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Anter, A. M., A. E. Hassanien, A. T. Azar, and M. A. Elsoud, "Automatic Liver Parenchyma Segmentation System from Abdominal CT Scans using Hybrid Techniques", International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, vol. 17, issue 2, 2015. AbstractWebsite

In this paper, a multi–layer heuristic approach is introduced to segment liver region from other tissues in multi–slice CT images. Image noise is a principal factor which hampers the visual quality of medical images and can therefore lead to misdiagnosis. To address this issue, we first utilise an algorithm based on median filter to remove noise and enhance the contrast of the CT image. This is followed by performing an adaptive threshold algorithm and morphological operators to preserve the liver structure and remove the fragments of other organs. Then, connected component labelling algorithm was applied to remove false positive regions and focused on liver region. To evaluate the performance of the proposed system, we present tests on different liver CT scans images. The experimental results show that the overall accuracy offered by the employed system is high compared with other related works as well as very fast which segment liver from abdominal CT in less than 0.6 s/slice.

Emarya, E., H. M. Zawbaab, and A. E. Hassanien, "Binary Gray Wolf Optimization Approaches for Feature Selection", Neurocomputing, 2015. AbstractWebsite

In this work, a novel binary version of the gray wolf optimization (GWO) is proposed and used to select optimal feature subset for classification purposes. Gray wolf optimizer (GWO) is one of the latest bio-inspired optimization techniques, which simulate the hunting process of gray wolves in nature. The binary version introduced here is performed using two different approaches. In the first approach, individual steps toward the first three best solutions are binarized and then stochastic crossover is performed among the three basic moves to find the updated binary gray wolf position. In the second approach, sigmoidal function is used to squash the continuous updated position, then stochastically threshold these values to find the updated binary gray wolf position. The two approach for binary gray wolf optimization (bGWO) are hired in the feature selection domain for finding feature subset maximizing the classification accuracy while minimizing the number of selected features. The proposed binary versions were compared to two of the common optimizers used in this domain namely particle swarm optimizer and genetic algorithms. A set of assessment indicators are used to evaluate and compared the different methods over 18 different datasets from the UCI repository. Results prove the capability of the proposed binary version of gray wolf optimization (bGWO) to search the feature space for optimal feature combinations regardless of the initialization and the used stochastic operators.

Jui, S. - L., S. Zhang, W. Xiong, F. Yu, M. Fu, D. Wang, and A. E. H. K. and Xiao, "Brain MR Image Tumor Segmentation with 3-Dimensional Intracranial Structure Deformation Features", IEEE Intelligent systems , issue Accepted , 2015. Abstract

Abstract—Extraction of relevant features is of significant importance for brain tumor segmentation systems. In this paper, with the objective of improving brain tumor segmentation accuracy, we present an improved feature extraction component to take advantage of the correlation between intracranial structure deformation and the compression from brain tumor growth. Using 3-dimensional non-rigid registration and deformation modeling techniques, the component is capable of measuring lateral ventricular (LaV) deformation in the volumetric magnetic resonance (MR) images. By verifying the location of the extracted LaV deformation feature data and applying the features on brain tumor segmentation with widely used classification algorithms, the proposed component is evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively with promising results on 11 datasets comprising real patient and simulated images.

Ashour, A. S., S. Samanta, N. Dey, N. Kausar, W. B. Abdessalemkaraa, and A. E. Hassanien, "Computed Tomography Image Enhancement Using Cuckoo Search: A Log Transform Based Approach", Journal of Signal and Information Processing, vol. 6, pp. 244-257, 2015. Abstractjsip_2015083113193757_1.pdfWebsite

Medical image enhancement is an essential process for superior disease diagnosis as well as for
detection of pathological lesion accurately. Computed Tomography (CT) is considered a vital medical
imaging modality to evaluate numerous diseases such as tumors and vascular lesions. However,
speckle noise corrupts the CT images and makes the clinical data analysis ambiguous.
Therefore, for accurate diagnosis, medical image enhancement is a must for noise removal and
sharp/clear images. In this work, a medical image enhancement algorithm has been proposed using
log transform in an optimization framework. In order to achieve optimization, a well-known
meta-heuristic algorithm, namely: Cuckoo search (CS) algorithm is used to determine the optimal
parameter settings for log transform. The performance of the proposed technique is studied on a
low contrast CT image dataset. Besides this, the results clearly show that the CS based approach
has superior convergence and fitness values compared to PSO as the CS converge faster that
proves the efficacy of the CS based technique. Finally, Image Quality Analysis (IQA) justifies the robustness >
of the proposed enhancement technique.

