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Ai Miyasaka
Fields of study:
Neuroscience / Intelligent image processing
Dr. Takeshi Sakurai / Dr. Hotaka Takizawa

Sharing my interest with experts in various fields accelerates my fusion research.

I got my bachelor degree of psychology from university of Tsukuba, and I wanted to enter where I can study medical neuroscience because I wanted to understand complex human mind from the neuroscience perspective. I happened to see the pamphlet of Ph.D. Program in Humanics, and I decided to try this program because I thought this program will fit me and I can get an opportunity to have good supports from various experts in medical science, engineering, and informatics field.

I belong to Liu lab in WPI-IIIS which aims at revealing the mechanisms of instinctive behavior using state-of-the-art biological techniques. And I study the neuronal mechanisms of sexual behavior, a kind of instinctive behavior. Also I develop an automated annotation system for mice sexual behavior so I study intellectual image processing under prof. Takizawa who specialized in medical image processing.

Humanics program is unique by its fusion research which students in this program have to study own research under two mentors from different research field. At first, I was very frightened in unknown territory, “fusion research”, though, in trial and error, when I could share the interesting points of my research with my two mentors, I feel happy and realize my own growth.

If you want to be a researcher who can organize your research by myself, I believe this program will help you to grow up your skill.

[Time table of an ordinary day]

Lab Meeting (Liu lab)
Data analysis of in vivo imaging & Survey papers regarding my research
Lab Meeting (Takizawa lab)
Discussion about image processing using Java
Off-campus study workshop of deep learning
Behavioral experiment using mice & In vivo imaging experiment
Return home

Confirming the virus infection pattern in the mouse brain using the confocal microscope.

Analysis of mouse behavior and making the program aiming at the development of an automated annotation system.

I received a “Like” award for my on-line presentation at the annual meeting of the Japan Neuroscience society.