HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

Seminar by Prof. Hervé Lombaert from ETS Montreal, Canada

DateThursday, 8 December 2022
Time2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venuein Room 301, Run Run Shaw Building
TitleGeometric 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 learning 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.

About the speaker

Hervé Lombaert (和偉 隆巴特) 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, 5 patents, and earned several awards, such as the IPMI Erbsmann Prize. 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).