Possible Research Topics

It is possible that we could help you even if your area of interest is not listed below.  Please fill out this form to let us know of your capabilities and interests.

Image Processing

Image Processing can encompass any study/research that analyzes visual data.  The subject of research ranges from musical scores to human brain imaging.

Brain Image Visualization

Work with neurologists to visualize the brain images.  Then move on to do your own research with the images.

Digital Signal Processing

Process signals and find the patterns in them.  The signals could be human  voice, or birds’ songs.  The signals could be human brain wave of ADHD children.  Compared them to control (non ADHD) group’s brain wave.  And develop your own ADHD detector.

Weather Research

You have an access to all weather data that was ever recorded in all weather stations around the world.  What research you can do, what hypothesis you can test with such a vast data set is only limitation is your imagination.

You have temperature, wind, cloudiness, precipitation and snow data from thousands of weather stations around the world.

Computational Physics

Enter the laws of nature, then see the universe unfold right before your eyes.  Then, change the laws and see what the universe might have been.

By running these hypothetical universes, gain insights into the one we live in.

These are some of the topics that students can focus on after the basic training. This list is still growing and will never stop growing. Check back frequently to get more ideas, and also, offer your own ideas.

These research topics may seem interesting. But once the students find out what is possible, students will come up with even better ideas.

Most of these ideas are not new, and it has been done before. Science Research is not always about doing something new. In fact, very few topics can be considered completely new. Science Research is about working on the same topic but advancing it to a new level, a new height.

  • Create your own solar system.  Create suns and planets of your own.  Then apply the law of physics to see how they behave.
  • Eclipse predictor.  Enter all current solar system’s data, then start the clock.  Accelererate into the future to see when and how eclipses would occur.
  • Illustrate physics concepts using animation.
  • These are some examples of Physics Simulations:
  • You will be contributing to Wolfram Demonstrations yourself.
  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe (example).  We will have a computer-to-computer game competition
  • The Game of Life
  • Other games that you can invent
  • Automatic Sudoku Solver
  • Poker Strategy.  Come up with your own poker playing strategy and simulate 1,000,000 poker games to see how often you win.
  • Automatic Key Detection.  Detect the key (e.g. A major, G minor) of any music.  Great for automatic music sequencing for DJs.
  • Algorithmic Music Composition.  Create music generating program that will produce fully orchestrated music based on your specifications such as style (Latin, Classical, Rock) tempo, key, etc.
  • Automatic Composer Classification.  Write program that will classify the music’s composer such as Bach, Mozart, etc.  You will load MIDI file of the music, then analyze the note and harmony pattern to recognize a composer’s style.
  • Sound synthesis.  Create sound that never existed before in this universe.  Make music with it.
Signal Processing
  • Speaker recognition.  Identify the owner of the voice from the list of possible people.  This is the same technique used by the CIA to automatically track down the terrorists as soon as they make a phone call.
  • EEG Processing.  Analyze electrical signals from the brain and detect thought patterns.
Image Processing
  • Brain Image Research.  Analyze SPECT, MRI, CT images of the brain and detect diseases.
  • Amazon Rain Forest Vegetation Analysis.  Analyze Landsat satellite images to detect changes in the rain forest’s vegetation pattern.
Image Generation
  • Take photograph and transform it into watercolor,
  • Vocabulary pattern of famous authors.  Automatically classify the author based on the vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary change of an author.  Find out how an author’s vocabulary changed over the course of his/her career.
  • Automatic detection of the tone or mood of a book, using WordData and DictionaryLookup commands in Mathematica
Medical Research
  • In traditional oriental medicine, the doctors examine the patient’s wrist pulse.  See what those pulses look like, and write program that will diagnose the patient according to the teachings of traditional oriental medicine.  Then verify the results using real patient data.
  • Compare brain data of the same patient taken with different modalities (EEG, SPECT, MRI, CT) and correlate them to improve the current understanding of human brain.
Global Warming Research
  • Is global warming really happening?  Is Seoul’s temperature always somewhere between Beijing’s and Tokyo’s?  Draw your own conclusions by analysing historical temperature data of the world.  Mathematica will provide you all historical temperature data from all the cities the world.  What research you do with it up to you.  (Utilizing Mathematica‘s Integrated Data)
Stock Market Research
  • Mathematica offers entire U.S. stock data upto yesterday’s closing price.  You can create your own trading strategy and see how well it would have performed over time.  (Utilizing Mathematica‘s Integrated Data)
Human Genome Research
  • Use data from Hubble Telescope to explore the mysteries of the universe.


Volunteer Topics

A volunteer work is exactly that, a volunteer work.  Except, Sabio Research’s volunteer work differs in the following ways

  1. You perform the work on your computer at home, or any other location of your choice
  2. You receive volunteer work hours by approved result, not by the actual number of hours you spent.  We will pre-determine the average hours needed for the work.  If you are more efficient, then you will be done sooner.  If you are slow, then you will spend more hours.  Either way, you receive pre-determined hours of volunteer work certificate.
  3. The knowledge needed for teach work will be clearly specified.  It is possible that you will need to take a course in order to understand and perform the work.
  4. There is no pay for the work.  Students will receive an official certificate for the volunteer work they have done from the research institution they worked for.
  5. Those who consistently perform well will be given a chance to work as a research assistant.

Currently we have positions open for the following volunteer work

3D Brain Atlas

This is a project where students will create 3D brain atlas and animations for neurology classroom use.

The project will consist of performing the following tasks.  You will need to use Mathematica and a painting program (such as Photoshop)

  1. Read MRI image (in DICOM format) of a healthy individual
  2. Read each slice
  3. Color/Shade the specified region of interest (ROI) of the brain (this could be done manually using a painting software such as Photoshop or algorithmically/automatically using Mathematica  depending on your ability)
  4. Save the colored/shaded image
  5. Read in all slices back
  6. Extract only the shaded regions and construct 3D model
  7. Create an interface in which the ROI can be display with/without the rest of the brain with wihch the professor can rotate and slice the 3D model easily

To perform this work, you will need to have taken SR210 Medical Image Processing course

Brain Segmentation Software Survey

The work consists of the following

  1. Learn the basics of image segmentation (SR210 course)
  2. Search and find (on the Internet) all available brain segmentation software in the market
  3. Obtain a copy of each software
  4. Run them and explorer their functionality
  5. Write a report on systematic and comparative report on them.

To perform this work, student must know how to write professionally and need to have taken SR210 Medical Image Processing course

Brain Matter Measurements

In this work, you will develop an algorithm to automatically perform the following.

  1. Read in the patients’ T1 MRI image in DICOM format
  2. Segment the gray matter, the white matter and other components as specified by the researcher
  3. Develop an interface with with the researcher can control the segmentation parameters
  4. Measure the volume of each component
  5. Produce an output of all the measured components and their overall ratios.
  6. Produce a comparison chart against the normal brain data

To perform this work, students will need to have performed “Brain Segmentation Software Survey” volunteer work and taken SR210 Medical Image Processing course

The Effect of Drug Infusion on the Heart Rate

On this work, students will analyze the EKG (electrical signal from the heart) of a patient to

  1. Compute the time interval between the largest R-R.
  2. Once this is done, students will measure the heart rate variablility which consists of FFT computation on the R-R intervals.
  3. Analyze the data sets of patients who were challenged with medications and determine the casual relationship between the medication and the change in R-R.

To perform this work, students must have taken SR 220 Signal Processing course.