Department of Bio-Medical Engineering

ICBMSP ’09 Conference Report    

The Centre for Biomedical Informatics & Signal Processing of Bio Medical Engineering Dept of SSN College of Engineering, Chennai in association with Sai Bio Science Research Institute (SBRI) and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), USA organized the 2nd International conference on Bio medical informatics & Signal processing (ICBMSP’09)on 13th & 14th March, 2009 at our campus.

This conference is an important event that provides a unique opportunity for disseminating the latest advances, applications, future trends and market for successful commercialization in the field of BioMedical Informatics. It aims to bring together the industries, practitioners, researchers and academicians in the field Biological, Medical, Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, BioInformatics, Computer Science, Information Technology and Communication for creating synergy and supporting interdisciplinary research, development and commercialization.

Around 12 parallel sessions on bioinformatics, biomedical signal processing, health information systems, biomedical modelings were held. Around 160 papers have been received and out of which 20% papers got rejected. Several invitees from health care sector, defense aviation medical division have delivered the keynote address.

  ICBMSP '09 Conference Report
Dr. Syed Haque, Conference Chair, delivering the keynote address.

Special key note address given by:
Dr .Syed Haque Chair, Department of Health Informatics
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
School of health related professions, USA
Program Chair, ICBMSP

A Special session on women in bio engineering was held on 14th March 2009 at the auditorium of SSN Campus.

Dr Dinesh Mital and Dr N.Sriraam, Program Chairs,ICBMSP’09 chaired the session. In his welcome address, Dr Sriraam elaborated the importance of this special session.

A Special Session on Women

Special session on ‘Women in Bio-Engineering’ was held at the SSN campus

On the stage

Dr Sriraam welcoming the gathering. On the stage are:
Dr Dinesh Mital, Dr Parvathi and Ms Niveditha

The following speaker’s delivered the key note address during the session:
Topic: ‘Interfacing Women with Aviation Advancement’

Dr Parvathi Gopal
Director,Indian Aeropsace Medicine Institute
Bangalore

Dr Parvathi Gopal
Dr Parvathi Gopal receiving the Best Women in Engineering 2008 award from Dr Dinesh Mital .
Dr Sriraam ,Programme Chair’09 witnessed this memorable occasion

Profile: Dr Parvati Gopal Graduate from Madras Medical College and passed out in the year 1977. Completed post graduation in ‘Aviation Medicine’ from Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) in the year 1986. Worked as Aviation medical specialist in UB Air before joining DRDO as Scientist and got posted to IAM in 1992. Worked as HOD in the departments of Human Engineering, High Altitude Physiology and Hyperbaric medicine and Research Division.

Posted to DRDO on promotion in the year 2003 and become as Joint Director, and then promoted as Associate Director. Presently posted to IAM and Heading the Division of Space & Environmental & High Altitude Physiology and Hyperbaric Medicine she has presented more than 50 papers in National and International forums and published several papers in various journals.

She has won recognition in all national news papers and television channels as the first woman in aviation medicine. Chief Minister’s award for being the first women in aerospace medicine in 1987. She has also been presented the Rotary club award as the ‘Best woman achiever’ 1988. She has entered the Limca Book of records, in 2007 as the  ‘First woman Aerospace doctor’.

Nivedita Raghunath

Nivedita Raghunath
Senior Research Specialist at Emory University,
Center for Systems Imaging
Georgia Tech, Atlanta USA
Profile: Nivedita Raghunath is currently a Senior Research Specialist at Emory University, Center for Systems Imaging. She is also the co-founder of a company, Kilorie LLC, which provides chronic disease management solutions. She received her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from the PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore and her Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

In the course of her research, Nivedita has been involved with several biomedical imaging projects encompassing multiple imaging modalities (X-ray, PET, MRI). Her key research projects include Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) in mammography, motion correction in PET and kidney function modeling using MRI.
Her areas of expertise and interest include biomedical imaging, informatics, data mining and electronic medical records. Nivedita has published several peer reviewed papers in leading journals and conferences.

She gave a technical talk on PET imaging: Retrospect and Prospect. During her speech, she also highlighted the challenging roles for the women community in the biomedical field. She also addressed the possible opportunities for doing higher studies at abroad and corresponding job opportunities for the women
Presentation by Ms. Nivedita
Presentation by Ms. Nivedita

Ms.D. Malathi, Director, Sai’s Biosciences Research Institute Pvt. Ltd ,delivered a key note address on importance of bioinformatics field and potential applications for the women community in terms of Jo market.

Finally the best women award has been given to Dr Parvathi Gopal based on her contribution to the aviation engineering field. Based on the 12 applications received, the committee has recommended her name due to her contribution as women to the engineering society.