Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Bellevue (WA), 4th of November 2018 - DRVISION announces the launch of Aivia Cloud, the pioneering, universally usable artificial intelligence (AI) platform for scientific imaging applications. The unique cloud-desktop hybrid platform for training and deployment of deep learning (DL) models is the result of an 18 month long joint industry-academy R&D project which involved 25 experts in AI, life sciences, microscopy and image analysis.
DL, a type of AI technology, is revolutionizing many areas of our daily lives and is now starting to be adopted by the life sciences imaging community. In the past 18 months, a growing volume of DL-based scientific reports have shown that DL-powered tools can help solve microscopy and image analysis problems. DL-powered tools can be used to improve image resolution, to increase image signal to noise ratio, automatically identify objects of interest, and predict the localization of subcellular features in microscopy images (references 1-4). These approaches allow scientists to run previously impossible imaging experiments and quickly extract meaning from raw data. Aivia Cloud users can directly apply any of the three DRVISION-trained models (see Figures 1-3, below), train new DL models exclusively with their own data or choose to augment one of the pre-trained models by transfer learning. Aivia Cloud leverages Google Cloud Platform’s state-of-the-art computing infrastructure, as well as TensorFlow, Keras and Python.
“AI has the potential to redefine the limits of microscopy which would greatly accelerate the rate of knowledge creation. However, due to the massive shortage of deep learning experts the wider imaging community has not been able to benefit from this type of tech. In collaboration with our academic partners, our in-house experts have created a pipeline that can be used by any scientist, no coding or AI experience needed. Aivia Cloud is set to democratize the use of AI for a myriad of image-based applications for both life and material sciences” says Luciano Lucas (PhD), Executive VP at DRVISION.
Figure 1 – The restoration DL model receives as input a low signal to noise ratio (SNR) image (left) and output a high SNR image (right). Image depicts a cell with fluorescently labelled mitochondria imaged by iSIM (super resolution microscopy). Image Credits: Dr. Hari Shroff, Dr. Jiji Chen, Mr. Yijun Su (NIBIB/NIH, Bethesda, USA)
Figure 2 – The segmentation DL model creates a confidence map (middle image) from an electron micrograph (left image). In the confidence map, white = cell, black = cell membrane. Image shows a mouse retina sample imaged by serial block face scanning electron microscopy. Prof. Rachel Wong and Dr. Wan-Qing Yu (University of Washington, Seattle, USA).
Figure 3 – The prediction DL model receives as input a bright field / phase contrast image of cells (left) and the model can predict and paint in the location and texture of each cell's nucleus (center = predicted nuclei only, right = overlay of raw image and predicted nuclei). Image Credits: Dr. Hari Shroff, Dr. Jiji Chen, Mr. Yijun Su (NIBIB/NIH, Bethesda, USA)
What are the factors limiting the adoption of DL technology for life sciences imaging applications
DL-based technology is currently only used by small group of pioneering research groups. This is due to four major practical hurdles: (1) the requirement for multiple highly specialized and disjointed software libraries or tools to cover the entire DL train-apply workflow. This step often requires users to reformat or resave their data in several different file formats; (2) the need to have extensive expertise to finetune the training process; (3) the need to access expensive, high-performance hardware to train DL networks, and (4) the difficulty and time-consuming properties of ground truth (GT) creation.
Aivia Cloud removes the first three bottlenecks and accelerates the generation of GT data. The first issue is resolved by creating a fully integrated platform which covers the whole pipeline, from the creation of ground truth annotations to training and applying DL models. The second issue is addressed by developing and testing hyperparameter optimization procedures (patent pending) which are robust for the three application types initially supported. The third issue is solved by integrating and leveraging a world class cloud computing platform – the Google Cloud Platform. The final issue is solved by Aivia’s patented machine learning technology, parameter-free image segmentation as well as Aivia’s non-ML high performance image processing tools.
Aivia Cloud was publicly launched in San Diego, California, USA, at the world’s largest neuroscience conference: the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) that brings together over 30K attendees. For more information and to request early access to Aivia Cloud, contact Luciano Lucas (email@example.com, +1 425 773 1548). Presentation introducing Aivia Cloud (and Aivia 8)
About DRVISION Technologies
DRVISION works with scientists and engineers at the technological frontier, and pioneers image based decision technologies that propel major breakthroughs in the life science, electronics and materials industries. DRVISION is a technological innovator with 50 issued US patents, and commercial interests in X-ray inspection, survey, search / alignment, video inspection and life sciences. DRVISION makes and markets Aivia microscopy image analysis software. Aivia development is partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs worth over $10M. For more information, visit www.drvtechnologies.com.
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