Date of Submission

Summer 8-20-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)


Computer Science

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Mingon Kang


Big Data


Dr. Dan Chia-Tien Lo

Committee Member

Dr. Chih-Cheng Hung

Committee Member

Dr. Junggab Son


Automatic histopathological Whole Slide Image (WSI) analysis for cancer classification has been highlighted along with the advancements in microscopic imaging techniques. However, manual examination and diagnosis with WSIs is time-consuming and tiresome. Recently, deep convolutional neural networks have succeeded in histopathological image analysis. In this paper, we propose a novel cancer texture-based deep neural network (CAT-Net) that learns scalable texture features from histopathological WSIs. The innovation of CAT-Net is twofold: (1) capturing invariant spatial patterns by dilated convolutional layers and (2) Reducing model complexity while improving performance. Moreover, CAT-Net can provide discriminative texture patterns formed on cancerous regions of histopathological images compared to normal regions. The proposed method outperformed the current state-of-the-art benchmark methods on accuracy, precision, recall, and F1 score.