Keynote Speakers (Order Alphabetically)

Dimitrios I. Fotiadis


  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina and Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Dept. of Biomedical Research, FORTH, GR 45110 Ioannina, GREECE
  • Dimitrios I. Fotiadis, received the Diploma degree in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering and materials science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1990.

    He is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, where he is also the Director of the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, and is also an Affiliated Member of Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Dept. of Biomedical Research. He was a Visiting Researcher at the RWTH, Aachen, Germany, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He has coordinated and participated in several R&D funded projects. He is the author or coauthor of more than 210 papers in scientific journals, 350 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and more than 40 chapters in books.

    He is also the editor or co-editor of 16 books. His work has received more than 6000 citations. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of IEEE Technical Committee of Biomedical Informatics and an Associate Editor in the journals IEEE Transactions on Information Technology and Computers in Biology and Medicine and Receiving Editor in the Biomedical Signal Processing and Control Journal. His research interests include modeling of diseases, human tissues and organs, intelligent wearable and implantable devices for automated diagnosis, and bioinformatics.

James Goh Cho Hong


  • Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • President of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE)
  • Prof James GOH obtained his BSc (1st Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (1978) and PhD in Bioengineering in 1982 from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He is currently Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, NUS and holds a joint appointment, as the Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He is also Director, Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Medical Engineering (CHIME). Prof Goh is on a number of national as well as international committees. He chairs the Science and Technology Advisory Board of the Singapore Sports Institute. He is the President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) and the President of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. Prof Goh has been actively involved in organizing international conferences and had served on numerous International Scientific Committees. He chaired the 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, (2010), TERMIS-AP (2011) and 15th ICBME (2013). Prof Goh has an active research interest in musculoskeletal research and advances in biomedical engineering. He has given numerous invited talks at international and regional conferences. He has published well over 130 international peer review journal papers, more than 500 conference papers and 12 book chapters.  

Shankar Krishnan


  • Department Chair, Dept. of BME & H.C. Lord Chair Professor
    Biomedical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of technology
  • Shankar Krishnan received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rhode Island with research work done at Rhode Island Hospital. He is the founding director of the biomedical engineering department and an endowed chair professor at Wentworth Institute in Boston. Previously, he was an assistant director at Massachusetts General Hospital and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has also held faculty appointments in Illinois, Miami, Singapore and Boston. At NTU in Singapore, he was the founding director of the BME Research Center and the founding head of the Bioengineering division. He also worked in R&D at Coulter Electronics in Miami and in hospital design and operations management at Bechtel for healthcare megaprojects. He has been a consultant to few medical companies, software firms and hospitals. He has served in the National Medical Research Council in Singapore. His research interests are biomedical signals and image processing, telemedicine, health informatics, medical robotics and BME education. He has been developing novel models in BME curricula design, labs, co-ops and internships. He keeps active memberships in AAMI, ASEE, BMES, IEEE-BMES and IFMBE. He was a member of a team which received the CIMIT Kennedy Innovation Award. He is a Fellow of AIMBE, and President-Elect of IFMBE for the term 2015 to 2018.

Andrew Laine


  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, USA
  • Prof.Laine is the current President of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS). Professor Laine is a leader in medical imaging, image analysis and signal processing, computational biology, and biometrics research. He was the first to apply multi-resolution representations for feature analysis of digital mammography and cardiac ultrasound. He pioneered work on medical imaging that he first introduced in 1992 using nonlinear processing techniques of wavelet representations for contrast enhancement. He currently analyzes real-time video 3-D ultrasounds of the heart in an effort to better understand and treat heart disease. He is developing software that will measure the strain on the muscles of the heart in real-time 3-D and localize infarcted or ischemic tissue that could be salvaged by intervention, thus recognizing at an early stage what tissue is damaged or at risk. Director of the Heffner Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Columbia Engineering, Laine holds two patents related to 3-D processing of ultrasound, has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has graduated more than 25 doctoral students in the field of medical image analysis.
    He has been a member of IEEE member for 30 years, and was elevated to Fellow IEEE in 2010. Professor Laine served as Vice President of IEEE EMB Society Publications (2007-12), and served as member of the IEEE EMB Society Ad Com (2006). He has been a member of IEEE member for 30 years, and was elevated to Fellow IEEE in 2010.
    Research Areas:
    Mathematical analysis and quantification of medical images, signal and image processing, computer-aided diagnosis.

