Founded in 1985, the department of Computer Application takes on all the computer courses for the university. It offers not only basic computer application courses for medical students but also advanced courses for students majoring in biomedical engineering, as well as basic courses on computer application for graduate students. For laboratory teaching, it has two computer rooms of total area near 400 m2 that hold over 200 computers, and an advanced microprocessor laboratory of area 70 m2, holding 25 sets of experimental installation. In the last decade, the department has published 16 textbooks and over 40 papers on educational reformation. In addition, the department has received 5 awards for its teaching work from the army and the university. Its faculty members have been awarded by 2 silver medals of Professional Training Prize for military academies, 1 Excellent Teacher Award of the General Logistics Department, and 2 of them honored as "Excellent Teachers" by the university.
From 1991, the department has offered graduate program for Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. In 1998, it became a constitutive part of doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering. It began to offer master program in Computer Application in 2002. Currently there are 3 supervisors for master program and has instructed over 30 graduate students.
In addition to classroom teaching, the department has made remarkable achievements in research areas of medical image processing and database technology, including image processing and reconstruction, medical visualization, computer aided detection and diagnosis, computer aided surgery, and data mining of medical information. It has established close collaboration with some related university labs domestically and abroad. By the year of 2008, the department has undertaken over 10 projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China, by Ministry of Education, by science foundation of Shaanxi province, and by the Department of Defense. The faculty have published over 150 research papers and obtained 5 Awards for Science and Technology Progress at provincial or ministerial level.
Medical Image Processing and Network Database Lab
The Lab is equipped with SGI high performance image workstation, DELL EMC SAN 4T storage, IBM high-performance server with optical HBA, NDI Aurora electromagnetic tracking system, FASTRAK tracking system, 5DT data grove, etc, providing experimental environment and better support for research work in the lab.
Hongbing Lu received her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University of China in 1998. After graduation, she had been a postdoctoral researcher in Radiology at State University of New York at Stony Brook for three years. She joined the Fourth Military Medical University in 1991 and currently is a professor and director of the Computer Application Department, BME. Her research interests focus on medical image reconstruction, noise reduction, medical application of processing and visualization methods, and modeling and simulation of physiology system. She has authored more than 50 scientific publications and is the principal investigator of 3 projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China, and 4 by Ministry of Education, the Department of Defense, and provincial foundation.
Jinghui Qu received his bachelor degree in Automation Control from Xi'an Jiaotong University of China in 1982. He joined the Fourth Military Medical University in 1995 and currently a professor of the department. His research interest is on intelligent data analysis and medical information processing. Besides classroom teaching, he has published 5 textbooks and 60 journal papers. His research work has been supported by 4 ministerial projects and 1 from Shaanxi province. He has awarded a 4th-prize for Progress (Invention) in Science and Technology of China, 5 prizes (2nd and 3rd) for Progress in Science and Technology of Army and 1 3rd-prize for Provincial Progress in Science and Technology.