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
(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.