Elise Fear


Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering


Contact information


Office: 403-210-5413


Office : ICT351

Preferred method of communication


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.


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’s involvement in biomedical engineering has also included NIH review, an associate editorship with IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and a Killam Interdisciplinary Research Prize.