Mr Miguel Fuentes

Senior Research Officer

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
miguel@itee.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53997

Overview

My main focus of research is in the area of biomedical instrumentation. I am currently active in electronics and medical instrumentation design with particular interest in devices for use in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), telemetric applications in cardio-respiratory, paediatrics and sports medicine.

I received Undergraduate qualifications in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland in 2001 and I joined the private sector in a Brisbane based firm where I gained a wealth of experience from a commercial as well as research and development perspective towards Biomedical Engineering. In 2004 I completed a Masters Degree in biomedical engineering where my research focus was on analog and digital techniques in biosignal processing. In 2005 I joined the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) as a Research Officer in Biomedical Instrumentation.

I am currently active in electronics and medical instrumentation design with particular interest in devices for use in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), telemetric applications in cardio-respiratory, paediatrics and sports medicine. I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Research group in ITEE and I am involved in a number of current research projects. These include the MRI safety/Magnetic Field Dosimeter project where I have designed a device that measures and stores dosages of magnetic flux density in workers during a working shift. The outcomes of this project include collaborations with the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) a result of which is that our scientific evidence is having a direct influence on the implementation of the E.U. Physical Agents 2004/40/EC Directive and is creating much scientific debate globally. Further outcomes have included conference and journal publications as well as commercialization of the device.

Other projects that I am involved in include research into a device and method of obtaining bioelectric signals from a human patient using optical transducers rather than the traditional method of conductive based electrodes. This new method yields many advantages in terms of performance, patient safety, and flexibility. We have performed the ground proofing necessary and are in the process of funding approval. We are also undertaking important research in wireless measurements (telemetric) of fetal movements as part of an important clinical trial and sports kinematics (particularly cricket fast bowlers) sponsored by Cricket Australia. The fetal movement studies project has been recognised in the media receiving national television and newspaper coverage. Other areas of research I am currently performing include MR receive coil electronics and in vivo cardiac MRI of the fetus.

Qualifications

  • Master of Engineering, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Queensland

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