Benjamin Midtvedt joins the Soft Matter Lab

Benjamin Midtvedt starts his PhD at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg on 1st July 2020.

Benjamin has a Master degree in Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science at Chalmers University of Technology.

In his PhD, he will focus on using deep learning to design particle behaviour when interacting with light.

Holographic characterisation of subwavelength particles enhanced by deep learning on ArXiv

Phase and amplitude signals from representative particles for testing the performance of the Deep-learning approach

Holographic characterisation of subwavelength particles enhanced by deep learning
Benjamin Midtvedt, Erik Olsén, Fredrik Eklund, Fredrik Höök, Caroline Beck Adiels, Giovanni Volpe, Daniel Midtvedt
arXiv: 2006.11154

The characterisation of the physical properties of nanoparticles in their native environment plays a central role in a wide range of fields, from nanoparticle-enhanced drug delivery to environmental nanopollution assessment. Standard optical approaches require long trajectories of nanoparticles dispersed in a medium with known viscosity to characterise their diffusion constant and, thus, their size. However, often only short trajectories are available, while the medium viscosity is unknown, e.g., in most biomedical applications. In this work, we demonstrate a label-free method to quantify size and refractive index of individual subwavelength particles using two orders of magnitude shorter trajectories than required by standard methods, and without assumptions about the physicochemical properties of the medium. We achieve this by developing a weighted average convolutional neural network to analyse the holographic images of the particles. As a proof of principle, we distinguish and quantify size and refractive index of silica and polystyrene particles without prior knowledge of solute viscosity or refractive index. As an example of an application beyond the state of the art, we demonstrate how this technique can monitor the aggregation of polystyrene nanoparticles, revealing the time-resolved dynamics of the monomer number and fractal dimension of individual subwavelength aggregates. This technique opens new possibilities for nanoparticle characterisation with a broad range of applications from biomedicine to environmental monitoring.

Benjamin Midtvedt defended his Master Thesis on June 15, 2020. Congrats!

Benjamin Midtvedt defended his Master Thesis in Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science at Chalmers University of Technology on 15 June 2020. Congrats!

Screenshot of Benjamin Midtvedt’s Master Thesis defence.
Title: DeepTrack: A comprehensive deep learning framework for digital microscopy

Despite the rapid advancement of deep-learning methods for image analysis, they remain underutilized for the analysis of microscopy images. State of the art methods require expertise in deep-learning to implement, disconnecting the development of new methods from end-users. The packages that are available are typically highly specialized, challenging to reappropriate, and almost impossible to interface with other methods. Finally, training deep-learning models often requires large datasets of manually annotated images, making it prohibitively difficult to procure training data that accurately represents the problem.

DeepTrack is a deep-learning framework targeting optical microscopy, designed to account for each of these issues. Firstly, it is packaged with an easy-to-use graphical user interface, solving standard microscopy problems with no required programming experience. Secondly, it bypasses the need for manually annotated experimental data by providing a comprehensive programming API for creating representative synthetic data, designed to exactly suit the problem. DeepTrack creates physical simulations of samples described by refractive index or fluorophore distributions, using fully customizable optical systems. To accurately represent the data to be analyzed, DeepTrack supports arbitrary optical aberration and experimental noise. Thirdly, many standard deep-learning methods are packaged with DeepTrack, including architectures such as U-NET, and regularization techniques such as augmentations, decreasing the barrier to entry. Finally, the framework is fully modular and easily extendable to implement new methods, providing both longevity and a centralized foundation to deploy new deep-learning solutions.

We demonstrate the versatility of DeepTrack by training networks to solve a broad range of common microscopy problems, including particle tracking, cell-counting in dense biological samples, multi-particle 3-dimensional tracking, and cell segmentation and classification.

Master Programme: Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science
Supervisor: Giovanni Volpe
Examiner: Giovanni Volpe
Opponents: Aykut Argun and Saga Helgadóttir

Time: 15 June 2020, 16:00
Place: Online via Zoom

Frida Brogren, Kirill Danilov, Klas Holmgren, Oskar Leinonen, Benjamin Midtvedt & Arian Rohani defended their Bachelor Thesis. Congrats!

Frida Brogren, Kirill Danilov, Klas Holmgren, Oskar Leinonen, Benjamin Midtvedt & Arian Rohani defended their Bachelor Thesis at Chambers University of Technology on 25 May 2018.

Title: Experimentell studie av kritiska fenomen med optiska pincetter

Abstract: I samband med nanoteknologins framfart ses ett växande intresse för kolloida sy- stem för att överkomma många svårigheter med konstruktionen av nanostrukturer. På grund av kritikalitetens skalinvarianta egenskaper kan kolloider användas som analo- ger för nanopartiklar i studier av kritiska fenomen. Detta arbete ämnar att undersöka och utvidga förståelsen av kritiska fluktuationer och kritiska Casimirkrafter, som kan användas för att binda och styra kolloider. En optisk pincett byggdes för att undersö- ka kritisk motorisering och kolloida aggregationer, medan en färdigbyggd holografisk pincett användes för att mäta kritiska Casimirkrafter. De motoriserade kolloiderna uppvisade mer kaotisk rörelse för högre lasereffekter, och de kritiska Casimirkrafterna visades växa skarpt i närheten av den kritiska temperaturen.

Supervisors: Alessandro Magazzù & Giovanni Volpe, Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg
Examiner: Lena Falk, Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg
Opponent: Markus Fällman, Gabriella Grenander, Oskar Holmstedt, Viktor Olsson, Maria Söderberg & Wilhelm Tranheden
Place: FL62
Time: 25 May, 2018, 11:05-11:50