University of Toronto
Expertise: Neural engineering, electrical rhythms of the brain, nonlinear biosystems, signal processing, computational neuroscience, epilepsy, anesthesia
Berj L. Bardakjian received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Group) from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His previous positions included being a Medical Research Council (MRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology, then MRC Scholar in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, at theUniversity of Toronto, and an investigator in the Krembil (formerly Playfair) Neuroscience Unit at the Toronto Western Hospital. He is currently a Professor of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is also an associate editor for Annals of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include neural engineering, biological and artificial neural networks, electrical rhythmic activities of the brain particularly in epilepsy and anesthesia, electrical stimulation to abolish epileptic seizures, modeling of nonlinear physiological systems, computational neuroscience. He is a member of IEEE/EMBS, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Organization of Computational Neuroscience (OCNS), and Professional Engineering association of Ontario (PEO).
University of California San Diego
Expertise: Bioelectronics, low-power integrated bioinstrumentation, adaptive microsystems, neuromorphic engineering
Gert Cauwenberghs (S’89-M’94-SM’04-F’11) is Professor of Bioengineering at University of California San Diego, where he co-directs the Institute for Neural Computation. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1994, and previously held positions as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Visiting Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. His research interests cover neuromorphic engineering, low-noise and low-power integrated biomedical instrumentation, neuron-silicon and brain-machine interfaces, computational and systems neuroscience, as well as learning and intelligent systems. He received the NSF Career Award in 1997, ONR Young Investigator Award in 1999, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000. He serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Senior Editor for IEEE Sensors Journal and IEEE Journal of Emerging Topics in Circuits and Systems, and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.
University of Minnesota
Expertise: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), high-field magnetic resonance technology, brain metabolism, neuroenergetics
Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.S. degree from Fudan University and his PhD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He got his postdoctoral training at Yale University, then joined the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota in 1994 and became a full professor in 2002. His lab is one of leading research groups in developments of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) methodologies and applications of those advanced techniques for noninvasively studying brain and heart metabolism, bioenergetics and function. He has served as a PI for many NIH RO1 grants including past and active grants. Dr. Chen has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals and numerous conference proceedings. He has delivered many invited talks in other universities and international conferences.
The Robotic Institute & Polo Sant’Anna Valdera Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Expertise: surgical robotics, micro-biorobotics, technologies for healthy living and active ageing, prosthetics, neuro-developmental bioengineering
Paolo Dario is Professor of Biomedical Robotics and Director of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy. He coordinates the PhD Program in BioRobotics at SSSA. His main research interests are in the fields of bio-robotics, medical robotics, bio-mechatronics and micro/nano biomedical engineering. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects and the author of more than 500 scientific papers. He has been and is Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of many international journals, and the program chair and plenary invited speaker in many international conferences. Prof. Dario has served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in the years 2002-2003, he is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the European Society on Medical and Biological Engineering, and a recipient of many honors and awards, such as the Joseph Engelberger Award for Pioneer Research in Biomedical Robotics.
University of Michigan
Expertise: diagnostic ultrasound, therapeutic ultrasound, ultrasound contrast agent, cavitation
J. Brian Fowlkes is Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Basic Radiological Sciences Division in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fowlkes received his B. S. degree in physics from the University of Central Arkansas in 1983, and his M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi in 1986 and 1988, respectively, both in physics. He came to the University of Michigan in 1988 where he is currently directing and conducting research in medical ultrasound for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. He has over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 250 abstract presentations. Dr. Fowlkes is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
Expertise: Brain-computer interface, EEG, neuroimaging, Ultrasound
Prof. Shangkai Gao graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1970, and received the M.E. degree of biomedical engineering in 1982 from the same department of Tsinghua University. She is now a Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Tsinghua University. Her research interests include biomedical signal processing and medical imaging, especially the study of brain-computer interface. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Neural Engineering and Physiological Measurement, as well as a Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering. Prof. Gao also serves as the Chair of Biomedical Electronics Society of Chinese Institute of Electronics.
