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Deep and machine learning for atom-resolved data

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What is AtomAI

AtomAI is a Pytorch-based package for deep/machine learning analysis of microscopy data, which doesn't require any advanced knowledge of Python or machine learning. The intended audience is domain scientists with basic knowledge of how to use NumPy and Matplotlib.

Why AtomAI

The purpose of the AtomAI is to provide an environment that bridges the instrument specific libraries and general physical analysis by enabling the seamless deployment of machine learning algorithms including deep convolutional neural networks, invariant variational autoencoders, and decomposition/unmixing techniques for image and hyperspectral data analysis. Ultimately, it aims to combine the power and flexibility of the PyTorch deep learning framework and simplicity and intuitive nature of packages such as scikit-learn, with a focus on scientific data.

Scientific papers that used AtomAI:

  • Exploring order parameters and dynamic processes in disordered systems via variational autoencoders. Science Advances 7, eabd5084 (2021). doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd5084

  • Disentangling Rotational Dynamics and Ordering Transitions in a System of Self-Organizing Protein Nanorods via Rotationally Invariant Latent Representations. ACS Nano (2021). doi:10.1021/acsnano.0c08914

  • Tracking atomic structure evolution during directed electron beam induced Si-atom motion in graphene via deep machine learning. Nanotechnology 32, 035703 (2020). doi:10.1088/1361-6528/abb8a6

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How to use AtomAI

Quickstart: AtomAI in the Cloud

The easiest way to start using AtomAI is via Google Colab:

Semantic segmentation

If your goal is to train and/or apply deep learning models for semantic segmentation of your experimental images, it is recommended to start with atomai.models.Segmentor, which provides an easy way to train neural networks (with just two lines of code) and to make a prediction with trained models (with just one line of code). Here is an example of how one can train a neural network for atom/particle/defect finding with essentially two lines of code:

import atomai as aoi
# Initialize model
model = aoi.models.Segmentor(nb_classes=3)  # uses UNet by default
# Train, labels, images_test, labels_test, # training data (numpy arrays)
          training_cycles=300, compute_accuracy=True, swa=True # training parameters

Here swa stands for stochastic weight averaging, which usually allows improving the model's accuracy and leads to better generalization. The trained model can be used to find atoms/particles/defects in new, previously unseen (by a model) data:

nn_output, coordinates = model.predict(expdata)

ImSpec models

AtomAI also provides models that can be used for predicting spectra from image data and vice versa. These models can be used for predicting property (functionality) from structure. An example can be predicting approximate scanning tulleling spectroscopy or electron energy loss spectroscopy spectra from structural images of local sample regions (the assumption is of course that there is only a small variability of spectral behaviour within each (sub)-image). The training/prediction routines are very similar to those of the semantic segmentation model, with the main difference being that one has to specify the dimensions of input and output data:

in_dim = (16, 16)  # Input dimensions (image height and width)
out_dim = (64,)  # Output dimensions (spectra length)

# Initialize and train model
model = aoi.models.ImSpec(in_dim, out_dim, latent_dim=10), spectra_train, imgs_test, spectra_test,  # training data (numpy arrays)
       full_epoch=True, training_cycles=120, swa=True  # training parameters

Make a prediction with the trained ImSpec model by running

prediction = model.predict(imgs_val, norm=False)

Deep ensembles

One can also use AtomAI to train an ensemble of models instead of just a single model. The average ensemble prediction is usually more accurate and reliable than that of the single model. In addition, we also get the information about the uncertainty in our prediction for each pixel/point.

# Ititialize and compile ensemble trainer
etrainer = aoi.trainers.EnsembleTrainer("Unet", nb_classes=3)
etrainer.compile_ensemble_trainer(training_cycles=500, compute_accuracy=True, swa=True)

# Train ensemble of 10 models starting every time with new randomly initialized weights
smodel, ensemble = etrainer.train_ensemble_from_scratch(
    images, labels, images_test, labels_test, n_models=10)

The ensemble of models can be then used to make a prediction with uncertainty estimates for each point (e.g. each pixel in the image):

predictor = aoi.predictors.EnsemblePredictor(smodel, ensemble, nb_classes=3)
nn_out_mean, nn_out_var = predictor.predict(expdata)

Variational autoencoders (VAE)

