Bitplane | 2017 Americas UGM

2017 Americas User Group Meeting

Date: March 21-23, 2017
Location: The Rockefeller University, Weiss Building (Tuesday and Thursday in room 301, Wednesday in room 305)

*FREE priority access to Imaris users under maintenance. We anticipate a long wait list so please register for the event as soon as possible.

We are pleased to be holding our next Americas User Group Meeting (UGM) at The Rockefeller University located in the heart of Manhattan. The Rockefeller University is home to many top researchers including multiple Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Sciences. We thank Dr. Alison North, Senior Director of the Bio-Imaging Resource Center and Research Associate Professor, for generously hosting this year’s UGM. This is our most advanced training by our exceptional application scientists and our senior developer from our Zurich R & D office to address technical questions of all levels.

This year’s UGM is focused on in-depth training on the following topics.

  • Our latest patent-pending Torch tool in FilamentTracer for tracing dense fibrous objects such as neuronal dendrites
  • Our Lineage module for cell division analysis with the reference frame to correct for the object movement
  • Most optimal way to use the Arena view for Batch processing
  • Displaying and interpretation of data in Vantage plots
  • Cell modules for inter/intra cellular analysis
  • Advanced use of XTensions to expand capabilities of Imaris
  • Automated 3D counting/volume/surface area estimation and 4D tracking of particles
  • Tips and tricks for working with large files

In addition, attendees will learn about cutting edge applications of Imaris by other leading scientists, and have one-on-one sessions with our application scientists to analyze their own data. Scientists of all disciplines who use 3D/4D microscopic images in their research are welcome.

Attendees will get a chance to develop analysis protocols, share their use of Imaris with other advanced users of the Imaris community and establish new collaborations.The UGM will have a combination of lectures and hands-on sessions on dedicated computers.Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops that meet the minimum specs for running Imaris and we will provide free temporary licenses.

We fully anticipate that registration for this meeting will fill up very quickly, resulting in a long wait list. Advanced application is required prior to the deadline of March 1st, 2017 and early application is highly recommended. Application does not guarantee registration and priority is given to Imaris license holders who have currently valid maintenance.We will let you know if your application was accepted within 2 business days.

To apply, please fill out the form below (please note that due to the high demand, application does not guarantee a spot– please wait for the confirmation of registration from Bitplane before making travel arrangements).Although you can select the day you choose to attend, we recommend that you attend all three days unless you are a highly advanced user as this course will cover many tips and tricks that many previous attendees have found valuable.

As we are expecting a wait list, please be sure to apply only if you plan to attend. Once your application is accepted, you will have access to all the lectures, hands on sessions, snacks during breaks, printed course materials and access to computers with fully-loaded Imaris.

Participants must arrange their own accommodation. Please contact if you have any questions regarding registration.


The UGM will be held at the Weiss building of the Rockefeller University (Tuesday in room 301, Wednesday in room 305, Thursday in 301). The main entrance is via 1230 York Avenue (at East 66th St). For travel directions, please check out the following links:

  • Citymapper is a great tool for you to plan for your trip to Rockefeller.
  • We do not recommend renting a car in Manhattan, but instead recommend public transportation, NYC yellow cabs or Uber. Here is the Subway map and here is the MTA bus map.

History of The Rockefeller University (courtesy of

The Rockefeller University was founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller Sr. as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. The first institution in the United States devoted solely to using biomedical research to understand the underlying causes of disease, Rockefeller is today one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world, and its scientists have made numerous seminal contributions to biology and medicine. Over the years, 24 scientists associated with the university have received Nobel Prizes and 21 have earned the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award. Fourteen Rockefeller scientists have received the Gairdner Foundation International Award and 20 have been given the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. In addition to a century of prize-winning breakthroughs, Rockefeller has devoted over half a century to training the next generation of innovative, pathbreaking scientists.

Bitplane is grateful for the generous support by Dr. Alison North, Senior Director of the Bio-Imaging Resource Center and Research Associate Professor.


Tuesday March 21st 2017

Start End Duration Topics
08:30am 09:00am 30 minutes Registration and Computer Setup
09:00am 09:10am 10 minutes Welcome and Introduction
09:10am 09:30am 20 minutes Importing Data/Arena/Batch
09:30am 10:30am 1 hour Lecture: Visualization Basics I
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 11:30am 45 minutes Hands On Exercises: Visualization Basics I
11:30am 12:00pm 30 minutes Lecture: Visualization II (Animation & Export)
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Break
1:00pm 1:45pm 45 minutes Hands on Exercises: Visualization II (Animation & Export)
1:45pm 2:30pm 45 minutes Lecture: Measurement Point, Spots & Vantage
2:30pm 3:15pm 45 minutes Hands On Exercises: Measurement Point , Spots & Vantage
3:15pm 3:30pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:30pm 4:30pm 1 hour Lecture: Surfaces & Vantage
4:30pm 5:15pm 45 minutes Hands on Exercise: Surfaces & Vantage
5:10pm 6:00pm 50 minutes (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Start End Duration Topics
08:30am 09:00am 30 minutes In Depth Technical Review of Day 1 with Our Developer
09:00am 09:30am 30 minutes Lecture: Reference Frame & Drift Correction
09:30am 10:45am 1 hour 15 minutes Lecture: Track, Lineage & Vantage
10:45pm 11:00am 15 minutes Coffee Break
11:00am 12:00pm 1 hour Hands On Exercises: Track, Lineage & Vantage
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:00pm 1 hour Lecture: Celll
2:00pm 3:00pm 1 hour Exercise: Celll
3:00pm 3:15pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:15pm 3:35pm 20 minutes Application Showcase I
3:35pm 4:30pm 55 minutes XT Introduction and Application
4:30pm 5:30pm 1 hour (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Thursday March 23rd 2017

