In recent years, demands on engineering technology (robotics, software, integrated solutions, etc.) have increased in medicine. Although technology is a powerful tool to improve health care (e.g. effectiveness in treatment, diagnosis or other medical procedures), it should be noted that technology commonly increases complexity and cost. “Frugal engineering” is the process of reducing the complexity and cost of a good and its production. ISCAS will offer the “Frugal Technology Award” for excellent research work, involving unique and ingenious approaches, through the concept of frugal engineering. The goal of the establishment of this award is to encourage research towards affordable, efficient, and cost-effective technology in the area of computer-aided surgery and related medical interventions. Such research would be beneficial to the patient and to the society.
The scope of the award is classified into three categories: robotics, software, and integrated systems. Applicants must send a one-page letter describing the frugal aspect of their technology along with their accepted paper (which must have been accepted for presented in the ISCAS conference, either as an oral presentation or poster. The awardee(s) will be selected by an ISCAS Award committee and may be offered in each category. Selection criteria are related to the definition of frugal technology, including affordability, effectiveness in clinical practice, reduction of complexity, ease of learning, reduction of surgical time, and ability of the technology to be widely disseminated. The awardee will receive a certificate, a free ticket to the ISCAS social event at the conference, and a prize of $500.
Please send your application to Kevin Cleary <kcleary at childrensnational.org> by May 1st, 2015 (extended deadline). Questions may also be sent to the same email. This award has been sponsored by the Kikuchi company from Japan.