Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies
The Department of Biomedical Engineering, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong is organizing “4th International Workshop and Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies (BEATS-2019)”. This year the event is planned to be organized in the North Eastern part of the country namely at the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya. This region occupies special attention for the promotion and growth of diverse disciplines, opportunities to carry out research activities in frontline areas such biomedical engineering among the students, scientists and young faculties working in this field. The region is in vicinity of South Asian countries namely Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and other developing countries in Asia-Pacific region who constantly require exposure, expertise and skills to improve their capabilities in fields of Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies which is the theme of this five days workshop and conference. This workshop and conference on Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies would create awareness among young students, faculty members and researchers in the country to carry out research activities as well as career option in the distant future to offer better solution(s) on different healthcare problems in multiple domains. Biomedical engineering is the application of the principles and problem-solving techniques employing engineering tools to biology and medicine. This is evident throughout healthcare, from diagnosis and analysis to treatment and recovery, and has entered the public conscience though the proliferation of implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers, artificial hips, to more futuristic technologies such as stem cell engineering and the 3-D printing of biological organs. These areas focus on the advancement in healthcare technology to improve human health at all levels. Biomedical engineers differ from other engineering disciplines as they use and apply an intimate knowledge of modern biological principles in their engineering design process. Aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, instrumentation, nano-medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science and engineering are all integrated with human biology in Biomedical Engineering to improve human health, whether it is an advanced prosthetic limb or a breakthrough in identifying proteins within cells. There are many sub-disciplines within this field, including the design and development of active and passive medical devices, orthopedic implants, medical imaging, biomedical signal processing, tissue and stem cell engineering, and clinical engineering, just to name a few.