Invited Keynote Speakers (Order Alphabetically)

Yongmin Kim


President, Yongmin Kim received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1975, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), in 1979 and 1982, respectively.

He was Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1982. He became associate professor of Electrical Engineering as well as a tenured professor and adjunct associate professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science since 1986. From 1990, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, Radiology, and Computer Science and Engineering. From March 1999 to June 2007, he was Professor and Chair of Bioengineering. From June 2007 to June 2011, he was Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Adjunct Professor of Radiology and Computer Science and Engineering. From 2004 to 2007, he was the W. Hunter and Dorothy L. Simpson Endowed Chair in Bioengineering University of Washington. He was a member of the Advisory Board for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 1985 to 1994 and has been a member (Chairman during 1993-1994) of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging from 1990 to 1996 and again from 2007. He was awarded the 1988 Early Career Achievement Award of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for his contributions to medical imaging and the 2003 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering. In 2005, he received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE EMBS Distinguished Service Award.

His research interests include medical devices, ultrasound imaging and clinical applications, electronic medicine, distributed diagnosis and home healthcare, and computer architecture. He has participated heavily in the architecture definition and optimization as well as algorithm and system development for Texas Instruments TMS320C80 Multimedia Video Processor (MVP) and Hitachi/Equator Technologies Media Accelerated Processor (MAP). President and his research group have made 85 inventions that have led to more than 60 patents, transferred the invented technologies to industry with 26 licenses, and helped commercialization of these technologies. He edited a book, Handbook of Medical Imaging (SPIE Press, 2000) and is a contributing author to many books. He has more than 450 research publications, and he is the editor of 13 Conference Proceedings.

Guglielmo Lanzani


Guglielmo Lanzani is full professor in Physics at Politecnico di Milano since August 2011. He received his PHD in 1991, from the University of Genova&Pavia. His thesis was on Non linear spectroscopy of conjugated polymers. After Post-Doc in Bologna, he was researcher at University of Sassari till 1999. Form 1999 to 2011 he was Associate Professor in General Physics at Politecnio di Milano. Since December 1st 2009 he is head of the Center for Nano Science and Technology of the Italian Institute of Technology, located in Milan and embedded in Politecnico di Milano.

GL has been studying photophysics of conjugated carbon materials (organic semiconductors, polyconjugated compounds and carbon nanotubes) and nanostructures for 20 years, as testified by about180 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more then 60 invited talks at international conferences and institutions, 8 review chapters in books and 3 books as editor. The work is focused on time resolved experiments and dynamics, but also includes cw and slow modulation spectroscopy (Stark-spectroscopy, photoinduced absorption, photoconductivity, microscopy) and device engineering. Applications regards photonics, in particular ultrafast light modulation and laser sources, photodetectors and photovoltaics. He has been involved in 9 european projects, EUROLET, EUROFET, POLYCOM (coordinator), THREADMILL ICARUS and PHOTOFET, OLIMPIA, POCAONTAS and PHOCS. G.Lanzani was chairman of the E-MRS symposium on “Carbon Allotropes” Spring meeting 2009, and of Optical Probe Conference in February 2003. He is chairman of thetopical meeting on “Organic Photonics” held in Paris, 2008, Paris 2010, Abardeen 2012 within the annual European Optical Society meeting, and Diretor of the winter school on optics and energy at ICTP in Trieste, 02/2010.

Ratko Magjarević


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.

His scientific and professional interest is in fields of electronic and biomedical instrumentation, 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. R. Magjarevic is currently the President of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).