Fouad, M. M., V. Snasel, and A. E. Hassanien, "Energy-Aware Sink Node Localization Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks", International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, , vol. 2015, 2015. Website
Emary, 31. E., K. K. A. Ghany, H. M. Zawbaa, A. E. Hassanien, and B. Pârv, "Firefly Optimization Algorithm for Feature Selection", Proceedings of the 7th Balkan Conference on Informatics Conference (BCI '15 ), 2015. Abstract

In this paper, a system for feature selection based on firefly algorithm (FFA) optimization is proposed. Data sets ordinarily includes a huge number of attributes, with irrelevant and redundant attributes. Redundant and irrelevant attributes might reduce the classification accuracy because of the large search space. The main goal of attribute reduction is to choose a subset of relevant attributes from a huge number of available attributes to obtain comparable or even better classification accuracy from using all attributes. A system for feature selection is proposed in this paper using a modified version of the firefly algorithm (FFA) optimization. The modified FFA algorithm adaptively balance the exploration and exploitation to quickly find the optimal solution. FFA is a new evolutionary computation technique, inspired by the flash lighting process of fireflies. The FFA can quickly search the feature space for optimal or near-optimal feature subset minimizing a given fitness function. The proposed fitness function used incorporate both classification accuracy and feature reduction size. The proposed system was tested on eighteen data sets and proves advance over other search methods as particle swarm optimization (PSO) and genetic algorithm (GA) optimizers commonly used in this context using different evaluation indicators

Radhwan, A., M. Kamel, M. Y. Dahab, and A. E. Hassanien, "Forecasting Exchange Rates: A Chaos-Based Regression Approach. Intelligent Approach.", International Journal of Rough Sets and Data Analysis (IJRSDA) , vol. 2, issue 1, 2015. AbstractWebsite

Accurate forecasting for future events constitutes a fascinating challenge for theoretical and for applied researches. Foreign Exchange market (FOREX) is selected in this research to represent an example of financial systems with a complex behavior. Forecasting a financial time series can be a very hard task due to the inherent uncertainty nature of these systems. It seems very difficult to tell whether a series is stochastic or deterministic chaotic or some combination of these states. More generally, the extent to which a non-linear deterministic process retains its properties when corrupted by noise is also unclear. The noise can affect a system in different ways even though the equations of the system remain deterministic. Since a single reliable statistical test for chaoticity is not available, combining multiple tests is a crucial aspect, especially when one is dealing with limited and noisy data sets like in economic and financial time series. In this research, the authors propose an improved model for forecasting exchange rates based on chaos theory that involves phase space reconstruction from the observed time series and the use of support vector regression (SVR) for forecasting.Given the exchange rates of a currency pair as scalar observations, observed time series is first analyzed to verify the existence of underlying nonlinear dynamics governing its evolution over time. Then, the time series is embedded into a higher dimensional phase space using embedding parameters.In the selection process to find the optimal embedding parameters,a novel method based on the Differential Evolution (DE) geneticalgorithm(as a global optimization technique) was applied. The authors have compared forecasting accuracy of the proposed model against the ordinary use of support vector regression. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method, which is based on chaos theory and genetic algorithm,is comparable with the existing approaches.

Inbarani, H., S. Kumar, A. E. Hassanien, and A. T. Azar, "Hybrid TRS-PSO Clustering Approach for Web2.0 Social Tagging System. ", International Journal of Rough Sets and Data Analysis (IJRSDA) , vol. 2, issue 1, 2015. AbstractWebsite

Social tagging is one of the important characteristics of WEB2.0. The challenge of Web 2.0 is a huge amount of data generated over a short period. Tags are widely used to interpret and classify the web 2.0 resources. Tag clustering is the process of grouping the similar tags into clusters. The tag clustering is very useful for searching and organizing the web2.0 resources and also important for the success of Social Bookmarking systems. In this paper, the authors proposed a hybrid Tolerance Rough Set Based Particle Swarm optimization (TRS-PSO) clustering algorithm for clustering tags in social systems. Then the proposed method is compared to the benchmark algorithm K-Means clustering and Particle Swarm optimization (PSO) based Clustering technique. The experimental analysis illustrates the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Asmaa Hashem Sweidan, E. - B. Nashwa Mamdouh, A. E. Hassanien, O. M. Hegazy, and A. E. -karim Mohamed, "Hybrid-Biomarker Case-Based Reasoning System for Water Pollution Assessment in Abou Hammad Sharkia, Egypt", Applied Soft computing , pp. Accepted, 2015. AbstractWebsite

