Keynote Speakers


Nitish V. Thakor

Provost Chair Professor, National University of Singapore
Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Presentation title:
Translating Neurotechnology: Challenges of Neuroprosthesis and Brain Machine Interfaces

Nitish V. Thakor is the Director the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) at the National University of Singapore, as well as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at NUS. He maintains his position as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Dr. Thakor’s technical expertise is in the field of Neuroengineering, including neural instrumentation, nuromorphic engineering, neural microsystems, optical imaging of the nervous system, neural control of prosthesis and brain machine interface and cognitive engineering. Show more He has pioneered many technologies for brain monitoring to prosthetic arms and neuroprosthesis. He is an author of more than 290 refereed journal papers, more than a dozen patents, and co-founder of 3 companies.
He is currently the Editor in Chief of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, and was the Editor in Chief of IEEE TNSRE from 2005-2011 and presently the EIC of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing.
Dr. Thakor is a recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, Founding Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Fellow of International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a recipient of the award of Technical Excellence in Neuroengineering from IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a Centennial Medal from the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering. He has given more than 50 keynotes and plenary talks, and was the Chair of the IEEE Grand Challenges in Life Science Conference in 2013 and will chair IEEE BIOROB conference in Singapore in June 2016 and the Gordon Conference on Advanced Health Informatics in Hong Kong in July 2016.


Ratko Magjarevic

Professor, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Department of Electronic Systems and Information Processing

Presentation title:
Integration of patient data and IoMT for persons with diabetes type 2

Ratko Magjarević received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. After his appointment in industry at the Institute of Electrical Engineering “Koncar,“ he joined the Electronic Measurement and Biomedical Engineering Group at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He is full professor teaching several courses in Electronic Instrumentation and Biomedical Engineering at undergraduate, graduate and at postgraduate studies. Show more His scientific and professional interest is in fields of electronic and biomedical instrumentation and health informatics, in particular in cardiac potentials analysis and pacing, in research of new methods for drug delivery based on electropermeabilisation and recently in research of personalised intelligent mobile health systems. He is author or co-author of numerous journal and conference papers, several text books and book chapters. Ratko Magjarevic is the Vice-President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and Immediate Past-President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).


YT Zhang

Professor and Director, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Health Informatics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS) at SIAT

Presentation title:
Cardiovascular Health Informatics: Integrating AI and HI for the Prediction of Acute Cardiovascular Diseases

Dr. Y.T. Zhang received his Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, in 1990. He was a Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary between 1989 and 1994. He joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as a Lecturer in 1994, became an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Professor in 2002. He serves as Director of Joint Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Head of Division of Biomedical Engineering. At CUHK, he has developed and teaches courses including biomedical modelling, medical instruments and sensors, and telemedicine techniques and applications. Show more His research activities have focused on the development of bio-models and bio-signal processing techniques to improve the performance of medical devices and biosensors, particularly for telemedicine. His work has been published in several books, over 20 scholarly journals, and numerous international conference proceedings.
Dr. Zhang held various positions in professional organizations. He served the Technical Program Chair of the 20th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He was the Chairman of Biomedical Division of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 1996/97 and 2000/01. He was elected and served as an AdCom member of IEEE-EMBS in 1999 and the Vice-President of the IEEE-EMBS in 2000 and 2001. He serves currently as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and an Editorial Board member for the Book Series of Biomedical Engineering, published by Wiley and IEEE Press. He is the General Conference Chair of the 27th Annual International Conference of IEEE-EMBS to be held in 2005.
Dr. Zhang holds the fellowships from the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of wearable medical devices and mobile health technologies.


Evangelia Charmandari


Professor of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital

Presentation title:
Development of a National e-Health System for the Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity


Dr. Charmandari graduated from the Medical School of the University of Thessaloniki as a valedictorian of her class and completed her specialization in General Pediatrics in the UK. She was further subspecialized in Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology at the London Centre for Paediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and University College Hospital in London (UK). She is a certified Pediatrician and Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinologist by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, London, UK. She obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Pediatrics and a PhD in Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, which were awarded by the University of London (UK). She subsequently undertook a Postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Endocrinology and Cellular Biology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Show more She also worked as a Consultant in Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology at St. James’ University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK.In February 2011, Dr. Charmandari joined the faculty of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens as an Associate Professor, and became Full Professor of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology in 2015. She carries out her clinical and research work at the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, First Department of Pediatrics, “Aghia Sophia” Hospital for Children. She is also an Affiliated Investigator of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens.She has published 92 papers in refereed journals, which have received ~4800 citations (h-index=35, Source: Google Scholar, total impact factor=490), as well as 1 book, 44 chapters in textbooks and electronic journals, and 140 abstracts in conference proceedings. Finally, she has attracted 1,088,000.00 research funding as a main Principal Investigator (PI) and 790,000.00 Euros as co-PI.


