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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).
NSERC has awarded a $1.65 million Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant to support the “Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits” (Si-EPIC) program; a research program led by Lukas Chrostowski that will help prepare young engineers for careers in industry, government and academia.
In a recent interview done with Scott Simpson of The Vancouver Sun, Dr. Leo Stocco talks about the advantages of stereolithography: a 3-D printing technology that can produce prototypes of design and parts. Students working with the 3-D technology can quickly see their designs come off the page and into three-dimensional reality. "It just allows you to do really cool, creative things. It's five bucks worth of material. They screw it up, no big deal. I let them print a second one,” said Leo to the Sun.