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The Chamber of Engineers’ recently held its 22nd Annual Conference, entitled Engineering: the Backbone of Healthcare. Held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, this year the theme chosen was bio-medical engineering. The objective of the conference was to provide insight to engineers and other professionals on this ever growing branch of engineering.

The health sector has no doubt made great leaps forward to the well being of people. Little is however mentioned about the engineering knowledge required to put medical science into practice. In this conference, experts in the field swill shed light on some of the technological developments in the field. In Malta, there are various opportunities in which engineers can be involved in bio-medical engineering due to the fact that the field requires the input of other branches of engineering.

Following the welcome speech by Chamber President, Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, the keynote speech was given by Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Hon. Zammit-Lewis addressed the importance of engineering, particularly in the field of research and development.

The Hon. Zammit Lewis explained that in parallel with the propensity for growth in the biomedical engineering sector, engineering students in Malta are furthering their education at Masters and even Doctoral levels in the subject, thus providing the expertise needed to develop and guide the sector. In this regard, the Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis encouraged the Chamber of Engineers to continue collaborating with our country’s higher education institutions, to ensure that the academic and vocational opportunities to students aspiring for a career in biomedical engineering are relevant to the requirements of this sector.

“In the coming years, we need to continue building on these solid foundations. Further investment in engineering education is crucial. As one of the STEM subjects, engineering is a vital factor for the advancement of the country’s knowledge based economy. Together with education, investment in research and innovation is also fundamental to increase the competitiveness of our economy.” concluded  the Parliamentary Secretary.

The Parliamentary Secretary was followed by Dr. John Betts, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, who gave an overview regarding the Engineering Degree, which has been in place for 50 years.  Professor Peter Dearnley from the University of Southampton then discussed the engineering challenged involved in human joint replacements.

Mr. Simon Attard delved into technology’s role in the healthcare system, whilst Ms May Agius and Ms Sharon Borg from the Directorate for Educational Services used a case study to discuss assistive technology to access communication, leisure and recording.

Deep brain simulation was then discussed by Ms Damaris Lofaro, from Technoline Ltd. The audience were then given the opportunity to hear professionals discuss a number of different topics, namely: radiotherapy, which was covered by Mr. Ionnis Pantalos (Elekta EPE) and Biomechanics, discussed by Dr. Ing. Zdenka Sant, from the University of Malta’s Department of Engineering. Ms Lisa Abela from the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London discussed ex vivo determination of tissue strains for an in vivo mouse tibial loading model.

Gaze gestures for computer-assisted communication was discussed by Ing. Stefania Cristina, from the Department of Systems and Control Engineering within the University of Malta, whilst encoding gastroentestinal anatomical topology was covered by Ing. Carl A. Azzopardi, from the Institute of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Cardiff University. Automatic detection of spindles and K-complexes from Sleep EEG was discussed by Dr. Tracey Camilleri, from the Department of Systems and Control Engineering within the University of Malta.

Before the seminar was brought to a close, the Chamber of Engineers was pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Citadel Insurance and Bank of Valletta. The MoU includes Corporate Sponsorship of the Chamber.

Following the signing, the conference was closed by Ing. Baldacchino, who invited all participants to a networking lunch.

The conference main sponsors included: Malta Enterprise, Business First, Technoline, AAT Research, Citadel Insurance and Bank of Valletta. It was also supported by The Malta Indepentent, The Malta Business Weekly and Arthouse.




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