Elise Fear

Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

PhD


Contact information

Phone

Office: 403-210-5413

Location

Office : ICT351

Preferred method of communication

ADMIN ASSISTANT

Caron Currie

Email: caron.currie@ucalgary.ca

Office: 403-220-8822


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • New approaches for imaging and sensing to support cancer diagnosis and treatment

Summary of Research

My team is developing new approaches to imaging and sensing using microwaves.  Microwave-frequency properties of tissues are sensitive to water content.  Healthy tissues exhibit different microwave properties, and diseased tissues may exhibit changes in these properties.  We have developed prototype systems for breast imaging with microwaves.  This includes design and implementation of sensors, development of advanced algorithms to process data and form images, and implementation of prototype systems capable of reliably positioning sensors and collecting data.  With collaborators in the Cumming School of Medicine, we have tested these systems in small-scale studies of volunteers, showing promise for tumour detection and breast health monitoring.


Biography

Elise Fear is a Professor in Electrical Engineering with a research program in biomedical imaging and sensing.  She has been involved with both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Biomedial Engineering at the University of Calgary.  Elise‚Äôs involvement in biomedical engineering has also included NIH review, an associate editorship with IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and a Killam Interdisciplinary Research Prize.