Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Enhancing the accuracy of Diabetic Retinopathy Images"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Biomedical Engineering
Project Description:
Yet another complication of diabetes, where-in the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin to regulate the sugar level is diabetic retinopathy (DR). It is a degrading effect of diabetes on the eyes. It causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina. It can cause severe vision loss or even blindness It is related to sight loss in most people of working age in Ireland. In the US, chronic diseases affect 2 out of 3 adults and it is estimated that 8% (26M) of American population suffers from diabetes. In Canada it affects 500,000 people. Worldwide, 300M are affected by diabetes. One of the measures is identify DR using scans. Their diagnostics could have both false positive and false negative findings. It is critical to reduce these false diagnoses. Towards this research is proposed to enhance the accuracy of Dr images using appropriate standard industry software, MATLAB. It will be used to analyze the DR images and using appropriate functions and algorithms, enhance their accuracy, reducing the number of false positives and false negatives. For this purpose, the publicly available DR images database(s) will be used and studied. It is also proposed to build a DR App that will evaluate DR images, indicating if the patient has DR or not, more accurately. It will help the ophthalmologists to reduce human errors.
Expected Student Contributions:
1) using Matlab, enhance the accuracy of the Dr images using various standard oattern recognition and artificial neural network techniques and functions 2) Develop a smart phone App incorporating above for diagnosis using DR images
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Desired Qualifications:
Junior/Senior >3.5GPA interest in the project willing to self-learn and do the project Write conference/journal papers and participate in symposiums/poster competitions
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Sundararajan, Rajeswari
school of engineering technology

Student Supervisor

Raji Sundararajan

Cooperating Faculty

Ignacio Camarillo
Biological Seiences