November/December 2016

Emotional Matters
Cover Story

We speak to Affectiva cofounder and CEO Rana el Kaliouby about the opportunities that these products provide in areas such as mental health, mood tracking, and telemedicine as well as the challenges associated with achieving business success.... Read more

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The Year in Review

As we look back over 2016 at IEEE Pulse, we can proudly say that our efforts to bring you up-to-date and informative art...

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Brain and Circuits Take the Focus at BioCAS2016

The 12th IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS) took place in Shanghai, China, in October 2016. Serving as a premier international forum for researchers and engineers to present their state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research and development activities at the frontiers of medicine, life sciences, and engineering, ... Read more

Nikola Tesla

I went through all my years of undergraduate electrical engineering school (1951–1956) without hearing the name Nikola Tesla, even in those courses explicitly dealing with alternating current (ac) machines, or with energy transmission, or with wireless communications.... Read more

A Survey of Medical Device Technology

Biomedical Device Technology: Principles and Design, 2nd Ed. By Anthony Y.K. Chan, CC Thomas Publisher, 2016. ISBN 978-0-398- 09083-8, viii + 748 pages, US$85.95. According to the preface, this text is “written for engineers and technologists who are interested in understanding the principles, design, and applications of ... Read more

One Size Does Not Fit All

In June 2016, I attended the 2016 Capstone Design Conference in Columbus, Ohio. It was the fifth in a series of conferences starting in 2007 that focus on all aspects of capstone design courses. More than 200 attendees representing 76 institutions from several countries met ... Read more

Interviewing Well

So, why do you want to work for our organization? The answer to that question could cement your position in that company, or, maybe not, and so, like all the other answers you give during an interview, they need prior thought and, probably, some rehearsal. ... Read more

Hearing Focused E-Sewing/Wearable Technology Hackathon

On Saturday 17th September, the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Women in Engineering (WIE) and RMIT University WIE held a e-sewing/wearable technology hackathon with a focus on assisting individuals with hearing impairment and preventing hearing loss.... Read more

Tackling Healthcare Challenges in the United Arab Emirates

Above: Panelists and moderators at the IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenge Conference held in Abu Dhabi in early 2016. The United Arab Emirates is dealing with many of the same healthcare challenges faced in other regions of the world, including problems with injury, obesity and diabetes. These ... Read more

Measuring Human Energy Intake and Ingestive Behavior

According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the people in the world are overweight (39%) or obese (13%). Obesity is associated with increased risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer.... Read more