BIOM 5800/BMG 6996: Biomedical Engineering Seminar

Seminar News

9 Jan 2017

  • Happy New Year! Seminars begin next Monday 16 January at 2:30pm in 3356ME.
  • BIOM5800/BMG6996 will be co-taught by Profs Andy Adler and James Green this year. Prof Adler will be handling the fall 2016 term and Prof Green will be handling the winter 2017 term.
  • If you intend to present a seminar in the winter of 2017, please submit an Abstract submission form by Tuesday 24 January 2017. Please email Prof Green at the completed form with a cc to your supervisor and a statement that your supervisor has approved of your abstract. Please note that student seminars are scheduled in the reverse order in which Abstract submission forms are received.
  • OCIBME students: Do not forget to register for this course to get the credit. Seminar attendance and/or presentation without the course registration will NOT normally be counted toward the credit.
  • Please note that credit is not normally given for attending the day of your own seminar.
  • Seminars for the Winter 2017 term are being scheduled now. Please watch the space below.
  • If you have any questions, contact Prof Green at

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Winter 2017
Date Time Room Presenter Title
9 Jan 2017 14h30—16h30 No meeting
16 Jan 2017 14h30—16h00 3356ME Prof. Pascal Fallavollita
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Translational Research: innovations in medical education, training, and computer-assisted interventions
23 Jan 2017 14h30—16h30 No meeting
27 Jan 2017 11h00—12h30 4345 HB Prof. Monica Wachowicz
CISCO Systems Chair for Big Data, University of New Brunswick
Is the Internet of Things the right technology to further our understanding of human mobility?
30 Jan 2017 14h30—16h00 3356ME Mr. Robert Miner
Ottawa Heart Institute and Carleton University
Clinical PET/MRI: instrumentation, current status and potential applications.
6 Feb 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Alex Steeves (UO) Evaluation of the direct effects of poly(dopamine) on the in vitro response of human osteoblastic cells
Sanaz Bahrami (UO) Development of a lightweight hand exoskeleton designed with conductive sewing thread artificial muscle for patients with spastic hand syndrome
Brad Barnes (CU) Prediction of Human-Pathogen Protein-Protein Interactions
Scott Pardoel (UO) Design, and Testing of a Passive Ankle Exoskeleton for the Reduction of the Metabolic Cost of Walking
13 Feb 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Kevin Dick (CU) Interactome Analysis of Malaria-Causing Parasites and the Zika Virus
Raissa Anderson (UO) Recent advances in simple and affordable diagnostic point-of-care devices for use in resource-poor environments
Johnny Farah (OU) Gait Phase Detection from Thigh Kinematics using Machine Learning Techniques
Brandon Fournier (UO) Modelling and Analysis of Lower Extremity Powered Exoskeleton Ankle Mechanics for Very Slow Walking Speeds
20 Feb 2017 14h30—16h30 No meeting
27 Feb 2017 14h30—16h30 No meeting
6 Mar 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Dr. Miodrag Bolic
SITE, University of Ottawa
Contactless monitoring of vital signs
Daniel J. Kucherhan (UO) Tactile Feedback for Dexterous Manipulation Using Assistive Robotic/Prosthetic Fingers
13 Mar 2017 14h30—16h30 No meeting
20 Mar 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Dr. Jason Steffener
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Age Effects on the Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Function
Adefemi Adeyemi (UO) Microfluidic Device for High Throughput Sorting of Encapsulated Cells in Agarose Microcapsules using Dielectrophoresis
Colin Jones (CU) Respiratory-matched attenuation correction to improve uniformity of regional myocardial blood flow estimates during hypercapnia-induced stress imaging with dynamic Rubidium-82 positron emission tomography
27 Mar 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Nikhilesh Pradhan (CU) Quality Assessment of Wrist-based Photoplethysmography Signals
Madison Cohen-McFarlane (CU) Analysis of Contact Pressure for Monitoring Body Fluid Distribution
William Ho (UO) Cellular response to semi-ordered/biomimetic nanotubular surfaces
Eleanor Gerson (UO) Effects of microfluidic channel material surface properties and cross-sectional geometry on endothelial cell morphology, under static and dynamic flow conditions
3 Apr 2017 14h30—16h30 3356ME Dr. Marie-Ange Janvier
Clinical Engineering, CHEO
The Role of a Clinical Engineer in a Hospital
Zlatko Lovrenovic (UO) The development of passive walking assistive exoskeleton with an upward force assist strategy.
Fall 2016
Date Time Room Presenter Title
12 Sept 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting
19 Sept 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting
26 Sept 2016 15h00—16h30 3190ME Prof. Emily Heath
Physics, Carleton University
Modelling respiratory motion in radiation therapy
3 Oct 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting
10 Oct 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting (Thanksgiving)
17 Oct 2016 15h00—16h30 402SA Jay Lawrence
CEO, Patientway
Health Technology Start-ups: A Report from the Trenches
24 Oct 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting (Fall Break)
31 Oct 2016 15h00—16h30 3190ME Richard York Characterization and Optimization of Micro-Machining of Dental Screws and Pillars
Robert Miner Compton camera systems
7 Nov 2016 15h00—16h30 3190ME Dr. Pablo Nery
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Technology for Cardiac Ablation: a user's experience
14 Nov 2016 15h00—16h30 3190ME Miriam Nightingale The mechanical characterization of heart valve cusp replacements from a planar biaxial test.
Sarah Bruch Failure Code Analysis of Medical Device Work orders in order to Enhance Biomedical Engineering Department Workflow
21 Nov 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting
28 Nov 2016 15h00—16h30 3190ME Prof. Winnie Ye
Dept of Electronics, Carleton University
Biomedical Applications of Photonics
5 Dec 2016 15h00—16h30 No meeting

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Calendar Description

BIOM 5800 [0.0 credit] (BMG 6996) Biomedical Engineering Seminar (Course Syllabus) This course is in the form of seminars presented by graduate students and other researchers in the area of Biomedical Engineering. To complete this course, a student must attend at least 10 seminars and make one presentation in the context of this seminar series.

*This is a mandatory course for the OCIBME graduate program and all students must register in this course in both fall and winter semesters until completion of all course requirements. A seminar attendance without registration is not counted for the credit.

(1) Attendance at Seminars:
Students must attend at least 10 seminars. Seminars will be announced on the course website. The schedule may vary depending on availability of speakers and it typically takes multiple terms for a student to attend 10 seminars.

In addition to attending official BIOM5800/BMG6996 seminars, attendance at other biomedical related seminars, workshops and conferences may be counted towards the course attendance requirement. Such activities must be approved in advance by the academic advisor/supervisor or course coordinator. A short report (one page) together with the relevant event program must be submitted to the course coordinator by the student to receive credit. In the report, you may outline the talk, describe specific points in detail which you are impressed with, and add your comments on the talk. Copy and paste of the given abstract is NOT acceptable. The report form is available here (note that this report is only required for students wishing to receive credit for attending biomedical events outside of BIOM5800/BMG6996). Note that credit is normally only given for one 'unofficial' seminar during their program.

(2) Student Presentation:
Students are expected to make a presentation during the second year of their program, typically in the fall semester. Students can present either their own thesis research or report reviewing an advanced technology in biomedical engineering (either related to the student's thesis research or not). In either case, the topic and abstract must be approved by the academic advisor/supervisor and must not have been previously presented in other courses by the student.

If students choose to present a review on advanced technology, you should select a topic relevant to biomedical engineering and present a critical analysis of the state of the art, perhaps focusing on emerging techniques. You should typically be reviewing 3-5 recent publications, along with supporting general background reference materials, to create your presentation. This is not simply a summary of a few articles; your own critical analysis of the field is essential for a successful seminar. See the course syllabus for guidance of a good seminar.

The abstract submission form should be sent by email to Prof Green at by the due date posted on this course website. Please cc your supervisor to indicate that s/he has agreed to your topic and abstract.

Course Coordinator

Professor James Green
Office: 6203 Canal Building

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