Water pollution by organic materials or metals is one of the
problems that threaten humanity, both nowadays and over the next decades.
Morphological changes in Nile Tilapia "Oreochromis niloticus'' fish liver
and gills can also represent the adaptation strategies to maintain some
physiological functions or to assess acute and chronic exposure to
chemicals found in water and sediments. This paper presents an automatic
system for assessing water quality; in Sharkia Governorate - Egypt, based
on microscopic images of fish gills and liver. The proposed system used
fish gills and liver as hybrid-biomarker in order to detect water
pollution. It utilized case-based reasoning (CBR) for indicating the
degree of water quality based on the different histopathological changes
in fish gills and liver microscopic images. Various performance
evaluation metrics; namely, retrieval accuracy, Receiver Operating
Characteristic (ROC) curves, F-measure, and G-mean, have been used in
order to objectively indicate the true performance of the system
considering the unbalanced data. Experimental results showed that the
proposed hybrid-biomarker CBR based system achieved water quality
prediction accuracy of 97.9% using cosine distance similarity measure.
Also, it outperformed both SVMs and LDA classifiers for the tested
microscopic images dataset.

Moustafa Zeina, A. A. Fatma Yakouba, A. E. Hassanien, and V. Snasel, "Identifying Circles of Relations from Smartphone Photo Gallery", International Conference on Communications, management, and Information technology (ICCMIT'2015) Volume 65, 2015, Pages 582–591, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2015. Abstract

Geotagged photos carry hidden data about the surrounding area, and the owner of the photo. Moreover; Geotagged photos have background information about the user, where the alternative resources of Geo-spatial data lack background information. In this study, we propose identification for the circles of relations of the smartphone user from Geotagged photos. The proposed solution mainly depends on a framework, which is based on smartphone photo gallery. The framework extracts a degree of relation between smartphone user and circles of relations entities. Circles of relations incorporate closest people, places, where the participant visits, and interests. The circles of relations are represented in a social graph, which shows the clusters of social relations and interests of smartphone user. The social graph clarifies the nature and the degree of the relations for the participants. The results of framework introduced the relation between the level of variety of participant social relations, and the degree of relations.

Lamiaa M. El Bakrawy, N. I.Ghali, and A. E. Hassanien, "Intelligent Machine Learning in Image Authentication.", signal processing system, vol. 78, issue 2, pp. 223-237 , 2015. Website
E. Emary, Waleed Yamany, A. E. Hassanien, and V. Snasel, "Multi-Objective Gray-Wolf Optimization for Attribute Reduction", International Conference on Communications, management, and Information technology (ICCMIT'2015), 2015. Abstract

Feature sets are always dependent, redundant and noisy in almost all application domains. These problems in The data always declined the performance of any given classifier as it make it difficult for the training phase to converge effectively and it affect also the running time for classification at operation and training time. In this work a system for feature selection based on multi-objective gray wolf optimization is proposed. The existing methods for feature selection either depend on the data description; filter-based methods, or depend on the classifier used; wrapper approaches. These two main approaches lakes of good performance and data description in the same system. In this work gray wolf optimization; a swarm-based optimization method, was employed to search the space of features to find optimal feature subset that both achieve data description with minor redundancy and keeps classification performance. At the early stages of optimization gray wolf uses filter-based principles to find a set of solutions with minor redundancy described by mutual information. At later stages of optimization wrapper approach is employed guided by classifier performance to further enhance the obtained solutions towards better classification performance. The proposed method is assessed against different common searching methods such as particle swarm optimization and genetic algorithm and also was assessed against different single objective systems. The proposed system achieves an advance over other searching methods and over the other single objective methods by testing over different UCI data sets and achieve much robustness and stability.

