WiBEC Hosting ISMICT 2019
The WiBEC team organized the 13th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT 2019) in Oslo, Norway on 8-10 May 2019. The 3-day program was packed with great activities including 4 prestigious keynote speakers from various fields and 4 invited speeches on some of the hottest topics. A total of 57 papers were presented across 4 special sessions, 6 general sessions and a poster session. In addition, two panel sessions were arranged where current issues, such as new regulations and leadership in complex areas, were discussed. The attendees were welcomed by the mayor of Oslo in the main reception, which took place in the tremendous Oslo City Hall on May 9. Later that evening, the banquet was held in a historical venue located in the heart of Oslo, where a gourmet dinner was served, awards were given, and collaboration was encouraged. With 90 attendees from all over the world encountering topics ranging from basic research ideas to real life applications and future research directions, the symposium turned out to be a great success. In his assessment of ISMICT2019, the head of the ISMICT steering committee, Prof. Ryuji Kohno said: “This is clearly one of the most successful editions of ISMICT”.
WiBEC Training School Entrepreneurship and Spin-Off creation
WIBEC Training School, held by ValoTec on 10th-12th April 2019, was focused on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communication.
From the part of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, ValoTec asked to the ESRs to create 4 different biomedical start-ups, following the SME Deck (Small Medium Enterprise Deck). They supposed to follow the fundamental steps of a start-up creation, as business plan creation, market opportunity analysis, etc. At the last workshop-day all the groups presented their program to a jury, formed by ValoTec top-engineers, through a pitch and answered to the questions.
From the part of Communication, ValoTec invited two guests Nofar Sinai and Aleksandra Sora, to mentor the ESRS on visual storytelling and elevator pitch. Understanding the importance of communicating research effectively to general audience, potential investors and peers is of crucial importance. In each scenario, the content and manner of communication drastically affects the way in which it is received by the audience.
WiBEC Training School on Fundamentals of Machine Learning
In November 21-22. the ESRs in WiBEC ITN gathered in Trondheim to learn the basics of machine learning. The had theoretical classes combined with hands-on work, supervised by local experts Prof. Magne Halstein Johnsen and Tor Andre Myrvoll, as well as local PhD students Abdolreza Sabzi and Femke Gelderblom.
They also had a training session on "Business Skills and Know-How for Workplace Success". The whole project had a supervisory committee meeting.
Joint WiBEC-IRACON seminar on RF Localisation
May 29th 2018, the WIBEC seminar on “Radiofrequency Localisation Techniques” took place in Cartagena, Spain. The seminar was organized by the Universitat Politècnica de València and was collocated and jointly organized with the COST Action CA15104 “Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond”, IRACON (http://www.iracon.org/). The ESRs of the WIBEC network were able to follow the seminar both presentially on-site or online through a live connection.The seminar aimed at covering the current state of the art in radiofrequency localization and tracking algorithms, and exposes some application scenarios both for the indoor and outdoor cases. It was given by Prof. Klaus Witrisal (Graz University, Austria), Dr. Davy Gaillot (University of Lille, France) and Dr. Mónica Navarro (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain), all of them expert in localization based on radiofrequency information.
WIBCOMM Workshop at PIMRC 2018
The 1st workshop on Wireless Body Communications in Medicine (WIBCOMM) was held during the 29th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (IEEE PIMRC 2018), which took place in Bologna, Italy, on 9thSeptember 2018. This workshop was jointly organized by the WIBEC project and the COST Action CA15104: Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and Beyond (http://www.iracon.org/). The workshop aimed at surveying recent advances in wireless communications in the framework of wireless communications at the human body (on-body and in-body) covering aspects such us: simulation, testing, frequency bands, channel model, propagation or the electromagnetic emulation of the human body and others.
WIBCOMM workshop was chaired by Dr. Concepcion Garcia-Pardo and Prof. Narcis Cardona, from the Univeristat Politècnica de Valencia. It consisted in two sessions in which 7 accepted papers were presented. Among them, Martina Barbi (ESR7) and Muhammed Faheem Awan (ESR13) explained their recent achievements in their research topics. Dr. Kamran Sayrafian from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of USA, and Prof. Kaveh Pahlavan from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Massachusetts, USA gave two keynote speeches.
Best Paper Award for WiBEC ESR
WiBEC on EU's Innovation Radar program
EU's Innovation Radar program has recently published news on innovations from the WiBEC project. These are
- Asymmetric wireless communication technology for power supply (OUS)
- Wireless communication for deep implants and in body sensor networks (OUS)
- Magnetic Antenna for in body near field communication (TUD)
- Synthetic Model of biological tissues for evaluating the transmission of electromagnetic waves (UPV)
We are looking forward to move innovation in WiBEC.
