KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Andrzej Skalski

Andrzej Skalski received the B.S. and M.S. (2005) degrees in electrical engineering, Ph.D (2009), D.Sc. (2019) degrees in biomedical engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. Currently, he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Measurement and Electronics, AGH UST. Besides the University he works at MedApp S.A. – a Polish technology company dealing with innovative medical solutions, which revolutionise the way to treat people and save their lives. Professor Skalski is in charge of researching and programming devices that are supposed to improve our health service. He has published more than 80 research papers in journals, conference proceedings, and books. His principal research interests lie in the field of AR/MR solutions, medical image processing and analysis, in particular segmentation and image registration algorithms. He has been involved in more than 10 domestic and international projects(e.g. EU 6 framework, EPSRC, UK). He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Metin Akay

Metin Akay is the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. Currently he is the President Elect of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1990. Metin Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals and giving more than one hundred keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering.

Yasemin Akay

Yasemin M. Akay is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston. She received her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 1980 and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA in 1991 and 1998, respectively. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Physiology and Pharmacology Departments, Dartmouth Medical School and at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Boston University, School of Medicine. She was also an assistant editor for the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Book Series from September 2001 to May 2004 and managing editor for the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering from May 2004 till present. Her current research interests include Molecular Neuroengineering, Neural Growth and Neurodegeneration. Her research focuses on novel technologies for cost-effective high-throughput screening of novel cancer drugs and therapeutics as well as assessment of treatment responses. She is currently exploring the effect of maternal smoking and drinking on the fetus during pregnancy. During the pandemic she undertook steps to determine the effects of Covid-19 on the specific parts of the human body.

Rosa H.M. Chan

Dr. Rosa H. M. Chan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. She received her B.Eng (1st Hon.) degree in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. Her undergraduate studies had brought her to New York University (US) to study computer animation and visual effects and Kyushu University (Japan) to research on microfluidics for astronautics applications. She was later awarded the Croucher Scholarship and Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies in 2004 to pursue her graduate studies at University of Southern California (USC). In the summer of 2010, she was supported by Google Scholarship to participate in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program at NASA AMES. Dr. Chan received her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 at USC, where she also received her M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Her research interests include computational neuroscience, neural prosthesis and brain-computer interface applications. She was the co-recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering in 2013, for their research breakthroughs in mathematical modelling for hippocampal cognitive prosthesis and memory facilitation. Dr. Chan was the Chair of the Hong Kong-Macau Joint Chapter of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 2014 and was elected to the IEEE EMBS AdCom as Asia Pacific Representative (2018-2020).

Jean C. Cruz Hernandez

Jean C. Cruz Hernandez is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received her B.Eng (1st Hon.) degree in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2011. In 2016 he received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. After that he started working at Harvard medical School as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photomedicine. He is interested in developing and applying new imaging and molecular tools to decipher details of pathogenesis in biological systems, and to develop better treatments for neurodegeneration, aging, cancer and autoimmune disorders. He has received many awards for achievements in his field.

Daniel Razansky

He is Full Professor of Biomedical Imaging with double appointment at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich and the Department of Information Technologies and Electrical Engineering of ETH Zurich, where he also serves as Director of the joint Preclinical Imaging Center. He was also Professor of Molecular Imaging Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Center Munich. He earned PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2006) and MSc in Electrical Engineering (2001) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and did postdoctoral research at the Center for Molecular Imaging Research of the Harvard Medical School in Boston. He develops tools for high performance functional and molecular imaging, that will support pre-clinical researches and practices. His work pioneered a number of imaging technologies successfully commercialized worldwide. Daniel Razansky’s research has been recognized in many countries around the world. There will be an opportunity to see him soon!

Peter Maróti

Peter Maróti, MD, PhD, graduated at the Medical School in 2015, at the University of Pécs, Hungary. In 2019, he finished his residency programme at the Department of Public Health, where he worked in several e-health and m-health projects. Also, he defended his doctoral thesis PhD programme at the Department of Biophysics with the lead of Prof. Dr. Miklos Nyitrai. His research project focuses on the medical device development in advanced neurorehabilitation, using 3D printing technologies and materials. At the moment, he is responsible for the strategy of R&D&I activity at the Medical Simulation Center and at the University of Pecs, and responsible for the coordination of the 3D Printing and Visualization Centre. With his colleagues, he is one of the founders of P&P Inno-Tech Ltd and Pro-Limb Ltd. The companies aimed to develop an affordable, customizable asmart upper limb prosthesis, using cutting edge technologies like additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence.