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INESC TEC researchers’ output highlighted in Japan

Pedro Costa, CMU-Portugal, and Aurélio Campilho, coordinator of INESC TEC’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research (C-BER), presented a scientific paper at the International Conference on Image Analysis Applications (IAPR MVA 2017), which was highlighted with some special references.

The paper, entitled “Convolutional bag of words for diabetic retinopathy detection from eye fundus images”, was picked for an oral presentation, which only happened in about 18% of all papers submitted. In addition, it was also one of the seven reports chosen for publication in the IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications journal, a publication that highlights high-quality research papers, namely in the areas of computational vision and their applications.

This paper is part of project SCREEN-DR, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, under the supervision of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal programme, whose purpose is to develop a screening platform for diabetic retinopathy (RD). Diabetes is a fast-growing worldwide disease and one of its most common complications is diabetic retinopathy, the main cause of blindness in the industrialised world. Despite estimates that about 50% of type 2 diabetics and 70% of type 1 will develop this disease, it is possible be prevent it with early diagnosis and treatment.

SCREEN-DR aims to develop an automatic and distributed platform to screen RD, based on information and communication technologies, which will allow a quick response from healthcare providers. There are three main objectives: image quality assessment, detection of normal images and diabetic retinopathy grading. The paper presented falls within the detection of normal images.

In addition to INESC TEC, other institutions also participated in the project, such as the Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Aveiro, the North Regional Health Authority and BMD Software, with the collaboration of the São João Hospital Centre and First Medical Solutions.

The conference took place in Japan, between the 8th and 9th of May.

The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC and UP-FEUP.