Li Chen Curriculum Vitae



Medical Image Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Computer Aided Diagnosis, Traditional Chinese Medicine


Sep. 2016 – Now

Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington

Research assistant in Vascular Imaging Lab. Co-advised by Prof. Chun Yuan and Prof. Jenq-Neng Hwang
Expected to graduate in June 2021

Sep. 2012 – June 2016

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Fudan University

Overall   GPA:  3.6 /4.0      Ranking:  9%

Jan. 2015 – May. 2015

Exchange Student in National University of Singapore

Overall   GPA:  5.0 /5.0


1. Vascular image analysis for artery structure and blood flow modeling

Modeling vascular regions shown in Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) into an inter-connected tubular network (vasculature tree) is a novel image post-processing method to allow quantification of artery structures and blood flow. Quantitative measurements from the vasculature tree, including artery length, volume, tortuosity and signal intensity, provide novel imaging biomarkers for various research topics, such as evaluation of artery and flow differences in a certain population of interest, and identify vascular changes between time points. A series of research have been available since the development and validation of an artery feature extraction tool (iCafe, highlighted in Editor's Pick of the MRM journal). I have developed iCafe, validated its reliability on extracting features from TOF MRA, and applied iCafe on various interesting research projects, for example, exploration of cerebral vasculature decline for elderly in a cross-sectional study. iCafe can also be applied on other imaging sequences (CTA) or vascular beds (peripheral arteries).

2. Machine learning for medical research and clinical application

The powerful ability of machine learning techniques, especially deep learning techniques are bringing great benefits to medical solutions. I am actively taking the role of bridging the gap between technical and medical society by learning the clinical need and applying machine learning techniques to clinical applications. I have developed several clinically usable machine learning models to allow clinicians to easily use the advance techniques in their routine work or research. For example, I have developed an automated lumen and outer wall segmentation model using deep learning, which takes 5% of manual review time while having similar performance with expert readers. With that, we can process the whole OAI dataset within two months, a workload of 70 years of manual labeling, and thus we are able to analyze the vessel wall conditions in 3.5 million knee images. Another example is the high-risk atherosclerotic lesion detection model which is able to identify carotid artery centerlines and highlight the segments with high risk lesions, which is effective in reducing the manual review time and improve the detection sensitivity. Machine learning will definitely make tremendous contributions to the medical society in the future, and I am passionate to be involved in this exciting direction.

3. Image processing and computer vision for medical care

The image processing and computer vision techniques allow the computer to understand the content of images and reveal important information from signal intensities of medical images. For example, by using object tracking method artery of interest from 3D vascular images can be automatically identified, and an artery centerline can be generated for the following up visualization and vessel analysis. Another example is vascular image registration from two time points to observe vascular changes. Image features and patterns may contain additional information different from traditional clinical features, so that they can be utilized to identify subjects with health problems, such as identifying people with high risk plaques and detecting disease from tongue images. Applying these features in future clinical studies might establish a new approach for further our understanding of disease mechanism and prevention.


Vascular Imaging Lab & Information Processing Lab, University of Washington

Sep. 2016 ~ Now

Research Assistant. Co-advised by Prof. Chun Yuan, Department of Radiology and Bioengineering, and Prof. Jenq-Neng Hwang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Seattle, WA

  • Quantitative intracranial artery modeling and vascular feature extraction

    • Developed an artery tracing and labeling tool (iCafe, C++ software, 60k lines) to model arteries and extract cerebral vascular features.
    • A novel artery refinement algorithm through optimization on Curved Planar Reformation view.
    • A novel artery naming algorithms using Graph Neural Network and hierarchical refinement.
    • Created a database of 1000+ scans of cerebral vasculature models.
    • Tool used by 12+ sites on dozens of medical research researches (aging, dementia, artery revascularization, etc.).
    • Three first-author journal papers (1,2,3) and seven conference publications ranging from technical development, validation and medical applications.
    • Editor's pick by Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
    • iCafe website:
  • Vessel wall segmentation using convolutional neural networks

    • Proposed an automated vessel wall segmentation and quantification method. (paper)
    • 3D region of interest identification using object tracking (Yolo V2 detector and tracklet refinement).
    • A novel vessel wall segmentation algorithm in polar coordinate system using deep learning.
    • Segmentation with uncertainty scores, proved to be useful in indicating segmentation performance.
    • Trained on more than one thousand subjects of labeled carotid vessel wall contours using convolutional neural network (CNN). Test set performance better than traditional cartesian based CNN methods (U-Net, Mask-RCNN).
  • Automated popliteal vessel wall segmentation and quantification.

