Kent expert shares biomedical signal knowledge in India

Dr Palaniappan Ramaswamy has delivered two courses on biomedical signals to colleagues in two Indian universities as part of an initiative to elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

Palani, who is a Reader based at the School of Computing in Medway, was invited to deliver two one week courses for university staff, medical professors and postgraduate students. He taught on the analysis of biomedical signals such as electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram and how important it has become in providing cost effective point-of care diagnosis and personalised treatment.

The course on Practical Biological Signal Analysis was delivered in the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, and one on Biomedical Engineering: Insights and Signal Processing in Aligarh Muslim University, one of the oldest educational institutions in India.

Palani said: ‘The courses exposed students, engineers and scientists attendees to recent developments in biomedical signal processing that have taken place in some of the most prominent international research centres and universities of the world. Simple approaches were followed in the delivery of the course. Mathematics was used only where necessary and when used, numerical examples that were suitable for paper and pencil were given. There were plenty of illustrations (‘picture speaks thousand words’) to aid the attendee in understanding the signal analysis methods and the results of applying the methods.’

The courses were funded by the Government of India under the Global Initiative Academic Network programme which aims to tap the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India.