Professor Thomas Heldt
EECS faculty member Thomas Heldt been named as an IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecturer for 2019.
Heldt is W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering and an associate professor of electrical and biomedical engineering. He is also a core faculty member of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE).
Heldt’s research is focused on signal processing, mathematical modeling, and model identification to support real-time clinical decision making, among other topics. He conducts research in collaboration with colleagues at MIT and clinicians from Boston-area hospitals. Most recently, he co-authored a paper, presented at the American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium in November 2018, outlining a predictive model designed to help emergency-room doctors decide whether to administer life-saving, but potentially harmful, drugs to sepsis patients.
Begun in 1952, the EMBS is a global, members-based association of biomedical engineers. Its meetings, publications, and other activities have helped to catalyze countless contributions to the fields of biomedical and healthcare engineering. Distinguished Lecturers are selected from around the world to speak on topics ranging from signal processing and machine learning to bioelectric medicine, electrophysiology, and advanced biomedical sensors and systems. They serve one-year terms.