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Thematic series
Advanced signal processing and modeling for neuroengineering
Edited by Fei Chen, Shi-xiong Chen and Dong-mei Hao

Thematic series
Trends in e-health and m-health: technology developments for improved healthcare
Edited by Alessia Paglialonga

Thematic series
Artificial intelligence in biomedical imaging
Edited by Robert Koprowski

Thematic series
Advances in medical robotics and automation for surgery and rehabilitation
Edited by Dhanjoo Ghista and Kelvin Wong


Thematic series
Biomedical engineering and the heart:
coronary blood flow, myocardial perfusion, myocardial ischemia and infarcts detection, customized stents and bypass surgery

Edited by Dhanjoo Ghista and Kelvin Wong

Thematic series
Advances in neuroimaging: insights into neurological and psychiatric disease
Cross-journal series
Edited by Kelvin Wong


Kenneth Foster, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Fong-Chin Su, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Aims and scope

BioMedical Engineering OnLine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to publishing research in all areas of biomedical engineering.

BioMedical Engineering OnLine is aimed at readers and authors throughout the world with an interest in using tools of the physical sciences to advance and understand problems in the biological and medical sciences. There are biomedical engineers in countries throughout the world, and the results of their work are scattered and often difficult to access. This publication promotes the rapid and free accessibility of articles for biomedical engineering researchers everywhere. The result is a worldwide community of biomedical engineers who are linked together by their various research interests and their values in promoting benefits to all of humanity.

Computer aided sentiment analysis of anorexia nervosa patients’ vocabulary

Anorexia nervosa diagnosis and treatment could be aided by analysis of the language used by patients, however, as written statements are often brief, Dominik Spinczyk and colleagues use a bag of words modelling approach to analyse sentiment terms from a patient group.

China’s 13th five-year plan offers opportunities in biomedical engineering

"Biomedical engineering (BME) and the medical device industry show a remarkable rise in China, perhaps as a result of previous five-year plans which have emphasized these areas. According to the data of 2015 China Blue Book of Development of Medical Device Industry, during the 12th five-year plan, China focused intently on nurturing medical companies and developing medical equipment, regarding it as an emerging industry. The number of medical equipment manufacturers climbed to 17,211 in 2015, up from 14,603 in 2011..."

Call for papers: Deep learning in biomedical engineering

Deep Learning in medicine is one of the most rapidly and new developing fields of science. Currently, almost every medical device intended for imaging has a more or less extended image and signal  analysis and processing module which can use deep learning. It provides quantitative data necessary to make a diagnosis with predicting diagnosis. The obtained quantitative features must be independent of the inter-subject variability and the type of medical device and, above all, must allow for reproducible results in the presence of high noise. The proposed deep learning  algorithms should also ensure the independence of the results obtained by the operator of the imaging device and, to be more exact, its position relative to the patient or the parameter settings in the device. In addition, the proposed deep learning  algorithms must be tailored for the diagnosis of a specific disease entity. On the other hand, they must allow for reproducible results for high inter-subject variability. These criteria make it difficult to propose a methodology for the deep learning algorithms. This special issue is dedicated to this area of knowledge.

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Call for papers: Computational intelligence techniques and data mining in biomedical engineering

Computational intelligence and data mining focuses on machine and data learning in biomedical imaging, computer-aided diagnosis and therapy, and intelligent biomedical image processing and analysis. It develops computational models, methods and tools for biomedical engineering related to computer-aided diagnostics (CAD), computer-aided surgery (CAS), computational anatomy and bioinformatics.

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Call for papers: Advances in medical robotics and automation for surgery

Medical robotics in the last few decades has achieved rapid development and has been widely applied in surgical field. The types of medical robotics include neurosurgery robotics, orthopedics robotics, laparoscopic robotics, vascular interventional robotics, prosthetics and exoskeleton robotics, assistive and rehabilitation robotics and capsule robotics. The robotics are important for surgery. Key technological research in medical robotics and automation is now very essential.

Guest edited by Prof Dhanjoo N. Ghista and Prof Kelvin K.L. Wong

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Biomedical Engineering and the Heart series

Call for papers: Biomedical engineering and the heart

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We are pleased to announce that BioMedical Engineering OnLine is continuing to accept submissions to a special thematic series on Biomedical Engineering and the Heart.

Guest edited by Professor Dhanjoo Ghista and Professor Kelvin Wong, the series focuses on computational analysis of the engineering, medical, and surgical aspects of cardiology.

Read the published articles in the series, or click here for submission information.

Call for papers: Advances in Neuroimaging in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

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Over the last decade, major advances in neuroimaging have provided new opportunities to study the pathophysiological mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Emerging techniques also have the potential to be tremendously useful in clinical research and neuroscience. This cross-journal series will focus on the advancement of computational and experimental studies that examine the abnormalities (functional or structural, static or dynamic) of neurological and psychiatric disorders, based on neuroimaging data.

By bringing together research published in BioMed Central journals, we aim to present an overview of state-of-the-art advances in neuroimaging and to highlight their numerous applications within clinical medicine and neuroscience.

Click here to read the published articles in the series, and for submission information.

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