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Chapter Activities - 2014
November

On November 11, 2014, IEEE EMBS Atlanta members held a meeting celebrating the relaunch of the Georgia Tech student chapter of IEEE EMBS.

Temiloluwa Olubanjo presented on "Tracheal Activity Recognition Based on Acoustic Signals." Temiloluwa Olubanjo received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2010. In 2011, Temi worked as an instrumentation engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in Houston, TX. Since starting her Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology in January 2012, she has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, the UNCF Google Scholarship, as well as the Achievements Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship. Temi's research work is focused on bio-signal processing for wearable technology that enable continuous health monitoring for early detection and potential prevention of health abnormalities. In the past academic year, she has published two papers on activity classification based on tracheal acoustics. In August 2014, Temi was awarded 1st place in the EMBS Student Paper Competition for her paper titled "Tracheal Activity Recognition Based on Acoustic Signals."

Hakan Toreyin spoke on "A Low-Power, Time-Division-Multiplexed Vector-Matrix Multiplier for a Vestibular Prosthesis." Abstract/Bio: Hakan Toreyin received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2007 and the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Supervised by Dr. Pamela Bhatti, his Ph.D. research involved analog signal processing circuit design for a vestibular prosthesis. Currently, he is working as a postdoc at the Georgia Institute of Technology on medical devices and systems design. His research interests include interface circuit design for biomedical devices and low-power analog circuits and systems design.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Temiloluwa Olubanjo and Hakan Toreyin for giving these presentations.

August

On August 27, 2014, IEEE EMBS Atlanta members attended the SEMDA Quarterly Meeting. on The Evolving Role of Devices in Health Information Technology: CardioMEMS Case Study. SEMDA and Georgia Bio highlighted the success of CardioMEMS and its acquisition by St. Jude Medical. Dr. Jay Yadav, Founder and CEO of CardioMEMS, was joined by Mr. David Stern, Executive Vice President of CardioMEMS and Mr. John Erbey, Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing of St. Jude Medical to discuss the evolution of CardioMEMS and devices in Health IT.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to SEMDA for the opportunity to join them for this event.

April

On April 24, 2014, IEEE EMBS Atlanta members visited and acted as judges for the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo. Capstone Design is a culminating course offered to undergraduate students in several disciplines at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototypes with real world applications. At the end of each semester students showcase their efforts at the "Capstone Design Expo."

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Georgia Tech for the opportunity to participate in this event.

March

On March 26, 2014, Rosanna Esteller presented on "Brain implantable responsive neurostimulator for epilepsy." Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting around 50 million people world-wide. The current state of the art in the treatment of epilepsy involves antiepileptic medications, resective surgery, and open-loop chronic stimulation of the vagus nerve. However, in spite of the advancements in epilepsy treatment, as many as 50% of epileptic patients continue to have seizures, adverse medication side-effects, or both. There is an evident need of new therapies. The presentation will focus on a state-of-the-art technology for brain electrical stimulation that has been recently approved by FDA. It comprises a cranially implantable neurostimulator that delivers closed-loop responsive stimulation delivered when abnormal epileptiform activity is detected.

Rosana Esteller received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. She is currently a Sr. Research Scientist and Sr. Field Clinical Engineer at NeuroPace, Inc., where she leads R&D in the area of seizure detection algorithms for an implantable device to treat epilepsy and actively participates in the design, implementation, and support of NeuroPace clinical trials. She has over 20 years of experience in applications of signal processing techniques for detection, prediction, classification, pattern recognition, modeling and estimation of biological signals and systems. Most of her projects have focused on intracranial EEG signals from epileptic patients since 1997. She was a co-founder of IntelliMedix, Inc. in 2000, a company developing a seizure prediction system, later acquired by NeuroPace. She has over 40 journal and conference articles published, eleven patents, and two book chapters.

On March 26, 2014, Robert Butera presented on "Electrical stimulation to block peripheral nerve activity." He briefly discussed the use of kHz (1-100) electrical stimulation to block peripheral nerve conduction, and recent work by our lab investigating the mechanism and finding that this stimulation can be, to a certain degree, fiber specific. Potential scientific and clinical applications will be described. The importance of computational models and the use of the appropriate scale of experimental methods and animal models will also be discussed.

Robert Butera is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is jointly appointed in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering. His laboratory combines computational modeling techniques with electrophysiology experiments for neuroengineering and neuroscience applications. Dr. Butera is a senior member of IEEE Engineering in Biology Society (EMBS) and a Fellow of AIMBE and AAAS. He serves as the Vice-President for Finance (2011-14) for IEEE-EMBS and previously served as an elected member of the EMBS AdCom (Board of Directors) from 2006-2010. At Georgia Tech he directs the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community, and previously served as Director of the Bioengineering Graduate Program (2005-2008). During the 2008-9 academic year he served at the US Dept. of State as a Jefferson Science Fellow, working at the intersection of science policy and foreign policy. Robert Butera received his BEE from Georgia Tech in 1991 and his PhD from Rice University in 1996. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA, in the Laboratory for Neural Control. He joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1999.

The IEEE EMB Society is grateful to Dr. Esteller and Dr. Butera for giving these presentations.

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