Hassanien, A. E., M. A. Fattah, K. M. AMIN, and S. MOHAMED, "A Novel Hybrid Binarization Technique for Images of Historical Arabic Manuscripts", Studies in Informatics and Control, , vol. 24, issue 3, pp. 271-282, 2015. AbstractWebsite

In this paper, a novel binarization approach based on neutrosophic sets and sauvola’s approach is presented.
This approach is used for historical Arabic manuscript images which have problems with types of noise. The input RGB image is changed into the NS domain, which is shown using three subsets, namely, the percentage of indeterminacy in a subset, the percentage of falsity in a subset and the percentage of truth in a subset. The entropy in NS is used for evaluating the indeterminacy with the most important operation ”λ mean” operation in order to minimize indeterminacy which can be used to reduce noise. Finally, the manuscript is binarized using an adaptive thresholding technique. The main advantage of the proposed approach is that it preserves weak connections and provides smooth and continuous strokes. The performance of the proposed approach is evaluated both objectively and subjectively against standard databases and manually collected data base. The proposed method gives high results compared with other famous binarization approaches

El-Said, S. A., Asmaa Osamaa, and A. E. Hassanien, "Optimized hierarchical routing technique for wireless sensors networks", Soft Computing, Springer, vol. July , 2015. Website
El-Atta, A. A. H., M. I. Moussa, and A. E. Hassanien, "Predicting activity approach based on new atoms similarity kernel function", Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, vol. 60, pp. 55–62, 2015. Website
Hassaniena, A. E., E. Emarya, and H. M. Zawbaa, "Retinal blood vessel localization approach based on bee colony swarm optimization, fuzzy c-means and pattern search.", J. Visual Communication and Image Representation , vol. 31, pp. 186-196 , 2015. AbstractWebsite

Accurate segmentation of retinal blood vessels is an important task in computer aided diagnosis and surgery planning of retinopathy. Despite the high resolution of photographs in fundus photography, the contrast between the blood vessels and retinal background tends to be poor. Furthermore, pathological changes of the retinal vessel tree can be observed in a variety of diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma. Vessels with small diameters are much liable to effects of diseases and imaging problems. In this paper, an automated retinal blood vessels segmentation approach based on two levels optimization principles is proposed. The proposed approach makes use of the artificial bee colony optimization in conjunction with fuzzy cluster compactness fitness function with partial belongness in the first level to find coarse vessels. The dependency on the vessel reflectance is problematic as the confusion with background and vessel distortions especially for thin vessels, so we made use of a second level of optimization. In the second level of optimization, pattern search is further used to enhance the segmentation results using shape description as a complementary feature. Thinness ratio is used as a fitness function for the pattern search optimization. The pattern search is a powerful tool for local search while artificial bee colony is a global search with high convergence speed. The proposed retinal blood vessels segmentation approach is tested on two publicly available databases DRIVE and STARE of retinal images. The results demonstrate that the performance of the proposed approach is comparable with state of the art techniques in terms of sensitivity, specificity and accuracy.

Hassan, G., N. El-Bendary, A. E. Hassanien, S. A. M. Ali Fahmy, and V. Snasel, "Retinal Blood Vessel Segmentation Approach Based on Mathematical Morphology", International Conference on Communications, management, and Information technology (ICCMIT'2015), 2015. Abstract

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease, which forms a severe threat on sight. It may reach to blindness among working age people. By analyzing and detecting of vasculature structures in retinal images, we can early detect the diabetes in advanced stages by comparison of its states of retinal blood vessels. In this paper, we present blood vessel segmentation approach, which can be used in computer based retinal image analysis to extract the retinal image vessels. Mathematical morphology and K-means clustering are used to segment the vessels. To enhance the blood vessels and suppress the background information, we perform smoothing operation on the retinal image using mathematical morphology. Then the enhanced image is segmented using K-means clustering algorithm. The proposed approach is tested on the DRIVE dataset and is compared with alternative approaches. Experimental results obtained by the proposed approach showed that it is effective as it achieved average accuracy of 95.10% and best accuracy of 96.25%.

Hassanien, A. E., Mostafa A. Salama, J. Platos, and V. Snásel, "Rough local transfer function for cardiac disorders detection using heart sounds. ", Logic Journal of the IGPL, vol. 23, issue 3, pp. 506-520, 2015. Website
Abraham, A., K. Wegrzyn-Wolska, A. E. Hassanien, V. Snasel, and A. M. Alimi, Second International Afro-European Conference for Industrial Advancement AECIA 2015, , 2015. Abstract

This volume contains accepted papers presented at AECIA2014, the First International Afro-European Conference for Industrial Advancement. The aim of AECIA was to bring together the foremost experts as well as excellent young researchers from Africa, Europe, and the rest of the world to disseminate latest results from various fields of engineering, information, and communication technologies. The first edition of AECIA was organized jointly by Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University, and VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic and took place in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

