IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecture, Thursday, December 13, 2012

Speaker: Atam P Dhawan of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Time: December 13, 2012 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Brandman University, Room 111

Topic: Emerging Biomedical Technologies of High Potential Impact

Recent advances in sensor electronics, instrumentation and computing
technologies continue to impact the field of medicine. Research in
basic, applied and clinical sciences have improved the diagnosis, and
pathological understanding of critical diseases including cancers,
cardiac failures and neurological disorders. This talk will first
focus on current and future trends in fast emerging biomedical
technologies with high potential impact in improving global healthcare
for early diagnosis, treatment monitoring and therapeutic
intervention. Five areas of interdisciplinary biomedical research and
technology development that are expected to make significant impact
in medicine and clinical healthcare will be discussed. While the
radiological medical imaging modalities provide essential diagnostic
and therapeutic tools, point-of-care healthcare technologies and
medical informatics are leading a new perspective to global healthcare
issues and personalized medicine. Optical imaging in Point-of-Care
healthcare technologies will be explored. Multi-spectral
epiluminescence and transillumination imaging technologies for
skin-lesion imaging for early detection and characterization of
malignant melanoma will be presented. Recent results on oxygen
saturation and blood glucose measurement will also be discussed.


Atam P. Dhawan obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University
of Manitoba, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985-2000, he held
faculty positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology
departments at University of Houston, University of Cincinnati,
University of Texas, University of Texas Medical Center (Dallas) and
University of Toledo. In July 2000, he joined NJIT where he served as
the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for
nine years. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical &
Computer Engineering and Interim Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College
at NJIT where he serves as the Executive Director of the
Interdisciplinary Design Studio. He is also an Adjunct Professor of
Radiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Dhawan has published more than 210 research articles in refereed
journals, books, and conference proceedings. His current research
interests are medical imaging, multi-modality medical image analysis,
adaptive learning and pattern recognition. His research work has been
funded by NIH, NSF and several industries. Dr. Dhawan is a recipient
of Martin Epstein Award (1984), National Institutes of Health FIRST
Award (1988), Sigma-Xi Young Investigator Award (1992), University of
Cincinnati Faculty Achievement Award (1994) and the prestigious IEEE
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Achievement Award
(1995) and University of Toledo Doermann Distinguished Lecture Award
(1999). He is Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions of Biomedical
Engineering and Editor-In-Charge of IEEE TBME Letters. He is also
Co-Editor-In-Chief of the new open-access IEEE Journal of
Translational Engineering in Health and Medi- cine. He has served on
many IEEE EMBS professional committees and has delivered several
Workshops on Intelligent Biomedical Image Analysis in IEEE EMBS
International Conferences (1996, 1997, 2000, 2003). He served as the
Chair of the “Emerging Technologies Committee” of the IEEE-EMB Society
from 1997-99, and 2009-11. He is also a member of the IEEE Life
Sciences Committee. He was the Chair of the “New Frontiers in
Biomedical Engineering” Symposium at the World Congress 2000 on
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He was the Conference
Chair of the IEEE 28th International Confer- ence of Engineering in
Medicine and Biology Society, New York in 2006. He served as American
Liaison and EMBS Representative in the Steering Committee of
International Symposium of Biomedical Imaging (2009-11). He is the
Conference Chair of IEEE International Conference on Point-of-Care
Healthcare Technologies to be held in Bangalore India from January 16
to January 18, 2013. Dr. Dhawan has chaired numerous NIH special
emphasis and review panels. Currently he chairs the NIH Chartered
Study Section on Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics
(2008-11). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi and Eta
Kappa Nu honor societies. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World,
Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Engineering, and Who’s Who Among
America’s Teachers.

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