One-day workshop on Biomedical Engineering Venue: ECE Department, IISc,18th February

The IEEE EMB MSRIT student chapter with the IEEE EMB IIScchapter organized a one day workshop on Biomedical Engineering at ECE dept,IISc on 18th February,2017

The talk was open for many colleges. The first speaker for the day was Dr. Vishal Rao, Health Care Global Cancer Center, Bangalore  Patient Centric Innovations.During the course of his presentation he spoke on frugal innovations, how intentions in innovation holds potential to drive social change and on Aum voice prosthesis-1$ speaking device for throat cancer patients.

The second speaker was Dr.  SP Arun, Center for Neuroscience, IISc. His talk focused on: If we can make computers play chess and even Jeopardy, then why can’t we make them see like us? This is a particularly perplexing question when we consider how easy we find the act of seeing which we perform countless times each day with virtually no errors. What makes vision such a hard problem? How does the brain accomplish vision? To answer these questions we perform behavioral tests of vision in humans as well as recordings from neurons in the visual cortex of monkeys. The speaker also described some of their recent findings elucidating object recognition at the behavioral and neuronal levels

The third speaker was Dr. Preeta Sharan The Oxford College of Engineering, Bangalore. The talk focused on :Surface plasmon resonance based  Biosensors.Surfaceplasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor is one of the optical sensor that exploits the specific properties of electromagnetic waves. Thus SPR biosensors can be used for real time monitoring in the field of environmental science. It is a label-free technique that is used to detect biological analytes and analyze the binding interactions between a molecule in the liquid sample with an immobilized biomolecular recognition element that is placed on the sensor surface . We propose a planar optical wave guide based surface plasmon resonance that contains two active regions The waveguide sensor that is designed can operate in multi analyte mode. With the proper selection of structural parameters the designed sensor can achieve desired sensitivity.

The fourth speaker was Mr. Ravikiran A, Final MBBS Student, Vaidhehi Inst of Medical Science and  Research Center Medical Wearables and Beyond. His talk was about the new wearable/portable medical devices are being thought of/devised at a fast pace today. These devices are tiny and easy to wear/carry, will provide vital information both in real time and recorded. The information when available to the medical facility/professional simultaneously through some communication means, gives opportunities for faster & better/simpler/co-ordinated medical care.  The information brings in lot of advantages like timely care (preventive patient care, predictive care, care within the golden hour…), capability to give telemedicine, better diagnosis due to large information availability, and save many lives or capability to treat more number of patients with limited medical staff and limited facilities.  Essentially wearable devices or personal devices when connected through a network open simmense opportunities for telemedicine, in situ timely primary care which prevents complications being developed thereby saving many lives.