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Biomedical Engineering Advances in COVID-19 Times


As a response to the increasing burden of chronic disease and the ageing population on health care expenditure, considerable focus has been placed on appropriate technologies for promoting self-care and for supporting ageing-in-place. Such technologies are even more critical in the face of emerging health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic. More so, the impact of COVID-19 has heralded and, in many cases, necessitated the development and introduction of remote monitoring, diagnostics and therapeutics.
A number of medical device technologies aimed at relieving the burden of disease and improving quality of life will be explored. These devices, developed at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE), UNSW over the past two decades include telehealth monitoring and decision support systems for chronic disease management; wearable ambulatory technologies based around triaxial accelerometry for estimating risks of falling and for automatically detecting falls; and a range of neural interface technologies for restoring and potentially augmenting sensory loss. The talk will also highlight the future of implantable, wearable and telehealth technologies in future models of patient care and health service delivery especially in the current global pandemic.


Nigel Lovell received the B.E. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from UNSW Sydney, Australia. He is currently at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering UNSW Sydney where he holds a position of Scientia Professor and Head of School. He has authored 300+ journal papers and been awarded over $USD 80 million in R&D and infrastructure funding. Over his career he has mentored 70 PhD students and delivered more than a hundred keynote presentations. He is a Fellow of seven learned academies throughout the world including the IEEE and AIMBE.
His research work has covered areas of expertise ranging from cardiac and retinal modeling, medical informatics and data analytics especially related to telehealth technologies, biological signal processing, and visual prosthesis design. For 2017 and 2018 he was the President of the world’s largest biomedical engineering society – the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.