Expertise: Cardiac Modeling, Electrophysiology, Neural Engineering, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Defibrillation
Craig S. Henriquez received the B.S.E. degree in biomedical and electrical engineering and the PhD degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University, Durham NC in 1981 and 1988, respectively. He became an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 1991 and is currently Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and co-director of Duke’s Center of Neuroengineering. In 2002-2003, he was the Medtronics Visiting Professor of Virtual Electrophysiology in the Division of Cardiology at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne Switzerland. His research interests focus on computational approaches in biomedicine with an emphasis on arrhythmias of the heart and neuroengineering. His work has been supported by NIH, NSF, AHA, DARPA and the Whitaker Foundation. Dr. Henriquez served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering and served on the publications committee for IEEE-EMBS and the steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience. He is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
UCL Institute of Neurology
Expertise: neuroimaging, EEG; multimodal integration
Louis Lemieux, PhD., is professor of Physics Applied to Medicine at the UCL Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom. Louis received his BSc in Physics from Université de Montréal, Canada, in 1982, MSc in Physics from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1984 and PhD in Physics from Université de Montréal, Canada, in 1990. He published his first ever peer-reviewed scientific article in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering based on his doctoral research. In 1990 he joined the newly reformed Epilepsy Research Group at the Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK as a postdoctoral research fellow on a project to devise multimodal image fusion solutions to assist the surgical team. In the mid-1990’s, the focus of his research gradually shifted to the application of multimodal functional imaging to localise and characterise epileptic networks in humans, for which he has received funding from the Medical Research Council, Action Medical Research, Epilepsy research UK and various other funding bodies. Of particular relevance are some of his contributions to the field of safety related to the introduction of EEG recording equipment in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. He has published more than 120 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He took up the chairmanship of the University College London Centre for Neuroimaging Techniques in 2001. He was promoted to professor in 2004 and was elected treasurer of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in 2008. He is a Clinical Scientist (UK Health Professions Council) and member of the Institute of Physics. Louis is member of the editorial board of four other international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
University of Pittsburgh
Expertise: Postural control, vibrotactile feedback, signal processing, time-frequency analysis
Patrick Loughlin is William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, at the University of Pittsburgh, which he joined in 1993. He has made contributions to signal processing and bioengineering, including the development and application of nonstationary signal processing methods (especially time-frequency distributions); analysis and modeling of human postural control; control of inhalation anesthetic delivery; and development of a physical model of anesthetic uptake, for which he holds two US patents. Prof. Loughlin is Associate Editor and member of the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; past chair of the signal processing chapter of the IEEE (Pittsburgh Section); and member of the technical committee on acoustic signal processing of the Acoustical Society of America. His research has been supported by a variety of institutions, including NIH, NSF, DoD, Boeing, and the Whitaker Foundation. He has held visiting positions at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Bremerton) as a US Navy/ASEE Faculty Fellow, and the Applied Physics Laboratory (UW, Seattle). Prof. Loughlin is the recipient of young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (CAREER, 1996) and the Office of Naval Research (YIP, 1998). He was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. Dr. Loughlin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Expertise: Orthopaedic Biomaterials, Dental Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Tissue-To-Tissue Interfaces, Cell-Material Interactions
Dr. Helen H. Lu received her undergraduate and graduate training in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Columbia University. Dr. Lu’s research focuses on Orthopaedic Interface Tissue Engineering and the formation of composite tissue systems. Additionally, her group is active in biomimetic material design for orthopedic and dental applications. Dr. Lu’s group has published over eighty original research articles, reviews and book chapters, and she is the inventor and co-inventor of more than a dozen patents and applications. Her research has been recognized with Early Faculty Career Awards in Translational Research from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and she was elected as a Fellow of AIMBE in 2011.
