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Xiaolei Huang

Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Position: Associate Professor

Address: Room 332, Building C
113 Research Drive
Mountaintop Campus
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4818

Areas of Research

  • Computer Vision Systems
  • Image Processing, Graphics, and Data Fusion
  • Biomedical Image Analysis
  • Information Retrieval


Xiaolei Huang directs the Image Data Emulation and Analysis Lab at Lehigh. Her research interests are in the areas of biomedical image analysis, computer vision, and computer graphics. Her focus is on studying deformable (non-rigid) object modeling, segmentation, registration, tracking and recognition problems. Dr. Huang's broader interests include rich-content data (image and graphics) structuring and querying, physically-based modeling and simulation, machine learning, visual cognition, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence.

Huang harnesses the power of the computer to process and interpret biomedical images. One of her software programs constructs 4-D computer models -- with time as the fourth dimension -- that measure the changes in the heart’s structure as it expands and contracts. The models help cardiologists discern the differences between the normal deformations that occur in healthy hearts and the abnormal deformations that occur in damaged and diseased hearts.

In another project, funded by the National Library of Medicine, Huang uses object segmentation techniques to index NLM’s database of 100,000 images of cervical lesions, hoping to make it easier for medical personnel to determine the seriousness of new lesions. A related project involving the analysis of cervigrams is funded by the National Science Foundation. Prior to her appointment at Lehigh, she was a research scientist at Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. in Malvern, PA.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • B.E., Computer Science, Tsinghua University (China)