Call for Papers

Recent advances in neuroimaging and machine learning provide an exceptional opportunity for investigators and physicians to discover complex relationships between brain, behaviors, and mental and neurological disorders. The MLCN 2019 workshop (, as a satellite event of MICCAI 2019 (, aims to bring together researchers in both theory and application from various fields in domains such as e.g. machine learning, neuroimaging, predictive clinical neuroscience, etc. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Transfer learning in clinical neuroimaging
  • Model stability in transfer learning
  • Data prerequisites for successful transfer learning
  • Domain adaptation in neuroimaging
  • Data harmonization across sites
  • Data pooling – practical issues
  • Cross-domain learning in neuroimaging
  • Interpretability for transfer learning
  • Unsupervised methods for domain adaptation
  • Multi-site data analysis, from preprocessing to modeling
  • Big data in clinical neuroimaging
  • Scalable machine learning methods
  • Benefits, problems, and solutions of working with very large datasets

Submission Process:

The workshop seeks high quality, original, and unpublished work on algorithms, theory, and applications of machine learning in clinical neuroimaging related to big data, transfer learning, and data harmonization. Papers should be submitted electronically in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LCNS) style ( with up to 8-pages and using the CMT system at The MLCN workshop uses a double-blind review process in the evaluation phase, thus authors must ensure anonymous submissions. Accepted papers will be published in a joint proceeding with the MICCAI 2019 conference.

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: July 1, 2019, July 14, 2019 (23:59 PST)
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 5, 2019
  • Camera-ready Submission: August 12, 2019
  • Workshop Date: October 17, 2019

Camera-ready Guidelines

Please see FAQ page for frequently asked questions regarding Springer, formatting and other issues. Camera-ready materials must be uploaded to the submission site as a single zipped file of 100 MB or less. The authors must address the minor changes provided by the comments from reviewers and meta-reviewer. The camera-ready copy with all figures, materials, and the signed copyright form must be uploaded to the paper submission system within the single zip file; 

The proceedings will be prepared in full color. Following MICCAI guideline (see here), we will allow your paper to expand to 8½ pages (including references), leaving room for additional Springer content/formatting on page 9. Note that since Springer will re-set your paper with the formatting rules we specified, it is still extremely important that you strictly adhere to the guidelines (i.e., no spaces, no modified margins, no vertical spacing adjustments, etc.). The program chairs reserve the right to reject papers that have modified formatting commands in the Springer templates.

The proceedings will be published as Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) in both electronic and paper versions by Springer. Please read carefully the information for authors from Springer. You must use the LNCS templates (LaTeX2e or Word) available on the Springer website to prepare your paper.

If you use LaTeX, please insert a line % index{Last Name, First Name} for every author of the paper, right after the author{} command. We will use these to create an author index in the proceedings. We need your help to make sure we parse authors’ names into the last name and the first name correctly. This is particularly important for those authors with more than two words in their full names, making such parsing ambiguous. Please make sure that the same author on multiple papers appears in the same form on all papers, and is consistent with the form used in the author list you submitted to CMT when you registered your paper. Please make sure the order of the authors on your paper is the same as that which you entered into CMT at the time you submitted your paper. Please ensure that Springer format for bibliographical references is strictly enforced. This is detailed in section 2.5 of the LNCS author guidelines. The submission site will ask you to upload a single .zip file of your submission. Please zip all your files, including the digital copy of the signed copyright form, and name the .zip file using your paper submission ID (for example, where 7 is your paper ID number).

The source files included in the .zip archive must include:

  • If using LaTeX, include LaTeX2e files (*.tex) for the text and PS/EPS/JPG/PDF/PNG files for all figures. Please use consistent names for your source files: paperXXX.pdf, paperXXX.tex, where XXX is your paper ID;
  • If using Word, simply upload the Word file
  • Any additional style files and fonts you used, together with your source files that are not generally available at CTAN;
  • The final PDF file of the paper (for reference);
  • RTF files if you are using a word-processing system other than LaTeX/TeX;
  • The LNCS copyright form, which can be signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. Please scan your signed copyright form and save it as a JPG or PDF file. Copyright forms should only be provided in an electronic format.

Supplementary Material

You may include additional results in addition to those in the paper, related submissions to other conferences and journals, and appendices or technical reports containing extended proofs and mathematical derivations that are not essential to the understanding of the submitted paper.  Supplementary material may be included as a separate file that is referenced as such within your paper (See the supplementary material section in the Example here) or as an embedded video.  Follow the examples on how to include and upload supplementary material from the instructions on the Springer Website.  These materials must be included within a single .zip file along with your paper submission material as above.