer-Aided Diagnosis
  • Maxillofacial Image Processing
  • Cranial and Maxillofacial Image Guided Surgery
  • Image Navigated Dental Implantology
  • Orthodontic and Endodontic Applications of Computed Imaging
  • Imaging and Modelling for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Cone Beam and Multislice CT
  • Maxillofacial MRI and Ultrasound Imaging
  • Image Fusion and Subtraction
  • 3D and 4D Imaging
  • Multi-dimensional Maxillofacial Modelling
  • Virtual Reality and Dental Robotics
  • Interoperability and Maxillofacial Applications in IHE

10th Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Intervention (IPCAI)
Chairs: Kensaku Mori, PhD (J), Parvin Mousavi, PhD (CDN), Danail Stoyanov, PhD (UK)

  • Surgical Data Science
  • Interventional Imaging
  • Systems and Software
  • Evaluation and Validation
  • Tracking and Navigation
  • Interventional Robotics
  • Surgical Planning and Simulation
  • Advanced Intra-operative Visualization and User Interfaces
  • Augmented Reality for Medical Applications
  • Surgical Skill Analysis and Workflow

21st IFCARS / SPIE / ISCAS Joint Workshop on the Digital Operating Room
Chairs: Yoshihiro Muragaki, MD (J), Heinz U. Lemke, PhD (D)

  • Surgical Workflow
  • Intelligent Operating Room
  • Therapy Imaging and Model Management Systems
  • Surgical PACS
  • DICOM and IHE in Surgery
  • Management and Assessment of OR Systems Integration
  • Architectures of ORs and Imaging Suites

4th ISCAS / CAD / IFCARS Joint Symposium on Multidisciplinary Computational Anatomy
Chairs: Makoto Hashizume, MD (J), Hiroyuki Yoshida, PhD (USA)

  • Micro-computational Anatomy
  • Physiological Modeling in Multi-computational Anatomy
  • Surgery Using Multi-computational Anatomy
  • Mathematical Foundation of Multi-disciplinary Computational Anatomy
  • Robotics and Multi-disciplinary Computational Anatomy
  • Multi-disciplinary Computational Anatomy Assisting Radiology

12th CARS Clinical Day
Chairs: Leonard Berliner, MD (USA), Eric vanSonnenberg, MD (USA),
Hubertus Feussner, MD (D)

  • Clinical Innovations in Imaging and Interventional Radiology
  • Clinical Innovations in Surgery
  • The Future: Impact of Engineering/Informatics in Radiology and Surgery
  • Computer Assisted Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy
  • Results of Innovative Clinical Investigations

Extended abstracts or full papers including new methods, devices, systems and applications, clinical studies, position papers, and poster topics for presentation at the congress are solicited. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the CARS international program committee.

CARS follows a two-tier system:
1) Extended abstracts of accepted lecture and poster presentations (typically containing novel work-in-progress results) will be published in the CARS 2019 Proceedings, Supplement of IJCARS, which will be distributed to all congress participants.
2) Peer-reviewed and after thorough revision accepted full paper contributions (typically containing validated results of original R&D work) will be included in regular issues of the International Journal of CARS.

Authors should send their submissions through the CARS website, see further information and guidelines at www.cars-int.org.

Submission of abstracts / papers: January 10, 2019
Notification of acceptance: February 8, 2019
Registration of presenting authors: March 4, 2019
Submission of final abstracts: March 8, 2019
Publication of final papers: after the peer-review process

Special Events

6th SURGETICA Conference pre-located to CARS
Chairs: Pascal Haigron (F), Antoine Simon (F), Pierre Jannin (F)


Tutorial AR/VR: Perceptual Capacities and Constraints in AR/VR for the visualization of 3D biomedical image data
Roy Eagleson (CDN), Georges Hattab (D)

Tutorial SlicerIGT: Deep learning and computer vision for real-time procedure annotation
Tamas Ungi (CDN), Sonia M. Pujol (USA), Javier Pascau (E), Gabor Fichtinger (CDN)

Tutorial  on Applied Deep Learning for Medical Scientists working with Image Data
Daniel Lückehe (D), Gabriele von Voigt (D)

Tutorial on Advanced Deep Learning for Medical Imaging Data
John D.H. Baxter (F)

Congress Venue
The Congress will be held at the Le Couvent des Jacobins Convention Center, Rennes, France

CARS 2019 President
Pierre Jannin, PhD (F)

Congress Organizer
Heinz Lemke, PhD (D)

International Foundation for CARS, Germany


Congress Committees

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