    • Developed a fully-automated and robust vessel wall analysis tool (FRAPPE) to segment and quantify popliteal arteries and vessel walls for vascular research. (paper)
    • Processed on The Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) dataset with 3.5 Million popliteal artery images.
    • Transfer learning (from the carotid artery model) and active learning techniques to reduce labeling burden while maintaining accuracy.
    • Dice of 0.79 with human contours, only 1.2% images have major errors.
    • Found significant differences in vessel wall thickness measurements between high and low risk subjects.
    • Multi GPU process within 2 months, the workload of 70 years for an expert human reader.
    • Winner for American Heart Association/Amazon Web Services Prize Competition.
    • More technical details:
  • Carotid artery atherosclerotic lesion screening using an AI based fully automated workflow based on 3D MRI

    • Proposed a 5-minute automated Magnetic Resonance screening workflow using multiple deep learning models.
    • 3D MERGE as the fast (2 minutes) MR imaging sequence.
    • Image quality assessment using target weighted patches. (joint work with Hongjian Jiang, master student under mentorship)
    • Multi slice multi channel patches for lesion classification.
    • High agreements with an expert radiologist (0.9+ sensitivity/specificity).
    • Assist radiologists by warning potential locations of advance lesions visualized in 3D view.
    • Effective in reducing manual review time for both experts and novice radiologists in clinical reading.
    • Online learning method to reduce labeling labors.
    • Patent filed.

United Imaging Intelligence America

June ~ Sep. 2020

Research intern. Advised by Dr. Shanhui Sun and Terrence Chen, Medical AI group

Boston, MA

  • Landmark tracking for stent enhancement

    • A deep learning workflow for balloon marker detection, tracking and stent enhancement.
    • Developed a marker detector with 95% recall / 50% precision / 44 frames per second.
    • Robust marker tracking using graph search with 0.36mm mean distance with manual labels.
    • Iterative process to separate stent and clutter layer for stent enhancement.

Circuit Theory and Application Lab, Fudan University

Oct. 2013 ~ June 2016

Undergraduate Researcher. Advised by: Dr. Huiliang Shang, Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering

Shanghai, China

  • Capstone research: 'Vascular image registration by circuit simulation'(published in BMC bioinformatics, First Author)

    • A novel algorithm to represent vasculatures as circuits for robust matching.
    • Convert vascular trees into circuits, register using simulated voltages
    • Use Network Structure Index to represent regional graph features
    • Robust registration method tolerates noises and distortions
    • Best undergraduate thesis in Fudan University
  • Research: 'A Novel Automatic Tongue Image Segmentation Algorithm: Color Enhancement Method Based on L*a*b* Color Space'(published in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, First Author)

    • Utilize potential advantages of specific characteristics in three color-spaces to find a new method to detect tongue contour in the tongue diagnosis image.
    • In HSV space, using a hue threshold control function to determine a proper threshold value for preliminary separation of tongue region
    • In RGB space, performing color enhancement to obtain a better luminance which is more suitable for tongue segmentation
    • In L*A*B* space, using the luminance sensitivity of L channel to constrain the area of interest
    • Cooperated with Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University and series of local hospitals
  • Research: 'The Application Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medical Science Treatment on Vertigo Based on Data Mining Apriori Algorithm' (published on IJWMC, First Student Author)

    • To investigate statistical law in Traditional Chinese Medical(TCM) Treatment on vertigo using data mining technique
    • Created a database of TCM treatment prescriptions where 100 cases of prescriptions are selected.
    • Using Apriori algorithm for association rules mining in SPSS to find interrelationships among TCM syndromes, symptoms, and herbal medicine for vertigo, helping research on vertigo using TCM
    • Proposed a topology representation method using circuit simulation for vascular registration.
  • Research: 'An Adaptive Computer-aided Tongue Diagnosis Method using Color-calibration Preprocessing and Multiple Feature Synthesis based on Android' (published on IJWMC, First Student Author)

    • A research on diagnosing disease by taking a picture from tongue based on Android phone.
    • Accuracy and effectiveness corroborated with professional clinicians
    • Used QCGP to solve the problem of white balance
    • Adapted HSV model in Tongue brim pixels searching
    • Adapted inverted pentagonal four-line tongue outline searching and linking algorithm

Adaptive Networks and Control Lab (CAN), Fudan University

Mar. 2014 ~ Mar. 2015

Undergraduate Researcher. Advised by: Prof. Xiang Li, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering

Shanghai, China

  • Research: 'An improved method of acquaintance immunization strategy in complex network'(published on JTB (IF:2.116), First Author)

    • A research to find an improved method to effectively immune a virus spreading in complex network.
    • A new Index of NSI is presented to value the structure and importance of nodes in network
    • Improved the classical acquaintance immunization strategy using NSI to protect 14.9% more nodes and decrease the spread rate by 27.6% (compared to classical strategy in our simulation)
    • Simulated in various network structures. Best in most random graph compared to other immunization strategies in the perspective of maximum percentage of infected nodes

Key Laboratory of EMW information, Fudan University

Oct. 2013 ~ Nov. 2014

Undergraduate Researcher. Advised by: Prof. Bin Wang, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering

