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Many home electronics, such as your computer, or anything else that uses a battery, run on direct current (DC). These devices use a converter to transform the alternating current (AC) supplied at the wall socket into the DC they need. Big data centers and telecommunications also use DC. The proliferation of these devices has increased global electricity consumption by 27% in the past decade, and DC use is projected to increase even further with the addition of 20 million battery-powered electric vehicles by 2020.
We are on the cusp of revolutionary changes in communication and microsystems technology. Engineers are bringing together photonics (manipulation of information using photons) and electronics (information processing using electrons) on a single platform (silicon). Electronic–photonic circuits will have a huge impact on high-speed communications for mobile devices, optical communications inside computers and in data centres, sensor systems, and medical applications.
Respiration rate is an important diagnostic tool in many serious diseases such as pneumonia. The current, recommended method for measuring respiratory rate is counting breaths for one minute. This method is not efficient in a busy clinical setting.
Professor Vijay K. Bhargava has been awarded the 2015 Killam Prize for his achievements in the field of wireless communications.
IEEE’s Vehicular Technology Conference brings together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideas in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. In 2014, Professor Michelson and Telus CTO Ibrahim Gedeon worked together to Co-Chair the conference held in Vancouver.
We are in the midst of the emergence of two revolutionary technologies; cloud computing and smart mobile devices. As these two technologies co-evolve they are driving the development of a new computing paradigm. Cloud computing centres, accessible through the Internet, produce shared pools of resources (e.g., software, storage, virtual machines) that can be run with much lower capital and management costs than traditional computing servers. Smart mobile devices have become ubiquitous tools for both content consumption and content creation.
Left: likelihood map of cancer distribution in prostate ultrasound based on ultrasound time series analysis. Right: histology cross-section of the prostate with cancerous area marked by a pathologist. Professor Abolmaesumi was awarded the UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship today. The Fellowship will allow him to continue his efforts to detect prostate cancer earlier and to help select the best therapy through accurate staging. Early diagnosis is an important key to treating this deadly disease.
Astonishing things happen in Professor Purang Abolmaesumi’s research meetings. Each week Purang and his students gather to hear about each others’ research, make suggestions and offer criticisms; this, in itself, is not unique, regular meetings are common in most organizations. What is remarkable is the lateral thinking and truly innovative insights that are generated in these meetings.