Invited Speakers (alphabetical list by surnames)
is the General Manager and Program Director of Holst Centre, in IMEC Netherlands. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium, in 1992 and an M.S. degree in Air and Space Electronics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France, in 1993. At this time, he was also a trainee at the Research and Development group of Siemens in Munich, Germany. Bert is well known in the scientific community for his pioneering contributions to wireless OFDM communications leading to the current generation of WiFi modems. Bert lives by the golden rule “working hard, playing hard”. In 2001, he replaced his office chair for a bike saddle and went on a 12 month odyssey in the Asia Pacific region. 15000km later, he was inspired to create technologies that can have a true impact on society. He was instrumental in defining the technical strategy of the Holst Centre at its creation in 2005. He brought to the Holst Centre his program management experience and know how in wireless research from imec. Together with some like minded colleagues, he established the HUMAN++ program within imec. This program develops disruptive technologies for health and comfort monitoring. As one of the exponents of the HUMAN++ program, Bert became known as a thought leader in body area networks.
is an MSP430 Systems Manager from Texas Instruments (TI), Germany. After an apprenticeship in the wireless domain Jürgen received his Master engineering degree from the Technical University Munich. In the mid 90ties he started his engineering career with Texas Instruments as a board level design engineer. After working several years in different technical positions, responsible for all kind of low power RF applications operating up to 2.4 GHz, Jürgen joint 2004 Texas Instruments’ MCU-RF division. There he was responsible for LF and UHF systems interacting with the MSP430, TI’s ultra-low-power Microcontroller family. Today Juergen is heading the worldwide MSP430 Systems team located in Freising / Germany. He holds 5 patents in the wireless and analogue area and published several articles.
José del R. Millán
is the Defitech Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he explores the use of brain signals for multimodal interaction and, in particular, the development of non-invasive brain-controlled robots and neuroprostheses. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Politècnica de Catalunya in 1992, where he was an Assistant Professor for three years. He was also a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy), a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland), and a visiting scholar at the Universities of Stanford and Berkeley as well as at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. His research on brain-computer interfaces was nominated finalist of the European Descartes Prize 2001 and he has been named Research Leader 2004 by the journal Scientific American for his work on brain-controlled robots. The journal Science has reviewed his work as one of the world’s key researchers in the field of brain-computer interfaces. Dr. Millán is the coordinator of a number of European projects on brain-computer interfaces and also is a frequent keynote speaker at international events. His work on brain-computer interfaces has received wide scientific and media coverage around the world.
is a Professor of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego specializing in biosensors, nanosensors, nanomachines and electrochemistry. He studied chemistry at the Technicon – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and received his BSc degree in 1972 and an MSc degree in 1974. After completing his D.Sc. at the Technion in 1978, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1980, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University, where he became a Regents Professor and holder of the Manasse Chair. His research group has built the fastest nanomotors to date. Wang founded the journal Electroanalysis (Wiley-VCH) in 1988 and has been editor-in-chief ever since. In 2004-2008, he served as the Director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at the newly established Biodesign Institute and as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Arizona State University (ASU). Since 2008, Wang has served as Professor of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego.
Young Investigators' Forum
Bernadett KÖTELES - Degrendele
is a Policy Officer at the European Commission DG INFSO (Information Society) in the Task Force Digital Futures. Digital Futures is a participative visioning project aiming to devise 2050’s scenarios and policy options underpinned by the long term advances of Information and Communication Technologies and other key enabling technologies.Bernadett has previously worked as Research Programme Manager at the Emerging Technologies and Infrastructure Directorate, and a Scientific Officer in the New Infrastructure Paradigms and Experimental Facilities Unit.
Her expertise is mainly focused on Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Knowledge management, Organisation development, Innovation in public sector with a use of new technologies in cross-border services and she has spent 8 years in national central government of Hungary as Senior manager and adviser. Her academic background covers scientific research, teaching at universities and she has published books and articles on e/mobile Government, Knowledge management, Public-private partnerships, and innovation. Bernadett has a degree in Public Policy and Governance, Economics, International relations and Wellness management; currently she is attending a Doctorate School of Political Science.
Timothy Bonnici is a physician specialising in both Acute Medicine and Intensive Care. Over the last 10 years he has worked in a broad variety of hospitals, from isolated field posts in Papua New Guinea to busy tertiary referral hospitals in Oxford and London. He has also been a Council Member for the Society for Acute Medicine, the organisation concerned with the development and regulation of this exciting new hospital speciality in the UK. These experiences have given him a broad perspective on the challenges of delivering quality healthcare at a variety of levels. Tim is currently on sabbatical, working full-time as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford. His research interests include telemonitoring of inpatients, multimodal monitoring on the Intensive Care Unit, and Clinical Decision Support.
John Lach received the B.S. (1996) degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University and the M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Since 2000, he has been a faculty member in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a former Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. He is a Co-Founder and Steering Committee member for the Wireless Health conference series and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UVA Center for Wireless Health. He has been the PI or co-PI on 30 grants and has published over 100 refereed papers, including three Best Paper Awards. His primary research interests include wireless health, body sensor networks, embedded systems, and digital system design methodologies.
Carmen C. Y. Poon graduated from the Engineering Science (Biomedical) Program at University of Toronto (U of T) and obtained her master degree from a collaborative program offered by the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, U of T. She completed her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering (Biomedical) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she is now a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgery. Carmen is currently the Managing Editor of IEEE Trans. on Information Technology in Biomedicine (T-ITB), of which the title will soon be changed to IEEE Journal on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) starting 2013. She is also a Guest Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering (T-BME) Letters Special Issue on “Health Informatics and Personalized Medicine”. Her research interests include wearable health systems, body sensor networks, wireless endoscopy, mobile health (m-Health) technologies, minimally invasive surgical technologies, and post-operative care.