Seminar: Mini-Conference on Inverse Problems in Imaging

Administrative information

Seminar course for Bachelor students (IN0014) and Master students (IN2107).

  • Organizers: Kerstin Hammernik, Tobias Lasser
  • Sessions: most of the course takes place online, combined with mandatory in-person sessions:
    • Introduction, lectures on scientific writing, publishing a paper
      • October 20, 2022, 10:00 - 12:00, MIBE seminar room (1.211, Boltzmannstr. 11)
    • Mini-Conference: talks, award ceremony
      • January 19 and 20, 2023, 9:00 to 12:00, MIBE auditorium (E.126, Boltzmannstr. 11)
  • Course language: English


The seminar is open to all students of Informatics, Mathematics, Physics and related fields.
The number of students is limited to 24.

Registration is now closed.

Course overview

This seminar course simulates a scientific conference in miniature format, with students acting as both authors and reviewers. Students will have to write short summary papers on the topic of the conference, review their fellow students' papers in a double-blind review phase including a rebuttal phase, and ultimately present their final papers in oral presentations in a mini-conference format at the end of the course.

The mini-conference covers inverse problems in imaging. Inverse problems are found in many areas of computer vision and medical imaging. Medical imaging modalities such as X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are a mainstay in medical diagnostics. However, solving their inverse problem is still an ongoing topic of research. With goals such as higher image quality for better diagnostics, reduced radiation dose in CT or reduced measurement times in MRI, there are many promising modern techniques, such as deep learning, that are subject of active research today.

Course modalities

The seminar course will take place entirely during the lecture period of the winter term 2022/23, starting with the introductory session on Oct. 20, 2022, and ending with the mini-conference on January 19 and 20, 2023. In the in-person introductory session, students will receive an introduction to the structure of scientific conferences as well as to scientific writing. Students will then choose among suggested recent scientific papers on inverse problems in imaging. The final paper will be assigned by the course organizers. Within a month, students have to produce a scientific paper summarizing the contributions of the assigned paper. Over the next few weeks, the students will review each others contributions in a double-blind process, followed by a rebuttal phase. Finally, after preparation of the final version of the papers, students will present their work as an oral presentation in an in-person mini-conference, including an award for the best presentation and best paper, on January 19 and 20, 2023.

Aims of the course

First, students will learn about how scientific conferences and double-blind review processes are typically organized. They will experience these processes first-hand, and will also experience oral presentations in a simulated mini conference format.

Second, students will practice reading and understanding of scientific papers, as well as formulating their own scientific summary paper based on published current research. Also, students will have the chance to give and receive feedback on their and other students' work anonymously.


Some basic knowledge of inverse problems and imaging is advantageous. Interest and motivation for scientific writing and the process of a scientific conference is recommended.


  • Oct. 20, 2022: introductory session (attendance mandatory)
  • Nov. 20, 2022: paper submission deadline
  • Nov. 22 to Dec. 4, 2022: review period
  • Dec. 6, 2022: reviews released to authors
  • Dec. 6 to 18, 2022: rebuttal period
  • Jan. 8, 2023: camera-ready paper deadline
  • Jan. 17, 2023: talk submission
  • Jan. 19/20, 2023: mini conference (attendance mandatory)