Modality-Agnostic Representation Learning via Hierarchical Variational Auto-Encoders

Speaker: Reuben Dorent , Harvard Medical School

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-D451

Event Type: Seminar

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Learning pixel-level modality-agnostic representation of multi-modal imaging data is a challenging and open problem. In this work, Dr. Reuben Dorent will introduce MHVAE, a deep hierarchical variational auto-encoder (VAE) that generates modality-agnostic representations at the pixel level and allows for missing imaging modalities at training and testing time. Extending multi-modal VAEs with a hierarchical latent structure, a parametrization of the approximate posterior is introduced with a factorization similar to the true posterior, which can be expressed as a combination of unimodal variational posteriors. A simple optimization strategy is proposed to encourage learned representations to be modality-agnostic. Experiments on a database of intra-operative ultrasound (iUS) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) images demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach at generating pixel-level representations that retain the content information while being similar for different sets of input modalities.

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