Young Investigators Competition and Student Poster Competition

Names of the winners can be found at the bottom of this page.


Students are encouraged to submit their papers to the EMBEC17&NBC17 Young Investigators Competition (YIC) or Student Poster Competition (SPC). The paper should satisfy the EMBEC17&NBC17 Author Guidelines paper submission requirements and submitted by the paper submission deadline. Each paper which is accepted for the YIC or SPC should be presented by the primary author, who must be a student, and registered for EMBEC17&NBC17. Each registered student can participate to the YIC or SPC with only one accepted paper. The paper submissions should contain original, high quality, not submitted or published elsewhere research work. Papers should strictly follow the format of 4-page papers specified by the organizers. All accepted 4-page papers will be included in the proceedings of EMBEC17&NBC17.

Who could participate?

Students working towards their Masters or PhD degree are encouraged to participate in the YIC or SPC. Students need to be under the age of 35 years old on the 1st day of the EMBEC17&NBC17 conference.

Main Goal of YIC &SPC

YIC/SPC is an excellent opportunity for personal leadership and strong involvement of students in a prospective scientific/technical activity. It gives the possibility for all participants, students, counselors, professors and many others to be involved and to participate in such an important and interesting student activity.

Character of the Papers

Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject related to the themes specified at the conference website. The work need not be original in engineering content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.

Young Investigators Competition & Student Poster Competition Guidelines

Students interested in participating in the competition should:

  1. Prepare their manuscript following the EMBEC17&NBC17 “Author Guidelines” as outlined in the conference web site. All papers for IYC/SPC must be 4-page papers.
  2. Submit their paper to the EMBEC17&NBC17 Conference as a Contributed Paper by the paper submission deadline.
  3. A student may submit only ONE entry. Student can only enter either the Young Investigators Competition or the Student Poster Competition.
  4. Inform their supervisor that they should also submit a Nomination email of 250 words (supporting the importance of the work carried out & emphasizing the student’s contribution on the paper) for their student’s entry. The email should be sent to Deadline for Nominations is April 20th, 2017)
  5. Register to the conference latest on April 20th, 2017 and indicate in the registration form, whether they will participate to the Young Investigators Competition or Student Poster Competition.

The Review Process

IYC submissions will be reviewed in the usual manner by the Conference Editorial Board for their suitability to be included in the technical program of the Conference. The accepted papers will be reviewed by the YIC/SPC Committee to short-list the 10 Finalists for IYC and 15 Finalists to SPC. The nomination by faculty advisors is a very important document here (remember it must be received by April 20th, 2017).

Evaluation and Review Criteria

The following evaluation and review guidelines will be given to the YIC/SPC Committee:

Please use a percentage numerical score from 0%-100% to evaluate a paper. In addition to the numerical score, you could provide a technical review of up to 1 page, like a review you would do for journals by assessing the scientific merit of the paper and the student’s contribution to the work. Your detailed expert review comments would be most useful to the committee.

Please use the following four main criteria to review the paper – each suggests some areas you might want to look into. The relative weighting of each area is shown in %. We need an overall % score for the paper – in order to try and calibrate the scores – aim such that anything > 90% is a world leading research paper.

Q1. Is the scientific contribution of the work to the field real and identifiable? (35%)

  •  Is the contribution evident from the paper?
  • What of the scientific rigour?
  • Is it of interest to the broader community of biomedical engineering?

Q2. What is the technical quality of the paper? (35%) – Is there a good introduction to the problem and rationale for the study?

  •  Is the solution logically developed?
  • Is there a solid literature review placing this work in context?
  • Is the methodology concise yet descriptive?
  • Are the results clearly shown?
  • Is the discussion section appropriate, logical and are the conclusions well defined?

Q3. From the paper and nomination, how would you rate the contribution from the student author? (20%)

  •  Is the students’ contribution clearly visible?
  • Where would this sit in comparison to the students’ peer’s work?

Q4. Is the paper formatted and put together well (10%)

  • Is the spelling and grammar OK?
  • Are the figures and tables appropriate, legible and necessary?
  • Are figure captions complete?
  • Are the references complete and do they strike the right balance (well defined references and not too much self-referencing)?

The Finalists

The winners will be selected based on the technical merits of the work, professionalism of the presentation (oral for IYC, poster for SPC), and verbal communication skills.

Winners of the Young Investigators Competition

First Prize

Fabian Bartel, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Semi-automatic hippocampus delineation algorithm using surface fairing

Second Prize

Daniel Rüschen, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Robust Assistance Control of Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Third Prize

Marta Lange, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Simple and convenient remote photoplethysmography system for monitoring regional anesthesia effectiveness

Winners of the Student Poster Competition

First Prize

Sarah Tonello, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Enhanced Sensing of Interleukin 8 by Stripping Voltammetry: Carbon Nanotubes versus Fullerene

Second Prize

Mikko Pirhonen, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
Auto-regression-driven, reallocative particle filtering approaches in PPG-based respiration rate estimation

Third Prize

Mariagrazia Marziano, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Carbon on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) Ink-jet Printed Sensor  for Monitoring Cell Cultures of Myoblasts