no photoSameer Antani, PhD
Staff Scientist

Expertise and Research Interests:

Dr. Antani is a versatile researcher leading several scientific and technical research projects. He applies his expertise in biomedical image informatics, automatic medical image interpretation, machine learning, information retrieval, computer vision, and related topics in computer science and engineering technology toward advancing the role of computational sciences in biomedical research, education, and clinical care. His current R&D projects include: an automatic screening system for detecting presence of Tuberculosis (TB) and other pulmonary abnormalities in digital chest x-ray images; an automatic cell counting system for malaria screening; retrieval of fMRI data based on activation similarity; and, the OPEN-iSM biomedical image retrieval system that provides text and visual search capability to retrieve over 3.2 million images and videos from approximately 1.2 million Open Access biomedical research articles from NLM’s PubMed Central® repository.

His other work includes contributions to cervical cancer diagnostics through cervicography and histology image analysis; retrieval of spine x-rays from an image database using visual and shape queries; and, next generation scientific publishing.

Professional Activities:

Dr. Antani is a Senior Member of the International Society of Photonics and Optics (SPIE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society. He serves as the Vice Chair for Computational Medicine on the IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Life Sciences (TCCLS), and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Location: 38A / 10S1010
Phone: (301) 435-3218
E-mail: antani@nlm.nih.gov

Honors and Awards:

In 2015, the malaria screening project received awards from HHS Ventures Fund, a Department of Health and Human Services initiative that serves as an “incubator for new ideas” run out of the HHS IDEA Lab. Prior, in 2014, his project on automated chest X-ray screening project was, similarly, an awardee of HHS Ignite. In addition to several staff achievement awards, in 2013, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contribution to novel image and text based methods for searching the biomedical literature. In 2012, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contributions to novel ways of search biomedical literature using visual and text queries in the Open-i project. In 2009, he received the NIH Award of Merit for his contributions to Content-Based Image Retrieval in Geographically Distributed Systems. In 2008, he was a member of the NLM team recognized by Internet2 for developing geography-independent cancer research tools.