ToScA North America
Chair: Dr Farah Ahmed (NHM, UK)
Co-chair: Dr Jessie Maisano (University of Texas at Austin)
For the first time, a ToScA symposium will take place in Austin, Texas, bringing together the North American tomography community. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (UTCT) and the Jackson School of Geosciences.
Presentations will address hard and soft tissue imaging, understanding materials in 3D, recent advances in hardware and software, and a broad range of applications in tomography.
As in the UK, this symposium will include pre-conference hands-on software workshops, keynote speakers, student talks and poster presentations, and an image competition. The meeting provides an opportunity for open discussions, networking with researchers and commercial industry representatives, and a platform to engage in collaborations.
Image Competition Submission is still open! Submit your Image below.
Registration is now open
The full programme with timings will be available shortly.
The meeting is due to start at 09.00 on 7th June and finish at 16.30 on 8th June.
A list of presentations can be seen below.
Session 1: Data (Ownership, Repurposing, Management)
Timothy Rowe (keynote) - Title TBC
Julia Winchester - MorphoSource: A Virtual Museum and Digital Repository for 3D Specimen Data
Christopher Landry - Exemplifying Digital Rocks Portal data management, visualization and simulation apability through a rough fracture permeability study
Session 2: Forensics
John Kappelman - Solving a Very Old, Very Cold Case? Perimortem fractures in the famous fossil Lucy suggest that a high-energy impact event was responsible for her death
Deborah Cunningham - The use of industrial CT in forensic anthropology
Session 3: Geological Science
Richard Ketcham - Petrography in 3D: Why isn’t everybody doing it?
Ryan Zeigler - The Astromaterials X-Ray Computed Tomography Laboratory at Johnson Space Center
Stephen Gatesy - CT imaging of dinosaur footprints: hidden topography and the origin of track diversity
Selena Smith - Utility of microCT for studying the fossil record of plants
Xiongyu Chen - Pore-scale X-ray CT Imaging of Xenon Hydrate in Unconsolidated Porous Media
James Sprinkle - CT Scanning of Deformed and Folded Cyclocystoids (Echinodermata) in Siderite Concretions from the Middle Ordovician of Morocco
Kelly Matsunaga - Using X-ray tomography to visualize Late-Cretaceous–early Paleogene plants of India
Emily Cooperdock - Improved grain screening and measurement using X-Ray Computed Tomography: Applications to (U-Th)/He chronology
Session 4: Increasing Contrast
Larry Witmer (keynote) - Title TBC
Stuart Stock - Tomography with energy dispersive x-ray diffraction
Amin Garbout - High-resolution X-ray phase-contrast tomography of in vivo plant roots using contrast agent
Edward Stanley - Contrast Enhanced CT as a method for identifying and quantifying parasites in invasive Anoles
Timothy Ryan - Three-dimensional visualization of the embryonic murine chondrocranium using contrast-enhanced microCT
Session 5: Materials Science
James Lewicki - Probing the microstructure of 3D-printed Carbon Fiber Composites
Omoefe Kio - Materials Science Applications of X-ray and Neutron Interferometry/Tomography
Andre Beerlink (Yxlon) - The New Generation of YXLON's Smart Laboratory CT Devices Enabling High Precision and Maximum User Friendliness”
Session 6: Educational Outreach
Adrienne Witzel - eAnthro: Community engagement in developing online learning resources
David Dufeau - 3D visualization in medical-student training
Session 7: Medical and Biological Science
Keith Duncan - X-ray Computed Tomography to Quantify Above- and Belowground Structures for an Integrated Understanding of Plant Form and Function
Rebecca Summerfield - Using Micro-CT to unravel past bleaching events of Chagossian corals
Mike Polcyn - Title TBC
Lauren Conroy - Impact and Potential of Computed-Tomography in Paleontology & Archeology
Casey Holliday - 3D approaches to understanding 4D problems in Vertebrate Biomechanics and Evolution
Session 8: Multi-Modal Imaging
Steve Gatesy - XROMM: a dynamic perspective on skeletal form
Elizabeth Ferrer - Combination of diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography with measuring biodistribution and kinetics of 18F-FDG in extant birds: implications on the evolution of the avian brain
Stuart Stock - MicroComputed Tomography and x-ray diffraction of intact archeological human second metacarpal bones as a function of individuals’ age at death
Erika Blumenfeld - 3D Virtual Astromaterials Samples: Combining High-Resolution Precision Photography and X-ray Computed Tomography to Create Research-Grade 3D Models of NASA’s Apollo Lunar Samples and Antarctic Meteorite Samples for Curation, Research, and Education
Submit your best tomography image to the ToScA North America Image Competition
Deadline Date: 1 May 2017
The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is 80 miles away (~1.5 hour drive).
