Skip to main content

ABSPIE seminar series

08.02.2018 Motor monitoring and stability assessment using wireless sensors

February 8th 2018, 13:00, Room F105/F106, School of Engineering

Speaker: Rita Stagni is Associate Professor of Biomechanics at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. Her scientific production presently includes more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. Her research activity, in cooperation with national and international scientific institutions, mainly concerns the application of measurement, modelling and control methods in movement analysis, in both physiological and assisted conditions. Recent research focused on the accurate real-time assessment of motor stability and balance in elderly and pathological subjects, with a particular reference, in the last years, to the maturation of motor control in children. She was member of the Board of the Italian Society of Gait Analysis in Clinic, 3DAHM group of the International Society of Biomechanics, member of the European Society of Biomechanics, and participated in national and international research projects as coordinator for UNIBO

Aim: As one of the so-called geriatric giants is considered, it is evident that falls represent a heavy economic and social burden, leading to a significant reduction in the quality of life in the elderly and/or pathological population. Therefore, it is easy to understand the great interest in the identification of effective methods to identify those at risk and to develop effective clinical / rehabilitative interventions aiming to reduce this risk. Unfortunately, however, extensive research and literature demonstrate how far from simple is this task; based on epidemiological evaluations, the risk of falling has a multifactorial nature, is affected by specific clinical conditions as well as by environmental conditions, potentially differing significantly from one subject to another. Both postural and motor stability are the result of the concurrent action of various functional resources.

In recent years, an increasing attention has been paid to multifactorial assessment, aiming at personalised intervention for the prevention of falls and injuries in the elderly subjects. Moreover, efficient wearable sensors have become available, allowing a constant and non-invasive monitoring of the movement during the activities of daily life. This resulted in the development and proposal of a large number of methods for the quantification of motor stability and the estimation of fall risk. The aim of this lesson is to provide an overview and a critical review of the quantitative tools proposed in recent years and based on the use of magneto-inertial sensors to summarise the advantages and the main limitations for the proper use of these instruments.


Thu 18 January 2018, 11:49 | Tags: Data analisys, Clinical Enginering, study design, EMB

06.02.2018 Medical Technology & Biomedical Engineering Education

February 6th 2018, 13:00, Room A401, School of Engineering

Speaker: Nicolas Pallikarakis is Emeritus Professor of the University of Patras, Greece; Founder of the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT), Patras, Greece, in 1991; Past Chairman of the HTA Division of the IFMBE; Founding member of EAMBES Fellows; and Elected member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). He is one of the creators of the international M.Sc. program in Biomedical Engineering (BME) established in 1989 at the University of Patras, Greece. Prof Pallikarakis has more than 130 publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. Coordinator of more than 30 European and Greek R&D projects. In the domain of BME education, he coordinated a number of Erasmus/Tempus projects. The two more recent Curricula Reformation and Harmonisation in the field of Biomedical Engineering (CRH BME) and the European Neighbouring Area (ENA) countries that created four new BME Joint programs in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, based on the core curriculum proposed by the previously mentioned CRH BME project. Last January he has been invited to represent Greece in the Erasmus+ 30 year’s celebration launching event in Brussels and in June 2017, he received one of the 33 Awards given to Erasmus+ participants in a special ceremony at the EU Parliament in Strasburg.

Aim: In his talk, Nicolas Pallikarakis will give a thirty-year overview of the evolution in the domain of Medical Technology and its relationship with Biomedical Engineering Education. He will present the case of a unique European collaboration program in BME and will elaborate the direct and indirect benefits of such a joint effort.

Thu 18 January 2018, 11:47 | Tags: health economy, Data analisys, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA, EMB

03.11.2017 Machine supervisory control with mixed reality technologies


Speaker: Dr Oreste Riccardo Natale after gaining a Ph.D. In information science applied to industrial automation at the Università degli Studi del Sannio in Benevento - Italy - founded an academic spin-off company called Mosaico in 2005. Mosaico designs and installs distributed control systems for industrial automation with particular experience in aerospace industries.

Aim: In this talk an application is shown where an industrial plant is augmented with holograms is realtime updated with the data coming from the plant itself.

Mon 30 October 2017, 12:42

08.09.2015 "Managing the innovation in Biomedical Engineering: the problems and advantages of starting early"

Speaker: Dr Saverio Stranges, Scientific Director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. Dr Stranges has been appointed as the Scientific Director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health. Previously, he was an Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Warwick Medical School, where he has been for about nine years (2006-2015). Within Warwick University, he was also Director of the Academic Clinical Training in Public Health, as well as Honorary Consultant Physician in Public Health Medicine at the University Hospital of Coventry & Warwickshire, working in the Lipid & Coronary Prevention Clinics.

