The emulation of the HECKTOR challenge at MICCAI2021 is on with many active participants! The test data has just been released and the submission website will be open from Sep. 01 to Sep. 10. We are very much looking forward to your participation !
We are very grateful to the HECKTOR 2021 sponsors:
Task 1 (segmentation) is sponsored by Siemens Healthineers Switzerlandwith a prize of 500 €. Task 2 (prediction of PFS) is sponsored by Aquilab with a prize of 500 €. Task 3 (prediction of PFS using ground-truth delineation of tumors) is sponsored by Biomemtech with a prize of 500 €.
In this work, we improve the application of LIME to histopathology images by leveraging nuclei annotations. The obtained visualizations reveal the sharp, neat and high attention of the deep classifier to the neoplastic nuclei in the dataset, an observation in line with clinical decision making. Compared to standard LIME, our explanations show improved understandability for domain-experts, report higher stability and pass the sanity checks of consistency to data or initialization changes and sensitivity to network parameters.
Congratulations Dr. Otálora for this well-deserved achievement!
Sebastian successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Deep Learning for Histopathology Image Analysis from Heterogeneous & Multimodal Data Sources” supervised by Prof. Stephane Marchand-Maillet and, Prof. Henning Müller.
Our work on “Common limitations of performance metrics in biomedical image analysis” has been accepted for publication in MIDL 2021. Conducted by a large international consortium including the BIAS initiative, the MICCAI Society’s challenge working group and the benchmarking working group of the MONAI framework, this initiative aims at generating best practice recommendations with respect to metrics in medical image analysis.
Our work “On the Scale Invariance in State of the Art CNNs Trained on ImageNet”, by Mara Graziani, Thomas Lompech, Henning Müller, Adrien Depeursinge and Vincent Andrearczyk. was published with open access rights in a special issue of the Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction (MAKE) journal: https://www.mdpi.com/2504-4990/3/2/19#abstractc
By using our tool Regression Concept Vectors (pip install rcvtool), we modeled information about scale within intermediate CNN layers. Scale covariance peaks at deep layers and invariance is learned only in the final layers. Based on this, we designed a pruning strategy that preserves scale-covariant features. This gives better transfer learning results for medical tasks where scale is discriminative, for example, to distinguish the magnification level of microscope images of tissue biopses.
The second edition of the HECKTOR challenge was accepted at MICCAI 2021. This challenge is designed for researchers in medical imaging to compare their algorithms for automatic segmentation of tumor in Head and Neck Cancer. In addition to last year’s challenge, we will include more data for the segmentation task as well as a new task for the automatic prediction of patient outcome.
This week took place the kickoff meeting of BIGPICTURE, an EU project gathering about 50 partners including hospitals, research centers and pharmaceutical companies with the aim to create the largest database of histopathology images for computer assisted cancer diagnostic and treatment planning.
Our abstract entitled ‘Assessment of the stability and discriminative power of radiomics features in liver lesions using an anthropomorphic 3D-printed CT phantom’ by Jimenez-del-Toro et al. has been accepted to be presented at the Swiss Congress of Radiology 2021 ONLINE edition, as an Oral Presentation.
Our abstract entitled ‘Revealing the most suitable CT radiomics features for retrospective studies with heterogeneous datasets’ by Jimenez-del-Toro et al. has been accepted to be presented at the ONLINE European Congress of Radiology 2021, for the session ‘AI in abdominal imaging’, held from March 3-7, 2021.
This work led by Nora Turoman, Pawel J. Matusz and their colleagues focused on using advanced multivariate EEG analyses to understand how children develop their attentional control in real-world like settings and when different processes that underlie this attention control reach the adult-like state.
Our team, led by Prof. Henning Müller, started a collaboration with the American College of Radiology to develop AI tools that help radiologists in their medical decision making. Le Nouvelliste wrote an article about this collaboration (in French).
We hosted Iam Palatnik (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at MedGIFT for an invited talk on interpretability in medical imaging. Iam shared challenges and solutions for the Local Interpretable Model Agnostic Explanations (LIME) method. The video of his presentation is available online.
Abstract: An application of Local Interpretable Model Agnostic Explanations (LIME) is described for two case studies: Metastases and Malaria classification. Some of the key challenges of using LIME for this purpose – most notably the instability of explanations – are discussed, as well as some potential solutions. Namely, a genetic algorithm based solution called EvEx, where explanations are evolved as the average of a Pareto Front, and Squaregrid, a parameterless rough approximation. The results seem to show that EvEx finds more consistent explanations for regions of high explanatory weight, and that Squaregrid could be a viable way to diminish the need for segmentation parameter fine tuning.
Our paper on “Breast Histopathology with High-Performance Computing and Deep Learning” (M. Graziani et. al) has been accepted for publication in Computing and Informatics, in the special issue on Providing Computing Solutions for Exascale Challenges.
In this work, we present our modular pipeline for detecting tumorous regions in digital specimens of breast lymph nodes with deep learning models. We evaluate challenges and benefits of training models on high-performance and cloud computing with millions of images.
Our PhD student Mara Graziani discussed the topic of defining machine learning interpretability at CIBM (Center for Biomedical Imaging, Switzerland). She also presented our latest applications to the histopathology domain. In particular, she covered our recent work on the “Evaluation and Comparison of CNN Visual Explanations for Histopathology”. She then explained how interpretability can be used in a proactive way to improve model performance. You can watch her talk online at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hs21U-3hgk&feature=youtu.be
Below, the information about the presentation:
Title: A myth-busting attempt for DL interpretability: discussing taxonomies, methodologies and applications to medical imaging.
Deep Learning (DL) models report almost perfect accuracy on some medical tasks, though this seems to plunge in real-world practices . Started in 2009 as the generation of deep visualizations [2, 3], the field of interpretability has grown and developed over the years, with the intent of understanding why such failures happen and discovering hidden and erroneous behaviors. Several interpretability techniques were then developed to address the fundamentally incomplete problem of evaluating DL models on the sole task performance .
While defining the key terms used in the field, I will try to bust some myths on DL interpretability: are explainable and interpretable the same thing? Is a “transparent” model an “interpretable” model? Besides, within the application in the field of medical imaging, I will describe the risk of confirmation bias and present our work on evaluating the reliability of interpretability methods. Finally, I will bring examples from our previous works on how interpretable AI can be used to improve model performance and reduce the distance between the clinical and the DL ontologies.
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