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Art Imitates Tech…in Italy, of Course!

What happens when art imitates tech?

It becomes the birth of Cellulacrum: Sacred Inner Landscapes, a step-by-step journey inside the human body. This visually stimulating exhibition opens on September 3 – 18 in Bologna, Italy at the Dueunodue Spazi Espositivi gallery presented by Italian singular artist, Elena Uliana and Qi’s CEO Michel Nederlof.

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The exhibition presents Uliana’s latest works from her artigiano hub Artenima that she describes as a “prolific comparison” of her latest works and Nederlof’s profound history of studying cells to benefit the advancement of cancer research.

Uliana’s style uses a mixed technique of acrylics, airbrush, fluorescent and phosphorescent colors which compliments Qi’s use of the microscope to analyze human tissues and cells, to better observe their development and behavior.

As she described in an interview with Luca Sperandio, “Cellulacrum is a reference to the microcosm of cells that hide behind the appearance of the visible. Unlike the paintings I made in the past, the paintings in this series have two fundamental novelties, namely the wide use of stones and minerals on the pictorial surface, These become strong material, with a visual appeal to the enlarged cells under the microscope. This is a trait d’union with the work of the physicist Michel Nederlof.”

What is the connection between our cells (cell) and our spiritual part (sacrum)? And what’s the connection between Elena Uliana and Michel Nederlof scientific research? How do science and art represent the Sacred?

This marriage of art and science materialized via a chance encounter in Berlin. Nederlof and Uliana met near a river bank where they discussed common aspects of their work: he goes deep into human tissues annotating cells with fluorescences while she goes deep into the human soul “surpassing those doors which separate the surface world.”

The Cellulacrum project displays images of human cells and tissues magnified under the microscope which show that there is a real world beyond the surface. “They want to communicate that there are real ‘landscapes’ of the soul, the inner landscapes of the exhibition’s title, similar in complexity to the environment that surrounds us, but very difficult to penetrate. To go beyond the surface, also suggested by the physicality of human cells reproduced on the canvas, it is enough to learn to listen, to want to know oneself better,” said Uliana.

Nederlof adds, I use fluorescence colors to paint your cells. Elena uses fluorescence colors to paint your soul. The dialog between our works is a dialogue of body and soul. We know the soul is rooted in our cells, because we are built from cells. But we cannot place it or connect it. We are missing a dimension, so we struggle to connect the dots. By evoking the emotional response to her art, we can view deeper into our emotional being.

“Our ‘soul’, if you like to call it that, but I prefer a more comprehensive collection of elements that we cannot see or chemically equate. We can help find the dots that are weaving the patterns in our thoughts and by visualizing our microscopic building blocks of life, our cells, we can view the same being from the ground up. Seeing the complex structures they build and observing their interactions, we can build an understanding of the dots that create the pattern of our physical presence. The magic happens when we can connect all the dots,” declared Nederlof.

Born in Vittorio Veneto in July 1985, Uliana graduated in Literature with a thesis in Latin Literature on the theme of the initiatory path through the last book of Apuleio’s Metamorphoses at the Milan State University and subsequently she graduated in History of Art at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice.

After having had extensive life experiences, she learned to expose herself in the works she realizes by making full use of her remarkable technical skills learned through years of practice and study.

Cellulacrum Comes to Life in Bologna

Vernissage! The grand opening of Cellulacrum! L’arte imita la scienza in Bologna with Cellulacrum: Sacred Inner Landscapes exhibit and special presentation by Italian artist Elena Uliana, Qi’s Michel Nederlof and journalist Nicoletta Gandolfi.

This special 3-week exhibit brought hundreds of art lovers to view and awe the works of Uliana and Nederlof: Art imitating science.

This marriage of art and science materialized via a chance encounter in Berlin. Nederlof and Uliana met near a river bank where they discussed common aspects of their work: he goes deep into human tissues annotating cells with fluorescences while she goes deep into the human soul “surpassing those doors which separate the surface world.”

The Cellulacrum project displays images of human cells and tissues magnified under the microscope which show that there is a real world beyond the surface. “They want to communicate that there are real ‘landscapes’ of the soul, the inner landscapes of the exhibition’s title, similar in complexity to the environment that surrounds us, but very difficult to penetrate. To go beyond the surface, also suggested by the physicality of human cells reproduced on the canvas, it is enough to learn to listen, to want to know oneself better,” said Uliana.

Uliana and Nederlof are currently seeking opportunities to bring Cellulacrum to the U.S. and other countries.

A Loving Tribute To Team Member’s Mom, An Inspiration for nanoQuill

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Today is a celebration of a life that was one of many inspirations to a scientist dedicated to saving lives. My Colleen Coll mom’s love for coloring helped my partner, Michel Nederlof, create nanoQuill: The Coloring Book of Life http://amzn.to/2Ciujuw. It’s a coloring book of cancer images from an electronic microscope ANYONE can color that, with Michel’s software, can help advance cancer research.

Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer in June of 2017 before the book was launched only six months later. We will never forget her excitement she had in the midst of planning a coloring party at her senior center for nanoQuill. But, today, with heartache, pain, and tears of joy, I’d like to celebrate her love for art and color.

Next week we are off to Vancouver, BC to collaborate with lots of media and technological experts to showcase nanoQuill at the SIGGRAPH 2018 conference. We hope to have hundreds of attendees to come to our exhibit booth and color an image on our nanoQuill wall, coloring book and app. Our mission is to find a way to merge computer graphics and programming to accelerate cancer annihilation. In other words, beat the shit out of cancer. (#fuckcancer)

Today, I’d like to invite you to my mother’s birthday coloring party. If you can anytime this week or the month of August, please feel free to:

1- download an image from the nanoQuill website http://bit.ly/2kSMI8O
2-color the image (a little or a lot)
3- take a snapshot, and upload to our gallery http://bit.ly/2ln2ucB.

It’s really that easy. We’re not asking for money. The research works with just your technique and eye for coloring. And, if you are really inspired, post on FB, Instagram or any other social media with hashtags #color4cancer #color4mary #marysteam.

Happy Birthday Mom! I miss you so much.

nanoQuill Arms SIGGRAPH 2018 with Colorful Tools To Annihilate Cancer

SIGGRAPHers can UNITE to annihilate cancer! Armed simply with a crayon, colored pencil or stylus, attendees have the chance to accept the mission to literally (and virtually) fight cancer by adding color to their SIGGRAPH 2018 experience in Vancouver, BC, August 12 – 16.

Together with partners KDAB and Qt, Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) created a nanoQuill wall, coloring book and app with cancer images for attendees to vividly color for cancer research.

“We’re counting on this generation of innovators to use their vision and art to guide new AI algorithms which can be groundbreaking in finding patterns in cancer tumors,” said Michel Nederlof, CTO of Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) and author of nanoQuill: The Coloring Book of Life.

Messages Image(1697440146)SIGGRAPHers also have the opportunity to upload and post their artwork for likes (using #color4cancer) AND showcase their nanoQ artistry on the nanoQuill website gallery. The Qi, KDAB and Qt team will be located at booth #1333 in the Exhibition Hall of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The event showcases the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques and is set to feature a number of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) titles and products.

Qi launched new nanoQuill concept in December of 2017 with a “Coloring Book of Life”, a crowdsourced coloring book available on Amazon and upcoming mobile app with more dynamic, competitive fun, game play aspects and precision coloring. Both annotate cancer research data and help in the ultimate search for a cure.

The goal of the nanoQuill project is to collect as many colored images within in our gallery as possible and with those, generate research data.

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nanoQuill is a collaboration between Qi, a biotechnology company focused on revolutionizing cancer research and treatment, The KDAB Group (KDAB), the leading global software consultancy for Qt, C++ and OpenGL, and The Qt (“cute”) Company, a software company that is the leading independent technology behind millions of devices and applications that provides software development platforms and frameworks to one million developers worldwide.

To address the monumental challenge of curing cancer, Qi and KDAB developed QiTissue imaging software that combines the power of cell-based analytics with machine learning and visualization capabilities. This combination delivers unprecedented insights into spatial concepts such as tumor nests, islands of resistance, interactions with stroma during metastatic progression, and the effect of each type of immune cell.

Qt provides the technology behind the highly intuitive user interface for QiTissue.

Qi Spotlights Groundbreaking Biomed Tech at SIGGRAPH 2018

 

Check out Qi execs, Michel Nederlof and Daniel Szecket, as they tag team SIGGRAPH 2018 conference “SIGGRAPH Next” speaker series in Vancouver, BC on August 14.

SIGGRAPH 2018 is a five-day immersion into the latest innovations in Computer Graphics, Animation, Virtual Reality, Games, Digital Art, Mixed Reality and Emerging Technologies. Experience research, hands-on demos, and fearless acts of collaboration.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with the SIGGRAPH community to find new inspiration and technology on our quest to end cancer.” said Nederlof.

Nederlof, CEO and physicist, and Szecket, VP of Design, join forces in merging computer graphics and microscopy to eliminate cancer. The session, Connections: The Intersection of Graphics and Medicine focuses on examples ranging from computer vision in microscopy to computer learning to recognize cancer cell anomalies in a pathology dashboard of the future.

“I love what I’m doing and everyone in the CG community I’ve talked to about it is also turned on by the possibilities. I think giving more people a broader taste of what we’re working on is going to get a lot of people excited,” said Szecket.

