Active Model Toolbox (AMT) provides the neccessary infrastructures to get started with active contours. It also provides two examples for users to learn from. It is based two publications
 Bing Li and Scott T. Acton, "Active contour external force using vector field convolution for image segmentation," Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on, vol. 16, pp. 2096-2106, 2007.
 Bing Li and Scott T. Acton, "Automatic Active Model Initialization via Poisson Inverse Gradient," Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on, vol. 17, pp. 1406-1420, 2008.