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2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
November 9-10 in Washington DC
There's still time to register for the 2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies for BRAIN Initiatives! IEEE Brain is super excited about the speaker lineup and the 6 Symposia. 

It's all happening next week in Washington, DC.

You can check out the complete agenda and register HERE
Call for Distinguished Lecturers
DEADLINE November 16, 2017
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) invites nominations for EMBS Distinguished Lecturers. The IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturers Program provides high quality speakers to the Biomedical Engineering Community, especially, EMBS Chapters, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Clubs.  Appointment as an EMBS Distinguished Lecturer is a major Society recognition. The Distinguished Lecturers are selected by the Awards Committee and announced in December after approval by the EMBS AdCom.
South African Biomedical Engineering Conference
 4-6 April 2018
You are invited to submit a paper to the 3rd South African Biomedical Engineering Conference. The conference will be held at the Spier Wine Estate outside of the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch on 4 - 6 April 2018 in collaboration with the IEEE EMBS, the IEEE South Africa Section, the IEEE EMBS South Africa Section and Stellenbosch University.

Biomedical Engineering is a progressive and exciting field aimed at improving or solving health-related problems. There remains huge potential for innovation and human capacity building in this field not only in South Africa, but in Africa and globally. The scope of the conference is general and will focus on the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering. Call for papers are now open and the deadline for 4-page original paper submissions is 8 December 2017. Please visit our website at or send me an email for more information.
EMBS Local Paper Competitions
In order to encourage students to participate in our various conferences, the EMBS is providing support for local paper competitions. Support to local chapters, branch chapters or clubs is in the form of matching funds with potential support for local paper competition winners to attend the annual EMBC.

Competition Format: A chapter or club can propose a local student paper competition, consisting of a local event with at least one plenary speaker and at least six oral presentations each with submitted abstracts to a local judging committee, written in the IEEE four-page format. The oral presentations must follow the IEEE EMBC format, with a 15 minute time slot for each, nominally 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions. A judging panel consisting of at least two faculty or industrial representatives, one of which must be an IEEE EMBS member will judge the abstracts and the oral presentations.

Financial Support: The chapter or club would submit a proposal to hold a local student paper competition to the IEEE EMBS as described on the EMBS Chapters web page under "Chapter funding requirements" This mechanism provides up to $1000 for chapters and up to $500 for clubs in the form of 2:1 matching to support any cost in running the competition, including refreshments, reimbursements for speakers, and small prizes for the winners.

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For most, seeking a new career takes a lot of time and patience. Job hunting has turned into a science. Avoid wasting your time and patience by using the right resources to find your next career. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the best channel to find open positions in our industry. Recruiters posting on IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) are looking for quality candidates that stand out from the rest. Be sure to upload your resume and start searching the open positions posted on IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) today.

4th IEEE MECBME 2018 - Tunisia - Deadline: 15 November 2017
Call for Papers

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 4st IEEE Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME 2018), which will be hosted by IEEE Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Tunisia chapter and the IEEE Tunisia section, in collaboration with the REGIM-Lab. (University of Sfax, Tunisia).

The conference will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Gammarth - Tunis (Tunisia) from March 28-30, 2018.
MECBME 2018 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8 and IEEE Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

The Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME) will provide a forum for professional engineers, scientists and academics engaged in research and development to convene and present their latest scholarly work in biomedical engineering. It will also provide engineers with an opportunity to interact and share their experiences in industry and technology applications.  The conference will run for four days and will be accompanied by diverse tutorial sessions presented by leading experts.
BioCAS 2018
Call for Papers

BioCAS 2018 is a premier international forum for presenting the interdisciplinary research  and development activities at the crossroads of medicine, life sciences, physical sciences  and engineering that shape tomorrow's medical devices and healthcare systems.  This conference brings together members of our communities to broaden their knowledge  in emerging areas of research at the interface of the life sciences and the circuits and  systems engineering.

Submission Guidelines The complete 4-page paper (in standard IEEE double-column format), including the title, authors' names, affiliations and e-mail addresses, as well as a short abstract and an optional demonstration video link (3 minute max) are requested. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through
BHI/BSN 2018 
Paper Deadlines Extended to November 6, 2017
The IEEE Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) 2018 and the IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN) 2018, two premier flagship venues in the area of mHealth, health analytics and wearable computers, will be co-located this year along with the Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference (HIMSS) 2018. Our joint event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 4-7 March 2018.

The joint organization will provide a unique forum to showcase novel sensors, systems, signal processing, analytics and data management services. The presentations will offer the latest findings of researchers on efficient and innovative signal acquisition, transmission, processing, monitoring, storage, retrieval, analysis, visualization and interpretation of multi-modal signals including physiological, biomedical, biological, social, behavioral, environmental, and geographical data.

