Award Lecture


Sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society  and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

The IEEE Biomedical Award ( is presented to an individual or a team with outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. The 2017 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award will be presented to Prof. Bin He at the EMBC17 for his contributions to neuroengineering and neuroimaging.

For contributions to neuroengineering and neuroimaging

Inverse Imaging: What, How, and the Impact to Health


Biomedical imaging plays a significant role in health management, providing the ability to noninvasively assess the structure and function of biological systems. Many imaging methods essentially solve an inverse problem in which physical properties within the body are estimated from limited measurements acquired from outside the body or on the body surface. In this presentation, we will focus on an array of inverse problems used to reconstruct distributions of electrical sources and electrical properties from noninvasive measurements. Excitable cells generate electrical activity as part of their fundamental function within the body, most notably in the brain and the heart. Electrical properties reflect the characteristics of biological tissues, which connect bioelectrical activities with noninvasive measurements, determine the passive response of tissue to externally applied fields, and also contain information about tissue pathology. We will discuss how dynamic electrical activity over the three-dimensional volume can be estimated by solving linear or nonlinear inverse problems from noninvasive electrical or magnetic measurements. Such electrical source imaging techniques provide important physiological and pathophysiological information in humans, including mapping brain cognition, mental disorders, epileptic networks, and cardiac arrhythmic activity. We will also discuss how tissue electrical properties can be imaged using electromagnetic, acoustic, and magnetic resonance based measurements. Such electrical property imaging provides important information for early cancer detection and diagnosis, as well as for monitoring tissue responses to external interventions.


Bin He is Director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. He has made significant contributions to biomedical inverse imaging, including electrophysiological source imaging and tissue electrical property imaging, as well as to brain-computer interface technology. His pioneering work has transformed electroencephalography into an important dynamic, three-dimensional neuroimaging modality for noninvasive brain research and management of brain disorders. He has changed the understanding of what noninvasive brain-computer interfaces can do. Dr. He has received a number of recognitions, including the IEEE Technical Field Award in Biomedical Engineering, the Academic Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. He was President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and a Member of the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group. Dr. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He was elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2012 and is currently Chair-Elect of the Academy.