IEEE PIMRC 2018 WIBCOMM Workshop on Wireless Body Communications in Medicine
Hospitals of the future full of engineers
WiBEC at Silicon Saxony Day
WIBEC activities have been presented on June 20th at the 12th Silicon Saxony Day 2017. Themed "looking beyond horizons", this event brought together specialists, national and international companies as well as research institutions. One of the focal points was an expert session on „smart health“ where the possibilities and benefits of the integration of intelligent microelectronics in the health and medicin area have been discussed. Dr. Neumann from TU Dresden contributed with a talk on "Technologies for wireless in-body and on-body communication“ introducing the plans and efforts of the WIBEC consortium.
The first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen
The first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany, took place from 15 to 17th of May 2017.
The event, hosted by Ovesco Endoscopy AG, was a great success and provided a wide range of knowledge regarding medical devices for use in the GI tract with presentations, hands-on-sessions and a case study presented by a total of seven speakers from different relevant fields.
The first day covered medical background (anatomy, physiology and pathology), introduced medical devices currently used in the GI tract (including practical experiments) as well as an overview of the state-of-the-art in capsule endoscopy.
On the second day, the ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) were introduced to the innovation process of medical devices (including testing, documentation and certification), using Ovesco's state-of-the-art HemoPill acute device as a case study. The afternoon was taken up by active experimentation and presentation of results as well as a very lively and fruitful discussion.
The final day began with a short overview of (pre-)clinical background in the field of medical devices and then looped back to the previous two days, enhancing and consolidating the information previously presented in the context of HemoPill acute and providing insights and answers from experienced members of Ovesco's research and development team.
All ESRs were enthusiastic and highly involved, making the Experimentation Week a truly collaborative and instructive event.
WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany
In May, Ovesco Endoscopy AG will host the first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany. The event is mandatory for all ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) taking part in the Horizon 2020 project “Wireless In-Body Environment”, which is funded by the European Commission as an Innovative Training Network (ITN).
The event will provide knowledge fundamental to research and development actions regarding medical devices for use in the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. Talks will range from medical background (including human physiology and standard endoscopic procedures) to capsule endoscopy and regulatory concerns. Several hands-on sessions will ensure that the diverse group of 16 PhD candidates, most of whom have an engineering and technology background, will learn about the characteristics of the GI tract and interaction between technology and anatomy. They will have the chance to observe/interact with simulated or porcine GI tissue and use endoscopic equipment themselves.
The Experimentation Week hosted by Ovesco will give the ESRs important background knowledge and experience for developing new technologies safe to use in the human GI tract.
1st Wibec training school in Dresden
One of the challenges in body area networks is the communication between different devices or sensors in, on or outside the body. That’s why a good knowledge about the underlying physical principles as well as component realizations and the regulatory framework is very interesting for WiBEC’s interdisciplinary team.
Collaborating with the COST Action "Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond (IRACON)" helped to bring distinguished experts from more than five countries to Dresden. They covered design aspects like EM characteristics of human tissues, emulation of these properties and phantoms for measurement purposes, antenna concepts for on-body and in-body antennas, simulation tools and propagation channel modeling. Moreover, system aspects, international standards and regulation and SAR issues were covered.
During three days, over 40 participants from WiBEC and COST received a holistic view on antennas and propagation modeling for body environment communications and took home many new ideas from the stimulating talks and the inspiring discussions with their peers.
1st Wibec meeting
On 17th and 18th November, European engineers and doctors met together with health technology companies at the Universitat Politècnica de València within the framework of the WiBEC project (Wireless Body Environment Communications) funded by the European Community within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. WIBEC is an Innovative Training Network for 16 young researchers, who will be trained for a period of three years in a jointly with universities, healthcare technology companies and medical centers of Europe. WIBEC's main goal is to provide high quality and innovative doctoral training to develop wireless technologies for new implantable devices that it is expected to contribute to improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. Among these types of devices, cardiovascular implants and ingestible endoscopic capsules for the study of gastrointestinal pathology are considered. In the project participate, together with the UPV (as the only Spanish university), the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. In the business sector, the project accounts with the participation of Liva Nova group in France, Ovesco in Germany, and Valotec in France. The medical sector is present through the participation of the University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe in Valencia (Spain) and the University Hospital of Oslo (Norway), which is the project coordinator.
These European grants seek to ensure the optimal development and dynamic use of Europe's intellectual capital in order to generate new skills and innovation. In addition, this initiative seeks to promote the mobility of researchers at all levels, not only between countries, but also between the public and private sectors, as it is an element that strongly stimulates learning and the development of new skills, as well as a key factor for cooperation between the academic world, research centers and industry in different countries.