Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Classification; Data Fusion; Image Segmentation; Melanoma; Prediction; Skin Cancer


“Melanoma causes more deaths than any other form of skin cancer. Early melanoma detection is important to prevent progression to a more deadly stage. Automated computer-based identification of melanoma from dermoscopic images of skin lesions is the most efficient method in early diagnosis. An automated melanoma identification system must include multiple steps, involving lesion segmentation, feature extraction, feature combination and classification. In this research, a classifier-based approach for automatically selecting a lesion border mask for segmentation of dermoscopic skin lesion images is presented. A logistic regression based model selects a single lesion border mask from multiple border masks generated by multiple lesion segmentation algorithms. This research also presents a method of segmenting atypical pigment network (APN) based on variance in the red plane in the lesion area of a dermoscopic image. Features extracted from APN regions are used in automated classification of melanoma. The automated identification of melanoma is further improved by fusion of other features relevant to melanoma detection. This research uses clinical features, APN features, median split cluster features, pink area features, white area features and salient point features in various hierarchical combinations to improve the overall performance in melanoma identification. A training set of 837 dermoscopic skin lesion images together with a disjoint test set of 804 dermoscopic skin lesion images are used in this research to produce the experimental findings”--Abstract, page iv.


Moss, Randy Hays, 1953-

Committee Member(s)

Stoecker, William V.
Shrestha, Bijaya
Stanley, R. Joe
Grant, Steven L.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering


This publication was made possible by SBIR Grants R43 CA153927-01 and CA101639-02A2 of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date


Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Automatic Dermoscopy Skin Lesion Border Classification
  • Segmentation of Atypical Pigment Network in Skin Lesion Images and Classification of Melanoma Using Features Extracted from the Segmented Regions
  • Automated Classification of Malignant Melanoma Using Fusion of Clinical and Dermoscopy Features from Skin Lesion Images


xi, 84 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


© 2014 Nabin Kumar Mishra, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12038

Electronic OCLC #