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In Proceedings of the ... IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing. ICASSP (Conference)

Image segmentation is a ubiquitous step in almost any medical image study. Deep learning-based approaches achieve state-of-the-art in the majority of image segmentation benchmarks. However, end-to-end training of such models requires sufficient annotation. In this paper, we propose a method based on conditional Generative Adversarial Network (cGAN) to address segmentation in semi-supervised setup and in a human-in-the-loop fashion. More specifically, we use the generator in the GAN to synthesize segmentations on unlabeled data and use the discriminator to identify unreliable slices for which expert annotation is required. The quantitative results on a conventional standard benchmark show that our method is comparable with the state-of-the-art fully supervised methods in slice-level evaluation, despite of requiring far less annotated data.

Ravanbakhsh Mahdyar, Tschernezki Vadim, Last Felix, Klein Tassilo, Batmanghelich Kayhan, Tresp Volker, Nabi Moin


GANs, Human-Machine Collaboration

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A novel comparative study for detection of Covid-19 on CT lung images using texture analysis, machine learning, and deep learning methods.

In Multimedia tools and applications

The Covid-19 virus outbreak that emerged in China at the end of 2019 caused a huge and devastating effect worldwide. In patients with severe symptoms of the disease, pneumonia develops due to Covid-19 virus. This causes intense involvement and damage in lungs. Although the emergence of the disease occurred a short time ago, many literature studies have been carried out in which these effects of the disease on the lungs were revealed by the help of lung CT imaging. In this study, 1.396 lung CT images in total (386 Covid-19 and 1.010 Non-Covid-19) were subjected to automatic classification. In this study, Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), one of the deep learning methods, was used which suggested automatic classification of CT images of lungs for early diagnosis of Covid-19 disease. In addition, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) was used to compare the classification successes of deep learning with machine learning. Within the scope of the study, a 23-layer CNN architecture was designed and used as a classifier. Also, training and testing processes were performed for Alexnet and Mobilenetv2 CNN architectures as well. The classification results were also calculated for the case of increasing the number of images used in training for the first 23-layer CNN architecture by 5, 10, and 20 times using data augmentation methods. To reveal the effect of the change in the number of images in the training and test clusters on the results, two different training and testing processes, 2-fold and 10-fold cross-validation, were performed and the results of the study were calculated. As a result, thanks to these detailed calculations performed within the scope of the study, a comprehensive comparison of the success of the texture analysis method, machine learning, and deep learning methods in Covid-19 classification from CT images was made. The highest mean sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, F-1 score, and AUC values obtained as a result of the study were 0,9197, 0,9891, 0,9473, 0,9058, 0,9888; respectively for 2-fold cross-validation, and they were 0,9404, 0,9901, 0,9599, 0,9284, 0,9903; respectively for 10-fold cross-validation.

Yasar Huseyin, Ceylan Murat


Convolutional neural networks (CNN), Covid-19, Deep learning, Lung CT classification, Machine learning, Texture analysis methods

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A combined approach of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry and multivariate analysis as a potential tool for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus in nasopharyngeal swabs.

In Journal of virological methods

Coronavirus disease 2019, known as COVID-19, is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The early, sensitive and specific detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus is widely recognized as the critical point in responding to the ongoing outbreak. Currently, the diagnosis is based on molecular real time RT-PCR techniques, although their implementation is being threatened due to the extraordinary demand for supplies worldwide. That is why the development of alternative and / or complementary tests becomes so relevant. Here, we exploit the potential of mass spectrometry technology combined with machine learning algorithms, for the detection of COVID-19 positive and negative protein profiles directly from nasopharyngeal swabs samples. According to the preliminary results obtained, accuracy = 67.66%, sensitivity = 61.76%, specificity = 71.72%, and although these parameters still need to be improved to be used as a screening technique, mass spectrometry-based methods coupled with multivariate analysis showed that it is an interesting tool that deserves to be explored as a complementary diagnostic approach due to the low cost and fast performance. However, further steps, such as the analysis of a large number of samples, should be taken in consideration to determine the applicability of the method developed.

Rocca María Florencia, Zintgraff Jonathan Cristian, Dattero María Elena, Santos Leonardo Silva, Ledesma Martín, Vay Carlos, Prieto Mónica, Benedetti Estefanía, Avaro Martín, Russo Mara, Nachtigall Fabiane Manke, Baumeister Elsa


COVID-19, MALDI-TOF, Mass spectrometry, SARS-CoV-2, machine learning

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Isfahan and Covid-19: Deep Spatiotemporal Representation.

