Title: Multi source retinal fundus image classification using convolution neural networks fusion and Gabor-based texture representation

Authors: Radia Touahri; Nabiha Azizi; Nacer Eddine Hammami; Monther Aldwairi; Nacer Eddine Benzebouchi; Ouided Moumene

Addresses: LRI Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Badji Mokhtar University, P.O. Box 12, Annaba, 23000, Algeria ' LABGED Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Badji Mokhtar University, P.O. Box 12, Annaba, 23000, Algeria ' Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Jouf University, KSA ' College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University, P.O. Box 144534, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ' LABGED Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Badji Mokhtar University, P.O. Box 12, Annaba, 23000, Algeria ' Computer Science Department, Badji Mokhtar University, P.O. Box 12, Annaba, 23000, Algeria

Abstract: Glaucoma is one of the most known irreversible chronic eye disease that leads to permanent blindness but its earlier diagnosis can be treated. Convolutional neural networks (CNNs), a branch of deep learning, have an impressive record for applications in image analysis and interpretation, including medical imaging. This necessity is justified by their capacity and adaptability to extract pertinent features automatically from the original image. In other hand, the use of ensemble learning algorithms has an important impact to improve the classification rate. In this paper, a two-stage-based image processing and ensemble learning approach is proposed for automated glaucoma diagnosis. In the first stage, the generation of different modalities from original images is adopted by the application of advanced image processing techniques especially Gabor filter-based texture image. Next, each dataset constructing from the corresponding modality will be learned by an individual CNN classifier. Aggregation techniques will be then applied to generate the final decision taking into account the outputs of all CNNs classifiers. Experiments were carried out on Rime-One dataset for glaucoma diagnosis. The obtained results proved the superiority of the proposed ensemble learning system compared to the existing studies with classification accuracy of 89.63%.

Keywords: deep learning; ensemble classifier fusion; convolution neural networks; CNNs; glaucoma diagnosis; Gabor filter.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCVR.2021.10037477

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics, 2021 Vol.11 No.4, pp.401 - 428

Received: 18 Nov 2019
Accepted: 18 Mar 2020

Published online: 29 Apr 2021 *

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