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.
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.
IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference Schedule
The Tentative Program for the IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference has been released! This conference is taking place 4-5 October, 2012, in Washington, DC, USA.
Sports Sensing: An Olympic Challenge for Computing
By Robert Harle and Andy Hopper
Eye, Robot: Embedded vision, the next big thing in digital signal processing
By Brian Dipert and Amit Shoham
A Pressure and Strain Sensor Fabricated on Soft Artificial Skin
By Yong-Lae Park, Member, IEEE, Bor-Rong Chen, Member, IEEE, and Robert J. Wood, Member, IEEE
Congratulations Are In Order!
We are pleased to recognize the election in 2012 of a number of members of the Life Sciences Initiative leadership team as Fellows of The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). Congratulations to Bin He, Jose Principe, and Nitish Thakor! Also, congratulations to Zhi-Pei Liang, who is President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
Wireless Sensors Relay Medical Insight to Patients and Caregivers
By John Edwards