At this year's IET Annual Healthcare Lecture, keynote speaker, Professor Kevin Warwick, discussed neural implants for therapy and enhancement. Plus, IET Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Award winners presented their findings.
On 27 September 2017, the IET Healthcare Technologies Technical and Professional Network (TPN) hosted its Annual Healthcare Lecture at IET London: Savoy Place. The event featured the three IET Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Award winners and keynote speaker, Professor Kevin Warwick FIET, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University.
The Annual Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards recognise three outstanding young engineers for their dissertations or research in the field of biomedical engineering.
Jessica Barnes from Newcastle University is the winner of the Dennis Hill Award 2017. Jessica presented an abstract on muscle synergy for the control of hand prostheses. The Dennis Hill prize of £300 is awarded annually to the MEng or MSc student who has submitted the best final year project dissertation in the field of biomedical engineering and cognate subjects (including electronic and electrical engineering, physics, healthcare technologies and health informatics).
Syed Anas Imtiaz, winner of the J A Lodge Award 2017 from Imperial College London, presented research on wearable devices for sleep monitoring and diagnosis. The IET J A Lodge Award has a prize fund of £500 and is open to all electronic or electrical engineers at the early stage of their careers – either in their final year of a PhD programme or having recently completed a PhD - in the field of research and development within biomedical engineering.
Ghazal Ghazaei, who is also from Newcastle University, won the IET William James Award and presented on the subject of deep learning-based artificial vision for grasp classification in myoelectric hands. The award is presented to encourage, support and recognise outstanding work by PhD students, demonstrating a high level of commitment and advanced understanding of biomedical engineering.
Keynote speaker, Professor Kevin Warwick, discussed how neural implants connected to the brain can be employed for therapeutic purposes and enhancement. His talk examined future uses of cochlea implants and deep brain stimulation, extending the nervous system across the internet to create new forms of communication. He also addressed security aspects and challenges including the threat of hacking.
The IET Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards are open to any students who are studying for an MEng, MSc or PhD in biomedical engineering.