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IEEE EMBS Seminar: NeuroBlate – An Innovation Spiral (November 30, 2017)

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Title: NeuroBlate – An Innovation Spiral

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30th (4-5pm)

Location: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus. EITC building, room E2-320

Dr. Mark Torchia is currently the Executive Director of The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He is also the founder of Monteris Medical – a made in Manitoba innovative medical device company that developed NeuroBlate. Using magnetic resonance imaging, laser energy, and sophisticated software, the system provides a tool for neurosurgeons and an option for patients with brain tumours and other intracranial targets in a minimally invasive manner – reducing both health costs and post-operative care. In 2016 Dr. Torchia was recognized with a Governor General’s Innovation Award; and in 2015 he was honoured with the prestigious Ernest C. Manning Foundation Principal Award.

Dr. Torchia will be speaking about his journey to develop and commercialize an innovative and world class medical technology.

Food and drinks will be provided after the seminar.

Event Poster

IEEE Seminar – New Innovative Projects for All of Us – August 29, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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TITLE:      New Innovative Projects for All of Us

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SPEAKER:    Marina Ruggieri, PhD, Fellow IEEE Professor, Telecommunications Engineering

Department of Electronics Engineering / CTIF

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Via Politecnico, 1

Roma 00133 Italy

 

DATE:       August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

TIME:       9:30 – 11:00 AM

PLACE:      E1-270 EITC Atrium (Alan Borger Executive Conference Room)

Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC)

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

SPONSORS:   – University of Manitoba

                          – University of Winnipeg

                          – IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter

                          – IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Chapter

                          – IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Aerospace & Electronic Systems Chapter

REGISTRATION FEE: None

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ABSTRACT:

IEEE is the largest technical organization in the world, with over 420,000 members. The depth of the organization comes from the knowledge and professional practice it has generated through its members since 1984.

Dr Marina Ruggieri, the current IEEE VP of the Technical Activities Board (TAB), introduced four new technical multi-disciplinary projects this year through four TAB ad-hoc committees. Our enthusiastic multidisciplinary members, together with many local representatives of the communities, commenced participating in the projects by contributing technical expertise to find solutions to major contemporary problems.

The projects are:

1. FOOD ENGINEERING: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of preparing a healthy and enjoyable future for mankind on Earth (and in exploring new planets).

2. DIG ONCE: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge to connect the next billion individuals to the Internet by an effective and holistic digging for the deployment of network infrastructures.

3. IEEE AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH POLES (INSP): IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of the new Arctic shipping routes and in supporting the enormous multi-continent community behind the 4000+ technical and scientific personnel in the Antarctica bases.

4. DESIGN FOR ETHICS: IEEE to play a role in the worldwide technological and social challenge of having ethics as a basic requirement in the design of all devices, systems and applications.

    

Under the INSP project, we are planning an expedition to Churchill and Nunavut in order to (i) develop awareness of the project mission; (ii) establish personal contacts; (iii) explore possible collaboration with IEEE; (iv) improve transportation to the North (to deliver food and medicine to remote communities); (v) improve diet (diabetes is rampant, as an apple costs as much as a can of pop); (vi) strengthen education in the communities by providing new opportunities; and (vii) enhance research of the North (in view of the changes in cargo transportation and climate).

An overview of other new IEEE initiatives will also be provided.

BIO:

Dr Marina Ruggieri is the 2017 IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities Board (TAB). She is a Past Director of IEEE Division IX (2014-2015), and a Sr. Past President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). As a Fellow of IEEE, she is a member of the IEEE Fellow and Public Visibility Committees. She is proboviro (arbitrator) of the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defense and Security (AIAD); member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Center for Aeronautical Military Studies, and she has been Vice President of the Roma Chapter of AFCEA (2006-2015). She is co-founder and Chair of the Steering Board of the interdisciplinary Center for Tele-infrastructures (CTIF) at  the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, that belongs to the CTIF global network, with nodes in USA, Europe and Asia. Above all, she has been very enthusiastic and dedicated to promoting four fundamental and visionary new directions in IEEE: Food Engineering; Dig Once; IEEE at the North and South Poles; and Design for Ethics.

Dr Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and a member of its Board of Governors. She is the Principal Investigator of the 40/50 GHz TPD#5 Communications Experiment on board AlphaSat (launched on July 2013). She is author/co-author of 340 papers, 1 patent and 12 books in her research areas.

She received many awards and honours, including: the 1990 Piero Fanti International Prize; the 2009 Pisa Donna Award as Women in Engineering; the 2013 Excellent Women in Roma Award; and Excellent and Best Paper Awards at international conferences.

