New Definition of Quality-Scale Robustness for Image Processing Algorithms, with Generalized Uncertainty Modeling, Applied to Denoising and Segmentation

  • Antoine VacavantEmail author
  • Marie-Ange Lebre
  • Hugo Rositi
  • Manuel Grand-Brochier
  • Robin Strand
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11455)


Robustness is an important concern in machine learning and pattern recognition, and has attracted a lot of attention from technical and scientific viewpoints. Actually, the robustness models the capacity of a computerized approach to resist to perturbing phenomena and data uncertainties, and generate common artefact while designing algorithms. However, this question has not been dealt in depth in such a way for image processing tasks. In this article, we propose a novel definition of robustness dedicated to image processing algorithms. By considering a generalized model of image data uncertainty, we encompass the classic additive Gaussian noise alteration that we study through the evaluation of image denoising algorithms, but also more complex phenomena such as shape variability, which is considered for liver volume segmentation from medical images. Furthermore, we refine our evaluation of robustness wrt. our previous work by introducing a novel quality-scale definition. To do so, we calculate the worst loss of quality for a given algorithm over a set of uncertainty scales, together with the scale where this drop appears. This new approach permits to reveal any algorithm’s weakness, and for which kind of corrupted data it may happen.


Image processing Robustness Image denoising Liver segmentation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Vacavant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marie-Ange Lebre
    • 1
  • Hugo Rositi
    • 1
  • Manuel Grand-Brochier
    • 1
  • Robin Strand
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, SIGMA Clermont, Institut PascalClermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.CBAUppsala UniversitetUppsalaSweden

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