GENERAL INFORMATION

The International Centre of Biocybernetics (ICB) of the Polish Academy of Sciences was established in Warsaw in June 1988.

The ICB is a multi-national association of the Academies of Science and organizations interested in biocybernetics and health care through science and technology. The ICB acts in accordance with the Agreement about the establishment of the ICB as signed by its Parties. Membership to the ICB is opened, new members are admitted by applying in writing to the of President of Polish Academy of Sciences and after acceptance by signing the Agreement. In 1991 the ICB was appointed and in 1996 for the years 1995 - 1999 reappointed as WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering.


MAIN TASK FOR THE ICB

The main objectives of the ICB are: exchange of scientific experience and the improvement of professional qualifications, and facilitation of research and application in the field of biocybernetics and biomedical engineering. To achieve these aims, the ICB will undertake the following activities:

  • organization of scientific meetings in the form of seminars, summer schools and conferences as well as other meetings aimed at the exchange of information and of experience;
  • facilitation and encouragement of research and development;
  • acquisition and dissemination of relevant information, including publication of scientific materials connected with ICB activities


SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY

The ICB organizes seminars and special meetings in the following main directions of biocybernetics and biomedical engineering: biosystems, biomeasurements, artificial organs, biomechanics and bioinformatics. The scientific program of seminars includes the recent results of fundamental researches of physiological processes as well the problems of new technology and design of biological devices and systems for therapy, life support, clinical diagnosis and information processing. Since 1988 till December 2009 the ICB has organized 105 seminars and workshops.

The duration of seminars varied from 2 to 5 days. The number of participants per seminar varied from 40 to 140 persons. All together over 6000 scientists from 45 countries took part in ICB activities.


ICB STUDY GROUPS

When on similar topics, 2 - 4 seminars took place with the same leading personalities, then these seminars changed their shape to Study Group. The Study Groups were created for the following main topics:

  • Biochemical measurements
  • Optoelectronics in medical diagnosis
  • High- resolution electro- and magnetocardiography
  • Eye movement measurements and their applications
  • Biomechanics. Medical robotics
  • Statistics and clinical practice
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular systems
  • Mathematical modeling in biomedical engineering
  • Encapsulation of cells
  • Artificial pancreas

The role of those Groups is to study in depth selected problems of Biomedical Engineering and propose multinational programs of scientific cooperation. These programs may enter to international institutions (like EC activities) to get financial support. Also some of the topics may be proposed for Bilateral Agreements between given Scientific Laboratories.


FUTURE ACTIVITIES

Future activities of ICB are devoted to continuation and consolidation of existing topics, expanding them especially on biomedical imaging and border problems of tissue, cellular and molecular engineering.


EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

ICB is a good place for students in getting additional up-to-date knowledge in selected areas of biomedical engineering. It is also a unique occasion to meet famous, internationally recognized, scientists to present their works and to apply for fellowships, postdoctoral or visiting scientist position abroad. Those ICB seminars are a good starting point for scientific careers of some of the participants.


PUBLICATIONS

The ICB publishes texts of lectures delivered at the Seminars in the Lecture Notes of the ICB Seminars and selected texts in extended form in the Journal Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering. The latter is the official journal of the Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering and is indexed and abstracted in the Thomson Reuters products: Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition and in Elsevier Bibliographic Databases: SCOPUS and EMBASE. The texts of lectures (1300-1500 words), preceded by a short abstract (up to 200 words), should be send to the ICB at the latest four weeks before the Seminar. Template for the preparation of the papers for the ICB Seminar can be downloaded here: TEMPLATE


OTHERS

Lecturers of the Seminars from countries which signed the Agreement are delegated by their Organizations. Other lecturers are invited by the Director of the ICB. The Seminars take place in the ICB headquarters, lecturers and some other participants of the Seminars are accommodated in the ICB guest rooms.