Ricky Taira Phd


Department of Radiological Sciences




  • BS., University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles., 1988


Awards and Positions

  • First Place, Pre-Doctoral Student Paper Competition, Society of Computer Applications in Medical Care, 1988
  • James T., Case Award, UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences, 1988
  • Ralph and Marjorie Crump Award, Crump Institute for Medical Engineers, 1988
  • Sylvia Greenfield Award in Medical Physics, UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences, 1978

Recent Papers


  1. Speier W., Arnold C. Lu J., Taira R.K., Pouratian N., “Natural language processing with dynamic classification improves P300 speller accuracy and bit rate,” J Neural Eng. 2011 Dec 12;9(1):016004. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Hsu W., Taira R.K., “Tools for improving the characterization and visualization of changes in neuro-oncology patients,” AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:316-20.
  3. Arnold C.W., El-Saden S.M., Bui A.A., Taira R. “Clinical Case-based Retrieval Using Latent Topic Analysis,” AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:26-30.
  4. Bashyam V., Hsu W., Watt E., Bui A.A., Kangarloo H., Taira R.K., “Problem-centric organization and visualization of patient imaging and clinical data,” Radiographics. 2009 Mar-Apr;29(2):331-43. Epub 2009 Jan 23.
  5. Taira R.K., Bui A., Hsu W., Bashyam V., Dube S., Watt E., Andrada L., El-Saden S., Cloughesy T., Kangarloo H., “A tool for improving the longitudinal imaging characterization for neuro-oncology cases,” AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:712-16.
  6. Son R.Y., Taira R.K., Kangarloo H., Cardenas A.F., “Context-sensitive correlation of implicitly related data: an episode creation methodology,” IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2008 Sep;12(5):549-60.
  7. Bashyam V., Divita G., Bennett D.B., Browne A.C., Taira R.K., “A normalized lexical lookup approach to identifying UMLS concepts in free text,” Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):545-49.
  8. Taira R.K., Bashyam V., Kangarloo H., “A field theoretical approach to medical natural language processing,” IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2007 Jul;11(4):354-75.
  9. Bui A.A., Morioka C., Dionisio J.D., Johnson D.B., Sinha U., Ardenkani S., Taira R.K., Aberle D.R., El-Saden S., Kangarloo H., “OpenSourcePACS: an extensible infrastructure for medical image management,” IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2007 Jan;11(1):94-109.
  10. Bashyam V., Taira R.K., “A study of lexical behaviour of sentences in chest radiology reports.” AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;891.