Dr. Mun’s passion lies in the use of transformative technologies to improve the outcome of healthcare and reduce the cost of care. He is also a professor and director of Arlington Innovation Center of Virginia Tech engaged in PET/MRI study of sleep, imaging research and development of smart phones for the medics and first responders. During the 90’s he has championed the development of filmless radiology (a.k.a. PACS) by working with DoD/VA and international academia and industry. Today, films are gone for good. He championed the use of telemedicine for military medicine and veteran care while he was director of ISIS Center at Georgetown University Medical Center. While at Georgetown, his research team deployed teleradiology in Bosnia and telemedicine for the Cobra Gold in Thailand. He research includes home monitoring of conjestive haeart failuare patiants, Internet based diabetes management systems, surginal robotics and global disease surveillance. He is a recipient of General Max Thurman Award of US Army Medical Research and Material Command for his contribution in advanced medical technology development for military health. He is a fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Mun’s training included PhD is physics at SUNY, Albany, post-doctoral medical physics at the University of Colorado Medical Center. In the 80’s he worked with Professor Paul Luaterbur, a nobel lauriate for the innvention of MRI.



Professor Guang-Zhong Yang is director and co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI), Imperial College. Professor Yang also holds a number of key academic positions at Imperial – he is Director and Founder of the Royal Society/Wolfson Medical Image Computing Laboratory, co-founder of the Wolfson Surgical Technology Laboratory, and Chairman of the Centre for Pervasive Sensing. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the I.I. Rabi Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. His main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. He is internationally recognized for his innovations and clinical applications of MR imaging and flow quantification and pioneering effort in perceptual docking for robotic control and Body Sensor Network (BSN).

Invited Speakers (Order Alphabetically)

Thierry Blu


Thierry Blu was born in Orléans, France in 1964. He graduated (MSc) from École polytechnique (Paris, France) in 1986, the most renowned French ‘Grande École’. He then graduated (MEng) from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris, France) from which he also obtained a PhD in electrical engineering (1996). From 1988 to 1998, he worked at France Telecom R&D (now ‘Orange’) as a research engineer first in Hertzian wave propagation, then in signal processing and videotelephony. He is still on (long) leave from the French administration, with the rank of ‘Ingénieur en Chef des Mines’. In 1998, Th. Blu joined the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory, recently created by Prof. Michael Unser at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), where he became responsible for the mathematical aspects of image processing in connection with biomedical/biological data.

Prof. Thierry Blu joined CUHK Department of Electronic Engineering at the end of 2007. He is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at CUHK. He has served as the Director of Virtual Reality, Visualization and Imaging Research Centre at CUHK since 1999 and as the Director of Centre for Human-Computer Interaction at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology, Chinese Academy of Science/CUHK since 2006. He has been appointed as a visiting professor at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as a Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor by Ministry of Education and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China since 2007.

His research interests include Image processing, multiresolution and approximation theory, sparse representations, in relation to biomedical imaging applications (MRI, fMRI, Computed Tomography, Fluorescence Microscopy, OCT, EEG, etc.)

Felix Chen


Dr. Chen received his B.S. and M. Phil. degrees in electronics engineering from Nanjing University, China, and graduated with his Ph.D. degree in electric engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. He worked in the Cochlear Implants laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2009-2011, and joined the University of Hong Kong at the end of 2011.

His research interests include speech processing (speech enhancement and intelligibility modeling), speech perception (by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners), and Cochlear Implants.

XUE Feng


Professor Xue Feng obtained BS degrees in engineering mechanics and BS degree in automation from Chongqing University in 1998. From Tsinghua University, he received master and PhD degrees in solids mechanics in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as postdoc in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as visiting postdoc in California Institute of Technology. He joined Tsinghua University as associate professor in 2007. He is currently professor of School of Aerospace of Tsinghua University. His research interests focus on developing stretchable and flexible electronics by use of mechanics design and exploring the applications in health monitoring. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and is inventor on over 9 patents.

Pheng Ann HENG


Dr. Heng received his B.Sc from the National University of Singapore in 1985. He received his M.Sc (Comp. Science), M. Art (Applied Math) and Ph.D. (Comp. Science) all from the Indiana University of USA in 1987, 1988, 1992 respectively.

