Yitian Zhao

Director and Professor
Intelligent Medical Imaging (iMED) Lab at Institute of Biomedical Engineering,
Ningbo, Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Email: yitian.zhao AT nimte DOT ac DOT cn

赵一天博士,研究员,博士生导师,iMED宁波团队负责人。先后入选中国科协青年人才托举工程、中科院青促会,宁波3315创新个人、宁波市领军和拔尖人才培养工程等。2013年在英国艾伯瑞斯特维斯大学计算机科学专业获得博士学位。博士毕业后先后在英国利物浦大学和北京理工大学担任博士后和讲师。现兼任英国利物浦大学荣誉讲师,MICCAI (2021)的领域主席(area chair),ICIMH(2021),VSIP(2021)的程序主席,MICCAI-OMIA,MIUA学术会议程序委员会委员。主要研究方向是医学图像处理、计算机视觉、虚拟现实与增强现实、人工智能及多学科交叉应用研究。近几年围绕精准医疗研究,开展了眼、脑、血管疾病的计算机辅助诊断研究和智能医疗设备研发。在TMI, MICCAI, PR, TVCG, CVPR, ECCV等领域知名期刊和会议发表论文100余篇,并获IEEE-TMI的杰出审稿人荣誉。承担参与国家自然科学基金、浙江省科技重点研发计划、浙江省自然科学基金重点项目等项目十余项。

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Dr Yitian Zhao is currently the director and professor of Lab of Intelligent Medical Imaging (iMED) at Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research expertise is ophthalmic medical image processig, vessel structure analysis, eye and brain joint computing.He also has a contract of honorary lecturer with the Department of Eye and Vision Science, University of Liverpool. He received his BEng, MSc in 2008 and 2009 in UK, respectively. He finished his PhD degree in 3D Image Analysis from Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University in 2013. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Beijing Institute of Technology from 2015 to 2017, and worked as a postdoctoral and lecturer in the Department of Eye and Vision Science at University of Liverpool since 2013 to 2015.

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2021:

  • Yuhao Niu, Lin Gu, Yitian Zhao, and Feng Lu, Explainable Diabetic Retinopathy Detection and Retinal Image Generation, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, accepted
  • Jinkui Hao, Fei Li, Huaying Hao, Yanwu Xu, Huazhu Fu, Xiulan Zhang, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Hybrid Variation-aware Network for Angle-closure Assessment in AS-OCT, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, accepted, 2021
  • Yitian Zhao, Jinyu Zhao, Yuanyuan Gu, Bang Chen, Jiaqi Guo, Jianyang Xie, Qifeng Yan, Yuhui Ma, Yufei Wu, Jiong Zhang, Qinkang Lu and Jiang Liu, Outer Retinal Layer Thickness Changes in White Matter Hyperintensity and Parkinson's Disease, Frontiers in Neuroscience, accepted, 2021
  • Jinkui Hao, Jiang Liu, Ella Pereira, Ri Liu, Jiong Zhang, Yangfan Zhang, Kun Yan, Yan Gong, Jianjun Zheng, Jingfeng Zhang, Yonghuai Liu,Yitian Zhao, Uncertainty-guided Graph Attention Network for Parapneumonic Effusion Diagnosis, Medical Image Analysis, accepted, 2021
  • Ruili Wei, Jianyang Xie , Huihui Wu , Fangping He , Fanxia Meng , Jiang Liu , Yitian Zhao, Superficial macula capillary complexity changes are associated with disability in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders, Frontiers in Neuology, accepted, 2021
  • Yuhui Ma, Jiang Liu, Yonghuai Liu, Huazhu Fu, Yan Hu, Jun Cheng, Hong Qi, Yufei Wu, Jiong Zhang, Yitian Zhao, Structure and Illumination Constrained GAN for Medical Image Enhancement, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, accepted, 2021.
  • Yanda Meng, Hongrun Zhang, Yitian Zhao, Xiaoyun Yang, Xuesheng Qian, Xiaowei Huang, Yalin Zheng, Spaitial Uncertainty-Aware Semi-Supervised Crowd Counting, ICCV, accepted, 2021.
  • Shuai Yu, Yonghuai Liu, Jiong Zhang, Jianyang Xie, Yalin Zheng, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Cross-domain Depth Estimation Network for 3D Vessel Reconstruction in OCT Angiography, MICCAI, accepted, 2021.
  • Xu Chen, Yanda Meng, Yitian Zhao, Rachel Williams, Srinivasa Vallabhaneni, Yalin Zheng, Unsupervised Parameter-specific Affine Registration for 2D/3D Medical Images using Convolutional Neural Networks, MICCAI, accepted, 2021.
  • Ran Song, Wei Zhao, Yitian Zhao, Yonghuai Liu, Paul Rosin, Mesh Saliency: An Independent Perceptual Measure or A Derivative of Image Saliency? CVPR, pp. 8853-8862, 2021.
  • Vito Romano, Bernhard Steger, Mohammad Ahmad, Giulia Coco, Luca Pagano, Sajjad Ahmad, Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Stephen B Kaye, Imaging of vascular abnormalities in ocular surface disease, Survey of Ophthalmology, accepted.
  • Baikai Ma, Jianyang Xie, Tingting Yang, Pan Su, Rongjun Liu, Tong Sun, Yifan Zhou, Haiwei Wang, Xue Feng, Siyi Ma, Yitian Zhao, Hong Qi, Quantification of Increased Corneal Subbasal Nerve Tortuosity in Dry Eye Disease and Its Correlation with Clinical Parameters, Translational vision science and technology, 10(6): 26, 2021.
  • Tianhua Chen, Changjing Shang, Pan Su, Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou, Yitian Zhao, Grigoris Antoniou, Qiang Shen,A decision tree-initialised neuro-fuzzy approach for clinical decision support, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 111: 101986, 2021.
  • Xingjun Ma, Yuhao Niu, Lin Gu, Yisen Wang, Yitian Zhao, James Bailey, Feng Lu, Understanding Adversarial Attacks on Deep Learning Based Medical Image Analysis Systems,Pattern Recognition,110: 107332, 2021.
  • Morteza Ghahremani, Yitian Zhao, Bernard Tiddeman,Yonghuai Liu,Interwoven Texture-Based Description of Interest Points in Images, Pattern Recognition, 113: 107821, 2021.
  • Huaying Hao, Yitian Zhao, Qifeng Yan, Risa Higashita, Jiong Zhang, Yifan Zhao, Yanwu Xu, Fei Li, Xiulan Zhang, Jiang Liu, Angle-closure Assessment in Anterior Segment OCT Images via Deep Learning, Medical Image Analysis, 69: 101956, 2021
  • Heng Li, Haofeng Liu, Yan Hu, Risa Higashita, Yitian Zhao, Hong Qi, Jiang Liu, Restoration of Cataract Fundus Images via Unsupervised Domain Adaptation, to be appeared in proceeding of ISBI, pp. 516-520, 2021.
  • Zhenjie Chai, Jianlong Yang, Kang Zhou, Zhi Chen, Yitian Zhao, Shenghua Gao, Jiang Liu, Memory-assisted Dual-end Adaptation Network for Choroid Segmentation in Multi-domain Optical Coherence Tomography, to be appeared in proceeding of ISBI, pp. 1614-1617, 202.
  • Shuai Yu, Jianyang Xie, Jinkui Hao, Yalin Zheng, Jiong Zhang, Yan Hu, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, 3D Vessel Reconstruction in OCT-Angiography via Depth Map Estimation, to be appeared in proceeding of ISBI, pp. 1609-1613, 2021.
  • Yuhui Ma, Huaying Hao, Jianyang Xie, Huazhu Fu, Jiong Zhang, Jianlong Yang, Zhen Wang, Jiang Liu, Yalin Zheng, Yitian Zhao, ROSE: A Retinal OCT-Angiography Vessel Segmentation Dataset and New Model, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 40(3): 928-939, 2021. [Dataset: ROSE] [Paper] [Code]
  • Weixiang Du, Haochen Liu, Yitian Zhao, Adisorn Sirikham, Sri Addepalli, Yifan Zhao, A miniaturised active thermography system to inspect composite laminates, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 17(5):3314-3323, 2021. [Paper]
  • Lei Mou, Yitian Zhao, Huazhu Fu, Yonghuai Liu, Jun Cheng, Yalin Zheng, Pan Su, Jianlong Yang, Li Chen, Alejandro Frangi, Masahiro Akiba, Jiang Liu, CS2-Net: Deep Learning Segmentation of Curvilinear Structures in Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, 67: 101874, 2021. [Paper] [Code]

2020:

  • Huihong Zhang, Jianlong Yang, Kang Zhou, Liyang Fang, Fei Li, Yan Hu, Yitian Zhao, Xiulan Zhang, Jiang Liu, Automatic Segmentation and Visualization of Choroid in OCT with Knowledge Infused Deep Learning, IEEE-JBHI, 24(12): 3408-3420, 2020. [Paper]
  • Pan Su, Tianhua Chen, Jianyang Xie, Yalin Zheng, Hong Qi, Davide Borroni, Yitian Zhao, Jiang Liu. Corneal Nerve Tortuosity Grading via Ordered Weighted Averaging-based Feature Extraction, Medical Physics, 2020, 47(10): 4983-4996. (featured cover article) [Paper]
  • Joshua Bridge, Yanda Meng, Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Introducing the GEV Activation Function for Highly Unbalanced Data to Develop COVID-19 Diagnostic Models, IEEE-JBHI, 2020, 24(10): 2776-2786. [Paper]
  • Ran Song, Wei Zhang, Yitian Zhao, Yonghuai Liu, Unsupervised Multi-View CNN for Salient View Selection of 3D Objects and Scenes. Proceeding of ECCV, 2020, pp. 454-470 [Dataset] [Paper]
  • Yanda Meng, Meng Wei, Dongxu Gao, Yitian Zhao, Xiaoyun Yang, Xiaowei Huang, Yalin Zheng, Regression of Instance Boundary by Aggregated CNN and GCN. Proceeding of ECCV, 2020, pp. 190-207 [Paper]
  • Yuhui Ma, Yonghuai Liu, Jun Cheng, Yalin Zheng, Morteza Ghahremani, Honghan Chen, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Cycle Structure and Illumination Constrained GAN for Medical Image Enhancement. Proceeding of MICCAI, 2020, pp. 667-677. [Dataset: CORN-2]
  • Hao Zhang, Likun Xia, Ran Song, Jianlong Yang, Huaying Hao, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Cerebrovascular Segmentation in MRA via Reverse Edge Attention Network. Proceeding of ICCAI, 2020, pp. 66-75. [Code]
  • Yanda Meng, Meng Wei, Dongxu Gao, Yitian Zhao, Xiaoyun Yang, Xiaowei Huang, Yalin Zheng, CNN-GCN Aggregation Enabled Boundary Regression for Biomedical Image Segmentation. Proceeding of MICCAI, 2020, pp. 352-362.
  • Jinkui Hao, Huazhu Fu, Yanwu Xu, Yan Hu, Fei Li, Xiulan Zhang, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Reconstruction and Quantification of 3D Iris Surface for Angle-Closure Glaucoma Detection in Anterior Segment OCT. Proceeding of MICCAI, 2020, pp. 704-714. [Paper] [Code]
  • Huaying Hao, Huazhu Fu, Yanwu Xu, Jianlong Yang, Fei Li, Xiulan Zhang, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Open-Narrow-Synechiae Anterior Chamber Angle Classification in AS-OCT Sequences. Proceeding of MICCAI, 2020, pp. 515-724. [Paper]
  • Jianyang Xie, Yonghuai Liu, Yalin Zheng, Pan Su, Yan Hu, Jianlong Yang, Jiang Liu, Yitian Zhao, Classification of Retinal Vessels into Artery-Vein in OCT Angiography Guided by Fundus Images. Proceeding of MICCAI, 2020, pp.117-127. [Dataset: ACRO]
  • Xingjun Ma, Yuhao Niu,Lin Gu, Yisen Wang, Yitian Zhao, James Bailey, Feng Lu, Understanding Adversarial Attacks on Deep Learning Based Medical Image Analysis Systems, Pattern Recognition,110: 107332, 2021. [Paper]
  • Yitian Zhao, Jiong Zhang, Ella Pereira, Yalin Zheng, Pan Su, Jianyang Xie, Yifan Zhao, Yonggang Shi, Hong Qi, Jiang Liu, Yonghuai Liu, Automated Tortuosity Analysis of Nerve Fibers in Corneal Confocal Microscopy, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 2020, 39(9): 2725-2737. [Dataset: CORN-3]
  • Brayn Williams, Davide Borroni, Rongjun Liu, Yitian Zhao, Jiong Zhang, Yalin Zheng, An aritifical intenlligence-based deep learning algorithm for the diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy using corneal confocal microscopy: a development and validation study, Diabetologia, 63(2): 419-430, 2020
  • Yitian Zhao, Jianyang Xie, Huaizhong Zhang, Yalin Zheng, Yifan Zhao, Hong Qi, Yangchun Zhao, Pan Su, Jiang Liu and Yonghuai Liu. Retinal Vascular Network Topology Reconstruction and Artery/Vein Classification via Dominant Set Clustering, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 2020, 39(2): 341-356. [Dataset: VETO]
  • Lei Mou, Li Chen, Jun Cheng, Zaiwang Gu, Yitian Zhao, Jiang Liu, Dense Dilated Network with Probability Regularized Walk for Vessel Detection, IEEE Transcation on Medical Imaging, 39(5): 1392-1403, 2020.
  • Yuting Xiao, Shenghua Gao, Zhenjie Chai, Kang Zhou, Tianyang Zhang, Yitian Zhao, Jun Cheng, Jiang Liu, Open-Set Oct Image Recognition with Synthetic Learning. Proceeding of ISBI, 2020, pp. 1788-1792.
  • Kang Zhou, Shenghua Gao , Jun Cheng, Zaiwang Gu, Huazhu Fu, Zhi Tu, Jianlong Yang, Yitian Zhao, Jiang Liu, Sparse-GAN: Sparsity-Constrained Generative Adversarial Network for Retinal OCT Image Anomaly Detection. Proceeding of ISBI, 2020, pp. 1227-1231.

2019:

  • Qifeng Yan, Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Yonghuai Liu, Kang Zhou, Alejandro Frangi, Jiang Liu, Automated retinal lesion detection via image saliency analysis, Medical Physics, 46(10): 4531-4544, 2019.
  • Tianyang Zhang, Huazhu Fu, Yitian Zhao, Jun Cheng, Jiang Liu, SkrGAN: Sketching-rendering Unconditional Generative Adversarial Networks for Medical Image Synthesis, Proceeding of MICCAI 2019, pp. 777-785.
  • Pan Su, Yitian Zhao, Tianhua Che, Jianyang Xie, Yifan Zhao, Hong Qi, Yalin Zheng, Jiang Liu, Exploiting Reliability-guided Aggregation for the Assessment of Curvilinear Structure Tortuosity, Proceeding of MICCAI 2019, pp. 12-20.
  • Lei Mou, Yitian Zhao, Li Chen, Jun Cheng,Hong Qi, Yalin Zheng, Alejandro Frangi, Jiang Liu, CS-Net: Channel and Spatial Attention Network for Curvilinear Structure Segmentation, Proceeding of MICCAI 2019, pp. 721-730. [Dataset: CORN-1] [Code]
  • Pholpat Durongbhan, Yifan Zhao, Liangyu Chen, Panagiotis Zis, Matteo De Marco, Zoe C. Unwin, Annalena Venneri, Xiongxiong He, Sheng Li, Yitian Zhao, Daniel J. Blackburn, and Ptolemaios G. Sarrigiannis. A Dementia Classification Framework using Frequency and Time-frequency Features based on EEG signals. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 27(5): 826-835, 2019.
  • Pan Su, Tianhua Chen, Haoyu Mao, Jianyang Xie, Yitian Zhao, Jiang Liu. On the Application of Preaggregation Functions to Fuzzy Pattern Tree, FUZZ-IEEE 2019.
  • Zaiwang Gu, Jun Cheng, Huazhu Fu, Yitian Zhao, Tianyang Zhang, Huaying Hao, Kang Zhou, Jiang Liu, CE-Net: Context Encoder Network for 2D Medical Image Segmentation, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 38(10): 2281-2292, 2019. [Code]
  • Jianyang Xie, Yitian Zhao, Yonghuai Liu, Pan Su, Yalin Zheng, Yifan Zhao, Jun Cheng, Jiang Liu, Topology Reconstruction of Tree-like Structure in Images via Structural Similarity Measure and Dominant Set Clustering, Proceeding of CVPR, Long Beach, USA, June, pp. 8505-8513, 2019.
  • Jun Cheng, Yitian Zhao, Yan Hu and Jiang Liu, Pixel Reconstruction for Speckle Reduction in 3D Optical Coherence Tomography of Retina, Proceeding of ISBI, Venice, Italy, pp. 1424-1427 2019.

2018:

  • Yonghuai Liu, Yitian Zhao, Yanquan Zhou, Yongjun Wang, Wei Huang, Jiwan Han, Yiguang Liu, Logistic Regression of Point Matches for Accurate Transformation Estimation, Proceedings of International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), pp. 409-417,Verona, Italy, September, 2018.
  • Yitian Zhao,Yalin Zheng, Zhili Chen, Peng Liu, Yifan Zhao, Jiang Liu, Uniqueness-Driven Saliency Analysis For Automated Abnormalities Detection with Application to Retinal Diseases, Proceedings of MICCAI, pp. 109-118, Granada, Spain, September, 2018.
  • Yitian Zhao, Jianyang Xie, Yalin Zheng, Yonghuai Liu, Pan Su, Yifan Zhao, Jun Cheng, Jiang Liu, Retinal Artery and Vein Classification via Dominant Sets Clustering-based Vascular Topology Estimation, Proceedings of MICCAI, pp. 56-64, Granada, Spain, September, 2018. [Dataset: VETO]
  • Jianyang Xie, Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Jiang Liu, Yongtian Wang, Retinal Vascular Topology Estimation Via Dominant Sets Clustering. Proceedings of International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2018), Washington DC, USA, April, 2018.
  • Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Yonghuai Liu, Yifan Zhao, Lingling Luo, Siyuan Yang, Tong Na, Yongtian Wang, Jiang Liu, Automatic 2D/3D Vessel Enhancement in Multiple Modality Images Using a Weighted Symmetry Filter, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 37(2): 438-450, 2018. [Dataset: MMM-21]

2017:

  • Pan Su, Changjing Shang, Yitian Zhao, Tianhua Chen and Qiang Shen, Fuzzy Rough Feature Selection Based on OWA Aggregation of Fuzzy Relations, FUZZ-IEEE, Naples, Italy, 1-6, 2017. [Oral]
  • Gabriela Czanner, Ian James MacCormick, Yalin Zheng, Silvester Czanner, Yitian Zhao, Peter Diggle, Simon P Harding, Spatial distribution modelling of retinal lesions with application to retinal capillary non-perfusion in malarial retinopathy, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 58(8): 4819, 2017. (Abstract)
  • Yalin Zheng, Bryan M Williams, Harry Pratt, Baidaa Al-Bander, Xiangqian Wu, Yitian Zhao, Computer aided diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration in 3D OCT images by deep learning, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 58(8): 824, 2017. (Abstract)
  • Lingling Luo, Yitian Zhao, Jian Yang, Yalin Zheng, Danni Ai, Yongtian Wang, Cerebral Vascular Enhancement Using a Weighted 3D Symmetry Filter. Proceedings of International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2017), Melbourne, Australia, 1945-8452, 2017.
  • Yitian Zhao, Yalin Zheng, Yonghuai Liu, Jian Yang, Yifan Zhao, Yongtian Wang, Intensity and Compactness Enabled Saliency Estimation for Leakage Detection in Diabetic and Malarial Retinopathy, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 36(1): 51-63, 2017. [Dataset: LIMA]
  • Jingfan Fan, Jian Yang, Yitian Zhao, Danni Ai, Yonghuai Liu, Ge Wang, Yongtian Wang, Convex Hull Aided Registration Method (CHARM), IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 23(9): 2042-2055, 2017

2016:

  • Yonghuai Liu, Honghai Liu, Ralph R. Martin, Luigi De Dominicis, Ran Song, Yitian Zhao, Accurately Estimating Rigid Transformations in Registration using a Boosting-Inspired Mechanism, Pattern Recognition, 60: 849–862, 2016.
  • Sebastian Amrogowicz, Yitian Zhao, Yifan Zhao, An Edge Detection Method using Outer Totalistic Cellular Automata, Neurocomputing, 214(19): 643-653, 2016.
  • Yitian Zhao, Yonghuai Liu, Yongjun Wang, Baogang Wei, Jian Yang, Yifan Zhao, Yongtian Wang: Region-based saliency estimation for 3D shape analysis and understanding. Neurocomputing, 197: 1-13, 2016.
  • Jingfan Fan, Jian Yang, Danni Ai, Likun Xia, Yitian Zhao, Yongtian Wang: Convex Hull indexed Gaussian Mixture Model (CH-GMM) for Non-rigid Point Set Registration, Pattern Recognition. 59: 126-141, 2016.
  • Jingfan Fan, Jian Yang, Feng Lu, Danni Ai, Yitian Zhao, Yongtian Wang: 3-Points Convex Hull Matching (3PCHM) for Fast and Robust Point Set Registration, Neurocomputing, 194: 227-240, 2016.

2015:

  • Yitian Zhao, Lavdie Rada, Ke Chen, Simon Harding, Yalin Zheng: Automated Vessel Segmentation Using Infinite Perimeter Active Contour Model with Hybrid Region Information with Application to Retina Images. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 34(9): 1797-1807, 2015. [Top 2 Most Frequently Downloaded Paper of T-MI in 2015]
  • Yitian Zhao, Ian J. C. MacCormick, David G. Parry, Nicholas A. V. Beare, Simon P. Harding, Yalin Zheng: Automated Detection of Vessel Abnormalities on Fluorescein Angiogram in Malarial Retinopathy. Scientific Reports, 5: srep11154, 2015.
  • Yitian Zhao, Yonghuai Liu, Xiangqian Wu, Simon P Harding, Yalin Zheng: Retinal Vessel Segmentation: An Efficient Graph Cut Approach with Retinex and Local Phase. PLoS ONE,10(4): 0122332, 2015. [ESI highly cited paper]
  • Yitian Zhao, Ian J C MacCormick, David G Parry, Sophie Leach, Nick Beare, Simon P Harding, Yalin Zheng: Automated Detection of Leakage in Fluorescein Angiography Images with Application to Malarial Retinopathy. Scientific Reports, 5: srep10425, 2015.
  • Yonghuai Liu, Honghai Liu, Yitian Zhao, Ran Song: Performance calibration through partly peer assessment. Proceedings of International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2015), Porto, Portugal, 62-66, (AR=33%),. [Oral]

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