Program – full

We made our best to include in the program representatives from all of the groups. If someone was erroneously excluded, please let us know.

Please check the program regularly; due to travel plans, minor but relevant changes may occur in the program below.

Presentations should comprise brief summaries of major points and results only, allowing time for discussion. As a guideline, aim for five slides or 5-7 minutes, maximum. The schedule is organised on the basis of topics submitted during registration, but is not cast in stone: both your title and the session you speak in can be changed if you wish [send an email to]. Speakers should approach their session chairs and confirm with them the arrangements for their session. This allows for flexibility in the program.

Sunday 11 June
10.00  -11.40 Free guided tour in Palazzo Vecchio (meeting at 9:45 am at Piazza Signoria, on the left side of Palazzo Vecchio, behind the Neptune statue, which is now surrounded by scaffolding. Only for those who applied.)
14.30 Participants’ gathering in Piazzale Montelungo (Piazza Monte Lungo), Florence
15.00 – 16.30 Coaches to Artimino
16.30 – 18.30 Upon arrival – Registration & check-in
18.30 – 20.00 Reception and Dinner  Location: the restaurant behind the car park located on your left when you approach the Villa Artimino from the Borgo [Ristorante Biagio Pignatta].
20.00 – 20.10 Welcome
20.10 – 22.00 Scientific session 1: Cardiovascular Flow Hans Torp & Chris de Korte
Yoshifumi Saijo Clinical significance of vortex quantification in left ventricle obtained with echo-dynamography
Matthias Stuart Volumetric 3D vector flow imaging using row-column addressed arrays
Morten Wigen 4D  cardiac vector flow imaging
Stefano Fiorentini Quantitative assessment of coronary blood flow using 3D tracking Doppler and plane wave imaging
Cristiana Golfetto Adaptive clutter filtering in coronary arteries
Jørgen Avdal Variance-free evaluation of blood velocity estimators
22.00 Informal discussions
Monday 12 June
7.00 – 8.15 Breakfast
8.30 – 10.15 Scientific session 2: Imaging technology I  Andrzej Nowicki & Georg Schmitz
Hamed Bouzari 3D imaging using row-column addressed 2D arrays
Herve Liebgott 3D ultrasound imaging using 4 Verasonics
Deep Bera 3D Beamforming Combining Micro-beamformed RF Datasets
Emmanuel Roux 2D sparse array optimization and operating strategies for real-time 3D ultrasound imaging
Jens Hansen Spatial Delay Focusing
Mike Averkiou Modeling of the nonlinear field produced by diagnostic ultrasound arrays in plane wave mode
Giulia Matrone / Enrico Boni Harmonic imaging with F-DMAS beamforming
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30 Scientific session 3: Vascular flow I Lasse Lovstakken
Alessandro Ramalli Real-time multi-line vector Doppler
Tommaso Di Lanni Synthetic Aperture Vector Flow Imaging for portable US
Carlos Villagomez Hoyos Energy-based clutter filtering
Stefano Ricci Vector Doppler beyond the aliasing limit
Anne Saris Ultrafast blood vector velocity imaging in the carotid using compounding
Takuro Ishii Vector projectile imaging of urinary flow dynamics
 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
 14.00 – 17.00 Activity break
 17.00 – 18.30 Scientific session 4: Tissue motion  Jan d’Hooge & Hendrik Vos
Adrian Basarab Sparse representation and dictionary learning: application to motion estimation in echocardiography
Thanasis Loupas Shear wave elastography automated quantification
Sebastien Salles Natural myocardial mechanical wave measurements using high frame rate ultrasound imaging
Ruud van Sloun Viscoelasticity mapping by identification of local shear wave dynamics
Boris Chayer Atherosclerotic carotid bifurcation flow phantoms for fluid-structure experimental ultrasound measurements
Guy Cloutier Generation of shear waves with a laser and demonstration in vascular phantoms
 18.30 – 20.00 Dinner
 20.00 – 22.00 Scientific session 5: Contrast agents I  Peter Burns
Nobuki Kudo High-speed observation of microbubble oscillation and bubble-cell interaction
Brandon Helfield Cellular biophysics of sonoporation
Luzhen Nie Acoustic Microbubble Trapping, imaging and destruction for Targeted Drug Delivery
Carmel Moran Nanobubbles to break down the blood brain barrier
Eleanor Stride Role of microbubble composition in sonoporation
Michel Versluis How to make stable monodisperse bubbles
Mark Borden Temperature response of lipid microbubble elasticity
