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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

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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 >>


BIODEVICES Program Chair

Ana Cecilia Roque
UCIBIO, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Brief Bio
Ana Roque is an Associate Professor in Bioengineering at the Chemistry Department, School of Science & Technology at NOVA University (Lisbon, Portugal). Cecilia is a principal researcher at UCIBIO-NOVA and leads the Biomolecular Engineering Lab. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering (Major in Biotechnology) & a PhD in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico, and has an Habilitation in Bioengineering from NOVA University of Lisbon. Cecilia has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and at the Catholic University of America, a Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology (Un iversity of Cambridge) and at INESC-MN (Lisbon, Portugal), and a visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge (2006, 2011), University of São Paulo (2015-2018), University of Nantes (2011) and City University of New York (2018). Her research focus on bioengineering, namely on the development of advanced functional materials that combineaffinity receptors with bio-based and sustainable materials for bioseparation, sensing and biomedical applications. Cecilia has been the recipient of several national and international awards, namely a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2014). She has training from biotech entrepreneurial programs (Cambridge Entrepreneurship Center, University of Cambridge and COTEC, PT). Cecilia has published 91 papers in top journals in bioengineering, multidisciplinary and materials sciences (e.g. Adv. Funct. Materials, Scientific Reports, TIBTECH) with over 2400 citations. She edited 2 books and contributed with 9 book chapters. Her research work has also resulted in 3 international patents. Cecilia has wide experience in supervision with completed 9 postdoctoral fellows, 11 PhD students and 36 Master students. She is a member of several international societies and currently serves as a Board member (2014-2019) and Co-Chair (2019-) to the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Division of the European Federation of Biotechnology and vice-president (2019-) of the International Society for Molecular Recognition. Cecilia has been part of organising and steering committees of several international conferences and training schools. ... More >>


BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Arkadiusz Tomczyk
Institute of Information Technology, Lodz University of Technology

Brief Bio
Arkadiusz Tomczyk received the MSc degree in computer science in 2002 and the PhD with honours in computer science in 2011 from the Faculty of Technical Physics, Information Technology and Applied Mathematics of the Lodz University of Technology, Poland. Since 2002 he has been employed in the Institute of Information Technology of the Lodz University of Technology. His research experience covers image processing and analysis, especially active contour methods, as well as pattern recognition and machine learning techniques. From 2007 to 2010 he was engaged as an investigator in research grant devoted to contextual and semantic analysis of medical images and their sequences. From 2013 to 2017 he was a principal investigator in research grant focused on Cognitive Hierarchical Active Partitions, a method combining active contour approach with structural representation of image content. This project was supported by National Science Centre, Republic of Poland, project no. 2012/05/D/ST6/03091. He is an author and co-author of more than 40 journal papers, book chapters and conference contributions. ... More >>



Elisabetta De Maria
Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, I3S

Brief Bio
Elisabetta De Maria did her undergraduate and graduate studies at University of Udine, Italy, getting her PhD in 2009 studying computational methods for protein structure prediction, string comparison, and biological pathway analysis. From 2009 to 2011 she was Postdoctoral Fellow at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt (France). The first year of her post-doctoral studies was funded by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), an organization that annually selects talented researchers for post-doctoral fellowships encouraging mobility. The second year was funded by the international project ERAS ysBio+ C5Sys on the cell cycle and circadian clock in tumour processes.
Since September 2011 she is associate professor at Université Côte d’Azur, France. From September 2011 to June 2013 she was the coordinator of the International Research Master Program “Computational Biology and Biomedicine” (CBB) of University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. Her expertise in bioinformatics, and more specifically in computational systems biology, led her to be part of the program committee of several international conferences, and to be the program chair of the conferences BIOINFORMATICS 2019 (10th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms), CSBio 2019 (10th International Conference on Computational Systems-Biology and Bioinformatics), and BIOINFORMATICS 2020 (11th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms).
Her researches aim at substantiating the claim that formal methods of computer science can provide effective solutions to solve biological and medical problems. For instance, she used formal methods to study the functioning of some processes which are central in cancer treatments (cell cycle, circadian clock, DNA-damage repair mechanism) in order to optimize time and dose injections of an anti-cancer drug. More recently, she exploited formal methods to identify some canonical neuronal networks of our brain and to study their biological dynamical properties.
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BIOSIGNALS Program Chair

Felix Putze
Universität Bremen

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HEALTHINF Program Chair

Roman Moucek
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of West Bohemia
Czech Republic

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Roman Moucek is from 2010 a coordinator of the Czech INCF National Node for Neuroinformatics. He is a member of INCF Program on Standards for Data Sharing – Electrophysiology Task Force. Within the university research team, he is responsible for overall architecture of software infrastructure for research in electrophysiology and design and implementation of specific electrophysiological experiments. His Research Interests are: neuroinformatics, software engineering, software architectures, design of electrophysiological experiments, databases and data mining, semantic web, semantics of natural language, knowledg e representation. ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

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.
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Cláudia Quaresma
Physics, LIBPhys-UNL, NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA

Brief Bio
Claúdia Quaresma holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is an Assistant Professor at the NOVA School of Science and Technology - FCT NOVA. She is a member of the LIBPhy Research Center and currently serves as a member of the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA and the Executive Committee of the Department of Physics at FCT NOVA. Additionally, she is the President of the 3DP4Health - 3D Printing Center for Health Association. Over the last five years, she has coordinated approximately 20 projects in partnership with hospitals and companies and has received 12 scientific and innovation awards. Her scientific researc h areas are related to biomechanics and the development of new technologies, with a special focus on rehabilitation. ... More >>