UC Irvine to Host Lecture on "The Bionic Human"

“Engineering Innovations” quarterly breakfast lecture series to explore trends in engineering

Sept 7, 2005 – The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine will present “The Bionic Human: Interface Between Engineering and Medicine” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the University Club. The lecture is the first in a series of quarterly events, entitled “Engineering Innovations,” in which faculty experts will explore a variety of emerging technological fields. Complimentary breakfast and parking are provided.

“The Bionic Human: Interface Between Engineering and Medicine”

Research on the bionic human uses modern technologies to enhance and restore human sensory, motor and neural functions, which may degenerate due to aging, injury, genetic disorders and other causes. The research is built on basic principles of engineering, neuroscience, and cognitive sciences, with enabling technologies of computational biology, nanotechnology, and tissue engineering.

UC Irvine professors Mark Bachman and Fan-Gang Zeng will discuss these elements, with special focus on their work developing cochlear implants. Future directions will also be addressed, including socioeconomic and ethical issues, as well as military and industrial applications.

Future “Engineering Innovations” Lectures

Each quarter, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering will host a lecture highlighting world-renowned faculty.  Future events include:
  • January 24, 2006: “Carbon to Replace Silicon as the Top Engineering Material,” featuring Professor Marc Madou
  • April 4, 2006: “Engineering New Materials That ‘Talk’ to Cells,” featuring Professor Andrew Putnam
  • June 20, 2006: “Visualization on Multiple Scales: From Small to Large,” featuring Professors Falko Kuester and Joerg Meyer

    Register to Attend
    Please RSVP to engineer@uci.edu or call (949) 824-3923.  Directions:

    About The Henry Samueli School of Engineering: The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine is one of the nation's fastest growing engineering schools, attracting talented engineering faculty and students from across the nation and abroad. The School consists of five departments: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and mechanical and aerospace engineering. In addition, it is home to numerous research centers, including the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the Center for Embedded Computer Systems, the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing, and is a major participant in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Calit2. For more information, please visit www.eng.uci.edu.

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