ABI Research Forum 2017 Event as iCalendar


23 February 2017

8:15am - 5pm

Venue: Owen G Glen Building

Location: 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland Central

Cost: Free


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Updated 29 June 2017:  Recordings of the keynotes and panel discussion are now available below.

This one day forum showcases the ongoing research of all Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) members, and is an opportunity to explore the breadth of ABI activities. The topic for this year's forum is “fostering and maintaining collaborations."

It will feature keynotes by:

  • Professor Rod Dunbar, Director of Maurice Wilkins Centre;
  • Professor Nic Smith, Dean of Engineering;
  • Professor Cris Print, Director of the Bioinformatics Institute.
  • Professor Laura Bennet, Head of Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Health and Sciences.

In addition, the day will feature poster and short oral presentations by all ABI students and post-doctoral researchers.

The ABI looks forward to hosting a great day of inspiration, research, and collaboration.

If you use Twitter, use the hashtag #ABIRF17 to tweet and follow the event on the day!


You can now watch recordings of the keynotes and the panel discussion from the 2017 Research Forum below.

Keynote 1: Professor Nic Smith

Keynote 2: Professor Rod Dunbar

Keynote 4: Professor Cris Print

Panel Discussion with ABI Principal Investigators and Collaborators


You can view a list of the posters that will be presented on the day on the posters page. You can search by author, abstract or keyword to find posters that interest you. You can then read the poster's abstract and also where to find them.

After the posters are presented, they will be made available for download on the page.

Visit the posters page.


8:15 - 9:00am Poster set-up
9:00 - 9:20am Introduction by ABI Director Peter Hunter
9:20 - 10:00am Presentation 1 and a Q & A session with Professor Nic Smith
10:00 - 10:30am Morning Tea
10:30 - 11:10am Presentation 2 and a Q & A session with Professor Rod Dunbar
11:10 - 11:40am Two minute thesis 1
11:40am - 12:10pm Poster session 1
12:10pm - 1:00pm Poster session 1 and lunch
1:00pm - 1:40pm Presentation 3 and a Q & A session with Professor Laura Bennet
1:40pm - 2:20pm Presentation 4 and a Q & A session with Professor Cris Print
2:20pm - 2:50pm Two minute thesis 2
2:50pm - 3:20pm Poster session 2
3:20pm - 3:50pm Poster Session 2 and Afternoon Tea
3:50pm - 4:45pm Open Panel Discussion with 3 ABI Principal Investigators and Collaborators
4:45pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks and Prize-Giving

Two Minute Thesis Competition Schedule

The competition will be held in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Morning session

  1. Nima Afshar - Bond Graph Modelling of Glucose Uptake in Small Intestine Using CellML
  2. Shelley Fong - Epithelial Cell Model and Applications
  3. Stefan Calder - A Simulation and Experimental Study of Electroelastography (EGG)
  4. Bianca Freytag - How Soft is Your Heart? Correlation of T1 Times and Extracellular Volume with Bulk Tissue Stiffness of the Heart
  5. Girish Ramlugun - High Resolution Optical Mapping of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Atria to Investigate Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation
  6. Amir HajiRassouliha - Measuring 3D Deformation and Geometry of Soft Tissues
  7. Annika Sahrmann - Soleus Muscle Fibre Architecture in Children with Cerebral Palsy
  8. Andi Liu - Hip Joint Modelling for Orthopaedic Application
  9. Xiaoming Wang - Multiscale modelling for the rapid assessment of femoral neck fracture risk
  10. Alex Swee - A Population Derived Mechanostatistical Model of the Human Spine

Afternoon session

  1. Tony Tse - Hearing Like a Fish Underwater
  2. James McKeage - Large Volume Jet Injection
  3. Utkarsh Saxena - Does ICP Influence BP?
  4. Dixon Leung - Re-calibration of implanted pressure sensors
  5. Melissa Davidson - Evolution of pelvic floor muscle tissue mechanics during pregnancy
  6. Win Min Tun - How Do Placental Haemodynamics and Cell Behaviours Interact for Healthy Fetal Development
  7. Luca Parisi - Model-based Analysis of Mechanical Ventilation in Supine & Prone
  8. Yuwen Zhang - Quantitative Analysis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Abnormality from CT
  9. Dewan Sarwar - Multiscale Modelling of the Kidney
  10. Alex Zivaljevic - Extracting Meaning Using openEHR Archetypes