Expertise: Pulmonary Bioengineering, Lung mechanics, ventilation distribution, and modeling
Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Dr Lutchen is one of the world’s leading biomedical engineers. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and patented several new methods to perform mechanical ventilation. Dean Lutchen was Chair of Biomedical Engineering from 1998-2006. During that time the department received a $14 million dollar Leadership Award from the Whitaker Foundation and a $5 Million Translational Research Partnership Award from the Coulter Foundation. At that time Boston University was the only institution in the nation to have received both awards. He also conceived and attracted an NIH Ph.D. Student Training Grant in Quantitative Biology and Physiology. During his Chairmanship in BME, the Department’s ranking in US News and World Report improved from 18th to 6th. Dr. Lutchen is the Immediate Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has been on the Board of Directors for the Biomedical Engineering Society, served on scientific advisory boards for the Whitaker Foundation, and for several bioengineering departments and colleges of engineering nationwide, and is a member of study sections at the National Institute of Health. As Dean, Dr. Lutchen has orchestrated the creation of a new Division of Materials Science and Engineering and a new Division of Systems Engineering. He has also created new Concentration programs in Energy and Environmental Engineering, in Nanotechnology, and in Technology Innovation. His focus is to transform engineering education to create the Societal EngineerTM, an individual who combines their engineering foundation with particular attributes to address society’s challenges regardless of which direction or profession their careers engage. Since becoming Dean, undergraduate freshman enrollment has increased by 50% and Graduate funding per faculty has increased to 18th in the nation and the College’s Graduate Ranking in US News and World Report has improved from 52nd to 38th in the Nation. Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of the College of Engineering’s Professor of the Year Award and the Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year Award — twice.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Expertise: Electrical Impedance Imaging, Impedance tomography, Impedance spectroscopy
Dr. Jonathan Newell is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer, and a Ph.D. in Physiology at the Albany Medical College. He has led a team of investigators developing Electrical Impedance Tomography or Spectroscopy for clinical use. The team has developed four generations of instruments since 1985, and applied them to the thorax for acute cardiopulmonary monitoring, and to the breast for cancer detection. Dr. Newell has made significant contributions to hardware and reconstruction algorithms that have had a significant impact on this field, reported in over 80 papers and 10 patents.
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Expertise: Biomedical nanotechnology, molecular and cellular imaging, targeted cancer therapy, image-guided surgery
Professor Nie received his BS degree from Nankai University (China) in 1983, earned his MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University (1984-1990), and did postdoctoral research at both Georgia Tech and Stanford University (1990-1994). He is currently the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, with joint appointments in chemistry, materials science and engineering, and hematology and oncology. His research is in the areas of molecular engineering and nanotechnology, with a focus on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, and targeted therapy. He has published over 290 papers, patents, and book chapters, and his scholarly work has been cited more than 29,000 times. He has received many awards and honors including a Special Achievement Award in Nanomedicine from Nature (2012), the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (2011), “Innovation of the Year” Award (Emory University, 2010), the Merck Award in Analytical Chemistry (2007), Elected Fellow of the AIMBE (2006), and the Rank Prize in Opto-electronics (London, UK, 2005).
Expertise: Cardiac signal processing, medical electronics, bioinstrumentation
Alan V. Sahakian received the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science, and the MSEE from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During his graduate study he was also a Senior Electrical Engineer at Medtronic, Inc. His BS was in Applied Science and in Physics from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. He is currently Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Academic Affiliate Staff at NorthShore University Healthsystem (Evanston Hospital). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AIMBE “for contributions to electrophysiology of atrial cardiac arrhythmias.” In addition to cardiac electrophysiology, his lab studies electromagnetic and photonic methods of medical imaging and diagnostics, non-contact patient monitoring and irreversible electroporation therapy for non-resectable tumors. His recent research is funded by the NIH, the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program and the DIA.
Expertise: Neuroimaging, brain-computer interfaces, simultaneous EEG/fMRI, machine learning
Paul Sajda is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University and Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing (LIINC). His research focuses on neural engineering, neuroimaging, computational neural modeling and machine learning applied to image understanding. Prior to Columbia he was Head of The Adaptive Image and Signal Processing Group at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University ofPennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Sarnoff Technical Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions in Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Neuroengineering. He has been involved in several technology start-ups and is a co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Neuromatters, LLC., a neurotechnology research and development company.
University of Tokyo
Expertise: Computer Aided Surgery, Medical robotics, Minimally invasive therapy, Medical devices, Electrophysiological mapping of heart
Ichiro Sakuma received the B.S., the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in precision engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1982, 1984, and 1989, respectively. He was a research instructor at Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine from 1990 to 1991. He was appointed as an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Denki University in 1992. He has been serving as a faculty member of the University of Tokyo since 1998. He is currently a Professor at Department of Bioengineering and Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He also serves as the director, Medical Device Development and Regulation Research Center in School of Engineering. His research interests include computer aided surgery, medical robotics, medical devises for minimally invasive therapies, cardiac electrophysiology, and regulatory sciences. He served as the President, Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering from 2014 to 2016.
