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Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações and University of Lisbon

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 approaches, 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
New University of Lisbon

Brief Bio
Hugo Gamboa is an Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of the Sciences and Technology Faculty of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and member of LIBPHYS. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. As a Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer Portugal coordinates the Lisbon Office research group with the focus on Intelligent Systems. He is a founder and President of PLUX, a technology-based innovative startup in the field wireless medical sensors, focused on microelectronics, biosignal processing and software development. Published more than 25 Journal Papers; 1 0 Book Chapters; 9 books (selected best papers); 70 Conference Papers. He is an IEEE Senior member. ... More >>


BIODEVICES Program Co-Chairs

Claudine Gehin

Brief Bio
Claudine Gehin received the Ph.D degree in Applied Physics from the University of Savoie, Annecy, in 1998. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering with the National Institute of Applied Sciences, Lyon, France. She joined the Nanotechnologies Institute of Lyon (INL - Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon) in 2003 to design and develop non-invasive biomedical sensors and she is presently at the Head of the Biomedical Sensors Group. Her research is focused on ambulatory, wearable sensors for the monitoring of thermal, neurophysiological, vascular and mechanical parameters.

Bruno Wacogne

Brief Bio
Dr Bruno Wacogne is a CNRS Research Director at the FEMTO-ST Institute (one of the biggest Science and Technologies laboratory in France) where he was the head of the "Photonics for medical instrumentation" team before to join the BioMicroDevices group. He created and is now leading the Biom'@x transversal axis "Science et technology for personalized medicine" within this Institute. In 2010, at the request of Besançon University Hospital, he applied and has been awarded a Translational Research Fellow position from the National AVIESAN Alliance. This is a supplementary position that allows him to be at the interf ace between the health activities at the FEMTO-ST Institute and the Clinical Investigation Center in Technological Innovation at Besançon University Hospital. At the hospital, he is now the technological supervisor of the institution and the head of "Microsystems and biological qualification" unit. His research interests concern translational research, science and technology for health and more precisely immuno-combined medical devices, biological qualification devices and biomedical optics. He author or co-author of over 230 communications among which about 30 invited conferences. He is regularly chairman in international conferences. He has been awarded several times: Gold Micron at the International MICRONORA Workshop in 2006, Best Poster Award at the 2nd International Conference on Bio-sensing Technology in 2011, and Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices in 2020. ... More >>


BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Alexandre Douplik
Ryerson University

Brief Bio
Alexandre (Sasha) Douplik is a Professor, Head of Ryerson Photonics Group in Physics Department at Ryerson University since 2011, and also a Scientist of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, specialized in Advanced Optical Biomedical Imaging and Laser Surgery and Therapy, the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, 70 conference papers, 6 book chapters and 14 patents. In 2008-2011 he was a Contract (non-tenure-track) Research Professor/Habilitant of Nuremberg-Erlangen University, Germany where he defended Biomedical Engineering Habilitation (Dr. of Science degree) in 2011. Before 2008 Dr. Douplik was a Scientifi c Associate at Biophysics/Bioimaging Division in Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto (2007) and Senior Researcher of Xillix Technologies Corp., Vancouver (2002-2006). ... More >>



Ronny Lorenz
University of Vienna

Brief Bio
Ronny Lorenz is a bioinformatician who received his PhD in molecular biology at the University of Vienna in 2014. He currently holds a senior scientist position at the Department of Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Vienna, Austria. His main research interests are various algorithmic aspects in the field of RNA secondary structure prediction and the development of novel methods to simulate RNA folding kinetics. As a PI in the bi-lateral project "PaRNAssus: Deciphering Complex RNA structures by probing and interaction" (I 4520), funded in parts by the Austrian Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Fo rschung (FWF) and the French National Research Agency (ANR), he is investigating the effect of structural motifs on experimental RNA probing data. Since 2010, he is the leading developer of the ViennaRNA Package. ... More >>


BIOSIGNALS Program Chair

Bethany Bracken
Charles River Analytics Inc.
United States

Brief Bio
Bethany Bracken is a Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics. At Charles River, she currently works on projects using neurophysiological and physiological sensing methods to assess human states such as stress, focused attention, and cognitive workload and to predict upcoming performance deficits to allow time to enact augmentation strategies to optimize that performance. Dr. Bracken has a B.S. in Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Before joining Charles River Analytics, Dr. Bracken completed a postdoctoral fellowship, quickly followed w ith a promotion to the faculty level, in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. ... More >>


HEALTHINF Program Chair

Cátia Pesquita
LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Brief Bio
Catia Pesquita is an Assistant Professor at Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa. She is an integrated member of the LASIGE research unit where she leads the Research Line of Excellence in Health and Biomedical Informatics. Her research work is dedicated to knowledge engineering and data mining, particularly in the biomedical and clinical domains. She has made significant contributions to the area of knowledge graphs and ontology-based semantic similarity, producing highly cited publications in PLoS Computational Biology, BMC Bioinformatics and the International Semantic Web Conference, with successful application in clinical prognosis, epidemiological surveillance and clinical data integration. She is the Program Chair of HEALTHINF 2021. ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Federico Cabitza
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Brief Bio
Federico Cabitza is an Associated Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy) where he teaches human-computer interaction (also AI-human interaction), data visualization and interaction design. Since 2016 he has also had an official research appointment with the Orthopaedics Institute IRCCS Galeazzi in Milano (Italy). His current research interests include socio-technical requirement analysis, IT (and AI) impact assessment, and the design of interactive systems in the Healthcare setting, especially decision support systems. He co-chaired International workshops (on Data Visualization in Healthcar e and knowledge IT artifacts), conference tracks (on Socio-technical design at ECIS), conference programs (for the Italian Chapter of AIS) and special issues on impacted Journals (i.e., the Health Informatics Journal by SAGE, CSCW journal by Springer, and Program, By Emerald). He is stable PC member of several international conferences, and member of the Editorial Board of Annals of Translational Medicine, of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and of the Journal of Medical Artificial Intelligence. He is author of more than 120 research publications to date, in international conference proceedings, edited books and scientific journals (also on JAMA). ... More >>

Silvana Quaglini
Dept. of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia

Brief Bio
Silvana Quaglini is Full Professor of Health Care Information Systems Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy, where she teaches Medical Informatics and Decision Support in Medicine. Se is author of more than 200 articles in International Journals and Scientific Books. Her research interests regard decision support systems in medicine and more particularly basic areas such as decision theory, clinical process modeling, artificial intelligence, probabilistic systems, biomedical statistics, knowledge acquisition. Application areas include support systems for diagnosis, therapy and monitoring, such as computerized gu idelines, economic evaluation models based on decision analysis, telemedicine systems and workflow management within healthcare organizations. The main medical areas covered by such applications are stroke, chronic diseases, cardiovascular risk, motor and cognitive rehabilitation. The recent push toward personalized medicine has focused the latest applications on the "shared decision making" and "context-aware home-monitoring patients ... More >>