Start End Duration Topics
08:30am 09:00am 30 minutes In Depth Technical Review of Day 2 with Our Developer
09:00am 10:30am 1 hour 30 minutes Lecture: FilamentTracer (Torch) + XT
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45pm 12:00pm 1 hour 15 minutes Exercise: FilamentTracer + XT
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:15pm 1 hour 15 minutes Lecture: Coloc+XT
2:15pm 3:15pm 1 hour Exercise: Coloc+XT
3:15pm 3:30pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:30pm 3:45pm 15 minutes Application Showcase II
3:45pm 4:00pm 15 minutes Bitplane Continuing Education/Open/Support Resources


Participants for the UGM must arrange their own accommodation.

You can search for hotels on or by using the address for Rockefeller University (1230 York Ave, New York, NY 10065).

New York City has efficient public transportation which you reference to select hotels in nearby neighborhoods. Here is the Subway map and the MTA bus map. Citymapper is a great tool for you to plan for your trip to Rockefeller. You can use Google Maps to plot your travel route to Rockefeller. Staying in the Upper East side, Midtown East, or in the Upper West side along the 60th-70th can provide you with easy access via cross-town busses.

The Bentley Hotel is within walking distance to the UGM location and has a special Rockefeller University rate which you can get by calling the hotel directly.

Teaching Staff

The upcoming New York City UGM will be taught by our exceptional Application Scientists who have received over 98% satisfaction ratings (percentage of total users rating our support as “exceptional” or “good”) consistently year after year, and a senior developer from our Zurich headquarters. In addition, the entire US-based team will be at this event to provide top-notch support to our attendees.

Amanda Howard, PH.D.

Amanda is a virologist with a specialty in trafficking of a cowpox RNA and a first-author publication using Imaris Track which was featured as a Bitplane showcase on our website while still a postdoc. Amanda has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University, and her Ph.D. training from the University of Maryland College Park. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH before joining Bitplane in 2013. She is based out of Chicago and enjoys taking care of customers from Canada and the Midwest.

Arvonn Tully

Arvonn provides exceptional technical customer support, and customers often give reviews such as we cannot live without Arvonn!. Arvonn has a background in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon and has been with Bitplane since 2007. Arvonn has represented Bitplane as commercial faculty at various advanced microscopy courses (QFM/MBL/Cold Spring Harbor etc) and have consistently received top ratings by students for his teaching. Arvonn is based out of Boston and supports Imaris users on the East Coast.

Matthew Gastinger, PH.D.

Matthew is incredibly effective in his teaching style and our customers often describe him as outstanding. Matthew is a neuroscientist by training (focus on retinopathy) with his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, and postdoc from Hershey Medical Center. He was a Director of the Core Facility at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a microscopist at the NIH. Matthew has been with Bitplane since 2010 and is based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and supports Imaris users on the East Coast.

Meredith Price

Meredith is our Chapel Hill based Sales Engineer with a background in cell biology. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in biology from University of Oregon. Meredith is beloved by our customers in the South East for her expertise in cell biology, exceptional teaching style and her warm personality.

Daniel Miranda

Our customers love Daniel for his technical expertise and review him as awesome, and always ready to assist. Daniel is a biomedical engineer by training from Columbia University and is a Texas native who is bilingual in Spanish. Daniel has a strong background in microscopy that he honed as a support specialist at Zeiss US HQ prior to joining Bitplane in 2012. Daniel is located in Austin, Texas and provides support for Imaris users on the West Coast.

Lynsey Hamilton

Lynsey is our San Diego based Sales Engineer with extensive experience working with microscopy and image analysis. She has been with Bitplane since 2010 and is well known to our customers on the West Coast for her exceptional customer service and her ability to make Imaris shine. Lynsey has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Marine Biology from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom, and is a native of Scotland.

Brian Thompson, PH.D.

Brian is a Regional Sales Engineer based out of Boston and is a cell biologist by training with a Ph.D. from the Unviersity of Connecticut Health Center and Postdoc training from Harvard Medical School. Brian joined Bitplane in 2015 and is spreading the joy of Imaris to researchers in the Northeast.

Sacha Guyer, M.S.

Sacha Guyer has been a software developer at Biplane since 2008. He has graduated from ETH Zurich with a Master in Computational Science with specialization in Computer Graphics. He has worked on various modules of Imaris and especially enjoys prototyping using the ImarisXT python interface. When writing software, he has a strong focus on creating a good user experience. Whenever possible, Sacha likes to interact with customers to learn about what they do with Imaris and what features are still missing.

Won Yung Choi, PH.D.

Won Yung is the Americas manager for Bitplane sales and support, tasked with the privilege of supporting all the exceptional people at Bitplane to be their best. Won Yung is a neuroscientist by training (focus on the dopaminergic system) with a Ph.D. from Columbia University and postdoctoral training from Columbia Medical School. Won Yung is based out of San Francisco.



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