Variational, geometric, and statistical methods for modeling brain anatomy and function

Olivier Faugeras, Geoffray Adde, Guillaume Charpiat, Christophe Chefd'Hotel, Maureen Clerc, Thomas Deneux, Rachid Deriche, Gerardo Hermosillo, Renaud Keriven, Pierre Kornprobst, Jan Kybic, Christophe Lenglet, Lucero Lopez-Perez, Théo Papadopoulo, Jean Philippe Pons, Florent Segonne, Bertrand Thirion, David Tschumperlé, Thierry Viéville, Nicolas Wotawa

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We survey the recent activities of the Odyssée Laboratory in the area of the application of mathematics to the design of models for studying brain anatomy and function. We start with the problem of reconstructing sources in MEG and EEG, and discuss the variational approach we have developed for solving these inverse problems. This motivates the need for geometric models of the head. We present a method for automatically and accurately extracting surface meshes of several tissues of the head from anatomical magnetic resonance (MR) images. Anatomical connectivity can be extracted from diffusion tensor magnetic resonance images but, in the current state of the technology, it must be preceded by a robust estimation and regularization stage. We discuss our work based on variational principles and show how the results can be used to track fibers in the white matter (WM) as geodesics in some Riemannian space. We then go to the statistical modeling of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals from the viewpoint of their decomposition in a pseudo-deterministic and stochastic part that we then use to perform clustering of voxels in a way that is inspired by the theory of support vector machines and in a way that is grounded in information theory. Multimodal image matching is discussed next in the framework of image statistics and partial differential equations (PDEs) with an eye on registering fMRI to the anatomy. The paper ends with a discussion of a new theory of random shapes that may prove useful in building anatomical and functional atlases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S46-S55
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Brownian motion
  • DT-MRI
  • Diffusion tensor
  • EEG
  • Eikonal equation
  • Information theory
  • Inverse problems
  • Kernel PCA
  • Level sets
  • Lie groups
  • MEG
  • Maxwell equations
  • Mutual information
  • Partial differential equations
  • Riemannian spaces
  • Segmentation
  • Tractography
  • fMRI


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