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There is an increasing need to accurately image objects at a high temporal resolution for different applications in order to analyze the underlying physical, chemical, or biological processes. In this thesis, we use advanced models exploiting the image structure and the measurement process in order to achieve an improved temporal resolution. The thesis is divided into three chapters, each corresponding to a different imaging application.

In the first chapter, we propose a novel method to localize neurons in fluorescence microscopy images. Accurate localization of neurons enables us to scan only the neuron locations instead of the full brain volume and thus improve the temporal resolution of neuron activity monitoring. We formulate the neuron localization problem as an inverse problem where we reconstruct an image that encodes the location of the neuron centers. The sparsity of the neuron centers serves as a prior model, while the forward model comprises of shape models estimated from training data.

In the second chapter, we introduce multi-slice fusion, a novel framework to incorporate advanced prior models for inverse problems spanning many dimensions such as 4D computed tomography (CT) reconstruction. State of the art 4D reconstruction methods use model based iterative reconstruction (MBIR), but it depends critically on the quality of the prior modeling. Incorporating deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in the 4D reconstruction problem is difficult due to computational difficulties and lack of high-dimensional training data. Multi-Slice Fusion integrates the tomographic forward model with multiple low dimensional CNN denoisers along different planes to produce a 4D regularized reconstruction. The improved regularization in multi-slice fusion allows each time-frame to be reconstructed from fewer measurements, resulting in an improved temporal resolution in the reconstruction. Experimental results on sparse-view and limited-angle CT data demonstrate that Multi-Slice Fusion can substantially improve the quality of reconstructions relative to traditional methods, while also being practical to implement and train.

In the final chapter, we introduce CodEx, a synergistic combination of coded acquisition and a non-convex Bayesian reconstruction for improving acquisition speed in computed tomography (CT). In an ideal ``step-and-shoot'' tomographic acquisition, the object is rotated to each desired angle, and the view is taken. However, step-and-shoot acquisition is slow and can waste photons, so in practice the object typically rotates continuously in time, leading to views that are blurry. This blur can then result in reconstructions with severe motion artifacts. CodEx works by encoding the acquisition with a known binary code that the reconstruction algorithm then inverts. The CodEx reconstruction method uses the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) to split the inverse problem into iterative deblurring and reconstruction sub-problems, making reconstruction practical. CodEx allows for a fast data acquisition leading to a good temporal resolution in the reconstruction.


NSF grant 1318894

Eli Lilly and Company research project funding agreement 17099289

NSF grant 1763896


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Charles A. Bouman

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Dr. Gregery T. Buzzard

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Stanley Chan

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Mary Comer