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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
LIBPhys, Physics Department, Nova School of Science and Technology, Nova 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 Chair

Ana Moita
IN+ - Instituto Superior Tecnico and Academia Militar

Brief Bio
Ana S. Moita PhD, MSc in Mechanical Engineering is a Post-Doc researcher at the Multiphase Transport Phenomena Laboratory in the Center for Innovation, Technology & Policy Research, IN+, at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. Her research addresses the experimental and theoretical descritpion of liquid-solid interfacial phenomena on complex surfaces, with application to cooling systems, energy conversion and biomedical devices.


BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Katja Bühler

Brief Bio
Katja Bühler is Scientific Director of the VRVis Research Center in Vienna, Austria. She completed her studies in Mathematics at KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany and holds a PhD in Computer Science from TU Wien, Austria. In 2003 she became head of the Biomedical Image Informatics Group at VRVis. She is member of the management board of Austrian Bioimaging and associate editor of Computers and Graphics, the Visual Computer and Frontiers in Bioinformatics. Katja’s scientific roots are in reliable computing, numerics and geometry processing. Today's focus of her research is on the development of highly efficient methods to p rovide access to information encoded in biomedical images with the aim to accelerate image-based decision making. For this purpose, she is fusing expertise in image processing, machine and deep learning, high performance computing, data mining, visualization and human computer interaction to novel visual computing solutions for medicine and life science. Research results of her group received numerous scientific awards and resulted in several patents. The software emerged from the groups research is helping radiologists, radiotherapists and surgeons to cope with multi-modal images and diagnostic tasks in their daily clinical routine. The e-science platform Brain* addresses the urgent need to manage and exploit image intense data collections and accelerates multi-omics and image-based research of neuroscientists. ... More >>



Hesham H Ali
University of Nebraska at Omaha
United States

Brief Bio
Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Lee and Wilma Seaman Distinguished Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He currently serves as the director of the UNO Bioinformatics Core Facility that supports a large number of biomedical research projects in Nebraska. He has published numerous articles in various IT areas including scheduling, distributed systems, data analytics, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms, and several book chapters in Bioinformatics. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) in the areas of data analytics, wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has been leading a Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to classify biological organisms and analyze big bioinformatics data. The research group is currently developing several next generation data analysis tools for mining various types of large-scale biological data. This includes the development of new graph theoretic models for assembling short reads obtained from high throughput instruments, as well as employing a novel correlation networks approach for analyzing large heterogeneous biological data associated with various biomedical research areas, particularly projects associated with aging and infectious diseases. He has also been leading two funded projects for developing secure and energy-aware wireless infrastructure to address tracking and monitoring problems in medical environments, particularly to study mobility profiling for healthcare research. ... More >>

Ning Deng
Zhejiang University

Brief Bio
Dr. Ning Deng is an associate professor and doctoral supervisor of School of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Science, Zhejiang University, and an assistant researcher of UCLA-BD2K National Bigdata Research Center of USA, mainly engaged in the research of intelligent intervention technology for chronic diseases and health management. From 2007 to 2010, he engaged in research work in the BD2K National Bigdata Research Center of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As the main designer of the NIH key research program project "Knowledgebase of Cardiac Proteome Atlas (CopaKB)", he built the largest knowledge base of cardiac proteome profiling and network information analysis platform in the world, and won the "Young Scholar Academic Award of International Human Proteome Organization (HUPO)". Since 2012, Dr. Deng has presided over and participated in a number of National Key R&D Program Projects and National Natural Science Foundation projects of China. A home-based rehabilitation method for COPD patients using portable equipment has been authorized as patent to Dr. Deng. The closed-loop management information system for COPD and the eHealth intervention path technology of chronic disease have been applied in the large-scale application demonstration project of chronic disease sustainable management in Ningxia Province and the regional chronic disease management cooperation network in Zhejiang Province. Dr. Deng has published over 30 papers. A total of 5 patents have been declared (including 2 authorized and 3 open for review), and 12 software copyrights have been obtained. ... More >>


BIOSIGNALS Program Chair

Ioanna Chouvarda
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Brief Bio
Ioanna Chouvarda (F) studied Electrical and Computer engineering, and completed her PhD on cardiac system complexity in the School of Medicine (2001), at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is Associate Professor in Medical Informatics and Biomedical Data Analysis, Lab of Computing, Medical Informatics and Biomedical Imaging technologies in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences AUTH. She has been a collaborating researcher with CERTH, visiting researcher at VTT Finland and Polytechnic School of Milan. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses around biomedical data mana gement and analysis, also oriented to interdisciplinary groups, and has supervised numerous Msc and PhD students. She has been actively involved in biomedical research for more than 25 years. Within the Lab, she leads the BiOasys team with key objectives the development of data analysis & data-driven methods, and their application in connected health technologies and systems medicine. She has been involved in the R&D project / technical management of numerous research projects (EU/national funding), as well as EU cost actions for scientific networking. She is member of the IEEE (board member in WIE and in EMB Greek Chapter). She has published 90 articles in journals and over 190 articles in conferences/book chapters . ... More >>


HEALTHINF Program Chair

Federico Cabitza
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Brief Bio
Federico Cabitza, MEng, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy) where he teaches Human-Computer Interaction and where he coordinates the research activities of the MUDI Lab (Modelling Uncertainty, Decisions and Interaction). Since 2016 he has also had a research appointment with the IRCCS Orthopaedics Institute Galeazzi in Milano (Italy) and more recently with San Raffaele Hospital. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMEDI, ISSN: 1386-5056) and stable member of the editorial boards of the MAKE - Machine Learning and Knowledge Extr action journal (ISSN: 2504-4990), the CRCL Cross-Disciplinary Research in Computational Law (ISSN 2736-4321), and the Journal of Medical Artificial Intelligence (ISSN 2617-2496). He has co-chaired International workshops (on Data Visualization in Healthcare and knowledge IT artifacts), conference tracks (on Socio-technical design), conference programs (for the Italian Chapter of AIS and BIOSTEC Healthinf in 2020) and special issues on impacted Journals (i.e., the CSCW journal, Program, and the Health Informatics Journal). He is the author of more than 140 research publications to date, in international conference proceedings, edited books and scientific journals, including the JAMA, the CSCW Journal, Computers in Biology and Medicine, Behaviour and Information Technology, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, and the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing. His current research interests regard the design and evaluation of interactive systems and decision support based on machine learning techniques in the Healthcare domain. ... More >>