Faculty Achievements

January 9, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

Vijay Bhargava receives IEEE Outstanding Service Gold Medal

IEEE Canada has recognized Vijay Bhargava's sustained and distinguished service to Region 7 by awarding him the 2012 IEEE Canada W.S. Read Outstanding Service Gold Medal. Vijay's many years of service for IEEE Region 7 (Canada) began in Montreal. He served as Student Branch counsellor at Concordia, then in various capacities including Section Chair, and later similarly in Victoria Section. In 1987 he founded the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference in Communications, Computers and Signal Processing, the now well-established, biennial conference in Victoria.

January 2, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

Nojeh's Heat Trap recently covered by UBC Reports

The 'heat-trap' effect of carbon nanotubes can be used to efficiently heat a conductor to one thousand degrees. Read about it in the UBC Reports story about Dr. Nojeh's research titled, A New Generation of Solar Power, Part 2, This story is linked to the discussion of Dr.Burke's work on organic solar cells in Part 1 of this article. Read More:

December 10, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Collaborative Research in Prostate Cancer Technology: Mehdi Moradi

Dr. Mehdi Moradi is working to develop a method to allow more targeted prostate cancer treatment. Hired by ECE in May 2012 using a donation made to the Department of Urologic Sciences, Dr. Moradi is teaming up with researchers in both departments as well as the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He has already published a journal article on creating cancer “probability maps” for better detection and grading of prostate tumours.

November 16, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

$17M Grant from Gates Foundation Funds Program for Women's Health

UBC researchers have received a $17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This funding aids a program to treat women in the developing world for preeclampsia, the onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy. While preeclampsia is easily treatable, it is fatal for many women who are not properly diagnosed or transported to appropriate facilities. Through this program, a health worker can visit a woman in her home, test her blood and urine, and input the information into a smartphone platform.

November 6, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Most Downloaded Paper for Three Months

A paper written by Dr. Bobak Gholamkhass, Nima Mohseni Kiasari and Prof. Peyman Servati of the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL) has been the most downloaded paper in Organic Electronics for the past three months. This paper demonstrates the significant role of contact layers and device engineering in increasing the efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.

November 1, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Lionsgate Technologies Inc. Launches Phone Oximeter

Using standard medical sensors connected directly through the universal audio port of virtually any mobile device, the proprietary interface, called the Vital Signs DSP (Digital Signal Processor), provides precise monitoring of blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and body temperature which are displayed on the mobile device’s monitor.

October 2, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Abolmaesumi and Fels Receive National Funding for Health Research

Purang Abolmaesumi and Sidney Fels are among seven UBC researchers awarded grants from the Collaborative Health Research program (CHRP), funded jointly by NSERC and the CIHR. Dr. Abolmaesumi’s research in biomedical technologies focuses on a 3D ultrasound imaging system for wrist fracture operations, which would allow more accurate surgery procedures and reduced radiation exposure for patients and surgical teams. For this project, Dr. Abolmaesumi was awarded $418,700.

September 12, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

From Darkest Absorber to Reflective Mirror

As one of the darkest materials on earth, a carbon nanotube forest can absorb the entire visible range of electromagnetic waves more efficiently than any other known black material. A research team at ECE, led by Kenichi Takahata and Alireza Nojeh, has transformed areas of this very dark forest into micro mirrors.

September 12, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Konstantin Beznosov Appointed to Independent Panel on Internet Voting

The panel, convened by the Attorney General, will study the benefits and challenges of introducing online voting to provincial or local elections in British Columbia. The Chief electoral officer and Chair of the panel, Keith Archer suggested B.C. legislators "consider providing greater flexibility to the Chief Electoral Officer to introduce, on a pilot basis, a variety of new voting technologies" in his report on Recommendations for Legislative Change in November last year.

August 29, 2012 | Faculty Achievements, Graduate Student Achievements

Best Paper Award to Boostanimehr and Bhargava

PhD Candidate Hamidreza Boostanimehr and ECE Professor Vijay K. Bhargava are recipients of the Best Paper Award from the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications held in Beijing, China from August 15-17. Their paper, entitled, "Outage Analysis and Relay Allocation for Multi-stream OFDM Decode-and-Forward Rayleigh Fading Networks", examines the outage behaviour of cooperative systems. Their study enables the authors to analyze the outage performance more reliably. Congratulations! Read more: 

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