Lucas J. van Vliet (1965) studied Applied Physics (1988) and obtained his Ph.D. degree (1993) cum laude on the invention of methods for “sampling-error free measurements of geometric object features in 2D and 3D images”. In 1996 he was awarded a prestigious talent research fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He was appointed full professor in multi-dimensional image analysis in 1999. Currently, professor Lucas van Vliet is director of the Delft Health Initiative at the TU Delft, leader of the Quantitative Imaging Group and head of the Department Imaging Science & Technology. He is on the board of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the Dutch graduate school on Computing and Imaging (ASCI), and Medical Delta. Previously, he was president of the Dutch Society for Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (NVPHBV) from 2003 till 2009. He supervised 25 Ph.D. theses and is currently supervising 12 Ph.D. students. He was visiting scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (1987), University of California San Francisco (1988), Monash University Melbourne (1996), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (1996). He was consultant for Amoco Technology Corporation, later Imagenetics, Vysis, USA (1989-1991), and TNO-TPD.
He has a track record on fundamental as well as applied research in the field of multi-dimensional image processing, image analysis, and image recognition and (co)author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His fundamental work includes:
- Novel image segmentation by means of tensor filtering, scale- and orientation-space;
- Nonlinear image filtering, PDE’s and non-diffusion for noise suppression;
- Super-resolution in (non-linear) image restoration and reconstruction;
- Image quantification and measurement methodologies for objects, textures, and structures;
- Efficient image processing algorithms such as recursive Gaussian derivative filters.
He applies his research in biomedical applications ranging from single molecule fluorescence microscopy through Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) in medical imaging for specific diseases:
- Chromosome classification and enumeration through automated FISH dot counting;
- Phase reconstruction in DIC microscopy and interferometric imaging;
- Electronic cleansing, visualization and CAD for polyp detection in CT colonography;
- Processing and analysis of diffusion weighted MRI: two-tensor, registration, pattern recognition;
- Micro-structural analysis of food products in CSLM and pharmacological tablets in electron microscope images.
Recent initiatives include:
- Electron tomography of frozen biological sampling: super-resolution through CTF correction and combining tomographic reconstruction with image structure-driven noise suppression;
- Phase-contrast X-ray imaging in medicine, attenuation and phase separation, CTF correction;
- 4D modelling of the aging brain by means of Diffusion Tensor MRI.
Click here for an interview with Lucas van Vliet by VPRO's Noorderlicht (in Dutch) from December 2002.
Supervised Ph.D. theses
- G.M.P. van Kempen, Image Restoration in Fluorescence Microscopy, 11 january 1999, promotor: prof.dr. I.T. Young, toegevoegd promotor dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- F.R. Boddeke, Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy, 18 January 1999, promotor: prof.dr. I.T. Young, toegevoegd promotor dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- S.L. Ellenberger, Influence of defocus on measurements in microscope images, 20 June 2000, promotores: prof.dr. I.T. Young and prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet
- A. Ypma, Learning methods for machine vibration analysis and health monitoring, 12 November 2001, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, toegevoegd promotor: dr.ir. R.P.W. Duin.
- D. de Ridder, Adaptive methods of image processing, 14 December 2001, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, toegevoegd promotor: dr.ir. R.P.W. Duin.
- L.R. van den Doel, Quantitative microscopic techniques for monitoring dynamic processes in microarrays, 12 March 2002, promotores: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet and prof.dr. I.T. Young.
- P. Bakker, Image structure analysis for seismic interpretation, 4 June 2002, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, toegevoegd promotor: dr. P.W. Verbeek.
- M. van Ginkel, Image analysis using orientation space based on steerable filters, 7 October 2002, promotores: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet and prof.dr. I.T. Young, toegevoegd promotor: dr. P.W. Verbeek.
- C. Soviany, Embedding data and task parallism in image processing applications, 27 May 2003, promotores: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet and prof.dr.ir. H.J. Sips, toegevoegd promotor: dr.ir. P.P. Jonker.
- C.L. Luengo Hendriks, Structure characterization with mathematical morphology, 20 January 2004, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- B. Rieger, Structure from motion for n-D image analysis, 9 February 2004, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- I. Rivera Rabelo, 3D Geological object recognition in high resolution seismic data, 3 October 2006, promotores: prof.dr. S.M. Luthi and prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- T.Q. Pham, Spatiotonal Adaptivity in Super-Resolution of Under-sampled Image Sequences, 19 October 2006, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- K.A. Vermeer, Computer-aided assessment of glaucoma in scanning laser polarimetry, 6 December 2006, promotores: prof.dr. A.M. Vossepoel and prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- I.W.O. Serlie, Electronic Cleansing for Visualization in CT Colonography, 9 October 2007, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- F. de Jong, Range imaging and visual servoing for industrial applications, 7 January 2008, promotors: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, prof.dr.ir. P.P. Jonker.
- W. Caarls, Automated design of application-specific smart camera architectures, 4 February 2008, promotors: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, prof.dr.ir. P.P. Jonker.
- Y.S. Wu, Characterization of pore structure in tablets using image analysis, 29 February 2008, Groningen University, promotors: prof.dr. H.W. Frijlink, prof.dr. K. van der Voort Maarschalk en prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- A.M.W. van Eekeren, Super-resolution of moving objects in undersampled image sequences, 12 June 2009, promoter: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- J. Caarls, Pose estimation for mobile devices and augmented reality, 25 September 2009, promotors: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, prof.dr.ir. P.P. Jonker.
- N.J.J.P. Koenderink, A knowledge-intensive approach to computer vision systems, 8 February 2010, promotors: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet and prof.de. J.L. Top (VU Amsterdam).
- C. van Wijk, Automated detection of polyps for CT colonography, 1 March 2010, promoter: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, co-promotor: dr. F.M. Vos.
- F.G.A. Faas, Orientation analysis; Multi-valuedness and shape descriptors, 17 May 2010, promotor: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet.
- D. Tetyukhina, High-resolution reservoir characterization by seismic inversion with geological constraints, 14 September 2010, promotores: prof.dr. S.M. Luthi, prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, prof.dr.ir. C.P.A. Wapenaar.
- M.W.A. Caan, Quantifying pathology in diffusion weighted MRI, 11 October 2010, promotores: prof.dr.ir. L.J. van Vliet, prof.dr.ir. C.A. Grimbergen, co-promotor: dr. F.M. Vos.