Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Wearable Joint Health Sensing using Acoustics and Electrical Bioimpedance


Dr. Omer Inan


Georgia Tech ECE


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 PM


Petit Biotechnology Building Building, Room 1128


Drew Elliott


Longitudinally assessing the structural and physiological health of joints, such as the knee, can enable personalized rehabilitation following injuries or titration of care for patients with arthritis. Current technologies for joint health evaluation comprise physical examination by a trained clinician, medical imaging (e.g. magnetic resonance imaging, MRI), or wearable sensing systems focused on joint kinematics or overall actigraphy. Our group has developed novel technologies for comprehensive joint health evaluation based on wearable measurement of the sounds emitted by joints during movement and electrical bioimpedance spectroscopy. This talk will describe our latest findings focused on elucidating the origin and physiological underpinnings of these measurements, development of algorithms for extracting meaningful digital biomarkers, and clinical validation studies in patients with acute knee injuries and arthritis.


Omer T. Inan is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004, 2005, and 2009, respectively. His group focuses on non-invasive physiological sensing and modulation for human health and performance, and is currently funded by the NIH, NSF, DARPA, ONR, industry, and foundations. Dr. Inan has received numerous major awards including the NSF CAREER award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the IEEE Sensors Council Yong Professional (Early Career) award.


Lunch will be provided.