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WPI to Host International Symposium on Medical Information and Communications Technology March 21-23

Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and WPI's Center for Wireless Information Networks, the meeting will be held in the Rubin Campus Center

March 9, 2016
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host the 10th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology from March 21 to 23. Sponsored by WPI, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and WPI's Center for Wireless Information Networks Studies (CWINS), the symposium is a forum where researchers in technology and medicine from around the world share new research on the use of information and communications technologies in such fields as healthcare, wellness, clinical therapy, and surgery.

Kaveh Pahlavan, right, and graduate student Umair Khan attach sensors to a mannequin used to study body area networks.To be held in WPI's Rubin Campus Center, the symposium will include workshops and panel discussions on connected medical device systems; medical regulatory science, security, and interoperability; and new applications in cell therapy and wireless video capsule endoscopy. The meeting is being organized under the direction of general co-chairs Kaveh Pahlavan, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI and director of CWINS, and Vahid Tarokh, PhD, Perkins Professor and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Harvard University.

Featured speakers:

• Danilo Tagle, PhD, associate director for special initiatives, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health ("Bringing Life to Engineering: NIH Programs on Tissues-on-Chips and SPARC Neuromodulation")

• Michael Marcus, ScD, director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC ("Finding and Protecting Medical Grade Spectrum to Advance Health")

• Gregory Campbell, PhD, former director of biostatistics at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("Medical Device Regulatory Science: A View from 20 Years at FDA's Device Center")

• David Cave, MD, director of gastrointestinal research and professor of medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School ("Video Capsule Endoscopy: A Disruptive Technology")

• Joshua Mandel, MD, lead architect, SMART Health IT, at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School ("SMART API Using HL7 FHIR Emerging Standards to Define Patient Data Resources")

• Myriam Armant, PhD, director of the TransLab at Boston Children's Hospital ("Protocol/Interoperability Requirements for Cell and Gene Therapy")

• Janet Campbell, vice president of patient experience at Epic ("Open Epic, a Plug-and-Play Initiative to Integrate and Embed Outside Health Apps and Other Innovations Within Epic Using Standard Technologies, Such as SMART and FHIR")

The symposium will include workshops titled "Securing Medical Cyber-Physical Systems: Challenges and Future Directions"; "Medical Device Safety"; "Challenges in Medical Device Regulatory Science for Body Area Networks"; and "Building the Internet of Medical Things." A tutorial titled "Modern Full Body Human CAD Models for Microwave Simulations" will be delivered by Gregory Noetscher, PhD, an electrical engineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center; Sara Louie, PhD, senior application engineer at ANSYS Inc.; and Sergey Makarov, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI.

The evening of March 21 will feature a special panel discussion, "Medical Device Safety: Industry Experience Implementing the STAMP Accident Causality Model," led by Nancy Leveson, PhD, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and director of the Partnership for a Systems Approach to Safety and Security. The event will be held in conjunction with the Fifth MIT STAMP/STPA (Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis) Workshop. STAMP is a new accident causality model based on systems theory and systems thinking.

For more on the 10th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology, visit the symposium website.

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