Submission Deadlines

Dates for the following have been extended:

BHI & BSN Full Papers
  • Submission Deadline EXTENDED: November 6, 2017
  • Accept/Reject Notification: December 20, 2017
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018
BHI & BSN Special Sessions & Workshops
  • Accept/Reject Notification EXTENDED: October 23, 2017

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Life Sciences Conference
Paper Deadlines Extended to November 6, 2017

The date to submit accepted final papers for the Life Sciences Conference has been moved to Monday, November 6, 2017.

Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition
December 9, 2017 in Boston, MA, USA

This is the last in a series of challenges and competitions sponsored by IEEE Brain Initiative in 2017 that explore various brain/neuro datasets. Datasets for the Boston competition are provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and were collected as part of a broader intervention-based study via funding by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving (SHARP) program. The full datasets can be downloaded from IEEE Dataport.

Cash awards will be given to top winners.

ISBI 2018 
April 4-7, 2018 in Washington DC
Keynote Speakers
Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D


Dr. Samuel Achilefu is the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology. He holds joint appointments as a Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. He currently serves the Chief of the Optical Radiology Laboratory, Director of the Molecular Imaging Center, Director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy, and co-Leader of the Oncologic Imaging Program of the Siteman Cancer Center. Dr. Achilefu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Optical Society of America, SPIE, and the Academy of Science - St. Louis.
Kim Butts, Ph.D.


Kim Butts Pauly received her PhD from the Mayo Graduate School, did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1996. She is currently Professor of Radiology, with courtesy appointments in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering. She has worked on MRI and the use of MRI to guide interventions such as cryoablation and thermal ablation. Her current interest is in transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound for ablation, BBB opening, and neuromodulation.  She is a fellow of both the ISMRM and AIMBE and a distinguished investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research.
                          Anne Carpenter, Ph.D.


Dr. Carpenter directs the Imaging Platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Her research group develops algorithms and data analysis methods for large-scale experiments involving images. The team's open-source CellProfiler software is used by thousands of biologists worldwide ( Carpenter is a pioneer in image-based profiling, the extraction of rich, unbiased information from images for a number of important applications in drug discovery and functional genomics.

Laura Waller, Ph.D.


Laura Waller is the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, and affiliate in Bioengineering and Applied Sciences & Technology. She received B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, 2005 and 2010, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer of Physics at Princeton University from 2010-2012. She is recipient of the Moore Foundation Data-Driven Investigator Award, Bakar Fellowship, Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, Agilent Early Career Professor Award Finalist, NSF CAREER Award, Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Award and Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
Housing now OPEN for ISBI 2018
Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street NW Washington,
District  of Columbia
EMBC 2018
EMBC 2018 will be on July 17-21, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii 
Keynote Speakers
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President Global Medical, Clinical & Health Affairs 
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Francine Kaufman was named Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Medical, Clinical and Health Affairs in April 2009. In this role, Dr. Kaufman is the key architect of the company's global diabetes strategy, as well as a leading voice for multi-disciplinary medical strategy across Medtronic.

Prior to joining Medtronic in 2009, Dr. Kaufman served as Director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
Brian Otis, Ph.D.

CTO at Verily Life Sciences
Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Brian Otis is a CTO at Verily Life Sciences and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2005 where he founded a chip design research lab that develops tiny, low power wireless chips for a variety of applications (neural recording, implantable devices, wearable on­body wireless sensors, environmental monitoring, etc). He has previously held positions at Intel Corporation and Agilent Technologies and joined Google Inc in 2012. He was a founder of Google [x]'s smart contact lens project and leads the medical device efforts at Verily Life Sciences.
Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

John G. Webster received the B.E.E. degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA in 1953, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

He is Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. In the field of medical instrumentation, he does research on an implantable intracranial pressure sensor and a comfortable sleep apnea device that has no added pressure.
Sponsorship's Opportunities Now Available

Are you interested in a sponsorship opportunity at EMBC 2018 find out more HERE
Call for Contributed Papers at EMBC 2018
Author Instructions for Contributed Papers - Full

C ontributed Papers-Full are presented either as an oral presentation or a poster presentation. The type of presentation will be determined by the Conference Editorial Board based on factors such as the reviewer's suggestions and topic of the paper. All presented and contributed papers will be published in IEEE Xplore and indexed by PubMed and Medline.

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".
Workshops, Tutorials, Invited Sessions, Mini-Symposia
and Special Sessions

Proposals for Workshops, Tutorials, Invited Sessions, Mini-Symposia and Special Sessions are invited. Submission opens on September 1, 2017 and closes  November 15, 2017. The activities are subdivided into pre-conference and during-conference.  Pre-conference activities will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2018, from 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM.

