Brain Implant Electromagnetic Issues

Presentation delivered on Sunday April 15, 2018, 2.30pm.


Poster presentation at the 9th Annual International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering, & Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Sunday April 15, 8:30am Breakfast and Registration Announcements/ Welcome

BIOENGINEERING ETHICS EDUCATION Session Chairs: Dr. Katina Michael & Dr. Subrata Saha

Innovating at Speed – What are the Road Signs?


Thriving and surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution

The innovation agenda has failed to impress disgruntled voters. Yet technological disruption appears to be gaining pace as it transforms the business landscape. As well as dealing with the competitive threats, how can Australian government and business exploit the opportunities this fourth industrial revolution throws up?

Discussing the policy framework for transforming Australia’s innovation agenda during this unique and unprecedented time, the summit examines how organisations from the blue chip to the start-up are grappling with formulating, implementing and measuring the success of their innovation initiatives to embrace these opportunities fully. The two-day summit will look closely at policy settings, systems and values that can better serve Australians as we ride the technological wave. It will also provide a platform to discuss ethical issues, values and legislating and regulating emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) , artificial intelligence/machine learning and much more. The summit will highlight Australian initiatives that truly make us world leaders whilst investigating the pathways to success, inspiring Australians to embrace a global market and competition at an opportune time.

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Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

Professor Katina Michael, School of Computing and Information Technology, The University of Wollongong

Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Biofoundry

Abdullahi Alim, Head of Practice, Lighthouse Strategies

Christine Owenelle, Purpose Economist, Advisor and Strategist, Owenelle Global Consultancy

Jason Bender, Partner, Head of Innovation, Deloitte Australia

  • What role does technology play in democracy?
  • What is the social contract of technology?
  • Where do we draw the line on human rights in relation to cognitive liberty, mental privacy and mental integrity?
  • Why empathy and ethics will play a far more important role in innovation

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Citation: Longstaff, Michael, Meow-Meow, Alim, Owenell and Bender in AFR Innovation Summit 19-20 September 2017

Who's Attending:

  • Advanced Manufacuting Growth Centre (AGMC)
  • Altus Traffic
  • AOFM
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication, UNSW Sydney
  • Asurion LLC
  • Atlassian
  • Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering
  • Australian CleanTech
  • Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Ltd
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Baillieu Holst
  • BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd
  • BioFoundry
  • Blackbird Ventures
  • Boeing Australia & New Zealand
  • British High Commission
  • Burnet Institute
  • Challenger Limited
  • Chase Consulting
  • Chatsworth Associates
  • Cicada Innovations
  • Cook Medical
  • Crazy Might Work
  • Crescent Wealth
  • CSBP Ltd
  • Deakin University
  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte Australia
  • Department of Industry
  • Department of Industry Innovation
  • Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of the Attorney- General & Justice
  • DSITI- Queensland Government
  • EBL Disability Services
  • Edison Group
  • Elabor8
  • Energy QLD
  • Energy Queensland
  • Fairfax Media
  • Flamingo
  • F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum
  • Foley Durham
  • Food Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Future Fund
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Gretals Australia PTY LTD
  • Gumtree
  • Hatch
  • IAG
  • Ideapod
  • Innovation & Science Australia
  • Innovation and Science Australia
  • Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Intent Global Pty Ltd
  • Inventium
  • Job Capital
  • Johnson and Johnson Innovation
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Landgate
  • Lendlease
  • Lighthouse Strategies
  • Magnify Innovation
  • Marubeni Australia Limited
  • METS Ignited
  • Monash University
  • MTPConnect
  • MYOB
  • MyPass Global
  • NAB
  • NATSPEC Construction Information
  • NERA
  • Norths
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Oil Search Ltd
  • Owenell Global Consultancy
  • Pathfinder Consulting Group Pty Ltd
  • Powershop Australia & Meridian Energy Australia
  • PresCare
  • QxBranch
  • Rasmax Consultants
  • Refraction Media
  • Replenish Earth
  • Richard A Bobb Chartered Accountants
  • Rural Industries RDC Charles Sturt University
  • SHAVIK Smarter Integrated Software
  • Singularity University
  • Sprout X
  • Standards Australia
  • Stanley and Co.
  • Stockpot
  • Stone & Chalk
  • Suncorp
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneuship
  • TechInSA
  • Telstra
  • Terem Technologies
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • The Ethics Centre
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Technology
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
  • UTS
  • Western Sydney University
  • Wrays
  • Zenda Life Foods
  • Ziva

Governance of Emerging Technology 2017

The Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics held at the new

Beus Center for Law & Society in Phoenix, AZ

May 17-19, 2017

Call for Abstracts – Now Closed

Title: Coming to Grips with Evidence-Based Policing: Body Worn Video Recorders and Beyond

presented by Katina Michael in "Big Data" session at GET Conference


Session 5.2 Big Data and the Individual
Room: TBD
Moderator:  Diva Galan, LG Tech-Link Global and Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Arizona State University

  • 5.2.1.  Who Owns “You”?: The Need to Craft a Means of Personal Ownership for One’s Digital Self
    Jeremy Weissman, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • 5.2.2.  The Artificial Revolution: Rethinking the Future of Intellectual Property in a World Without Limits
    Aviv Gaon, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • 5.2.3.  Building Responsible Governance Mechanisms for DIY Health
    Eleonore Pauwels, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • 5.2.4.  Stakeholder Engagement at the Intersection of Big Data and Criminal Justice
    Kimberly Gardner, School of Public Service, Boise State University

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

Some particular themes that will be emphasized at this year’s conference include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, drones, CRISPR/gene editing, big data, data analytics, transnational coordination, technology unemployment, internet of things, neuroscience, privacy, longevity, bitcoin/blockchain, and digital health.

