Now Available for Download: Open Access Textbook "Bioimage Data Analysis", Edited by Kota Miura
Modern microscopes allow capturing of detailed images and movies of cells and proteins. These image data could be used for analysis and modeling of living systems by extracting numerical parameters out of images.
Although there are many textbooks covering theories and practices for image processing algorithms, textbook that explains practical aspects of how to use those algorithms for addressing biological questions is largely missing. This book will be a bridge for this gap: Specific topics in cell and developmental biology are selected as realistic examples of research scenes and step-by-step instructions will be provided for treating those images in quantitative manner. We use three software packages, ImageJ, R and Matlab in the textbook. These are the most commonly used image processing and analysis platforms. Programming using these platforms is becoming more and more important to analyze massive amount of image data. Beside the knowhow of algorithm usages, we will also explain the construction of the analysis pipeline by scripting.
In the upcoming newsletters, I would like to present a short abstract for the chapters of the book, so that you can get an impression about the topics covered.
For a step-by-step understanding of the software several small exercises are proposed.