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Also, visit Nederlof and Szecket and more of the Qi team at KDAB/Qt booth #1333 to #color4cancer. Together with our partners KDAB and Qt, we created our nanoQuill wall, coloring book and app with cancer images for attendees to color for cancer research. nanoQuill is a Qi concept and collaboration dedicated to research to fight cancer. The goal of the nanoQuill project is to collect as many colored images within in our gallery as possible and with those, generate research data.

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SIGGRAPH Next program brings together high profile thought leaders to share visionary perspectives on emerging areas within computer graphics and interactive techniques.

“As CG reaches a cusp where we can mimic visual reality, we are challenged to use it for solving complex analytical problems in the world around us. Intersecting deep learning and artificial intelligence with advanced graphics provides groundbreaking new approaches,” Mk Haley, SIGGRAPH Next Chair and Creative Program Manager of Walt Disney Imagineering.

SIGGRAPH has long been a pioneer in computer graphics research and emerging technologies. SIGGRAPH Next continues that tradition by offering a series of plenary speakers on topics that speak to “What’s Next” for the industry, such as artificial intelligence and other groundbreaking new trends.

 

 

 

 

 

Qi’s New Coloring Book of Life Fights Cancer In Color

nanoQuill Combines Tech and Art Therapy to Unravel Cancer and Invites All to #color4cancer

Pittsburgh, PA, December 20, 2017 – Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) launches new nanoQuill concept with a “Coloring Book of Life”, a crowdsourced coloring book available on Amazon and mobile app that annotates cancer research data and helps in the ultimate search for a cure.

nanoQuill is a collaboration between Qi, a biotechnology company focused on revolutionizing cancer research and treatment, The KDAB Group (KDAB), the leading global software consultancy for Qt, C++ and OpenGL, and The Qt (“cute”) Company, a software company that is the leading independent technology behind millions of devices and applications that provides software development platforms and frameworks to one million developers worldwide.

The book includes a variety of cancer images acquired on an Electron Microscope for anyone, particularly those touched by cancer, to help annotate organelles inside the electron microscopy images by coloring and tracing.  nanoQuill ‘artists’ who color these images will be encouraged to take a photo of their artwork and post it on social media with #color4cancer hashtag and display on www.nanoquill.org. Qi is then able to take the crowdsourced annotations to measure a cell’s detail, render 3D images from the colored 2D images, and ultimately train new deep learning algorithms, all in the name of advancing cancer research.

The coloring book is the first project of the nanoQuill concept that will soon include an app with more dynamic, competitive fun, game play aspects and precision coloring.

“Cancer patients and their loved ones go through many stages in their healing process, often involving long periods of stress and waiting for results,” said Michel Nederlof, CEO and founder of Qi. “The nanoQuill Coloring Book of Life adopts the therapeutic benefits of coloring and makes it more empowering by producing the analysis of a colored cell image that gets us a fraction of a nanometer closer to understanding how cancer can be fought.

To address the monumental challenge of curing cancer, Qi and KDAB developed QiTissue imaging software that combines the power of cell-based analytics with machine learning and visualization capabilities. This combination delivers unprecedented insights into spatial concepts such as tumor nests, islands of resistance, interactions with stroma during metastatic progression, and the effect of each type of immune cell. Qt provides the technology behind the highly intuitive user interface for QiTissue.

Just about everybody gets affected by cancer sooner or later, as a patient, a colleague, a relative, a caregiver, a neighbor, or a friend. Certainly, this applies to KDAB employees, too, which is why we are very proud to be able to contribute to the NanoQuill project, said Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, the president & CEO of KDAB. NanoQuill is a great opportunity for us to apply our world-class engineering skills in the area of Qt, 3D, OpenGL, C++, and platform-independent software development to an excellent cause.

QiTissue helps researchers gain a deeper understanding of the progression of cancer on a cellular level using Qt, which lead to the creation of the nanoQuill concept.

The research that Qi is conducting truly is ground-breaking, but the scope of it is too massive for just one organization to manage,said Juha Varelius, CEO, Qt Group. With our user interface capabilities and KDAB’s unmatched technology expertise, Qi is able to advance its research without being impeded by technological restraints. Furthermore, with the nanoQuill coloring book project, Qi is able to leverage an entire global community to exponentially accelerate the world-changing contributions its making towards curing cancer.

 The idea for this coloring book project dates back to 2015, when a research group with the Oregon Health & Science University Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine (OCSSB), led by Joe Gray, Ph.D., developed an outreach program to provide the general public a way to assist in cancer research by coloring in features of complex cell images. The researchers hoped to enable crowdsourced assistance to identify patterns in cells that take much longer for computer systems to identify.

