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BHI/BSN 2018 Keynote Speakers and Upcoming Deadlines
Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following persons have accepted our invitation to deliver a keynote speech during the BHI/BSN conference:

Professor John Glaser, Cerner Corporation
Professor Sylvia Plevritis, Stanford University, USA  
Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College London, UK

BSN 2018 Key Dates and Deadlines

October 20, 2017: Acceptance notification of workshop proposals
October 20, 2017: Submission Deadline for full-length papers
December 10, 2017: Acceptance notification full-length papers
December 22, 2017: Submission Deadline of demo/poster  abstracts
January 8, 2018: Acceptance notification for demo/poster abstracts
January 15, 2018: Submissions of camera ready full-length papers

Life Sciences Conference Keynote Speakers
We are happy to confirm the following keynote speakers for the conference:

Carolyn McGregor - University of Ontario, Institute of Technology 

Katina Michael - Univeristy of Wollongong

2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
November 9-10 in Washington DC
Dr. Krishna Shenoy from Stanford University will share a talk on intra-cortical motor BMIs during our 2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies.

Professor Shenoy directs the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab at Stanford, where his group conducts neuroscience and neuroengineering research to better understand how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities. 

He co-directs the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory which conducts brain-machine interface FDA clinical trials with people with paralysis.

The Workshop is taking place November 9-10 in Washington, DC. There's still time to register! More information here.
There is still time to Register for IEEE Brain Sensors Workshop
November 2nd, Glasgow, UK

This one-day collaborative workshop, immediately following the IEEE Sensors 2017 Conference, will focus on "sensing the brain".  Several technology speakers will provide short presentations setting the stage for panel and breakout discussions where participants will identify challenges and explore solutions.  The outcomes of this one-day workshop will be included in a future publication.

ISBI 2018 
April 4-7, 2018 in Washington DC
Submission DEADLINE EXTENDED until Monday October 23, 2017
 for Contributed Papers

Full-Paper Instructions

Papers are limited to 4 pages, with an additional $200 fee for up to 1 extra page. Four pages must contain technical content, figures, and references, while the 5th page may contain only references. This is the maximum number of pages that will be accepted, including all figures, tables, and references. Any documents that exceed the 5-page limit, or that have a 5th page containing anything other than references, will be rejected.

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EMBC 2018
EMBC 2018 will be on July 17-21, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii 
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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".
Call for Proposals to Organize a Session at EMBC 2018
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 1, 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)
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Technical Activites Spotlight
Sleep Medicine as a Target for Translational Research
in Biomedical Engineering
Thomas Penzel, IEEE Senior Member

For a long time, sleep researchers have asked why we sleep and what are the physiological and mental needs which require sleep [1]. Today we understand that sleep is important for productivity, health, cognition, and well-being. As a consequence, physical recreation, hormone secretion, immune systems, memory functions, and mood are all related to sufficient and restorative sleep. Thus a good sleep quality is essential. As biomedical engineers, we would like to quantify this ultimate 'sleep quality'. But how can we assess this? This had been a subject of discussion in a recent issue of IEEE Pulse as well [2].

During the past few decades the research field on sleep expanded rapidly following the exploding development of sleep medicine. Sleep medicine began with research on drugs that help put us to sleep and help make us wide awake. With the recognition of distinct and highly prevalent disorders, such as sleep apnea, the field developed much further. The publication of the latest classification and coding manual in 2014, the third edition of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD-3) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), defined and provided severity criteria for 66 distinct sleep disorders [3]. Assessment starts with complaints about not sleeping, insomnia, or excessive sleepiness, hypersomnolence, or adverse or odd events during sleep.

Publications Spotlight
Realizing a Clearer View
The idea of using some form of augmented reality (AR) for surgical applications and medical education has been around for a long time, but the technology has really only begun to catch up to that vision within the last few years-and even now, most of the systems that are being touted are still in the prototype stage or undergoing testing. While using such systems in actual surgery requires the highest levels of safety and reliability, the educational potential in situations that don't put patients at risk is already very real and beginning to have an impact. 

Improvement of Pyramidal Tract Side Effect Prediction Using a Data-Driven Method in Subthalamic Stimulation
by Clement Baumgarten ;  Yulong Zhao ;  Paul Sauleau ;  Cecile Malrain ;  Pierre Jannin ;  Claire Haegelen
Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) is limited by the occurrence of pyramidal tract side effect (PTSE) induced by electrical activation of the pyramidal tract. Predictive models are needed to assist the surgeon during the electrode trajectory pre-planning. The objective of this study was to compare two methods of PTSE prediction based on clinical assessment of PTSE induced by STN DBS in patients with Parkinson's disease. Two clinicians assessed PTSE postoperatively in 20 patients implanted for at least 3 months in the STN. The resulting dataset of electro-clinical tests was used to evaluate two methods of PTSE prediction. The first method was based on the volume of tissue activated (VTA) modeling and the second one was a data-driven based method named PyMAN (Pyramidal tract side effect Model based on Artificial Neural network) developed in our laboratory. This method was based on the nonlinear correlation between the PTSE current threshold and the 3D electrode coordinates. PTSE prediction from both methods was compared using Mann-Whitney U test. 1696 electro-clinical tests were used to design and compare these two methods. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were significantly higher with the PyMAN method than with the VTA-based method (P <0.05). The PyMAN method was more effective than the VTA-based method to predict PTSE. As a result, this data-driven tool could help the neurosurgeon to predict adverse side-effects induced by DBS during the electrode trajectory pre-planning.

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