Title:The Promise of Computational Pathology
Date: August 17, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue: Room 121, 1/F, Ho Sin-hang Engineering Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Prof. Nasir Rajpoot
Professor in Computational Pathology
Computer Science Department
Head of Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) Lab
University of Warwick


The emerging discipline of Digital Pathology is poised to change the status quo in pathology practice for the better. The sheer size of multi-gigapixel images produced by digital slide scanners poses interesting technical challenges. On the other hand, the heap of image data linked with associated clinical and genomic data is a potential goldmine of invaluable information, as each image contains information about tens of thousands of cells and their spatial relationships with each other. There is now an appreciation that the practice of pathology can be significantly enhanced by direct involvement of image data scientists specialised in the analysis of information-rich, high-resolution whole-slide images which could be mined for the direct benefit of histological diagnosis and prognosis. I will present some of the recent developments in our group concerning digital pathology image analysis and tissue morphometrics from images of cancerous tissue slides. I will show that morphological motifs extracted from histology image data are likely to lead to novel prognostic data with relevance to personalised medicine. I will then discuss some of the main challenges in digital pathology and opportunities for exploring new unchartered territories.



Nasir Rajpoot is Professor in Computational Pathology at the Computer Science department of the University of Warwick, where he started his academic career as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2001. He also holds an Honorary Scientist position at the Department of Pathology, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust since 2016. Prof Rajpoot is the founding Head of Tissue Image Anayltics lab (formerly known as the BioImage Analysis or BIA lab) at Warwick since 2012. In Autumn 2017, he was awarded the Wolfson Fellowship by the UK Royal Society and the Turing Fellowship by the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Current focus of research in Prof Rajpoot’s lab is on developing algorithms for the analysis of large multi-gigapixel digital pathology images, with applications to computer-assisted grading of cancer and image-based markers for prediction of cancer progression and survival. Prof Rajpoot has been active in the digital pathology community for almost a decade now, having co-chaired several meetings in the histology image analysis (HIMA) series since 2008 and served as a founding PC member of the SPIE Digital Pathology meeting since 2012. He was the General Chair of the UK Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA) conference in 2010, and the Technical Chair of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) in 2007. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of the ACM, the British Association of Cancer Research (BACR), the European Association of Cancer Research (EACR), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Prof Rajpoot will be chairing the European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP) at Warwick in 2019.


Enquiries: Ms. Crystal Tam at tel. 3943 8439

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