Faculty Achievements

February 12, 2014 | Faculty Achievements

CIHR Funding Helps Improve Lives of Cancer Patients

Many men have received unnecessary radical treatments for prostate cancer, due to unreliable methods for assessing risk and metastasis. Dr. Mehdi Moradi, and Dr. Peter Black at the UBC Department of Urologic Sciences, hope to change this. Their latest project, which recently received $100,000 in research funding from CIHR, aims to build a tissue classifier that will enhance the diagnosis and risk assessment of prostate cancer.

February 4, 2014 | Faculty Achievements

UBC Killam Research Prize goes to Purang Abolmaesumi

Prof. Purang Abolmaesumi is a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and member of ECE's Robotics and Control Laboratory. The Killam Prize will support his on-going research in computer-assisted surgery, image-guided therapy and medical image analysis. Prof. Abolmaesumi's work has had a significant impact in several biomedical areas. His contributions to ultrasound image calibration, ultrasound-guided interventions, cancer diagnosis and treatment, image segmentation and image registration are used globally at leading research institutions.

January 9, 2014 | Faculty Achievements

NSERC Strategic Network and Project Grants Announced by Minister Rickford

Professor Peyman Servati, NSERC Chief Operating Officer Janet Walden, Vice President Research and International John Hepburn, Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South Wai Young, and President Stephen Toope. Photo by Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press

January 7, 2014 | Faculty Achievements

Advances in microneedle research

Painful injections may become a thing of the past. A team of researchers at Dr. Stoeber’s lab is looking towards a future where microneedles will completely replace hypodermic needles. A microneedle patch delivers medicine just below the skin surface removing the fear and discomfort of injections. In the video, PhD student Iman Mansoor explains just how painless microneedles are, and the process behind its cost effective fabrication.

December 6, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

Crossing boundaries between Art and Technology

When art and technology intersect, new ideas are brought to old practices. By integrating music and biomedical technologies, people will  change how they are playing and enjoying music. Christina Couch, of Get in Media, spoke to a number of researchers working with flexible sensors and other technologies to develop new ways of making music. Sensors attached to musicians’ bodies produce sounds according to the player’s body gestures making the sounds produced by each person different.

November 7, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

What Really Moves a Ouija Board?

Image by Sarah Mae Worden, courtesy of Inner Intelligence Project The answer has ranged from spirits to pranksters. For over 100 years scientists have attributed this movement to the ideometer effect, referring to unintentional small muscle movements occurring outside of conscious control. At the UBC Visual Cognition Lab, engineering, computer science and psychology have joined forces to see if the movements of a Ouija Board can tell us something about our non-conscious mind.

October 8, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

Vikram Krishnamurthy receives Honorary Doctorate from KTH

Congratulations to Prof. Vikram Krishnamurthy for receiving an Honorary Doctorate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Vikram Krishnamurthy is the Senior Canada Research Chair in Signal Processing and world-leading researcher in the area of signal processing. Prof. Krishnamurthy is a frequent guest researcher at KTH. He has given courses and supervised doctoral students from several of KTH’s schools and contributes strongly to the research exchange between KTH and UBC.

October 8, 2013 | Faculty Achievements, Featured

Tim Salcudean named MICCAI Fellow

Prof. Tim Salcudean was elected as a Fellow of The Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI Society) for his outstanding contribution in the field of biomedical engineering.

September 10, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

Victor Leung | New Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Prof. Leung is one of the 84 new Fellows from across Canada to be inducted into the Society in 2013, in recognition of his world leadership in wireless communication networks. There are now a total of 11 Fellows from UBC in the engineering and applied science disciplines. Four of them are in our department including Vijay Bhargava, Ian Blake and Rabab Ward. Read More: Find out more about Victor Leung's work with the Data Communications research group.

July 18, 2013 | Faculty Achievements

UBC Energy Storage Project

Subject:  smart grid UBC, Alpha Technologies, Corvus Energy and Natural Resources Canada have started a joint research energy project. This project is part of UBC’s Living Lab enterprise which Dr Martin Ordonez plays a role. Martin talks about the project saying "This has huge research potential. We can get a level of functionality that used to be unthinkable. The integration of these systems hasn't been done before." The Alpha power converters and Corvus rechargeable lithium-ion batteries make up the back-up energy system.

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