Special Session


Applications of Machine Learning in Radiotherapy


The Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA’08)


December 11-13, 2008 – San Diego, California, USA


Radiotherapy for cancer patients involves the use of radiation beams such as x-rasy to kill cancer cells while sparing nearby normal tissues. Computational techniques such as Machine Learning (ML) have been increasingly used in radiotherapy to help accurately localize the tumors in images, precisely target the radiation to the tumors, analyze treatment outcomes, and improve treatment quality and patient safety, etc. This session aims to provide a platform to present and discuss recent advancements in the application of ML methods in the radiotherapy field.


Papers are sought on applications of machine learning to various radiotherapy fields that include, but are not limited to:

­        Image guided radiotherapy

­        Medical image segmentation and analysis

­        Machine learning to support diagnosis

­        Analysis and prediction of anatomical motion

­        Respiratory gating

­        Treatment outcome analysis

­        Risk factor analysis

­        Treatment quality assurance



Regular Research Papers due                           June 15, 2008   July 15, 2008

Notification of acceptance                                           September 1, 2008

Camera-ready papers & Pre-registration                      October 1, 2008

The ICMLA Conference                                              December 11-13, 2008


The special session will be held as a part of the ICMLA’08 conference. The authors should submit papers directly through the main conference submission engine (https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/ICMLA2008/Default.aspx). Papers must correspond to the requirements detailed in the instructions to authors, which are placed on the ICMLA'08 conference web site. All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors to be published in the conference proceeding.


Selected best papers accepted for the special session will be invited for publication in a special issue of a major international journal. Invited authors will be asked to extend the papers to accommodate for the requirements of the journal. We anticipate that the issue will include total of 6-8 papers.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to direct your questions to the special session organizers:


Ø      Dr. Steve Jiang (sbjiang@ucsd.edu), University of California, San Diego

Ø      Dr. Martin Murphy (mjmurphy@vcu.edu), Virginia Commonwealth University


Program Committee:

Ø      Dr. Steve Jiang, University of California, San Diego

Ø      Dr. Martin Murphy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ø      Dr. Jennifer Dy, Northeastern University

Ø      Dr. Steve Webb, Institute of Cancer Research, University of London

Ø      Dr. Shiva K Das, Duke University

Ø      Dr. Issam El Naqa, Washington University

Ø      Dr. Richard Radke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute