Identifier

etd-08222006-201052

Degree

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Active contouring techniques are very useful in medical imaging, digital mapping, non-destructive ultrasonic evaluation, etc. Therefore, we try to explore and investigate the advanced automatic active contouring methods, which can benefit the aforementioned applications. In this thesis work, we study the automatic active contour models adopted for the object characterization, whose extensions could include the potential defect analysis in the ultrasonic non-destructive testing. The active contouring scheme (also called a snake) or an energy minimizing spline, is an algorithm which is very sensitive to the manually marked initial points, and thereby requires an expertly operation. Therefore, we make new research endeavors to handle this major problem and design a new expert-free snake technique, which can lead to the completely automatic contouring technology for the future applications. Even though this initialization problem has been addressed in the literature for quite a while, to the best of our knowledge, there exists no satisfactory solution so far. In this thesis, we propose a novel initialization algorithm for the automatic snake technique, which can possess a faster convergence than other existing automatic contouring methods and also avoid the human operational error incurred in the conventional snake schemes.

Date

2006

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Secure the entire work for patent and/or proprietary purposes for a period of one year. Student has submitted appropriate documentation which states: During this period the copyright owner also agrees not to exercise her/his ownership rights, including public use in works, without prior authorization from LSU. At the end of the one year period, either we or LSU may request an automatic extension for one additional year. At the end of the one year secure period (or its extension, if such is requested), the work will be released for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Hsiao-Chun Wu

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