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MedIA Seminar Series 2013

Medical Image Analysis

Modern Optimization Analysis, Algorithms and Clinical Applications


Many problems of medical image analysis are challenging due to noisy imaging quality, weak boundaries, missing data, ambiguity, etc. It is highly desired in clinical practices for the high-performance computing tools which can solve such problems (even partially!) in an automated and efficient way. During the last 30 years, this motivated an active research, in a rather broad sense, to deliver advanced mathematical analysis of geodesic active contours, deformable shape matching, diffeomorphisms etc, and to develop efficient and robust numerical schemes. This Robarts MedIA series targets to present an overview of the successful medical imaging practices which were contributed by the students and researchers in Robarts within the recent two years. It includes a wide spectrum of research topics, each of which focuses on both the most recent application, with a direct real-world clinical connection, and the modern optimization algorithm.


This lecture/talk series includes 4 lectures + 10 talks (one hour for each lecture, 30 mins for each talk).

Dates and Location

This lecture/talk series will be taken from 23, July to 17, September, at the noon (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) of every Tuesday; at the Fisher conference room (2nd floor, just facing the security section) of the Robarts building.

Lectures and Talks

Note: any change and update can be checked at this website.

   July 23, 2013

         Jing Yuan (Talk, 12:30 pm – 12:40 pm): An introduction to Robarts MedIA Series’2013.

         Ali Khan (Talk, 12:40 pm – 1:00 pm): Overview of medical image analysis: applications and challenges.

        Olga Veksler (Lecture, 1:10pm – 2:10 pm): Graph-Cut optimization theories and approaches, image segmentation with structured layout prior.

 July 30, 2013

Jing Yuan (Lecture, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm): 1. Introduction to modern continuous optimization methods, efficient algorithms and their applications to medical image processing. 2. Introduction to some recent studies in Robarts.


 August 6, 2013

Aaron Ward (Lecture, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm)Image Registration Supporting Ultrasound-Guided Interventions in Prostate Cancer. 


August 13, 2013

Eranga Ukwatta (Talk, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm): Efficientglobal/convex optimization based approach to 3D Carotid Lumen-Wall segmentationin MRIs.

Martin Rajch (Talk, 1:10 pm – 1:40pm): Convex relaxedPotts model to 3D scar-tissue segmentation from Late-Enhancement cardiac MRIs

 August 20, 2013

Wu Qiu (Talk, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm): Globallyoptimized 3D prostate TRUS segmentation with rotational symmetry: a numericallyefficient algorithm.


Yue Sun (Talk, 1:10 pm – 1:40pm): Dualoptimization method to 3D prostate MRI-TRUS deformable registration.


 August 27, 2013

Brandon Miles (Talk, 12:30 pm – 1:00pm): Efficienttotal-variation medical image fusion. 

Jing Yuan (Talk, 1:10 pm – 1:40pm): Globally optimized coupled level-sets, with applications to 3D prostate zonal segmentation in MRIs.


 September 3, 2013

Yuri Boykov (Lecture, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm): Introductionto graph-based optimization theories and recent developments, with applicationsto medical image processing.


 September 10, 2013

Eranga Ukwatta (Talk, 12:30 pm – 1:00pm): Efficient global optimization approach to 3D Femoral Lumen and Outer-Wall segmentation in MRIs.

Eli Gibson (Talk, 1:10 pm – 1:40pm): The statistics of registration accuracy.


September 17, 2013

Tharindu De Silva (Talk, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm): Improving 2D-3D rigid registration using learned prostate motion data.

Abraam Soliman (Talk, 1:10 pm – 1:40pm): Convexrelaxation method to IDEAL Fat-Water separation.


Slide Templates

The slides can be prepared by either Powerpoint or Latex. To help the preparation of slides quickly, the templates can be found as follows:

  • The Latex template can be downloaded here; some helps to edit slides by Latex can be found at: