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Keynote session on Sensors and Computational Physiology
Professor Peter Hunter
Director of the Bioengineering Institute
University of Auckland,
and
Director of the Medical Technology Centre of Research Excellence.

Abstract

Multi-scale models of organs and organ systems are being developed under the umbrella of the Physiome Project of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) and the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) project funded by the European Commission. These computational physiology models deal with multiple physical processes (coupled tissue mechanics, electrical activity, fluid flow, etc) and multiple spatial and temporal scales and often link to molecular mechanisms. They are intended both to help understand physiological function and to provide a basis for diagnosing and treating pathologies in a clinical setting. Development of new instrumentation, including a variety of sensors, is an integral part of the VPH/Physiome Project - for the measurement of material properties, validation of models and for monitoring physiological paramaters in a clinical setting.

Biography

Professor Hunter, FRS, holds engineering degrees from the University of Auckland and a DPhil (PhD) in Physiology from Oxford University. He is currently a Professor of Engineering Science and Director of the Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, and Director of the Medical Technology Centre of Research Excellence.