ISIC Skin Image Analysis Workshop and Challenge @ MICCAI 2018

Hosted by the International Skin Imaging Collaboration (ISIC)

NEW: Program Schedule now posted.

Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and is the first area of assessment performed by any clinical staff when a patient is seen, as it delivers numerous insights into a patient’s underlying health. For example, cardiac function, liver function, immune function, and physical injuries can be assessed by examining the skin. In addition, dermatologic complaints are also among the most prevalent in primary care [1].  Images of the skin are the most easily captured form of medical image in healthcare, and the domain shares qualities to other standard computer vision datasets, serving as a natural bridge between standard computer vision tasks and medical applications.

This workshop will serve as a venue to facilitate advancements and knowledge dissemination in the field of skin image analysis, as well as host a melanoma detection challenge, raising awareness and interest for these socially valuable tasks. Invited speakers include (confirmed) major influencers in computer vision and skin imaging, top ranked participants of the hosted challenge, and accepted papers on skin image analysis.

Topics of manuscript submissions may include:

  • Deep Learning for Dermatology
  • Computer Vision for Dermatology
  • Dermoscopic Image Analysis
  • Consumer-Grade Photograph Analysis
  • Video Analysis
  • Video or Image Processing
  • Total-Body Photography
  • Confocal Microscopy Analysis
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Analysis
  • Skin Histopathological Image Analysis
  • Other Imaging Modalities Related to Skin
  • Interpretable or Explainable AI Related to Skin Image Analysis

The workshop will give out a "Best Paper" award (with $2,500 prize), as well as awards and prizes to winners of the associated challenge.

Paper Submissions System (Author Information and Template)

[1] Lowell BA, et al. “Dermatology in primary care: Prevalence and patient disposition" In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), vol. 45, no. 2. 2001.

Invited Speakers

This workshop will feature several prominent names in the field of skin image analysis, including:

Olivier Gevaert Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR), Stanford University.
Josep Malvehy Dermatology Department, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Spain
Rafael Garcia Computer Vision and Robotics Institute, University of Girona, Spain
Tracy Petrie The resident computer scientist in the Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University. His principal responsibility is to oversee OHSU’s MoleMapper project.
Gabriela Oana Cula Research Associate Director at Johnson and Johnson.

Important Dates

This workshop will feature presentations from both submitted papers and challenge participants.

April 2nd, 2018: Challenge Training Data Release
June 30th, 2018: Workshop Paper Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EDT
July 9th, 2018: Challenge Validation and Test Data Release
July 27th, 2018: Challenge Submission Deadline
Sept 20th, 2018: Workshop day, Room Albeniz

Paper Submission

For paper submissions, MICCAI manuscript rules are followed: 8 pages, double-blind review, supplemental material optional.

Paper Submissions System (Author Information and Template).

ISIC Challenge

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. While skin cancer is amenable to early detection by direct inspection, visual similarity with benign lesions makes the task difficult. The challenge hosted in conjunction with this workshop will be the newest instance of the largest challenge in the community for automated skin cancer recognition, hosted by the International Skin Imaging Collaboration (ISIC). The goal of the challenge is to develop methods for segmentation, clinical attribute detection, and disease classification in dermoscopic images.

In conjunction with the machine learning challenge, we will conduct a large reader study focused on disease diagnosis, orchestrated by the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS). The study is anticipated to provide human diagnostic accuracy data for hundreds of images from the test set, collected from hundreds of clinician participants worldwide. The data will be made available, stratified by years of clinical experience and geography. This data will serve as a baseline to compare the diagnostic performance of machine learning algorithms to clinical experts of varying skill.

The ISIC 2018 Challenge incorporates three independent sub-tasks:

Task 1: Lesion Boundary Segmentation

Predict lesion segmentation masks from dermoscopic images. Approximately 2600 images for training, 100 for validation, 1000 for test. $2,500 prize for top performing algorithm.

Task 2: Lesion Attribute Detection

Classify and localize clinical dermoscopic attribute patterns as binary masks. Categories include "network", "negative network", "streaks", "milia-like cysts", "dots and globules". Approximately 2600 images for training, 100 for validation, 1000 for test. $2,500 prize for top performing algorithm.

