2016 SNR Retreat

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Event Title

2016 SNR Retreat


  • Annual research retreat for members of SNR lab to present their on-going (unpublished) work, crazy new thoughts, introducing new ideas out there.
  • Not a regular research presentation like a scientific conference. this is a celebration of innovation.
  • Summer interns' opportunity to present their project
  • Hear expert's view on future of image-guided therapy
  • Interact with external collaborators and stakeholders of SNR Laboratory
  • (Recruiting opportunity for external industrial collaborators. External industrial collaborators' opportunity to network with experts in medical device instrumentation)


Friday, August 12, 8am-3pm, Wellesley College Club, Council Dining Room, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


For T riders/walkers:

  • It is recommended to take the Green Line "D" branch to Waban Station
    • From there, participants will be driven to the Wellesley College Club by Noby (must talk to him)
    • Green Line Map
  • Alternatively, you can take Commuter Rail train 585 from South Station, Back Bay, or Yawkey

For drivers:


Topics to be covered

Respiratory motion compensation in percutaneous needle interventions

Trajectory control of snake robot


  • 8.00am: Check-in/Breakfast
  • 8.30am: Opening statement, Noby Hata
  • 8.45am-10.15am: Session I: 3 presentations, Chair Sara Elbenna (Talk 15 minutes, discussion 10 minutes, chair's wrap-up 5 min)
    • 8.45-9.15: Robert Gallo - Needle insertion device
    • 9.15-9.45: Momen Abayazid - Respiratory Motion Compensation using Machine learning (2016 RSNA Oral talk review)
    • 9.45-10.15: Andy Zheng - Gesture input to Slicer
  • 10.15am-10.30am: Coffee Break
  • 10.30am-12.00pm: Session II: 3 presentations, Chair Rachel Gao (Talk 15 minutes, discussion 10 minutes, chair's wrap-up 5 min)
    • 10.30-11.00: Sara Elbenna Reviewing 6DOF prostate robot study
    • 11.00-11.30: Chris Choi LEGO Slicer
    • 11.30-12.00: VR demonstration
  • 12.00pm-12.45pm: Lunch
  • 12.45pm-1.30pm: Talk by Dr Ron Kikinis, "Head and Neck Anatomy from an Engineering Point of View"
  • 1.45pm-2.45pm: Session III: 2 presentations, Chair Andrew Zheng (Talk 15 minutes, discussion 10 minutes, chair's wrap-up 5 min)
    • 1.45-2.15: Mehdi
    • 2.15-2.45: Rachel Gao - Snake robot -- Noby's challenge
  • 2.45pm-3.00pm: Presentation Awards and Closing
  • 3.00pm: Ice Cream Outing (Truly Yogurt)



  1. Nobuhiko Hata, PhD
  2. Junichi Tokuda, PhD
  3. Oliver Jonas, PhD
  4. Momen Abayazid, PhD
  5. Longquan Chen
  6. Franklin King
  7. Brian Ninni
  8. Mehdi Taghipour, MD
  9. Soichiro Tani, MD


  1. Ron Kikinis, MD
  2. Steve Pieper, PhD
  3. Clare Tempany, MD

Research Trainees:

  1. Sara Elbenna
  2. Robert Gallo
  3. Rachel Gao
  4. Andy Zheng


  1. Takahisho Kato, PhD, Sponsored Research Collaborator
  2. Yuri Koh, Sponsored Research Collaborator

Event Photos

2016 Summer Retreat Photos