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Adaptive Image Registration: A Hybrid Approach Integrating Deep Learning and Optimization Functions for Enhanced Precision

Nov 27, 2023
Gabriel De Araujo, Shanlin Sun, Xiaohui Xie

Image registration has traditionally been done using two distinct approaches: learning based methods, relying on robust deep neural networks, and optimization-based methods, applying complex mathematical transformations to warp images accordingly. Of course, both paradigms offer advantages and disadvantages, and, in this work, we seek to combine their respective strengths into a single streamlined framework, using the outputs of the learning based method as initial parameters for optimization while prioritizing computational power for the image pairs that offer the greatest loss. Our investigations showed that an improvement of 0.3\% in testing when utilizing the best performing state-of-the-art model as the backbone of the framework, while maintaining the same inference time and with only a 0.8\% loss in deformation field smoothness.

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CVTHead: One-shot Controllable Head Avatar with Vertex-feature Transformer

Nov 11, 2023
Haoyu Ma, Tong Zhang, Shanlin Sun, Xiangyi Yan, Kun Han, Xiaohui Xie

Reconstructing personalized animatable head avatars has significant implications in the fields of AR/VR. Existing methods for achieving explicit face control of 3D Morphable Models (3DMM) typically rely on multi-view images or videos of a single subject, making the reconstruction process complex. Additionally, the traditional rendering pipeline is time-consuming, limiting real-time animation possibilities. In this paper, we introduce CVTHead, a novel approach that generates controllable neural head avatars from a single reference image using point-based neural rendering. CVTHead considers the sparse vertices of mesh as the point set and employs the proposed Vertex-feature Transformer to learn local feature descriptors for each vertex. This enables the modeling of long-range dependencies among all the vertices. Experimental results on the VoxCeleb dataset demonstrate that CVTHead achieves comparable performance to state-of-the-art graphics-based methods. Moreover, it enables efficient rendering of novel human heads with various expressions, head poses, and camera views. These attributes can be explicitly controlled using the coefficients of 3DMMs, facilitating versatile and realistic animation in real-time scenarios.

* WACV2024 
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HierCas: Hierarchical Temporal Graph Attention Networks for Popularity Prediction in Information Cascades

Oct 20, 2023
Zhizhen Zhang, Xiaohui Xie, Yishuo Zhang, Lanshan Zhang, Yong Jiang

Information cascade popularity prediction is critical for many applications, including but not limited to identifying fake news and accurate recommendations. Traditional feature-based methods heavily rely on handcrafted features, which are domain-specific and lack generalizability to new domains. To address this problem, researchers have turned to neural network-based approaches. However, existing methods follow a sampling-based modeling approach, potentially losing continuous dynamic information and structural-temporal dependencies that emerge during the information diffusion process. In this paper, we propose a novel framework called Hierarchical Temporal Graph Attention Networks for cascade popularity prediction (HierCas). Unlike existing methods, HierCas operates on the entire cascade graph by a dynamic graph modeling approach, enabling it to capture the full range of continuous dynamic information and explicitly model the interplay between structural and temporal factors. By leveraging time-aware node embedding, graph attention mechanisms and hierarchical pooling structures, HierCas effectively captures the popularity trend implicit in the complex cascade. Extensive experiments conducted on two real-world datasets in different scenarios demonstrate that our HierCas significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art approaches.

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GNN4EEG: A Benchmark and Toolkit for Electroencephalography Classification with Graph Neural Network

Sep 27, 2023
Kaiyuan Zhang, Ziyi Ye, Qingyao Ai, Xiaohui Xie, Yiqun Liu

Electroencephalography(EEG) classification is a crucial task in neuroscience, neural engineering, and several commercial applications. Traditional EEG classification models, however, have often overlooked or inadequately leveraged the brain's topological information. Recognizing this shortfall, there has been a burgeoning interest in recent years in harnessing the potential of Graph Neural Networks (GNN) to exploit the topological information by modeling features selected from each EEG channel in a graph structure. To further facilitate research in this direction, we introduce GNN4EEG, a versatile and user-friendly toolkit for GNN-based modeling of EEG signals. GNN4EEG comprises three components: (i)A large benchmark constructed with four EEG classification tasks based on EEG data collected from 123 participants. (ii)Easy-to-use implementations on various state-of-the-art GNN-based EEG classification models, e.g., DGCNN, RGNN, etc. (iii)Implementations of comprehensive experimental settings and evaluation protocols, e.g., data splitting protocols, and cross-validation protocols. GNN4EEG is publicly released at

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Light Field Diffusion for Single-View Novel View Synthesis

