ECTI-CON 2010 19-22 May 2010, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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ECTI-CON 2010 is the seventh annual international conference organized by Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI) Association, Thailand. The conference aims to be an international forum for presentation of technological advances and research results in the field of electrical engineering, electronics, computer, telecommunications, and information technology. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of ECTI-CON 2010 and will be available via IEEE Xplore (IEEE Catalog Number: CFP1006E-ART). Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality.

ECTI-CON 2010 Keynote Speakers

Prof. Arthur E. T. Chiou, Ph. D. Prof. Arthur E. T. Chiou, Ph.D.

Arthur Chiou received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology. He had been an Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), NASA, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at IBM San Jose Research Lab, a Principal Investigator, a Senior Scientist and a Program Manager at Rockwell Science Center in the US, a Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the National Dong Hwa University in Hualien, Taiwan, and the Dean of the School of Biomedical Science and Engineering at the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. He is currently a Professor of the Institute of Biophotonics and the Director of the Biophotonics Interdisciplinary Research Center at the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Chiouís recent research interest has been in the field of optical manipulation & sensing, and spectroscopic laser microscopy for biomedical applications. He has more than 300 publications and presentations and holds two US patents (with 2 other pending) and one Taiwan patent (with 2 other pending). He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), a Fellow of the Photonics Society of Chinese-Americans (PSC), and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was the President and the Chairman of the Board of PSC. Dr. Chiou was a member of the Board of Director (BoD) of SPIE, a member of the BoD of the Physical Society of The R.O.C., the President of the OSA, Taiwan Chapter, a member of the BoD of the Optical Engineering Society of the R.O.C., and a recipient of the SPIE 1989 Rudolph Kingslake Award and Medal.

Keynote Session: Optical Trapping & Manipulation for Biomedical Applications

In this lecture, I will begin with a few video demonstrations to illustrate the fun and the potential applications of optical trapping and manipulation followed by a discussion of optical trapping and tracking of the Brownian motion of the trapped particle for the calibration of the optical force constants to implement a simple photonics force microscopy (PFM) platform. Recent progresses in PFM, optical trap-and-stretch, oscillatory optical tweezers, and jumping optical tweezers (from my research group) will be presented, and potential biomedical applications of these techniques will be highlighted.

Prof. Nigel Lovell, Ph. D. Prof. Nigel Lovell, Ph.D.

Nigel Lovell is currently a Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at University of New South Wales. His research and development work has covered areas of expertise ranging from biomedical instrumentation, biological signal processing, neurophysiology and physiological modeling. His principal research interests have been focused in the application of appropriate technology in primary health care and design of an electronic vision prosthesis. He has published 350+ journal articles, books, chapters, patents, refereed proceedings and abstracts. He is a board member of the journal 'Physiological Measurement', a founding board member of the 'Journal of Neural Engineering' and was Vice President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for 4 years. He has been awarded over US$60 million in research, consultancy and infrastructure funding in his career.

Keynote Session: Wearable and Implantable Bionics: from Managing Chronic Disease to Therapies for Blindness

The role of telemetry and communications technology will be explored in a number of medical devices developed at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales. Topics discussed will include clinical measurement devices used for telehealth, triaxial accelerometers for personal alarming in the elderly and vision prostheses.

The problem of the increasing burden of chronic disease and the ageing population on health care expenditure is acknowledged worldwide. Telehealth systems - the provision of health services from a distance- are considered one technological approach to reduce or alleviate this burden.

A range of telehealth technologies developed over the past 15 years will be discussed. The talk will cover:
  • telehealth monitoring and decision support systems for chronic disease management,
  • wearable ambulatory technologies based around triaxial accelerometry for falls detection and falls risk prevention,
  • wireless sensor networks for unobtrusive monitoring and the future assessment of functional health status.
These areas will be briefly explored in conjunction with some perspectives on health service delivery models and anticipated health and economic outcomes from the adoption of telehealth systems.

A second medical device technology based will also be described. Specifically, for over a decade our research group have been working on a retinal neurostimulator - a so-called "bionic eye". Recently we have teamed with clinical and other collaborators to form a consortium named Bionic Vision Australia (BVA). The work of the BVA towards developing a vision prosthesis will be discussed - including the general principle of operation, design challenges and potential benefits for implant recipients. Advanced materials and micro-technology research has led to a novel method of electrode array construction and feedthrough designs for safely encapsulating the custom-designed electronics that acts as the core of the device. We shall also discuss surgical approaches and results from experimental and human psychophysics studies.
Contact address: ecticon2010@gmail.com, http://www.ecticon2010.org
For general inquiry, please contact General Co-chair, Nipon Theera-Umpon, at nipon@ieee.org
For program inquiry, please contact Technical Program chair, Sansanee Auephanwiriyakul, at sansanee@ieee.org
* Chiang Mai pictures are taken from www.tourismthailand.org, the official website for Tourism in Thailand