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Last Update: 2010.05.26

Alla Aksel

VIVA Affiliation

Research Assistant
2005 - Present


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Virgnia
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Virginia

Biographical Sketch

Alla Aksel is currently a PhD research assistant with the VIVA group, expecting to receive her degree in electrical engineering in May, 2009. In August 2006, Ms. Aksel received her M.S. in electrical engineering. She has served the graduate engineering student council as a vice chair and on the electrical engineering student council as the chair. In May, 2004, Ms. Aksel received her B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. She also received second place at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Virginia Engineering School. She is also fluent in English, Russian and Hebrew

Research Interests

Alla's areas of research include medical ultrasound imaging and speckle reduction for automated ultrasound image processing. Her current interests include utilizing speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion to improve edge detection and segmentation of the myocardium in mice. Furthermore, Ms. Aksel’s also works on bead detection in micro-PIV imaging. Alla's coursework included communication, medical and other image processing, biometrics, signal processing, network optimization and probability and stochastic processes.


  • M. A. Goodrum, M. J. Trotter, A. Aksel, S. T. Acton, K. Skadron, “Parallelization of Particle Filter Algorithms,” Third Workshop on Emerging Applications and Many-core Architecture, Saint-Malo, France, June 20, 2010
  • A. Aksel, S. T. Acton, “Target Tracking Using the Snake Particle Filter,” Proc. IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation, Austin, Texas, May 23-25, 2010
  • S. Basu, A. Aksel, B. Condron, S.T. Acton, “Tree2Tree: neuron segmentation for generation of neuronal morphology,” Proc. IEEE International Symposium of Biomedical Imaging, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, April 14-17, 2010.
  • S. Basu, A. Aksel, B. Condron, S.T. Acton, “Automatic segmentation of drosophila neurons for content based retrieval using a minimum spanning tree approach,” Asilomar Conf. on Signals, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, California, November 1-4, 2009.
  • A. Aksel, S. T. Acton, S. Jellish, J. Wright, J. Hilger, “Vehicle Tracking Using Particle Filters and Active Contours for Persistent Surveillance,” 2009 Parallel Meetings of the Military Sensing Symposia (MSS) Specialty Groups on Passive Sensors; Battlefield Survivability & Discrimination; Materials; and Detectors, vol 1, Orlando, Florida, February 2009.
  • A. Aksel, J.A. Hossack and S.T. Acton, “ACU-SEG: Automated cardiac ultrasound image segmentation and tracking,” CSI Communications, vol. 32, pp. 11-16, 2008. [.pdf]
  • A. Aksel, R.L. Janiczek, J.A. Hossack and S.T Acton, "Ultrasound myocardial tracking with speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion assisted initialization," Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Image Processing, Atlanta, Georgia, October 8-11, 2006. [.pdf]
  • A. Aksel, A.D. Gilliam, J.A. Hossack and S.T. Acton, "Speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion for echocardiography," Asilomar Conf. on Signals, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, California, October 29 - November 1, 2006.
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