About Me

Heather D. Couture, Ph.D.

Founder & Machine Learning Consultant

Raleigh, NC, USA

Heather has 16 years of experience in machine learning, 10 of those with applications to pathology. She completed a BMath in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, an MS in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has published in top-tier computer vision and medical imaging venues, including CVPR and MICCAI. She writes regularly on LinkedIn, for her newsletter Pathology ML Insights, and for a variety of trade publications.

Heather’s dissertation research focused on developing a low cost and repeatable method for predicting breast tumor biomarkers from H&E histology - some of these biomarkers were previously not known to be predictable from images alone. More broadly, her research in image recognition and machine learning studied methods for forming discriminative representations for large, heterogeneous images and multimodal data.

Heather founded Pixel Scientia Labs in 2012 to serve companies in the Research Triangle of North Carolina in need of specialized machine learning and image recognition solutions. She has continued to follow the emerging research with deep learning opening up new possibilities in automated analysis of images. Due to her drive to create an impact, the business has evolved into a service for R&D teams to maximize their benefit from machine learning.

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