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Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações / IST
Portugal


Brief Bio
Ana Fred received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 1989 and 1994, respectively, both from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a Faculty Member of IST since 1986, where she has been a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and more recently with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is a researcher at the Pattern and Image Analysis Group of the Instituto de Telecomunicações. Her main research areas are on pattern recognition, both structural and statistical approa hes, with application to data mining, learning systems, behavioral biometrics, and biomedical applications. She has done pioneering work on clustering, namely on cluster ensemble approaches. Recent work on biosensors hardware (including BITalino – and ECG-based biometrics (Vitalidi project) have been object of several nacional and internacional awards, as well as wide dissemination on international media, constituting a success story of knowledge transfer from research to market. She has published over 160 papers in international refereed conferences, peer reviewed journals, and book chapters. ... More >>


Hugo Gamboa
LIBPHYS-UNL / FCT - New University of Lisbon
Portugal
http://www.plux.info


Brief Bio
Hugo Gamboa founded Plux in 2007 together with 4 other partners and has grown the company from an individual research project to product medical device company with growing international sales and research seeking second round of financing. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. His thesis entitled "Multi-Modal Behavioral Biometrics Based on HCI and Electrophysiology" presents new behavioral biometrics modalities which are an important contribute for the state-of-the-art in the field.). From 2000 to 2007 he was a P ofessor at Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, where he taught in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In recognition of his work by the European Biometric Forum, he was among the three finalists of the EBF Biometric Research Award 2007. In 2008 he was the winner of the Portuguese National Award “Futuras Promessas” ISA/Millennium BCP, granted to the best PhD thesis on Physics, Electronics, Informatics or Biomedical Engineering fields. ... More >>

 

BIODEVICES Program Chair


James Gilbert
University of Hull
United Kingdom


Brief Bio
James Gilbert received a BSc in Electronics Control and Robot Engineering in 1986, followed by a PhD in robot control in 1989, both from the University of Hull. Since then he has been a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Professor at the same university. He is currently also Head of the School of Engineering. His research is focussed on measurement and instrumentation devices and systems with a particular interest in biomedical instrumentation and speech restoration.

 

BIOIMAGING Program Chair


Haim Azhari
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Israel


Brief Bio
Prof. Haim Azhari, was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1955. He received his B.Sc in Mechanical Eng. from the Technion in 1977, his M.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Biomedical Eng. from Tel-Aviv University 1984, and his D.Sc. in Biomedical Eng. from The Technion in 1987. From 1987 to 1990 he was on the staff of the Technion Department of Biomedical Engineering in a postdoctoral position. Prof. Azhari then received a double appointment as an International Research Fellow in both the Department of Radiology and the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland SA, and was in the USA from 1990 to 1992. On his return in 1992 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering Technion-IIT. From 1999-2000 he was on a Sabbatical leave at Harvard Medical School at Beth-Israel radiology department at Boston Massachusetts.
His Field of research is Medical imaging, which includes: Multimodal imaging. Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound in medical imaging. Algorithms and methods for image reconstruction. Image processing, and information fusion and extraction from medical images. Image guided therapy.
Prof. Azhari is the former president of the Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE).
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BIOINFORMATICS Program Chair


Hesham Ali
University of Nebraska at Omaha
United States


Brief Bio
Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Lee and Wilma Seaman Distinguished Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He currently serves as the director of the UNO Bioinformatics Core Facility that supports a large number of biomedical research projects in Nebraska. He has published numerous articles in various IT areas including scheduling, distributed systems, data analytics, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms, and several boo chapters in Bioinformatics. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) in the areas of data analytics, wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has been leading a Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to classify biological organisms and analyze big bioinformatics data. The research group is currently developing several next generation data analysis tools for mining various types of large-scale biological data. This includes the development of new graph theoretic models for assembling short reads obtained from high throughput instruments, as well as employing a novel correlation networks approach for analyzing large heterogeneous biological data associated with various biomedical research areas, particularly projects associated with aging and infectious diseases. He has also been leading two funded projects for developing secure and energy-aware wireless infrastructure to address tracking and monitoring problems in medical environments, particularly to study mobility profiling for healthcare research. ... More >>

 

BIOSIGNALS Program Chair


Carla Quintão
FCT-UNL
Portugal


Brief Bio
Carla Quintão is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies of Nova University of Lisbon, where she is currently the coordinator of the course Master on Biomedical Engineering. She received her M.S. in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 1994 and her Ph.D in Biophysics in 1998, both in University of Lisbon. Her main research interests include the processing of electrophysiological signals, including electrocardiograms, electromyograms and, specially, electroencephalograms. The common denominator therein being the understa ding of biophysical mechanisms underlying neural communication in general, and the study of degenerative factors occurring due to ageing and various pathologies. In addition, she has active collaborations in biomedical image analysis, e.g., for the understanding of cilia dynamics, as well as to study sympathetic and parasympathetic activity, via pupillary activity. ... More >>

 

HEALTHINF Program Co-Chairs


Jan Sliwa
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Switzerland


Brief Bio
Jan Sliwa has received his MSc degree in Automation and Information Technology in 1977 from the Silesian Institute of Technology in Gliwice, Poland. In 1981 he moved to Switzerland. He developed software from Assembler to Java, from embedded systems to Web applications, from industry to medicine. Medicine has been his activity field in recent years: management of medical data, new trends in medical technology, technical and ethical aspects of medical research. He wrote and presented numerous papers, including one keynote and one book chapter. In 2015 he initiated this special session (Smart Medical Devices - From Lab to Clinical Practice) of the BIOSTEC conference. He is affiliated to the Department of Engineering and Information Technology of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. His non-IT specialty is languages and cultures: Germanic, Romanic, Slavic and East Asian. ... More >>


Carolina Ruiz
WPI
United States


Brief Bio
Carolina Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park. Her research focuses on developing data mining and machine learning algorithms for biomedical data. In collaboration with researchers and medical doctors at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Boston College, she has conducted research in a variety of clinical domains including gastrointestinal cancers, sleep disorders, and stroke. A major emphasis of her wor has been on developing techniques that are able to automatically discover patterns across a wide spectrum of patient data. In addition to her tenured faculty position in the Dept. of Computer Science, she is a core faculty member of the WPI Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program, the Data Science Program, and the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI). ... More >>

 

Doctoral Consortium Chair


Erika Pasceri
CNR
Italy


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Erika Pasceri
CNR
Italy


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