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PhD student a geographic finalist in major student paper competition

Bionics Institute PhD Student Ishara Paranawithana was selected as the geographical finalist for the Asia- Pacific region as part of the highly regarded IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) 2023 Student Paper Competition.

Ishara was one of the 15 finalists in the Student Paper Competition, which was part of the recently concluded 45th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Sydney.

Ishara is part of the Bionics Institute’s hearing research team, supervised by Professor Colette McKay, and was humble in his response to being named as the finalist for the Asia-Pacific region.

“It was an absolute honor and privilege to be selected as the geographic finalist for the Asia-Pacific region in the student paper competition.

“I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been part of this incredibly rewarding journey including my supervisors and colleagues at the Bionics Institute and Monash University.”

The Bionics Institue was well represented at the EMBC 2023 , with this international event providing an opportunity for our world leading researchers to meet with international colleagues, discuss up-to-the-minute research findings and foster potential trans-continental partnerships.

“After years of Covid disruptions, it was great to attend the flagship conference in the field of biomedical engineering and present my work as a PhD student at arguably the biggest stage for any biomedical researcher.

“The firsthand experience of hearing about the latest developments from the experts in the field and to be able to connect with fellow students and peers around the world were the highlights of the conference for me.”

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Engineering Better and More Resilient Healthcare for All’, a reflection of how COVID-19 highlighted fragilities in global healthcare systems and responses.

Bionics Institute PhD student Ishara Parnawithana (4th from right) receives his recognition at the 45th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Sydney, 2023.

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