He is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at CUHK. He has served as the Director of Virtual Reality, Visualization and Imaging Research Centre at CUHK since 1999 and as the Director of Centre for Human-Computer Interaction at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology, Chinese Academy of Science/CUHK since 2006. He has been appointed as a visiting professor at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as a Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor by Ministry of Education and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China since 2007.

His research interests include virtual reality applications in medicine, visualization, medical imaging, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics.

Ho-pui, Aaron HO


Aaron H.P. Ho received his BEng and PhD. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Nottingham in 1986 and 1990 respectively. His PhD thesis was on interdiffusion of semiconductor superlattices. During 1990-1992, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in the University of Leeds working on the growth and characterization of ferromagnetic superlattices. He then returned to University of Nottingham to participate in an industrial research project on laser ultrasound evaluation of engineering ceramics using laser interferometers. In 1994, he joined the Fiber Optics Components Operation of Hewlett-Packard as a senior process engineer in the semiconductor laser device fabrication division. He returned to Hong Kong to take up a lecturing position in the Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong in 1996. He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002.

His research interests include optical instrumentation, photonic biosensors based on the surface plasmon resonance effect, biophotonics and materials for optical applications. He has published over 220 journal/conference/book chapter articles, 3 US and 5 Chinese patents.

J. L. HU


Prof. Hu obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from China and her PhD from UMIST (now University of Manchester), UK. Before furthering her studies in the UK she was a lecturer in a textile university in China, where she taught subjects such as Textile Material Sciences, Fashion Colours and Clothing Studies. Prof Hu joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994. She teaches a broad range of subjects such as Structre and Mechanics of Textiles, testing and evaluation of textiles and clothing, quality assurance, textile technology and material sciences, product development, as well as hi-tech and non-apparel textiles. Her teaching duties include different levels of class teaching and supervising BSc, MPhil and PhD students.

She has been undertaking and leading a number of large scale ( millions of HK Dollars) of research projects in the areas of Shape Memory Materials and Textiles, Structure and Mechanics, Cloth (Soft-Body) Simulation, Objective Fabric Appearance and Hand Evaluation using Psychophysics, Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Prof Hu is a member of several professional bodies, an Publication Committee Chair and Executive member of the Hong Kong Institution of Textiles & Apparel and of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars, a Fellow of the Textile Institute and of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel, Editor-in-Chief for Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel as well as an editorial member of a number of journals, an Honorary Professor of several universities in China. She has published a number of books and book chapters and about 300 papers and patents, and has been awarded many prizes for the merits of her academic papers and industrial materials and products.

In addition, as an invited speaker and author of papers, PhD examiner, adviser and organizer of conferences. Prof. Hu is active in the international academic world. In particular, she has very strong ties with China and has been liaising with the top universities in China to promote our research and programmes as well as recruit students. Her name is included in several international biographical publications. she was awarded by the Fibre Society of the USA for a Distinguished Achievements Award and Sang Ma Award from China.



Emma MacPherson (nee Pickwell) studied Natural Sciences for her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University followed by an MSci in Physics where she specialised in Semiconductor Physics. In February 2002 she joined TeraView Ltd, a company specialising in terahertz imaging which had spun out of Toshiba in 2001. She started her PhD with the Semiconductor Physics Group at Cambridge University and TeraView Ltd in October 2002. Her PhD thesis was entitled, "Biological applications of terahertz pulsed imaging and spectroscopy" - her PhD work focused on understanding contrast mechanisms in terahertz images of skin cancer. Having completed her thesis in 2005, she worked for TeraView Ltd as a Medical Scientist until moving to Hong Kong in 2006. Prof MacPherson set up a terahertz laboratory at the Department of Electronic Enginering, CUHK during her post between 2006 and 2009 as an assistant professor. She spent 3 years at HKUST as a visiting assistant professor (September 2009 -2012). She returned to the Department of Electronic Enginering, CUHK in Sept 2012. Prof MacPherson represents Hong Kong on the International Organising Commitee for the Infrared and Milimeter Wave and Terahertz Wave conference series and will be Chair of the 2015 conference which will be held at CUHK.