Aim: this will be an interactive session addressing the main criteria and issues in inferring causal associations in epidemiological studies.

Fri 28 July 2017, 11:14 | Tags: HTA, EMB

07.02.2017 "Managing the innovation in Biomedical Engineering: the problems and advantages of starting early"


Speaker: Stefania Manetti, PhD candidate in Healthcare Innovation Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (Italy), where she graduated with honors in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. In 2016, she visited the Public Health Sciences Department of Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) to work on parametric survival models and their application in decision models. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Health Economics Research Center (HERC), University of Oxford, to investigate the impact of hospital costing methods on cost-effectiveness analysis. Her research interests include Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and early HTA for innovative medical devices, cost-effectiveness analysis and decision models. Stefania is also the President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPOR) Student chapter at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

Aim: After introducing the main principles of the cost-effectiveness approach consistent with the mainstream Health Technology Assessment (HTA) framework, this talk will explore the early HTA state of art and whether it could support the development process and provide a more solid foundation for the next phase of the reimbursement strategy.

Room/time: room D202, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, 14:00.

Fri 03 February 2017, 11:04 | Tags: HTA, Early stage HTA

28.11.2016 "The role of biomedical engineers to develop appropriate technologies for LMIC"

Speaker: Adriana Velazquez is the senior adviser and focal point on medical devices at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is a Mexican Biomedical Engineer with postgraduate degree in Clinical Engineering in U.S.A. Previous to join WHO she was the founding and General Director of the National Centre for Health Technology Excellence (CENETEC) in the Ministry of Health in Mexico, where she had more than 15 years experience as clinical engineer in private and public hospitals in Mexico. She has had honorary positions in national and international professional organizations.

Aim: After introducing the WHO leadership priorities, this talk will illustrate challenges and opportunities for biomedical engineering, which are willing to design and develop medical devices for low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Project: This talk is part of a meeting organized by the ABSPIE lab, in collaboration with the IFMBE HTAD, in the framework of the project titled “HTA of Medical Devices, with a specific focus on LMIC” (PI, Dr Leandro Pecchia), funded by EPSRC IAA Award and the Warwick GRP on Science and Technology for Health.

Room/time: room F105, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, 12:00.

Thu 17 November 2016, 14:40 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA, Early stage HTA

10.02.2017 "Optical sensing in medicine" (Part of the School of Engineering Seminar Series)

Speaker: Professor Panayiotis Kyriacou, is Chair of Biomedical Engineering (PROFILE), Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, Director, Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (RCBE), President-Elect, European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering ( EAMBES), Vice President (Academia), Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Aim: The talk will cover examples of application areas including real-time physiological and biochemical monitoring using optical techniques and spectral analysis.

Mon 24 October 2016, 18:36

21.10.2016 "Healthcare Technology Innovation & the Future" (Part of the School of Engineering Seminar Series)

Speaker: Professor Daniel Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Director CHEATA – Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption Co-Director – CHT – Centre for Healthcare Technologies Expert Member – Medical Technology Advisory Committee – NICE

Aim: This seminar will introuce ABSPIE postgrad students to the role and importance of technology in healthcare; looking at the benefits and challenges of developing and introducing new and innovative technologies.

This talk will be broadcast live for the First Global Clinical Enginering Day #GlobalCEDay, in cooperation with IFMBE,

Mon 24 October 2016, 18:27 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA

10.03.2016 "Clinical Engineering: from devices to systems"

Speaker: Dr Ernesto Iadanza PhD, Chairman of the Clinical Engineering Division of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Aim: This seminar will introuce ABSPIE postgrad students to the most innovative experiences regarding the new models, methods, and challenges faced by Professionals, Technology Managers, Manufacturers, Advisors, and Academics in the area of Clinical Engineering, Medical Physics, and Health Economics..

For more information Click Here

Mon 24 October 2016, 18:19 | Tags: Clinical Enginering, IFMBE

10.03.2016 "Medical Device IP & commercialisation"

Speaker: Dr Shum Prakash PhD MBA, Business Development Manager, Warwick Ventures.

Aim: This seminar will introuce ABSPIE postgrad students to the complex process of medical device PI and intelletual protection.

For more information Click Here

Mon 24 October 2016, 18:16

Older news