Haematology meets Computer Vision

Background

Blood cells are formed from stem cells in the bone marrow. Mature blood cells fulfil several important functions in various parts of our body. To analyse diseases such as leukaemia, an analysis of the bone marrow is important as we can not only observe matured cell but also the maturing process. Automating this process could accelerate a more objective diagnosis and enable further research.

Questions

Overall aim of this research project is the analysis of cell type distributions in whole slide images. Therefore, a reliable detection and classification of blood cell types is necessary. Both tasks are extremely challenging, not only due to a high number of classes and artefacts but also because of the same limitations as most medical image analysis tasks: highly diverse data with a shortage of annotations.

Theses

If you’re interested about a master thesis, feel free to send me an email.

Cooperation

This project is a cooperation of the LfB together with haematology experts of the Klinik für Hämatologie, Onkologie, Hämostaseologie und Stammzelltransplantation des Uniklinikums Aachen. Their medical expertise and our knowledge in digital image processing is the basis for innovative research in both fields.

Contact

Philipp Gräbel
graebel@lfb.rwth-aachen.de