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UBC researchers have received a $17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This funding aids a program to treat women in the developing world for preeclampsia, the onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy. While preeclampsia is easily treatable, it is fatal for many women who are not properly diagnosed or transported to appropriate facilities. Through this program, a health worker can visit a woman in her home, test her blood and urine, and input the information into a smartphone platform.
A paper written by Dr. Bobak Gholamkhass, Nima Mohseni Kiasari and Prof. Peyman Servati of the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL) has been the most downloaded paper in Organic Electronics for the past three months. This paper demonstrates the significant role of contact layers and device engineering in increasing the efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.
Using standard medical sensors connected directly through the universal audio port of virtually any mobile device, the proprietary interface, called the Vital Signs DSP (Digital Signal Processor), provides precise monitoring of blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and body temperature which are displayed on the mobile device’s monitor.
Purang Abolmaesumi and Sidney Fels are among seven UBC researchers awarded grants from the Collaborative Health Research program (CHRP), funded jointly by NSERC and the CIHR. Dr. Abolmaesumi’s research in biomedical technologies focuses on a 3D ultrasound imaging system for wrist fracture operations, which would allow more accurate surgery procedures and reduced radiation exposure for patients and surgical teams. For this project, Dr. Abolmaesumi was awarded $418,700.
As one of the darkest materials on earth, a carbon nanotube forest can absorb the entire visible range of electromagnetic waves more efficiently than any other known black material. A research team at ECE, led by Kenichi Takahata and Alireza Nojeh, has transformed areas of this very dark forest into micro mirrors.
The panel, convened by the Attorney General, will study the benefits and challenges of introducing online voting to provincial or local elections in British Columbia. The Chief electoral officer and Chair of the panel, Keith Archer suggested B.C. legislators "consider providing greater flexibility to the Chief Electoral Officer to introduce, on a pilot basis, a variety of new voting technologies" in his report on Recommendations for Legislative Change in November last year.
PhD Candidate Hamidreza Boostanimehr and ECE Professor Vijay K. Bhargava are recipients of the Best Paper Award from the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications held in Beijing, China from August 15-17. Their paper, entitled, "Outage Analysis and Relay Allocation for Multi-stream OFDM Decode-and-Forward Rayleigh Fading Networks", examines the outage behaviour of cooperative systems. Their study enables the authors to analyze the outage performance more reliably. Congratulations! Read more:
The ECE research team of PhD students Mohammad Najafi and Narges Afsham, Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi and Dr. Robert Rohling won the best paper award at the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer Assisted Intervention (IPCAI).