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December 15, 2022

EIC Fellowship

Alfred is honored to be elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Many thanks to the Canadian engineering community for their endorsement of Alfred's contributions!

October 1, 2022

Call for new graduate students

If you wish to engage in the next generation of innovations in ultrasonics, our lab could be a great home for your research training! Please apply by February 1, 2023 for Fall 2023 admission.

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May 1, 2022

Congrats to Yanyan and Robyn’s success!

Yanyan Tran has receieved a Canada Graduate Scholarship to support the remainder of her MASc studies! Robyn Klassen was also successful in renewing her Ontario Graduate Scholarship for another year. Congratulations!

November 21, 2021

E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Alfred is truly humbled to be named a Steacie Fellow by NSERC. It's time to roll up our sleeves to help grow the ultrasound innovation space!!!

October 1, 2021

Billy is now a Principal Investigator!

Billy Yiu has been promoted to Research Assistant Professor at UW Engineering! LITMUS is now transforming into a multi-PI group. Lots of exciting activities coming up in the lab!

July 1, 2021

Congrats to Robyn’s WIN Fellowship!

Robyn Klassen has been selected as a recipient of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Fellowship for her work on ultrasound-mediated drug delivery and related biophysics investigations. Stay tuned for her presentation at this Fall's WIN celebration event!

May 15, 2021

Scholarship success for our new scholars

Huge success for our lab in the scholarship arena this year! Congrats to William Pitman for his success in winning a Canada Graduate Scholarship in this round of competition. Di Xiao, Robyn Klassen, YanYan Tran, and David Hoskin have also been successful in their Ontario Graduate Scholarship applications. Well done everyone!

May 10, 2020

LITMUS in the RIA Highlights

Our high-frame-rate imaging research has been featured in the RIA's latest research highlights. Go check it out!

May 1, 2020

Faculty position for Jason!

Jason Au has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at UW Kinesiology! Congrats! We are looking forward to work closely with Prof. Au in his new capacity.

April 20, 2020

Another NSERC Scholarship for Rebekah

Rebekah Maffett has been awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship to support her PhD studies. Well done and congrats!

January 22, 2020

Engineering Research Excellence Award

Many thanks to UW Faculty of Engineering for selecting Alfred as the recipient of the 2019 Engineering Research Excellence Award. Our lab is grateful for the school's endorsement over our research endeavors. Thank you!

Engineering Research Excellence Award

January 15, 2020

Takuro now a PI at Tohoku University in Japan!

We are pleased to announce that Takuro Ishii has started his PI career as a tenure-track assistant professor at Tohoku University - an Imperial university with strong presence in ultrasonics. He is now a PI of the prestigious JSPS Leaders Program. Congrats!

November 9, 2019

AIUM Fellowship

Alfred is grateful to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). It is a huge honor. Proud to be a contributor to medical ultrasound. Thanks!

August 7, 2019

Billy -> Dr. Yiu from today onward

Well done, Dr. Billy Yiu! What an amazing performance he has had today at his PhD defense. The committee was highly impressed by his wide range of accomplishments. Totally nailed it! Congrats!

Billy Yiu - PhD Defense Reception

July 20, 2019

Indulgence in Flow Phantoms

Want to join our fun on designing flow phantoms? We have built walled phantoms of urethra, carotid bifurcation, and vessels with regional stiffness variations, as well as wall-less phantoms with omnidirectional flow and patient-specific geometries.

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July 11, 2019

LITMUS to host CREATE program

Our lab will be leading an NSERC-funded multidisciplinary research platform specializing in next-generation innovations in ultrasonics. Join N-GENIUS! This will be a great home to develop your research credentials.

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June 15, 2019

Cellular Bioeffect Investigation Protocol

Our best practices in designing platforms to study the cellular bioeffects of LIPUS and sonoporation have now been published. Feel free to build similar platforms to study bioeffects such as ER stress, morphological repression, and cell-cycle arrest.

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May 16, 2019

Doppler Ultrasound Bandwidth Imaging

Ever wondered if flow instability can be visualized in flow diagnostics? Our new DUBI technique may provide an answer. It can track unstable flow at 10,000 fps. This is another imaging innovation after our previous success with VPI and CESI.

