KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Shinya Yamanaka
Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Japan
Nobel Laureate 2012!

Title: Recent Progress in iPS Cell Research Towards Regenerative Medicine

CV: Shinya Yamanaka received M.D. from Kobe University in 1987. After obtaining Ph.D. from Osaka City University in 1993, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco. Returning to Japan in 1996, he served as Assistant Professor at Osaka City University and then Professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. Moving to Kyoto University in 2004, he has served as the director of CiRA since 2008.

The plenary lecture by Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, a Nobel Laureate, will be a video lecture (5-July, Friday).


Yoonchae Cheong
Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea

Title: IT Convergence & Healthcare

CV: Dr. Yoonchae Cheong is the senior vice president and the head of the Future IT Research Center of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT).
He graduated from Seoul National University for his B.S. and M.S. in Electronics Engineering and from Texas A&M University for his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He has been working for many years in the area of telecommunication system design, cellular systems and wireless technology, and is now interested in making the IT technology, such as communications and computing technology, available to the non-IT area such as health and medical to create a new paradigm shift.


John Halamka
Harvard Medical School, U.S.A.

Title: Connecting Providers, Payers and Patients

CV: Dr. John Halamka is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician.
As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee, he engages the stakeholders of the Commonwealth to guide the development of a statewide health information exchange.


Hiroaki Kitano
Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology Graduate University , Japan

Title: Systems biology and systems biomedicine: integrating systems sciences and biomedical sciences

CV: Hiroaki Kitano is Professor of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, President of The Systems Biology Institute, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
He received B.A. in physics from International Christian University, Tokyo, and Ph.D. in computer science from Kyoto University. From 1988 to 1994, he was a visiting researcher at Center for Machine Translation at Carnegie Mellon University. His research career includes Project Director of Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (1998-2003) followed by Project Director of Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency (2003-2008). He is also a Special Professor of University of Amsterdam, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Australia, and a Founding President of The RoboCup Federation. He received The Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in 1993, Prix Ars Electronica 2000, Design Award 2001 from Japan Inter-Design Forum, Good Design Award 2001 and Nature’s 2009 Japan Mid-career Award for Creative Mentoring in Science, as well as being an invited artist for Biennale di Venezia 2000 and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York in 2001. His research interests include AI, Robotics, and Systems Biology.



Theme Keynote Speakers

  • Theme 1

  • Pablo Laguna, University of Zaragoza, Spain

    Title: Signal processing guided by physiology: making the most of cardio-respiratory signals

    CV: Pablo Laguna is Full Professor of Signal Processing and Communications in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Engineering School, where he has being vice-dean for international relation (1999-2002), and a researcher at the Aragon Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), both at University of Zaragoza, Spain, where he has being responsible of the Biomedical Engineering division of the I3A (2000-2011) and of the master in Biomedical Engineering (2003-2010). His professional research interests are in Signal Processing, in particular applied to biomedical applications. He has co-authored more than 85 research papers on this topic, over 250 international conference papers, and has advise 10 Ph.D Thesis. He has lead a broad number of projects on biomedical signal interpretation specially in the cardiovascular domain, most of them with international collaborations at clinical and engineering sites. He is having some international scientific responsibilities, as serving at the board of Computing in Cardiology conference, editor of the digital signal processing journal (Eurasip), and of the journal of electrocardiology, organizer of different scientific conferences, etc. He is also member, and currently director, of the Spanish Center for Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterial and Nano-medicine Research CIBER-BBN, and responsible of the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering at Zaragoza University. He is, together with L. Sornmo, the author of Bioelectrical Signal Processing in Cardiac and Neurological Applications, book (Elsevir, 2005)


  • Theme 2

  • Yoshinobu Sato, Osaka Univeristy, Japan

    Title: Computational anatomy: Towards complete medical image understanding and clinical decision support from 3D medical images

