Sanjay Kharche: student projects and teaching.


Overview

Students are always welcome to work within the lab. at any time. A systematic and growing programme of training is in place. The training is designed to effect progress over the time period of your project, as well as assist in your student career, as well as future career aspirations. As Einstein realised later in his life, open minded appreciation of nature, patience, persistence, elbow grease, a bit of luck, combined with your inherent talent is going to bring you success in this line of work. Currently, the experience you can expect to gain in the lab. is:

In 2019, all students should strongly consider submitting a 4 page or longer paper to IEEE EMBC. Submissions of the full papers may open in August 2019, and close in February 2020. Acceptance may be available in April 2020. The meeting is in our Montreal, between the dates of 21-25 July, 2020. You should also look at above website, and see if you can become a student member.


Postgraduate projects


Undergraduate projects

2019 projects:


Secondary school student projects

School students and outreach proposals welcome.

Taught courses

I currently teach a focused 12 lecture course designed to introduce assist my undergrad/masters students to: a) cardiac electrophysiology; b) CT image processing; c) PM3 use; d) Neural networks and tensorflow.


Student handbook: skills development, organisation of work, reporting.

Before starting projects, get into the swing of things - read this for inspiration: Orientation paper. To assist with effective progress and workforce welfare, a code of conduct policy is enforced. A document outlining the policy can be found at: Code of conduct
Before you start, try to get as much information about your project as possible. Make a day by day plan, week by week plan, and start to end plan. Make sure you know what you are starting with, what the success metrics are, and how to reach there. Science is not about being successful in mediocre tasks. Science is about trying, failing many times, and yet trying again. Remember, research is double edged: there is plenty of freedom (and therefore potential procrastination) within the scope of your project, but the stakes are also higher than taught courses and therefore you must be well organised.

Software you might need

I work on Fedora, which is the free version of Red Hat Enterprise. I use a windows device for typing word and ppt documents. You may wish to organise yourselves with the following, which is mostly open source. If not open source, try the UWO ITS repository, or your own university's software service. On a linux computer you may want:

Scientific visualisation

All our work (thesis, papers, posters, presentations) are stories in images. Three types of figures may constitute how you present data: line diagrams, 2D figures, and 3D visualisations. For line diagrams use one of the many MATLAB scripts knocking about the lab. Ask me for the standard template, which you might find here.

Line diagrams

Line diagrams should be drawn to uniform specification throughout your work. That means the diagram must have 4 point line thickness, should be 1100 points wide, and 450 points tall. Fontsize must be 18 points and the font should be Arial or Times New Roman. Multiple lines in the same diagram should be colour coded, coded with dashs and dash-dots.
UWO provides MATLAB which is the preferred method for line diagram drawing. You may also use matplotlib or gnuplot as they are free and give presentation quality diagrams with a bit of patience.

2D

Some simple 2D diagrams may be managed using gnuplot, matplotlib, and MATLAB. Try this before you go to stronger medicine.

2D and 3D

Most of PM3 output is VTK files. These files can be postprocessed using ParaView (interactively or non-interactively), or with PM3 postproc codes. PM3 post proc extracts information that can be made into a figure as a line diagram, e.g. computed ECG. Make sure you practice use of VTK with me before attempting viz.

Useful Linux commands

How to make research posters

Here is a powerpoint template for your poster: (if there is no link, make a template and give it to me)
Use PowerPoint, InkScape, or LaTex. Set up the power point slide to the size that it will be printed in. The size of your poster will also depend on what your printing service can handle - do not go over the size - a normal size always works. Do not make a "small" poster and then try to stretch it - does not work. Fonts of choice is Arial or New Roman in that order. Title font is 56 pt, authors and affiliations 40 point, text 28 point, references, acknowledgements are 20 point or less. Logos for Western, Western Biophysics, and Lawson at the top. Funding logos at bottom. You can make a left and right side using a thick divider line in the middle. Sections: Intro, Methods, Results, Conclusions, References, Acknowlegements, figures, figure legends. Background should be white, margins are 2 cm on each side. Separate each section using a dotted horizontal line, or better using a figure. Line thickness around 10 point. Print your poster in UWO Pathology, or at: Mercury. MAKE SURE ALL CORRECT AFTER PRINTING - We can read over your final artwork together!

How to write a conference proceedings paper

In our group, this is usually the first output just as a study is around the finishing mark and we have most of the results to hand. Conferences sometimes will provide word and LaTex templates that should be used to write the manuscripts. Otherwise, it is useful to follow the journal manuscript instructions.

How to write a journal manuscript

Examples and templates: DOC, PDF A talk about how to write manuscripts: YouTube how to write paper, Physoc.

How to prepare a 10 minute presentation

All your slides must be numbered, dated, and have Lawson and UWO logos. A footer with your name and affiliation will help with communication.

A template can be found here: PPTX template.

Skills to rapidly get going

Technical skills

Documenting skills

Work organisation

Reporting


Useful bits

ImageMagic

Use this to make a movie:
convert -delay 20 F_*.png -loop 0 movie.gif

Members

Current members (2019)

Summer 2019, JJ,KD, SRK,XL,BS.

Past members (2018)

Summer 2018 AK JJ KMD

Work ethic

Please read the code of conduct thoroughly.
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14th July 2020. Sanjay R. Kharche. Ph.D.