Special Issue "Efficient Deep Learning Models for Resource-Limited Learning"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Thangarajah Akilan
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Guest Editor
Department of Software Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada
Interests: deep learning; applied machine learning; computer vision; image processing
Dr. Tian Lei Wang
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Guest Editor
Key Lab for IOT and Information Fusion Technology of Zhejiang, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Interests: neural networks; image processing; semisupervised learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The past two decades of intelligent learning systems have fundamentally evolved around the advancement in deep neural networks (DNNs). DNNs have become a go-to model for various problems, from basic image understanding to complex segmentation and predictive analysis using big data (BD). For example, deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) are the backbones of state-of-the-art object classification, object localization, computer-aided diagnosis (CADx), robotics, and autonomous vehicles. Given a large set of labeled data, DNNs’ data representation mechanism has repeatedly proven superior to conventional human-engineered features.

Despite their adoption in a wide range of applications across all the fields of natural science and engineering, they do not scale well on resource-limited conditions, such as scarcity of data and hardware support. Specifically, in areas such as medical imaging, collecting annotated data is very costly and time-consuming since it requires experts in the domain. In some cases, due to security and privacy, gathering a large amount of information is not even feasible. Hence, beyond a successful training and testing of DNNs in a laboratory setting, most real-world deployment does not have the luxury of the high-performance computing platform. To overcome these shortcomings, there is a huge demand for research and development of optimized DNNs taking various strategies, such as network pruning, convolution kernel factorization, vector quantization (VQ), with full precision (FP32) or half-precision (FP16), and other methods of model compression, such that the models do not need a large amount of data to produce a highly generalized performance in real-time and can be implemented on resource-limited hardware platforms. 

We request research articles presenting techniques (methods, tools, ideas, concepts, or even literature surveys) that will contribute to the efficient development of future deep learning models for resource-limited environments

Dr. Thangarajah Akilan
Dr. Tian Lei Wang
Guest Editors

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  • lightweight convolutional neural network
  • neural network compression
  • transfer learning/domain adaptations approaches
  • computer vision
  • medical image processing
  • object classification/segmentation/localization

Published Papers

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