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12 December 2004, 04:39 PM

DC_SIGGRAPH Special Event: Dinner With the Pros

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Season’s Greetings! DC_SIGGRAPH would like to wish its members Happy Holidays and announce a special event to send out the year!

Please join us on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 from 6:30 to 9 pm for an informal gathering over pizza and refreshments to meet Steve Pieper, a Computer Scientist in the biomedical field. Modern biomedical imaging techniques generate high resolution 3D models of living human brains that allow measurement of anatomy to sub-millimeter accuracy, delineation of the neural fibers connecting different brain regions, and even maps of brain activation patterns in response to external stimuli, memory, and cognitive processing.

Steve will describe how significant computational effort can be devoted to generating these integrated models for individual patients as part of the planning and performance of image guided neurosurgery. In addition, these same detailed brain models can be constructed for large populations of individuals in order to investigate the structural, connectivity, and functional impact of diseases like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and clinical depression. Capturing the sometimes-subtle effects of these neurodegenerative conditions requires the statistical power of multi-site clinical trials and therefore demands an informatics infrastructure supporting image calibration, analysis tool interoperability, and a scalable data management and computing environment. Steve will present case studies in these areas and describe how interactive computer graphics tools are a critical element in advancing basic and applied medical science.

Please note, the meeting will start a half hour earlier (at 6:30pm). Steve will present from 6:30 to 7:30pm. After his presentation we will view one of the Animation Screening Room DVDs. To ensure there are enough refreshments, an RSVP is required for this event. Please RSVP to

This event will be held at BAE systems. BAE is located at 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, McLean, VA 22102. Directions to BAE Systems can be found at:

After the meeting, we can walk next door to the Holiday Inn for continued networking and thirst quenching.

DC_SIGGRAPH is the Washington D.C. Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. ACM SIGGRAPH is dedicated to the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. We are a membership organization that values passion, integrity, excellence, volunteerism, and cross-disciplinary interaction in all of our activities. For more information on ACM SIGGRAPH go to: .

For more information on the local Washington D.C Chapter, go to The information regarding this meeting is also posted on our website.


Steve Pieper, Ph.D. is a Computer Scientist with a long-time interest in applying Computer Graphics to problems in Medical Imaging, Surgical Planning, and Biomechanical Simulation expressed through entrepreneurship and academic research. Under Dr. Pieper's direction, Isomics, Inc. collaborates extensively with the Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL - at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. At the SPL, Dr. Pieper is the Co-PI on several NIH grants and participates in research funded by NSF and DARPA. Through his participation in the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN -, he directs the SPL's efforts in both structural and functional imaging software development as part of a nationwide effort to build a research informatics infrastructure for multi-site clinical trials. And he is a site PI for Application Development and Dissemination in the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC -, a National Center for Biomedical Computing, sponsored by the NIH as part of its Roadmap program. He has also taken on responsibility for the ongoing development and maintenance of the 3D Slicer (, the SPL's flagship software system. Dr. Pieper received a bachelors degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab. He has served on the faculty of Engineering at Dartmouth College and has taught of Computer Science and Computer Graphics at Berkeley and MIT. He has been a founder of medical imaging companies where he has held senior executive and technical positions.

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