Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Hasan AYAZ
Next-generation wearable and ultra-portable neuroimaging: expanding vistas for brain health

Prof. Omer Halil COLAK
Brain Plasticity and Rehabilitation Oriented Solutions in Facial Transplant Patients

Assoc. Prof. Sinan GUVEN
Tissue Engineering and Microfluidic Systems

IEEE Turkey Section Support




Detection of neurological and cognitive disorders using different imaging methods have been studied, recently. The neurological diseases cause defor- mations in nerve cells by time and the functions of nervous system deteriorate due to these deformations. The increase in life expectancy also increases the rate of having neurological disorders. Additionally, the cognitive disorders such as bipolar disease and schizophrenia affect the quality of patients, significantly. In this special session, the reliability on detection of deformations in the brain using machine learning, analyzing the affected brain regions owing to the dis- eases, and building datasets using different imaging methods are aimed to be discussed and studied by bringing experts from different fields (medical doctors and engineers) together.

This special session covers, but is not limited to, the topics listed below.:

  • Diagnosis of neurological diseases using brain imaging (Alzheimer’s dis- ease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, Prion diseases, Huntington’s disease, motor neuron disorders, spinocerebellar ataxia, and spinal muscular atrophy)
  • Detection of cognitive disorders using brain imaging
  • Applications of machine learning techniques (specifically deep learning) to the diagnosis of neurological diseases
  • Brain imaging techniques for detection and diagnosis of neurological diseases
  • Analysis of brain imaging methods in order to follow-up the detection and diagnosis of neurological diseases
  • Segmentation and detection of tissues and structures in the brain from images, and application of computational approaches to the diagnosis of neurological diseases


Dr. Özkan Çiğdem
Ozhak Engineering Co., Izmir, Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Devrim Unay
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Ali Saffet Gönül
Department of Psychiatry, SoCAT Lab and Affective Disorders, School of Medicine, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey


Biomaterials have played an increasingly prominent role in medicine in order to provide diagnosis, treatment, and tracking of the healing process. Biomaterials can be natural or synthetic and are used in different processes to promote, enhance or alter a damaged tissue or biological function. Today, by combining  the advances in materials,  medicine and tissue engineering new and multifunctional biomaterials can be achieved.

Aim of this special session is  to bring together researchers from different disciplines in the field of biomaterials in biomedical applications, to examine the researches and studies carried out in the world and in our country, as well as to establish a international/ national academic network .

Session Topics:
Topics cover all areas of biomaterials in biomedical applications, with the following headings prioritized. Some specific research topics can be listed as follows:

  • Biomaterials used in implant and implant coating,
  • Biomaterials used in wound care and regeneration,
  • Biomaterials used in tissue engineering applications,
  • Nano-biomaterials used as support in medical imaging and treatment,
  • Biomaterials used in biosensor design,
  • Biomaterials used in the design of targeted drug delivery systems.

Assist. Prof. Didem ŞEN KARAMAN

İzmir Katip Celebi Univ.
Department of Biomedical Eng.


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is a powerful and noninvasive medical imaging method used to understand the working mechanism and neural connections of the human brain. Unlike magnetic imaging, fMRI allows the visualization of the activation regions in the brain triggered by sensory stimulation or cognitive functions. Although the anatomy of the brain has been solved in large scale by medical imaging methods, the understanding of the working mechanism and neural connections has been accelerated by functional imaging studies in recent years.

Especially in recent years, fMRI has been widely used by psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists for both the clinical and research purposes to solve the working mechanisms of the human brain in healthy individuals as well as in patients with different neurological or psychological disorders. fMRI studies allow to search how the healthy brain works, how it is affected by different diseases, the mechanisms associated with clinical deterioration, how it works to improve after this deterioration, and how the drugs that used can alter the neural activity or post-illness recovery.

This special session aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines in the field of functional imaging and to investigate the brain imaging researches and studies in the world and in our county as well as to constitute a national academic network in this field.
This session covers all functional imaging studies. Some topics are listed below but not limited to:

  • Resting State fMRI (rs-fMRI)
  • Clinical fMRI Applications
  • Cognitive fMRI Applications
  • High Resolution (7-Tesla and more) fMRI

Ege University, International Computer Institute


Orthopedic biomechanics is a discipline that investigates the musculoskeletal system using mechanical laws and principles, the behavior (movement and deformations) of orthopedic implants, orthosis-prostheses and all biomaterials used in orthopedics.

In other words, it is a fundamental tool for the design, manufacture, and adjustment of the necessary support units such as diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorder and prosthesis/orthosis/implant. This special session provides an in-depth exploration of the present knowledge of orthopedic biomechanics across all tissues in the musculoskeletal system, and with direct relevance to biomedical engineering and clinical applications. In this special session, it is aimed to research and discuss the latest scientific studies in the field of orthopedic biomechanics in our country by bringing researchers together who are experts in their field.


The topics cover all areas of orthopedic biomechanics, not limited to the following headings. Some specific research topics can be listed as follows:  

  • Biomechanics of Hard Tissue
  • Biomechanics of Spine
  • Biomechanics of  Soft Tissue (Cartilage, Muscle, Tendon, etc.) 
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Orthopedic Biomaterials / Implants / Prostheses / Orthoses
  • Biomechanics of Injury
  • Biomechanics of Crash 
  • Computational methods in Biomechanics

Dr. Mustafa UNAL,
Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, Department Of Mechanical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation


TIPTEKNO'19 - Medical Technologies Congress / 3-5 October 2019 / Palm Wings Ephesus Hotel / Kusadasi, Turkey