Task 3: Disease Classification

Classify disease categories for dermoscopic images. Possible disease states are "Melanoma", "Melanocytic nevus", "Basal cell carcinoma", "Actinic keratosis / Bowen’s disease (intraepithelial carcinoma)", "Benign keratosis (solar lentigo / seborrheic keratosis / lichen planus-like keratosis)", "Dermatofibroma", and "Vascular lesion". Approximately 10,000 images provided for training, 200 for validation, 1500 for test. $2,500 prize for top performing algorithm.

Full information, including data download links, is available at the Challenge Website.

Program Schedule

Location: Granada Conference Center – Seminar Room 3-4-5 (Level 1)

9:30 AM: Opening Remarks - Emre Celebi
9:40 AM: Overview of Challenge Tasks, Evaluation Protocol, and Top Results - Brian Helba & Philipp Tschandl
10:00 AM: Challenge Participants Oral Seminar Session, Part 1
Chair: Philipp Tschandl
  • 10:00 AM: Task 1 – Feng Mengling ‘Mornin’, Du Hao
    Team HolidayBurned, NUS-Mornin-Group, National University of Singapore
    "Deep ensemble CNN-CRF model for Lesion Boundary Segmentation"
  • 10:15 AM: Task 1 – Team MTLab
  • 10:30 AM: Task 2 – Navid Alemi Koohbanani
  • 10:45 AM: Task 2 – Eric Chen
    Team Mammoth
    "Lesion Attributes Segmentation For Melanoma Detection With Deep Learning"
11:00 AM: Coffee Break
11:30 AM: Challenge Participants Oral Seminar Session, Part 2
Chair: Brian Helba
12:00 PM: Invited Talk #1 – Josep Malvehy / Rafael Garcia
"The role of total body photography for skin cancer detection"
12:30 PM: Invited Talk #2 – Olivier Gevaert
1:00 PM: Invited Talk #3 – Tracy Petrie
"Challenges Beyond the Challenge: Some Real World Considerations"
1:30 PM: Lunch Break
3:00 PM: Invited Talk #4 – Gabriela Oana Cula
Research Associate Director at Johnson and Johnson.
"A Triangulated Approach to Skin Understanding: Biophysics, Appearance, Perception"
3:30 PM: Paper Submissions Oral Seminar Session, Part 1
Chair: Kivanc Kose
  • 3:30 PM: "Skin Lesion Synthesis with Generative Adversarial Networks" – Alceu Bissoto, et al.
  • 3:45 PM: "Generating Highly Realistic Images of Skin Lesions with GANs" – Christoph Baur, et al.
  • 4:00 PM: "Data Augmentation for Skin Lesion Analysis" – Fabio Perez, et al
  • 4:15 PM: "Deeply Supervised Rotation Equivariant Network for Lesion Segmentation in Dermoscopy Images" – Xiaomeng Li, et al.
4:30 PM: Coffee Break
5:00 PM: Paper Submissions Oral Seminar Session, Part 2
Chair: Emre Celebi
  • 5:00 PM: "Skin Image Analysis for Erythema Migrans Detection and Automated Lyme Disease Referral" – P. Burlina, et al.
  • 5:15 PM: "A Hyperspectral Dermoscopy Dataset for Melanoma Detection" – Yanyang Gu, et al.
  • 5:30 PM: "A Multi-task Framework for Skin Lesion Detection and Segmentation" – Sulaiman Vesal, et al.
  • 5:45 PM: "A Structure-aware Convolutional Neural Network for Skin Lesion Classification" – Kevin Thandiackal, et al.
Online (to be posted soon): Paper Submissions Oral Seminar Session, Part 3
  • "Severity assessment of psoriatic plaques using deep CNN based Ordinal classification" – Anabik Pal, et al.
  • "A Deep Residual Architecture for Skin Lesion Segmentation" – Venkatesh G M, et al.
6:00 PM: Best Paper Award - Emre Celebi
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