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Fall 2010 GRASP Seminar – Kilian Pohl, University of Pennsylvania, “Evolving Curves via an Explicit Probabilistic Representation”

October 15, 2010 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: In this talk we develop a new curve evolution formulation for
the posterior distribution of objects in images. Similar to level sets,
describe the segmentation of images via a conventional likelihood model
combined with a curve prior on boundaries. Unlike level sets, the
curves are
encoded via the logarithm-of-odds representing the posterior
distribution on
labels in an unconstrained vector space. The posterior distributions
are sought
via the Mean Field approach. By choosing a different representation and
optimization, our framework sidesteps many of the issues traditionally
associated with level set implementations. For example, applications
with more
than two labels are easily accommodated, as the label assignment is
accomplished by the Maximum A Posteriori rule, so there are no problems
overlap or vacuum between level set functions. We demonstrate the
of this technology on a synthetic noisy image and real 3D medical scans.


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Kilian M Pohl received his doctorate from the Department of
Computer Science at MIT and is now an Assistant Professor at the
Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania. His main
research area is computational image analysis with an emphasis on
statistical models from a Bayesian perspective.


October 15, 2010
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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