Special Sessions

NanoBiotechnology Commercialization

Organizer: Esmaiel Jabbari (USA)

The invited presentations in this session highlight recent advances and challenges in commercialization of nano-medical technologies and devices from innovation to protection of intellectual property, fund raising mechanisms for product research and development, regulatory process for technical and clinical evaluation of nanotechnologies, and business models for commercialization of nano-biomedical devices. This symposium covers fundamental concepts in commercialization of medical devices as well as the development and commercialization of novel nanomaterials and nanomedicine for applications in pharmaceutical industry and regenerative medicine.

NI LabVIEW Hands-on Seminar

Organizer: Seokyoung Kim (Korea, South)

From the inception of an idea to the commercialization of a widget, NI’s unique platform-based approach to engineering and science applications has driven progress across a wide variety of industries. Central to this approach is LabVIEW, a development environment designed specifically to accelerate the productivity of engineers and scientists. With a graphical programming syntax that makes it simple to visualize, create, and code engineering systems, LabVIEW is unmatched in helping you reduce test times, deliver business insights based on collected data, and translate ideas into reality. LabVIEW is designed to interoperate with other software, whether alternative development approaches or open-source platforms, to ensure you can use all of the tools available to you. LabVIEW hands on seminar gives you the chance to explore the LabVIEW environment, dataflow programming, and common LabVIEW development techniques in a hands-on format.

Recent Progresses in Computed Tomography: From Data Acquisition to Quality Evaluation

Organizers: Seungryong Cho, Xiaochuan Pan, Namkug Kim, Lifeng Yu (Korea, South)

As technologies advance in both hardware components and software parts in computed tomography, unseen performances at much less radiation dose and applications with richer information are under active exploitation. Innovative sampling techniques, high performance iterative image reconstruction, deep learning based image analysis, and clinical assessment of image quality would be some examples of recent progress in CT. Inviting the leading experts of this field to form a special session would provide a focused opportunity to the speakers to provide an insightful review of the recent advances in the field and to disseminate their seminal findings. The audience would be able to have a time to look back at and forward to the cutting edge technologies in a well-rounded manner and to participate vigorously in the discussion.

Healthcare Innovation: Inspiring Global Open Consensus Standards

Organizers: Carole C. Carey (USA), Bill Ash (USA), Young Lae Moon (Korea, South)

Novel technologies, in both medical and consumer devices, generally evolve faster than the development of standards. Rapidly expanding knowledge in science and biomedical engineering has in part led the speed in innovation of new personal and medical health devices. Next generation image-guided systems; advanced non-invasive brain-computer interfaces; wearable health devices for monitoring; and, display visualization techniques are some examples to name a few. IEEE and its standards development arm, the IEEE-SA, draw on the expertise of its technical societies to bring people and technology together. Industry consensus standards are developed in an open process based on input from interested parties worldwide. This session will highlight and provide current standardization information on specific technology areas, such as standards for 3D-based medical device applications, health informatics medical device communication, AR/VR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality), and the field of neurotechnologies. The dialogue will provide an opportunity to share best practices, identify additional gaps for future standards development as well as stimulate active involvement to help reduce the lag between technology and availability of standards.

Restoration of Vision via Neuromodulation – Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Organizers: Gregg Suaning*, James Weiland (Australia)

Visual neuroprostheses – so-called ‘bionic eyes’ – have recently become a therapeutic option in the treatment of some degenerative disorders of the retina and ultimately seek to include all forms of visual impairment. Initial results are promising, although it is clear that significant improvements in patient outcomes will be necessary before the bionic eye becomes a mainstream clinical solution. In this Special Session we will explore the challenges faced by this field of research in both the laboratory and the clinic. Speakers will be asked to offer solutions to these challenges and set the direction of the field for the next decade.