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[p4-feedback] PhD Position - Technology Research Institute b-com - France

Yannick MORVAN Yannick.MORVAN at
Thu Nov 28 00:40:00 PST 2013

[Apologies for cross-posting]

The Technology Research Institute b<>com invites candidates to send
applications for a Ph.D. position.

Making image content explicit is essential with regards to medical
decision (diagnosis, treatment, follow-up), data management and data
secondary use (e.g. for biomedical research and assessment of care
delivery). The notion of structured report addresses such needs, and
is covered in the DICOM standard by the so-called "Structured
reporting" (SR) specification. This specification has been widely used
in the context of CAD (Computer Assisted Detection) to represent the
results of automated image analyses (CAD), but not so much in other
domains, yet.

The goal of this PhD work is to propose, implement and evaluate a
generic framework for representing structured reports of imaging
procedures, based on formal entities and relationships represented in
ontologies. The added value expected from this work is to enable
querying and reasoning on such structured reports, which is not
possible with current DICOM SR reports, because: (1) the DICOM syntax
and query services are not suited to navigation in SR content; (2) the
DICOM SR "tree" (i.e. the relations between information nodes) does
not bear any formal semantics; (3) coding systems in use are not
integrated into a single consistent modeling framework. The work will
rely on previous works in this area, e.g. : DICOM standard, AIM model
(from the CaBIG project), ontologies from the NCBO, RSNA "Radiology
reporting" initiative, as well as specific needs identified in the
B-Com/Isimed project.

The PhD fellowship is funded by b<>com ( which is a
Technology Research Institute located in Brest, Rennes and Lannion
(France).  This PhD thesis will be carried out under the supervision
of B. Gibaud (research associate, INSERM) and located at b<>com in

Expected qualifications:
- Minimum MSc degree
- Programming experience
- Experience with electronic health records, DICOM standards.
- experience on semantic web technologies also welcome (ontologies, RDF/RDFS, OWL)
- Experience in developing medical imaging applications is desirable

Contact: Please send your resume to job at

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