Harikumar Rajaguru | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Harikumar Rajaguru | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Bannari Amman Institute of Technology | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Harikumar Rajaguru began his academic journey in electronics and communication engineering. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, affiliated with Bharathidasan University, in 1988. He then pursued a Master of Engineering in Applied Electronics at the College of Engineering, Guindy, under Anna University Chennai, graduating in 1990. His passion for biomedical signal processing led him to obtain a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Engineering, with a specialization in Bio Signal Processing, from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, under Anna University Chennai in 2009. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the use of soft computing techniques and non-linear models for the performance analysis and classification of epilepsy risk levels from EEG signals.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Rajaguru's professional career spans over 33 years in academia. He began as a lecturer and senior lecturer at PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, where he served for ten years. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, for one year. His journey continued at Amrita Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, as a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Professor for over two years. Dr. Rajaguru also spent time as a research scholar at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai. Since 2006, he has been a professor at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, where he has contributed significantly to the field of biomedical signal processing and soft computing.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Rajaguru has made substantial contributions to biomedical signal processing, particularly in the classification of epilepsy risk levels from EEG signals. He has been involved in several funded projects, including the development of an ASIC fuzzy processor for diabetic epilepsy risk level classification, wavelet networks for epilepsy risk levels classification from EEG signals, and a non-invasive photo plethysmographic-based glucometer for mass diabetes screening. His research primarily focuses on applying soft computing techniques and developing non-linear models for analyzing and classifying biomedical signals.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his career, Dr. Rajaguru has received numerous accolades and recognition for his contributions to engineering and biomedical signal processing. He has published multiple papers in SCI-indexed journals and conferences, showcasing his research findings and innovations. His work has been recognized with patents for various biomedical devices, including an electro gastrogram system for detecting gastric disorders, a sensor for stress measurement using photo plethysmography, and a device for detecting ventricular tachycardia. These patents highlight his innovative approach to solving complex biomedical problems.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Rajaguru's work has significantly impacted biomedical signal processing, particularly in the analysis and classification of epilepsy risk levels and the development of non-invasive diagnostic tools. His research has provided new insights into the use of soft computing and wavelet networks in biomedical applications. His contributions have influenced both academic research and practical applications in the medical field, improving diagnostic techniques and patient outcomes.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Rajaguru's legacy lies in his dedication to advancing biomedical signal processing through innovative research and teaching. He has guided numerous students in their research projects, fostering the next generation of engineers and researchers. As he continues his work at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, he is poised to make further contributions to the field, particularly in developing new diagnostic tools and techniques for medical applications. His commitment to research and education ensures that his influence will be felt for years to come, both in academia and the broader field of biomedical engineering.

 

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Wavelet feature extraction and bio-inspired feature selection for the prognosis of lung cancer − A statistical framework analysis 2024

Processing of digital mammogram images using optimized ELM with deep transfer learning for breast cancer diagnosis 2023 (5)

Exploration and Enhancement of Classifiers in the Detection of Lung Cancer from Histopathological Images 2023 (6)

Detection of Diabetes through Microarray Genes with Enhancement of Classifiers Performance 2023 (1)

Evaluation and Exploration of Machine Learning and Convolutional Neural Network Classifiers in Detection of Lung Cancer from Microarray Gene—A Paradigm Shift 2023 (6)

 

 

 

Oliver Skan | Medicine and Dentistry | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Oliver Skan | Medicine and Dentistry | Best Researcher Award

Royal Free London NHS Trust | United Kingdom

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Oliver Skan embarked on his medical journey at Keble College, University of Oxford, where he pursued a BM BCh degree from 2014 to 2020. His academic performance was exceptional, earning him a distinction in his BM BCh and a First Class Honours in Medical Sciences. Throughout his studies, he demonstrated outstanding aptitude, securing numerous prestigious educational prizes. These include the Meakins McLaren Medal for the highest overall performance during clinical school, the Sir Roger Bannister Prize for clinical neuroscience, and the Stewart Greenall Memorial Prize for excelling in OSCE examinations. His consistent excellence also earned him the Sir Peter Morris Prize in Surgery and the Gibbs Prize for his performance in first BM examinations part II, along with a scholarship from Keble College.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Skan's clinical experience is extensive and diverse. He began his foundation training in North Central London, where he spent four months each in General Surgery (F1) and Plastic Surgery (F2). His commitment to surgical excellence led him to a Junior Clinical Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at The Royal Free Hospital in London from August 2022 to February 2023. His skill and dedication were further recognized when he ranked first nationally in the 2023 Core Surgical Training applications, leading to his current position in Core Surgical Training from October 2023 to October 2025.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Skan has made significant contributions to medical research, particularly focusing on surgical outcomes and medical education. His research on gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment among medical students was published in Medical Teacher in 2024. He has also been actively involved in the STARSurg initiative, where he coordinated data collection for the RECON study, demonstrating his leadership and data management skills. His work has been published in reputable journals such as the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Surgery.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Skan's academic and professional journey is marked by numerous accolades. His educational achievements at Oxford are complemented by recognition for his teaching excellence, such as the Certificate of Merit from Whittington Hospital. His research presentations and posters have been well-received at various national and international conferences, showcasing his ability to contribute valuable insights to the medical community.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Skan has significantly influenced medical education and research. His efforts to improve clinical education through courses like 'Fantastic Bleeps and How to Field Them' have benefited numerous medical students nationally and internationally. His role in audits and quality improvement projects, such as improving UTI management through telemedicine, underscores his commitment to enhancing patient care and clinical practice.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Looking ahead, Dr. Skan's legacy is one of excellence, leadership, and dedication to medical science and education. His ongoing Core Surgical Training and involvement in significant research projects position him to make further impactful contributions to the field. As a national committee member for We Are Donors, he also plays a vital role in promoting organ donation and transplantation education. Dr. Skan's future contributions are expected to continue shaping the landscape of medical education and surgical practice, benefiting both patients and the medical community at large.

