Image Analytics Techniques for Diabetic Retinopathy Detection

  • Ramon Pires UNICAMP
  • Anderson Rocha UNICAMP
  • Jacques Wainer UNICAMP


Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working- age adults. This work aims at enhancing lesion detection, reinforcing referral decisions, and integrating our solutions with low-cost retinal imaging devices. For lesion detection, we proposed a novel coding technique robust to any kind oflesion. For referral decisions, we designed a robust method that does not rely upon lesion detection, proposed an effective data-driven model that significantly improves the performance, designed an accountable model that produces a re- liable response and enables pixel-based importance comprehension, and create local descriptors that are encoded into a rich mid-level representation. Our work has invaluable impacts both in biomedical and technical contexts.

Palavras-chave: Retinopatia diabética, Diagnóstico auxiliado por computador, Cegueira, Aprendizado de máquina, Inteligência artificial.


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PIRES, Ramon; ROCHA, Anderson; WAINER, Jacques. Image Analytics Techniques for Diabetic Retinopathy Detection. In: CONCURSO DE TESES E DISSERTAÇÕES (CTD), 32. , 2019, Belém. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2019 . ISSN 2763-8820. DOI: