Models, code, and papers for "Binbin Yang":

FD-FCN: 3D Fully Dense and Fully Convolutional Network for Semantic Segmentation of Brain Anatomy

Jul 22, 2019
Binbin Yang, Weiwei Zhang

In this paper, a 3D patch-based fully dense and fully convolutional network (FD-FCN) is proposed for fast and accurate segmentation of subcortical structures in T1-weighted magnetic resonance images. Developed from the seminal FCN with an end-to-end learning-based approach and constructed by newly designed dense blocks including a dense fully-connected layer, the proposed FD-FCN is different from other FCN-based methods and leads to an outperformance in the perspective of both efficiency and accuracy. Compared with the U-shaped architecture, FD-FCN discards the upsampling path for model fitness. To alleviate the problem of parameter explosion, the inputs of dense blocks are no longer directly passed to subsequent layers. This architecture of FD-FCN brings a great reduction on both memory and time consumption in training process. Although FD-FCN is slimmed down, in model competence it gains better capability of dense inference than other conventional networks. This benefits from the construction of network architecture and the incorporation of redesigned dense blocks. The multi-scale FD-FCN models both local and global context by embedding intermediate-layer outputs in the final prediction, which encourages consistency between features extracted at different scales and embeds fine-grained information directly in the segmentation process. In addition, dense blocks are rebuilt to enlarge the receptive fields without significantly increasing parameters, and spectral coordinates are exploited for spatial context of the original input patch. The experiments were performed over the IBSR dataset, and FD-FCN produced an accurate segmentation result of overall Dice overlap value of 89.81% for 11 brain structures in 53 seconds, with at least 3.66% absolute improvement of dice accuracy than state-of-the-art 3D FCN-based methods.


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Geodesic Distance Function Learning via Heat Flow on Vector Fields

May 08, 2014
Binbin Lin, Ji Yang, Xiaofei He, Jieping Ye

Learning a distance function or metric on a given data manifold is of great importance in machine learning and pattern recognition. Many of the previous works first embed the manifold to Euclidean space and then learn the distance function. However, such a scheme might not faithfully preserve the distance function if the original manifold is not Euclidean. Note that the distance function on a manifold can always be well-defined. In this paper, we propose to learn the distance function directly on the manifold without embedding. We first provide a theoretical characterization of the distance function by its gradient field. Based on our theoretical analysis, we propose to first learn the gradient field of the distance function and then learn the distance function itself. Specifically, we set the gradient field of a local distance function as an initial vector field. Then we transport it to the whole manifold via heat flow on vector fields. Finally, the geodesic distance function can be obtained by requiring its gradient field to be close to the normalized vector field. Experimental results on both synthetic and real data demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed algorithm.


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DeLS-3D: Deep Localization and Segmentation with a 3D Semantic Map

May 13, 2018
Peng Wang, Ruigang Yang, Binbin Cao, Wei Xu, Yuanqing Lin

For applications such as autonomous driving, self-localization/camera pose estimation and scene parsing are crucial technologies. In this paper, we propose a unified framework to tackle these two problems simultaneously. The uniqueness of our design is a sensor fusion scheme which integrates camera videos, motion sensors (GPS/IMU), and a 3D semantic map in order to achieve robustness and efficiency of the system. Specifically, we first have an initial coarse camera pose obtained from consumer-grade GPS/IMU, based on which a label map can be rendered from the 3D semantic map. Then, the rendered label map and the RGB image are jointly fed into a pose CNN, yielding a corrected camera pose. In addition, to incorporate temporal information, a multi-layer recurrent neural network (RNN) is further deployed improve the pose accuracy. Finally, based on the pose from RNN, we render a new label map, which is fed together with the RGB image into a segment CNN which produces per-pixel semantic label. In order to validate our approach, we build a dataset with registered 3D point clouds and video camera images. Both the point clouds and the images are semantically-labeled. Each video frame has ground truth pose from highly accurate motion sensors. We show that practically, pose estimation solely relying on images like PoseNet may fail due to street view confusion, and it is important to fuse multiple sensors. Finally, various ablation studies are performed, which demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed system. In particular, we show that scene parsing and pose estimation are mutually beneficial to achieve a more robust and accurate system.

* Accepted in CVPR 2018. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1803.06184 

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A Simple Algorithm for Semi-supervised Learning with Improved Generalization Error Bound

Jun 27, 2012
Ming Ji, Tianbao Yang, Binbin Lin, Rong Jin, Jiawei Han

In this work, we develop a simple algorithm for semi-supervised regression. The key idea is to use the top eigenfunctions of integral operator derived from both labeled and unlabeled examples as the basis functions and learn the prediction function by a simple linear regression. We show that under appropriate assumptions about the integral operator, this approach is able to achieve an improved regression error bound better than existing bounds of supervised learning. We also verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm by an empirical study.

* Appears in Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2012) 

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Deep Sequence Learning with Auxiliary Information for Traffic Prediction

Jun 13, 2018
Binbing Liao, Jingqing Zhang, Chao Wu, Douglas McIlwraith, Tong Chen, Shengwen Yang, Yike Guo, Fei Wu

Predicting traffic conditions from online route queries is a challenging task as there are many complicated interactions over the roads and crowds involved. In this paper, we intend to improve traffic prediction by appropriate integration of three kinds of implicit but essential factors encoded in auxiliary information. We do this within an encoder-decoder sequence learning framework that integrates the following data: 1) offline geographical and social attributes. For example, the geographical structure of roads or public social events such as national celebrations; 2) road intersection information. In general, traffic congestion occurs at major junctions; 3) online crowd queries. For example, when many online queries issued for the same destination due to a public performance, the traffic around the destination will potentially become heavier at this location after a while. Qualitative and quantitative experiments on a real-world dataset from Baidu have demonstrated the effectiveness of our framework.

* KDD 2018. The first two authors share equal contributions 

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Stochastic Coordinate Coding and Its Application for Drosophila Gene Expression Pattern Annotation

Dec 09, 2014
Binbin Lin, Qingyang Li, Qian Sun, Ming-Jun Lai, Ian Davidson, Wei Fan, Jieping Ye

\textit{Drosophila melanogaster} has been established as a model organism for investigating the fundamental principles of developmental gene interactions. The gene expression patterns of \textit{Drosophila melanogaster} can be documented as digital images, which are annotated with anatomical ontology terms to facilitate pattern discovery and comparison. The automated annotation of gene expression pattern images has received increasing attention due to the recent expansion of the image database. The effectiveness of gene expression pattern annotation relies on the quality of feature representation. Previous studies have demonstrated that sparse coding is effective for extracting features from gene expression images. However, solving sparse coding remains a computationally challenging problem, especially when dealing with large-scale data sets and learning large size dictionaries. In this paper, we propose a novel algorithm to solve the sparse coding problem, called Stochastic Coordinate Coding (SCC). The proposed algorithm alternatively updates the sparse codes via just a few steps of coordinate descent and updates the dictionary via second order stochastic gradient descent. The computational cost is further reduced by focusing on the non-zero components of the sparse codes and the corresponding columns of the dictionary only in the updating procedure. Thus, the proposed algorithm significantly improves the efficiency and the scalability, making sparse coding applicable for large-scale data sets and large dictionary sizes. Our experiments on Drosophila gene expression data sets demonstrate the efficiency and the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.


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