Plenary Speaker

Prospects of High Frequency Biomedical Ultrasound

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K. Kirk Shung

Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Southern California

K. Kirk Shung obtained a B.S. in EE from Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 1968 and a Ph.D. in EE from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, in 1975. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering at USC since 2002 and the director of NIH Resource Center on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology since 1997. He was appointed a dean's professor in biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering of USC in 2013.

Dr. Shung is a life fellow of IEEE, and a fellow of American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is a founding fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He received the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Award in 1985 and was the coauthor of a paper that received the best paper award for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) in 2000. He was elected an outstanding alumnus of Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 2001. He was selected as the distinguished lecturer for the IEEE UFFC society for 2002-2003. He received the Holmes Pioneer Award in Basic Science from American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in 2010 and the academic career achievement award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2011. He is the recipient of IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award in 2016. Dr. Shung has published more than 500 papers and book chapters. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on UFFC, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics. He is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports. Dr. Shung's research interest is in ultrasonic transducers, high frequency ultrasonic imaging and ultrasound microbeam.

Clinical Speakers

High intensity therapeutic ultrasound in the brain
Jeff Elias, M.D., Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia, USA

Frontiers in image-guided intervention including ultrasound and other modalities
Keyvan Farahani, Ph.D., National Institute of Health, USA

Frontiers in elastography including ultrasound and other modalities
Brian Garra, M.D., Food and Drug Administration, USA

Shear wave speed: Becoming a clinically valuable biomarker
Mark Palmeri, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, USA

Invited Speakers

Group 1: Medical Ultrasonics

Coherence beamforming and its applications to the difficult-to-image patient
Jeremy Dahl, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Stanford University, USA

Ultrafast imaging and its applications
Mathieu Pernot, Ph.D., Institute Langevin, France

Breaching the blood-brain barrier noninvasively
Kullervo Hynynen, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Next-generation ultrasound research scanner design
Piero Tortoli, Professor, University of Florence, Italy

Machine learning aided diagnosis in medical ultrasound
Alison Noble, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Oxford University, UK

Ultrasonic neuromodulation by brain stimulation with pulsed ultrasound
William Tyler, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Arizona State University, USA

Group 2: Sensors, NDE & Industrial Applications

Shaping acoustofluidic landscapes to profile and separate cells and sub-micron particles
Per Augustsson, Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden

Chemical and biological sensing using acoustic wave propagation and nano-scale phenomena
Venkat Bhethanabotla, Professor of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA

Transducers for harsh environments for applications to the nuclear industry
Bernhard Tittmann, Schell Professor and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Group 3: Physical Acoustics

Coupling of mechanical resonators under surface acoustic wave excitation
Sarah Benchabane, FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Université de Franche-Comté, Besancon,France

Nonlinear effects in NEMS - Improving frequency stability
Villanueva Luis Guillermo, Assistant Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

A few twists regarding the momentum of shaped beams
Gabe Spalding, Professor of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University, USA 

Group 4: Microacoustics: SAW, FBAR, MEMS

Temperature compensated SAW with high quality factor
Benjamin Abbott, Ph.D., Qorvo, Inc, USA

Which is the best thin film piezoelectric material?
Paul Muralt, Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

I.H.P. SAW technology and its application to microacoustic components
Tsutomu Takai, Murata, Japan

Group 5: Transducers & Transducer Materials

High frequency ultrasound arrays and their applications
Jeremy Brown, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada

Regulation of medical ultrasound devices in the United States of America
Keith Wear, Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration, USA

Piezoelectric materials and application-oriented figures of merit
Shujun Zhang, Professor,University of Wollongong, Australia