In Chaos, solitons, and fractals

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world. Iran was one of the first affected countries by this virus. Isfahan, as the third most populated province of Iran, experienced a noticeable epidemic. The prediction of epidemic size, peak value, and peak time can help policymakers in correct decisions. In this study, deep learning is selected as a powerful tool for forecasting this epidemic in Isfahan. A combination of effective Social Determinant of Health (SDH) and the occurrences of COVID-19 data are used as spatiotemporal input by using time-series information from different locations. Different models are utilized, and the best performance is found to be for a tailored type of long short-term memory (LSTM). This new method incorporates mutual effect of all classes (confirmed/ death / recovered) in predication process. The future trajectory of the outbreak in Isfahan is forecasted with the proposed model. The paper demonstrates the positive effect of adding SDHs in pandemic prediction. Furthermore, the effectiveness of different SDHs is discussed, and the most effective terms are introduced. The method expresses high ability in both short- and long- term forecasting of the outbreak. The model proves that in predicting one class (like the number of confirmed cases), the effect of other accompanying numbers (like death and recovered cases) cannot be ignored. In conclusion, the superiorities of this model (particularity the long term predication ability) turn it into a reliable tool for helping the health decision makers.

Kafieh Rahele, Saeedizadeh Narges, Arian Roya, Amini Zahra, Serej Nasim Dadashi, Vaezi Atefeh, Javanmard Shaghayegh Haghjooy


COVID-19, Isfahan, deep learning, predication

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Severity and Consolidation Quantification of COVID-19 from CT Images Using Deep Learning Based on Hybrid Weak Labels.

In IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics

Early and accurate diagnosis of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is essential for patient isolation and contact tracing so that the spread of infection can be limited. Computed tomography (CT) can provide important information in COVID-19, especially for patients with moderate to severe disease as well as those with worsening cardiopulmonary status. As an automatic tool, deep learning methods can be utilized to perform semantic segmentation of affected lung regions, which is important to establish disease severity and prognosis prediction. Both the extent and type of pulmonary opacities help assess disease severity. However, manually pixel-level multi-class labelling is time-consuming, subjective, and non-quantitative. In this work, we proposed a hybrid weak label-based deep learning method that utilize both the manually annotated pulmonary opacities from COVID-19 pneumonia and the patient-level disease-type information available from the clinical report. A UNet was firstly trained with semantic labels to segment the total infected region. It was used to initialize another UNet, which was trained to segment the consolidations with patient-level information using the Expectation-Maximization (EM) algorithm. To demonstrate the performance of the proposed method, multi-institutional CT datasets from Iran, Italy, South Korea, and the United States were utilized. Results show that our proposed method can predict the infected regions as well as the consolidation regions with a good correlation to human annotation.

Wu Dufan, Gong Kuang, Arru Chiara, Homayounieh Fatemeh, Bizzo Bernardo, Buch Varun, Ren Hui, Kim Kyungsang, Neumark Nir, Tak Won Young, Kang Min Kyu, Carriero Alessandro, Saba Luca, Dayan Ittai, Masjedi Mahsa, Babaei Rosa, Kalra Mannudeep K, Li Quanzheng


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Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Battling Against Covid-19: A Literature Review.

In Chaos, solitons, and fractals

Colloquially known as coronavirus, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), that causes CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), has become a matter of grave concern for every country around the world. The rapid growth of the pandemic has wreaked havoc and prompted the need for immediate reactions to curb the effects. To manage the problems, many research in a variety of area of science have started studying the issue. Artificial Intelligence is among the area of science that has found great applications in tackling the problem in many aspects. Here, we perform an overview on the applications of AI in a variety of fields including diagnosis of the disease via different types of tests and symptoms, monitoring patients, identifying severity of a patient, processing covid-19 related imaging tests, epidemiology, pharmaceutical studies, etc. The aim of this paper is to perform a comprehensive survey on the applications of AI in battling against the difficulties the outbreak has caused. Thus we cover every way that AI approaches have been employed and to cover all the research until the writing of this paper. We try organize the works in a way that overall picture is comprehensible. Such a picture, although full of details, is very helpful in understand where AI sits in current pandemonium. We also tried to conclude the paper with ideas on how the problems can be tackled in a better way and provide some suggestions for future works.

Tayarani-N Mohammad-H


Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Neural Networks, Convolutional Neural Networks, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Deep Learning, Deep Neural Networks, Drug discovery, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Algorithms, Machine Learning, SARS-CoV-2, Vaccine Development