Sevan Harput Microbubble Localisation and Motion Correction Methods for super-resolution imaging
Georg Schmitz Characterization of tumor vasculature by parameters from robust super-resolution microbubble tracking
 22.00 Informal discussions
Tuesday 13 June
7.00 – 8.15 Breakfast
8.30 – 10.15 Scientific session 6: Imaging technology II  Nico de Jong & Hervé Liebgott
Barbara Nicolas Simultaneous coded plane wave imaging in ultrasound: problem formulation and constraints
Denis  Kouamé Inverse problems in ultrasound imaging
Alfonso Rodriguez-Molares Presenting the ultrasound toolbox
 Marcin Lewandowski Low-cost ultrasound front-end+GPU: a tool for education and research
 David Vilkomerson Easy high-frequency transducers
Alessandro Savoia CMUT probes for 2D and 3D medical ultrasound imaging
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30 Scientific session 7: Tissue motion and strain  James Greenleaf & Guy Cloutier
Jan D’hooge Standardization efforts in speckle tracking echocardiography
Stein Fekkes 3D strain estimation using single and dual probe acquisitions on a carotid bifurcation phantom
Magnus Cinthio Possible mechanisms behind the longitudinal movement of the arterial wall
John Albinsson High framerate imaging of the longitudinal movement of the arterial wall
Niels Petterson Multi-view US imaging of abdominal aortas
Adrian Chee Design of Carotid Bifurcation Phantoms for Imaging Investigations of Arterial Wall and Flow Dynamics
Louis Fixsen Ultrasound strain imaging of mechanically supported ex-vivo beating porcine hearts
 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
 14.00 – 17.00 Activity break
 17.00 – 17.30 Next conference planning  Piero Tortoli
 17.30 – 19.30 Scientific session 8: Multi-domain physics  Michel Versluis & Massimo Mischi
Michael Andre Progress in diagnosis and grading of nonalcoholic liver disease with quantitative ultrasound
Iwaki Akiyama Measurement of thermal properties of the biological tissues by ultrasonic heating
François Varray Photoacoustic imaging: current experimental development
Umit Arabul Multi-angle spatial compounding of photoacoustic images for characterization of atherosclerotic plaques.
Aneline Dolet Multispectral photoacoustic imaging classification
Louise Gouteux Photoacoustic detection of hemorrhages in atherosclerosic plaques. A phantom study
Yoshifumi Saijo Photoacoustic imaging of micro vessels in skin obtained with parabolic array transducer
Sandra Sjostrand Displacement amplitude in magnetomotive ultrasound
19.30 – 19.40 Group photograph [Stairs of the Villa]
 20.00 – 22.30 Social Dinner  [Location: terrace of restaurant in the village! NOT in the Villa]
 22.30 Informal discussions
Wednesday 14 June
7.00 – 8.15 Breakfast + check out (10.00 AM)
8.30 – 10.15 Scientific session 9: contrast agents II  Carmel Moran & Eleanor Stride
Chee Hau Leow Vector flow imaging and wall shear stress quantification using high frame-rate contrast enhanced ultrasound and image tracking
Erik Groot-Jebbink / Jason Voorneveld High frame rate echoPIV to quantify local hemodynamics in the aortoiliac region
Massimo Mischi Advances in quantitative contrast-enhanced imaging of prostate cancer
Simona Turco Quantitative ultrasound molecular imaging: pre-clinal validation for angiogenesis imaging and therapy monitoring
Matthew Bruce Characterization of Doppler twinkling artifact from kidney stones and other calcifications
Guillaume Lajoinie Challenges and opportunities in US plane wave imaging
Mengxing Tang High contrast imaging using HFR CEUS and spatio-temporal coherence
Peter Burns Phase change nanodroplets
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.15 Scientific session 10: Vascular flow II   Jørgen Arendt Jensen & Magnus Cinthio
Solveig Fadnes Vector flow imaging of Fetal circulation: an in vivo study
Luxi Wei Direct measurement of placental blood flow reflections by US
Thomas Grønli Modeling and data assimilation for improved blood velocity estimates
Andrzej  Nowicki FMD and Shear rate measurements in radial artery in healthy volunteers and patients with coronary artery disease
Richard Rau Functional Ultrasound of the Pigeon Brain in Response to Visual Stimulation
Pieter Kruizinga How to make your ultrafast Doppler processing ultrafast
12.15 – 12.30 Closing remarks
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.30 Coach transportation to Florence airport and railway station