    CV: Yoshinobu Sato received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Information and Computer Sciences from Osaka University, Japan in 1982, 1984, 1988 respectively. After working at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories as a Research Engineer, he joined Osaka University Medical School as a faculty member in 1992. From 1996 to 1997, he was a Research Fellow at the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital. He is currently an Associate Professor at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine. His research interests include medical image analysis, computer assisted surgery, and computational anatomy. Dr. Sato is an editorial board member of Medical Image Analysis journal and the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. He is now serving as the Program Chair of MICCAI 2013 (which stands for International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention). He published 75 journal papers and 70 conference papers, including papers awarded the Medical Image Analysis MICCAI prize in 2006 and the Best Technical Paper Award in Annual Meeting of the International Society of Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery in 2012.


  • Theme 3

  • Sandro Carrara, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

    Title: Integrated Bio-Nano-CMOS-Sensors for Remote Monitoring of Human Metabolism toward Applications in Personalized Medicine

    CV: Sandro Carrara is a lecturer and scientist at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland). He also was a professor of optical and electrical biosensors at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics (DIBE) of the University of Genoa (Italy) and a professor of nanobiotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy). Sandro Carrara graduated in Electronics in Technical school of Albenga, got a Master in Physics from University of Genoa and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from University of Padoa. He is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioNanoScience by Springer, Topical Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is an IEEE member for the Circuit and System Society (CASS) and member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Sensors Council. He also has been recently appointed as CASS Distinguished Lecturers for the years 2013-2014. His scientific interests are on electrical phenomena of nano-bio-structured films, and include CMOS design of biochips based on proteins and DNA. He has more then 130 scientific publications and 10 patents. He has Top-25 Hottest-Articles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2012) published in highly ranked International-Journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Sensors and Actuators B, and Thin Solid Films. His work received a NATO Advanced Research Award in 1996 for the original contribution to the physics of single-electron conductivity in nano-particles, two Best Paper Awards at the IEEE PRIME Conference in 2010 (Berlin), and in 2009 (Cork), a Best Poster Award at the Nanotera workshop in 2011 (Bern), and a Best Poster Award at the NanoEurope Symposium in 2009 (Rapperswil). He also received the Best Referees Award from the journal Biosensor and Bioelectronics in 2006. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of an international committee at the ELETTRA Synchrotron in Trieste. From 2000 to 2003, he was scientific leader of a National Research Program (PNR) in the filed of Nanobiotechnology. He is now an internationally esteemed expert of the evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland in a research program for the years 2010-2013. He was Chair in boards of several International Conferences such as NanoNets/Luzern-2009, IEEE-IWASI/Bari-2011, ISMICT/Montreux-2011, and of several editions of IEEE BioCAS Conference. He will be the General Chairman of the Conference BioCAS, edition 2014.


  • Theme 4

  • Peter Hunter, Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Title: An overview of VPH/Physiome activities: A (bio)engineering opportunity

    CV: Professor Hunter holds degrees from Auckland University and a PhD in Physiology from Oxford University. He is Professor of Engineering Science and Director of the Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, and co-Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University. As a recent Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences he has been helping to lead the international Physiome Project, which aims to use computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins, and has been developing the standards to facilitate reproducible multi-scale modeling.


  • Theme 5

  • Natalia Trayanova, Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Title: Modeling Heart Function and Dysfunction

    CV: Natalia Trayanova is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine and a member of the Institute for Computational Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is the inaugural Murray B. Sachs Endowed Chair. She is Fellow of Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Trayanova has published over 200 papers. She is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Computational Physiology and Medicine, served as Associate Editor of IEEE T-BME (1998-2005), is on the Editorial Boards of Heart Rhythm and American Journal of Physiology, and is Area Editor of IEEE Reviews in BME.


