Aiming for near-future BMI development
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
This program brings specialists in bio-functions, information, and engineering science together in one place, and I thought that it offered a great opportunity to interact and exchange information with such specialists as I pursue my goal of developing BMI (brain-machine interface) technologies. I think the advantage of this program lies in the many opportunities to learn in fields beyond one’s own specialization, such as taking classes offered in other graduate schools and learning from other students in one’s research lab. There are many opportunities for me to participate in debates and gain stimulus from other HWIP participants at the same time as ordering and expressing my own ideas and clarifying what I need to do next. These are just some of the many attractions of the program.
Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?
From now on I plan to specialize in the development of methods for imaging brain activity. As an undergraduate student, I did research on methods for observing proteins known as “channels” that exist within cells in the cerebral nerve. I am now working to apply a broad spectrum of knowledge on imaging, ranging from molecular biological imaging to macro-imaging of brain functions, in combination with signal processing technologies, to comprehend and represent brain activity in more accurate and sophisticated ways, as well as to use these approaches to enhance BMI technology.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
I hope to produce systems that apply BMI technology to enrich people’s way of life.