First International Workshop on Ballistocardiography & Seismocardiography


December 11th -16th 2012

Simon Fraser University, Aerospace Physiology Labortory

Burnaby BC Canada

Ballistocardiography and Seismocardiography are old techniques for measuring the mechanical performance of the heart. New technological advances have provided for new opportunities to use these old techniques for monitoring patients on earth and astronauts in space. This development has recently generated much research activity around the world; however, this diversity of researchers, interests and backgrounds has also resulted in an ambiguity in terminology and technical definitions. The goal of this FIRST international workshop in the field is to bring together as many of the most prominent researchers of the field in order to record signals simultaneously and think of standardization of definitions and annotations of these signals. SFU has been active in this particular field since 2005 and as a young university supports and promotes multidisciplinary research. As such we are happy to bring together esteemed scientists from around the world to provide a fresh engaging and innovative environment for the future development of Ballistocardiography and Seismocardiography


1)      Kouhyar Tavakolian (

2)      Andrew Blaber (


1)      Heart Force Medical Inc.

2)      Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University

3)      Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University


Tuesday Dec 11th 2012

9 am -12 pm


12 am – 2 pm

Lunch at Himalayan Peak Restaurant (sponsored by The Faculty of Science)

2 pm- 5 pm

Weight-scale BCG, Cardioverter, SCGs and Echocardiography recordings

Wednesday Dec 12th 2012

9 am -10 am

Breakfast (sponsored by Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) and welcome address by SFU VP Research, Dr.  Mario Pinto

10 am-12 pm

Lower body negative pressure recordings (LBNP)

2 pm -6 pm

Lower body negative pressure recordings (LBNP) & Tilt test recordings

Thursday Dec 13th 2012

9 am-12 pm

Simultaneous Recordings of ULF-BCG, Cardioverter and SCGs

1 pm-4 pm

Simultaneous EMFiT, SCG and Echocardiography recordings

5 pm-7 pm

Gala Dinner at Horizons Restaurant (sponsored Heart Force Medical Inc)

Friday December 14th 2012

9 am – 3pm

Lower body negative pressure recordings (LBNP), EMFiT recording and SCG recording

1 pm- 3 pm

Simultaneous Recordings of ULF-BCG and SCGs

Saturday December 15th 2012

9 am- 12 pm

Simultaneous recording Weight-Scale BCG, Cardioverter, SCG and Echocardiography

2 pm- 6 pm

A Tour of Vancouver

Sunday December 16th 2012

9 am- 12 pm

Simultaneous recording Weight-Scale BCG, Cardioverter, SCG

Confirmed Participants (alphabetically)

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Alireza Akhbardeh

Institute of Biomedical Problems, Russia

Roman Baevsky

Azaliya Berseneva

Irina Funtovoj

Elena Luchitskoj

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Andrew Blaber

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Ramon Casanella

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA

André Diedrich

University of British Columbia, Canada

Guy Dumont

Kouhyar Tavakolian

Stanford University, USA

Omer Inan

Royal Military Academy, Belgium

Pierre-Francois Migeotte

Alexandre Almorad

Heart Force Medical Inc.  Canada

Brandon Ngai

Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Italy

Marco Di Rienzo

Francesco Rizzo

Hannover Medical School, Germany

Jens Tank

Independent Researcher, USA

John Zanetti