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Subject: Campus as a Living Lab Alex Tunner, Nobuo Tanaka, Martin Ordonez ECE was pleased to host Nobuo Tanaka, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute for Energy Economics, Japan and Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo.
Seyed Mohammad Mirvakili shows a coiled nylon filament (0.8mm in diameter); it is capable of lifting a 2 litre soda bottle. John Madden and team published artificial muscle research in Science! “In terms of the strength and power of the artificial muscle, we found that it can quickly lift weights 100 times heavier than a same-sized human muscle can, in a single contraction,” says Madden. “It also has a higher power output for its weight than that of an automobile combustion engine.”
Many men have received unnecessary radical treatments for prostate cancer, due to unreliable methods for assessing risk and metastasis. Dr. Mehdi Moradi, and Dr. Peter Black at the UBC Department of Urologic Sciences, hope to change this. Their latest project, which recently received $100,000 in research funding from CIHR, aims to build a tissue classifier that will enhance the diagnosis and risk assessment of prostate cancer.
Prof. Purang Abolmaesumi is a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and member of ECE's Robotics and Control Laboratory. The Killam Prize will support his on-going research in computer-assisted surgery, image-guided therapy and medical image analysis. Prof. Abolmaesumi's work has had a significant impact in several biomedical areas. His contributions to ultrasound image calibration, ultrasound-guided interventions, cancer diagnosis and treatment, image segmentation and image registration are used globally at leading research institutions.
Professor Peyman Servati, NSERC Chief Operating Officer Janet Walden, Vice President Research and International John Hepburn, Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South Wai Young, and President Stephen Toope. Photo by Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press
Painful injections may become a thing of the past. A team of researchers at Dr. Stoeber’s lab is looking towards a future where microneedles will completely replace hypodermic needles. A microneedle patch delivers medicine just below the skin surface removing the fear and discomfort of injections. In the video, PhD student Iman Mansoor explains just how painless microneedles are, and the process behind its cost effective fabrication.
When art and technology intersect, new ideas are brought to old practices. By integrating music and biomedical technologies, people will change how they are playing and enjoying music. Christina Couch, of Get in Media, spoke to a number of researchers working with flexible sensors and other technologies to develop new ways of making music. Sensors attached to musicians’ bodies produce sounds according to the player’s body gestures making the sounds produced by each person different.
Image by Sarah Mae Worden, courtesy of Inner Intelligence Project The answer has ranged from spirits to pranksters. For over 100 years scientists have attributed this movement to the ideometer effect, referring to unintentional small muscle movements occurring outside of conscious control. At the UBC Visual Cognition Lab, engineering, computer science and psychology have joined forces to see if the movements of a Ouija Board can tell us something about our non-conscious mind.
Congratulations to Prof. Vikram Krishnamurthy for receiving an Honorary Doctorate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Vikram Krishnamurthy is the Senior Canada Research Chair in Signal Processing and world-leading researcher in the area of signal processing. Prof. Krishnamurthy is a frequent guest researcher at KTH. He has given courses and supervised doctoral students from several of KTH’s schools and contributes strongly to the research exchange between KTH and UBC.
Prof. Tim Salcudean was elected as a Fellow of The Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI Society) for his outstanding contribution in the field of biomedical engineering.