ECE Student awarded travel grant to attend VLPR 2012


ECE graduate student Sahir Ali has been awarded a travel award ($2000) to attend USA-Sino Summer School in Vision, Learning, Pattern Recognition: VLPR 2012 in Shanghai China. The theme of this years summer school is Computer Vision in Biomedical Image Applications: From Micro to Macro.

Sahir is advised by Professor Anant Madabhushi in the Laboratory for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics, who is a BME Faculty and also ECE Graduate Faculty.

Dr. Madabhushi is also one of the invited speakers at VLPR 2012 (

Sahirzeeshan Ali (Sahir) is pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. Sahir received his Bachelors degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in 2009. He joined LCIB (Lab for Computational Imaging and Bioinformatics) as a research assistant in Dec 2009. He is being advised by Dr. Anant Madabhushi for his Master Thesis. Sahir has published three conference papers and two journal papers in the areas of Computer Vision and medical image analysis. He also has two journal papers under review and a patent application pending as well.

Sahir's interests lies in developing novel methods and tools for developing prognosis tools that can predict outcome based on digital histopathology imagery. Sahir's current research is focused on developing novel and robust segmentation scheme, which is usually the first and an important step in many medical image analysis systems, to predict outcome for prostate cancer based on prostate histology cylinders.

List of Publications:

Ali, S and Madabhushi, A, Segmenting multiple overlapping objects via a Hybrid Active Contour Model incorporating Shape Priors: Applications to Digital Pathology. SPIE Medical Imaging, vol 7623, 2011.

Ali, S, Madabhushi, A, Active Contour for Overlap Resolution using Watershed based Initialization (ACOReW): Applications to Histopathology. Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, 2011 IEEE International Symposium on (ISBI). 2011.

Ali, S, Veltri R, Epstein JI, Christudass C, Madabhushi A. Adaptive Energy Selective Active Contour with Shape Priors for Nuclear Segmentation and Gleason Grading of Prostate Cancer. International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI). 6891:661-669. 2011.

Ali, S, Madabhushi A. Graphical processing unit implementation of an integrated shape-based active contour: Application to digital pathology. J Pathol Inform. 2(13). 2011.

Ali, S, Madabhushi A. An Integrated Region-, Boundary, Shape-Based Active Contour for Multiple Object Overlap Resolution in Histological Imagery. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. Vol PP, issue 99. 2012.