The Institute of Biomedical Engineering was founded as the first and only unique university department in that times Czechoslovakia specialised in medical technology and biomedicine. Today, with its 50 years of existence, the Department of Biomedical Engineering belongs to leading educational and scientific institutions as well as the whole Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology.
1. 2. 1967: Foundation of the Department of Medical Electronics
The foundation of the Department of Medical Electronics at the Electrotechnic Faculty as the first and only academic institution in that times Czechoslovakia with its unique specialisation.
1967–1989: Gradual development of teaching and the department
After the official establishment there were 6 employees in total. Considering initial shortcomings of technical and space equipment the teaching was begun and there were about 40 students graduating at the newly established faculty every year.
1971: Department structure and teaching specialisation
In 1971 there were already 17 employees (out of which 6 lecturers and 3 research workers) who provided teaching of subjects as Electrical properties of organisms, Electronic medical devices, Ultrasound technology in medicine, Biotelemetry or Design of medical devices.
1978: International science biennale Biosignal
In 1978, there was the premiere of the original National Science Forum which reached an international participation during the time and realised 20 successful years of this event.
1990–1999: Transformation to the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Through the formal change of the name there was a major change of study and scientific activities. The new direction led to general and deeper understanding in the fields like Communication Technology, Cybernetics and Informatics with specialisation in interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering.
There were gradually created two areas where new scientific teams and research projects began to develop: Digital processing of Medical Images, Modeling and Signal Analysis in Cardiology.
2000–2010: Fields of study extension
At the beginning of a new millennium new fields of study focused on Medical Technology, Biomedical Engineering and newly also Applied Informatics in Biological Sciences came into existence. The department established closer cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University which meant not only extension of teaching but mainly also development of strong research groups and prestigious grants gaining.
Remarkable personalities of the Department
prof. Ing. Vratislav Vrána, CSc.
He was the head of the institute between 1967-1989. He contributed to establishment and development of the institute up to the state of a highly respected institution. In 1975 he was a cofounder of the Czech Society of Biomedical Engineering.
prof. Ing. Jiří Jan, CSc.
Between 1989-2010 he worked as the head of the department. He became an internationally recognised authority and an author of expert books in the field of medical signals and images processing. He contributed to development of new field of study and founded the tradition of the International Science Biennale Biosignal.
International conference Biosignal
The Department of Biomedical Engineering came into recognition of international scientific society not only due to its scientific work but also as an organiser of the traditional scientific conference Biosignal which has taken place every two years since 1978. An originally national conference turned into a international conference with a participation of foreign leading experts already in the time of totalism. By this way the conference represented a possibility to connect with the free academic world behind the Iron Curtain.
From the year 1990 the conference became one of the first ones in the countries of the former eastern bloc which was respected and supported by international institutions such as The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and mainly by The European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). This conference primarily focused on topics of medical imaging and analysis, mathematical modeling in biomedicine, cell and tissue engineering and bioinformatics slowly gained international meaning. It had an impact not only on participation of experts coming from whole world but also on the choice and high quality of published contributions.
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