What is E.L.M.I.?

The frontend
E.L.M.I. stands for Expert system for Light MIcroscopy. It is desgned to be an integration of methods useful for microscopists daily work. In spite of being in it's very first release, E.L.M.I. offers remarkable power, yet. One feature offers a bunch of measurement facilities spreading from simple straight distance determination to area, volume and finally shallow volume estimation.

Another topic is the power of QR-coded labelling of microscope slides. The included informational system eases linking slides to photomicrographs using machine-readable annotated information scanned with a common industry standard high-resolution laser scanner.

Furthermore, that annotation can be combined with database related results of evaluation and detailed annotated information to a more detailed description of the object of interest. In addition the metafile - concept (see "Adding further information") eases attaching third party data to each photomicrograph, if needed (e.g. spectral data or gel electrophoretical data). The latter depends on the capability of the corresponding third party softwaredesign for being launcheable with e.g. metadata.

Main aspects of E.L.M.I.:

  1. Image annotation system, including an image investigation editor (flicker free zooming, moving, rotation of huge high resolution images (only depending on the graphics card memory), using OpenGL, export functions for publications). External image processing.

  2. Measuring of lines, areas and volumes with highest possible precision (stochastically ensured + realtime output of the standard measuring error during measurement).

  3. Automated image analysis for object micrometer factor determination.

  4. Supporting mono images and stereoscopic images (including stereoscopic viewer for zooming and moving around in the stereo-image). 3D Monitor support coming soon.

  5. Supports 3D mice ("Space Pilot").

  6. Collecting any (!) information ( e.g. literature, sampled data,to each single image) for your personal datamining and preparation for publications.

  7. Multi-relational database engine for collecting and searching scientific images. Database logic is intuitively usable without learning a database command language.

  8. Database system for laboratory methods (e.g. Histological preparation) which is able to suggest different preparation schemes dependend on the current problem. The more methods you input the better the suggestions will be. A printout function to get the receipes into lab is available.

  9. Export functions for publications.

  10. Multilingual. Currently the languages "English", "German" and "Duch" are supported. See menu "Localization!" on this homepage.

  11. Physical parameters of the microscope optics are allways taken in to account for calculations (when needed). The most important facts are printed on the main screen.

  12. A taxonomical database (based on NCBI data) is coming soon. You'll get the complete systematics ("tree") with a right mouse-click to a taxonomical name written anywhere in any text.

  13. Scientific symbol tables, Period System of Elements, etc.

  14. Context sensitive help.

  15. Direct access to Canon EOS cameras is implemented. Live View,
    Pre View and direct saving of the image taken down to the
    database using a unique time code for error free identification are
    already available.

  16. If from intererst: E.L.M.I. Is ready for being a mulit-user system. Different permissions to "see" or "change" different data may be included. That way, sensible patient data may be hidden to users with less permission.

  17. GLP is implemented.
    a) The original image data is never changed.
    b) The images are stored at well defined place. A mix-up is therefore not possible.


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kauer

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kauer
(Developer and author of E.L.M.I.)
Room: T 1115