Hassanien, A. E., and E. Alamry, Swarm Intelligence: Principles, Advances, and Applications, , New yourk, CRC – Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. AbstractWebsite

warm Intelligence: Principles, Advances, and Applications delivers in-depth coverage of bat, artificial fish swarm, firefly, cuckoo search, flower pollination, artificial bee colony, wolf search, and gray wolf optimization algorithms. The book begins with a brief introduction to mathematical optimization, addressing basic concepts related to swarm intelligence, such as randomness, random walks, and chaos theory. The text then: Describes the various swarm intelligence optimization methods, standardizing the variants, hybridizations, and algorithms whenever possible
Discusses variants that focus more on binary, discrete, constrained, adaptive, and chaotic versions of the swarm optimizers, Depicts real-world applications of the individual optimizers, emphasizing variable selection and fitness function design, Details the similarities, differences, weaknesses, and strengths of each swarm optimization method and Draws parallels between the operators and searching manners of the different algorithms

Alaa Tharwataf, Tarek Gaberb, V. S. Mohamed Mostaf Fouadc, and Aboul Ella Hassaniene, "Towards an Automated Zebrafish-based Toxicity Test Model Using Machine Learning", International Conference on Communications, management, and Information technology (ICCMIT'2015) Volume 65, 2015, Pages 643–651, Check Republica, 2015. Abstract

Zebrafish animal is considered as one of the most suitable animals to test toxicity of compounds due many features such as transparency and a large number of embryos produced in each mating. The main problem of the zebrafish-based toxicity test is the manual inspection of thousands of animals images in different phases and this is not feasible enough for the analysis, i.e. it is slow and may be inaccurate process. To help addressing this problem, in this paper, an automated classification of alive (healthy) and coagulant (died because of toxic compounds) zebrafish embryos are proposed. The embryos’ images are used to extract some features using the Segmentation-based Fractal Texture Analysis (SFTA) technique. The Rotation Forest classifier is then used to match between testing and training features (i.e. to classify alive and coagulant embryos). The experiments have proved that choosing threshold value of SFTA technique and the size of the rotation forest classifier have a great impact on the classification accuracy. With accuracy around 99.98%, the experimental results have showed that the proposed model is a very promising step toward a fully automated toxicity test during drug discovery.

El-Bendary, N., Esraa Elhariri, A. E. Hassanien, and A. Badr, "Using machine learning techniques for evaluating tomato ripeness. Expert Syst. Appl. ", Expert Syst. Appl. , vol. 42, issue 4, pp. 1892-1905, 2015. Website
El-Bendary, N., Esraa Elhariri, A. E. Hassanien, and A. Badr, "Using machine learning techniques for evaluating tomato ripeness. Expert Syst. Appl. ", Expert Syst. Appl. , vol. 42, issue 4, pp. 1892-1905, 2015. Website
Asmaa Hashem Sweidan, N. El-Bendary, O. M. Hegazy, A. E. Hassanien, and V. Snasel, "Water Pollution Detection System Based on Fish Gills as a Biomarker", International Conference on Communications, management, and Information technology (ICCMIT'2015), 2015. Abstract

This article presents an automatic system for assessing water quality based on fish gills microscopic images. As fish gills are a good biomarker for assessing water quality, the proposed system uses fish gills microscopic images in order to detect water pollution. The proposed system consists of three phases; namely pre-processing, feature extraction, and classification phases. Since the shape is the main characteristic of fish gills microscopic images, the proposed system uses shape feature based on edge detection and wavelets transform for classifying the water-quality degree. Furthermore, it implemented Principal Components Analysis (PCA) along with Support Vector Machines (SVMs) algorithms for feature extraction and water quality degree classification. The datasets used for experiments were constructed based on real sample images for fish gills. Training dataset is divided into four classes representing the different histopathological changes and the corresponding water quality degrees. Experimental results showed that the proposed classification system has obtained water quality classification accuracy of 95.41%, using the SVMs linear kernel function and 10-fold cross validation with 37 images per class for training.

Hassanien, A. E., "الطريق الى جوائز البحث العلمى", جوائز البحث العلمى, 2015. Abstract

ستناقش المحاضرة اهمية البحث العلمى والابداع وانواع الجوائز العلمية وتصنيفاتها وانواعها وشروطها بداية من جوائز الجامعة (تشجيعية - تقديرية - تفوق) ثم الدولة (تشجيعية - تفوق - تقديرية - النيل) جوائز على مستوى العالم الاسلامى(الايسيسكووالمصطفى الايرانية) وجوائز على مستوى الدول العربية (جائزة عبد الحميد شومان) وجوائز الاتحاد الافريقى على مستوى القارة الافريقية والعالمية (فيصل ونوبل)