May D. Wang


  • Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University
    School of Medicine, USA
  • Director of Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia
    Tech Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
  • Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar
Areas of Research: Director of Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center, and Co-Director of Georgia Tech Center for Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry; Having Several Years of Industrial R&D before 2002; Bio-Nanoinformatics; Dynamic Systems Modeling for Prediction (e.g. molecular pathway dynamics, cellular/tissue dynamics, whole body physiological dynamics); Biomedical and Health Informatics (e.g. next generation sequencing data analysis, microscopic imaging informatics, mobile health informatics etc.) for Personalized Health; Biomedical Image Analysis for Clinical Decision Support System; Telemedicine.

Feng Yan


Dr Feng Yan received PhD degree in physics from Nanjing University in 1997. Soon afterwards, he became an assistant professor and then an associate professor at Physics Department of Nanjing University. During that period, he worked on ferroelectric thin films, relaxor ferroelectrics and C60. From Feb 2001 to Sep 2005, Dr Yan worked at Engineering Department (Electrical Engineering) of Cambridge University as a Senior Research Associate being in close collaboration with Seiko Epson Corporation (Japanese company). In Cambridge, Dr Yan worked on poly-Si TFT, single-grain TFT, organic TFT and biosensors. After a short stay at Physics Department of Imperial College London, Dr Yan became a permanent staff ¾ Higher Research Scientist, at National Physical Laboratory in UK. His work during this period was mainly focusing on the fabrication and characterization of organic TFTs. Then Dr Yan joined Applied Physics Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an assistant professor in September 2006.

His research interests include Organic electronics (OTFT; OPV; OECT); TFTs for flat-panel displays and biosensors; Oxide TFTs; high-k polymer;



Li Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE) and an associate faculty member in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received the B.S. degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2000, the M.S. degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, in 2007. From 2002 to 2006, he was with the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute, and also with the Department of Physics at the University of Basel. He joined the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland as a postdoctoral fellow in 2007, and as a senior scientist from 2009 to 2012. His main research interests include micro-/nanofabrication, micro-/nanomachines and their biomedical applications, nanotechnology, microfluidics, nanorobotic manipulation and self-assembly, and nanomaterials for energy storage and environmental applications. Dr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE, a member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and Materials Research Society (MRS). Since 2004 he has authored and co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers, including Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Nanomedicine, Lab Chip, Nanoscale, Journal of Power Sources, Carbon, JMC, JMEMS, IJRR, Sensors and Actuators, PCCP, and his research achievements were highlighted four times in Nature and Science, and seven times as covers. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for "Micro-/Nanorobotics" of International Journal of Advanced Robotic System and the Guest Editor of Nanoscale (RSC, IF=6.233) for a special issue on the topic of helical micro- and nanostructures and devices.



Ni Zhao received her Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2008. From 2008-2010 she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Her work at MIT involved developing novel hybrid solar cell structures that incorporate colloidal nanocrystal quantum dots with organic and inorganic materials, and using these structures to study electronic processes in solar cells. Prior to MIT she worked in the Optoelectronic Group at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK. Her PhD dissertation was focused on device physics of polymer based field-effect transistors, charge transport mechanism at organic semiconductor/ dielectric interface and nanoscale patterning using inkjet-printing technique. During her M.S Degree, Zhao worked in the Xerox Research Center of Canada on novel semiconducting polymers and their applications in field-effect transistors. Ni Zhao joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in December 2010.

Current Research Interests: Fabrication methods for high performance transistors and solar cells using solution processable materials such as polymers, nanowires and nanocrystals; studies of physical processes that occur at the interfaces between different types of organic semiconductor and inorganic materials using electrical and spectroscopic measurements; studies of trap states in organic and nanostructured semiconducting materials, including the origin of the trap states and their impact on exciton lifetimes and charge transfer and charge transport properties.

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