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Chapter Activities - 2013

On Oct 17, 2013, Dr. John Oshinski presented on "Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Emory." Over the past 25 years, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has revolutionized medical diagnosis and patient care by producing exquisite anatomical images of the interior of the body. Recently, a new trend has emerged in MRI, where images represent dynamic and physiologic process in the body. Examples of this includes high-temporal resolution imaging of cardiac contraction, imaging of blood flow velocity, imaging of heating during interventional procedures such as ablation, and imaging of functional brain metabolism.

We had a short lecture on the physics of how an MRI produces images and see examples of these new dynamic and physiologic images. We then had a short tour and demonstration in the MRI scanner at Emory University Hospital.

John Oshinski, PhD is Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia institute of Technology in Atlanta.  He is currently Director of Magnetic Resonance Research at Emory University. His broad interest is in applying engineering principles to current clinical problems in the imaging, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Dr. Oshinski for giving this presentation.


On May 22, 2013, Tiffany Karp presented "Accelerating Medical Device Innovation in the Southeast." The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that launched the Southeast's first comprehensive medical device innovation center. GCMI brings together core members of the medtech community, including universities, researchers, clinicians, industry, investors, and early-stage companies, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of innovative medical technology. GCMI provides critical development infrastructure including equipment, cleanrooms, design & engineering expertise and partner network needed to help bring ideas from concept to market.

Ms. Karp has spent over 11 years bringing innovative medical technology from benchtop to bedside. She joined GCMI from Scientific Intake, where she served as the Vice President of Business Development & Strategy, evaluating marketing and distribution opportunities and driving product development projects for the global obesity market. Prior to Scientific Intake, Ms. Karp was Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Finance at ACell, Inc., a regenerative medicine and tissue engineering company based in Columbia, Maryland. At ACell, she led broad range of initiatives including corporate finance, investor relations, strategic & operational planning, business development, regulatory, and reimbursement. Ms. Karp began her career in management consulting and investment banking, and brings considerable US and international experience in strategic planning, business development, financial analysis, and market evaluation in technology related industries.

Ms. Karp currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA). She earned a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Ms. Karp for giving this presentation.


On January 31, 2013, Dr. Charlie Kemp presented "Mobile Manipulation for Healthcare." Mobile robots capable of providing physical assistance (mobile manipulators) have the potential to revolutionize healthcare by providing high-quality, economical help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this talk, I will describe opportunities in this area and give an overview of research from my lab. Three key questions drive our research: what tasks would be valuable for robots to perform; how can robots reliably perform these tasks in the real world; and how can users effectively interact with robots to perform these tasks? To help answer these questions, we have taken inspiration from helper monkeys, service dogs, and human assistants. We have also conducted studies with motor-impaired people, nurses, older adults, and other potential end users. Our results suggest that mobile manipulators can play a valued role in healthcare. Reliable operation in real healthcare settings, however, remains a challenge, which we are actively confronting through several approaches, includin g giving robots common sense about the physical world and developing control methods that rely on tactile sensing covering the body of the robot.

Charles C. Kemp (Charlie) is an Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2005, and his BS and MEng from MIT. In 2007, he founded his lab, the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on mobile manipulation and human-robot interaction with an emphasis on robots for healthcare. He is an active member of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM@GT) and Georgia Tech's multi-disciplinary Robotics Ph.D. program. He has received the 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Robotics Award, and the NSF CAREER award. His research has been covered extensively by the popular media, including the New York Times, Technology Review, ABC, and CNN.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Dr. Kemp for giving this presentation.

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