Society Spotlights: December 2012

Three of the many IEEE societies involved with life sciences

7 December 2012

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
With its broad and interdisciplinary membership, EMBS could be considered the natural home for IEEE’s life sciences activities. Its members are involved with the development and application of engineering concepts and methods to biological, medical, and health-care problems. You’ll find them working in mathematical and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing and imaging, biomedical sensing and instrumentation, tissue engineering, neurotechnology and neurorehabilitation, bio-nano/microtechnology, biomedical and health informatics, robotics, and personalized medicine.

The annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS—the 34th was held in August in San Diego—is the largest in the field of biomedical engineering. The society also sponsors or cosponsors a number of special-topic events, including the IEEE EMBS International Conference on Neural Engineering, the IEEE EMBS Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, and the IEEE Symposium on Biomedical Imaging.

Further, the society sponsors or cosponsors 10 journals including the broad-scope IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Pulse magazine and the more focused IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Journal on Biomedical and Health Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, and Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.


IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
Society members are involved with developing circuits and systems for brain-machine interfaces, lab-on-chips, BioMEMS, electronic implants, body area networks, personalized health-care applications, and bio-inspired electronics.

The society recently merged two of its technical committees to form the Biomedical and Life Science Circuits and Systems Technical Committee, making it the society’s largest. It has more than 70 members from all IEEE regions. (In general, technical committees define and implement the technical directions of societies.)

The society now cosponsors the annual IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, established in 2003, with the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. It’s also behind the Life Science Systems and Applications Workshop, held annually at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.

The society publishes IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.


IEEE Computer Society
Holding 25 annual conferences dealing with the subject, the society plays an important role in life science-related topics. The conferences are sponsored by its Technical Committee on Computational Life Sciences and 10 other committees.

The society publishes nine periodicals in the field, the largest being IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. The others are IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE Multimedia, IEEE Pervasive Computing, and IEEE Intelligent Systems

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