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Contact:

Witold Kinsner, PhD, PEng

Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

Tel: (204) 474-6490; email: witold.kinsner@umanitoba.ca or w.kinsner@ieee.org

IEEE Canada President, 2016-2017

IEEE Region 7 Director/Delegate, 2016-2017

EMBS Chapter Seminar

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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Title:

Mechanobiology, or how living cells respond to forces

Date:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3:30pm

Location:

E2-210 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Speaker:

Mr. Tyler Grant
Rhodes Scholar & Ph. D. candidate
University of Oxford

Abstract:

When astronauts escape gravity their bones become weaker, when body-builders lift weights their muscles grow, and when tennis players train their bones become stronger in their hitting arm. These are just three examples of mechanobiology, or how living cells respond to forces. Cell biologists have paid little attention to engineering in the past, but recent findings suggest that it is time to rethink the role of mechanical forces in biology. Forces are thought to contribute to numerous processes from cancer progression to stem cell differentiation and are likely to be instrumental to treating and preventing a number of debilitating diseases. This presentation will explore the landscape of mechanobiology with emphasis on research being conducted at the University of Oxford.

Bio:

Tyler Grant is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. He studies biomedical engineering and is performing research at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Tyler is researching how to produce tissue engineering scaffolds that mimic the natural architecture of healthy tissue. More specifically, he is designing constructs that can be used to promote tissue regeneration in diseased tendon. Tyler studied engineering at the University of Manitoba where he received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Tyler received three NSERC research awards to develop finite element models to better understand hip resurfacing arthroplasty. Tyler plans to continue working in the area of orthopedics by designing systems to promote healing in musculoskeletal tissues.

Cost:

Free, All are welcome.

Contact:

For questions or more information contact Sherif S. Sherif at 474-6893.

EMBS Chapter Seminar

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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Title:

Detector Development in the PET Imaging Research Program at the University of Manitoba

Date:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Location:

E2-350 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Speaker:

Andrew L. Goertzen, Ph.D., MCCPM
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
Coordinator, PET/CT Program
University of Manitoba

Abstract:

Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an important nuclear medicine imaging method used both for assessment of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease in clinical patients and for research into understanding disease processes and developing new therapies. The PET/CT imaging program at the University of Manitoba was established in 2005 and has grown to presently include a clinical PET/CT camera, a dedicated preclinical PET system, a medical cyclotron and radiochemistry facility and a PET imaging instrumentation research group. This talk will give an overview of the PET imaging program at Health Sciences Centre / University of Manitoba and then describe ongoing research to develop new detectors for PET imaging. Two central projects in the detector development program are creating small footprint imaging systems that can be used on a laboratory bench-top for small animal research imaging studies and developing MRI compatible PET detectors for a combined MRI/PET imaging system.

Bio:

Andrew Goertzen is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Manitoba and a clinical nuclear medicine physicist at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Goertzen is a Member of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine with certification in nuclear medicine. His research interests are the development of detectors and technologies for multimodality PET imaging and their application to improve image quality in both clinical and preclinical PET imaging.

Cost:

Free, All are welcome.

Contact:

For questions or more information contact Sherif S. Sherif at 474-6893.

EMBS Chapter Seminar

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Title:

Non-Linearity in Auditory Perception

Date:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Location:

E2 – 361 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Speaker:

Barry Kimberley, P. Eng., MD, PhD, FRCS (C)
ENT And Sleep Associates

Abstract:

Nonlinear processes occurring in the peripheral auditory system are essential to our ability to hear small differences in 1) sound intensity, 2) time events, and 3) spectral features. Normal human audition is associated with the detection of vibratory events in the inner ear with an amplitude approximately of the diameter of a water molecule. Normal binaural hearing is also associated with discrimination of timing events with differences of 10 microseconds. Spectral discrimination can be modeled with a filter slope of 100 dB/ octave. Such amazing performance is dependent upon highly nonlinear processes in the peripheral ear. We will review nonlinear auditory processes and discover how EE has been essential to the understanding of hearing.

Bio:

Barry Kimberley is the founder of ENT & SLEEP Associates. After completing medical school in Canada he came to the University of Minnesota where he completed an ENT residency and obtained a PhD degree. He is fellowship trained in ear surgery with world renowned ear pioneer Dr. Michael Paparella. He is one of only 140 ENTs double boarded in Otolaryngology as well as Sleep Medicine board certification. He is one of only 125 members of the prestigious American Otologic Society. Dr. Kimberley enjoys providing Sleep and ENT care to patients of all ages. Most recently he has focused on a snoring and sleep care delivery model that allows for efficient and effective solutions. Barry is a proud father of four beautiful and talented children. He loves flying his Mooney Acclaim S all across America and is an occasional open ocean sailor.

Cost:

Free, All are welcome.

Contact:

For questions or more information contact Sherif S. Sherif at 474-6893.