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Members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine team attended the Annual Meeting of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia this year and brought home two awards. First prize in the Computers in Anesthesia Engineering Competition was awarded to Srinivas Raman, Chris Brouse, Walter Karlen, Mark Ansermino and Guy Dumont for their work entitled "A Data Fusion Approach for RR Estimation from PPG".
Congratulations to Professor Victor Leung for being awarded a 2011 UBC Killam Research Prize. Established in 1986, the UBC Killam Research Prizes are awarded annually to top campus researchers. Up to ten prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to fulltime faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Victor C. M. Leung research interests are in the areas of architectural and protocol design and performance analysis for computer and telecommunication networks, with a current focus on wireless networks and mobile systems.
Dr. James McEwen has been named to the Order of Canada for his outstanding influence on engineering. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community, and service to the nation.
Dr. André Ivanov, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head, will be inducted a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for his exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Ivanov is an expert and innovator in the field of the design and testing of very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits. His achievements have led to numerous new and advanced technologies that have greatly impacted the shape of VLSI test technology processes worldwide affecting the entire semiconductor industry.
Congratulations to Professor Vijay Bhargava who was awarded the 2011 Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to the Publications of the IEEE Communications Society. The award citation is, "for contributions to the journals of the Communications Society, fostering new publications and improving effectiveness of the process of existing ones".
Dr. Peyman Servati gave an invited talk in Nagano, Japan at the International Conference on Advanced Fiber/Textile Materials this month concerning his team’s recent research in flexible electronics. Dr. Servati’s Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab focuses on the development of low cost and mechanically flexible photovoltaic devices, as well as large-area microelectronics and integrated renewable energy systems.
A $2.8-million grant has been awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UBC’s, Child & Family Research Institute and BC Children’s Hospital. The Canadian International Development Agency grant will help researchers to improve the survival rate of Bangladeshi mothers, newborns, and young children. The team aims to do this through the prevention of sepsis. Sepsis is a severe illness in which bacteria cause a blood infection, which can be fatal. Those who survive often continue to suffer, and many die from complications after leaving the hospital.
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Schober, who was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. This is Germany’s highest-endowed international research award, worth up to five million euros. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours world-leading international researchers, working across all disciplines.
Congratulations to Dr. Rabab Ward, who was presented with the Paradigm Shifter Award by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST). SCWIST celebrated their 30th anniversary as an organization at a gala held at the Four Seasons. SCWIST is a society that was started in Vancouver that promotes, encourages, and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology; it has grown substantially since its inception in 1981.
Aneurysms occur when arterial walls begin to weaken, causing blood to create a bulge. Aneurysm ruptures result in death in 60% of those who suffer from them. They cause permanent disability in 50% of those who survive the rupture. Considering these astounding rates, it is not surprising that researchers are attempting to devise tools to better monitor aneurysms and possible ruptures.