About the Forum

We have been faced with an unprecedented challenge in combating the COVID-19/SARS-CoV2 outbreak that is threatening the fabric of our civilization, causing catastrophic human losses and a tremendous economic burden on the United States and most countries around the world.

During this difficult time, there has been an urgent need for biomedical engineers, clinicians, and healthcare industry leaders to work together to develop novel diagnostics and treatments to fight the pandemic including the development of portable, rapidly deployable, and affordable diagnostic testing kits, personal protective equipment, mechanical ventilators, and data analysis and modeling tools.

To address the challenges of bringing these inventions into clinical practice quickly, the IEEE EMBS Grand Challenges Forum on COVID-19 will be held on November 12-15, 2020. The forum aims to highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities in COVID-19 screening, tracing, and treatment.  We think that your work would highlight the pandemic and its implications and will be extremely interesting to our audience.

The forum will have the following four symposiums

  1. Grand Challenges in COVID-19 Healthcare
  2. Grand Challenges in COVID-19 Screening
  3. Grand Challenges in COVID-19 Tracing
  4. Grand Challenges in COVID-19 Treatment

IEEE Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society is the largest international organization that brings together engineers, physicians and scientists to address global challenges. We believe that this forum will help us build a platform that strengthens our collective capability to exchange ideas as well as share, access, and manage data, models  and latest reports on COVID-19/SARS-CoV2 research. It will also accelerate the rapid scientific innovation and reproducible research needed to find solutions in the global battle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee has decided to offer the workshop in a virtual format only to ensure a safe environment and to make participation possible for more people. We hope you would join us. Please advise at your earliest convenience, we are available if you have any questions or require additional information to consider the invitation.

Metin Akay and Shankar Subramaniam, Forum Chairs
Paolo Bonato and Colin Brenan, Forum Program Chairs

Registration Information 

Registration is free and required to attend the IEEE EMBS Grand Challenges Forum on COVID-19.

Please note that the registration is limited.
Your access link will be provided after registration.