In Memoriam: Herbert F. Voigt III

Herbert Frederick Voigt, III - of Milton, MA, died suddenly on 25 January 2018.

A Fulbright Scholar who served in Peru in 2015, he was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and an Associate Research Professor of Otolaryngology at Boston University. Voigt was a Founding Fellow of BMES (2004) & an AIMBE Fellow (1998). IEEE EMBS selected Voigt as a Distinguished Lecturer (2012-2013) & he was also an honorary member of the Swedish Society of Medical Engineering & Physics (2012).

Voigt's research interests included auditory neurophysiology, specifically cochlear nucleus neural circuitry, heavy metal detection and global Health and Development. He was also deeply involved in biomedical engineering issues and education throughout the world, specifically in Nigeria, Peru, Sweden and Malaysia.

He had a passion for people-with friends around the world-and he always strived to make a difference. He will be remembered for his contributions to the profession of Biomedical Engineering
Nominations are now being accepted for 2018 EMBS Awards

EMBS sponsors Awards of member recognition for technical and professional excellence, service to the society, local activities, publications and student papers. Nominations for these awards are accepted annually in January, Award Recipients are announced in April and the awards are presented at the Society's Annual International Conference.
We would like to extend the chance to nominate a EMB Chapter for an award this year. Please click on the button below to submit a nomination.

Accepting Nominations for:

Society Awards:
  • Academic Career Achievement Award
  • Professional Career Achievement Award
  • Early Career Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Technical Achievement Awards

Chapter Awards: 

  • Outstanding Chapter Award 
  • Best New Chapter Award
  • Outstanding Performance Award for a Student Chapter or Club
  • Best New Student Chapter or Club Award

Call for AdCom Nominations
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.

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)

Nominations of others and self-nominations are permitted. Please submit names, a short biosketch (250 words), a position statement (250 words) and a color picture (headshot) in jpeg format. Please also include a CV (any format) and two names for reference with contact information (name, email and telephone).

The EMBS Nominations Committee is chaired by Past President, Andrew Laine, (

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IEEE PULSE On Stage: Can AI Truly Transform Healthcare?
HIMSS18: Where the world connects for health
March 5-9, 2018 | Las Vegas  |  Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center
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
Staying in Motion After Stroke
When a person has a stroke-perhaps a blood clot gets lodged in the brain or a blood vessel near the brain bursts-that person might suddenly not be able to hear, talk, or see. He or she might have trouble walking or may suffer a speech impediment. In fact, one of the greatest challenges of treating patients affected by stroke is that it's a heterogeneous condition, says  Joel Stein , a physiatrist at Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. "It can affect any area of the brain," he says. "There are large and small strokes; there are strokes that bleed into the brain, or block blood vessels, so it's reasonable to believe that the recovery and treatment may not be the same for all these types of strokes."

In the U.S., more than 800,000 people a year have a stroke; in Europe, the figure is close to a million. The costs associated with therapy and loss of productivity for patients after stroke come close to nearly US$34 billion a year, which makes it imperative to find different ways to help patients recover.

Because there are so many different ways that a stroke can happen, there's no one-size-fits all solution to help patients recover. Researchers and engineers are therefore working on several different fronts to develop technologies that could be of assistance, from wearable robotic devices to developing virtual reality modules to help patients relearn movement. At the same time, doctors are also interested in incorporating brain stimulation techniques to enhance other technologies that might help patients recover more quickly from impairment following stroke.

Call for Papers for Early and Advanced Technology Translation, Clinical Trials, Challenges, Reviews, Communications, and Letters
JTEHM, an open-access PubMed indexed journal, publishes translational research papers and findings in all stages of technology translation to healthcare and clinical applications, with an emphasis on the expected or demonstrated impact in patient care and medical practice. 

JTEHM spans an extended scope--covering early/pre-clinical technology translation research, clinical research and trials, implementation in clinical practice, and public health impact assessment.

JTEHM welcomes submission of manuscripts in the following categories for publication of all types of translational research, challenges, reviews, and communications.

1. Early Translational Research Papers: Primarily focused on technology development, assessment and translation with preliminary assessment involving human subjects or animals to demonstrate potential clinical application and impact.

2. Clinical Trial Papers: Focused on healthcare translation for assessing the technology's efficacy and possible impact on patient care through controlled or randomized trails.

3. Challenge Papers: Presenting technology translation issues, case studies, clinical unmet needs, and challenges in technology translation in community from perspective(s) of stakeholder groups including healthcare providers, industry, regulatory agencies and payors.

4. Translational Research Review Papers: Presenting a review of the current approaches in technology translation and available technologies addressing unmet clinical or healthcare needs.

Communications: Short papers of 1-2 pages maximum on new results in novel technologies in early translational development phase, early clinical implementation and validation, or discussion of emerging challenges and unmet needs.

Letter to Editor: A brief report or commentary that is within the journal's scope and of particular interest to the community, but not suitable as a standard research article.

For any publication category, JTEHM strongly encouraged authors to submit appendix/supplementary material such as videos, data files, models and programs, detailed figures and any additional information that would be posted on the JTEHM website with links to the published paper in IEEE Xplore.
New Early Access Articles
Passive Radar for Opportunistic Monitoring in e-Health Applications
January 29, 2018
Wenda Li, Bo Tan, Robert Piechocki
This paper proposes a passive Doppler radar as a non-contact sensing method to capture human body movements, recognize respiration and physical activities in e-Health applications. Read More

CHOBS: Color Histogram of Block Statistics for Automatic Bleeding Detection in Wireless Capsule Endoscopy Video
January 29, 2018
Tonmoy Ghosh, Shaikh Anowarul Fattah, Khanh A. Wahid
An automatic GI bleeding detection method for wireless capsule endoscopy is proposed based on color histogram of block statistics.
Read more

A Meshfree Representation for Cardiac Medical Image Computing
January 19, 2018
Heye Zhang, Zhifan Gao, Lin Xu, XingJian Yu, Ken C.L. Wong, Huafeng Liu, Ling Zhuang, Pengcheng Shi
This work adapts meshfree representation for cardiac medical image analysis in order to overcome the difficulties caused by the large deformation and heterogeneous materials of the heart.
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