Biological Engineering research
Biological/Biomedical engineers are involved in the development of new and exciting tools to diagnose disease and repair or replace diseased organs. Medicine is increasingly relying on electronic engineering and computer systems to improve the health of our aging population and as such, this area is becoming a key focal point in engineering.
Biomedical engineering research can very well help open the doors for advancement and development of new technologies. Biomedical engineering involves proper use of modern engineering techniques and principles as applied to in the medical field. With the help of present day biomedical engineering solutions it is easy to reduce the gap that exists between medicine and engineering and this is best seen in the application of it in healthcare diagnosis/treatment.
Pacemakers, blood analysers, cochlear implants, medical imaging, lasers, prosthetic implants, devices capable of making the paralysed walked, and the various life-support systems all use the principles of electrical engineering.
Our Biological research group applies electronics and signal processing to a wide variety of health diagnostics and treatments.
We are leading the development of a bionic-eye, under the ARC's Research in Bionic vision Science and Technology Initiative. Funded by an $8M grant, this $15M project brings together engineers, physiologists, mathematicians, clinicians and local industry. Our Goal is for a human implant by 2013.
At the diagnostics end we are working on automatically identifying brain disorders from electrical signal measurements using powerful signal processing. We also use advanced control-theory (a branch of ECSE) to improve the resolution of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
We are developing efficient numerical models for light propagation in biological tissue, to enable non-invasive diagnostics for applications such as diabetes