2018 EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference
DEADLINE EXTENDED- August 30, 2018
9th International Conference on Neural Engineering
Call for Paper and Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities

The 9th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, San Francisco, CA - USA on March 20-23, 2019.

The conference program will feature preconference workshops, plenary talks, invited talks, and poster presentations.

All one (1) and four (4) page papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted one (1) page and full-length four (4) page papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings. Only four(4) page papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.

Members of the Neuroscience, Engineering and Bioethics Communities are encouraged to attend this highly multidisciplinary meeting. The conference will highlight emerging neurotechnologies for the restoration and enhancement of impaired sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, novel engineering tools for elucidating brain function, and discussions on the ethics of neurotechnology use and adoption by impaired and healthy individuals.
The 9th Cairo International Biomedical Engineering Conference
(December 20-22, 2018)
 DEADLINE APPROACHING for Contributed Papers - August 20, 2018

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings and will be indexed by IEEE Xplore. A selected number of outstanding papers will be considered for being published in IJCARS as a special issue, depending of course on the number of manuscripts, which pass the journal review process successfully. CIBEC is in the process of indexing the accepted papers by PubMed (Not approved yet.
EMBC 2019
 Submission OPEN for Contributed,Abstracts and Proposals

Important Dates:

Special Sessions/Workshops/Tutorials/Invited Sessions/Mini-Symposia Proposals
  • Submission opens August 1, 2018
  • Submission deadline November 15, 2018
  • Accept/reject notification December 6, 2018

Full Papers
  • Submission opens August 1, 2018
  • Submission deadline February 5, 2019
  • Accept/reject notification April 5, 2019
  • Final submission deadline April 17, 2019

1-Page Papers (Research Poster Papers)
  • Submission opens August 1, 2018
  • Submission deadline April 12, 2019
  • Accept/reject notification April 23, 2019
  • Final submission deadline April 30, 2019
 Keynote Speakers

Founder, Chairman, & CEO Masimo

Technische Universität Berlin

Technical University of Munich

Robert Riener, Ph.D.
ETH Zurich

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (UKT)

2018 IEEE-EMBS Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (IECBES2018)
 Extension of Paper Submission Deadline

  • 15 AUG 2018 Paper Submission Deadline
  • 15 SEP 2018 Notification of Acceptance
  • 07 OCT 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 15 OCT 2018 Camera Ready Submission Deadlline
  • 03 DEC 2018 Conference Starts
2019 International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)
 Call for Papers

The IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) is a scientific conference dedicated to mathematical, algorithmic, and computational aspects of biological and biomedical imaging, across all scales of observation. It fosters knowledge transfer among different imaging communities and contributes to an integrative approach to biomedical imaging. ISBI is a joint initiative from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). The 2019 meeting will be held in Venice, Italy and will include tutorials, challenges and a scientific program composed of plenary talks, invited special sessions, as well as oral and poster presentations of peer-reviewed papers.
IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
 Call for 1-Page Papers- Submission Deadline 15 August 2018

The 2018 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies, held 1-2 November is a pre-SFN satellite event that will highlight the development of novel technological innovations, covering both invasive and non-invasive approaches. The Workshop will also focus on translational neural engineering as well as career and entrepreneurial opportunities in this field. Invited talks will be presented by internationally well respected experts.

Accepted papers will be presented in the evening poster session on 1 Nov. This workshop will provide a unique interactive and networking platform to encourage exchange of ideas with leading researchers and medical and industry professionals
Technical Committee Spotlight
Technical Committee Highlights: Prof. Neville Hogan Receives IEEE EMBS Award, Nominated by BioRobotics TC
 Prof. Hogan receives IEEE EMBS award at EMBC 2018
This highlight focuses on two important aspects of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on BioRobotics-The nomination and award of Neville Hogan (MIT) and continued organization of international conferences and workshops for knowledge exchange.

