Connecting Young Investigators at CARS 2014

by Cristian A. Linte and Jumpei Arata

Since this is the first edition of the ISCAS newsletter, why not kick it off by telling you about our newly established young investigators group and our first Young Investigators Networking Session (YINS) hosted during CARS 2014 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The 2014 YINS reception was the first event as part of a new initiative launched and co-sponsored by ISCAS and CARS aimed at encouraging the global exchange and collaboration between young researchers and senior experienced investigators. The reception attracted 18 young investigators from 9 countries, and over 30 senior researchers in computer-aided surgery, who shared their career trajectories, achievements, challenges and passion for science while enjoying drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

To foster interaction and facilitate communication, all participating new investigators prepared posters that outlined their career stage, research interests, scientific publications, and ongoing projects, as well as current challenges and interest for additional expertise or collaboration. To facilitate networking and ensure that all new investigators received the mentorship they were seeking, senior researchers were invited for “poster tours”, which helped “break the ice” and create a friendly, informal communication platform.

The session was a great success – we all had a chance to mingle with some the world’s experts in image-guided intervention, navigation, modelling, simulation and robotics. A key element of the networking reception was the mentorship opportunities – all attending senior researchers have a wealth of experience in the field and hearing different perspectives from different laboratories and different countries opens up new horizons. We would like to thank the ISCAS leaders – Prof. Georg Eggers, Prof. Pierre Jannin, and Prof. Makoto Hashizume, as well as the CARS Office, for their support with the organization of the 2014 Young Investigators Networking reception. We look forward to the 2015 edition of the YINS in Barcelona, Spain.

Cristian A. Linte, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, USA. He has been a member of ISCAS since 2008 and is currently a new investigator, setting up a research group in biomedical modelling, visualization and image-guided navigation.

Jumpei Arata, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and at the Center for Advanced Medical Innovation at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He was also the lead organizer for the first edition of the Young Investigators Networking Session at CARS 2014.

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