Kang-Ping Lin


  • Professor of Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Professor Kang-Ping Lin is Distinguished Professor for Electrical Engineering, and the Director of Technology Translation Center for Medical Devices at Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan. He received his BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physics from the Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan in 1982 and 1984, respectively. In 1994, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Physics, School of Medicine UCLA. He served as Director of Medical Device Technology Division of the Biomedical Engineering Center in Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan (2000~2004). He was the president of Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2007~2010), the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical & Biological Engineering (1999~2007), and several roles in IFMBE including the Chair of Publication Committee and Publicity Committee, the Co-Chair of Asia Pacific Working Group Committee, and the Editor of IFMBE Newsletter (2009~2015). He has been elected to be the Secretary General of IFMBE (2015~2018). His research interests include handheld medical devices, physiological signal processing, and medical image processing. His current research topics include capillary blood velocity measurement, microcirculation images, and hemodynamic data analysis. In the field of medical devices, he has also focused on integration of industry, academia and medicine oriented towards being homecare, small, simple and low-energy consumption.

    Research Areas:
    Mathematical analysis and quantification of medical images, signal and image processing, computer-aided diagnosis.

Marc Nyssen


  • Professor of Medical Informatics Free University Brussels (VUB)
  • Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE)
  • He studied Electrical Engineering at the Free University Brussels, graduating in Electronics in 1975. In 1978, he obtained an Engineering degree in "ComputerScience".In 1983, he obtained a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering, after defending a thesis called: "New Architectures for Optoelectronic Signal Processing" .From 1976 to 1977 research assistant in the Electronics Dept. at the V.U.B. From 1978 to 1983 he was appointed in the Medical Informatics Dept., responsible for the research network and server computing infrastructure of the new medical campus of the Brussels Free University, in Jette. First as a research assistant, from 1983 then as Associate Professor, currently as Professor.As National Secretary he represents Belgium in the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (IFMBE), of which he is a board member. Co-founder and Secretary General of the Belgian NationalCommittee on Biomedical Engineering within the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts.

    His interests lie in different aspects of the computerized production lines, mainly for the scientist, with emphasis on network communication aspects. Image processing related hardware and software systems were studied and realized under his guidance, as research projects or as thesis for students in Engineering or Bio-Engineering and Medical Research. Medical Internet applications are a second field of interest and expertise, this field is now known as E-health.Several projects were accomplished regarding the introduction of electronic medical records and the exchange of medical data via the Internet, currently his main project consists of the introduction of electronic medical prescriptions in Belgium: the Recip-e project, as project leader. Member of several Phd commissions and promoter of Mastersand Phd students.

    In the field of teaching, he is the co-promoter of a seriesof "wireless laptop" projects to foster ICT in education.Teaching assignments include courses in "computer science" at bachelor level in the medical faculty, e-health at master level in engineering (biomedical engineering VUB-UGent and several courses as guest professor in the master in e-health, KIST/KHI, Kigali, Rwanda.Chairman of the Flemish Interuniversity Council's Bureau for development cooperation: VLIR-UOS (2005-2008), co-chair 2009-2011, currenly member of the Bureau.Member of the Belgian "Telematics Commission" until 2009, appointed as member of the Flemisch "Toezichtcommissie voor het elektronische bestuurlijke gegevensverkeer" the Flemish "Privacy Commission" by the Flemish Parliament, as of January 2010. Co-coordinator of the VLIR-UOS and CUD project UNIVERSITIC in RDC. Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). Founder of the ICT4D group at the VUB.

Qiushi Ren


  • Department Chair
  • COE Endowed Chair Professor
  • Chang-Jiang Distinguished Professor
  • Fellows of SPIE, AIMBE
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • College of Engineering
  • Peking University
  • Prof. Qiushi Ren graduated from Hua-zhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, China with Bachelor degree in Optical Engineering in June, 1984. From September, 1985 to December, 1990, he studied at the Department of Electrical Engineering majoring Solid State Electronics and received Master Degree in March, 1987, and Ph.D. Degree in December, 1990, respectively.

    After received his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Qiushi Ren joined the faculty of Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor at University of Miami, Miami, Florida in 1991, where he was working on innovative laser therapies for medical application. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, Irvine, where he was working on excimer laser refractive surgery and new laser therapies in ophthalmology. In July, 2002, Dr. Ren joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a Full-Professor and served as the director of the Institute for Laser Medicine and Bio-Photonics. In May, 2009, Dr. Ren joined College of Engineering at Peking University as COE Endowed Chair Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Peking University.

    One of Professor Ren’s research interests is in the area of multi-modality molecular imaging and novel molecular imaging probe developments. Under Prof. Ren’s leadership, his team developed an integrated PET, CT, SPECT and FMT quad-modality imaging system for small animals. This imaging system provided a versatile research platform for biomedical research and new drug development, and received $9million research funding under Major Scientific Instrument Development Program from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Using this newly developed system with multi-modal molecular probes, Prof. Ren and his team is currently studying the biological behavior of different sub-types of the same cancer cell for personalized cancer diagnosis and treatment.

