The IEEE EMBS solicits names for candidates for positions on its Administrative Committee (AdCom) for terms of three years. The AdCom is the administrative and governance body of the IEEE EMB Society. It is required to meet two times each year.

Recent changes in the EMBS Bylaws have redefined the categories of AdCom Members: 5 members now represent geographic areas of interest / priority, 5 representatives whose strength lies in key technical areas of EMBS, and 5 members who are active practitioners in the field of biomedical engineering (e.g. clinicians, health policy, medical industry). In addition, 1 student and 1 young professional shall also be sought.

At this time we seek nominations for a total of nine positions that will serve for the terms listed below, beginning 1 January 2019.

As a AdCom member you must be available for 1-2 AdCom meetings per year, partake in email discussions and voting on AdCom motions and participate in all committee related items.

Administrative Committee
  • Geographic: one representative of North America (3 year term)
  • Geographic: one representative of Europe (3 year term)
  • Technical: two representatives (3 year terms)
  • Practitioner: one representative (3 year term)
  • Student: one representative (2 year term)
Benefits Include:
  • Recognition as a Leader
  • Providing Strategic Direction
  • Develop new products and services
  • Promoting and educating the BME leaders of the future

ISBI 2018
Keynote Speakers  

Sam Achilefu

Peter Basser 
Anne Carpenter
Laura Waller
Surgical Glasses and Probes for Image-guided Cancer Surgery
Transcranial Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound

Imaging Microstructure and Dynamics with MR: From Macro to Nano
Tackling World Health Problems Through High-throughput Microscopy Imaging and Analysis
Computational Imaging for 3D Microscopy

The  symposium  will have 5 exciting  plenary talks , a number of  tutorials   challenges , and  special sessions in addition to the regular oral and poster sessions. For the first time, we will also have two workshops - one organized by the   FDA  and a second by the  NIH .
Please be sure to  register for the symposium and check for available  hotel rooms.

EMBC 2018
 1 Page Research Poster Paper DEADLINE is April 18, 2018 
1 Page Research Posters
At least one author of the paper must be registered at the appropriate full conference rate (Member, Non-member, Student member, Student non-member) in order to upload the final paper. If complete payment of a registration fee is not received, authors will not be able to proceed with uploading their final manuscript. While any author of the paper may be registered, only the designated "corresponding author" may upload the final paper. Once a manuscript has been uploaded, the registration fees cannot be refunded. Please be sure that the attending author completes payment and uploads the final paper. This means that they must be the "corresponding author".
Housing now OPEN for EMBC 2018
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki 
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Approximately 15 minute walk to Hawaii Convention Center

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Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available
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Life Sciences Conference
The 2nd IEEE Life Sciences Conference (LSC) will be held in Montreal, Canada 28-30 October 2018. The IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC), which is supported by multiple IEEE member societies, is the sponsor of the conference. As such, the conference will cover diverse topics within the theme.

MNMC 2018
Biomedical grand challenges facing our society can be addressed at the scale of biology with Micro and Nanoscale technologies. These technologies hold great potential for diagnostics, therapeutics, enhancement of physiological function, disease management, or early monitoring and prevention. IEEE EMBS is sponsoring the fourth biennial Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine to foster interaction between scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and medical researchers in the context of real-world medical needs and issues. The Conference will promote vigorous and open dialogue towards groundbreaking solutions to previously unaddressed problems and cutting edge technologies for faster, more quantitative, and less expensive biomedical solutions using advances in Micro and Nanotechnology.
Publications Spotlight
Tiny Conveyance
In the science-fiction classic Fantastic Voyage [1], a shrink-ray zaps a submarine and the crew within it, and the resulting microscopic vehicle ventures inside a human body to destroy a blood clot and save a prominent patient's life. While that scenario remains in the realm of make-believe, it may not be long before micro- and nanoscale robots can navigate a person's blood vessels and execute a medical task, such as the targeted delivery of drugs or even the performance of some medical procedures.

The first step in generating these tiny medical robots is figuring out how to make them. "The artistic view is to take a large robot and just miniaturize it, but that wouldn't work, because the force and the physics at a small scale are different," says nanorobot pioneer Sylvain Martel, Ph.D., a professor of computer and software engineering and director of the NanoRobotics Laboratory at Polytechnique Montréal, Canada (Figure 1). For instance, as the size scale decreases, fluid viscosity increases. At the level of 3-4 nm (the diameter of the tiniest blood capillaries), a conventionally designed and propelled robot would be so bogged down it would be unable to move.

Design and Characterization of an Exoskeleton for Perturbing
the Knee During Gait

Michael R. Tucker ;  Camila Shirota ;  Olivier Lambercy ;  James S. Sulzer ;  Roger Gassert
The human knee joint displays a wide range of mechanical behaviors, enabling efficient and robust locomotion under varying conditions. With the rise of active and semi-active knee assistive devices (e.g., prostheses and orthoses), there is a need to quantify the intact joint's mechanical properties under neural control to develop optimal control strategies. This quantification is achieved through perturbation-based experimental methods, which require the development of specialized tools. However, delivering readily identifiable input stimuli and measuring with high precision, while minimally influencing the unperturbed background movement, is technically challenging.

In this paper the authors present the development of the ETH Knee Perturbator: a tool for dynamically perturbing the knee during gait. An actuated, wearable exoskeleton was developed to apply position perturbations to the joint while measuring the interaction torque. A set of bench-top experiments was used to characterize the performance of the device, including perturbation speeds of up to 250o/s and perturbation torques over 40Nm. They show that it identifies known passive loads with 15% accuracy. They also show that the device is well-tolerated by subjects during an experiment with unexpected perturbations. The device was shown to produce consistently timed (within 3% of swing phase) and reproducible step perturbations on three unimpaired subjects. In summary, the ETH Knee Perturbator is a useful tool for quantifying the neuromechanical response of the human knee during gait.

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