Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General
Directorate General for Health Services
It gives me immense pleasure to know that the School of Science and Engineering of United International University is going to hold the International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016) from 17-18 December 2016.
Engineering and medicine both have been advanced in their respective fields with unimpeachable triumph. Biomedical engineering has taken that achievement a step further. Using advanced technology, this collaboration has made the healthcare system much more plausible and opened new doors to new research opportunities. Consequently, in recent years, Biomedical Engineering has been one of the top notch sectors in the world. Hence, it delights me that, for the first time in Bangladesh, MediTec 2016 is being organized with utmost exuberance.
Biomedical Engineering and ICT in Health and disabilities in Bangladesh have been a revelation in recent years. Illustrious Professors, researchers, medical practitioners and students, have all been contributing to the research of this sector in the country. It has been a pleasure to see that School of Science and Engineering of United International University has organized such a splendid International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016), themed “Smart Systems for Healthcare”. I have noticed that this Conference has attracted brilliant minds in multidisciplinary fields from national and international domains with their profound research works. I believe that MediTec 2016 will contribute to reduce the gap between medical and engineering fields and will strengthen multidisciplinary biomedical engineering research in Bangladesh. I believe, the academic research outcome of this international conference will be able to disseminate real life applications to improve healthcare and disabilities services that will make an impact in our society. This conference may also be able to make significant contribution towards the attainment of sustainable development goals.
I wish the conference a great success.
S M Ashraful lslam
Additional Secretary & Executive Director,
Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC)
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Biomedical Engineering is an engineer’s path to meliorate healthcare systems using the power of technology. Upon recent years, Biomedical Engineering has been one of the most dynamically rising sectors in the world; and MediTec 2016, being organized for the first time in Bangladesh, demonstrates Bangladesh’s enthusiastic contribution in this sector.
The research and applications of Biomedical Engineering in Bangladesh has recently been on a boom; ardent researchers ranging from undergraduate students to brilliant Professors, Bangladesh shows considerable promise in the development of healthcare technologies in the near future. I am delighted to see that School of Science and Engineering of United International University has taken such tremendous measures to organize the International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016), themed “Smart Systems for Healthcare”. The conference has generated research papers on amazingly insightful problems and applications from researchers all over Bangladesh as well as worldwide. I am deeply thankful to the United International University for taking the initiative to organize this acclaimed conference focused solely on “Engineering and Technology in Healthcare and Disabilities” with the help of such a wonderfully proactive committee.
I believe that MediTec 2016 will create a platform for making interaction with engineers, doctors and biologists as well as other health professionals to identify problems and develop sustainable solutions to improve healthcare and disabilities services in Bangladesh, accordingly it will make an impact in our country. The outcome of MediTec 2016 will foster the Biomedical Engineering education and research in Bangladesh into next height.
I wish great success for this conference and hope this venue offers you a great networking opportunity.
Mr. Faridur Rahman Khan
Board of Governors,
United International University
It is very encouraging to note the initiative taken by United International University (UIU) for organizing the first International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016) on December 17-18, 2016. The vastness of the subject is obvious from the title of the conference and we hope that this small step taken by the School of Science and Engineering of UIU will open up a new horizon in the country.
The conference is bringing together Healthcare experts related to engineering and informatics where medical practitioners, engineers and researchers will have the opportunity to share the vast scope of what can be done for the overall improvement of the health sector. Engineering and Technology in Healthcare service is an integral part that helps to understand and provide better diagnosis and treatment of diseases. We are aware of the paucity of human resource, basic expertise, knowledge and application in the biomedical engineering sector through our experience while operating & managing United Hospital, a concern of United Group. Development of biomedical professionals will greatly improve the service quality of the hospitals and the healthcare industry in the country.
I appreciate the consistent effort of UIU to explore new areas of research and dissemination of new ideas, knowledge and technologies covering varied sectors including the Medical Engineering sector. This conference can play an important role to create awareness and identify gap that is being faced by healthcare sector in Bangladesh. United International University has taken this laudable step to bring together the diverse expertise in Medical Engineering and Informatics to improve the healthcare sector by attracting research funding from national and international agencies like A21, ICT Division and IBRO.
Finally, I would like to convey my special thanks to all the organizers, sponsors and co-sponsors for their support to make the conference a success.
It is a great pleasure to know that the School of Science and Engineering of United International University (UIU) has organized the 1st International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016), a focused conference on biomedical engineering and technology, scheduled on 17-18 December 2016. Such a unique conference will bring together researchers and academicians to create opportunities for p[romoting awareness and research ideas in biomedical related fields. Active and vibrant research in this regard is being conducted locally in several universities including UIU and Meditec 2016 will provide the much needed platform for taking the research initiatives to a greater height. Bangladesh, being focused on development, will benefit significantly from the outcome of this conference; specially the healthcare sector of this country will experience a new frontier of growth and innovation from sharing and dissemination of bright research ideas and outcomes at Meditec 2016. We are very much delighted to organize this conference to recognize some noteworthy research on various aspects of this field that include biomedical and health informatics, biomedical signal and image processing, therapeutic systems and clinical technologies among numerous others.
