MFCA 2015
5th MICCAI workshop on
Mathematical Foundations
of Computational Anatomy


MFCA is a MICCAI workshop devoted to statistical and geometrical methods for modeling the variability of biological shapes. The goal is to foster the interactions between the mathematical community around shapes and the MICCAI community around computational anatomy applications. The workshop aims at being a forum for the exchange of the theoretical ideas and a source of inspiration for new methodological developments in computational anatomy.

Following the

the fifth MFCA workshop will be held in Munich, Germany, Friday October 9th, 2015, in conjunction with MICCAI 2015.


The goal of computational anatomy is to analyze and to statistically model the anatomy of organs in different subjects. Computational anatomic methods are generally based on the extraction of anatomical features or manifolds which are then statistically analyzed, often through a non-linear registration. There are nowadays a growing number of methods that can faithfully deal with the underlying biomechanical behavior of intra-subject deformations. However, it is more difficult to relate the anatomies of different subjects. In the absence of any justified physical model, diffeomorphisms provide the most general mathematical framework that enforce topological consistency. However, working with this infinite dimensional space raises some deep computational and mathematical problems, in particular for doing statistics. Likewise, modeling the variability of surfaces leads to rely on shape spaces that are much more complex than for curves. To cope with these, different methodological and computational frameworks have been proposed (e.g. smooth left-invariant metrics, focus on well-behaved subspaces of diffeomorphisms, modeling surfaces using currents, etc.) The goal of the workshop is to foster interactions between researchers investigating the combination of geometry and statistics in non-linear image and surface registration in the context of computational anatomy from different points of view. A special emphasis will be put on theoretical developments, applications and results being welcomed as illustrations.

Workshop format and topics

The program will be composed of oral presentations selected by the peer-reviewed contributions of the participants. To foster interactions, a large amount of time will be reserved for discussions after each presentation. Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the areas of:
  • Riemannian sub-Riemannian and group theoretical methods
  • Statistical models for manifold-valued data, including surfaces, deformations and shapes
  • Metrics for computational anatomy
  • Statistics of surfaces
  • Time-evolving geometric processes
  • Stratified spaces
  • Optimal transport in registration problems
  • Approximation methods in statistical learning (e.g. variational Bayes, importance sampling, Monte Carlo methods)

Key Dates

  • Paper Submission: June 8, 2015 (11:59 PM Pacific time)
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 17, 2015
  • Camera Ready Paper Submission: August 10th, 2015
  • Workshop: Friday October 9th, 2015.

Paper submission

Authors are invited to submit papers of about 10 to 12 pages in the LNCS format on the MFCA'15 CMT submission portal before the submission deadline. The file format for submissions is Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Other formats will not be accepted. Please create an account on your first login on the CMT system. Papers accepted at the MICCAI conference cannot be submitted. Notice that the workshop submission deadline will be after the MICCAI decision. Double submissions are NOT allowed with any other MICCAI workshop. If you hesitate between several workshops, please contact the workshop chairs beforehand.

Program and Proceedings

Proceedings are available here. The proceedings of the workshop will be available as a collection of open archive papers, along with the proceedings of the previous editions. Selected publications will be invited for a special issue of SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS).

08:30 - 10:30 - Session 1 : diffeomorphisms and matching of densities and shape

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffe break

11:00 - 12:30 - Session 2 : Longitudinal and multivariate analysis on manifolds

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 15:35 - Session 3 : Matching the shape of curves and signals

15:35 - 16:00 - Coffe break

16:00 - 17:30 - Session 3 : Fréchet mean on manifolds and quotient spaces


Follow the instructions at the official Miccai 2015 website to register for this workshop.


Program Committee

  • Stéphanie Allassonière (Ecole Polytechnique, FR)
  • Rachid Deriche (INRIA, FR)
  • Ian Dryden(U. of Nottingham, UK)
  • Aasa Feragen (U. of Copenhagen, DK)
  • Luc Florac(Eindhoven U. of Technology, NL)
  • James Gee (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Guido Gerig (SCI, U. of Utah, USA)
  • Polina Golland (MIT, USA)
  • Darryl Holm (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Susan Holmes (Stanford U., USA)
  • Steve Marron (UNC Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Stephen Marsland (Massey U., NZ)
  • Yoshitaka Masutani (U. of Tokyo Hosp, JP)
  • Michael Miller (Johns Hopkins U., USA)
  • Marc Niethammer (UNC Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Salvador Olmos (U. of Saragossa, SP)
  • Jerry Prince (Johns Hopkins U., USA)
  • Anand Rangarajan (U. of Florida, USA)
  • Daniel Rueckert (Imperial Coll. London, UK)
  • Kaleem Siddiqi (McGill U., CA)
  • Martin Styner (UNC Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Hemant D Tagare (Yale University, USA)
  • Paul Thompson (U. Southern California, USA)
  • Alain Trouvé (ENS Cachan, FR)
  • Carole Twining (U. of Manchester, UK)
  • Baba Vemuri (U. of Florida, USA)
  • Francois Xavier Vialard (Dauphine U., FR)
  • Rene Vidal (Johns Hopkins U., USA)
  • Laurent Younes (Johns Hopkins U., USA)
  • William M. Wells III (MIT & Harvard, USA)