AIPSECMA- Meliorating Faculties
Oct 10, 2016 | Anubhav Singh
The arena of Medical Science has always been vast and intriguing, the deeper you fathom the farther you want to explore. With several medical breakthroughs occurring every second day and the dissolution of varied disciplines, we have certainly traversed farther than our forefathers. But the glass still remains equally empty and filled. Despite the greater heights of technical, pharmaceuticals, surgical and similar other advancements, the present hour beckons for sincerer efforts.
To provide a deeper insight of certain persistent challenges in medical applications the Electrical Engineering Department of NIT Rourkela organised a short term course AIPSECMA (Advanced Image Processing Solutions for Emerging Challenges in Medical Applications) which extended for two days from 25th September 2016 to 26th September 2016. The course was sponsored by the Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering & Rehabilitation (CoE-OTER) under Faculty Development programme of TEQIP-II.
Dual Day Annals
The course being a short one in nature wrapped up in two days yet it managed to touch several topics such as:
1. Overview of medical imaging and their clinical applications.
2. Current Clinical Problems and Advanced Medical Image Processing Techniques.
3. Quantitative medical image analysis.
4. Diagnosis of cancer cells through microscopic images.
Dr Dipti Patra, the coordinator cum course instructor of AIPSECMA revealed
We had a two full day packed event. But still, a couple of days is quite a short duration for a course as vast as this so we started directly by addressing the attendees and avoided any inaugural function.
The first day of the event included an introductory lecture by Dr Patra on Image Processing and various challenges that show up in the process, along with a lab session on hands-on practice about images related to the medical field and its processing. Prof. Suprajit Mahapatra from BIT MESRA and Dr Sanghamitra Satapathy, Head Pathologist from IGH Rourkela were the other two course instructors. Prof. Mahapatra spoke on the diagnosis of cancer cells through microscopic images his lecture included detection classification and stage determination of leukaemia. Dr Satapathy interacted with the audience on the second day and explained several difficulties they face as a pathologist in diagnosis. The final day also had a lecture on image reconstruction. A valedictory session was organised at the end which went on for almost half an hour. Certificates were distributed to the participants by Prof. J. K. Satapathy, HOD, Department of Electrical Engineering NIT Rourkela.
The programme witnessed twenty attendees from various institutes like BIT-MESRA, VSSUT Burla, and several other institutes of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Expressing her views regarding the number of registrants Dr Dipti Patra said that initially, they were planning for an industry- institute interaction which included the faculties of NIT-R only but this was abruptly changed to a short term course involving participation from other institutes too as a result the circulars were sent to other institutes on a short notice. She further told that they were funded by TEQIP with a sum of INR 50,000 and were actually expecting about twenty people. Some registrants were denied participation on specialisation basis.
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Since the programme was organised under the Faculty Development Programme of TEQIP-II so only faculties from NIT and other institutes could register. When inquired if students were allowed to attend or not Dr Patra replied that though students could not register yet there was no restriction on attending the event. When questioned about conducting the event during mid-semester examinations and delayed circulation of the announcement the major reasons for zero participation from students Dr Patra stated that
Our prime focus were faculties so we scheduled it during mid-semester examinations as most of the faculty are free around this time and this seemed to be a proper and productive utilisation of time. As for students, we did not expect them to turn up yet few students from the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering approached me to ask whether they could attend it or not to which I replied positively but there was nothing I could do with the dates as it had already been fixed. In future, I will try to schedule such events on dates excluding semester exams. The information regarding the event was put on the official website a fortnight before and there was no delay. It was only the webmail which was not circulated till 24th of September.
Talking of the response and feedback from the participants Dr. Patra said that the event was an overall success and they received positive feedbacks. The participants also asked for a course with longer duration on this topic. When asked about her opinion regarding this she said
We are deliberating on something like this but we may need to generate our own capital to meet the expenses. The main objective of this programme was to introduce the faculties with Medical Image Processing. As a technologist and researcher, I feel that we should stay equally updated with advancements and challenges.