It is worthwhile to note at this point that we have received very supportive and encouraging response from Meddtronic, United Hospital, Siemens Healthineers, Ibne Sina, TradeVision Ltd. Amd Marks Medical College & Hospital and Dental Unit. Active support has been available from Advanced Intelligent Multidisciplinary Systems Lab (AIMS lab) and Biomedical Image and Signal Research group (BIMS) for organizing the event. We are also very thankful to EMB Bangladesh Chapter and IEEE Bangladesh Section for being the technical Co-sponsor and all other co-sponsors for their supportive role to make the conference a successful one.
We are very optimistic that all our participants will be outstandingly served from the conference by updating their knowledge and understanding which will help to develop professional manpower in the country towards widespread and sustainable development of biomedical engineering sector in Bangladesh and in other parts of the world.
Worldwide Biomedical Engineering (Engineering in Medicine and Biology) research advanced to a new height. With the development of cutting-edge technology, healthcare delivery systems improved a lot in the range from preventive care to diagnostic and treatment as well as saving human life. It has also opened the doors for research opportunities to identify problems and inventing solutions. In recent years, Biomedical Engineering has been one of the top notch research and development fields in the world.
In Bangladesh, Biomedical Engineering research, specially Technology in Healthcare and Disabilities is not fully established yet. Although some universities have recently introduced Biomedical Engineering education, the amount of resources and facilities are very limited. Few researchers from different organizations are conducting very limited research in Biomedical Engineering. However, their interaction with engineers, doctors and biologists as well as other health professionals are not much. On the other hand, Bangladesh lacks resources and infrastructure on multidisciplinary biomedical engineering research and development. To foster the Biomedical Engineering education, research and professional development, we established IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Chapter in Bangladesh last year. Under this chapter, we are working to collaborate with industry and academia to increase participation from multidisciplinary professionals in Biomedical Engineering research and development. To promote Biomedical Engineering and encourage related research, School of Science and Engineering, United International University has organized first Biomedical Engineering conference in Bangladesh titled “International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016)” in collaboration with IEEE-EMBS Bangladesh chapter. The participant of the conference are professionals and/or researchers from educational and research institutes, and organizations from home and abroad who are working in biomedical engineering.
We received remarkable response from home and abroad for organizing MediTec 2016 conference. Distinguished professionals in Biomedical Engineering from international institutes like, University of Toronto, Canada; Stanford University, USA; University of Washington, USA; University of South Alabama, USA; University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada; Georgia Tech, USA; Loughborough University, UK; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; University of Cyprus, Cyprus have extended their support to MediTec 2016. We got wide support from our sponsors, Medtronic, United Hospital, Siemens Healthineers, IBN SINA, Trade Vision Ltd. and Marks Medical College & Hospital to make the conference successful. We are also thankful to IEEE-BDS and IEEE EMBS for being the technical co-sponsor and all others for supporting this event.
Like other developing countries, Bangladesh is also trying hard to increase capacities in Biomedical Engineering, and United International University will give its utmost efforts to provide all possible support in this endeavor. MediTec 2016 can play an important role in presenting the best practices and disseminate new ideas and technologies enriching the knowledge base of all involved. I believe that with this conference initiative, we can able to take Biomedical Engineering research, development as well as creation of professionals next step and contribute to improve our healthcare delivery system.
Prof. Shaikh Anowarul Fattah
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Bangladesh University of Engineering
and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh
Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section
Chair, Technical Committee
It is a great pleasure of IEEE Bangladesh Section (IEEE-BDS) that International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016) is organized by School of Science and Engineering of United International University during 17-18 December 2016. The conference is technically co-sponsored by IEEE BDS and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Bangladesh chapter. It is really a great initiative taken by the EMBS Bangladesh Chapter to launch such a demanding conference. Unlike most of the conferences in our country where wide range of areas of electrical and computer engineering are covered, the target of MediTec was to bring together researchers, engineers, medical practitioners and experts contributing mainly in the area of biomedical engineering and health informatics. The conference received immense response from the relevant groups. I am very happy to share that the conference received 103 papers with authors from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Finland, India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, USA, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. IEEE rules and regulations are strictly followed during the review process and finally 40 papers are accepted and registered for presentation. The conference has arranged several Keynote/Invited Talks to be offered by distinguished researchers (both engineers and physicians) from all around the world. In order to maximize the interaction among the participants and exchange of views, engaging two-day program is designed.
