DescriptionThis workshop is a basic introduction and overview of the very exciting field of biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering involves applying the concepts, knowledge and approaches of virtually all engineering disciplines to solve or improve healthcare related problems. Biomedical engineers use their expertise in biology, medicine, physics, mathematics, engineering science and communication to make the world a healthier place. The challenges created by the diversity and complexity of living systems require creative, knowledgeable, and imaginative people working in teams of physicians, scientists, engineers, and even business folk to monitor, restore and enhance normal body function. The biomedical engineer is ideally trained to work at the intersection of science, medicine and mathematics to solve biological and medical problems.;;The purpose of the short course is to serve as an introduction to the basic engineering concepts used by modern biomedical engineers. A student that attends this short will obtain a good overview of the engineering and physics principles that are applied in the field of modern biomedical engineering. These principles will be taught by incorporating examples from industry and research laboratories. Topics to be covered will include biomimicry, design of biomechanical devices (such as implants), electro-mechanical devices (such as surgical robots), E-medicine devices (for instance mobile phones) and artificial intelligence in medicine. Everyone with an interest in the intersection between engineering and medicine are invited to attend!
Prof Cornie Scheffer is the founder and head of the Biomedical Engineering Research Group (www.sun.ac.za/berg) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa where he played a key role in the development of numerous new medical devices. He is the author and co-author of numerous research papers and is also the co-author of a textbook. Prof Scheffer is also the presenter of workshops in the engineering field and has presented his courses in many international locations. He consults to industry on a regular basis in his areas of expertise and is co-inventor of several medical device patents. He is a member of the IEEE, the EMBS, the SAIMechE and is also a registered professional engineer (PrEng).Prof Scheffer received the “Upcoming researcher of the year” award in 2005, and won the DTI Technology Awards in 2008. He was the joint winner of the Baumgarten-Wagon award in 2009, a finalist in the 2009/10 NSTF awards, and received the Rector’s award for excellent research in 2010.His enthusiasm and down to earth style of presenting makes for a very enjoyable and interesting course.
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