MUCAT to hold its first-ever research symposium


The Miami University Center for Assistive Technology (MUCAT) is holding its first annual research symposium on January 25th and 26th. The topic is “Engineering better Medicines.”

This symposium, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, is primarily for Miami faculty and staff from all areas of the University to learn and discuss challenges in the medical field. Other researchers working in the field of assistive technologies are invited as well.

“The purpose [of the symposium] is to identify new problems to solve in a transdisciplinary way,” said Amit Shukla, Director of MUCAT and professor in the mechanical and manufacturing department.

Shukla also noted that this will be the only symposium on assistive technologies in Ohio.

The symposium will have two keynote speakers.

  • Malaz Boustani, MD, Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Aging Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to being a medical doctor, he is an expert in AI and works to bring together these two disciplines for research into aging and brain health.
  • Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, professor at the University of Cincinnati and Founding Director of the Biomechanics-Ergonomics Research Lab. He is an expert in environmental health, with particular interest in occupational health.

Break-out sessions will feature talks by Miami University faculty and other local experts. Then there will be collaborative sessions, where attendees will brainstorm potential research projects to conduct in the upcoming year.

By Paige Smith