Author Biography


Subhamoy Mandal

Subhamoy Mandal is currently a PhD Scholar at the Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen. He received his MS (by research) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Manipal University, India. His research interests are medical imaging, image processing and biosignal analysis with focus in optoacoustics and point-of-care diagnostics. He is a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) PhD Scholarships, IEEE Computer Society Richard E Merwin Scholarship and IEEE Education Society Student Leadership Award.

Author Articles

The Power of Light: Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists in the field of laser science: Dr. Arthur Ashkin for his invention of the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems, and Dr. Gérard Mourou and Dr. Donna Strickland for their method of generating highintensity, ultrashort optical pulses. The awards integrate the far reaches of time and intensity scales in laser technologies, from the extremely high-intensity chirped pulse lasers (by Mourou and Strickland) to the ultralow-power beams (by Ashkin) that are capable of handling delicate biological objects and molecules.

Imaging Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have influenced medicine in myriad ways, and medical imaging is at the forefront of technological transformation. Recent advances in AI/ML fields have made an impact on imaging and image analysis across the board, from microscopy to radiology. AI has been an active field of research since the 1950s; however, for most of this period, algorithms achieved subhuman performance and were not broadly adopted in medicine.

Frugal Innovations for Global Health

Global health opens up a plethora of opportunities, yet it encompasses in itself myriad of challenges. Biomedical engineering students should embrace these challenges and make the most out of them through innovative projects aimed at solving real world problems. An interesting observation when one sees the whole domain of biomedical innovations is that, many innovations have been stemming out of emerging economies, rather than only from the richly-funded laboratories of the developed nations. As it has been said, “necessity is the mother of invention,” so the lack of crucial infrastructure and technologies often gives rise to local inventions that solve local problems, and healthcare has been no exception. Many grassroots innovations are often termed “frugal innovations,” developed by below-the-radar innovators representing low cost solutions using home grown or self-created technologies, often born out of dire need.