Bin He

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Bin He is an accomplished American biomedical engineering scientist. He is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the director of Institute for Engineering in Medicine and the Center for Neuroengineering at the University of Minnesota. He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He was the president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) from 2009 to 2010.


[1] He received his BS in 1982 in electrical engineering, from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He later went to study in Japan and obtained his M.S. in electrical engineering and PhD (highest honors) in bioelectrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a Nobel Prize–winning campus.

He did his postdoctoral study at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in United States. After working as a Research Scientist at MIT, he later joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where He was named a University Scholar by the university president.

In January 2004, He became the Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is also in charge of the Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory at the university, and has served as the founding director of Center for Neuroengineering at the same university. From 2011, He has served as director of NSF IGERT Training Program on Systems Neuroengineering. In August 2012, He was named director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, a campus-wide research institute aimed at advancing innovative engineering solutions for tomorrow's medicine, by fostering collaborations between biomedical colleges and College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

From 2002 to 2005, He was the President of the International Society of Bioelectromagnetism. From 2007 to 2008, He was the President of International Society for Functional Source Imaging. From 2005 to 2007, He served as Vice President of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). From 2009 to 2010, He was the President of the EMBS. In 2009, He served as the Conference Chair of the 31st Annual International Conference of EMBS, which attracted a record number of participants from the international biomedical engineering community. In 2010, He served as the Chair of the Steering Committee of EMBS Forum on Grand Challenges in Neuroengineering. In 2012, He served as the Conference Chair of the IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference. From 2010, He has served as chair of Publications Committee of AIMBE. From 2011-2013, He served as Co-Chair of IEEE Life Sciences Project Team of IEEE. From 2012, He has served as chair of the Membership Committee of IMBS. In 2013, He served as the chair of the EMBS 6th International Conference on Neural Engineering.

Honors and recognitions[edit]

He is a fellow of International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and Institute of Physics. He received several awards including the Outstanding Research Award from the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, Tejima Prize, and Distinguished McKnight University Professorship from the University of Minnesota. His work has been featured by a number of major media and publications, including Nature (journal), New York Times, BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC News, Washington Post, The Economist, Scientific American, New Scientist, Fox News, US News, among others.

Research expertise[edit]

He has conducted research in EEG based brain-computer interface, EEG source localization, functional source imaging, multimodal functional neuroimaging integrating functional MRI and EEG, three-dimensional cardiac electric imaging, magnetoacoustic tomography with magnetic induction, motor imagination, and binocular rivalry. His work on brain-computer interface has demonstrated the ability for humans to control flight of model helicopter by 'thoughts' using noninvasive EEG sensors.


He is editor, associate editor, editorial board member, and guest editor of many international academic journals and book series. He has published more than 190 research articles and edited several books, including the book entitled "Neural Engineering" first published in 2005, and its Second Edition by Springer in 2013.


  1. ^ Biography of Bin He

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