AtomAI has built-in variational autoencoders (VAEs) for finding in the unsupervised fashion the most effective reduced representation of system's local descriptors. The available VAEs are regular VAE, rotationally and/or translationally invariant VAE (rVAE), class-conditined VAE/rVAE, and joint VAE/rVAE. The VAEs can be applied to both raw data and NN output, but typically work better with the latter. Here's a simple example:

# Get a stack of subimages from experimental data (e.g. a semantically segmented atomic movie)
imstack, com, frames = aoi.utils.extract_subimages(nn_output, coords, window_size=32)

# Intitialize rVAE model
input_dim = (32, 32)
rvae = aoi.models.rVAE(input_dim, latent_dim=2) 

# Train
    rotation_prior=np.pi/3, training_cycles=100,

# Visualize the learned manifold

One can also use the trained VAE to view the data distribution in the latent space. In this example the first 3 latent variables are associated with rotations and xy-translations (they are automatically added in rVAE to whatever number of latent dimensions is specified), whereas the last 2 latent variables are associated with images content.

encoded_mean, encoded_sd = rvae.encode(imstack)
z1, z2, z3 = encoded_mean[:,0], encoded_mean[:, 1:3], encoded_mean[:, 3:]

Custom models

Finally, it is possible to use AtomAI trainers and predictors for easy work with custom PyTorch models. Suppose we define a custom denoising autoencoder in Pytorch as

import torch
from atomai.nets import ConvBlock, UpsampleBlock 

torch_encoder = torch.nn.Sequential(
    ConvBlock(ndim=2, nb_layers=1, input_channels=1, output_channels=8, batch_norm=False),
    torch.nn.MaxPool2d(2, 2),
    ConvBlock(2, 2, 8, 16, batch_norm=False),
    torch.nn.MaxPool2d(2, 2),
    ConvBlock(2, 2, 16, 32, batch_norm=False),
    torch.nn.MaxPool2d(2, 2),
    ConvBlock(2, 2, 32, 64, batch_norm=False)
torch_decoder = torch.nn.Sequential(
    UpsampleBlock(ndim=2, input_channels=64, output_channels=64, mode="nearest"),
    ConvBlock(2, 2, 64, 32, batch_norm=False),
    UpsampleBlock(2, 32, 32, mode="nearest"),
    ConvBlock(2, 2, 32, 16, batch_norm=False),
    UpsampleBlock(2, 16, 16, mode="nearest"),
    ConvBlock(2, 1, 16, 8, batch_norm=False),
    torch.nn.Conv2d(8, 1, 1)
torch_DAE = torch.nn.Sequential(torch_encoder, torch_decoder)

We can easily train this model using AtomAI's trainers:

# Initialize trainer and pass our model to it
trainer = aoi.trainers.BaseTrainer()

# Fix the initialization parameters (for reproducibility)
# Compile trainer
    (imgdata_noisy, imgdata, imgdata_noisy_test, imgdata_test), # training data
    loss="mse", training_cycles=500, swa=True  # training parameters
# Train
trained_model =

The trained model can be used to make predictions on new data using AtomAI's predictors:

p = aoi.predictors.BasePredictor(trained_model, use_gpu=True)
prediction = p.predict(imgdata_noisy_test)

Not just deep learning

The information extracted by deep neural networks can be further used for statistical analysis of raw and "decoded" data. For example, for a single atom-resolved image of ferroelectric material, one can identify domains with different ferroic distortions:

# Get local descriptors
imstack = aoi.stat.imlocal(nn_output, coords, window_size=32, coord_class=1)

# Compute distortion "eigenvectors" with associated loading maps and plot results:
pca_results = imstack.imblock_pca(n_components=4, plot_results=True)

For movies, one can extract trajectories of individual defects and calculate the transition probabilities between different classes:

# Get local descriptors (such as subimages centered around impurities)
imstack = aoi.stat.imlocal(nn_output, coordinates, window_size=32, coord_class=1)

# Calculate Gaussian mixture model (GMM) components
components, imgs, coords = imstack.gmm(n_components=10, plot_results=True)

# Calculate GMM components and transition probabilities for different trajectories
transitions_dict = imstack.transition_matrix(n_components=10, rmax=10)

# and more


First, install PyTorch. Then, install AtomAI via

pip install atomai

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