Ultrasound Research Laboratory
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Current Graduate Students

Jason Kutarnia

jason.kutarnia@wpi.edu

Research Work

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.

 

Patrick Guelakis

pguelaki@wpi.edu

Research Work

I am currently beginning my research in the field of ultrasound image detection. The bulk of the work will be geared toward the automated detection of pericardial effusions in ultrasound images. The biggest obstacle of the research will be the automated generation of seed points in the image. This research will go toward a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Background

I am from Cheshire, CT and attended high school at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT. I completed my B.S. at Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2003 where I also rowed on the varsity crew for four years. After graduating from Trinity, I spent a year in Choibalsan, Mongolia teaching English to adults with the Peace Corps. In 2004 I went back to Chase Collegiate School to teach upper school mathematics for a year. From 2005-2007, I worked at Connecticut College as the freshman rowing coach where I fielded two years of undefeated boats and three gold medals at the NERC fours championship. I began my M.S. at WPI in the fall of 2007 where I also help out with the rowing team part time.

Future Plans

I plan to pursue a career in teaching once I get my master's degree.

 

Towa Matsumura

towa@wpi.edu

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.

 

 

Christina Yuan

christinayuan@wpi.edu

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.  

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