Check out sessions offered by the Cardiopulmonary Systems TC at EMBC’19

Check out sessions offered by the Cardiopulmonary Systems TC at EMBC’19 150 150 Cardiopulmonary Systems (CSPE)


Cardiorespiratory physiology and modeling with clinical applications
When: Tuesday July 23, 2019, 8:30 – 17:30
Organizers: Nicolas Chbat, Thomas Heldt, Gaetano Valenza

This full-day workshop is organized and provided by the EMBS Cardiopulmonary Systems Technical Committee and is geared toward undergraduate and early graduate students entering the field of cardiorespiratory systems engineering. We draw from our collective teaching experience and research interests to convey fundamental cardiorespiratory physiology, modeling, and elements of signal processing. The workshop is divided in two sessions. Cardiovascular physiology and modeling are covered in the morning session, and respiratory physiology and modeling in the afternoon. Each session includes lectures with topics ranging from normal physiology, modeling, and some aspects of domain-specific signal processing, highlighting the importance of understanding physiology, for 1) research, deepening the understanding of normal physiology; 2) clinical application,  providing some exemplary insights into pathophysiology; and 3) clinical translation through an understanding of physiology-based medical device development and products.


Recent Advances on Cuff-Less Blood Pressure Measurement Technology
When: Wednesday July 24, 2019
Chairs: Omer Inan, Jin-Oh Hahn and Ramakrishna Mukkamala

This is a series of 2 mini-symposia on “Recent Advances on Cuff-Less Blood Pressure Measurement Technology. Cuff-less blood pressure (BP) monitoring is expected to improve hypertension detection and control rates and may now be feasible due to recent technological advances in, e.g., wearable sensing. As a result, cuff-less BP monitoring technology is being widely pursued at present. This two part mini-symposia is on recent advances on cuff-less BP monitoring technology. Part one covers technologies including photo-plethysmography, ultrasound, and oscillometry as well as mobile device implementations. Part two focuses on pulse transit time technologies.

State-of-the-art advances in Sleep Health Science and Technology
When: Friday July 26, 2019
Chairs: Michael Khoo and Thomas Penzel

A series of 3 mini-symposia sessions with the theme: “State-of-the-art advances in Sleep Health Science and Technology”. The first session will revolve around “Novel technologies for sleep quantification”. The second will focus on “New developments in sleep apnea diagnostics and therapeutics”, and the third will address “Clinical issues in Sleep Apnea”. Each session will feature 4 established researchers and technology experts, drawn from the academic and industrial sectors of the sleep medicine community. This series of 3 mini-symposia follows in the tradition of similarly themed mini-symposia series on sleep that we have organized for EMBC over the past several years, which have attracted considerable interest among EMBC attendees.

Challenges and Opportunities of Cardiac Imaging and Advanced Data Analysis in Cardiovascular Disease
When: Wednesday July 24, 2019, 8:30 – 10:00
Chairs: Paula Cristina Faria, Liang Zhong

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) imposes a major global health care burden on society. Cardiac imaging and advanced data analysis play an important role for both the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. This symposium will draw together interested cardiologists, radiologists, and scientists to present their studies and perspectives on these unmet clinical needs, which includes topics ranging from cardiac imaging role in heart failure, cardiac imaging post-processing with AI, and myocardial microstructure using cardiac diffusion tensor MRI; physiology guided percutaneous coronary intervention, various models for coronary flow reserve assessment.

Invited sessions

Identification of Cardiopulmonary Function
When: Saturday July 27, 2019, 10:30 – 12:00
Chairs: Dan Stieper Kerbing

Identifying cardiopulmonary function is important in many contexts. In the general population, measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness level is considered an important predictor for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, and the American Heart Association recommends that all adults have their cardiorespiratory fitness measured. In the severely ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit, it is important to identify cardiopulmonary function to tailor the ventilator settings to the physiology of the individual patient and identify when the patient is ready to be weaned from the ventilator support to reduce the length of stay and associated morbidity and mortality. In many fields of application, applied techniques for identifying cardiopulmonary function are invasive, cumbersome, expensive and/or require specially trained staff. This session aims to illustrate a variety of novel methods for identifying cardiopulmonary function which aims to address one or more of these issues with currently applied techniques. Presented methods will include different modeling approaches, signal and image analysis as well new physiological monitoring approaches. Application fields range from exercising healthy subjects to screening for disease and monitoring during severe cardiopulmonary disease.

Recent Advances and Challenges in 4D Flow MRI
When: Friday July 26, 2019, 8:30 – 10:00
Chairs: Liang Zhong, Rob J Van Der Geest

4D flow MRI has the potential to quantify intracardiac and artery flow with an accuracy we have hitherto not attained. It facilitates visualization and/or quantification of chamber in complex congenital heart disease (CHD), valvular regurgitation, shunt flows, cardiac function and intracardiac vortices. Quantitative measures of flow perturbations can inform diagnosis, risk stratification, surveillance and treatment decision-making in CHD. The symposium drew together interested cardiologists, radiologists and scientists to present their studies/views on clinical unmet need, acquisition, reconstruction, post-processing and visualization of 4D flow MRI.

Oral sessions

Respiratory Signal Processing and Modeling
When: Thursday July 25, 2019
Chairs: Nicolas Chbat