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May 15, 2019

ASA Best Student Paper Award

At the 2019 Acoustical Society of America Spring Meeting held in Louisville, Billy Yiu has won 1st place in the Biomedical Acoustics Best Student Paper Competition. What an excellent achievement! Congrats and well done!

April 1, 2019

Congrats to Rebekah’s NSERC Scholarship!

Rebekah Maffett has been awarded a prestigious NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship for her second year of graduate studies. Nice achievement! Congrats!

January 10, 2019

Open-Platform Ultrasound Scanner

Our 2nd-gen high-frame-rate imaging platform is now ready! This software-based platform, with live imaging functionality that our 1st-gen platform didn't have, was done in collaboration with US4US in Poland. It has uniquely integrated our GPU innovations and our CESI technique.

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September 4, 2018

New faces: Fall 2018

Rebekah Maffett and Di Xiao have joined our happy family. Rebekah is a graduate of the UW nano program, while Di did his undergrad at UC Berkeley and his master's at Minnesota. Welcome! Lots of fun times ahead!

Congrats to Kit for finishing his master's degree. He will be hanging out in the lab for a few more months before moving to the next phase of his career.

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June 5, 2018

WIN Research Leader Award

Alfred is honored to be a recipient of a Research Leader Award from Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. It is a great encouragement for our lab's ongoing research on contrast agents and nanoparticles. Thanks!

May 12, 2018

The Classic: Adaptive Clutter Filtering

Our classic work in eigen-based and SVD-based clutter filters has become very hot in ultrasound flow imaging. We have recently devised GPU-based eigen-filter algorithms and have conducted an ROC analysis on these adaptive filters.

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May 1, 2018

New faces: Spring 2018

A warm welcome to our new graduate student Kevin Richer, who joined us from Windsor.

We also welcome two co-op interns Bruce Kuwahara and Helene So. Congratulations to Bruce for his success in getting an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to work with us.

Finally, we extend our welcome to Masaaki Omura, who will be visiting our lab for 6 months. He is a PhD student from Chiba University.

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April 1, 2018

Congrats to Takuro’s JSPS Fellowship!

Congratulations to Takuro Ishii, who has been successful in obtaining a prestigious JSPS Overseas Research Fellowship to pave his road towards becoming an independent researcher within the next few years. Fantastic news!

March 8, 2018

Tenure and Promotion!

Alfred is extremely grateful for being granted tenure and promotion to Full Professor at the University of Waterloo. Will keep striving for academic excellence! Thank you!

October 1, 2017

Congrats to Jason’s CIHR Fellowship!

Warm congratulations to Jason Au for his success in obtaining a prestigious CIHR Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral research with us. Well done!

June 1, 2017

Frederic Lizzi Early Career Award

Many thanks to ISTU for selecting Alfred for this milestone honor! This is definitely the best endorsement of the lab's achievements in unraveling the biophysical foundations of therapeutic ultrasound. Thank you!


May 25, 2017

Ontario Early Researcher Award

Alfred is delighted to be selected as a recipient of this prestigious prize. Thank you!

January 9, 2017

T-UFFC Special Issue on “Methods and Protocols in Biomedical Ultasonics”

A new special issue (guest edited by Alfred) has now been published in the January 2017 issue of the IEEE Transactions of Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control. Hereby disseminating the best practices of various essential research protocols in biomedical ultrasound investigations!

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November 1, 2016

New publications in ultrasound flow imaging

In a series of journal articles, Alfred's lab has summarized their recent findings on the development of new vector flow estimation techniques and ultrasound-compatible carotid flow phantoms. The group also collaborated on the design of 3D flow estimators. Also check out Alfred's co-authored tutorial on ultrasound vector flow imaging (Part I, Part II)!

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September 20, 2016

IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award

Alfred is extremely honored to be selected for this international award. The citation for his award is "for impactful inventions in ultrasound flow imaging and key discoveries in therapeutic ultrasound biophysics".

It is a very prestigious token of recognition for Alfred's past 9 years of post-PhD research! Thank you!

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