The 6th annual workshop on Advances in X-ray imaging took place on Thursday 22 June 2022 and it was a great success. This is a collaboration between The University of Manchester at Harwell, 3Dmagination Ltd and the Collaborative Computational Project in Tomographic Imaging (CCPi) with the aim of bringing together scientists from different fields to discuss developments and applications of a variety of X-Ray imaging and complementary techniques, and to build international collaborations. The last onsite workshop was in June 2019 just before the Covid 19 pandemic and since then only one workshop took place online in 2021. The workshop attracted scientists from all over the country (DLS, STFC, ICL, UCL, RVC, The University of Manchester, University of Oxford, etc.) and also Belgium, Denmark and France.
Thanks to our excellent speakers, a variety of complementary imaging techniques (contrast-enhanced microCT imaging, ptychographic tomography, combining X-ray and laser light for 3D correlative imaging, hierarchical phase-contrast tomography, X-ray generation through laser-plasma accelerator technology) were highlighted and applied for static/dynamic studies (staining of soft tissues, earth deformation, cellular imaging, failure of batteries, soil and rock engineering, heritage, bone diagenesis, nuclear waste behaviour). With the huge amount of data generated, especially with techniques such as HiP-CT (image of a whole brain at 7.7 µm ~ 12TB!), the workshop revealed again the problem we are facing with data manipulation and the need to develop new ways to visualise, extract and predict/validate scientific information from the datasets.
Techniques/rigs development and data mining have been a game changer for many applications over the past workshops and we will expand further this growing momentum during the 7th workshop next year.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, chairs, sponsors and delegates who helped to make the conference a success.
Poster prizes were awarded to:
Damien Freitas, The University of Manchester at Harwell -1st Prize
Sarah Davidson, University of Oxford - 2nd Prize
Alissa Parmenter, Univesity College London - 3rd Prize
08:30 Coffee and registration
09:05 Greet Kerckhofs, UCLouvain, Belgium, '3D X-ray-based histology of biological tissues using contrast-enhanced microCT imaging'
09:45 Fernando Alvarez Borges, µ-VIS X-ray Imaging Centre, University of Southampton, 'Computed tomography for soil and rock engineering applications'
10:25 Simon Hunt, The University of Manchester, UK, 'Increased strain-resolution by improved X-radiographic image processing'
11:05 Coffee break
11:25 Maria Harkiolaki, Diamond Light Source, B24, UK, 'High-content high-resolution 3D correlative imaging of cell populations under near physiological conditions through an X-ray and laser light partnership'
12:05 Darren Batey, Diamond Light Source, I13, UK 'I13 latest ptychographic tomography capabilities'
12:45 Buffet lunch
13:45 Charilaos (Haris) Paraskevoulakos, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, '4D time resolved investigation of nuclear waste behaviour using state-of-the-art imaging techniques'
14:25 Alissa Parmenter, UCL, 'Imaging of whole human organs using Hierarchical Phase-Contrast Tomography (HiP-CT)'.
15:05 Coffee break
15:25 Dan Symes, Central Laser Facility, STFC, UK, 'Introducing the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre: X-ray generation through laser-plasma accelerator technology.'
16:05 Fabien Léonard, The University of Manchester at Harwell, UK, 'Imaging with UoMaH and National Facilities: collaborations at RAL.'
16:45 Close and poster prize awards