Special Issue "AI Approaches to Biological Image Analysis"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Andrew French

Computer Vision Laboratory, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK
School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, LE12 5RD, UK
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Interests: bioimage analysis; plant phenotyping; deep learning
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Pound

Computer Vision Laboratory, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK
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Interests: network snakes; object tracking; level sets; stereo reconstruction; event detection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence)-based approaches have had remarkable impact on the image analysis field, and we can expect such successes to spread to specific disciplines as the techniques are applied to specific domains. In this Special Issue, we will present some recent advances and applications within the field of bioimage analysis. We are particularly interested in exploring application of machine and deep learning approaches to the analysis of biological images (excluding medical images). One particular area where this has seen recent application is plant and crop phenotyping, but we expect to see advances in phenotyping success across the discipline.

We welcome submissions in this area, including, but not limited to:

  • Novel application of deep or machine learning to bioimaging problems
  • Application of such approaches to improve plant and crop phenotyping
  • Novel application within the wider biological imaging field, including microscope imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and 3D/4D imaging.

Dr. Andrew French
Dr. Michael Pound
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Bioimage analysis
  • Phenotyping
  • Deep learning
  • Machine learning

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessArticle Transfer Learning from Synthetic Data Applied to Soil–Root Segmentation in X-Ray Tomography Images
J. Imaging 2018, 4(5), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging4050065
Received: 24 March 2018 / Revised: 23 April 2018 / Accepted: 1 May 2018 / Published: 6 May 2018
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One of the most challenging computer vision problems in the plant sciences is the segmentation of roots and soil in X-ray tomography. So far, this has been addressed using classical image analysis methods. In this paper, we address this soil–root segmentation problem in
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One of the most challenging computer vision problems in the plant sciences is the segmentation of roots and soil in X-ray tomography. So far, this has been addressed using classical image analysis methods. In this paper, we address this soil–root segmentation problem in X-ray tomography using a variant of supervised deep learning-based classification called transfer learning where the learning stage is based on simulated data. The robustness of this technique, tested for the first time with this plant science problem, is established using soil–roots with very low contrast in X-ray tomography. We also demonstrate the possibility of efficiently segmenting the root from the soil while learning using purely synthetic soil and roots. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Authors: Babette Dellen et al.
Affiliation: RheinAhrCampus, University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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