May 03, 2016
On May 2nd, IEEE-IST EMBS Student Chapter invited the Act for Health to deliver to our students’ community at Instituto Superior Técnico a practical workshop, in which was introduced the Design Thinking methodology as a way of converting existing solutions in better and more focused ones, reflecting the real needs of those with real health problems. In partnership with Associação Portuguesa de Esclerose Lateral Amiotrófica, students were challenged to develop solutions for an early warning system for breathing difficulties in patients with neuromuscular diseases, in order to innovate the caretakers’ experience and improving the quality of life of their patients. Students of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences attended this sold-out workshop.
Oct 08, 2016
From October 3rd to October 6th, IEEE week 2016 was celebrated for the first time in our faculty. In order to provide the student community with a fruitful and different afternoon, the EMBS and IAS Student Branch Chapters organized a Workshop about Proactivity and Entrepreneurship named “Mexe-te” (“Move Yourself!”).
This workshop was given by André Couceiro, a Partner’s Manager at Inspiring Future (a non-profit association, focused on developing innovative projects in the area of juvenile education).
Aimed at younger students, this workshop with full room was a fun way to discuss how to make the most out of the time we have every day and how to make an impression on someone, among other related subjects. The feedback received from the participants was highly positive, as they agreed they would recommend this workshop to others, and would like to be a part of similar initiatives in the future, since it was a useful and interactive activity.
Nov 20, 2015
On 20th of November, Dava Newman presented in Instituto Superior Técnico NASA’s Mission to Mars, the next giant leap for humanity. Miss Newman explained how engineers and scientists around the world are working hard to develop the technologies astronauts will use to one day live and work on Mars, and safely return home. This lecture, recorded by IEEE-IST TV, was a collaboration between IST/ACorner (protocol between US Embassy and Instituto Superior Técnico) and IEEE-IST Student Branch. You can watch it on our YouTube channel (video).
Dava Newman is Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems - MIT. Her renown investigation in extravehicular activity and biomechanics assured, in 2007, the distinction of “Best Inventor” by Time Magazine, because of BioSuit™ system, an advanced space suit that allows the astronaut a better locomotion. Some of her techniques are being used in children with cerebral palsy, to help them to develop some motor control and to perform daily activities. Late last year, Dava Newman was appointed by US President Barack Obama, as NASA Deputy Administrator, a position she holds since May 2015.
Sep 12, 2016
Last summer EMBS had the opportunity to participate in “Verão da ULisboa”, which was an activity organized by all the different universities that comprise Lisbon’s University. The EMBS Student Branch Chapter of IEEE-IST had the opportunity to teach young student, ranging from 12 to 17 years old, what’s it like to be an engineer. This activity lasted for two weeks. Our contribution was in the biosignal’s area, where we could show them how important it is to collect and analyze biosignals, and some of the possible implementations of these concepts. The kids had access to tools related to receiving and sending biosignals, being able to control a drone, play video games with MYO band, only using their EMG signals. They were also introduced to virtual reality through 2 VR headsets, where they explored this technology, and also analyzed they own ECG data through the simple biosignal acquisition equipment Bitalino. Our goal here was to bring children closer to engineering and inspire them to develop interest regarding its applications in Medicine and Biology.
During this time we counted with the contribution of 8 EMBS collaborators and more than 400 young students.
Sep 18, 2016
The first week of this lective year is dedicated to the enrollment process of the new students. We were involved in welcoming those new students to our university by promoting our values and the purpose of our Student Branch and introducing them to what IEEE is and its importance in the engineering world. EMBS contributed actively to show the young students all the different activities that they can participate in. The students had access to tools related to receiving and sending biosignals, being able to control a drone, play videogames with MYO band, only using their EMG signals.