IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers. Branching in areas of bioinformatics, biotechnology, clinical engineering, information technology, instrumentation and measurement, radiology and robotics; bio medical engineers are the link between science and life science. IEEE EMBS Student Branch Chapter (IEEE EMBS at University of Moratuwa) is the affiliated student body at the University of Moratuwa which works in collaboration with the department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering.
With the introduction of Biomedical Engineering into the Sri Lankan engineering sector, the EMBS identifies that there is huge potential in students, academics and industry experts to effectively participate in uplifting the quality of healthcare services in Sri Lanka. TechMedImpact Forum 2017 was initiated with the aspiration of providing a platform for this purpose.
TechMedImpact Forum, the first biomedical engineering forum in Sri Lanka under the theme of Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure was conducted successfully on 17th of August 2017 at IESL Wimalasurendra Auditorium with the participation of Academics, Biomedical Engineers, Medical Professional and Undergraduates from Medical and Engineering faculties.
The forum featured a panel discussion, introductory sessions, project demonstrations and a rapid prototyping session. Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, the coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering Program at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at University of Moratuwa and Dr. Pujitha Silva explained the vitality of the collaboration of Engineers and Medical Professionals, to adhere to the current complexities faced by Modern Medical Sciences in terms of diagnostics and therapeutics.
Prof. Sirimali Fernando, the Chairperson of the National Science Foundation, Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe, Former HoD of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Mr. Prasantha Kularatne, the CEO Premium International Private Limited joined in for the panel dicussion which was conducted by Dr. Anjula de Silva. The panel dicussion was woven around the topic, “Opportunities and Challenges in Integrating Domestic Research and Technology into Sri Lankan Health Care System”. Prof. Jayasinghe explained about the Limitations faced in the Sri Lankan healthcare system and how domestic technology could contribute while Prof. Fernando focused on the National level initiatives to bridge the gap between engineering and medicine. And Mr. Kularatne mentioned the Challenges and opportunities in biomedical engineering venture creation and mitigation of risk.
The following Projects were demonstrated in the Forum.
• Non - Invasive Blood Glucose Monitor using near infrared and bio-impedance methods by Shashika Chamod Munasinghe and Gihan Pramuditha which was supervised by Dr. Nuwan Dayananda.
• Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries among apparel workers: An investigative study by Viduranga Thuduwage and Anuradha Kulathilaka which was supervised by Dr. Pujitha Silva
• A Device for early detection of Endothelial Dysfunction by I.M.D. Karunathilake, H.P.E.R.S.Y. Maduwantha which was supervised by Dr. Anjula de Silva. The External Collaborator for this project was Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe
• Hybrid EEG - EMG Control of an active upper limb prosthetics by I.U.Ruhunage, C.J. Perera, K. Nisal, J. Subodha which was supervised by Dr. Thilina Lalitharathne.
Finally, a rapid prototyping session was conducted by Mr. Heminda Jayaweera which involved firing teams among the medical and engineering undergraduates where they were supposed to brainstorm, prototype and present a solution to a prevailing medical complexity. It attracted a lot of positive feedback by the participants and the winners were awarded at the end.
TechMedImpact Forum 2017 was a huge success having accomplished the objectives of creating a platform for the both Medical and Engineering Academics and Professionals to discuss about the issues of Medical Sciences and How Engineering can cater to them and creating visibility of IEEE EMBS Student Branch Chapter.