A key aspect of the BioRobotics Technical Committee is to bestow awards on deserving academic and industrial leaders. The EMB Society sponsors twelve awards of member recognition for technical and professional excellence, service, community impact, and publications. This past year, the BioRobotics Technical Committee nominated Prof. Neville Hogan, the Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, for the IEEE EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award. He received this award at the 2018 EMB Conference in Honolulu this past July (Fig. 1). The Academic Career Achievement Award is to highlight those who have had made an outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of Biomedical Engineering as an educator, researcher, developer, or administrator, with a distinguished career of twenty years or more in the field. Prof. Hogan is renowned for many decades of seminal work on robotics, motor neuroscience, and rehabilitation engineering, emphasizing the control of physical contact and dynamic interaction.

The IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on BioRobotics seeks to expand the impact of biorobotics related research through educational outreach, both within academic engineering, and the larger public community. Conferences, workshops, and international exchanges encourage collaboration and expand knowledge. Over the past quarter, our Technical Committee members have been busy conducting and planning workshops at several conferences this summer. Technical Committee member Prof. Herman van der Kooij is the Conference Chair for the upcoming BioRob 2018, along with supporting organizational roles from other TC members, including Profs. Arturo Forner-Cordero, Lorenzo Masia, and Sunil Kukreja. In addition, Prof. Hongbin Liu conducted a workshop at ICRA 2018 in Brisbane, focusing on how "nature inspires robotics." Finally, Prof. Elliott Rouse organized an invited session at the EMB Conference last month, focusing on the neuromechanical underpinnings of human locomotion and wearable robotics.
Publications Spotlight
Self Driving and Self Diagnosing
As urban sprawl increases and cities grow denser, people will likely spend much more time in their cars. But advances in self-driving vehicles and other assistive technologies, coupled with the growing field of personalized health monitoring, may one day help cars promote driver and passenger well-being. Car companies are getting closer to this holy grail, but a few obstacles remain. 
New Early Access Article
 The Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

A Novel Antibacterial Membrane Electrode based on Bacterial Cellulose/Polyaniline/AgNO3 Composite for Bio-Potential Signal Monitoring
New Article from TNSRE
 A Model to Estimate the Optimal Layout for Assistive Communication Touchscreen Devices in Children With Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
Development and evaluation of a mathematical model to estimate the information rate in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy and to determine the optimal layout for a touchscreen tablet that results in enhanced speed of communication. This paper quantifies the effect of motor impairments on communication with assistive communication devices and shows that communication performance can be improved by optimally matching the parameters of the touchscreen to the abilities of the child.
IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics:
Featured article of the forthcoming issue (vol. 22, issue 5, September 2018)
 Combined Seismo- and Gyro-cardiography: A More Comprehensive
Evaluation of Heart-Induced Chest Vibrations.

Seismo-cardiography (SCG) is the measurement of the linear components of heart-induced chest wall vibrations, generally recorded using miniature accelerometers. Recent studies have shown promising results regarding the potential of this modality for monitoring hemodynamic parameters. Complementary to seismo-cardiography, a modality named gyro-cardiography (GCG) has also been recently proposed. Gyro-cardiography is the measurement of the rotational components of heart-induced chest wall vibrations, and can be monitored using miniature gyroscopes. However, the relationship between the gyro-cardiogram signal and heart activities is still not clear. Furthermore, the identification and annotation of the gyro-cardiogram signal have not been presented so far. To address these challenges, we perform comprehensive analytical and statistical investigations of seismo- and gyro-cardiogram signals. 

Using impedance cardiogram (ICG) as the reference modality, a tentative method is proposed for the identification and annotation of gyro-cardiogram peaks. A mechanical model is also suggested to explain the coupling from the chest wall to the inertial sensors by combining the linear and rotational vibrations into a united spring-damping mechanism. Experimental results indicate a precise identification of systolic points from gyro-cardiograms such as the aortic valve opening and closure events. The left ventricular ejection time (LVET) and pre-ejection period (PEP) metrics are also shown to accurately track their corresponding trends acquired from impedance cardiogram signals. Waveform similarity analyses indicate that the first derivative of the gyro-cardiogram signal has a better similarity with the seismo-cardiogram signal than the gyro-cardiogram itself. It is also suggested that inter-device differences in gyro-cardiogram recordings would need to be addressed before this technology can gain widespread applications. The results of this work are of high value for future implementations of chest cardio-mechanical signals, leading to informative, robust, and non-invasive wearable cardiovascular monitoring systems.
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