Welcome Message

Starting in 2010, EMBS is launching a new series of forums addressing grand challenges in biomedical engineering. The forum series will review the significant progress we have made in the past decade, and identify grand challenges facing the scientific community in a specific discipline within the biomedical engineering field in the next 10 years.

EMBS has a strong portfolio of conferences including its flagship annual conference and several special topic conferences. All these conferences accept unsolicited submissions to provide a platform for authors to present original R & D work in parallel oral or poster sessions. Such technical conferences provide an important platform to exchange original research ideas.

With the ever accelerated pace of R & D, there is a need to hold public debates to identify the grand challenges we are facing in a scientific discipline and the future trends of the field. Such debates would provide important guidance to the scientific community to focus the limited resources by tackling significant issues in order to make big progress in a field. In the new Forum series, leading thinkers from academia, government and industry will be invited to present their visions. All presentations will be invitation only, and all the participants will be encouraged to join the interactive panel discussions that will follow the invited presentations.

The first IEEE-EMBS Grand Challenge Forum will address grand challenges in Neuroengineering. Bridging engineering and neuroscience, neuroeingineering is an emerging field that translates research discoveries into neuro-technologies that provide new and powerful tools for basic and clinical neuroscience research and lead to enhanced patient care. Exploration of neural systems has long focused on understanding how neural systems work at the molecular, cellular, circuitry and system levels. Engineering methodologies have always played an important role in the study of neural systems, providing tools needed to detect, process and model neural signals. Recently, tremendous progress has been made in the field of neuroengineering, both in the application of engineering concepts and methodologies to the study of neural systems, and in interfacing neural systems with external devices for restoration of lost neural function. The rapid progress and tremendous translational potential of neuroengineering has been well recognized in the past several years. EMBS has played a leadership role in shaping the development of neuroengineering through excellent representation in its annual conference and by starting a special topic conference ¨C IEEE EMBS International Conference on Neural Engineering in 2003, which has continued to provide a platform for the presentation of original research work.

The IEEE-EMBS Forum on Grand Challenges in Neuroengineering will further EMBSĄŻ efforts in promoting this important emerging field. The aim is to conduct strategic discussions and debates open to and engaging the scientific community. The outcome of the Forum shall answer questions including where are we, what are the major obstacles and challenges, and where should the field go in the next decade. The Forum will be held from May 7-8, 2010 in Bethesda, next to NIH campus. Send your suggestions of grand challenges in neuroengineering or your interest to participate in the Forum, to EMBS Executive Office at emb-conferences@ieee.org.

Best regards,

Bin He
Chair, Steering Committee



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