EEE Colloquium with Andrew Taberner
Title: Novel sensing and measurement techniques in bioinstrumentation
Abstract: At the Bioinstrumentation Lab at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, we are particularly interested in developing techniques for measuring parameters from biological tissues, inside and outside the body. Such techniques help us to quantify physiological performance, detect and treat disease, and are used in our novel medical and scientific instruments. In making such measurements we often develop our own sensing, measurement and control techniques, and interpret our results with the aid of computational models.
In this talk, I will overview some of the new interesting methods and instruments that we have recently developed for use in bioengineering applications. These include 1) diffuse optical imaging methods for monitoring the depth of a drug as it is rapidly injected through the skin, without requiring a needle; 2) stretchy soft optical sensors for measuring strains of up to several 100 % during movement; and 3) a 'dynamometer' for comprehensively measuring the work output and energy consumption of cardiac tissues.
While these techniques sensors and techniques have been motivated by our own applications in bioengineering, the underlying principles have broad application to other areas of instrumentation and measurement.
Andrew Taberner is a physicist and bioengineer, and Associate Professor with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at University of Auckland, New Zealand. From 2002-2008 he was a research scientist and co-manager of the Bioinstrumentation Laboratory at MIT (Boston). Andrew teaches bioinstrumentation and measurement in Biomedical Engineering. His teaching has been recognized by five “Top-teacher” awards, and a ‘Sustained Excellence in Teaching’ award. He leads researchers in the design, construction and development of novel instruments and medical devices. He has supervised 29 PhD, 18 ME and 62 honours students. Andrew has authored more than 140 refereed scientific articles in journals and published conference proceedings, 117 conference abstracts and short papers, and published 28 issued US, European and other patents. He received the 2014 New Zealand “Innovation Excellence in Research”
awards. He is the Chair of the New Zealand Chapter of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society and an editor for IEEE EMBS Pulse Magazine.
Professor Andrew Taberner
Role: Associate Professor
Organisation: Bio engineering Institute at University of Auckland
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