2020 MATLAB Boot Camp
hosted by the Losert Lab, Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology and the Physics of Living Systems Student Research Network (PoLS SRN)

2020 MATLAB Bootcamp cancelled due to COVID-19

The Losert Lab and the NCI-UMD Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research hosts a week long annual MATLAB Boot Camp for students and researchers interested in a basic introduction to MATLAB image analysis, but who are coming from a limited programming and/or MATLAB background. The boot camp will provide an introduction to MATLAB with an emphasis on image processing and analysis. Beyond basic MATLAB functions and image analysis, students will learn developed algorithms such as object tracking, 2D and 3D segmentation, and applications of basic image processing functions, such as background subtraction. In later sessions, students will have the opportunity to work on their own projects by applying image analysis to their own data with the help of the researches from the Losert Lab.

Boot Camp Class of 2017

"The content and pace were great! You guys were amazing! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn the basics of image processing and doesn't have much MATLAB experience!" —2015 Boot Camp Participant


Dates and Times:
Monday, June 1, 2020 — Friday, June 5, 2020
9:00 am — 5:00 pm
Boot Camp Sessions:
Morning Sessions: 9:00 am — 12:10 pm
Afternoon Sessions I: 1:30 pm — 3:10 pm
Afternoon Session II: 3:35 pm — 5:00 pm
Optional Activities:
Coffee and Refreshments 8:30 am — 8:55 am
Break for Lunch 12:15 pm — 1:30 pm
Coffee and Refreshments 3:15 pm — 3:30 pm

The Boot Camp is aimed at a wide range of professional and educational levels, from high school students to postdoctoral researchers, staff scientists, and PIs. While many participants are students and researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park, about one-third of participant have been scientists and researchers from the nearby National Institutes of Health.

"I really enjoyed having the TAs there to help answer any questions or address any issues, as well as the opportunity to meet other students and researchers that will use MATLAB for different purposes."—2017 Boot Camp Participant

Although students mostly come from physics, biology, chemistry, and related fields, their research is united by a need for automated image analysis. Many participants have also expressed excitement about applying their new programming skills to their everyday research:

Application & Registration

Applications for the 2020 MATLAB Boot Camp are closed!

Registration Fees:
University of Maryland, College Park $250
External Applicants $500

Registration fees must be paid by the first day of boot camp. Accepted applicants from the University of Maryland, College Park can pay the $250 registration fee via check, credit card, or account transfer; additional information will be provided in the acceptance letters. For credit card payments, please contact Sokhan Min (email: smin@umd.edu). Checks should be made out to the University of Maryland and mailed to:

Working Hard at Boot Camp 2017
University of Maryland
IPST Business Office
Attn: Sokhan Min
Building 224, Room 4115
College Park, MD  20742
email: smin@umd.edu


The 2020 MATLAB Boot Camp will be held on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park in the following locations:

Lecture and Practical Altantic Building, Room 1410
Coffee, Refreshments, and Lunch Physical Sciences Complex, Room 1136

Check-in will be held in the Physical Sciences Complex room 1136 at 8:30 am on Monday. Instructors will walk to the lecture room at 8:55 am with any attendees who attended morning coffee and refreshments (details below).

Accommodations, Parking, & Transportation

Non-UMD attendees who require the ability to park on campus will be provided with a parking code that can be used daily to park in the Regents Drive Garage; the location of which can be found on this map. Instructions will be sent to non-UMD attendees the week before boot camp.

For those taking public transportation, the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) website contains information on University Shuttle 104 (Schedule), which provides free service from the College Park Metro (Green Line) to the Stamp Student Union at the center of the campus.

In addition to the map provided above, TerpNav provides an interactive map of the University of Maryland campus.


Abby Bull
Zackery A. Benson
Qixin Yang
Lenny Campanello
Wolfgang Losert