    Because of his accomplishments, Prof. Ren received National Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the Natural Science Foundation of China in January, 2006, Distinguished Chang-Jiang Scholar Professorship from the Chinese Ministry of Education in March, 2007. In 2012, he became the Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

    Prof. Ren has published over 150 journal papers, received 1 US patents, and over 50 Chinese patents, and co-edited 3 proceeding books.

May D. Wang


  • Kavli Fellow, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Scholar
  • Fellow of AIMBE
  • Associate Professor, The Wallace H. Coulter Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
  • Dr. May Dongmei Wang is an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering of Georgia Tech and Emory and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Georgia Tech, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Scholar, and a Fellow of The American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering (AIMBE). Professor Wang serves as Co-Director of Biomedical Informatics Program of Georgia Tech in Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry, and Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core Director in Emory-Georgia-Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center. She is also with Emory Winship Institute, Georgia Tech IBB and and IPaT.

    Prof. Wang’s research focuses on Biomedical Big Data Analytics. More specifically, she works on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for Personalized and Predictive Health, including high throughput NGS and -omic data mining to identify clinical biomarkers, bionanoinformatics, pathological imaging informatics to assist clinical diagnosis, critical and chronic care health informatics for evidence-based decision making, and predictive systems modeling to improve health outcome. She has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles and is the corresponding/co-corresponding author for articles published in Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (JBHI), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB), Briefings in Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of Pathology Informatics, Proceedings of The IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (TITB), Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Annual Review of Medicine, Nature Protocols, Circulation Genetics, Nanomedicine, BMC Medical Imaging, Annals of BME (ABME), and Trends in Biotechnology etc. She has led RNA-data analysis investigation within FDA-led Sequencing Consortium (SEQC) of MAQC-III. Dr. Wang received PhDEE and MS (CS, EE, Applied Math) from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) and BSEng. from Tsinghua University (Beijing China).

    Currently, Prof. Wang serves as the Senior Editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI), an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME), and an Emerging Area Editor for Proceedings of National Academy of Science (PNAS). She also serves as IEEE EMBS Biomedical and Health Informatics Technical Committee Chair. She is an IEEE-EMBS 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturer, and 2015-2017 EMBS Administrative Committee Officer representing North America. In addition, Dr. Wang has devoted to the training of young generation of data scientists and engineers, and is a recipient of Georgia-Tech’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Undergraduate Research.

Bruce C. Wheeler


  • Past President, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of California at San Diego
  • Bruce Wheeler recently joined the University of California at San Diego as an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering with duties principally aimed at supporting the new Systems Bioengineering major at UCSD. He had served for 7 years at the University of Florida, including service as Acting Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department and co-author of the successful proposal for the BMS BME program. Previously he served for 28 years at the University of Illinois, including as Associate Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Chair of the Neuroscience Program and Founding Head of the Department of Bioengineering. He has also served President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the world’s largest, oldest, and most global bioengineering society, and Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, one of the most influential general biomedical engineering journals.

    Common in all these positions has been his concern for the preparation of students for careers in the expanding field of biomedical engineering. This has led him to advocate for biomedical and health informatics and for point-of-care-technologies as rapidly emerging fields that offer challenges and opportunities for the next generation of engineers who wish to dedicate their careers to improving healthcare, even to a global scale. Accordingly he has promoted these topics in EMBS conferences and publications.

    Prof. Wheeler’s research interests lie in the application of electrical engineering methodologies to basic neuroscience, most notably “brain on chip” technology, with considerable national funding. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, BMES, AAAS, IAMBE, AIMBE and BMES. He is likely the only person to start two undergraduate BME degree programs.

Xianfang YUE


  • Marie Curie Fellow (University of Birmingham)
  • Associate professor in Mechanical Engineering (University of Science and Technology Beijing, China)
  • Xianfang YUE is an International Incoming Fellowship of People Marie Curie Actions & Honorary Lecturer in Bio-medical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and an Associate professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China.

    Xianfang has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and 1 book in Chinese and 2 books chapters in the field of Bio-medical and Mechanical Engineering, mainly on the human skull modelling, sensing of medical devices and energy conservation. She has obtained 3 national patents of invention, and owned 1 item of the second Award of the Provincial science and technology progress. She has received major grants from the European Commission, the National Natural Science Fund, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission and the medical device

    Bio-medical Engineering, Tissue modelling and Biomedical Sensing, Mechanical Properties of natural tissues, Energy conservation.

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