Breakfast & Science Seminar 40


Date and time: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 – 9:30 to 11:00 CET

Location:  Virtual on Zoom and on-site CIBM Seminar Room, EPFL campus, 1015 Lausanne.


09:30 – 10:30 Deep learning in neuroimaging: a story of domain shifts and data quality


An increasing amount of machine learning and deep learning (DL) tools are developed for neuroimaging, promising to push further the boundaries of what is possible, from advanced data processing to innovative biomarkers and efficient computations. However, DL methods can fail when training and testing data come from different distributions (e.g. different imaging devices, hospitals, age, etc.), a case known as domain shift. But DL in neuroimaging can also suffer from poor data quality, which is known to introduce biases in downstream analyses.
In this talk, we will explore the best practices to deal with domain shifts and highlight the importance of quality control, drawing from the literature as well as our experience working on fetal brain MRI. We will show that perhaps surprisingly, sophisticated domain adaptation methods and deep learning might not always be the best solution for dealing with domain shifts in neuroimaging.

10:30-11:00  CIBM news and networking  


Thomas Sanchez,

Research Staff Scientist, CIBM SP CHUV-UNIL, Medical Image Analysis Laboratory (MIAL)

About the Speaker

Thomas obtained from EPFL his master’s degree in computational science and engineering in 2018 as well as his PhD in Computer Science in 2022. He then joined the CIBM SP CHUV-UNIL section, headed by Dr. Meritxell Bach Cuadra, as a postdoctoral researcher. His research revolves around developing robust machine learning methods for fetal brain MRI quality control and super-resolution reconstruction, and he is interested in bringing a deeper understanding into the impact of domain shifts on neuroimaging.

Seminar Chairs

Meritxell Bach

Meritxel Bach Cuadra,

Head, CIBM SP CHUV-UNIL Computational Neuroanatomy & Fetal Imaging Section

Click here to learn about Meritxel


If attending on-site, no registration is required.

To join us on Zoom, please register at the following link:

We look forward to seeing you there.



27 Feb 2024


9:30 am - 11:00 am


CIBM Seminar room at EPFL & online
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