Dr. Gray’s research team, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium Center, generates and analyzes these image data, and in collaboration with Qi, is now introducing crowdsourced coloring in the form of a nanoQuill coloring book and web application. The cancer cell images that are hand-colored and returned will be collected and analyzed by cancer researchers and computational scientists at OHSU, with support from the NIH/NCI Cancer Systems Biology Consortium and the Prospect Creek Foundation. These scientists are developing the microscopy methods and generating the image data for the nanoQuill coloring book and web application

NanoQuill leverages a person’s ability to visually identify patterns that exist in images of cancer cells,” said Dr. Gray, director of OCSSB and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute associate director for biophysical oncology. We hope that people will participate in this coloring exercise to help us visualize important features that may guide us to the development of better treatments. We also hope to use the colored images to train computers how to do the coloring.

Both the nanoQuill app and the coloring book will connect to the nanoQuill website for a community engagement and opportunities for #color4cancer to go viral.

nanoQuill is not a for-profit activity. The app is free, the website is public, and the book can be accessed here for a nominal price. With the primary objective to benefit cancer research, Qi has partnered with software and tech experts The KDAB Group, The Qt (“cute”) Company and renowned cancer research health center Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) to serve as leading sponsors of the nanoQuill project.

Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) is the creator and sponsor of nanoQuill. Qi provides innovative software and services for biomedical research, based on digital microscopy. The QiTissue product is an advanced image analysis package to analyze fluorescence microscopy samples of cells and tissues, with superior machine vision and visualization functionality.

About Quantitative Imaging Systems

Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) is a biotechnology business founded in 2011 by Michel Nederlof, a physicist with over 30 years of experience in developing imaging systems, and a passion for unraveling cancer through digital imaging microscopy.

With decades of experience in microscope imaging technology, Qi software is designed with pitch-perfect domain knowledge of microscopy applications that provide solutions for biomedical research, drug development, and ultimately design of patient treatment plans. By combining next generation image analytics and visualization technologies, with recent advances in reagents and optics, Qi is breaking barriers in resolution, color, and dimensionality.

Tissue architectural information can now be augmented with highly multiplexed single cell analysis, providing a wealth of information that was previously not available. QiTissue combines the power of cell based analytics, machine learning, and visualization. This enables unprecedented insights into spatial concepts, such as tumor nests, islands of resistance, interactions with stroma during metastatic progression, and the effect of each type of immune cell. To learn more visit http://www.qitissue.com.

About The Qt Company

The Qt Company develops and delivers the Qt development framework under commercial and open source licenses. We enable a single software code across all operating systems, platforms and screen types, from desktops and embedded systems to wearables and mobile devices. Qt is used by approximately one million developers worldwide and is the leading independent technology behind millions of devices and applications. Qt is the platform of choice for in-vehicle systems, medical devices, industrial automation devices, and other business critical application manufacturers, and is used by leading global players in more than 70 industries. The Qt Company is owned by the Qt Group, which operates in China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia and USA with more than 200 employees worldwide. The Qt Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange. The company’s net sales in year 2016 totaled 32,4 MEUR. To learn more visit http://qt.io.

 About The KDAB Group (KDAB)

KDAB is the number one global software consultancy for Qt, C++ and OpenGL applications across desktop, embedded and mobile platforms. KDAB build runtimes and develop infrastructure for applications and user interfaces running in cars, medical devices, mobile phones, tablets, industrial machines, oil wells, desktops and much more.

In order to help our customers be successful, KDAB partners with a variety of companies who share the same values and are equally committed to excellence. To learn more visit http://www.kdab.com.

About the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is a pioneer in the field of precision cancer medicine. The institute’s director, Brian Druker, M.D., helped prove it was possible to shut down just the cells that enable cancer to grow. This breakthrough has made once-fatal forms of the disease manageable and transformed how cancer is treated. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle – an honor earned only by the nation’s top cancer centers. It is headquarters for one of the National Cancer Institute’s largest research collaboratives, SWOG, in addition to offering the latest treatments and technologies as well as hundreds of research studies and clinical trials. For additional information on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute visit www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/cancer or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine

The OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine (OCSSB) is dedicated to elucidating the structural and mechanical properties of cells and tissues, understanding how these structures are encoded and regulated by genomic features and how genomic aberrations corrupt aspects of structure that lead to disease formation. The program is centered at OHSU but includes activities at Portland State University, and Oregon State University, local technology centers in nanotechnology and drug discovery. For additional information on the program visit the OCSSB website.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Colleen Coll at 412.720.9257 or email at colleen@qitissue.com.

Fight Cancer with Art

Qi Introduces: nanoQuill: The Coloring Book of Life

 

What if you could use your eye for color to help beat cancer?

Quantitative Imaging Systems (Qi) in partnership with The KDAB Company, The Qt Company, and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute INTRODUCE nanoQuill: The Coloring Book of Life, a crowdsourcing coloring book and app that advances cancer research that advances cancer research. http://bit.ly/2kSMI8O

#color4cancer and post your artwork!  nanoQuill_bookcover_print

Available on Amazon.com and www.nanoquill.org.