GPI Seminar Series: Carles Ventura (Feb.13, 2018)

Carles Ventura

Carles Ventura, SUnAI Research Group, UOC
Iterative Deep Learning for Network Topology Extraction
Tuesday February 13th, 12h30, Seminars room D5-007

Our work "Iterative Deep Learning for Network Topology Extraction" (preprint) tackles the task of estimating the topology of filamentary networks such as retinal vessels and road networks. Building on top of a global model that performs a dense semantical classification of the pixels of the image, we design a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) that predicts the local connectivity between the central pixel of an input patch and its border points. By iterating this local connectivity we sweep the whole image and infer the global topology of the filamentary network, inspired by a human delineating a complex network with the tip of their finger. We perform an extensive and comprehensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation on two tasks: retinal veins and arteries topology extraction and road network estimation. In both cases, represented by two publicly available datasets (DRIVE and Massachusetts Roads), we show superior performance to very strong baselines.

Short Bio:
Carles Ventura received his B.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering at the Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2010. In 2011, he obtained his M.S. degree in Computer Science at UPC and in 2016 the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at UPC. At this moment he is a lecturer and researcher at the IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications department at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), managing courses of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data structures and research dissemination. His research work is mainly focused on content-based image retrieval, object detection and recognition, and image segmentation. He is member of the Scene Understanding and Artificial Intelligence (SUnAI) group of the UOC.