Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

International Initiatives

Inria International Labs


Associate Team involved in the International Lab:

  • Title: Geometric Statistics in Computational Anatomy: Non-linear Subspace Learning Beyond the Riemannian Structure

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • Stanford (United States) - Department of Statistics - Susan Holmes

  • Start year: 2018

  • See also: http://www-sop.inria.fr/asclepios/projects/GeomStats/

  • The scientific goal of the associated team is to develop the field of geometric statistics with key applications in computational anatomy. Computational anatomy is an emerging discipline at the interface of geometry, statistics, image analysis and medicine that aims at analysing and modelling the biological variability of the organs shapes at the population level. An important application in neuroimaging is the spatial normalization of subjects that is necessary to compare anatomies and functions through images in populations with different clinical conditions. Following the developments of the last 3 years of the associated team GeomStat, the new research directions have been broken into three axes. The first axis aims at continuing the progresses in theoretical and applied Geometric statistics, with a first theme studying the impact of curvature on the estimation with a finite sample, and a second axis extending the current work on Barycentric Subspace Analysis (BSA), notably with algorithms. The second axis aims at developing a hierarchical atlas of the brain anatomy based on the stratification of the space of image orbits under diffeomorphisms. The third axis explores three important applications of low-dimensional subspace learning in manifolds using BSA in neuroscience: the approximation of EEG signals for brain-computer interfaces (BCI); the acceleration and robustification of Tensor Distribution Functions (TDF) estimation in diffusion images; and the efficient inference in spaces of rank-deficient symmetric matrices for imaging-genetics from multi-centric databases.

Inria Associate Teams Not Involved in an Inria International Labs

  • Title: Personalization of Cardiac Models using Experimental Data and Machine Learning

  • International Partner (Institution - Laboratory - Researcher):

    • University of Toronto (Canada) - Sunnybrook Research Institute - Mihaela Pop

  • Start year: 2017

  • See also: https://team.inria.fr/asclepios/research/associated-team-persocardiolearn/

  • Multi-scale computer modelling is a powerful tool that could be used to simulate in silico cardiac electrical activity and biomechanical function of individual heart. Imaging and 3D heart models built from images can help us understand the basis of structurally-diseased hearts at organ level and to predict in silico the changes in electro-mechanical function as a consequence of muscle remodelling in pathologic state (e.g. chronic infarction, a major cause of death). We hypothesize that MRI-based predictive models can help us identify new opportunities to intervene or to predict the outcome of ablation therapy, which currently has low clinical success. However, these predictive models need to be validated and thoroughly tested in preclinical experiments prior to their integration into the clinical stage. Hence, the next logical step for our joint Inria-SB efforts is to expand our experimental-theoretical framework and to personalize fast 3D heart models from in vivo MR-EP data. This translational step involves numerous challenging tasks from the modelling perspective since the in vivo imaging and physiological signals are rather noisy and obtained at a poor spatial resolution, potentially leading to erroneous customization of mathematical model parameters. However, this collaboration employs a rare combination of experiments and modelling specialists. Moreover, the originality of the proposed approach is to build upon machine-learning techniques rather than on data assimilation methods that are more explored in the literature but have inherent limitations (robustness to noise, local minima…).

Inria International Partners

Informal International Partners
University College London (UCL), London, UK

Marco Lorenzi is collaborator of the Translational Imaging Group of UCL, and with the UCL Institute od Ophtalmology. His collaboration is around the topic of spatio-temporal analysis of medical images, with special focus on brain imaging analysis and biomarker development. He is also collaborating with the “Progression Over Neurodegenerative Disorders” (POND) group (Prof. Daniel Alexander) for developing new computational models and techniques for learning characteristic patterns of disease progression using large longitudinal clinical data sets, with special focus on dementias.

Imaging Genetics Center (IGC), University of Southern California (USC), CA, USA

Marco Lorenzi is currently collaborator of IGC for the investigation of the complex relationship between brain atrophy and genetics in Alzheimer's disease, in particular for demonstrating the effectiveness of multivariate statistical models in providing a meaningful description of the relationship between genotype and brain phenotype.

St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London, United Kingdom

Maxime Sermesant is a visiting lecturer in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London lead by Pr Reza Razavi. The XMR facility within this hospital is a unique opportunity to validate and exploit the cardiovascular modelling work.

Other International Hospitals

Collaborations with several other European hospitals have been established through the European projects VP2HF, MD PAEDIGREE, SysAFib and with BarcelonaBeta research centre for Alzheimer.