Special session 1 - Mechanical and Thermal Measurements for Medicine and Biology
Special session 2 - Wireless Communications in Healthcare
Special session 3 - Non-invasive assessment of the neuromuscular system
Special session 4 - Precise motion measurement using Inertial Measurement Units (IMU)
Special session 5 - Characterization of fibrous nanomaterials in medicine
Special session 6 - Ultrasound technology in medical applications
Special session 7 - Metrology in Biosciences
Special attention is devoted to cutting-edge measurement techniques and analysis methods for applications across clinical medicine, biomechanics, biology and the life sciences. Contributions about novel measurement techniques applied to biotechnology are also welcomed.
Main topics include (but are not limited to):
design and metrological characterization of novel measurement methods or instruments for mechanical and thermal measurements in medicine and biology;
measurement of human kinematics and dynamics (movement, stability and neuromuscular control);
measurements for medical robotics, haptic systems and devices;
force and pressure measurements in medicine and biology;
temperature measurement and temperature imaging for medical diagnosis;
measurements in cardiovascular and respiratory fluid mechanics;
measurements for muscolosckeletal biomechanics;
measurements for tissue engineering and tissue characterization;
measurements of clinical parameters;
measurements and imaging with ultrasound.
Zaccaria (Rino) Del Prete, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy
Paolo Cappa, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy
Rinaldo Vallascas, University of Cagliari, Italy
The essence of this special session lies in its interdisciplinary nature, joining contributors that work in the fields of wireless and mobile communications, as well as medical measurements.
Main topics include (but are not limited to):
Healthcare telemetry & telemedicine
Vital signs monitoring based on wireless body area network
Wireless instrumentation for healthcare
Wireless M2M for m-Health and s-Health
Internet-of-things (IoT) advances in-home healthcare
Mobile computing for health status monitoring and remote diagnosis
Wireless and mobile communication for therapy and rehabilitation
Mobile electronic health records
sHealth: mHealth in smart cities
Wireless health data: privacy and security issues
Wireless home health network topology and technologies
Energy management & optimization in devices & networks
Octavian Postolache, Instituto de Telecomunicações/ Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Octavia Dobre, Memorial University, Canada
Edward Sazonov, Alabama University, USA
The assessment of the neuromuscular system is based on non-invasive investigations on very different scales: from cerebral cortical function to muscle cellular metabolism. Therefore, advanced measurement and processing techniques from multiple data type are required. Clinically valuable and informative data about the neuromuscular system are provided by electrophysiology (EMG, EEG, ...), kinetics and kinematics, and imaging. Advanced data processing techniques, classification and interpretation strategies, development of innovative acquisition devices and sensors, wearable technology, and remote monitoring applications are needed for an accurate assessment of the neuromuscular system. Also, integration among different assessment techniques is becoming more and more important.
This special session will focus on the latest developments in the fields of biomedical instrumentation, sensors and body-area networks, processing and classification architectures in the field of the diagnosis and evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. Applications to gait analysis, posturography, muscle fatigue and evaluation of muscle metabolism will be presented.
Filippo Molinari, Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
William Liboni, MD Foundation “Un passo insieme”, Torino, Italy
IMU’s come in wide variety which range from one axis acceleration sensor to units integrate up to 9 sensors (3*acceleration, 3*angular velocity, 3*magnetic field) into one MEMS unit and are combined with on board data fusion processor. Depending on signal processing and sensor fusion these systems are able to measure motion in 3D. But the measurement accuracy depend also signal processing, sensor data fusion and additionally on many factors like external disturbances. Users of these systems in research and application should know about the power and limitations of IMU based systems.
The special session “Precise Motion Measurement using Inertial Measurement Units” will bring together people from industry who develop IMU sensors and from academia who work on signal processing and on applications for IMU’s with potential end users in different areas of medicine and rehabilitation.
Marion Gebhard, Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen, Sensors und Actuators in Medicine (SAM)
Axel Gräser, Universität Bremen, Institute of Automation (IAT)
Anthimos Georgiadis, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany
Ultrasound technology in medical applications
HIFU are emerging and innovative technology that was used in medical therapy. Therapy by HIFU is a non-invasive, non-ionizing and safe treatment method for many kinds of cancer. There are numerous studies on this subject in order to characterize the systems/transducers and establishment of dose concept for ensuring the safe and efficient use.
HIFU technology special session will cover the topics below:
- Ultrasound power and pressure field characterization of HIFU transducers
- Characterization of temperature effect on tissue phantoms induced by HIFU transducers
- Production techniques and measurements of tissue mimicking materials (TMM)
- Optical visualization of HIFU effects
- EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes) health projects
- Ultrasound dose concept
- Transducers and systems
- Other ultrasound related therapy studies
Baki KARABÖCE, TÜBİTAK UME, Turkey
Giovanni Durando, INRIM, Italy
E-mail contact: [email protected]
Contributions about novel measurement techniques and assays with a potential to become primary reference methods for the measurements of identification and of purity of biological entities are very welcomed. Novel measurement methods for traceable counting of biological entities are as well very welcomed.
Main topics include:
• SI traceability and fundamentals in Bioanalysis
• Metrology of cells & tissues
• Metrology of nucleic acids
• Metrology of proteins
Mariapaola Sassi, INRIM Torino, Italy