15 – 17 May 2013. Brussels (Belgium)

Organized by MIBISOC Initial Training Network




Medical imaging (MI) is at the heart of many of today’s improved diagnostic and treatment technologies. Computer-based solutions are vastly more capable of both quantitative measurement of the medical condition and the pre-processing tasks of filtering, sharpening, and focusing image detail. Bio-inspired and Soft Computing (BC, SC) techniques have been successfully applied in each of the fundamental steps of medical image processing and analysis (e.g. restoration, segmentation, registration or tracking). The natural partnership of humans and intelligent systems and machines in MI is to provide the clinician with powerful tools to take better decisions regarding diagnostic and treatment. The application of SC and BC methodologies in MI has increased in the last few years due to their capability to deal with the uncertainty and imprecision underlying most real-world problems and, specifically, medical applications requiring the use of image processing techniques.

MIBISOC2013 is organized as the main dissemination activity of the MIBISOC project (, an Initial Training Network (ITN) among worldwide recognized institutions in the fields of BC-SC and MI: European Centre for Soft Computing, Ghent University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Nottingham, University of Parma, University of Granada, Henesis, and University of Freiburg. The objective of MIBISOC2013 is to facilitate the promotion of novel problems, research, results, and future directions in the growing interdisciplinary area of BC-SC applied to MI. It will provide an opportunity to meet researchers working on these topics, make new contacts and exchange ideas. It will also be used to establish contacts with additional industrial organisations and hospitals interested in the area, which will become potential users of the developments contributed by the ITN.

The conference will comprise oral and poster presentations, two plenary lectures, an industry session, and related events. It will also include a gala dinner in the city of Brussels. Presentation of already published high-quality work (e.g. recently submitted journal papers, recently published journal papers) is accepted and encouraged.

The conference is endorsed by the MIBISOC ITN. There is no conference fee and the free registration includes the conference dinner and the coffee breaks. In addition, a comprehensive scholarship programme is avalaible to cover (partial) costs of travel and accommodation for up to 50 attendees with accepted contributions.


The topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

The application of Bio-inspired and Soft Computing techniques, such as

  • Evolutionary Computation and other Metaheuristics
  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Fuzzy Logic and Fuzzy Systems,
  • Neural Networks, and
  • Bayesian/possibilistic networks and Probabilistic Reasoning,

to medical imaging areas such us

  • Image acquisition
  • Image restoration
  • Image segmentation
  • Structure tracking
  • Image registration
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Human activity recognition



The conference will comprise oral and poster presentations, two plenary lectures, an industry session, and related events. Pure poster presentations are introduced in a poster highlights session, where each poster presenter has one slide and 2-3 minutes to introduce the contribution and to attract people to the poster. Every oral talk is also given the chance to work additionally as a poster to increase interaction. Granted attendees selected for oral presentation are obliged to present a poster as well.



Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality full papers of at most 8 pages length (IEEE style: two columns, single-spaced, including abstract, figures and references, using 10 fonts, and with each page numbered). Submissions of already published high-quality work (e.g. recently submitted journal papers, recently published journal papers) for oral or poster presentation are accepted and encouraged. The articles will be peer reviewed by at least two independent IPC members. Conference proceedings will be in electronic format registered with ISBN. The articles will be submitted through the Easy Chair Conference system ( ). After creating an Easy Chair account, if you already do not have it, the submission will be completed by pressing the New Submission button and completing all the required sections.



As announced in the call for papers, there is a number of scholarships provided by the MIBISOC ITN for those attendees presenting accepted contributions for MIBISOC2013.

A scholarship will be granted to a single author of EVERY accepted paper (regardless the presentation modality, i.e., either for oral or for poster presentation) who applies for it. THERE IS NO EVALUATION PROCESS, EVERY PAPER AUTHORED BY A NON MIBISOC PROJECT MEMBER WILL DIRECTLY RECEIVE A GRANT UPON THE APPLICANT'S REQUEST.

The application procedure only involves sending an e-mail to Ms. Noelia Cantero at the e-mail address mentioning the paper information (number, title, and authors), the name of the author to which the scholarship will be provided, and her/his country.

The grant will support the author's travel and accommodation expenses up to maximum amount, subjected to the proper justification of those expenses to the conference organization. The maximum amount will depend on the origin of the beneficiary: 200 euros for Belgians, 500 euros for European, and 1000 euros for non European. In addition, the organization would like to remind that ALL THE PARTICIPANTS' CONFERENCE COSTS ARE COVERED (there is no registration fee and the proceedings, the coffee breaks, and the gala dinner are included).

The scholarship will be paid after the conference, once the attendance of the contributor is confirmed. The requested amount (UP TO THE SPECIFIED LIMIT) will paid by bank transfer after the presentation of the corresponding travel, accommodation, and allowance receipts. There is no need to provide the organization with all the receipts but just with those covering the requested amount. If costs incurred do not reach the maximum established amount for the specific scholarship, the applicant will only be reimbursed for the justified expenses.



Paper submission 1 December 2012 16 December 2012 (final deadline)

Acceptance notification 21 January 2013

Final version due 18 February 2013

Conference 15 -17 May 2013



The conference will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium.

Address: Salle Dupréel, Avenue Jeanne 44, Campus Solbosch, Building S (Sociologie, 1st floor), B-1050 Brussels.



General Co-chairs

Oscar Cordón, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain         

Etienne E. Kerre, Ghent University, Belgium

Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium                    

Li Bai, University of Nottingham, UK

Stefano Cagnoni, University of Parma, Italy                              

Francisco Herrera, University of Granada, Spain

Luca Ascari, Henesis, Italy                                                   

Jürgen Hennig, University of Freiburg, Germany

Program Co-chairs

Sergio Damas, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain

Mike Nachtegael, Ghent University, Belgium

Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Christopher Tench, University of Nottingham, UK

Monica Mordonini, University of Parma, Italy

Rafael Alcalá, University of Granada, Spain

Matteo Sacchi, Henesis, Italy

Stathis Hadjidemetriou, University of Freiburg, Germany

International Program Committee (members already confirmed)

Humberto Bustince, Public University of Navarra, Spain

Jesús Alcalá, University of Granada, Spain

Oliver Colliot, CNRS, France

Angel Sánchez, University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Stephen Smith, University of York, UK

Emre Celebi, LSU Shreveport, USA

Evelyne Lutton, INRIA, France

Kenji Suzuki, University of Chicago, USA

Krzysztof Krawiec, University of Poznan, Poland

Reyer Zwiggelaar, Aberystwyth University, UK

Manuel López Ibáñez, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Leonardo Bocchi, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Christian Borgelt, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain

Marco Montes de Oca, University of Delaware, USA

Gerald Schaefer, Loughborough University, UK

Vitoantonio Bevilaqua, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Mouloud Adel, Universite d'Aix Marseille, France

Matteo Sacchi, Henesis, Italy

Manuel G. Penedo, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

Marina Chukalina, Institute of Microelectronics Technology, Russia

Vic Ciesielski, RMIT University, Australia

José Santos Reyes, University of La Coruña, Spain

Publication Chair

Oscar Ibáñez, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain

Organizing Committee

Thomas Stützle, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Carmen Peña, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain

Jérémie Dubois-Lacoste, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Roberto Morán, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain

Gabriele Valentini, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Oscar Ibáñez, European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain



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