Aims and Scope
The IEEE Press Series on Biomedical Engineering is a premier reference to promote the field of biomedical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical informatics, and bioinformatics and systems biology. It covers the science and technologies of advanced biomedical signal and image processing, biomaterial, neural and cardiovascular engineering, biomedical informatics, computational biology, and bioinformatics. The books in this series may be used as senior/graduate level texts for biomedical, bioengineering, biomedical informatics, and life sciences students, and also as references for medical and clinical researchers at medical schools and hospitals.
Series Editor: Metin Akay
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Houston, USA
Prof. Metin Akay is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1990
Dr. Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including The Proceedings of the IEEE, and giving more than one hundred keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering.
He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley-IEEE Press and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the editor of the Neural Engineering Handbook published by Wiley-IEEE Press and the first steering committee chair of the IEEE Trans on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He established the Annual International Summer School on BIO-X sponsored by the NSF and the IEEE EMBS and was the founding chair of the IEEE EMBS Special Topic Conference on Neural Engineering. He was also the chair of the IEEE EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee. He was the program chair of IEEE Press Series on Biomedical Engineering, the International IEEE EMBS 2001 and the co-chair of the Annual International IEEE EMBS 2006 and the program co-chair of the Annual International IEEE EMBS 2011 conference held in Boston. He currently serves on the advisory board of several international journals and on several NIH and NSF review panels.
Dr. Akay is a recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career and Service awards as well an IEEE Third Millennium Medal and is a fellow of IEEE, the Institute of Physics (IOP), the American Institute of Medical Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His Neural Engineering and Informatics Lab is interested in developing an intelligent wearable system for monitoring motor functions in Post-Stroke Hemiplegic Patients and detecting coronary artery disease. In addition, his lab is currently investigating the effect of nicotine on the dynamics of ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neural networks as well as the detection of coronary occlusions.