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Maryam Sadeghi


My Current Research

  Automatic Melanoma Detection in Skin Images


The incidence of malignant melanoma, a disease of worldwide distribution, has been rapidly increasing over the last few decades, especially among Caucasians. Early detection and prompt surgery represent the only curative management of patients affected by the disease. I am working on a method for automatic melanoma diagnosis.




I am the Director of the Digital Health Hub  at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and CEO and Founder of MetaOptima Technology Inc . I received my BSc in Computer Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Tehran, Iran, in 2006. I completed my doctoral studies (PhD) in Computing Science  at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Medical Image Analysis Lab, under supervision of Dr. Stella Atkins, Dr. Tim Lee, Dr. David McLean, and Dr. Harvey Lui working closely with BC Cancer Agency and Skin Care Center. I have been Skin Research Training Center CIHR Scholar for three years. My research focuses on computer vision and analysis of dermoscopic images to segment, visualize and analyze malignant features of skin lesions.





Sep 2013:

 SFU computing scientist to steer Digital Health Hub

 The Digital Health Hub is helping the world's best academics and researchers build successful digital health solutions for real-world applications. It represents an initiative to accelerate health innovations through SFU's partnership with Fraser Health, City of Surrey and many others within the emerging Surrey Innovation Boulevard. Innovation Boulevard, in its exciting development stages, encompasses a broad-based partnership of academic and health tech industry players in the region! More...


Sep 2013:

 MetaOptima nets the $40,000 prize at New Ventures BC Competition 2013!

 MetaOptima Technology Inc, a health technology company created by Simon Fraser University researcher Maryam Sadeghi, has won a top prize in the 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition. The company received a $40,000 Wavefront Wireless prize package, finishing one of 10 companies shortlisted from nearly 150 applicants in this year's competition! More...


June 2013:

 Dean's Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University

 I'm honored to receive the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Applied Sciences... Many thanks to Simon Fraser University for being such a great home for me! Not only it totally changed my career path, it is changing my whole life now! More...



May 2013:

Many thanks to the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS) to grant the CIPPRS Doctoral Dissertation Award 2012 (Honorable Mention) to my thesis and research in skin cancer prevention and diagnosis entitled "Towards Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Skin Cancer: Computer-Aided Analysis of Dermoscopy Images". This award is given annually to the top thesis in the areas relevant to computer vision, robot vision, robotics, medical imaging, image processing or pattern recognition at a Canadian institution.

October 2012:

My research and thesis received The Innovation Challenge Award 2012 (Honorable Mention) from NSERC in October 2012. The Innovation Challenge Awards honour graduate students in the natural sciences or engineering who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by identifying ways in which their research thesis results can be developed into products and processes to benefit Canadians. Thanks to NSERC for hosting us in Ottawa for the award ceremony. I received my award from Dr. Goodyear Canada's Minister of State (Science and Technology).  (Photos) More...


Innovation Challenge Award Recipients with the Honourable James Edwards, Chair of NSERC Council, Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC and The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)


December 2011:

Our UV Canada iPhone app won the poster award of Population Health and Health Sciences at the BC Cancer Agency Annual Cancer Conference 2011. The objective of this project is to provide a user friendly interactive tool that helps Canadian residents to receive daily notifications about the latest status of UV radiation and weather forecasts with simple-to-understand information about UV as well as medical information to raise awareness in dealing with UV hazards, in order to reduce skin cancer.  More...


November 2011:

I have been awarded the Silver Medal of ACM Student Research Competition from Microsoft Research in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women conference that was held from 9-12 Nov 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Many thanks to Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), and Microsoft Research. More...


July 2011:

I have been selected for ACM Student Research Competition of Microsoft Research from Grace Hopper Celebration of Women conference which will be held from 9-12 Nov 2011 in Portland, Oregon. I will present my research in two rounds for the competition jury. I am so excited about that :)


June 2011:

Our UV Canada iPhone app is featured on Global National TV. You can download the app from iTunes Appstore.  It is a free app for skin cancer awareness and prevention, donated by our team to BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver General Hospital. The application has been downloaded over 20,000 times and was the second top app in the weather category of iTunes Appstore in the summer time. It has also been the hottest free application (in all categories) of Canada for 2 weeks. We are extending the app for US, Europe, Australia and Asia as well. Download my interview. More...


May 2011:

The summary of my image processing methods developed for detecting malignant melanoma features of skin lesions, which was submitted to thee 22nd World Congress of Dermatology (Korea-2011), won the Gold award of the congress among over 2400 submissions. This is the most prestigious conference of the field which is held every 4 years. More....



August 2010:

Our new approach, "A novel method for detection of pigment network in dermoscopic images using graphs", has been featured on the cover page of "Special Issue: Skin Cancer Imaging", Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics Journal, volume (35). More...





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