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Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações and Instituto Superior Técnico (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
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 Professor at Escola Superio
r 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 >>

Mário Vaz
Independent Researcher

Brief Bio
Received the MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto (UP) in 1984 and 1995. He joined the Faculty of Engineering in 1985 and began his research in experimental mechanics with laser interferometry. He holds the position of Associate Professor at FEUP since 2011.
He was involved in starting the Laboratory of Optics and Experimental Mechanics (LOME) and is head of LOME since 2000. In 1985 he joined INEGI, an interface university institute, created by the mechanical engineering department of the UP to offer service and support to industry. He is also one of the founders of the laborator
y of biomechanics at the University of Porto (LABIOMEP). He is the joint holder of 5 patents applications with two of them registered on experimental techniques and measuring devices for biomechanics. In 2009 he was elected president of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics; a position he held until 2013. In 2012 he was elected by the EURASEM board as its vice president. ... More >>


BIODEVICES Program Chair

Nathalia Peixoto
Electrical and computer engineering, Neural Engineering Lab, George Mason University
United States

Brief Bio
Nathalia Peixoto received her BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Campinas (Brazil). Her thesis focused on experimental models for migraine waves. During her doctoral work she took part in the German Retina Implant project (University of Bonn). She obtained her Ph.D. in Microelectronics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her dissertation was entitled “Neuroelectronic arrays”, and aimed at connecting snail neurons to electronic systems. As a post-doctoral researcher with Stanford University, she investigated microfabricated oxygen sensors for cardiac cells. Presently she is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering, with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and she directs the Neural Engineering Lab at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Her research interests include assistive technology and implantable electrodes for neuro-disorders. ... More >>


BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Margarida Silveira
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Brief Bio
Margarida Silveira (M'02) received the E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, in1994 and 2004, respectively.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and a Researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics. Her research interests are in the areas of image processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition.



Hesham Ali
College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
United States

Brief Bio
Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the director of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Bioinformatics Core Facility. He served as the Lee and Wilma Seemann Distinguished Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO between 2006 and 2021. He has published numerous articles in various IT areas, including scheduling, distributed systems, data analytics, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has been serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative in the areas of data analytics, wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has also been leading a Research Group that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to model complex biomedical systems and analyze big bioinformatics data. ... More >>


BIOSIGNALS Program Chair

Carlos Maciel
Electrical Eng. and Computer Dept., University of São Paulo

Brief Bio
Carlos Maciel received a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering from the Military Engineering Institute (1989) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2000). He is currently an associate professor at the University of São Paulo and had been working with Biomedical Engineering, with emphasis on signal processing and biomedical instrumentation. It operates on the following subjects: biomedical signal processing, probabilistic models, computationally intensive algorithms, implementations in DSP and FPGA / VHDL. During few years, he was senior engineer-designer in radar and micr owave/RF front-end system. ... More >>


HEALTHINF Program Chair

Egon L. van den Broek
Utrecht University

Brief Bio
Egon L. van den Broek received a MSc in Artificial Intelligence (AI) (2001), a PhD in Social Sciences (2005), and a second PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (2011). Currently, he is assistant professor and research director of the Center for Research on data-driven User eXperience (CRUX) at the Utrecht University, founding partner at Information eXperience (IX) BV, and consultant (e.g., for TNO, Philips, and the United Nations). His interests are on pattern recognition, interaction technology, and affective computing. Egon is Editor-in-Chief of Open Computer Science, Area Editor of Pattern Recognition Letters, Section Editor of Journal of Theoretical and Applied Computer Science (JTACS), and Associate Editor of Behaviour & Information Technology. Further, Egon serves as external expert for various agencies (e.g., European Commission, IWT, and ANR), in conference program committees, on boards of advice, and on several journal editorial boards. He frequently serves as invited/keynote speaker, conference chair, and has received several awards (e.g., recently, the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2015 best paper award). Egon has published 160+ scientific articles and holds several patents. ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Chair

Maria Claudia Ferrari Castro
Electrical Engineering Department, Centro Universitário FEI

Brief Bio
Maria Claudia F. Castro is an Electrical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for hand movement restoration. Currently, she is a Teaching Fellow at Centro Universitário da FEI, Brazil, extending her research areas in Human Machine Interfaces development using EMG and EEG as control signals.