If you have already read the instructions and are returning to this page to submit a proposal, GO TO PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

EMBC'18 is accepting proposals for the following sessions:
  • Workshops (pre-conference)
  • Tutorials (pre-conference)
  • Mini-symposia (during conference)
  • Invited Sessions (during conference)
  • Special Sessions (during conference)
Housing now OPEN for EMBC 2018
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki
Beach Resort

Approximately 15 minute walk to Hawaii Convention Center

2005 Kalia Road  Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel: +1-808-949-4321  Website

Click here to book  at EMBC discounted rates, before June 13, 2018.
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Publications Spotlight
Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods

In early September 2017-when the rains from Hurricane Harvey finally subsided in Houston, Texas-Seth Pedersen loaded up his pickup truck
with sample collection kits, waders, rubber boots, buckets, and a small aluminum fishing boat. On that particular day, Pedersen was on a mission to test the water in homes flooded by the hurricane-looking for E. coli bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and other pathogens. In the days and weeks following floods, the threat of infectious disease becomes high. 

The specific public health impacts of floods depend greatly on where the flooding event occurs, and since Houston is home to many oil and gas companies, the floods that accompanied Harvey sent a cocktail of chemicals into the floodwater in addition to the sewer overflows. As such, health authorities in Houston were concerned about the possibility of a surge in flesh-eating bacteria, as well as cases of antibiotic-resistant staph infections, diarrheal disease from noroviruses, along with other respiratory infections and disease. Recent research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, confirmed the impact of floods on human health after examining 113 cases of floods that occurred worldwide. Notably, they found that skin infections, gastrointestinal infections, wounds, and poisonings from carbon monoxide, gasoline, bleach, and hydrocarbons all spiked after storm events in both developing and developed countries.

Researchers from the University of Oxford announce a new approach to measuring lung function and blood flow in the ICU

The inspired sinewave technique is a noninvasive method to measure airway dead space, functional residual capacity, pulmonary blood flow, and lung inhomogeneity simultaneously. The purpose of this study was to assess the repeatability and accuracy of the current device prototype in measuring functional residual capacity, and also participant comfort when using such the device. To assess within-session repeatability, six sinewave measurements were taken over 2-hour period in 17 healthy volunteers. To assess day-to-day repeatability, measurements were taken over 16 days in 3 volunteers. To assess accuracy, sinewave measurements were compared to body plethysmography in 44 healthy volunteers. Finally, 18 volunteers who experienced the inspired sinewave device, body plethysmography and spirometry were asked to rate the comfort of each technique on a scale of 1-10.

A Review of In-Body Biotelemetry Devices: Implantables, Ingestibles,
and Injectables
Asimina Kiourti and Konstantina S. Nikita
Wireless medical devices used to sense physiological parameters (sensors) and/or stimulate the nervous system (stimulators) are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, 27% of Americans already use some sort of wearable device, such as a smart watch that records heart rate and number of steps, or smart socks that track speed and calories. Nevertheless, wearables are limited to monitoring parameters that are readily accessible from outside the human body. With these in mind, wireless in-body medical devices that are placed directly inside the human body are promising an entire new realm of applications.

In this paper, a holistic and comparative review is conducted that focuses on three types of in-body medical devices: a) devices that are implanted inside the human body (implantables), b) devices that are ingested like regular pills (ingestibles), and c) devices that are injected into the human body via needles (injectables). Design considerations, current status and future directions related to the aforementioned devices are discussed. Indeed, design of in-body devices is highly challenging, and needs to concurrently address concerns related to operation frequency, antenna design, powering, and biocompatibility. Currently, extensive research efforts are being pursued to address these concerns, develop novel sensing methods and materials, and, eventually, explore new clinical applications. Thus, in-body devices are opening up new opportunities for medical prevention, prognosis, and treatment that quickly outweigh any design challenges and/or concerns on their invasive nature.

In-body devices are already in use for several medical applications, ranging from pacemakers and capsule endoscopes to injectable micro-stimulators. As technology continues to evolve, several new and hitherto unexplored applications are brought forward. In the long-term, unobtrusive in-body devices are envisioned to collect a multitude of physiological data from the early years of each individual. This big-data approach aims to enable a shift from symptom-based medicine to a proactive healthcare model.

Data Packet Transmission through Fat Tissue for Wireless Intra-Body Network
IMBIOC 2017 Special Issue

This work explores high data rate microwave communication through fat tissue in order to address the wide bandwidth requirements of intra-body area networks.

Take-Home Messages

We propose a novel channel for supporting high-data-rate microwave communication using fat tissue.

For an up-to-10-cm-long fat tissue channel, we were able to achieve approximately 96% data packet reception with a path loss of 1 dB and 2 dB at 10 mm in both phantom and ex-vivo environments, respectively.

This work can be used in body area network, sensors applications, and man-machine interfaces.

To our knowledge, microwave communication through fat tissues has not been done before. This work was successfully able to demonstrate data packet transmission through porcine fat tissue.

Through this study, we were able to show that the transmission loss (dB) in the muscle layer is more than twofold of the transmission loss (dB) through the fat layer.

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