Sep 23, 2023
Yifeng Xiong, Haoyu Ma, Shanlin Sun, Kun Han, Xiaohui Xie

Single-view novel view synthesis, the task of generating images from new viewpoints based on a single reference image, is an important but challenging task in computer vision. Recently, Denoising Diffusion Probabilistic Model (DDPM) has become popular in this area due to its strong ability to generate high-fidelity images. However, current diffusion-based methods directly rely on camera pose matrices as viewing conditions, globally and implicitly introducing 3D constraints. These methods may suffer from inconsistency among generated images from different perspectives, especially in regions with intricate textures and structures. In this work, we present Light Field Diffusion (LFD), a conditional diffusion-based model for single-view novel view synthesis. Unlike previous methods that employ camera pose matrices, LFD transforms the camera view information into light field encoding and combines it with the reference image. This design introduces local pixel-wise constraints within the diffusion models, thereby encouraging better multi-view consistency. Experiments on several datasets show that our LFD can efficiently generate high-fidelity images and maintain better 3D consistency even in intricate regions. Our method can generate images with higher quality than NeRF-based models, and we obtain sample quality similar to other diffusion-based models but with only one-third of the model size.

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Self-Sampling Meta SAM: Enhancing Few-shot Medical Image Segmentation with Meta-Learning

Sep 01, 2023
Yiming Zhang, Tianang Leng, Kun Han, Xiaohui Xie

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While the Segment Anything Model (SAM) excels in semantic segmentation for general-purpose images, its performance significantly deteriorates when applied to medical images, primarily attributable to insufficient representation of medical images in its training dataset. Nonetheless, gathering comprehensive datasets and training models that are universally applicable is particularly challenging due to the long-tail problem common in medical images. To address this gap, here we present a Self-Sampling Meta SAM (SSM-SAM) framework for few-shot medical image segmentation. Our innovation lies in the design of three key modules: 1) An online fast gradient descent optimizer, further optimized by a meta-learner, which ensures swift and robust adaptation to new tasks. 2) A Self-Sampling module designed to provide well-aligned visual prompts for improved attention allocation; and 3) A robust attention-based decoder specifically designed for medical few-shot learning to capture relationship between different slices. Extensive experiments on a popular abdominal CT dataset and an MRI dataset demonstrate that the proposed method achieves significant improvements over state-of-the-art methods in few-shot segmentation, with an average improvements of 10.21% and 1.80% in terms of DSC, respectively. In conclusion, we present a novel approach for rapid online adaptation in interactive image segmentation, adapting to a new organ in just 0.83 minutes. Code is publicly available on GitHub upon acceptance.

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Optron: Better Medical Image Registration via Training in the Loop

Aug 29, 2023
Yicheng Chen, Shengxiang Ji, Yuelin Xin, Kun Han, Xiaohui Xie

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Previously, in the field of medical image registration, there are primarily two paradigms, the traditional optimization-based methods, and the deep-learning-based methods. Each of these paradigms has its advantages, and in this work, we aim to take the best of both worlds. Instead of developing a new deep learning model, we designed a robust training architecture that is simple and generalizable. We present Optron, a general training architecture incorporating the idea of training-in-the-loop. By iteratively optimizing the prediction result of a deep learning model through a plug-and-play optimizer module in the training loop, Optron introduces pseudo ground truth to an unsupervised training process. And by bringing the training process closer to that of supervised training, Optron can consistently improve the models' performance and convergence speed. We evaluated our method on various combinations of models and datasets, and we have achieved state-of-the-art performance on the IXI dataset, improving the previous state-of-the-art method TransMorph by a significant margin of +1.6% DSC. Moreover, Optron also consistently achieved positive results with other models and datasets. It increases the validation DSC for VoxelMorph and ViT-V-Net by +2.3% and +2.2% respectively on IXI, demonstrating our method's generalizability. Our implementation is publicly available at

* 10 pages, 5 figures, 4 tables 
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View while Moving: Efficient Video Recognition in Long-untrimmed Videos

Aug 09, 2023
Ye Tian, Mengyu Yang, Lanshan Zhang, Zhizhen Zhang, Yang Liu, Xiaohui Xie, Xirong Que, Wendong Wang

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Recent adaptive methods for efficient video recognition mostly follow the two-stage paradigm of "preview-then-recognition" and have achieved great success on multiple video benchmarks. However, this two-stage paradigm involves two visits of raw frames from coarse-grained to fine-grained during inference (cannot be parallelized), and the captured spatiotemporal features cannot be reused in the second stage (due to varying granularity), being not friendly to efficiency and computation optimization. To this end, inspired by human cognition, we propose a novel recognition paradigm of "View while Moving" for efficient long-untrimmed video recognition. In contrast to the two-stage paradigm, our paradigm only needs to access the raw frame once. The two phases of coarse-grained sampling and fine-grained recognition are combined into unified spatiotemporal modeling, showing great performance. Moreover, we investigate the properties of semantic units in video and propose a hierarchical mechanism to efficiently capture and reason about the unit-level and video-level temporal semantics in long-untrimmed videos respectively. Extensive experiments on both long-untrimmed and short-trimmed videos demonstrate that our approach outperforms state-of-the-art methods in terms of accuracy as well as efficiency, yielding new efficiency and accuracy trade-offs for video spatiotemporal modeling.

* Accepted at ACM MM 2023 
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