BRIDGE - BRinging multimedia Information for cancer Discovery in Gastroenterology Environment


 EBP 2014 Miguel Coimbra   EBP 2014 Jelena Kovacevic   
Portuguese PI: Miguel Tavares Coimbra  CMU PI: Jelena Kovačević    

Research Teams: IT, FCUP, FMUP, CMU
Funding Reference: FCT CMUP-EPB/TIC/0069/2013
Duration: 12 months
Keywords: Interactive Systems; Computer Vision; Visual Texture Descriptors; Gastroenterology 


Gastrointestinal cancer is responsible for 22% of all cancer deaths worldwide and an early detection is fundamental for a good prognosis, usually achieved via endoscopic inspection of gastrointestinal tissues. Difficulties arise in the constantly evolving imaging technologies, which require doctors to constantly relearn visual cancer patterns for effective screening. Our CAGE research line envisions the usage of interactive technologies to support the training and decisions of clinicians, and is a strongly established cooperation between IT, UP and IPO-Porto. In a nutshell BRIGE will explore the creative synergy of both research groups in order to advance computer vision algorithms for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) applied to gastroenterology imaging. Specific objectives are: a) Research new feature detectors based on wavelets for superior cancer detection; b) Fusion of local and global texture descriptors for describing pre-neoplastic and neoplastic lesions in gastroenterology images.


The Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program emphasizes advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The Early Bird Projects are designed to assist small teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, Carnegie Mellon University and industry partners, to jumpstart high-impact potential activities of strategic relevance for the Program.  

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