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Repurposing Medical Implants: from Therapeutics to Augmentation

Public Information Session – Wearable Sensing Technologies: What we have and where we are going! Panelists: Gordon Wallace @UOW, Joseph Wang @USC, Katina Michael @UOW

Event: Wearable and Implantable Sensors Workshop, Friday 19 August 2016, Leon Kane-Maguire Theatre, AIIM Facility, Innovation Campus, North Wollongong.

Draft program here

Title: Repurposing Medical Implants from Therapeutics to Augmentation: the money is where the market is

Abstract: For over 55 years we have witnessed the development of heart pacemakers [1]. Incremental innovations have meant that this product technology has advanced as the industry surrounding it has created better componentry and connectivity. Once we considered the application of implantables for those who only desperately required it for life sustaining purposes, often as a last resort. Today, however, the emphasis is shifting from a restorative need to replace a human function that has been lost or degraded, to one that is preventative and takes on a guise of human augmentation. In all we are witnessing the rise of persuasive computing- that which not only acts as a tool or media, but also as a mechanism to change attitudes and behaviours of social actors through direct interaction or through a mediating role. For example, companies like Medtronics wish to implant sensors in everyone [2]. Their belief is to take the medical technology to the whole market, relying on a medical platform for non-medical control, care and convenience applications. The question is not whether we can achieve this technically, but whether answers to questions about ethics, culture and society can keep pace with rapid scientific advancements [3].


[1] Catherine M. Banbury, 1997, Surviving Technological Innovation in the Pacemaker Industry, 1959-1990, Garland Publishing, Inc. New York.

[2] Eliza Strickland, 2014, Medtronic Wants to Implant Sensors in Everyone, IEEE Spectrum,

[3] Roger Achille, Christine Perakslis, Katina Michael, 2013, “Ethical Issues to consider for Microchip Implants in Humans”, 7th International Conference on Ethical Issues In Biomedical Engineering, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York.

Panelist 1: Professor Gordon Wallace

Is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance via medical Bionics. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical Bionics. He is committed to the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist. Gordon was recently appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100. Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He has published more than 800 refereed publications; a monograph (3rd Edition published in 2009) on Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems and co-authored a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012). He has recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform. Gordon has supervised almost 100 PhD students to completion and has mentored more than 50 research fellows. Gordon completed his undergraduate (1979) and PhD (1983) degrees at Deakin University and was awarded a DSc from Deakin University in 2000. He was appointed as a Professor at the University of Wollongong in 1990. He was awarded an ARC Professorial Fellowship in 2002; an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2006 and ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2011.

Panelist 2: Joseph Wang

Joseph Wang is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of Nanoengineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Director of the Center for Wearable Sensors (CWS) of the Jacobs School of Engineering. Before joining UCSD in 2008 he held Regents Professor and Manasse Chair positions at NMSU and served as the Director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors (at the ASU Biodesign Institute). Wang is also a Honorary Professor from 6 different universities and the recipient of two National American Society Awards for Electrochemistry and Instrumentation. He was the recipient of the 1994 Heyrovsky Memorial Medal (of the Czech Republic), the 2012 Breyer Medal (Royal Australian Chemistry Institute), and the 2013 Spiers Memorial Medal (Royal Society of Chemistry), for his major contributions to electrochemistry. He is also a RSC Fellow and AIMBE Fellow. Wang serves as the founding Chief Editor of the Wiley journal Electroanalysis and on the editorial board of 15 other journals. The research interests of Dr. Wang include the development of advanced nanomotors and nanoactuators, nanobioelectronics and electrochemical biosensors, wearable sensor systems, and advanced materials for biofuel cells. He has been the mentor of 25 Ph.D. candidates and 150 research associates. He has authored over 980 research papers, 11 books, 20 patents, and 35 chapters (H Index 111). He was ranked as the most cited electrochemist in the world in 1995, the ‘Most Cited Researcher in Engineering’ during 1995- 2005. Website:

Panelist 3: Katina Michael

Is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Katina has been the editor-in-chief of IEEE Technology & Society Magazine since 2012, a Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, and more recently an associate editor of Ethics and Practices of Biomedical Engineering. Katina also has served as a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation since 2008, and has been a volunteer for the Consumer Federation of Australia since 2010. Her main research area is in the social implications of emerging technologies with a specific interest in implantables technologies for medical and non-medical applications in relation to socioethics and culture, privacy and security, risk and trust, law and regulation.