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 Amir A. Amini
 Professor and Endowed Chair in Bioimaging,
Director of MIL

MI Lab
ECE Department
 University of Louisville

Contact Information
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

409 Lutz Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Tel:  (502) 852 4767
Fax: (502) 852 1577



Dr. Amini (CV) has been elected an IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2007 with the following citation: "for contributions to cardiovascular imaging and medical image analysis". The fellow grade is the highest level of membership conferred only by invitation of the Board of Directors upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in IEEE designated fields, and who has made important individual contributions to one or more of these fields. With more than 365,000 members in over 150 countries, IEEE is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of technology. Only 0.1 percent of the active membership worldwide can be elevated to the rank of fellow in any given year.


Dr. Amini received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 with honors where at 18 he was the youngest member of his graduating class. He received an MSE in Electrical Engineering (systems) in 1984 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1990. After Postdoctoral work in Biomedical Imaging at Yale University he was on Yale faculty for 4 years. He then joined Washington University to establish his own laboratory where he stayed for 10 years. He joined the University of Louisville Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2006 as Endowed Chair in Bioimaging and full professor with support from the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust.

Dr. Amini has participated on the scientific program committee of numerous conferences and workshops in the area of medical imaging and image analysis as part of IEEE EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), SPIE (Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers) , International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), and Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI). He served as the general chair of SPIE Medical Imaging Conference on Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images between 2002-2006 and was the general co-chair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium in February of 2007. He is also on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and computerized medical imaging and graphics.

Dr. Amini's research interests are focused on medical imaging and biomedical image processing and analysis. Areas of interest include cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary imaging and image analysis: 1) Development of new MR imaging techniques for quantification of the heart motion and its application to determination of mechanical strain. 2) Development of Ultrasound methods (such as speckle tracking) for determination of regional cardiac function from echocardiography. 3) Development of motion-sensitives MRI techniques for imaging flow velocities, determination of intravascular pressures, shear stress, and other mechanical indices of vascular function. 4) In the area of pulmonary imaging, his interests are in determination of regional lung function and respiratory mechanics from 4D-CT and MRI with application to radiation treatment planning. 5) Additional areas of interest are in development of mathematical and numerical image analysis techniques for determination of anatomical volumes, shapes, deformable image registration, and motion estimation.

He has receive support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Foundation and the BJH Foundation

 Educational Background

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 Selected Publications

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    1. H. Wang and A. Amini, “Cardiac Motion and Deformation Recovery from MRI: A Review”, IEEE Trans. on Medical Imaging, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 487-503, Feb. 2012.
    2. M. R. Negahdar and A. Amini, “Regional Lung Strains via a Volumetric Mass Conserving Optical Flow Model, “ International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, Barcelona, Spain, May 2012.
    3. M. Kadbi, H. Wang, M.J. Negahdar, L. Warner, M. Traughber, P. Martin, A. Yancey, J. Heidenreich, and A. Amini, “A Novel Phase-Corrected 3D Ultra-Short TE (UTE) Phase-Contrast MRI Technique,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2012
    4. A. Moghaddam, G. Beherens, N. Fatouraee, R. Aggarwal, E. Choi, and A. Amini, "Factors affecting the accuracy of pressure measurements in vascular stenoses from phase-contrast MRI", Magn. Reson. Med., August 2004; 52(2): 300-309.
    5. A. Amini and J. L. Prince, Eds., Measurement of Cardiac Deformations from MRI: Physical and Mathematical Models. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht , The Netherlands , December 2001.
    6. Y. Wang and A. Amini, " Integrable Pressure Gradients via Harmonics-Based Orthogonal Projection," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 3565, Christensen and Sonka (Eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, July 2005.
    7. J. Chen and A. Amini, " Quantifying 3D Vascular Structures in MRA Images Using Hybrid PDE and Geometric Deformable Models," IEEE Trans. on Medical Imaging, October 2004; 23(10), 1251-1262.

 Other Interests

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Various sports, especially basketball and soccer, in addition to racquet sports.