Variational Bayesian Kalman filtering in dynamical tomography

Boujemaa Ait-El-Fquih*, Thomas Rodet

*Corresponding author for this work

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The problem of dynamical tomography consists in reconstructing a temporal sequence of images from their noisy projections. For this purpose, a recursive algorithm is usually used, like for instance the Kalman Filter (KF), due to the dynamical structure of the problem. However, since it needs the inverse of innovation matrix, KF may suffer from a huge computational cost in cases of images with very high dimensions. To solve this issue, we develop a new suboptimal version of the KF based on a Variational Bayesian (VB) approach. The proposed Variational Bayesian KF (VBKF) algorithm is compared to the KF with simulations in a small problem (images 32x32). As expected, the image quality of VBKF is as good as the KF and the VBKF algorithm is four times faster than the KF. Furthermore, in realistic high dimensional problems in which the practical implementation of KF becomes impossible, the VBKF gives an attractive alternative since it can be millions times faster than the KF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2011 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781457705397
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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