Simulation Studies in Medical X-RAY Tomographic Imaging

Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis. Professor of Medical Physics, University of Patras, Greece. Studied Physics, Instrumentation, Biophysics and Medical Physics in Greece, United Kingdom and Belgium. He is currently Professor of Medical Physics, University of Patras, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT) and Director of the European postgraduate course on Biomedical Engineering. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers, 3 books and 3 educational CD ROMs. For the last 30 years he has been actively engaged in the field of Medical Technology. Project coordinator of many national and European R&D projects such as: BEAM I and ΙΙ, the EUROMEDIES and the Tempus CRH - BME “Curriculum Reform and Harmonisation of Biomedical Engineering education”. Former president of the Board of the Clinical Engineering Division (CED) of the IFMBE and recently elected member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE).



Computer-aided Detection, Modeling, and Analysis of Retinal Vascular Architecture for the Diagnosis of Retinopathy

Rangaraj M. Rangayyan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Radiology, at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He received the Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication in 1976 from the University of Mysore at the People's Education Society College of Engineering, Mandya, Karnataka, India, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, in 1980. His research interests are in digital signal and image processing, biomedical signal and image analysis, and computer-aided diagnosis. He has published more than 150 papers in journals and 250 papers in proceedings of conferences. He has been recognized with the 1997 and 2001 Research Excellence Awards of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the 1997 Research Award of the Faculty of Engineering, and by appointment as “University Professor” in 2003, at the University of Calgary. He is the author of two textbooks: "Biomedical Signal Analysis" (IEEE/ Wiley, 2002) and "Biomedical Image Analysis" (CRC, 2005). He has coauthored and coedited several other books, including "Color Image Processing with Biomedical Applications" (SPIE, 2011). He has been recognized with the 2013 IEEE Canada Outstanding Engineer Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), and elected as Fellow, IEEE (2001); Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada (2002); Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2003); Fellow, SPIE (2003); Fellow, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (2007); Fellow, Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (2007); and Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (2009).


Alexandru MOREGA

Mathematical and Numerical Modeling in Thoracic Electrical Bioimpedance Investigation

Alexandru M. Morega (M’90, SM’2007, IEEE-EMB, IEEE-IAS) was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1955. He received the B.E. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania (1980), the doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (1987), and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University of Durham, North Carolina, USA (1993). In 1983, he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest as an Assistant Professor, and in 1998 he became Professor. He was the director of the Department of Bioengineering and Biotechnology (UPB, 2002-2012), one of the founders of the Faculty of Medical Engineering (UPB, 2012) and of the IEEE-EMB national chapter (2007). His current research interests include electromagnetism, heat and mass transfer, field-substance interactions, energy conversion and sources, structural optimizations, multiphysics modeling. He is Member of the American Soc. of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, M’90) and Chair of the IEEE-EMB national chapter.


Adrian BARBU

Artificial Prediction Markets for Lymph Node Detection

Adrian Barbu received his BS degree from University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1995, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ohio State University in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California Los Angeles in 2005. From 2005 to 2007 he was a research scientist and later project manager in Siemens Corporate Research, working in medical imaging. He received the 2011 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award with his co-authors for their work on Marginal Space Learning. Since 2007 he joined the Statistics department at Florida State University as an assistant professor, where he was recently promoted to associate professor. His research interests are in medical imaging, computer vision and machine learning.



Healthcare Information Exchange and Interoperability

Steli Loznen is the QA & Certification Manager and Head of Medical Devices Evaluation Services of Israel Testing Laboratories Ltd. He received his M.Sc. in Electronics from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1974. In Israel he works for the Tel Aviv University - Department of Biomedical Engineering as Lecturer for Clinical Engineering and Medical Ethic, was Managing Director of Stelco-Bioengineering Ltd., was a Lecturer for Standardization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment at the Center for Technological Education Holon. He is also the Coordinator of ETL and TUVRNA Inspections Center Tel Aviv. He has written 6 books and over 42 papers. His works focus on international regulation and safety of medical and laboratory electrical equipment.
SteliLoznen is the Co-convener for IEC Sub-Committee 62A/WG14 – Testing of Medical Electrical Equipment , serves as Convener of SC62A/MT 29 – Mechanical Hazards and was the Project Leader for the best seller IEC/TR 62354:2009 "General testing procedures for medical electrical equipment". He is also member of IECEE – CTL (Committee for Testing Laboratories) – RMETFMED (Risk Management Experts Task Force for Medical Equipment) and participates as Technical Assessor on the Peer Assessment Team for CB Scheme. SteliLoznen is one of the Charter Members of the IEEE-Product Safety Engineering Society (2005) and from 2012 Member of Board of Directors of IEEE-PSES. SteliLoznen is also member of A2LA Accreditation Council.



The evaluation of DSS SonaRes

Svetlana Cojocaru, Dr. in Habilitation in Computer Science, is the director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of Academy of Sciences of Moldova. She has been a visiting researcher at Stockholm University, Lund University, University of Leeds etc. Svetlana Cojocaru is author of more than 160 scientific papers and 3 books. Area of expertise: Formal and natural languages processing, computer algebra, intelligent interfaces.



Original concept to produce low (non) toxic biomaterials for advanced drug delivery

Jacques Desbrières (jacques.desbriè is professor at Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA), engineer from the National School of Chemistry in Paris (France) and Doctor-Engineer from university of Grenoble I (France). He is author or co-author of 150 papers, 21 book chapters, 120 oral communications and 10 patents. After beginning as research engineer dedicated to the application of polymers towards oil well operations with Dowell Schlumberger, he was appointed at University of Grenoble in 1990 and then in Pau in 2004. His research domains are interested in the chemistry and physico-chemistry of natural polymers, especially the relationships between the chemical structure (from their controlled chemical modification), their specific functional properties and their applications. Fields of interest developed nowadays are in biomedical, cosmetic and food applications of polysaccharide-based materials and "green chemistry" involving microwave assisted chemical modification of polysaccharides.


Norina Consuela FORNA

The newest technologies become involved in dental medicine

Dean at the Faculty of Dental Medicine Iaşi 2004 - present - Member in the National Council of College of Dentists from Romania - Medical Expert for Public Health Iaşi for the speciality of General Dentistry (2005 to present) - Chairman of the Committee for the elaboration of guidelines for practice in the field of Prosthodontics, CMDR (2007 to present) - Evaluator expert CNCSIS (2004 to present) - Evaluator expert ARACIS (2007): - Evaluator expert national programs for research and development: ideas and partnerships (2007 to present) - Evaluator expert of the CEEX, VIASAN programs at the Academy for Medical Sciences (2008)


Sever Viorel PAŞCA

A new WBAN approach in ECG monitoring for Healthcare

Sever Viorel Paşca (M’02) was born in Baia Mare, Romania, on November 27, 1955. He received the Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and telecommunication from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest (PUB), Bucharest, Romania, in 1980 and 1994, respectively. In 1982, he joined the Department of Medical Electronics and Informatics, Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunication, PUB, where he was an Assistant Professor, became an Associate Professor in 1997, and a Professor in 2004. He is currently a Professor and the Head of the Department of Applied Electronics and Information Technology, Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunication, PUB. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, and more than 25 books in the field of medical electronics and informatics. His current research interests include medical imaging, electrical stimulation, virtual instrumentation, data acquisition, ambiental intelligence, and embedded systems. Prof. Paşca is Vice-Chair of the IEEE EMBS Romanian Chapter.


Octavian Adrian POSTOLACHE 

Smart Sensors and Pervasive Computing for Healthcare

Dr. Octavian Adrian Postolache graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania, in 1992. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Gh. Asachi Technical University in 1999. During 1992-2000 he worked as an Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer at Department of Electrical Measurements and Electrical Materials, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Gh. Asachi Technical University. In 2000 he received post-doctoral researcher fellowship from Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Since 2000 he works as a researcher at Technical University of Lisbon/ IST and Institute of Telecommunication of Lisbon. He is Principal Researcher at Institute of Telecommunication, since 2005. He joined as Assistant Professor at Superior School of Technology/EST-IPS from Setubal since 2001 and from January 2012, as Senior Lecturer in School of Architecture and Information Technology/ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon. His fields of interests are smart sensors for biomedical and environmental measurement systems, virtual measurement systems, data sensor fusion, instrumentation networks, signal processing of biomedical data for health status and instrumental activity estimation, non-destructive testing and diagnosis based on eddy currents, computational intelligence with application in automated measurement systems. He is currently leader of project regarding the implementation of Electronic Health Records for Physiotherapy (HER-Physio). He worked as a board member of Institute of Telecommunications – Portuguese Telecommunication Agency for Innovation (PT Inovação) - Home TeleCare project; and Institute of Telecommunications and National Communication Agency (ANACOM) - Integrated Spectrum Monitoring project. He was also involved in the project related to development of novel sensors for adequate anesthesia assessment, working in collaboration with Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IDMEC) and Hospital Geral de Santo António, SA (HGSA) from Porto, Portugal. He collaborated also in several researches at Institute of Physiology, Medical Faculty of the University of Lisbon. Dr. Postolache is author and co-author of 10 patents, 4 books, 12 book chapters, 55 papers in international journals with peer review, more than 190 papers in proceedings of international conferences. He is IEEE Senior Member I&M Society, Technical Adviser of IEEE EMBS Portugal Chapter, member of International Measurement Confederation. He was member of IMEKO World Congress Organizing Commitee, 2009. He was co-chair of Sensornets 2012, Rome, Italy and chair of Pervasive HealthCare Workshop, 2012, USA, SanDiego. He is member of steering commitee of Medical Measurement and Application Simposium. He is regular member of Technical Comittee of IEEE IMTC, IEEE MeMeA, IEEE IDAACS and IEEE ICST. He is active member of IEEE IMS TC-25 Subcommittee on Objective Blood Pressure Measurement Standard.


Constantin VERTAN

Software tools for medical diagnosis support: Automatic Interpretation of Digital X-RAY Films

Professor Constantin VERTAN holds an image processing and analysis tenure at the Image Processing and Analysis Laboratory (LAPI) from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology at the Politehnica University of Bucharest. He was an invited professor at INSA de Rouen and University of Poitiers (France). For his contributions in image processing he was awarded with UPB’s „In tempore opportuno“ award (2002), CNCSIS’s „In hoc signovinces“ award (2004) and was promoted as IEEE Senior Member (2008). His research interests are general image processing and analysis, content-based image retrieval, fuzzy and medical image processing applications. He is the secretary of the Romanian IEEE Signal Processing Chapter.