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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 the ADEPT cancer imager. 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 150 publications, 2 technical reports and a book chapter. His is currently serving as: associate editor for Transaction on Medical Imaging (IEEE), Medical Physics (AAPM) and Journal of Medical Imaging (SPIE), program committee member for IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging and SPIE Image Perception conferences and 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.

Institute of Physics (IOP) Vol. 59, Issue 8. Featured article: K. Majidi, J. Li, C. Muehleman, and J. G. Brankov, “Noise and Analyzer-Crystal Angular Position Analysis for Analyzer-Based Phase-Contrast Imaging,” in press Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 59, pg. 1877-1897, 2014.

AIP publishing  (Medical Physics) selected L. de Sisternes, J. G. Brankov, A. M. Zysk, R. A. Schmidt, R. M. Nishikawa, and M. N. Wernick, “A computational model to generate simulated three-dimensional breast masse “  Medical Physics, vol. 42, Issue 2, 2015 as Editor's Pick (granting it free open access status). In addition, two illustrations are selected as cover art for the February issue.

Phase I winner of Nayar Prize at Illinois Institute of Technology 2015 for ADEPT cancer imager.

Phase II winner of Nayar Prize at Illinois Institute of Technology 2016 for ADEPT cancer imager.


"Estimation of Left Ventricular Motion From Gated Tagged MRI Using an Image-Matching Deformable Mesh Model" (with  F. M. Parages, T. S. Denney Jr, H. Gupta, S. G. Lloyd and  L. J. Dell’ Italia ) IEEE Trans. on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences, Vol. 1, Issue: 2, March 2017.

"Enhanced detection of early photons in time-domain optical imaging by running in “dead-time” regime" (with   L. Sinha and  K. M. Tichauer) Optics letters, vol. 41 Issue 14, pp. 3225-3228, 2016.

"Full ROC curve estimation using two alternative forced choice (2AFC) studies" (with  F. Massanes) Journal of Medical Imaging (SPIE), Vol .3 Issue 1, 2016.

"Quantification of cell surface receptor binding potential in tissue specimens using dual-tracer kinetic modeling of SERS nanoparticle retention" ( with L. Sinha, Y. Wang, C. Yang, A. Khan, J. T. C. Liu and K. M. Tichauer,) Scientific Reports Vol. 5, No, 8582, 2015.

“A computational model to generate simulated three-dimensional breast masse“ ( with L. de Sisternes, A. M. Zysk, R. A. Schmidt, R. M. Nishikawa, and M. N. Wernick) Medical Physics, vol. 42, Issue 2, 2015.

“Noise properties and task based evaluation of diffraction-enhanced imaging” (with  A. Saiz-Herranz and M. N. Wernick) Journal of Medical imaging (SPIE), Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2014.

“Analyzer-Based Phase-Contrast Imaging using Micro Focus X-ray Source”  (with  W Zhou and K. Majidi )Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 85, pg. 085114 114, 2014.

“Limited-angle tomography for analyzer-based phase-contrast X-ray imaging,”  (with K. Majidi, M. N Wernick, J. Li, and C. Muehleman)   Physics in Medicine and Biology Vol. 59, pg. 3483-3500, 2014.

“Noise and Analyzer-Crystal Angular Position Analysis for Analyzer-Based Phase-Contrast Imaging,” (with  K. Majidi, J. Li and C. Muehleman) Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 59, pg. 1877-1897, 2014.

“Numerical surrogate of a human observer for cardiac motion defect detection in SPECT imaging,” (with  T. Marin, M. M. Kalayeh and F. M. Parages ) IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol. 33, no. 1, 2014.

“Evaluation of channelized Hotelling observer with internal-noise model in a train-test paradigm for cardiac SPECT defect detection,” Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol. 58, pp. 7159-7182, 2013.

“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.

“Digital watermarking robust to geometric distortions,”  (with  P. Dong, N. P. Galatsanos, Y. Yang, and F. Davoine)IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 14, no.12, pp. 2140-2150, 2005.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"Analyzer-based phase-contrast X-ray imaging"  in Emerging Imaging Technologies for Medicine (with A. Zysk ), Taylor Francis/CRC PressBook, 2012.