02 Déc EPYSEG: A CODING-FREE SOLUTION FOR AUTOMATED SEGMENTATION OF EPITHELIA USING DEEP LEARNING – DEVELOPMENT
Benoit Aigouy, Claudio Cortes, Shanda Liu, Benjamin Prud’homme
Epithelia are dynamic tissues that self-remodel during their development. During morphogenesis, the tissue-scale organization of epithelia is obtained through a sum of individual contributions of the cells constituting the tissue. Therefore, understanding any morphogenetic event first requires a thorough segmentation of its constituent cells. This task, however, usually implies extensive manual correction, even with semi-automated tools. Here we present EPySeg, an open-source, coding-free software that uses deep learning to segment membrane-stained epithelial tissues automatically and very efficiently. EPySeg, which comes with a straightforward graphical user interface, can be used as a python package on a local computer, or on the cloud via Google Colab for users not equipped with deep-learning compatible hardware. By substantially reducing human input in image segmentation, EPySeg accelerates and improves the characterization of epithelial tissues for all developmental biologists.