"Biomedical Optical Imaging Technologies for Clinical and Personalized
Healthcare Applications"

Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Interim Dean, Albert Dorman Honors College
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA


Recent advances in biomedical imaging have made a revolutionary impact in diagnostic radiology and health care. In addition, the evolutionary growth in detector, instrumentation, and computing technologies have made medical imaging modalities capable of creating a comprehensive research and knowledge base for the better understanding of physiological behavior and cellular processes. Computerized medical imaging and analysis methods using multiple modalities have facilitated early diagnosis, treatment evaluation, and therapeutic intervention in the clinical management of critical diseases. Although several advanced medical imaging modalities are used today to acquire anatomical, physiological, metabolic, and functional information from the human body, optical imaging modalities including optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, multispectral endoscopy, and diffuse reflectance imaging have recently emerged with significant potential for non-invasive, portable, and cost-effective imaging for biomedical applications spanning tissue, cellular, and molecular levels. This talk will review several approaches and methods in biomedical optical imaging from cellular to organ levels using visible and near-infrared wavelengths for potential clinical and personalized healthcare applications.


Atam P. Dhawan obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985-2000, he held faculty positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology departments at University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, University of Texas Medical Center (Dallas) and University of Toledo. In July 2000, he joined NJIT where he served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for nine years. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Interim Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT where he serves as the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Studio. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Dhawan has published 200 research articles in refereed journals, books, and conference proceedings. His current research interests are medical imaging, multi-modality medical image analysis, adaptive learning and pattern recognition. His research work has been funded by NIH, NSF and several industries. Dr. Dhawan is a recipient of Martin Epstein Award (1984), National Institutes of Health FIRST Award (1988), Sigma-Xi Young Investigator Award (1992), University of Cincinnati Faculty Achievement Award (1994) and the prestigious IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Achievement Award (1995) and University of Toledo Doermann Distinguished Lecture Award (1999). He is Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering and Editor-In-Charge of IEEE TBME Letters. He has served on many IEEE EMBS professional committees and has delivered several Workshops on Intelligent Biomedical Image Analysis in IEEE EMBS International Conferences (1996, 1997, 2000, 2003). He served as the Chair of the “Emerging Technologies Committee” of the IEEE-EMB Society from 1997-99, and 2009-11. He is also member of the IEEE Life Sciences Committee. He was the Chair of the “New Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering” Symposium at the World Congress 2000 on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He was the Conference Chair of the IEEE 28th International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York in 2006. He served as American Liaison and EMBS Representative in the Steering Committee of International Symposium of Biomedical Imaging (2009-11). Dr. Dhawan has chaired numerous NIH special emphasis and review panels. Currently he chairs the NIH Chartered Study Section on Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (2008-11). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.