Interactive Deep Learning for Image Labeling and Analysis

Deep learning algorithms have shown to be successful in applications such as speech recognition and computer vision. A key component for a high performance is the access to a large amount of labeled data. For the cases where the number of labeled training examples is too small, incomplete, or even non-existent, a manual labeling process is required, which is laborious, time-consuming, and might require expert knowledge. This is especially true for medical applications, where the data is protected and difficult for non-experts to annotate.

In this family of projects, we aim to use deep learning as a general-purpose tool for both assisting the human in the labeling process and for the process of analysing the input data (images, videos, or 3D data). The model used for the analysing process so far is a deep Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). The interaction between the human user and the deep learning algorithm ensures that the algorithm is provided with trustworthy, custom, human-decided, labeled training examples and the algorithm iteratively assists the human in the labeling process and gives insight on the learning process, which saves time and increases transparency and acceptance of the output results.

So far, this approach has been used in the following research areas:
– Computer aided diagnosis (CAD) for kidney stone detection and lung disease classification in 3D CT scans
– Labeling and object classification of satellite images
– Semantic segmentation of outdoor scenes and facial images

The video below showcase the process of manual and tool-assisted labeling for some of the above-mentioned projects. The images are first partially labeled. Meanwhile, a CNN is trained on the labeled examples and then provides suggestions for additional labels with high-confidence. The human verifies the results, make corrections, and provides additional labeled examples for problematic classes or areas.




Martin Längkvist, Marjan Alirezaie, Andrey Kiselev, Amy Loutfi

Interactive Learning with Convolutional Neural Networks for Image Labeling Inproceedings

In: IJCAI 2016 workshop on Interactive Machine Learning: Connecting Humans and Machines, 2016.

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Martin Längkvist, Andrey Kiselev, Marjan Alirezaie, Amy Loutfi

Classification and Segmentation of Satellite Orthoimagery Using Convolutional Neural Networks Journal Article

In: Remote Sensing, 8 (4), 2016.

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Antai Llaquet Bayo

Computer aided renal calculi detection using Convolutional Neural Networks Masters Thesis


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Interactive Deep Learning for Image Labeling and Analysis is a project funded by Nyckelfonden, VINNOVA