Current Graduate Students

Jason Kutarnia

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I recently finished my M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI and I’ve decided to pursue a PhD after being given the opportunity to continue Chris Banker’s work in ultrasound simulation.  The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a training system which allows users to improve their diagnostic abilities without the need to practice on real patients.  The physical system is basically complete, which includes the sham transducer, tracking system, and display.  The next step is to generate ultrasound data for the system which will eventually consist of a library of different pathologies.  Initially my research will be to find non rigid registration algorithms which perform adequately on ultrasound data so that we will be able to construct volumes from overlapping scans.

Background

I grew up in Lunenburg, MA and after graduating high school I attended college at UMass Amherst where I earned a B.S. in computer engineering.  When I graduated in 2005 I joined the Army Reserve and spent 6 months at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  After my training was complete I decided to attend graduate school at WPI where I participated in ROTC.  I am currently a 2nd Lieutenant and will attend the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course next summer at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

Future Plans

I would like to pursue a career as a researcher focusing on computer vision and image processing for medical or military application.

Christina Yuan

Research Work

Medical Imaging is the cross-discipline where I can combine my academic background in Mathematics, Signal Processing, Electronics, with my research experience in Optimization Algorithms and Programming. As a research assistant, I have been embarking on the journey of my Ph.D. study since August, 2008. My research involves Elasticity Imaging for Trauma by virtue of the Sonix RP ultrasound scanner. We also hope to develop a freehand 3D elasticity imaging in our future research.

Background

I was born and raised in Nanyang, a mid-size city with a long history in the middle of China. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology and China Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Research respectively before coming to WPI.

Outside the classroom, my favorite activities are singing, painting, dancing and hiking. Additionally, I enjoy going to gym whenever time permits.

Future Plans

Born in a medical family, pursuing a career related to improving human health level is my dream from childhood and my parents’ expectation. Upon graduation, I would like to continue my research activities in medical imaging at an industrial research and development center.

Li Liu

Research Work

With the gradual prevalence of using Point-of-Care ultrasound by specialists, an affordable, effective and convenient ultrasound training becomes more demanded than before. However, traditional training fails to cater current demands because of its high-cost, inconvenience and inflexibility. My research is to design a low-cost, portable, computer-based ultrasound simulator, including software and hardware, to facilitate specialists and medical school students faster learning ultrasound operation and diagnosis techniques by implementing the most of real-ultrasound-similar functions based on our designed training materials and automatic performance assessment module.

Background

I was born and grew up in Beijing, China. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics Information Engineering School in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Then I joined Analog Devices as a DSP application engineer focusing on Medical and Video Surveillance application from 2008 to 2011. For gaining more experience and knowledge in medical imaging application, I am pursuing my PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering and working in Professor Pedersen’s Ultrasound Laboratory.

Future Plans

I would like to pursue a career in medical imaging industry such as MRI, PET-CT/CT, ultrasound and so on.

Lei Wang

Research Work

Based on clinical experience, good daily care, especially through patients’ self-management, is necessary for promoting wound healing of the patients with type diabetes. My research work, which is a part of the NSF project about the development of an android smartphone based application for type 2 diabetic patients’ self-management, is to develop an image analysis system to monitor the diabetic foot ulcer healing status based on smartphone. The first version of this system is completed. In this system, the foot sole image is taken by the smartphone camera with assistance of a footrest. Then the image is transmitted to a “black box” such as a laptop or embedded computer with high computation capability. On the black box, the wound boundary is determined and the healing, infected and necrotic part is delineated accurately. At last, all the processing results are transmitted back to smartphone and display on the screen. In future, we plan to do wound healing trend analysis based on a sequence of wound images. Besides, a fast, accurate and smartphone runnable real time image analysis algorithm is supposed to be design.

Background

I was born and grew up in Chengdu, the center of the southwest part of China. I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Information Science and Technique department of Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu. After working for one year in Tencent Computer and Network Technology Corporation, I decided to come to WPI to pursue my Ph.D. degree. Outside the lab and classroom, my interests are lying on swimming, tennis and also reading.

Future Plans

I plan to pursue a career related to researches of image analysis and recognition for medical application.

Towa Matsumura

Research Work

I am currently working towards a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S./M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. My research involves the development of the Fourth Generation Portable Ultrasound Scanner. The Gen4 system is completely ruggedized with a simple-to-use GUI utilized on a touch screen user interface. It incorporates a Terason t3000 PC based ultrasound scanner system, an examination camera, and a pulse oximeter into a single system, transmitting the information wirelessly.

Background

I grew up in Nagoya, Japan and left for Massachusetts shortly after graduating from Nagoya International School. I love sports and was in Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Volleyball teams in my high school years. I also played rugby at WPI until a major shoulder injury. I started working in the Ultrasound lab summer of 2008 when I was awarded a summer research fellowship.

For the MQP, our team designed an activity monitor for diabetic patients. It is a device that measures the heart rate and full-body acceleration of the subject to estimate energy expenditure. This acts as a second feedback for the subject, allowing them tighter glycemic control. We clinically tested the proof-of-concept prototype and obtained very good results. The MQP was awarded 3rd place in the ECE department, and I will be continuing the work with another MQP group.

I was a research intern at the New England Center for Stroke Research in UMass Medical School during the summer of 2007. My work there involved the development of a process to create cerebral vascular models. The input to the process is a CT or a MRI scan of the head, and the output is a highly accurate model in terms of dimension and mechanical properties that mimic actual biological vascular walls. These models are important when studying effects of fluid dynamics of the cerebral arteries with aneurysms. It also serves as a tool for interventional radiologists.

Future Plans

My future goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in the field of Neuroengineering. I am interested in brain machine/computer interfacing and biomimetic devices.