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Workshop on Point-of-Care Diagnostic Devices: Current Trends and Future Opportunities - POCDD 2024

21 - 23 February, 2024 - Rome, Italy

In conjunction with the 17th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2024


Weihua Guan
EE & BME, Penn State University
United States
Brief Bio
Prof. Weihua (Wei) Guan received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 2013 and did his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Dr. Guan’s research interests are in the multidisciplinary areas of micro- and nanotechnology, micro/nanofluidics, bioMEMS, lab-on-a-chip devices, and point-of-care devices. Dr. Guan’s research group at Penn State focuses on developing micro and nanoscale devices as well as novel sensing principles for advanced medical diagnostics and testing. Dr. Guan is a senior member of IEEE, a member of BMES, and a member of Biophysical Society. He has served as the Associate Editor for Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering since 2019 and on the Editorial Board of Diagnostics since 2017. Dr. Guan is a frequent reviewer for more than 30 journals and federal agencies such as NSF and NIH. Among other honors, Dr. Guan is a recipient of the HHMI International Research Fellowship and NSF CAREER award.
Xuexin Duan
Tianjin University


The POCDD 2023 workshop aims to convene experts, innovators, and stakeholders in the realm of point-of-care diagnostics. As healthcare evolves, the demand for immediate, effective, and accessible diagnostic tools at the patient's bedside or in decentralized settings has never been more pertinent. This workshop will explore current breakthroughs, challenges, and future trajectories in POC devices, providing a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration and fostering innovative solutions for global health challenges.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Advances in POC Device Technologies: Exploring the latest in microfluidics, nanotechnology, and other enabling technologies that are shaping the next generation of POC diagnostics.
  • Digital Integration and IoT in POC Devices: Understanding the role of digital health, cloud integration, and the Internet of Things (IoT) in enhancing the functionality and efficiency of point-of-care diagnostics.
  • Biosensors and Wearable POC Devices: Dive into the advancements and challenges in wearable diagnostic tools, from smart patches to advanced biosensors, and their applications.
  • Decentralized Diagnostics in Low-resource Settings: Exploring how POC devices can address healthcare disparities in underserved and remote communities, and the unique challenges in these environments.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Device Development: Highlighting the role of cross-disciplinary collaborations, involving biologists, engineers, software developers, and healthcare professionals in creating holistic POC solutions.
  • POC Devices in Infectious Disease Detection and Management: Given the recent global health events, understanding how rapid, on-the-spot diagnostics can transform the management and control of infectious diseases.
  • Patient Data Privacy and Ethical Considerations: Delving into the challenges and considerations of handling patient data, ensuring privacy, and addressing the ethical implications of decentralized diagnostics.


Paper Submission: December 21, 2023 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 9, 2024 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 17, 2024 (expired)


Changchun Liu, University of Connecticut Health Center, United States
Qingshan Wei, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, United States

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


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