Since Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, the pace of scientific discovery in life sciences has grown exponentially. This is partly due to the amazing development of technologies, especially in the areas of data acquisition and data analysis.
The advent of microarray technologies, nanotechnology and DNA sequencing techniques have generated massive amounts of data, which would have taken lifetimes to be processed without the power of computers. It has been said that life sciences will be the most computer-intensive scientific field of the 21st century.
The challenges to analyze such data may be recent in the field of life sciences, but tools and solutions already existed in the fields of engineering, mathematics, statistics and computer science. Presented here is a small subset of examples that show how several engineering fields can come together to bring solutions for life sciences' challenges.
Measurement Technologies to Sense Users in the Environment
By Bruno Andò
Engineering Challenges in Cochlear Implants
By Tam Nguyen, Steven Zupancic, and Donald Y.C. Lie
Visualizing Cells and Humans in 3D
By Terry S. Yoo, Donald Bliss, Bradley C. Lowekamp, and David T. Chen (US National Library of Medicine); Gavin E. Murphy (Indiana University Bloomington); Kedar Narayan, Lisa M. Hartnell, Thao Do, and Sriram Subramaniam (US National Cancer Institute)
Hearing Is Believing
By Richard M. Stern and Nelson Morgan
Breath Analysis for Disease Diagnosis and Monitoring
By Phillip X. Braun, Claire F. Gmachl and Raed A. Dweik
Playdates with Robots
By Victor Ng-Thow-Hing and Sandra Okita
Myoelectric Control of Artificial Limbs - Is There a Need to Change Focus?
By Ning Jiang, Strahinja Dosen, Klaus-Robert Müller, and Dario Farina
Congratulations To Professor Andrew Laine!
Andrew Laine was elected chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Columbia University, effective July 1, 2012. He is the Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia.
Feeling the Pressure
By Jeffrey Chun-Hui Lin, Yu Zhao, Po-Jui Chen, Mark Humayun, and Yu-Chong Tai
IEEE Brings International Thought Leaders Together for IEEE Life Sciences "Grand Challenges Conference" in Washington, DC, 4-5 October
National Academy of Sciences plays host to celebrated innovators and experts who will address grand challenges in engineering and life sciences.