Rodrigo Nava

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Microscopy images must be acquired at the optimal focal plane for the objects of interest in a scene. Although manual focusing is a standard task for a trained observer, automatic systems often fail to properly find the focal plane under different microscope imaging modalities such as bright field microscopy or phase contrast microscopy. This article(More)
Texture analysis is a significant challenge for computer vision but not yet solved. Since image textures possess spatial continuity at both local and global scales, they are widely used to perform tasks such as object segmentation or surface analysis. Based on the fact that the human visual system (HVS) can segment textures robustly, many texture(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and irreversible lung condition typically related to emphysema. It hinders air from passing through airpaths and causes that alveolar sacs lose their elastic quality. Findings of COPD may be manifested in a variety of computed tomography (CT) studies. Nevertheless, visual assessment of CT images(More)
An essential and indispensable component of automated microscopy framework is the automatic focusing system, which determines the in-focus position of a given field of view by searching the maximum value of a focusing function over a range of z-axis positions. The focus function and its computation time are crucial to the accuracy and efficiency of the(More)
Pollen identification is required in different scenarios such as prevention of allergic reactions, climate analysis or apiculture. However, it is a time-consuming task since experts are required to recognize each pollen grain through the microscope. In this study, we performed an exhaustive assessment on the utility of texture analysis for automated(More)
In many image processing applications, such as segmentation and classification, the selection of robust features descriptors is crucial to improve the discrimination capabilities in real world scenarios. In particular, it is well known that image textures constitute power visual cues for feature extraction and classification. In the past few years the local(More)
A new metalloendopeptidase was purified to apparent homogeneity from a homogenate of normal human liver using successive steps of chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, hydroxyapatite and Sephacryl S-200. The purified enzyme hydrolyzed the Pro7-Phe8 bond of bradykinin and the Ser25-Tyr26 bond of atrial natriuretic peptide. No cleavage was produced in other(More)