Collaborative Computational Project in Positron Emission Tomography
and Magnetic Resonance imaging

Synergistic Reconstruction Symposium

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 08:00 to Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 18:00


Please refer to for registration and updated info on the symposium and training.


Traditionally, image reconstruction has focused on estimating 2D or 3D images from a single modality data-set and acquisition. In recent years however, there have been significant developments in hardware and systems that allow extracting multi-parametric images from multiple data-sets. Examples include multi-spectral CT, multi-sequence MR, multi-modality such as PET-MR, and acquisitions from multiple-time points. While it is possible with such data to reconstruct several images independently, each corresponding to a different parameter or time-point, it is often advantageous, although challenging, to synergistically reconstruct all images.

This event aims to bring a group of researchers together from these different fields and application areas, including medical and industrial imaging, to disseminate ideas to, and learn from, researchers both within and outside their usual research field.

The event will be in two parts:

  • a 2 day scientific symposium with presentations and discussions on methods and software for synergistic image reconstruction.
  • a 2 day software hands-on training session introducing the Synergistic Image Reconstruction Framework (SIRF) and Core Imaging Library (CIL) packages.


  • Conference hotel: Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester
    City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH, United Kingdom
  • Symposium: Chester hotel
  • Training Session: Daresbury Lab Thomson Conference Room
  • Coach travel will be arranged from and to the venues. In particular, we will provide transport for attendees of the IEEE MIC.


The symposium and training and accommodation will be free for all attendees. Travel will be refunded for speakers. We will also have travel grants for poster presenters and students.

Draft Schedule

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
morning Educational talks scientific sessions MR with SIRF CT with CIL
12:00 lunch lunch lunch lunch
afternoon historic walk followed by scientific session scientific sessions PET with SIRF synergistic methods
evening informal dinner on arrival conf dinner end of scientific symposium (17:30), optional coach transfer to Manchester or informal dinner end of software training (17:30), optional coach transfer to Manchester or informal dinner

Register your interest

Go to to register for the symposium and/or training.

Organising committee

Chair: Kris Thielemans, UCL

Co-chairs: Charalampos ‘Harry’ Tsoumpas, Leeds; Jakob Jorgensen, Manchester; Christoph Kolbitsch, PTB; Richard Brown, UCL (software training)

Organising committee:
Simon Arridge, UCL; David Atkinson, UCL; Nikos Dikaios, Surrey; Matthias Ehrhardt, Bath; Daniil Kazantsev, Diamond Light Source Ltd; Bill Lionheart, Manchester; Julian Matthews, Manchester; Claudia Prieto, KCL; Andrew Reader, KCL; Martin Turner, Manchester

Organised by the Collaborations:

CCP-PET-MR ( and CCPi ( )