ROS Expands the
World for
Personal robots have been providing assistance to
a limited number of people with disabilities for
several years. The hardware and software keep
improving. This article looks at how the Robot
Operating System (ROS) is helping developers
bring mobility to quadriplegics.
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Advanced Technology
Meets Mental Health
The PSYCHE system uses constant monitoring of
patients and feedback to physicians as new keys
to managing mental illness, helping patients,
facilitating interaction between patient and
physician, and alerting professionals in case of
relapse and depressive or manic episodes, and,
as an ultimate goal, identifying signal trends to
predict critical events.
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Physician - Engineering
For decades the Mayo Clinic has embedded
engineers in patient care, research, medicine,
and surgery, in order to create new devices
and systems which are tailored directly to
the needs of medical care and patients.
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Why IEEE & Life Sciences?

Traditionally, the term life sciences has referred to several branches of science, such as biology, medicine, anthropology, or ecology, that describe living organisms and their organization... Read more

Video Spotlight

Smartphone Apps for World Health

Smartphone Apps for World Health

Two TED talks describe projects already or nearly deployed in the field, which help save the lives of people living in situations remote from medical care. Using only smartphones with special apps and simple interface gear, remarkable diagnostic results are available. First is Saving Lives, One Phone at a Time, featuring a continuous wearable ECG monitor, including some diagnostic capabilities, which is targeted at the burgeoning cardiac disease problem in India. The second is Get Your Next Eye Exam on a Smartphone, which aims to detect and prevent curable eye diseases in rural areas of Kenya. Take a look at these inspiring videos!

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Making Artificial Vision Look More Natural

Making Artificial Vision Look More Natural

A Stanford University team is using stimulation of specific types of retinal cells to improve the quality of bionic vision.

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Education & Careers

Life sciences is a wide and dynamic field that is being energized by other disciplines. The boom that has been already observed in the bio-medical domain is extending to other areas of life sciences, accompanied by many career opportunities and more exciting challenges for educational institutions.


IEEE Life Sciences Study - Future Outlook

Three previous updates of the Life Sciences Portal have presented information on employment trends and opportunities for bioengineers, taken from our IEEE Life Sciences Study, which we commissioned from McKinley Advisors.

• Part 1 (Employment Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry) provided an analysis by industry types.
• A view of opportunities across relevant occupations was the focus of Part 2 (Life Sciences Employment Trends by Occupation).
• The educational environment for Life Science training were explored in Part 3 (Life Sciences Educational Trends).

Our final installment (Life Sciences Future Outlook) looks at historical growth trends in the global and US Life Sciences industry, with an eye to projecting future growth. We hope you have found this report series useful and interesting. We invite you to send your comments and your suggestions for future educational/career topics to us at


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