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From Microwaves to Light: Biomedical Applications of Numerical Electromagnetics

Anyone who has some time to spare on 27 Oct should check out this seminar by an eminent woman in engineering Prof. Milica Popovi?.  She’s from the McGill University, Montréal, Québec in Canada.

Venue: Macquarie University, North Rye, Building E6A, Room 133
Time: 2-3pm, Monday 27 October, 2008

Topics covered are: (1) research on microwave breast cancer detection. The novel screening technique, based on electrical contrast of cancerous and healthy breast tissue at microwave frequencies, is still at the infant stage. Studies to date suggest that this method could resolve small, early-stage breast tumors in a safe, non-ionizing, non-invasive, comfortable and cost-effective manner. The presentation will address the several aspects of our study related to microwave breast tumor imaging: design of a suitable broadband antenna sensor, multiple antenna arrangements for co- and cross-polarized tumor response, sensitivity of the novel technique to the presence of heterogeneity inherent to the mammary tissue and proposed design of the screening device.

And (2) high frequencies: numerical study on light interaction with human retinal photoreceptors. The chemical processes, which occur during this interaction, as well as how they result in our perception of color, are well known. The goal of the investigations was to tackle the following question: do the geometrical and electrical properties of the photoreceptors result in filtering effects that also participate in the color perception? Results suggest that this may well be the case.

More info: 
Electronic Engineering Department, ICS Division
Phone: + 61 2 9850 9141 Fax: + 61 2 9850 9128
Email: or

Seminar jointly sponsored by Macquarie University Electronic Engineering Department, 
IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter and Macquarie University IEEE Student Branch


Please note that visitors who do not have Macquarie parking permits can park only in designated “casual” parking areas. Parking fees apply. Several campus maps are available at, some with parking information. One colour maps shows the casual parking areas in yellow. Finding a parking spot could be difficult at the time of the seminar. You may have to park in the west end of the campus (close to building X6A or Australian Film, TV and Radio School) and walk for about 10 minutes to reach the seminar venue (E6A) in the east end.