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A panel is basically a one and a half hour to 2 hours session in which four to six speakers - distinguished members of the scientific and/or enterprise community, briefly present different perspectives/opinions on key issues with the goal of stimulating a lively, controversial, and provocative discussion. Panelists are expected to actively debate one another and engage the audience to help broaden understanding of the technologies and issues. Two types of panels are to be considered: Research Panels, oriented to the academic community and focused on the discussion of research topics; and Industrial Panels, oriented to promote knowledge exchanges between academia and industry.


The Biomedical Self 
Chair(s): Hugo Gamboa, LIBPHYS-UNL / FCT - New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Plenary Opening Panel Session

Date: Sunday February 21st, 2016
Time: 09:15 – 10:45
Immediately After Opening Session

The Biomedical Self

The proliferation of devices in our body and in our surroundings, among increasing sensing capabilities are creating a space for application that are able to extract a new vision of our lives. Still some of the application appear to just be interesting loggers, but more serious application start to appear. The wearable devices for monitoring well being are in a transformation process to be health tools. The IoT technologies are being adapted to have security layers in order to be used in more sensitive areas such as the medical device space. We are able to grab by our selfs important information at image level, motion, sound, magnetic interferences, temperature, from our phones or simple wearables add ons. This creates opportunities and challenges that are of interest of the BIOSTEC community. From a researcher point of view what are the challenges of the quantified self growing interest that is driving the path to the capability to collect, diagnose and treat by our self diseases and conditions. Using this new era of wearable medical devices, what should I be able to do with my collected information, how should I store it, how should I share it and to whom? Who owns the information? Should I be able to collect data from others? What paths to drive innovation in this field guaranteeing public safety, and correct regulation.

Chair and Moderator:
Hugo Gamboa, LIBPHYS-UNL / FCT - New University of Lisbon, Portugal