Sanjay Mehrotra

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

Presentation title:
Process optimisation in healthcare

Sanjay Mehrotra is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences department at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is an expert in Optimization area. He is developing novel applications of these techniques in healthcare engineering. His recent research and teaching focus is in Optimization methods and models under data uncertainty. More specifically, his research has focused on stochastic optimization, optimization with stochastic dominance, and robust optimization. Show more The problems he studies may involve multiple decision makers who have different goals and may provide imprecise data for model specifications. The decisions may be expressed as either real or integer variables, and the requirements may be expressed as deterministic or random constraints. While he is leading the use of such methodologies for improvements in healthcare, other application areas that benefit from his research include energy systems, public policy, logistics and transportation, business management, finance, and design.
Mehrotra’s work involves both predictive and descriptive modeling of systems, as well as algorithmic analysis of these models. To implement the models, he uses large scale computing. His approach, dubbed the “Mehrotra Predictor-Corrector Method,” is quite popular for solving optimization problems involving continuous variables. By using novel risk adjusted multiple objective models his research team recently demonstrated that the New York and Chicago cities are not adequately funded under the US Urban Area Security Initiative program. The study results, coincidently released just prior to the May 2010 failed New York bombing attempt, received immediate media attention.
Mehrotra’s research team worked with Northwestern University’s Department of Surgery and found that the current training requirements imposed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to train the US medical residents are not being met — research which suggests that a shift in the national educational approach may be necessary. He is working with transplant physicians on problems of geographical disparities resulting from ad hoc policies in the national organ allocation programs. He is also collaborating with the medical informatics group on medical record access policies, and with the hospital medicine group to improve hospital operational efficiency.
Professor Mehrotra earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University in 1986. He was a vice-chair of the INFORMS optimization section on computational optimization and software, a co-director of the Optimization Technology Center at Northwestern University and Argonne National Research Lab. He is the department editor for Optimization for the journal IIE Transactions. He is on the editorial board of Operations Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Operations Research, Intl. Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, and a co-coordinator for optimization-online. Previously he has served on the editorial boards of Mathematical Programming, International Journal on Modelling. He has been the vice-president of chapter/fora and the member of Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. He is well known for his predictor-corrector method in continuous optimization. Mehrotra’s research is published in journals such as Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations Research, Operations Research, Computational Optimization and Applications, Journal of Global Optimization, INFORMS J. on Computing, Bioinformatics, J. of Global Optimization, SIAM J.OPT., SIAM Journal on Computing, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Analyst, and BMC BioInformatics.
His work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Health.


Theodoros Agorastos

Prof. in OB/GYN, Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece

Presentation title:
Τhe new era in cervical cancer prevention

1975-1981: Specialization in Dept.OB/GYN, Univ. Aachen/Germany
1982-2017: Lecturer / Assist. Prof. / Assoc. Prof / Prof. in OB/GYN, Aristotle University
Thessaloniki (AUTh)/GR
1989: Sabbatical leave, Research in Gyn. Oncology, Aachen/Graz/Stockholm
2009: Director of the IV. Univ. OB/GYN Dept., AUTh, Thessaloniki/GR
Research: in Perinatal Medicine (1975-1988) and Gynecologic Oncology (1989-2017), in particular HPV-related diseases, cervical and endometrial cancer. About 180 publications, ~100 original papers in international journals, 3 books, 8 book editions, 27 chapters in books, ~350 presentations, lectures and chairs in Congresses and Meetings, 16 Research Rrogrammes. Show more Research Grants: from German Academic Exchange Service (D), The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (D), The Volkswagen Foundation (D), The Bodossakis Foundations (GR, 3x) and The Papageorgiou Foundation (GR).
Titles: President of the German-Greek Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, President of the Hellenic Society for the Research and Treatment of Papillomavirus (HPV), Representative of Greece in the European Cervical Cancer Association, Corresponding Member of the German Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, President of the Committee for Social Policy and Health of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki.


Nabil Alshurafa

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and of Computer Science, Northwestern University

Presentation title:
Passive sensing meets Behavioral Science: Passive objective real-time measures of health constructs

Dr. Alshurafa is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and of Computer Science at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Computer Science at UCLA. Dr. Alshurafa currently heads the Northwestern HAbits Lab-The Health Aware bits Lab-which combines research in preventive medicine and computer science. Alshurafa’s research interests are in the area of passive sensing data analytics, mobile health, and behavioral medicine. His research focuses on testing and advancing the limits of mobile sensing in understanding and improving people’s habits of eating, physical activity and stress targeting health disparate communities afflicted with obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Jens Muehlsteff

Principal Research Scientist, Philips Research

Presentation title:
Paradigm shifts in acute care by digital transformations

Jens Muehlsteff obtained a MSc degree of Physics in 1998 from the University of Jena (Germany) followed by a PhD in 2002 from the University of the Federal Armed Forces Germany at Munich. In 2002 Dr. Muehlsteff joined Philips Research and has been working on biomedical sensors for monitoring solutions in personal health care applications since that time. He is a Principal Scientist in the Patient Care & Measurements Solutions group, where he leads projects on novel biomedical sensor research.


Vasilios E Papaioannou

MD, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Presentation title:
Biosignal analysis and computational physiology in critical illness: implications for the clinician

The scientific interests of Dr Papaioannou include analysis of complex biological signals derived from critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. He is an Anesthesiologist and Intensive Care Physician and his postgraduate studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in biomedical engineering have led him to analyse complexity loss of different biosignals from patients during severe illness. He has been awarded with many European and American awards and has published more than 60 original, review articles and conference papers about hemodynamics, respiratory failure and neuro-immunological cross-talk alterations during severe sepsis and septic shock. He has also edited the first book in international literature regarding both basic and clinical studies associated with septic cardiomyopathy. His post-doc research in cardiac cellular electrophysiology in Amsterdam and his clinical work in Paris have also allowed him to study in more detail cardiac dysfunction during sepsis, in both medical and surgical patients. He is currently working as a physician and university tutor, trying to implement a complex systems approach, for better understanding the pathophysiology of critical illness.