  • Theme 6

  • Theodore W. Berger, University of Southern California

    Title: Engineering Memories: A Cognitive Neural Prosthesis for Restoring and Enhancing Memory Function

    CV: Dr. Theodore W. Berger is the David Packard Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Berger's research uses an integrated experimental and theoretical approach to developing biologically realistic nonlinear dynamic models of the hippocampus and its function in forming new memories.The resulting models have been used to understand the role of neural nonlinear dynamics in multi-input, multi-output signal processing, the dynamics of large-scale multi-neuron systems, and multi-scale, hierarchical neural organization. Preclinical applications of Dr. Berger's research include the development of cognitive neural prostheses for restoring lost memory function; clinical applications extend to the development of medical devices and procedures for controlling seizures; industrial applications include biologically-based models underlying spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been elected a Fellow of the AAAS, the AIMBE, and the IEEE. Among other awards, he has recently received the Academic Career Achievement Award from the EMBS.
    Dr. Theodore W. Berger is the David Packard Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. Dr. Berger's research uses an integrated experimental and theoretical approach to developing biologically realistic nonlinear dynamic models of the hippocampus and its function in forming new memories. Preclinical applications include the development of cognitive neural prostheses for restoring lost memory function; clinical applications extend to medical devices/procedures for controlling seizures. Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, and IEEE. Among other awards, he is the 2013 recipient of the Academic Career Achievement Award from the EMBS.


  • Theme 8

  • Mitsuo Kawato, ATR, Japan

    Title: Manipulative Neuroscience realized as “Decoded Neurofeedback”

    CV: MITSUO KAWATO received a B.S. degree in physics from Tokyo University in 1976 and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in biophysical engineering from Osaka University in 1978 and 1981, respectively. From 1981 to 1988, he was a faculty member and lecturer at Osaka University. From 1988, he was a senior researcher and then a supervisor in the ATR Auditory and Visual Perception Research Laboratories. Since 2003, he has been Director of ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories. Since 2004, he has been an ATR Fellow. In 2010, he became Director of ATR Brain Information Communication Research Laboratories. From 1996 to 2001, he served as director of the Kawato Dynamic Brain Project, ERATO, JST. From 2004 to 2009, he served as research Supervisor of the Computational Brain Project, ICORP, JST. In 2008, he was jointly appointed as a Research supervisor of PRESTO, JST.


  • Theme 9

  • Catherine Mohr, Intuitive Surgical, USA

    Title: Relevant technology for the future of surgery ? how should we pick our winners?

    CV: Catherine Mohr is the Director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high technology surgical robotics company that makes the da Vinci Surgical System. In this role she evaluates new technologies for incorporation into the next generation of computer aided surgical platforms. In addition, she is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, and Faculty at Singularity University based at NASA Ames which studies the impact of exponentially changing technologies on our society. She received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been involved with numerous startup companies in the areas of alternative energy transportation, and worked for many years developing high altitude aircraft and high efficiency fuel cell power systems, computer aided design software, and medical devices. She has served as a scientific advisor for several startup companies in Silicon Valley, the NCI SBIR program, and government technology development programs in her native New Zealand. She is the author of numerous scientific publications, and the recipient of multiple design awards.


  • Theme 10-1

  • Yuan-Ting Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Title: Grand Challenges in Cardiovascular Health Informatics

    CV: Yuan-Ting Zhang is currently the Director of Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, China. He serves concurrently the Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS) at SIAT, Shenzhen, China. He is the first Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering at CUHK and the founding Director of the CAS-SIAT Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering. Dr. Zhang was elected to the AdCom of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 1999 and became previously the Vice-President of the IEEE-EMBS in 2000. He served as the Technical Program Chair and the General Conference Chair of the 20th and 27th IEEE-EMBS Annual International Conferences in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He also served on IEEE Medal on Innovations in Healthcare Technology Award Committee and IEEE Fellow Elevation Committee. He severed on the editorial boards of several international journals in biomedical engineering such as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (T-ITB). Dr. Zhang serves currently on the Fellow Membership Committee of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE-EMBS Technical Committee on Information Technology in Biomedicine, HK-ITC Projects Assessment Panel, , the IEEE-EMBS Summer School Steering Committee, the BSN Steering Committee, and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI) which was retitled from T-ITB in Jan., 2013. Dr. Zhang’s current research interests include wearable medical devices, body sensor networks, physiological modeling, neural engineering, cardiovascular health informatics, and m-u-p-Heath technologies. He has authored and co-authored over 400 scientific publications in BME and filed over 30 patents, some of which have been successfully licensed for commercialization. His research work has won him and his students/teams numerous honors/awards including the best journal paper awards from IEEE-EMBS, best conference paper awards from IFMBE, and the Grand Award in e-Health at the Asia-Pacific ICTAAC in Melbourne in 2009. He is the recipient of the IEEE-EMBS outstanding service award in 2006. Dr. Zhang holds the fellowships from the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of wearable medical devices and mobile health technologies. Dr. Zhang completed his undergraduate and Master Degree studies in 1976 and 1981, respectively, in telecommunication from Department of Electronics of Shandong University and was conferred a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Institute of Bioengineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1990.