Shanghai, China

  • FDUROP Project: 'The development of an inaccurate graph isomorphism algorithm and its application in prototype machine' (Exhibited on 2014 Shanghai Industrial Exhibition)

    • Building a prototype machine which uses contour extraction algorithms to determine the location of products in images captured from production line and sort them according to their shape.
    • Funded 6000 RMB by FuDan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program(FDUROP)
    • Cooperated with Shanghai GO-WELL Electrical Technology CO.
    • Used Matlab and OpenCV for the algorithm and executed on multi-platform (PC, raspberry, DSP)
    • Endured noises and overlaps, high recognition of different products on the same production line

Fudan Physic Teaching Lab, Fudan University

Sep. 2013 ~ Dec. 2013

Undergraduate Researcher. Advised by: Prof. Yongkang Le, Professor, Department of Physics

Shanghai, China

  • Application: 'A remote & online electrical control center using infrared ray based on Arduino'

    • A versatile remote control center which can operate multiple electrical devices using infrared ray.
    • Emit infrared ray instructions under Internet control from remote devices (PC, smartphone, iPad)
    • Can memorize codes of up to 3 infrared control devices
    • A project for the Arduino contest held by Fudan Physic research center

For Whole Research Experience, Link to Project Journey


Journal Publications

Conference Publications

Conference/Workshop Oral Presentation

Invited Talks


Conference Posters/E-posters


Journal Reviewer International Journal of Modern Physics B, PLOS ONE, IEEE Access, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Conference Reviewer the 23. International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), The AICity 2020 CVPR Workshop


2007-2009 Shanghai AVR single chip   programming contest (First prize in all three years)
2009,   2011 "INTEL" Innovation Contest in Shanghai
2009 Future Engineering Contest in Shanghai
2009-2015 Six consecutive years of Shu Ping Scholarship(top 3%)
2012 Fudan University Excellent Freshman Scholarship(top 5%)
2013-2014 Two consecutive years of Fudan university scholarship(top 15%)
2015 Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2015 (Meritorious Winner, top 10%)
2018 GSFEI Travel Funding, University of Washington
2018 Travel Stipend Awards, SMRA
2018 Outstanding Research Award, OCSMRM
2018, 2019, 2020 ISMRM Annual Meeting & Exhibition Stipend
2019, 2020 Magna Cum Laude Merit Award, ISMRM
2019 Winner for the AHA-AWS award at the 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Meeting


Chun Yuan

Professor — Department of Radiology and BioengineeringUniversity of Washington,
From 2016.9 — now

Researches on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vulnerable Plaque/Vessel Wall Imaging and Analysis, Cardiovascular Disease Analysis and Investigation, Vessel Imaging of Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, MRI Sequence Development and Image Reconstruction, Vessel Image Processing With AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.


Experience with me:

             Course: MRI & ULTRASOUND
             PhD thesis co-chair.

Jenq-Neng Hwang

Professor — Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Washington,
From 2016.9 — now

Researches on Image/video signal processing, Multimedia network and QoS, Statistical pattern recognition.


Experience with me:

             PhD thesis co-chair.

Huiliang Shang

Accosiate Professor — Department of Electronic Engineering Fudan University,
From 2013.10 — 2016.6

Researches on image processing, Biomedical topics, Traditional Chinese medicine, Robotic, Computer vision, visible light communication, Circuit theory.


Experience with me:

             Course: Circuit Theory
             Four papers about Biomedical Image processing
             LED position car etc.

Bin Wang

Professor — Department of Electronic EngineeringFudan University
From 2013.10 — 2014.11

Researches on image processing, signal, pattern recongnition, intelligent information proessing and brain science


Experience with me:

             Course: Probability

             The FDUROP project about image processing

Xiang Li

Professor — Department of Electronic EngineeringFudan University
From 2014.3 — 2015.3

Researches on complex network and multi-agent systems.


Experience with me:

             Course: Introduction to Network Science

             Paper about immunization network

Yi Guo

Professor — Department of Electronic Engineering , Fudan University,
From 2015.8 — 2016.6

Researches on Medical image and signal processing, Medical ultrasonics.


Experience with me:

             Course: Medical Imaging
             Capstone research advisor
             One paper on vascualr registration

Yuanyuan Wang

Professor — Department of Electronic Engineering , Fudan University,
From 2015.8 — 2016.6

Researches on Medical image and signal processing, Medical ultrasonics.


Experience with me:

             Course: Signal and System
             Final year project research group advisor


2012-2013 Volunteer teaching in Shanghai Sunflower Weekend School, English Junior class.
2012-2014 Fudan Student Union, Department of Information. Technical director in 2014.
2014.7 Volunteer teaching in Yunnan. Lecturer in Paper cutting and Handwork (Build a gravity toy car)
2014-2015 Technical group of Shu Ping Scholarship Foundation. Developed online scholarship application system.
2017-2018 Trainee Member, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
2015- IEEE student member.
2017- Trainee Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).

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