Date of Award

Winter 12-4-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computational and Data Sciences

First Advisor

Mohamed Allali

Second Advisor

Erik Linstead

Third Advisor

Hesham El-Askary

Fourth Advisor

Mohammad Kamal


In this dissertation we propose two novel image restoration schemes. The first pertains to automatic detection of damaged regions in old photographs and digital images of cracked paintings. In cases when inpainting mask generation cannot be completely automatic, our detection algorithm facilitates precise mask creation, particularly useful for images containing damage that is tedious to annotate or difficult to geometrically define. The main contribution of this dissertation is the development and utilization of a new inpainting technique, region hiding, to repair a single image by training a convolutional neural network on various transformations of that image. Region hiding is also effective in object removal tasks. Lastly, we present a segmentation system for distinguishing glands, stroma, and cells in slide images, in addition to current results, as one component of an ongoing project to aid in colon cancer prognostication.

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