Toward more effective dose control in electronic brachytherapy

A dosimetric reference was developed to more effectively control doses administered to breast cancer patients receiving electronic brachytherapy treatment.

The use of intraoperative electronic brachytherapy to treat breast cancer is on the rise. The treatment presents a number of benefits, especially in terms of patient comfort and cost. The INTRABEAM® system by Zeiss is the only system used in France, where it is available in around a dozen hospitals.

The system uses low-energy X-rays generated by miniature tubes whose ends are fitted with sphere-shaped applicators sized to fit the surgical cavity left after the tumor is removed. The device delivers targeted, localized radiation.

On the recommendation of the French National Authority for Health, LNHB, France's national metrology laboratory for ionizing radiation and a laboratory of member CEA-LIST, established a dosimetric reference for the INTRABEAM® system independent of the reference provided by the manufacturer. The researchers used a conventional X-ray generator to reproduce the beam emitted by the system's source associated with a sphere-shaped applicator. The dose delivered by the beam was measured, and it can now be used to calibrate detectors, in turn enabling hospital staff to calibrate the source used in treatment.

The reference established must now be compared with the reference of another metrology lab for validation. This new method for controlling the dose administered to patients could then be used for other existing intraoperative radiotherapy systems (Xoft Axxent System, Esteya, SRT-100 TM, Papillon, etc.).

3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference (CGAIC)

CGAIC will bring together the best of AI industry in Zhuhai

The 3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference (CGAIC) is about to take place on 15-17 September 2018 in Zhuhai, China. The conference will bring together German and Chinese representatives from industry, academia, media, public authorities as well as investors to explore and discuss opportunities and challenges related to smart robots, big data, machine vision and smart manufacturing. At the conference, many valuable tech start-ups will present their brands, get media coverage and the opportunity to attract investment. Furthermore, the conference will be covered by 250 newspapers, magazines, radios, TV programs and websites across the world.

An important objective of this conference is to offer networking opportunities and foster debate among the participants. It is an annual event jointly hosted by 4DAGE Technology and China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Institute (CGAII),'s newest member, under the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy of Germany and the Zhuhai government. Looking back on last two years, the first and second CGAIC have received very positive response, with more than 1.000 attendees. The upcoming 3rd CGAIC is expected to join even more attendees, serving as a leading platform for entrepreneurs and researchers from China, Germany and other western countries to join forces and push the limits of AI even further.

One of the key conference highlights will be the opening plenary session. It will host the signing ceremony for the establishment of the National Association of AI Unicorns and the launch of the White Paper on the Development of AI Industry in China. Attendees will be able to listen to speakers’ economic, political and commercial perspectives on AI. This year the conference will invite dozens of AI unicorns to share their views and introduce their technologies and products.

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Technology cooperation and exchange - a case study

Vicomtech and DFKI have successfully implemented a model for technology cooperation and exchange on the 3D Object Tracker SDK Technology from the Augmented Vision Department of DFKI (see 

Augmented Reality is a well-known technology since decades, but still the Quality of Experience (QoE) is not optimal for widespread industrial use. DFKI has developed a world-class technology for very accurate 3D Object Tracking. This is a key enabler for the seamless integration of virtual 3D Models in a Real scene, fixing the virtual 3D model to the real object in an extremely robust way, thus avoiding the jitter and loss of synchronisation between both. These results have been already published and demonstrated in the best conferences and journals  (such as ISMAR-17 and MDPI Computers 2018). 

Vicomtech identified the potential of this technology, and decided to work in a cooperation agreement with DFKI for Technology Cooperation in this Technology Asset. This agreement includes the seamless integration of this Asset for demonstration purposes, addition of other integration layers for  integral solutions,  and special conditions for licensing and usage in case of industrial of cooperative projects with third parties. workshop in Saclay, Paris

Recently, organized a network internal workshop at the premises of one of its partners, CEA-LIST, at Saclay, close to Paris.

The workshop was attended by 9 researchers and other staff elements from members CEA-LIST, DFKI, CCG, Vicomtech and HHI, and from it followed up on the annual cooperation workshop held in September last year where 6 innovative project concepts were elaborated by the participants.

The purpose of this workshop was to detail 2 of the aforementioned ideas, with regard to advanced technology for surgery, and specifically targeting open and upcoming H2020 calls for proposals.