one month off


Hello everybody! August 2014 will be like a “work-holiday” month for me. I’m going to attend two conferences (BioRob 2014 and EMBC 2014), in order to present my research work (see my two more recent Publications). And I’ll take as well some days off, I mean, real holidays, with sun and everything. No permanent internet connection, so it’ll be difficult to update my blog. I’ll be back in September, so… enjoy your holidays you too and see you in a month 🙂

accepted for publication – EMBC 2014

referenceThe paper I submitted to EMBC 2014 has been accepted for publication! During my PhD thesis I’ve conceived a miniaturised actuation system to be embedded in the tibial component of an instrumented knee prosthesis for the evaluation and correction of collateral ligaments imbalance conditions in the postoperative period. A second model, feasible but bulkier, is considered as an alternative solution and is presented in this other publication. The sections Publications and Curriculum Vitae are now up-to-date.

TitleA Miniaturised Actuation System Embedded in an Instrumented Knee Implant for Postoperative Ligament Imbalance Correction

AuthorsA. Collo, P. Poignet, C. Hamitouche, S. Almouahed, and E. Stindel

Abstract: During Total Knee Arthroplasty surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon has to set up proper balance conditions for the two lateral ligaments of the knee. Such ligament tensioning procedure is performed manually and mainly depends on the surgeon’s experience. Unfortunately, inaccuracies are unavoidable and may give rise to serious postoperative complications. In the worst-case scenario, the only solution to this problem is represented by revision surgery. In order to cope with this problem, this work proposes a novel instrumented tibial component able to detect knee imbalance conditions in the postoperative period. A miniaturised actuation system embedded in the tibial baseplate allows to restore optimal balance conditions without resorting to revision surgery.

EMBC 2014 , EORS 2014

embc2014EMBC 2014

The 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14) will be held from August 26-30, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The overall theme of the conference is “Discovering, Innovating, and Engineering Future Biomedicine.” It will cover diverse topics from cutting-edge biomedical and healthcare technology research and development, clinical applications, to biomedical education. The conference program will consist of high-profile plenary/keynote lectures, symposia, workshops, invited sessions, oral and poster sessions, and exhibitions. All papers will be peer reviewed; accepted full-length (4 page) papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings and be indexed by IEEE Xplore and Medline/PubMed.

Submission Deadlines

  • Session proposal submission deadline: 2/17/2014
  • Paper submission deadline for 4 page papers: 3/17/2014
  • Opening date for 1 page papers: 3/31/2014
  • Accept/Reject notification date for 4 page papers: 6/2/2014
  • Final 4 page paper submission date: 6/9/2014
  • Paper submission deadline for 1 page papers: 6/23/2014
  • Accept/Reject notification date for 1 page papers: 6/23/2014
  • Final 1 page paper submission open date: 6/23/2014
  • Final 1 page paper submission deadline date: 6/30/2014

EORS 2014

EORS 2014The 22nd annual meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS 2014) will be held from July 2-14, 2014 at the La Cité Nantes Events Center, Nantes, FRANCE. EORS 2014 will gather personalities from both the medical community and industry partners, to discuss about themes such as biomechanics, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, orthopaedic and traumatology preclinical models, as well as next generation orthopaedic research.

Abstracts and Workshops

  • Abstract & workshop submission opens: 6 November 2013
  • Abstract & workshop submission deadline: 15 March 2014
  • Abstract & workshop notification: 15 April 2014


  • Early registration opens: 6 November 2013
  • Early registration deadline: 15 April 2014
  • Late registration deadline: 15 May 2014