Selected Papers from IEEE ICICE 2017

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

2017 IEEE International Conference on Information, Communication and Engineering (ICICE 2017) will be held in Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China, 17–20 November, 2017, and will provide a unified communication platform for researchers in a wide area of topics. The Special Issue, "Selected Papers from IEEE ICICE 2017" of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X), provides an advanced forum for studies on micro- and nanoscale machines. It publishes reviews and original research articles in this field. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. The full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced.

This Special Issue selects excellent papers from ICICE 2017. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles, as well as review articles, to this Special Issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental micro/nanoscale and multiphysics phenomena leading to novel applications
  • Fundamentals of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (NEMS)
  • Silicon and other advanced materials for MEMS and NEMS
  • Micro/nano fabrication and manufacturing technologies: Deposition, lithography, patterning,      etching, surface micromachining, bulk micromachining, laser fabrication, 3D printing, self-assembly and other new micro/nano fabrication technologies
  • MEMS and NEMS: BioMEMS, Optical MEMS, Power MEMS, RF MEMS, nanophotonics, energy      harvesting, micro batteries, microtransducers, microactuators, microsensors, etc.
  • Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC): microfluidics, nanofluidics, optofluidics, acoustofluidics, magnetofluidics, microarrays, microreactors as well as their system      integration
  • Other micro/nano-scaled devices and systems: biomedical microdevices, stretchable electronics, microrobotics, etc.
  • Applications of micromachines in chemistry, biology, medical sciences, energy and environmental sciences, etc.

Prof. Dr. Shoou-Jinn Chang
Prof. Dr. Teen-Hang Meen
Prof. Dr. Stephen D. Prior
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  • Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Microactuators and Microsensors
  • Microdevices, stretchable electronics, and Microrobotics

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Development of an AVF Stenosis Assessment Tool for Hemodialysis Patients Using Robotic Ultrasound System
Micromachines 2018, 9(2), 51; - 29 Jan 2018
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With the aging population and lifestyle changes, the number of hemodialysis (HD) patients increases year by year. The arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the gold standard vascular access used to access the blood for HD treatment. Since the status of stenosis affects HD efficiency, [...] Read more.
With the aging population and lifestyle changes, the number of hemodialysis (HD) patients increases year by year. The arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the gold standard vascular access used to access the blood for HD treatment. Since the status of stenosis affects HD efficiency, current clinical practices usually use a Doppler ultrasound imaging system to assess the parameters of the stenosis, such as the degree of stenosis (DOS). Unfortunately, this is a very time-consuming task. Furthermore, it is difficult to stably maintain the ultrasound probe for a prolonged period to give doctors clearer or reproducible images. In this study, a robotic ultrasound system (RUS) with ultrasound sequential imaging analysis was designed to evaluate the DOS of the AVF. The sequential imaging analysis was capable of image smoothing and vessel boundary detection. It enabled clinicians to mark the thickness of the plaque for further processing. Finally, the system was used to reconstruct 3D models of fistulas and calculated the DOS for clinical assessment. We also designed a pressure sensing module attached to the ultrasound probe to prevent the probe from coming loose, vibrating, and exerting abnormal pressure on the skin. In the phantom test, the results showed that the error of the DOS that was calculated by RUS was less than 3%. The results of clinical trials obtained from ten patients show that the error between the RUS and clinicians’ measurement was about 10% and had a highly linear correlation (R Square > 0.95). In addition, the reproducibility error was about 3% and could effectively save about 46% of the time during clinical examinations. Full article
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