January/February 2016

Feature January/February 2016, March/April 2016
PULSE On Stage: Electronic Health Records
The first IEEE PULSE On Stage event on electronic health records happened February 28th, 2016, in Las Vegas. Couldn’t Attend? See the Highlights Now Electronic health records (EHR) held the promise of allowing better, secure information sharing, and helping practitioners to provide... Read more
In Memoriam January/February 2016, March/April 2016
In Memoriam: Michael R. Neuman
Michael R. Neuman, M.D., Ph.D., former editor of IEEE Pulse Magazine and an IEEE Fellow, passed away on 18 February 2016. Michael Neuman was a friend and mentor to many, an accomplished researcher and academic as well as a dedicated... Read more
Cover Story January/February 2016
Star Trek in Real Life: How Close Are We?
Above: CAVE2 at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Space. The final frontier.” With this and other iconic phases, a legacy was born. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television show, which painted a captivating vision... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Bloom Technology
Above: Expecting mom in bed with Belli. There are two parts to the sensor, a reusable sensor and disposable patch. The sensor communicates to a smartphone app where mom can get need to know information about her body and her baby.... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
The Best We Can Be
Above: Best We Can Be after-school program at AITE High School, Stamford, CT with Jeanne Lauer, Business/Technology Teacher (Photo courtesy of TCR, Inc.) Teresa Piliouras, CEO & Founder, TCR The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) is a college preparatory, public magnet... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Visions of a Bionic Eye
Most of our everyday experiences arise through interaction with our environment as well as through socialization with people; be they loved ones, friends, or colleagues. Being able to experience and recognize sensations is critical for effective functioning and communication. Arguably,... Read more
Challenges and Opportunities, January/February 2016, March/April 2016
Challenges in Patient-Specific Computer Simulations of Image-Guided Therapies
For many therapeutic interventions, imaging has become an essential component of initial diagnosis, as well as the monitoring of treatment progress and outcome. Imaging data can now be acquired in real-time, which has led to the emergence of image-guided interventions... Read more
Student's Corner January/February 2016
IEEE EMBS International Students Conference of Egypt (ISC-Egypt 2015)
The second IEEE EMBS International Students Conference of Egypt (ISC-Egypt’15), held 21-22 October 2015, was a scientific “by-students and for-students” gathering with a focus on biomedical and healthcare technologies. It was a continuation of the ISC 2013, the first international... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2016
Analyzing How Devices Are Used
Edited by Mary Beth Privitera, Academic Press, 2015, ISBN 9780128018521, xxii + 284 pages, US$106 paperback. As a former design instructor, the title of this text interested me because I had not personally used the term contextual inquiry in my teaching,... Read more
State of the Art January/February 2016
The Hygiene Hypothesis
Some call it the five-second rule, some extend that to five minutes, and some don’t care. This is the amount of time people are comfortable with picking up and eating food that has dropped to the floor. Of course, a... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Transforming Health Care
Despite the myriad assistive technologies that have been developed over the years, high installation costs and limited functionalities have prevented their widespread adoption. To overcome these barriers, the concept of body sensor networks (BSNs) was introduced, which proposes the development... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
John Rogers and the Ultrathin Limits of Technology
When Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, announced in August 2015 that it had hired away “soft electronics” pioneer John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the exuberant reports in Chicago and the agonized ones downstate all shared similar... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Convergence Revolution Comes to Wearables
In the field of wearable biomedical sensors, the convergence revolution is more than a fanciful, utopian view of the way innovation should be done. Medical-grade wearable sensors rely on it. Their development requires technical know-how, computing expertise, clinical input, and... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
The End of Seizures and Depression?
The objective tools of engineering should be brought to the challenge of understanding emotions in people, and this could change the way we approach many health conditions, including epilepsy and depression, according to Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., a professor in the... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
From Micro to Nano
Over the past decade, embedded systems and microelectromechanical systems have evolved in a radical way, redefining our standard of living and enhancing the quality of life. Health care, among various other fields, has benefited vastly from this technological development. The... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Psychophysiological Monitoring
The current gold standard for diagnosis of mental health disorders is a clinical interview in which the patient and clinician discuss the patient’s symptoms and history. This process is subjective and can be adversely affected by the patient’s memory difficulties... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
The Body Metric
Beads of sweat trickle down your forehead. As your heart races, the screen becomes more static. Though it’s just a video game, you feel imprisoned in a nightmare. What makes it so real is how the video game responds to every... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
The Telltale Heartbeat
The pulse rate has long been considered a basic and essential window on a person’s general physical condition. A racing heart could mean a person is at risk for a heart attack or, conversely, simply stressed, excited, or exercising. An... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Are Wearables Safe?
Sometime over the last few years, wearable electronics have become the norm. Whether it’s a cell phone attached to a holster at the hip, a smart watch on the wrist, or sensors on and sometimes woven into clothing, these technologies... Read more
Feature January/February 2016
Teaching the Real World
Above: The 2015 UNC BME senior design team It’s not just about a grade,” says senior BME student Sam Ray. “These are real engineering problems.” Ray is one of the 85 seniors who participated in the 2015 BME Design Symposium sponsored... Read more
Retrospectroscope January/February 2016
Highlights in the History of the Fourier Transform
L’étude profonde de la nature est la source la plus féconde de découvertes mathématiques. —Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768–1830) [accordion title=”Introducing the Fourier Transform”] By Max E. Valentinuzzi Doesn’t it look like magic to traverse a boundary with one face and come out of the other side with a... Read more