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Collaborative Computational Project in Tomographic Imaging (CCPi)

CCPi aims to provide the UK tomography community with a toolbox of algorithms that increases the quality and level of information that can be extracted by computer tomography. Currently chaired by Prof Philip Withers (Manchester University) and co-ordinated by staff in the Scientific Computing Department of STFC (at Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories), it is led by a working group of experimental and theoretical academics with links to the Diamond Light Source and Industry.

The remit of CCPi is to bring together the imaging community, maximise return on investment in software development and ensure longevity, sustainability and re-use of code. In particular it will

  • establish a framework (toolbox) within which different reconstruction algorithms, artefact reduction codes, and image analysis procedures are made available to all
  • provide practical versions of emerging reconstruction tools (e.g. iterative algorithms; discrete tomography, local tomography) leading to significant improvements in the fidelity of reconstructions
  • develop fast new parallel implementations of existing software to run on central and local (accelerator based and heterogeneous) hardware
  • ensure professional standards of code writing and documentation
  • train and support the community in the application of reconstruction and analysis tools
  • interface with/outreach to a wide user base
  • draw in mathematicians working on imaging and make their advances available to a wider community
  • interface with instrument developers to ensure that reconstruction algorithms can be applied to data acquired on their x-ray systems
  • help to define a metadata standard for X-ray projection data to aid data sharing & analysis
  • translate algorithms in from, and out to, cognate imaging modalities (TEM, PET, etc).
  • Seek to establish relevant links and funding from complementary sources (e.g. BBSRC and MRC)

News: Visitors Programme - still available

Proposals are invited for two International Imaging Fellows from members of the network. A Fellow may be either a visitor to the UK from an external site or a member of the network visiting an external site. Visits should be aimed at helping to bring new algorithms into practical implementation. Proposals should include
  • a description of the work
  • a short CV with relevant publications
  • the costs requested for the visit.
  • a section on how its outcome will benefit the CCP
Funds are available to support visits of up to one month.

MIRAN course

A link to Per Christian Hansen's MIRAN short course on algebraic iterative reconstruction is here

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