High-performance numerical methods supporting radiation therapy treatment planning (11w2035)


Yuriy Zinchenko (University of Calgary)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "High-performance numerical methods supporting radiation therapy treatment planning" workshop from March 11 to 13, 2011.

Radiation therapy is a dominant modality for treating various cancers. Motion-induced, structural and biological uncertainties in radiation therapy severely limit the efficacy of the treatment. We target minimizing adverse effects of uncertainties in high-precision therapy using a combination of novel image processing algorithms, image guidance, and large-scale numerical and robust optimization techniques.

The workshop brings together a unique team of applied mathematicians, medical physicists and radiation oncologists, and targets the development of a set of integrated strategic directions for collaboration in high-performance numerical methods and models that support optimal radiation therapy treatment planning and related applications.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)