Geometrically inspired statistical learning algorithms for manifold-valued data and applications to computer vision and neuroimaging

   September 9, 2016, 2PM

302- 309




Manifold-valued data naturally occur in many disciplines. For example, directional data can be represented as points on a unit sphere. Diffusion tensors in magnetic resonance images form a quotient manifold GL(n)/O(n), which is a space of symmetric positive definite (SPD) matrices. Also, the Hilbert unit sphere for the square-root representation of orientation distribution functions (ODFs) or probability density functions (PDFs). Their data spaces are known, a priori, to have a nice mathematical structure with well-studied properties. It makes sense that if algorithms make use of this additional information, even more efficient inference procedures can be developed. Motivated by this intuition, in this talk we study the relationship between statistical learning algorithms and the geometric structures of data spaces encountered in machine learning, computer vision and neuroimaging using mathematical tools (e.g. Riemannian geometry). As a result, this framework will give new insigh ts into statistical inference methods for image analysis and enable developing new models for manifold-valued data and (potentially manifold-valued parameters) to improve statistical power.

Topics featured in this talk include: manifold statistics on Riemannian manifolds, manifold-valued multivariate general linear models (mMGLMs), canonical correlation analysis (CCA) on manifolds, Dirichlet Process for manifold-value variables (DP-mMGLMs), interpolations of k-GMMs. Lie Group.