※École Centrale de Nantes(ECN) エコール・サントラル・ナントは、2005年から本学と共同学位プログラム、ダブルディグリープログラムを実施。学生が相互留学し、双方の修士号取得に励んでいます。
You can call me Malik. I am French. I have been thinking about joining the PLGS program since the moment I applied for Keio University’s double degree program, last year January. This program is among the reasons why I chose Keio University over another Japanese university. Having never had the opportunity to leave France since childhood, I rejoiced to be able to go abroad in a totally different country and broaden my horizons. Moreover, I was able to continue to tread the path of a generalist education (which is my original background, from France’s engineering school École Centrale de Nantes) and at the same time delve into a newly-found specialty: computer visualization. First I will present briefly my main research subject: computational forensics, before presenting my other works.
When a crime (e.g. murder, theft) occurs, investigators must gather clues to find the culprit. To that aim, they use specific tools following guidelines inherited from a genuine scientific field called forensics. Our research is to provide computational tools to assist all kinds of efforts encompassing judicial investigations, medical examinations and trials. More specifically, we have been developing a middleware language, called LMML (Legal Medicine Mark-up Language), which allows structured data management for forensic activities. The main objective is twofold: digitalizing forensic data and visualizing them. Currently, we are focusing on the autopsy part of forensic investigations. We want to supersede current autopsy workflow by introducing the use of dedicated software currently under development, all based on LMML, and thus easing the burden of autopsy specialists. The piece of software we are developing includes convenient input of autopsy data through a smooth graphical user interface and automatic generation of written reports using standard form. The next step will be to enhance visualization features to concisely present the report to non-experts (e.g. during the trial) through 3D body transfer and rendering and navigation through the data. We could as well come up with objective and quantitative indicators to characterize data among them, injuries and death cause.
Of course, albeit I may have already started to work on this topic, I still lack qualifications in computer visualization to efficiently tackle all those incoming issues. This is why, spearheaded by my research advisor, Pr. Issei Fujishiro, I did a one-month internship in the Advanced Visualization Research Team from RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, under the supervision of Pr. Kenji Ono, whom I sincerely thank for his generosity. There I surveyed and debugged a visualization system under development by the research team, which is especially targeted towards massively parallel environments (e.g. supercomputers such as “K” in Kobe). This internship allowed me to acquire some knowledge regarding visualization that is bound to help me cope with future difficulties.
During the first semester part of the PLGS program, I started to think about a GPE (Group Project Exercise) subject. Whatever I might say, at this point, I am still wavering and unsure what I will focus on. My main idea was to focus on healthcare, turning the above-mentioned forensic database into a Big Data server whose data could be analyzed, via machine learning, to bring about prognosis and diagnosis computer predictions, thus assisting medical staff in their routinely tasks. Yet, our global society is still plagued by other problems that I deplore and feel keen on dealing with: like terrorism or generalized monolingualism. Terrorism and criminality is of course heavily related to my field of study, however through GPE, I would like to have a geopolitical point of view on that subject. Besides, my interests against monolingualism stem from my profound curiosity towards languages. Monolingualism is a matter that must be dealt with from an educational standpoint.
To conclude, I would like to point out that I am very satisfied with the education I am undergoing at Keio University. I exhort any interested and motivated person to join us in our PLGS journey. In the near future, I wish to either obtain an IT engineering job in a multinational company or to become an entrepreneur. I am convinced that the PLGS program is the best foothold I could have ever dreamt of to achieve these objectives.