  • Theme 10-2

  • Nicos Maglaveras, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

    Title: New generation of Personal Health Systems enabling quality health data and information gathering and use

    CV: Nicos Maglaveras received the diploma in electrical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), Greece, in 1982, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering with an emphasis in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He is currently a Professor and Director with the Lab of Medical Informatics, A.U.Th. His current research interests include nonlinear biological systems simulation, cardiac electrophysiology, biomedical informatics-ehealth, biosignal analysis, medical imaging, and neurosciences. He has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed international journals, books and conference proceedings. He has developed graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of biomedical informatics, biomedical signal processing, and biological systems simulation. He has served as a Reviewer in CEC AIM technical reviews and as reviewer, associate editor and editorial board member in a number of international journals, and participated as Coordinator or Core Partner in over 30 national and EU-funded competitive research projects. He has served as president of the EAMBES in 2008-2010. Dr. Maglaveras has been a member of the IEEE, AMIA, the Greek Technical Chamber, the New York Academy of Sciences, the CEN/TC251, and Eta Kappa Nu.


  • Theme 12

  • Atam P. Dhawan, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    Title: Point-of-Care Healthcare Technologies (POCHT): A Paradigm Shift in Affordable Quality Global Healthcare

    CV: Atam P. Dhawanobtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985-2000, he held faculty positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology departments at University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, University of Texas Medical Center (Dallas) and University of Toledo. In July 2000, he joined NJIT where he served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for nine years. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Interim Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT where he serves as the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Studio. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
    Dr. Dhawan has published more than 210 research articles in refereed journals, books, and conference proceedings. His current research interests are medical imaging, multi-modality medical image analysis, adaptive learning and pattern recognition. His research work has been funded by NIH, NSF and several industries.Dr. Dhawan is a recipient of Martin Epstein Award (1984), National Institutes of Health FIRST Award (1988), Sigma-Xi Young Investigator Award (1992), University of Cincinnati Faculty Achievement Award (1994) and the prestigious IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Achievement Award (1995) and University of Toledo Doermann Distinguished Lecture Award (1999). He is Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering and Editor-In-Charge of IEEE TBME Letters. He is also Co-Editor-In-Chief of the new open-access IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medcine.He has served on many IEEE EMBS professional committees and has delivered several Workshops on Intelligent Biomedical Image Analysis in IEEE EMBS International Conferences (1996, 1997, 2000, 2003). He served as the Chair of the “Emerging Technologies Committee” of the IEEE-EMB Society from 1997-99, and 2009-11. He is also a member of the IEEE Life Sciences Committee. He was the Chair of the “New Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering” Symposium at the World Congress 2000 on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He was the Conference Chair of the IEEE28th International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York in 2006.He served as American Liaison and EMBS Representative in the Steering Committee of International Symposium of Biomedical Imaging (2009-11). He is the Conference Chair of IEEE International Conference on Point-of-Care Healthcare Technologies to be held in Bangalore India from January 16 to January 18, 2013.
    Dr. Dhawan has chaired numerous NIH special emphasis and review panels. Currently he chairs the NIH Chartered Study Section on Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (2008-11). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Engineering, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.