Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Computer Science


Computer Science


College of Engineering


Franz Kurfess

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor College

College of Engineering


A brain tumor is detected and classified by biopsy that is conducted after the brain surgery. Advancement in technology and machine learning techniques could help radiologists in the diagnosis of tumors without any invasive measures. We utilized a deep learning-based approach to detect and classify the tumor into Meningioma, Glioma, Pituitary tumors. We used registration and segmentation-based skull stripping mechanism to remove the skull from the MRI images and the grab cut method to verify whether the skull stripped MRI masks retained the features of the tumor for accurate classification. In this research, we proposed a transfer learning based approach in conjunction with discriminative learning rates to perform the classification of brain tumors. The data set used is a 3064 T MRI images dataset that contains T1 flair MRI images. We achieved a classification accuracy of 98.83%, 96.26%, and 95.18% for training, validation, and test sets and an F1 score of 0.96 on the T1 Flair MRI dataset.