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ICASSP 2015 Paper Accepted

Today I received the announcement that the paper “Fusion of Ultrasound Harmonic Imaging with Clutter Removal Using Sparse Signal Separation” was accepted for a presentation in the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2015).

The work introduces a novel idea on how speckle noise can be reduced by using a fusion of the fundamental and 2nd harmonics acquired simultaneously. The idea is to remove clutter artifacts while fusing the two harmonic signals. We base the solution on our previous work on clutter mitigation using MCA and the idea of joint sparsity. The method results in improved images both in clutter mitigation and speckle noise reduction.

The conference will take place during April 19th – 24th, 2015 in the wonderful city of Brisbane, Australia.

Released Code of the Block-Coordinate Descent for Inverse Covariance

I released the code for the paper “A Block-Coordinate Descent Approach for Large-scale Sparse Inverse Covariance Estimation” that was presented in NIPS 2014. The algorithm includes a flag that enables the multilevel acceleration. This flag is very useful for large-scale problems on the thousands-millions of variables. The code runs in Matlab and includes some functions in C that require compilation. Also, it calls functions from METIS 5.0.2 to partitioning the neighbors in every sweep. The released version was tested on Windows, although it should work on other platforms as well.

You are welcome to try it and contact me with any comment you may have. I would like to know if somebody managed to run it in linux or mac.