Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Document Type



Active contouring techniques are very useful in medical imaging, digital mapping, non-destructive ultrasonic evaluation, etc. Therefore, we try to explore and investigate the advanced automatic active contouring methods, which can benefit the aforementioned applications. In this thesis work, we study the automatic active contour models adopted for the object characterization, whose extensions could include the potential defect analysis in the ultrasonic non-destructive testing. The active contouring scheme (also called a snake) or an energy minimizing spline, is an algorithm which is very sensitive to the manually marked initial points, and thereby requires an expertly operation. Therefore, we make new research endeavors to handle this major problem and design a new expert-free snake technique, which can lead to the completely automatic contouring technology for the future applications. Even though this initialization problem has been addressed in the literature for quite a while, to the best of our knowledge, there exists no satisfactory solution so far. In this thesis, we propose a novel initialization algorithm for the automatic snake technique, which can possess a faster convergence than other existing automatic contouring methods and also avoid the human operational error incurred in the conventional snake schemes.



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Committee Chair

Hsiao-Chun Wu