SIMTech Medical Technology Lecture 2: Research & Development of Non-Invasive Human Brain Activity Monitoring Systems

Date: 17 Jul 2008 - 17 Jul 2008

Venue: SIMTech Training Room, Level 3, Tower Block

The human body is governed by the brain. Monitoring of brain activities could potentially improve the work efficiency of the brain, so as to enhance the safety of the body as well as its work efficiency. There are many important potential applications of brain activity monitoring, such as scientific research for the brain, military and security applications, clinic diagnosis, and the needs of individuals in their daily life and work, including sleep onset detection, mental fatigue screening, attention or emotion monitoring, blackout or disorientation detection, epilepsy onset detection, and controlling machines by mind. A new category of products - human brain activity monitors, is on the way to meet the huge potential application demands. Prof Li Xiaoping and his multidisciplinary team have been actively conducting research and development of human brain activity monitoring systems in the Neurosensors Laboratory at the National University of Singapore. In this seminar, the neurobiological basis for non-invasive human brain activity monitoring and the required system for the monitoring, including the work principles, designs, development and testing of the sensors and headband, the signal conditioning and wireless transmission circuits, and the signal processing methods, as well as some of the application systems developed or under development, will be briefly presented.

About the Speaker
Professor Li Xiaoping graduated from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1991 with a doctorate degree. He has been employed by the National University of Singapore since 1992, where he is currently a full professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Bioengineering, and Graduate Program of Bioengineering. His current research interests encompass neurosensors and nanomachining. He has served as the Founding Director having established the multi-disciplinary research laboratory - Neurosensors Laboratory at the National University of Singapore with the support of external funding. He was seconded to Tokyo Institute of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology as visiting professor in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

Professor Li is actively involved in the international professional community. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a senior member of Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) and North American Manufacturing Research Institute / SME. He chaired the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Singapore Chapter, chaired and co-organised 30 international conferences. He is currently serving as the Guest Editors for International Journal of Computer Application in Technology, International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, and International Journal of Manufacturing and Management. He is also serving in the advisory boards for International Journal of Abrasive Technology, International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials, and Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering. He is the reviewer for 25 international journals. His research achievements include 8 patents granted, 4 patents in pending, 3 software copyrights, over 260 technical publications, of which over 140 are international refereed journal papers. He has supervised 10 post-doctoral research fellows, 19 PhD students, 20 MS students, and 10 visiting scholars.

10.15am: Registration

10.30am: Presentation / Q&A

12.00pm: Refreshments and Networking

12.30pm: End

Who Should Attend
Medical device manufacturers, designers and those who are new to the field as well. This technology lecture is particularly suitable for professionals responsible for design and development, R&D and manufacturing. 

Registration for this lecture is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome. 

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