Open Hands-on Workshop on The Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK and Simple ITK)

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 5:00pm


ITK and Simple ITK is a widely used free and open-source, cross-platform software toolkit that provides an extensive suite of software tools for biomedical image analysis, especially segmentation and registration. Developed using extreme programming methodologies, ITK and Simple ITK and Simple ITK employs leading-edge algorithms for registering and segmenting multidimensional data.  ITK and Simple ITK is generally useful across many scientific and engineering disciplines because of its supported for advanced data structures such as N-dimensional images and meshes with analysis in physical space coordinates.  The toolkit performs parallel processing and streamed pipeline analysis so it can operate on large datasets such as those encountered in microscopy.

Luis Ibanez, Matt McCormick, and Xiaoxiao Liu from Kitware, Inc. will join local ITK and Simple ITK experts Hans Johnson, Kent Williams, David Welch, to conduct a hands-on workshop on ITK and Simple ITK at the University of Iowa. The interactive portion of this workshop will include an introduction to ITK, Simple ITK and Python, with hands-on exercises on advanced image filtering, segmentation, and registration. A free USB thumb drive will be provided with all necessary software.

The first hour (10am – 11am) will provide an ITK and Simple ITK overview for those who cannot attend the whole workshop. The rest of the workshop will be a hands-on learning experience.  

This workshop is appropriate for scientific programmers, especially image analysts, who are interested in learning about ITK and Simple ITK and ways to use it in their work.


10:00  Introduction to ITK and Virtual Machine Setup, Introduction to SimpleITK

10:45  Break and VM Troubleshooting

11:00  Gentle Introduction to Python and SimpleITK through Example

12:00  Lunch

13:00  Advanced Image Processing

14:00  Levelsets to Segment Microscopy Cells

15:00  MRI Brain Registration

16:00  How to Contribute in the ITK Community

17:00  Conclude

Cost & registration: Free. Advance registration requested to help us make better arrangements. Directions to the venue will be provided upon registration. Please fill out the registration form at: or email Daniel Langstraat at:

What to bring: Bring a laptop with VirtualBox installed ( if you plan to attend the hands-on activities.

Sponsored by: The National Institutes of Health-National Library of Medicine (NIH-NLM), Kitware, Inc., The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, and The University of Iowa, Department of Psychiatry.

Event Location: 

3505 Seaman Center, The University of Iowa