University of Twente
Expertise: Rehabilitation robotics, neuromechanics, movement disorders, assistive devices, biomechantronics
Herman van der Kooij (1970) received his Phd with honors (cum laude) in 2000 and is full professor in Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (0.8 fte), and Delft University of Technology (0.2 fte), the Netherlands. His expertise and interests are in the field of human motor control, adaptation, and learning, rehabilitation robots, diagnostic, and assistive robotics, virtual reality, rehabilitation medicine, and neuro computational modeling. H. van der Kooij has published over 60 peer reviewed papers in the area of biomechatronics and human motor control, and has directed approximately € 8 million in research funding over the past 10 years.
University of Utah
Expertise: Computational Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Real-Time Instrumentation, Calcium Imaging
John A. White is the Executive Director of the Brain Institute and a USTAR Professor of Bioengineering and Neuroscience at the University of Utah. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. White served on the faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University before joining the University of Utah in 2007.
White’s research focuses on methods to measure, control, and mechanistically understand neural activity, at both the cellular and network levels. His approach blends technology development, electrophysiology, computational modeling, optogenetics, and imaging. The goal is to develop new treatments for memory disorders and epilepsy. White has raised over $40 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other sources. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
New York State Department of Health and State University of New York
Expertise: Neuroplasticity, rehabilitation, spinal cord, brain-computer interface, motor control
Dr. Wolpaw is a board-certified neurologist who has been engaged in basic and clinical neuroscience research for more than 30 years. His research group has developed and used operant conditioning of spinal reflexes as a model for defining the plasticity underlying learning. Their recent work shows that reflex conditioning can guide spinal cord plasticity in spinal cord-injured rats and can thereby improve locomotion. In collaboration with clinical researchers, they are now showing that such conditioning can improve locomotion in people with partial spinal cord injuries. This demonstration introduces a new approach to neurorehabilitation that can complement standard methods. For the past 20 years, Dr. Wolpaw has also led development of EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to provide non-muscular communication and control to people who are paralyzed. This work has shown that non-invasive EEG-based BCI technology can give movement control similar to that achieved by electrodes placed in the brain. Most recently, his group has begun to provide BCI systems to severely disabled people for daily use in their homes. This work is demonstrating that a BCI can restore communication ability to people for whom conventional assistive communication devices are inadequate. Dr. Wolpaw and his research group have been funded for many years by NIH, other Federal agencies, and a variety of private foundations, and have received numerous national and international awards.
Expertise: Clinical neurology, Epilepsy, EEG analysis
Greg Worrell, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology, Division Chair of Mayo Clinical Neurophysiology, and Director of Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Laboratory (MSEL). His clinical practice and research are focused on the evaluation and care of patients with medically resistant epilepsy. The current focus of MSEL, a translational neurophysiology lab, is the integration of neurophysiology with structural and function imaging for discovery of epileptogenic brain biomarkers. Ongoing clinical trials are investigating brain mapping, therapeutic stimulation and seizure prediction.
Dr. Worrell received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from Case Western Reserve University and MD from University of Texas, Galveston. He completed Medical Internship, Neurology Residency, and EEG/Epilepsy Fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American Epilepsy Society, and IEEE.
Texas A&M University
Expertise: Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, computational electromagnetics
Steven M. Wright (S’78–M’85-F’10) received the B.S. (highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana. From 1984–1988, he was an Engineer/Scientist for magnetic resonance imaging at Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1988, where he established the Magnetic Resonance Systems Lab. He is the Wisenbaker Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is group leader for biomedical imaging. During the summer and fall of 2000, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. His research interests are in the development of instrumentation and techniques for magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy and in computational electromagnetics. Dr. Wright is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and is a Fellow of the IEEE, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Expertise: Cardiovascular informatics, health informatics, medical devices, neuroengineering
Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang is currently Director of Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dr. Zhang serves concurrently the Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS).
Dr. Zhang has devoted much of his professional career to education and research in the interdisciplinary area that combines engineering and biomedicine. His research spans several fields, including wearable medical devices, body sensor networks, bio-THz technologies, bio-modeling, neural engineering, and cardiovascular health informatics, and is closely tied up to his teaching and publishing activities. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific publications, and filed 31 patents, some of which are being licensed to companies for commercialization.
Dr. Zhang served previously the Vice-President of the IEEE-EMBS in 2000-2001, served as the Technical Program Chair and the General Conference Chair of the 20th and 27th IEEE-EMBS Annual International Conferences in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, founding Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and IEEE Communication Magazine, and was selected as the recipient of the IEEE-EMBS outstanding service award in 2006. Dr. Zhang is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. He is a Fellow of IEEE, AIMBE and IAMBE.