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New Students Wanted!

We are recruiting graduate students seeking a master’s or doctoral degree in engineering with different training and backgrounds. Biomedical imaging research is an interdisciplinary arena, and we invite students from a wide range of fields to join us. Throughout the year, opportunities are available for interested students to visit or spend a day at our laboratory.

Student Interview Comments


Yuto Masaki
(Graduated master course
in March 2016)

Q: What made you choose this laboratory for your postgraduate program?
I was interested in bioinformation processing and medical engineering and wanted the challenge of a new discipline for my postgraduate study. I found this laboratory while searching for courses that suited my interest. The laboratory was inaugurated the year I joined it. I thought it would be a rare and precious experience to participate in the startup of a new laboratory.

Q: Could you discuss the features of this laboratory?
First, the research projects undertaken in this laboratory are interdisciplinary and involve collaboration with researchers from other departments, institutions, and fields. Unlike many other laboratories I know of, the members of this laboratory work closely with students from other schools as well as practicing physicians. Second, the senior students and laboratory staff members are available for assistance to newcomers and help them overcome project entry barriers. Personally, I had no knowledge about medical image processing when I first joined. My seniors walked me through the basics, and the arsenal of image processing tools that had been developed over years were available and allowed me to jumpstart my own project. In addition, the introductory assignments that were designed to help new students learn how to use these tools greatly helped me to quickly acquire the basic skills and competence necessary for research. In addition, the lead professor and the faculty members are always there to give input and advice. Thanks to their support and guidance, I was given the honor of making an oral presentation at an international conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Q: What sparks your interest here?
This laboratory gives me access to a variety of advanced techniques other than image processing. I am currently working on computer-assisted liver disease diagnostics. My project involves machine learning in addition to image processing. This combination of new technologies will help achieve new goals. It is a rewarding and self-fulfilling experience. Because my research relates to improving the quality of healthcare, I feel inspired to keep pushing forward against any roadblocks, feeling confident that my work will contribute to reducing patient burden in the future. I enjoyed visiting the imaging facilities of large hospitals. I also had the chance to watch a surgery live. In addition, I had nuclear magnetic resonance images of my body taken as part of my research. Our laboratory is rich in social activities in cooperation with other laboratories. We participate in local road-relay championships and have social dinners with members of other laboratories.

About Us

Biomedical imaging can provide qualitative and quantitative information on the distribution of various physical and physiological parameters (i.e., the status of internal structures and functions of the human body). Recent technological and methodological advancements have increased the analytical importance of such imaging. Leveraging close interdisciplinary collaboration between information science and medicine, our laboratory focuses on biomedical imaging and analysis. With the combined use of statistical data processing, biosimulation, virtual reality, and other techniques, we research the following topics:

  • Statistical and mathematical modeling of human anatomy and physiology and diagnostic and therapeutic modalities
  • Statistical and mathematical optimization of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches using virtual human phantoms
  • Medical navigation systems that enable real-life tracking and projection of phantom-based virtual-reality scenarios and simulation

These medical and biomedical engineering research activities using virtual human phantoms will help translate the practices of empirical medicine into the scientific language of computational medicine. We aim to develop a medical artificial intelligence (AI) system based on computational medicine that takes advantage of the enormous volume of biomedical imaging and other clinical information (healthcare big data) that is produced daily. Such a system will help improve the quality of healthcare.