Michael Insana

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael  Insana
Michael Insana
  • Bioengineering
1270 Digital Computer Lab MC 278
1304 W. Springfield
Urbana Illinois 61801

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Ph.D. Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1983

Professional Registrations

Biomedical Engineering Society, 2008 - present

Teaching Statement

Graduate course BIOE 504 "Analytic Methods for Bioengineering" is a core course taken by all bioengineering graduate students. The goal is to review mathematical and computation methods applied to biological systems design and evaluation. It includes linear systems, probability, random processes, differential equations, control systems, and data modeling.

Undergraduate course BIOE 205 "Circuits and Systems for Bioengineers" is an introduction to linear systems analysis applied to electrical, mechanical, and biological systems.

Resident Instruction

  • BIOE 205 - Circuits and Systems in Bioengineering (UIUC) - 2007 to 2008
  • BIOE 120 - Introduction to Bioengineering (UIUC) - 2008-2009

Research Statement

Laboratory research focuses on the development of novel ultrasonic instrumentation and methods for imaging soft tissue microstructure, viscoelasticity and blood flow. The goal is to understand basic mechanisms of cancerous lesion formation, metastatic progression, responses to therapy, and sources of image contrast. Research includes the fundamentals of imaging system design and performance evaluation, signal processing, detection and estimation. The lab uses polymer hydrogels to develop models of visco- and poroelastic behavior of soft tissues for cancer imaging. Insana's lab also investigates spatio-temporal filtering for noise reduction and enhanced spatial resolution with applications in breast elasticity imaging and arterial-wall shear-stress estimation.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I supervise 5 graduate students. We continue to publish together, attend conferences, and I graduate an average of 1 MS or PhD student each year.

Research Interests

Medical imaging systems development particularly for applications breast cancer, vascular disease, and kidney disease. Ultrasonics, signal processing, signal detection, elasticity imaging, soft tissue biomechanics, polymer mechanics, complex system modeling.

Research Areas

  • Image, video, and multimedia processing and compression
  • Signal detection and estimation

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

M.F. Insana and S.A. Wickline (editors), Proceedings of the IEEE, Volume 96, No. 3, Special Issue: "Multimodality Biomolecular Imaging", March Issue 2008.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Insana MF, "Statistical ultrasonics: the influence of Robert F. Wagner," Proc SPIE Medical Imaging: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, vol. 7263, pp. 72630E1-6, 2009.

Professional Societies

Biomedical Engineering Society, 2008 -

Service on Department Committees

Interim Department Head, Bioengineering (2008-2010)


  • Fellow of the IEEE - 2012
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America - 2009

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 298 - Analytical Tools for BIOE
  • BIOE 497 - Individual Study
  • BIOE 500 - Graduate Seminar
  • BIOE 501 - Seminar Discussion
  • BIOE 502 - Bioengineering Professionalism
  • BIOE 504 - Analytical Methods in Bioeng
  • BIOE 571 - Biological Measurement I
  • BIOE 598 - Special Topics