From Lab Technology to Clinical Applications: Latest Advances in Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Special Session 4


Tong Boon Tang, Masashi Kiguchi


  • Tong Boon Tang (Associate Professor, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS)
  • Masashi Kiguchi (Senior Researcher, R&D Group, HITACHI)
  • Ilias Tachitsidis (Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Reader in Biomedical Engineering, University College London)
  • Dan Ippeita (Full Professor in Biological Psychiatry, Chuo University, Tokyo)


neuroimaging, multimodal monitoring, neuropsychiatry, neonatal and pediatric applications


Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an emerging modality in neuroimaging. It takes the advantage of the optical window in which the head scalp is almost transparent to near infrared light in the spectrum of 700 – 900 nm, while oxygenated- and deoxygenated-hemoglobin are stronger absorbers of light. The fNIRS measures brain activity through hemodynamic responses based on the concept of neurovascular coupling. The fNIRS technology is growing rapidly; the number of publication has doubled every 3.5 years over the past 20 years. This special session provides a platform for academics and industry-related researchers to discuss and share experience in recent advances of fNIRS technology and signal processing, as well as its applications in health science and clinical applications. This year, we have exciting speakers who are driving the fNIRS technology and its applications, and they will speak from different perspectives (optics, medical physics, and psychiatry). The objective of the special session is to integrate the growing international community of researchers working on the fNIRS to a fruitful discussion about the benefits of this technology to the society.

Other special sessions

Bio-inspired data mining and deep learning in biomedical image processing
Medical Imaging in Stroke
Breast Image Analysis
Tele-Health: Assessing health with real-world constraints
Pediatric Neuroimaging