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Hugo Gamboa
LIBPHYS-UNL / FCT - New University of Lisbon

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 >>

Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações / IST

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 >>

Sergi Bermudez i Badia
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/Universidade da Madeira

Brief Bio
Sergi Bermúdez i Badia is a Senior Researcher at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI), and Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira (UMa) and Adjunct Faculty of the Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (HCII, CMU). He received a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ). He has pursued research at several institutes in Europe and the USA, including the Laboratoire de Production Microtechnique at the EPF (Lausanne), the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the ETHZ (Zurich), at the Institute of Audiovisual Studies at the Technology Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Quality of Life Technologies and Entertainment technology centers of the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh). Since he arrived in Madeira, he contributed to the establishment of the NeuroRehabLab research group ( with the scientific goal of investigating the use of multimedia, interactive technologies and robots to exploit them in real world applications, with special emphasis in neuro-rehabilitation systems, educational and entertainment applications. ... More >>


BIODEVICES Program Chair

Alberto Cliquet Jr.
University of São Paulo & University of Campinas

Brief Bio
Alberto Cliquet Junior graduated from the University of São Paulo-USP (Engineering School of São Carlos / Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto), completed his doctoral studies in Scotland, Glasgow (PhD, Strathclyde Univ.) in 1988 and followed two academic careers, at USP and University of Campinas-UNICAMP: Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor (1993); Reader (1997), being a full Professor in the Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, Faculty of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP since 2003 as well as a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of USP since 1998. He coo dinates the outpatient rehabilitation clinic for spinal cord injured subjects (University Hospital of UNICAMP, 90 patients a week) working with neural stimulation, motor control, paraplegia, tetraplegia, biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at USP and UNICAMP (integrated clinical-surgical procedures, electronics and rehabilitation engineering), having supervised about 100 undergraduate students with scholarships, many residents in Orthopedics (Braz. Soc.) and over 50 Doctoral and MSc theses as well as postdoctoral fellows. Two thirds of all pubmed papers in the Country (“Quadriplegia Rehabilitation in Brazil”) come from his labs. at USP (Biocybernetics & Rehab. Engr.) and UNICAMP (Biomechanics & Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System) with many papers having being published ( “cliquet a or cliquet junior a or cliquet jr a or junior alberto cliquet”). Experience was gathered by working at the Institute of Heart of São Paulo, Brazilian Institute of Psychodrama and at the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre (AACD-São Paulo). He was the Head of the Department of Orthopedics-UNICAMP for 4 years (another 4 as deputy head), Head of Electrical Engineering-USP for 2 years (4 as deputy) and also Head of Biomedical Engineering Dept.-UNICAMP (3 years). Nowadays is the Deputy Coordinator for the Surgery Post graduate course at UNICAMP and Vice-Director of the Centre for Engr. Applied to Health of USP. Works as referee for many Journals (Spinal Cord, Artificial Organs, Physiological Measur., Med.&Biol.Engr.&Comp., Clinical Biomechanics, IEEEs, IEE, etc.) and has been the examiner of hundreds MSC/PhD theses as well as full professorships both in Brazil and abroad (UK, USA, Australia, etc.). Besides that, Prof. Cliquet is part of the Brazilian Health / Engineering Committees (Brasilia) , founding member of IFESS-Int.Functional Electrical Stimulation Soc., full member of ISMRM-Int.Soc.for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine , member of theInternational Continence Society-ICS ,member of the Association for Computer Machinery-ACM and Chief Editor of “Ortopedia e Traumatologia Ilustrada” ( Brazilian Journal). Along his career he was awarded the 1st and 2nd prizes in Rehabilitation (over 150 candidates) from CNPq-National Council for Science & Technology (1997), 2013 Health Prize National Winner (“Abril” Publisher, Brazil) among others and achieved the highest national level as a researcher (#1A) from CNPq (2009). Lately has been an Invited Presenter in Leipzig (ISPO 2010), Keynote Speaker in Rome (Biostec 2011), Invited Lecturer in Graz (2013 Wien Workshop in FES), Program Chair in Angers, France (Biodevices 2014), besides being the Organizer/President of the International Annual IFESS Conference (São Paulo, 2011). ... More >>


BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Sheldon Wiebe
University of Saskatchewan

Brief Bio
Dr. Wiebe obtained his MD in 1995 from the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed post-graduate residencies in Family Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2002. He then undertook Fellowship training in Pediatric Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada from 2002 to 2004. In July 2004 he returned to Saskatoon and joined the Department of Medical Imaging of the University of Saskatchewan. Since that time, in addition to his academic clinical practice he significantly contributes to the Biomedical Imaging program centered on the research techniques at the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline (BMIT) at the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s National Synchrotron Facility. He obtained an MSc degree related to this work in 2012. Recently he achieved the rank of Full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. ... More >>



Paul Anderson
College of Charleston
United States

Brief Bio
Paul Anderson graduated in 2004 from Wright State University with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. He received his Master of Computer Science in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering in June 2010. After graduation, Dr. Anderson was awarded a Consortium of Universities Research Fellowship to study as a Bioinformatics and Computational Research Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Dr. Anderson has published 30+ peer-reviewed articles in the fields of genomics, data mining, machine learning, computational intelligence, metabolomics, genomics, e-Sc ence, bioinformatics, cloud computing, biomedical informatics, cancer informatics, and computer science & engineering education. At present, Dr. Anderson is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston. He is the director of the Data Science Program, the first such undergraduate program in the country. Dr. Anderson is the Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Data Science Research Group. He is also the PI for the Charleston Computational Genomics Group (C2G2). His research lab at the College of Charleston specializes in developing and applying data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, biomedical informatics, and metabolomics. The overarching goal is to develop algorithms and software to tackle some of the most challenging and interesting big data intensive problems in the life sciences. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include data science, big data, pattern analysis in high-dimensionality data sets, evolutionary computation and optimization, machine learning, computational genomics, cloud computing, computational metabolomics, and e-science. He currently has multidisciplinary projects underway in metabolomics, human cognition and fatigue, toxicology, marine biology, cancer informatics, and medical and marine genomics. Dr. Anderson is also the primary investigator for the Omics NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the College of Charleston. ... More >>


BIOSIGNALS Program Chair

Giovanni Saggio
University of Tor Vergata, Rome

Brief Bio
Giovanni Saggio (GS) received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, in, respectively, 1991 and 1997. During his M-Sc. thesis and Ph.D. periods GS worked for 6 months at the USSL (Ultra-Small Structure Lab.), Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Glasgow University, for 1 month at the Cavendish Laboratory, Microelectronics Research Center, Cambridge University, and for 2 months at the Central Microstructure Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford University. He has been a designer, planner, a d director of electrical installations and security systems, as well as hydraulic systems. Since 1997 GS is Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, where he holds chairs in electronics at the engineering faculty (Dept. of Electronics, Dept. of DICII, Master of Sound, and Master of CBRN Protection) and at the medical faculty (Departments of Neurophysiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Orthopedics, and Audiology). His research interests include analog electronics, sensors, biomedical engineering, wearable devices, human-machine interface, brain-computer interfaces. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers on international Journals/Conferences, and author of 4 books about analog electronics (3 in Italian and 1 in English edited by CRC Press). His work has been cited in several national and internationals newspapers/magazines/agencies/TVs (New York Times, Reuters, Repubblica, Rai,..) and the Italian Presidency of the Council Ministers. ... More >>


HEALTHINF Program Chair

Reyer Zwiggelaar
Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom

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Doctoral Consortium Chair

Jan Schier
The Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Brief Bio
Jan Schier obtained his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1995 mathematical engineering, both from Czech Technical University. Since the beginning of his Ph.D. studies, he has been with the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. He has started his research career in the field of parallel implementations of the signal processing algorithms.
Between 1995-2002 he has been on several long-term stays with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at TU Delft, the Netherlands and with the SISTA group of t
e Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium, in both cases working in the field of applied signal processing.
An informal cooperation with the Yeast Colony Group at the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, which started round 2009, started his interest in image processing for microsocopy and bioimaging, which eventually led him to join the Image Processing group of UTIA in October 2011. The paper on Colony Counting Tool has been awarded the Best Paper Award at the BIOSTEC/BIOINFORMATICS conference in 2011. His current interests cover mainly image denoising and segmentation methods for bioimaging and microscopy imaging, as well as - on the practical side - Java programming for ImageJ. He is mainly involved in projects of applied research and implementation projects: recent examples include evaluation of Langerhans Islets (in close cooperation with Czech Technical University and Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine) and evaluation of breast ultrasound examinations (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic project TA04011392 "Early ultrasound detection of breast cancer").
Dr. Schier has served as the program co-chair for the BIOSTEC/BIOIMAGING conference in 2014 and 2015.
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