EG2005 Medical Prize competition will be launched at Eurographics 2004

Grenoble 12 August 2004At Eurographics 2004, the Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics, to be held in Grenoble, France, from August 30 to September 3, 2004, Professor Nigel W. John from the School of Informatics at the University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom will be launching the EG2005 Medical Prize competition.


The Eurographics Association organises a biannual competition to acknowledge the contribution that computer graphics is playing in the medical field, and to encourage further development. Submissions for the EG2005 Medical Prize are being invited from researchers and developers who can demonstrate that a particular benefit has resulted from the use of computer graphics technology in a medical application that they have produced. Examples of entries could include the use of new medical visualization techniques, virtual environments and augmented reality.

The winner of the EG2005 Medical Prize will receive a total prize of 500 euro. The judging panel will select the winning entry on the basis of its clinical value, use made of computer graphics, and novelty.

The submission must include details of all the authors and a one page description of the medical application describing how it is making use of computer graphics. Participants should emphasise what is novel about their use of computer graphics, and where possible, provide evidence of the added value that their application provides.

In addition, at least one the following must be included:

  • images from the application showing computer generated graphics;
  • a movie file of the application in use;
  • a runnable executable to demonstrate the application.
Both academic and commercial organisations are welcome to participate. The submission deadline is June 30th 2005.

The judges panel includes:

  • A representative from Immersion Medical
  • W. LeRoy Heinrichs, Professor (Emeritus, Active and Past) Chair of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Stanford Medical School, USA
  • Frans A. Gerritsen, Director Research and Advanced Development, Medical Imaging Information Technology, Philips Medical Systems
  • Frits H. Post, Delft University, The Netherlands
  • Nigel W. John, Professor of Computing, University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom

Participants are invited to package their submission in a zip file or compressed tar file. Their contribution has to be e-mailed to with "EG2005 Medical Prize Entry" in the subject field of the e-mail message. Alternatively, participants are also allowed to send instructions on how to download their entry by ftp. All entries will be acknowledged.

For examples of the work that has previously been entered into this competition, you can visit the pages of the EG2003 Medical Prize.

Winner of the EG2003 Medical Prize was the Augmented Reality based Liver Surgery Planning system, developed by a team consisting of Alexander Bornik, Reinhard Beichel, Bernhard Reitinger, and Franz Leberl from the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz University of Technology, Austria; Erich Sorantin from the Department of Radiology, University Hospital Graz, Austria; Georg Werkgartner from the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Graz, Austria; and Milan Sonka from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Iowa, USA. For a report on their contribution, please consult the VMW October 2003 article Liverplanner from Austrian research team wins EG2003 Medical Prize at Eurographics 2003

Nigel W. John, EG2005 Medical Prize Organiser

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