Biomechanical Engineering and Statistics - A Study of the Human Lung


  • Author: Lillian Pierson P.E.
  • Date: 31 March 2014
  • Copyright: Lillian Pierson P.E.

Chanikarn Wongviriyawong received her academic training in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from MIT with a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Political Science, masters degree from MIT Media Lab, and bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon University with double minors in Robotics and Computer Science.

At MIT, her PhD research focused on complex system modeling of human lungs using both structural data from central airways, and regional ventilation within peripheral airways. Her model can be used for identifying central airways responsible for the reduced ventilation in regions of the lung with high obstructions.

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Chanikarn is currently a quantitative researcher at WorldQuant. Prior to joining WorldQuant, she co-founded a social enterprise aiming to expand the network of healthcare to regions inaccessible by roads in developing countries.

In an exclusive interview for Statistics Views, Lillian Pierson talked to Dr. Wongviriyawong at her current office building on location in Bangkok, Thailand. In this interview, Dr. Wongviriyawong discusses her work at MIT and how she used statistics and modeling in her biomechanical engineering research to uncover how asthma develops in the human lung.

More information about Dr. Wongviriyawong can be found at her website.

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