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VISE Fall Seminar Hervé Lombaert, PhD 11.17.22

Posted by on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 in News.

VISE Fall Seminar
to be led by

Hervé Lombaert, PhD
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Shape Analysis in Medical Imaging
ETS Montreal, Canada








Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 11:45 a.m. Lunch, 12:00 p.m. start
Location: Stevenson 5326

Title: Geometric deep learning – Examples on brain surfaces


How to analyze the shapes of complex organs, such as the highly folded surface of the brain?  This talk will show how spectral shape analysis can benefit general problems where data fundamentally lives on surfaces.  We exploit spectral coordinates derived from the Laplacian eigenfunctions of shapes.  Spectral coordinates have the advantage over Euclidean coordinates, to be geometry aware, invariant to isometric deformations, and to parameterize surfaces explicitly.  This change of paradigm, from Euclidean to spectral representations, enables a classifier to be applied *directly* on surface data, via spectral coordinates.  Brain matching and learning of surface data will be shown as examples.  The talk will focus, first, on the spectral representations of shapes, with an example on brain surface matching; second, on the basics of geometric deep learning; and finally, on the learning of surface data, with an example on automatic brain surface parcellation.


Hervé Lombaert is an Associate Professor at ETS Montreal, Canada, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Shape Analysis in Medical Imaging. His research focuses on the statistics and analysis of shapes in the context of machine learning and medical imaging. His work on graph analysis has impacted the performance of several applications in medical imaging, from the early image segmentation techniques with graph cuts, to recent surface analysis with spectral graph theory and graph convolutional networks. Hervé has authored over 70 papers and 5 patents. He had the chance to work in multiple centers, including Inria Sophia-Antipolis (France), Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK), Siemens Corporate Research (Princeton, NJ), McGill University (Canada), and the University of Montreal (Canada).