Data Analysis & Statistics
Basic image analysis for life scientists with a non-engineering background. The main goal is to teach how to address and solve scientific questions by state of the art image analysis strategies.

Course Details

Language English
Duration 7 week
Effort 3 hour/week

Nowadays, image-based methods are indispensable for life scientists. Light microscopy especially, has evolved from sketched out observations by eye, to high throughput multi-plane, multi-channel, multi-position and multimode acquisitions that easily produce thousands of information-rich images that must be quantified somehow to answer biological questions.
This course will teach you core concepts from image acquisition to image filtering and segmentation, to help you tackle simple image analysis workflows on your own. All examples use open source solutions, in order to allow you to be independent from commercial solutions. Emphasis is made on good practices and typical pitfalls in image analysis. At the end of this course, you will be able to adapt and reuse workflows to suit your specific needs and be equipped with the tools and knowledge to adapt and seek advice from the ever-growing image analyst community of which you will be a part now
The course is taught by senior image analysts with longtime work experience in a service-oriented core facility.

What you will learn

  • Recall digital image formation principles

  • Understand human perception and color

  • Distinguish between bit-depths

  • Use lookup tables

  • Perform mathematical operations on images

  • Apply filtering to digital images

  • Understand and use image segmentation techniques

  • Create regions of interest and extract results from segmented images

  • How to perform projections and reslicing on images for analysis

  • Applying color deconvolution to brightfield images

  • Understand the concepts of the ImageJ Macro language




Week 1: Digital Images
Introduction to digital image formation and how optical systems go from objects to images.
Week 2: Colors
Review of human visual perception and the RGB color model. Introduction to the concepts of image bit-depth and lookup tables.
Week3: Operating on Images
Introduction to image scaling, interpolation, and mathematical operations of images, and why certain bit-depths are more suitable than others.
Week4: Filtering
Using image filtering to enhance or suppress features in an image for easing subsequent analysis. We cover linear, nonlinear and Fourier filtering with emphasis on examples.
Week 5: Image Segmentation
Introduction to image segmentation and overview of available methods (thresholding, clustering, machine learning) and morphological operations.
Week 6: Regions of Interest
Going from analyzed objects to regions of interest and results tables. Emphasis is made on how to best obtain unbiased measurements and produce a reusable image analysis workflows
Week 7: Colors, and dimensionality reduction
Introduction to color models, and color deconvolution. Overview of the concept of dimensionality reduction through image projections and reslicing and application to measuring moving objects.
Extra Week: ImageJ Macro Programming Prime
Presentation of basic programming principles applied to the ImageJ Macro Language. Crash course on variables arrays, loops, conditionals, available macro functions and writing custom functions.

Course instructors

Arne Seitz

Head of BioImaging and Optics Platform at the Life Science Sciences Faculty from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Received his PhD in physical chemistry in 1999 from the Philipps-University Marburg.

Nicolas Chiaruttini

Microscopist and image analyst at the BioImaging Platform (BIOP) of the Faculty of Life Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He obtained his PhD in biophysics in 2011, continued his postdoctoral research in biochemistry, and was hired at BI…

Olivier Burri

After a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and Systems Biology, he was hired as an image analyst for the BIOP where he handles the more code-intensive projects of the platform, as well as microscope trainings and general user support in image analysis.

Romain Guiet

Image Analyst, BioImaging and Optics Platform at the Life Science Sciences Faculty Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. After he received his Ph.D in Life Science in 2011, he was hired at the BIOP as an image analyst in order to serve as a bridge bet…

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