Aug 2008 International Workshops at EMBC Canada and Intel USA

EMBC AmberGlen BioMOBIUS workshopsAlong with my industrial co-PI Dr. Michael McGrath on the TRIL technology platform we recently demonstrated our BioMOBIUS research platform internationally. We were joined in these presentations by our colleagues Drs. Karl O'Donovan and Julie Doyle and our head of software Brian O'Mullane. We first showcased our toolkit at an event in Intel Amberglen Oregon. This event allowed those who attended to learn how to use BioMobius but it also allowed us to gain valuable feedback through a detailed user study of the event.

Following this event our group along with the TRIL co-director Terry Dishongh presented our EMBC workshop. Our event was on "Platform Oriented Approaches to Biomedical Application Development for In-lab and In-home Deployments" at the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here again from a different class of user, we gained feedback through a detailed user study of the event.

The success of biomedical systems that enable research both in lab and in the home is predicated on the available of ICT solutions which can be used throughout the research community. The success of technology in other domains such as the internet, personal computers has been based on a set of fundamental tools is necessary to ensure interoperability, rapid development, and user confidence. This workshop reviewed the challenges associated with development of systems to support biomedical research both in the laboratory and in the home. The key characteristics of a reusable toolbox were defined. These tools, by necessity, will be heterogeneous and diverse – ranging from body sensor networks to mobile communication devices to home based monitoring systems. Practical demonstrations of how the features have been realized in an open, extensible and reusable toolbox based on the TRIL centre's BioMOBIUS™ research platform were included throughout the workshop.

BIOMOBIUS comprises of both hardware and software components that support rapid application prototyping and development of biomedical research systems which incorporate a wide range of monitoring capabilities.

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