From the airport there are several transportation options to get you to your hotel:
Capital Metro (https://www.capmetro.org/) has an Airport Flyer with limited stops that terminates on campus
Super Shuttle (https://www.supershuttle.com/) provides door-to-door service
Taxis are also readily available
*Austin does not have Uber or Lyft*; other available ridesharing services include Fasten (https://fasten.com/) and RideAustin (http://www.rideaustin.com/)
Your local host is the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (http://www.ctlab.geo.utexas.edu/) and the Jackson School of Geosciences (http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/about/). The meeting will take place on the beautiful UT campus, just steps away from the Texas State Capitol.
The following Hotels are nearby to or a short bus ride from the symposium venue.
The Symposium Banquet will take place on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin aboard the M.V. Pride and Joy II. Enjoy Texas BBQ while watching the world's largest urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge! The link for Capitol Cruises is www.capitalcruises.com/.
Registration to ToScA North America includes attendance to the meeting, refreshments and lunches on 7 and 8 June and a ticket to the Symposium Banquet on 7 June.
If you select registration including ToScA membership, you are entitled to attend the workshops on 6 June for free.
Registration is now open.
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Standard Registration + ToScA/RMS Membership (incl. free workshops)
Student Registration + ToScA/RMS Membership (incl. free workshops)
Existing ToScA Standard Member rate (incl. free workshops)
All fee shown above include State Tax.
*Once you have completed your registration to attend ToScA Texas, you will be sent further details on completing your membership application.
** Please note, these rates are available only to those who have already signed up for ToScA membership and have completed and returned a membership application form. This rate does not include ToScA membership.
Pre- conference workshops will be held on 6 June 2017.
The topics for the workshops will be as follows:
VGStudio MAX 3.0 - Workshop
This 1/2 day workshop will introduce CT data analysis and visualisation using VGStudio MAX. VG will present selected features of special interest for the scientific community for precise and fast analysis of voxel data:
•quantitative analysis options
•advanced visualization techniques
VGStudio MAX enables the effective extraction of information from data sets. During the workshop, you can use data provided by VG or your own tomography data, which may be acquired by laboratory X-ray CT, a synchrotron, with neutrons or another source. VG experts will be on-site to answer questions.
Duration: 2:30 h
Pore network modelling using Avizo - Workshop
Participants will be offered the chance to try a new series of features for extending analyses performed on porous materials.
Avizo currently offers advanced quantification features for computing volumes on each porosity individually, including surfaces, shape characteristics, orientations, distance to the surface of the object, and distance to the nearest neighbor.
The software’s new features allow the study of the porous network as a whole. This extension simplifies the representation of the pores and the pore throats in the network. It enables filtering of the pores based on various criteria, along with the computation of measures such as permeability or tortuosity. During the workshop, participants will use Avizo to perform a full analysis of porous material.
Duration: 2:30 h
Tomas Silva Santisteban
Thermo Fisher Scientific (formerly FEI)
Tomas Silva Santisteban was heavily involved in the design & development of microfluidic chip-systems during his PhD research at the University of Freiburg in Germany while also working on 3D cellular imaging and image processing before joining Thermo Fisher Scientific. Currently, he is working as an Amira and Avizo expert engineer developing solutions with users for their 3D analysis challenges. He enjoys training new users in visualizing and analyzing their data with Amira and Avizo, and thereby also helping researchers make an impact in their respective fields.
Dr Jessie Maisano
University of Texas
Dr Farah Ahmed
Natural History Museum
University of Texas
Steve Gatesy is a paleontologist and morphologist interested in the evolution of vertebrate locomotion. By combining biomechanical analyses of living animals with fossil bones and footprints, he explores functional transitions in dinosaur bipedality and the origin of bird flight. For the last 20 years he has embraced animation software to study animal motion, culminating in X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM). Co-developed with colleagues at Brown University, XROMM merges CT-based bone models with pairs of X-ray videos to visualize and measure 3-D skeletal movement with unprecedented accuracy and precision. XROMM data offer an anatomically-detailed look inside diverse taxa—a dynamic lens through which to view skeletal form.
Lawrence M. Witmer is Professor of Anatomy at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, as well as the Chang Professor of Paleontology and an OU Presidential Research Scholar. He received degrees from Cornell University, the University of Kansas, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Witmer and his team are known for “fleshing out” dinosaurs and their kin with the soft tissues not normally preserved in fossils. Witmer combines classical anatomical approaches (such as dissection) with high-tech CT scanning and CGI to restore key soft-tissue systems such as the brain, eye, nose, ears, muscles, and blood vessels to shed light on dinosaur behavior and physiology. Witmer has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, and has published articles in Science, Nature, and other technical journals. He has appeared on dozens of internationally televised documentaries, as well as commenting on CNN, NPR, and other national media. WitmerLab has a significant presence on social media.
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