Models, code, and papers for "Zhengyang Shen":

Region-specific Diffeomorphic Metric Mapping

Jun 01, 2019
Zhengyang Shen, François-Xavier Vialard, Marc Niethammer

We introduce a region-specific diffeomorphic metric mapping (RDMM) registration approach. RDMM is non-parametric, estimating spatio-temporal velocity fields which parameterize the sought-for spatial transformation. Regularization of these velocity fields is necessary. However, while existing non-parametric registration approaches, e.g., the large displacement diffeomorphic metric mapping (LDDMM) model, use a fixed spatially-invariant regularization our model advects a spatially-varying regularizer with the estimated velocity field, thereby naturally attaching a spatio-temporal regularizer to deforming objects. We explore a family of RDMM registration approaches: 1) a registration model where regions with separate regularizations are pre-defined (e.g., in an atlas space), 2) a registration model where a general spatially-varying regularizer is estimated, and 3) a registration model where the spatially-varying regularizer is obtained via an end-to-end trained deep learning (DL) model. We provide a variational derivation of RDMM, show that the model can assure diffeomorphic transformations in the continuum, and that LDDMM is a particular instance of RDMM. To evaluate RDMM performance we experiment 1) on synthetic 2D data and 2) on two 3D datasets: knee magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) and computed tomography images (CT) of the lung. Results show that our framework achieves state-of-the-art image registration performance, while providing additional information via a learned spatio-temoporal regularizer. Further, our deep learning approach allows for very fast RDMM and LDDMM estimations. Our code will be open-sourced. Code is available at

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Networks for Joint Affine and Non-parametric Image Registration

Mar 21, 2019
Zhengyang Shen, Xu Han, Zhenlin Xu, Marc Niethammer

We introduce an end-to-end deep-learning framework for 3D medical image registration. In contrast to existing approaches, our framework combines two registration methods: an affine registration and a vector momentum-parameterized stationary velocity field (vSVF) model. Specifically, it consists of three stages. In the first stage, a multi-step affine network predicts affine transform parameters. In the second stage, we use a Unet-like network to generate a momentum, from which a velocity field can be computed via smoothing. Finally, in the third stage, we employ a self-iterable map-based vSVF component to provide a non-parametric refinement based on the current estimate of the transformation map. Once the model is trained, a registration is completed in one forward pass. To evaluate the performance, we conducted longitudinal and cross-subject experiments on 3D magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the knee of the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) dataset. Results show that our framework achieves comparable performance to state-of-the-art medical image registration approaches, but it is much faster, with a better control of transformation regularity including the ability to produce approximately symmetric transformations, and combining affine and non-parametric registration.

* Accepted to CVPR 2019 

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Global Deep Learning Methods for Multimodality Isointense Infant Brain Image Segmentation

Dec 10, 2018
Zhengyang Wang, Na Zou, Dinggang Shen, Shuiwang Ji

An important step in early brain development study is to perform automatic segmentation of infant brain magnetic resonance (MR) images into cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) regions. This task is especially challenging in the isointense stage (approximately 6-8 months of age) when GM and WM exhibit similar levels of intensities in MR images. Deep learning has shown its great promise in various image segmentation tasks. However, existing models do not have an efficient and effective way to aggregate global information. They also suffer from information loss during up-sampling operations. In this work, we address these problems by proposing a global aggregation block, which can be flexibly used for global information fusion. We build a novel model based on 3D U-Net to make fast and accurate voxel-wise dense prediction. We perform thorough experiments, and results indicate that our model outperforms previous best models significantly on 3D multimodality isointense infant brain MR image segmentation.

* 10 pages, 9 figures, 8 tables 

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Learning Multi-level Features For Sensor-based Human Action Recognition

Sep 02, 2017
Yan Xu, Zhengyang Shen, Xin Zhang, Yifan Gao, Shujian Deng, Yipei Wang, Yubo Fan, Eric I-Chao Chang

This paper proposes a multi-level feature learning framework for human action recognition using a single body-worn inertial sensor. The framework consists of three phases, respectively designed to analyze signal-based (low-level), components (mid-level) and semantic (high-level) information. Low-level features capture the time and frequency domain property while mid-level representations learn the composition of the action. The Max-margin Latent Pattern Learning (MLPL) method is proposed to learn high-level semantic descriptions of latent action patterns as the output of our framework. The proposed method achieves the state-of-the-art performances, 88.7%, 98.8% and 72.6% (weighted F1 score) respectively, on Skoda, WISDM and OPP datasets.

* Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Volume 40, September 2017, Pages 324-338 
* 26 pages, 23 figures 

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End-to-End Subtitle Detection and Recognition for Videos in East Asian Languages via CNN Ensemble with Near-Human-Level Performance

Nov 18, 2016
Yan Xu, Siyuan Shan, Ziming Qiu, Zhipeng Jia, Zhengyang Shen, Yipei Wang, Mengfei Shi, Eric I-Chao Chang

In this paper, we propose an innovative end-to-end subtitle detection and recognition system for videos in East Asian languages. Our end-to-end system consists of multiple stages. Subtitles are firstly detected by a novel image operator based on the sequence information of consecutive video frames. Then, an ensemble of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) trained on synthetic data is adopted for detecting and recognizing East Asian characters. Finally, a dynamic programming approach leveraging language models is applied to constitute results of the entire body of text lines. The proposed system achieves average end-to-end accuracies of 98.2% and 98.3% on 40 videos in Simplified Chinese and 40 videos in Traditional Chinese respectively, which is a significant outperformance of other existing methods. The near-perfect accuracy of our system dramatically narrows the gap between human cognitive ability and state-of-the-art algorithms used for such a task.

* 35 pages 

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