IJCARS—IPCAI 2021 Special Issue: Information Processing for Computer-Assisted Interventions, 12th International Conference 2021—Part 1

Alfred Franz, Orcun Goksel
2021 International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery  
number of scientific papers and the review timelines, the IPCAI 2021 proceedings will span two IJCARS special issues, and Part 1 herein features 16 of the papers to be presented at this year's IPCAI. As in the previous years, IPCAI this year will be held in conjunction with the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) Congress. The contributions will be presented in a mix of pre-recorded videos as well as live summaries and discussion sessions on June 22 and 23. The event will be in a
more » ... ual format due to health and travel restrictions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Starting in 2010, the annual IPCAI meetings have been a leading forum for discussing latest developments in computer assisted interventions (CAI). With a strong emphasis on research and practice, IPCAI focuses on computer-based tools and methodologies to support medical interventions, with the overall objective of enabling precise and safe systems for CAI. The IPCAI community aims to develop and test novel tools for enhanced planning, real-time imaging, guidance, navigation, and visualization, as well as situation awareness, cognition, and training. To promote translational research, the IPCAI meetings seek to showcase scientific work presenting novel theory, technical solutions, clinical applications, and hardware and software systems, as well as their validation. The key topics presented and discussed at IPCAI include (1) image processing and instrumentation for CAI; (2) interventional imaging; (3) surgical data science; (4) robotics; (5) tracking and navigation; (6) planning and simulation; (7) visualization; and (8) system evaluation and validation. What distinguishes IPCAI from several other conferences is that the submitted manuscripts are expected to be of journal quality, with the goal to publish all accepted manuscripts, as in the case of this special issue of IJCARS. Accordingly, a rigorous review process is followed, through which the authors revise and improve their papers similarly to typical journal review processes. Each IPCAI submission has been reviewed by at least three external reviewers, and the final decisions are taken with the feedback and the recommendation of two independent Area Chairs. For any borderline cases, the involvement of and feedback from the IPCAI Board are sought by the Program Chairs. If and when further revisions are deemed necessary, these have been carried out via additional reviewing rounds, further led by the editorial team of the IJCARS, so that the manuscripts meet the stringent quality for journal publication. IPCAI 2021 received 50 full-length manuscript submissions to be considered as Regular Papers. These were notably high-quality submissions, despite the severe impediments one can imagine that the research community has suffered due to the pandemic within the last year. The submissions encompass a wide geographic span, including in order of representation: Europe, North America, Asia, South America, and Africa. After two rounds of reviews, 33 of the submissions have been selected for presentation at IPCAI
doi:10.1007/s11548-021-02401-5 pmid:33990855 fatcat:6jaj3hsk55af7ebipevffcuv3a