Great Lakes Biomedical Conference Call-for-Papers

The 36th Great Lakes Biomedical Conference will be held in conjunction with the 2015 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting on May 14-15, 2015 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Papers and abstracts are solicited for oral and poster presentations in the following topic areas:

  • Biomedical and Life Science Applications of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
  • New Technologies in Additive Manufacturing
  • Imaging and Informatics
  • Biomechanics and Human Factors Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Engineering in Surgical Planning
  • Undergraduate Student Design and Research

In each topic area, special consideration will be given to work that involves additive manufacturing applications (although this is not a requirement for paper or abstract submission). Awards will be offered for best student paper as well as best graduate and undergraduate student poster presentations.

 

Submission and Presentation Options

Authors/presenters have the option of submitting either:

  • One-page abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present posters in either the Student Poster Session (May 14) or the At-Large Poster Session (May 15).
  • Full paper (four page maximum). All accepted papers will be considered first for podium presentation during the May 14 technical track sessions. Accepted papers not selected for podium presentation will be eligible for presentation in either the Student or At-Large Poster Session. Accepted full papers will be submitted for publication in the IEEE Xplore database. To be published in IEEE Xplore, papers must meet the IEEE paper format and pass the IEEE publication standard review.

Works-In-Progress Option (NEW): Authors submitting an abstract or full paper have the option to designate their work a Work-In-Progress. This category is meant for promising, active research studies or design projects that are thoroughly planned with preliminary results, but that lack sufficient results to support conclusions. Authors wishing to submit works in this category should begin the title of their work “Works in Progress:”

 

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline (for podium and poster consideration): February 27, 2015
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (for poster consideration only): February 27, 2015
  • Acceptance Notification: March 13, 2015
  • Final Paper Deadline: April 3, 2015

 

Abstract Submission Instructions (for poster consideration only)

  1. E-mail your one-page abstract for submission, in either PDF or MS Word format, to Dr. Jeffrey LaMack (lamack@msoe.edu). Submissions must be received by February 27, 2015. Please use a subject line of “2015 GLBC Abstract Submission”. Include the following in the body of the e-mail:
    1. The contact information of the corresponding author, including e-mail address.
    • The job title of the presenting author(s). If the presenting author is an undergraduate or graduate student, please indicate.
  1. Within 48 hours, you should receive a reply e-mail indicating that your submission was received and that the file could be opened. If you do not receive such an e-mail within 48 hours, please send a separate e-mail explaining your concern to the same address.
  2. The corresponding author will receive notification of abstract acceptance or rejection by March 13, 2015. Authors of accepted posters will be given further instruction on formatting of posters.

 

Full Paper Submission Instructions

  1. Download and use the templates for your preferred platform from the following link: manuscript templates.
  2. Compose your manuscript following the formatting described in the template. Papers should not exceed 4 pages in total length, including embedded figures and tables.
  3. Prior to submission, the appropriate copyright clearance code notice below should by inserted into the textbox appearing at the lower left corner of the first page of the template:
    • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is: U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
    • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-4799-1792-1/15/$31.00 © 2015 Crown
    • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-4799-1792-1/15/$31.00 © 2015 IEEE
  1. Proofread your source document thoroughly.
  2. E-mail your paper for submission, in either PDF or MS Word format, to Dr. Jeffrey LaMack (lamack@msoe.edu). Submissions must be received by February 27, 2015. Please use a subject line of “2015 GLBC Paper Submission”. Include the following in the body of the e-mail:
    • The contact information of the corresponding author, including e-mail address.
    • The job title of the principle/presenting author. If appropriate, please indicate if this author is a graduate or undergraduate student. Papers associated with student authors will automatically be considered for the Larry Hause Student Paper Award competition (judged using the criteria listed at the end of this document).
  1. Within 48 hours, you should receive a reply e-mail indicating that your submission was received and that the file could be opened. If you do not receive such an e-mail within 48 hours, please send a separate e-mail explaining your concern to the same address.
  2. The corresponding author will receive notification of paper acceptance or rejection by March 13, 2015. Authors of accepted papers will receive review comments and instructions on how to submit final papers by the April 3, 2015 deadline. Authors of accepted papers will be required to complete a copyright transfer agreement (one form per paper) prior to the final paper submission deadline of April 3, 2015. Instructions will be provided to authors with the acceptance notification.

 

Acceptance Criteria

General Research and Technology Papers

Papers in this category will be evaluated on the extent to which they offer the following:

  • creative, novel, or innovative solutions to existing needs within biomedical engineering or healthcare;
  • compelling preliminary results from available pilot studies, prototype test or performance results, etc.;
  • projects that offer considerable future promise even though they may be in an early development phase;
  • overall depth, clarity, and quality of the publication.

Student Design Project Papers

Papers in this category will be evaluated on the extent to which they offer the following:

  • clarity and thoroughness in describing the basic project goals, needs, and/or research question(s);
  • depth, rigor, and summary of associated background research;
  • analysis and interpretation of any pilot study data, experimental results, etc.
  • projects that offer considerable future promise even though they may be in an early development phase;
  • overall depth, clarity, and quality of the publication.

Please direct questions regarding paper submission to Publication Co-Chairs Dr. Jeffrey LaMack (lamack@msoe.edu) or Dr. Larry Fennigkoh (fennigko@msoe.edu).