 

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Examining medical students’ experience of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment from clinical teachers at a UK medical school 2024

 

 

Bin Hu | Medicine and Dentistry | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Bin Hu | Medicine and Dentistry | Best Researcher Award

Hubei University of Technology | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Bin Hu embarked on his academic journey at Hubei University of Technology, specializing in computer vision. During his undergraduate studies, he demonstrated exceptional promise by authoring three papers, including a groundbreaking cell nucleus segmentation method published in a prestigious journal.

Professional Endeavors

Currently pursuing graduate studies, Bin Hu has amassed over 7 years of experience in computer vision. He has led research projects during his postgraduate studies and actively contributed to multidisciplinary collaborations, showcasing his ability to tackle diverse challenges.

Contributions and Research Focus

Bin Hu's research focuses on computer vision, with a particular emphasis on developing advanced segmentation methods for medical imaging. His recent work introduces the Double-stage Codec Attention Network, a novel approach for accurate nucleus segmentation from tissue images. This method leverages hierarchical feature extraction, feature selection units, and multi-scale deep feature fusion to achieve superior segmentation performance.

Accolades and Recognition

Bin Hu's contributions have garnered recognition both nationally and internationally. He holds two national patents for inventions in his field and has presented his research at esteemed conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. His pioneering work has earned him awards and recognition.

Impact and Influence

Bin Hu's research has significant implications for clinical applications, particularly in the field of medical imaging. His innovative segmentation methods, such as DSCA-Net, outperform state-of-the-art models and demonstrate excellent efficiency in generating predictive images. His contributions have the potential to advance the field of computer vision and improve medical diagnosis and treatment.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Bin Hu's expertise in computer vision and his practical problem-solving skills position him as a valuable contributor to innovative projects in both academic and industrial settings. His dedication to advancing research in medical imaging underscores his commitment to making meaningful contributions to society. As he continues his academic and professional journey, Bin Hu aims to further expand his research portfolio and drive advancements in computer vision technology.

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DSCA-Net: Double-stage Codec Attention Network for automatic nuclear segmentation 2024

Focus Stacking with High Fidelity and Superior Visual Effects 2024

Christian Pfister | Medicine and Dentistry | Excellence in Research Award

Prof. Christian Pfister | Medicine and Dentistry | Excellence in Research Award

Rouen University Hospital | France

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Early Academic Pursuits

Prof. Christian Pfister's academic journey commenced with a focus on urology at Charles Nicolle University Hospital in Rouen, France. His early academic pursuits involved comprehensive studies in urological sciences, laying the foundation for a distinguished career in the medical field.

Professional Endeavors

Having established himself as a prominent figure in the field of urology, Prof. Christian Pfister has been associated with the Rouen University Hospital in France. His professional endeavors encompass a wide array of responsibilities within the Department of Urology, where he contributes to patient care, education, and research initiatives.

Contributions and Research Focus

Prof. Pfister's contributions extend beyond clinical practice, with a significant focus on urological research. His research endeavors likely involve advancements in urological treatments, surgical techniques, and potentially groundbreaking discoveries that contribute to the broader medical community's knowledge and understanding.

Accolades and Recognition

Prof. Christian Pfister has likely received accolades and recognition for his outstanding contributions to urology. Recognition may come in the form of awards, honors, or appointments to leadership positions within medical societies, acknowledging his expertise and impact on the field.

Impact and Influence

Prof. Pfister's impact is evident in his influence on the practice of urology, both locally within Rouen University Hospital and potentially on a broader scale. Through his clinical expertise, research contributions, and potential leadership roles, he likely plays a pivotal part in shaping urological practices and advancements.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As a seasoned professional in the field, Prof. Christian Pfister is likely building a lasting legacy in urology. His current contributions, coupled with his dedication to education and patient care, suggest a commitment to leaving a lasting impact on the field. His future contributions may involve mentoring the next generation of urologists and further advancing urological knowledge and treatments.

Notable Publications

Perioperative dose-dense methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin in muscle-invasive bladder cancer (VESPER): survival endpoints at 5 years in an open-label, randomised, phase 3 study  2023 (1)

Differential impact of COVID-19 on urological surgeries in public and private institutions between 2019 and 2021 in France | Impact du COVID-19 sur l'activité chirurgicale urologique dans les établissements de santé publics et privés entre 2019 et 2021 en France 2023 (1)

Refining the Characterization and Outcome of Pathological Complete Responders after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: Lessons from the Randomized Phase III VESPER (GETUG-AFU V05) Trial 2023 (4)

Testicular recurrence of oligometastatic prostatic adenocarcinoma after 22 years of androgen deprivation therapy  2022 (1)