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Jovan Brankov, Ph.D.

Jovan Brankov
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Technology Business Center (TBC) M-103, Siegel Hall 140 3301 South Dearborn





Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1999
Dipl. Ing., Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1996


Medical imaging, image sequence processing, pattern recognition and data mining.


Dr. Brankov joined Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2002 as a researcher, in 2004 he was promoted to Research Assistant Professor and in 2008 appointed as Assistant Professor. His research interest includes medical imaging, image sequence processing, pattern recognition and data mining. Emphasis on reconstruction, restoration, analysis (e.g. motion tracking, segmentation, tumor detection), recognition and images acquisition, especially for biomedical applications. His current research topics include: medical image quality assessment based on a human-observer model, multiple-image radiography (a new phase-sensitive x-ray imaging method), 4D and 5D tomographic image reconstruction methods for medical image sequences and high-performance computing using Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). He established the Advance X-ray Imaging Laboratory (AXIL) at IIT, which is currently developing a phase-sensitive x-ray device.

He is author/co-author of 100 publications, 2 technical reports and a book chapter. His is currently serving as: associate editor for Medical Physics (AAPM) and Journal of Electronic Imaging (SPIE and IS&T), program committee member for IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging and SPIE Image Perception conferences and associate member of BioImaging and Signal Processing (BISP) Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a member of SPIE, Sigma Xi and senior member of IEEE technical communities.


Institute of Physics (IOP) Select: Paper “A physical model of multiple-image radiography,” Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol. 51, pp. 221-236, 2006, was chosen by IOP editors for novelty, significance and potential impact on future research.


“Generalization Evaluation of Machine Learning Numerical Observers for Image Quality” (with M. M. Kalayeh, T. Marin) accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. on Nuclear Science, 2013.

“Analyzer-based phase-contrast X-ray imaging,” (with A. M. Zysk) a book chapter in Emerging Imaging Technologies for Medicine, published by Taylor Francis/CRC PressBook, 2012.

“Adaptation of a Clustered Lumpy Background Model for Task-Based Image Quality Assessment in X-Ray Phase-Contrast Mammography” (with A. M. Zysk, M. N. Wernick and M. A. Anastasio) vol. 39, Issue 2, pg. 906-912, Medical Physics, 2012.

“Compute-unified device architecture implementation of a block-matching algorithm for multiple graphical processing unit cards,” (with F. Massanes, M. Cadennes) vol. 20, no. 3, J. Electronic Imaging 2011.

“Analysis of ideal observer signal detectability in phase-contrast imaging employing linear shift-invariant optical systems,” (with M. A. Anastasio, C.-Y. Chou, A. M. Zysk) J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, vol. 27, issue 12, pp. 2648-2659, 2010.

“Deformable left-ventricle mesh model for motion-compensated filtering in cardiac gated SPECT,” (with T. Marin) Medical Physics, vol. 37, Issue 10, 2010.

“Learning a nonlinear channelized observer for image quality assessment,” (with Y.Yang, L. Wei, I. El Naqa, M. N. Wernick) IEEE Trans. Med. Imaging, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 991-999, 2009.

"A computed tomography implementation of multiple-image radiography," (with M. N. Wernick, Y. Yang, J. Li, C. Muehleman, Z. Zhong, and M. A. Anastasio) Medical Physics, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 278-289, 2006.

"A physical model of multiple-image radiography," (with G. Khelashvili, D. Chapman, Z. Zhong, Y. Yang, and M. N. Wernick) Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 221-236, 2006. – Institute of Physics (IOP) select award

"Spatially-adaptive temporal smoothing for dynamic image sequences," (with M. N. Wernick, M. A. King, Y. Yang, and M. V. Narayanan) IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 53, Issue 5, Part 1, pp. 2769 – 2777, Oct. 2006.

"Estimating the standard deviation from extreme gaussian values," (with H. Stark) IEEE Signal Processing Letters, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 320-322, 2004.

"A fast algorithm for accurate content-adaptive mesh generation," (with Y. Yang, and M. N. Wernick) IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 12, pp. 866-881, 2003.

"Segmentation of dynamic PET or fMRI images based on a similarity metric," (with N. P. Galatsanos, Y. Yang, and M. N. Wernick) IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 50, pp. 1410-1414, 2003.

"Multiple-image radiography," (with M. N. Wernick, O. Wirjadi, D. Chapman, Z. Zhong, N. P. Galatsanos, Y. Yang, O. Oltulu, M. A. Anastasio, and C. Muehleman,) Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol. 48, pp. 3875-3895, 2003.