IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter
By Nitish Thakor
If you weren't at the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS) in Rotterdam on October 31 to November 2 last year, you missed an excellent conference in a great setting! This month we bring you an overview of the conference, some photos from on the scene, and two very interesting technical articles related to presentations made in the sessions. Special thanks to Dr. Mohamad Sawan for bringing together this view of BioCAS 2013!
By Mohamad Sawan
The 9th IEEE BioCAS Advancing Healthcare Technology Conference was held in the Inntel Hotel, located at the river Meuse in the city centre of Rotterdam, the Netherlands from October 31th to November 2nd, 2013.
By C. Baj-Rossi, G. De Micheli and S. Carrara
A simple and versatile electronics device designed to perform, even simultaneously, electrochemical detection of different drugs and metabolites may represent an innovative solution for personalized medicine that could improve the efficacy of a drug therapy. High versatility, system miniaturization and high sensitivity are among the main advantages offered by this type of biosensor.
By Guochen Peng and Mark F. Bocko
Non-contact ECG monitoring is an attractive option for a number of applications such as long-term ambulatory health monitoring. Subject-electrode relative motion is a source of spurious signals and significant signal distortion. Our group has developed a non-contact ECG sensing system including electrodes, interface electronics and a signal-processing unit that work together to address this issue. The subject-to-electrode distance is continuously monitored by a secondary sensing circuit that uses the ECG electrodes, which serve as both the primary ECG readout and the secondary subject-to-electrode distance readout. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the compensation scheme.
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February 2014 Contributors
Mohamad Sawan received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sherbrooke University, Canada. He joined Polytechnique Montréal in 1991, where he is currently a Professor of microelectronics and biomedical engineering. His interests are the mixed-signal circuits and Microsystems. Read more
Camilla Baj-Rossi is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the Laboratory of Integrated Systems, EPFL. Her current research interests include the development of a point-of-care biosensor based on multi-walled carbon-nanotubes and cytochrome P450 to detect drugs in biological fluids. Read more
Giovanni De Micheli received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. He is a Professor and the Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and the Integrated Systems Center, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the Program Leader of the Nano-Tera.ch Program. His current research interests include emerging technologies, networks on chips and 3-D integration, and heterogeneous platform design, including electrical components and biosensors, as well as data processing of biomedical information. Read more
Sandro Carrara is a Scientist and Lecturer with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a former Professor of optical and electrical biosensors at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, and Former Professor of nanobiotechnology at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. His current research interests include electrical phenomena of nano bio structured films and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor design of biochips based on proteins and DNA. Read more
Guochen (Benjamin) Peng is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester. His research interests include VLSI mixed signal design, biomedical sensor electronic devices and signal processing, and precision measurements. Read more
Mark F Bocko is Mark F Bocko received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Currently, he is Full Professor of the Department of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Rochester. His research interests span a number of areas, including sensors and integrated sensor systems, audio and music signal processing, precision measurements, superconducting electronics quantum noise, and quantum computing. Read more