IEEE BDS was established in 1993 with 56 members and its membership reached the landmark of 1000 after 21 years in 2014. I was elected Section Chair in 2015 and tried my best to enhance the number and quality of our activities. Within two years the membership is now more than 2,100. IEEE BDS is going to organize Fifth IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Conference (R10HTC) during 21-23 Dec. 2017, for the first time any R10 conference will be held in Bangladesh. In this regard, I want to mention our recent achievement: 2016 IEEE R10 HTA Outstanding Activities Award with citation “IEEE Bangladesh Section in recognition of innovative humanitarian technology activities under leadership of S A Fattah”. Another greatest achievement from IEEE (global): 2016 IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Achievement Award, recipient: Dr. S. A. Fattah with citation “For dynamic leadership in achieving rapid transformation of the IEEE Bangladesh Section into a vibrant large section by ensuring maximum member engagement through innovative activities.” IEEE-BDS was awarded “Outstanding Section Membership Recruitment Performance” in 2015 and again in 2016 by R10. Currently BDS has 3 more society chapters: COMSOC, PES, and EDS/SSCS, affinity groups: women in engineering (WIE) and young professional (YP), student chapters of different societies, two SIGHT groups, 25 student branches in 25 universities.
This year IEEE BDS has provided sponsorship to IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016 (jointly with IEEE Pune Section) and ICIVPR 2017 and technical co-sponsorship to ICCIT, ICECE, ICECTE, ICEEICT, ICISET, IWCI, MediTec, and NSYSS to be held in 2016 and ECCE and NSYSS to be held in 2017.
In 2015, for the first time, IEEE-BDS successfully organized the IEEE R10 meeting where 110 foreign delegates from 17 countries participated. Later, IEEE-BDS along with its WIE AG organized IEEE WIECON-ECE 2015, first ever section sponsored conference where 90 foreign delegates attended. WIE AG BD has won 2015 WIE AG of the Year Award-Honorable Mention and 2016 IEEE R10 WIE AG of the Year Award for the activities held in 2015. Dr. Celia Shahnaz, founding Chair (2011-15) of WIE AG BD, has won 2015 IEEE WIE Inspiring Member Award from IEEE WIE and very prestigious 2016 IEEE MGA Leadership Award. She was selected as 2016 IEEE R10 WIE Coordinator, for the first time BDS got a coordinator position in R10 ExeCom. She mentored in forming 10 Student Branch WIE AGs during 2015-16.
Apart from arranging regular activities (technical seminars, workshops, BDS SYW Congress 2015 and ’16, IEEE Day celebration), BDS also launched new events like IEEE ProTalks 2015, IEEE R10 MiniPOCO 2016 and BDS MiniPOCO, IEEE R10 Counselors’/Chairs’/Mentors’ Summit 2016, IEEE R10 University-Industry Collaboration 2016, BDS SB Execom Summit 2015 & ’16, IEEE BDS Humanitarian Idea and App Contest and SS12: Code-A-Thon Challenge; YP AG arranged YP Summit 2015 & ’16, WIE arranged R10 WIE STAR program and AGE program. In IEEE R10 SYWL Congress 2016 at Bangalore, BDS was chosen as one of the five support sections and our delegates received 8 awards/prizes. Finally that IEEE Explore Digital Library (ASPP, POP ALL) has been activated through UGC Digital Library Consortium.
I express my sincere gratitude to all the authors, speakers, committee members, reviewers, sponsors, advisers and other members whose sincere efforts are the key factors for the success of this conference. I appreciate feedback from all the participants. I wish all the success of MediTec-2016.
Prof. Khawza Iftekhar Ahmed
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Director, BIMS Research Group,
United International University, Bangladesh
Chair, Organizing Committee
Health is a common denominator and an asset for all of us. Engineering and Technology have always been playing a vital role for consistent improvement of our health resulting into higher productive life expectancy. Providing healthcare with greater accessibility and quality at low cost is a challenging proposition. Similar to the case of smart mobile devices at low cost due to the economy of scale, smart healthcare services can be rendered to our proximity at low cost. In coming days, we will see a greater proliferation of smart health services through different from of smart devices using ubiquitous computing. Whatever we are experiencing now it is just a beginning and the biomedical engineers would play a pivotal role in shaping our lives.
Advancing healthcare solutions for remaining fit require constant monitoring of psychophysiology of human body and analysis of medical history data. Irrespective of advanced diagnosis technologies by the blessings of high-resolution sensors, advanced biomechanical and robotic devices augment beyond musculoskeletal capacity are often used for rehabilitating motor impaired cohorts. Applied scientific discoveries of the last century have rendered medical science with new perspectives. Joint efforts from diverse knowledge domains comprising mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, physiology and others, promoted biomedical engineering as an active research field for the current generation. Biomedical engineering features some indispensable daily living applications at home, as well as in the medical service facilities.
Although diverse collaborations between technology and medical domains have become prominent all over the world, lacking such collaborative efforts in developing countries like Bangladesh hinders provision of healthcare to the mass level. The International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology (MediTec 2016), as the earliest initiative engaging medical and technological communities in Bangladesh, gives a networking platform that would help to foster biomedical engineering. We are happy that School of Science and Engineering of United International University has shown the courage to hold such conference and hope this will be followed by many more such future installments. We are indebted to our sponsors. Awaiting to meet national and international researchers, medical doctors and biomedical engineers and entrepreneurs, we hope to discuss current issues and future endeavors.