SSIMA Re:Imagine Healthcare
Festival of Innovation in MedTech
SSIMA is the annual international MedTech festival in Eastern Europe, founded by Dr. Elena Ovreiu of University Politehnica of Bucharest (the leading technical University of Romania), Professor Alfred Bruckstein of Technion Institute of Technology and Professor emeritus Bart ter Haar Romeny of Eindhoven Technical University, with at its core a Summer School covering topics related to medical technology, such as: Deep Learning Applications, Computational Image Analysis, Robotic Surgery and Genetics (e.g. protein memory).
Business leaders, highest-level Government officials and world-renowned Academics from the Americas, Europe and Asia attend SSIMA, to discuss trends, policy and business, and to teach the new generation of MedTech leaders about the latest technologies and trends.
It covers these topics from their particular perspectives, with the explicit aim of increasing relationships between Eastern European academics, companies and governments and their global counterparts.
Prof. Natalia A. Trayanova, PhDJohns Hopkins University, USA
Prof. Ehud Rivlin, PhDHead of Verily Life Science, IL
Prof. Michael Bronstein, PhDOxford University & Head of Twitter R&D, UK
Prof. Alon Wolf, PhDVice President, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Prof. Alejandro Frangi, PhDDiamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at the University of Leeds, UK and KU Leuven, BE
Prof. Alex M. Bronstein, PhDTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Prof. Ron Kimmel, PhDTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Marius Saines, MDUniversity Vascular Associates, USA
Mirabela Rusu, PhDAssistant Professor of Radiology, Stanford Medicine, USA
Irit Idan, PhDInvestment Advisor, SoftBank Israel, IL
Ayelet Akselrod-Ballin, PhDFormer Vice President of R&D at Zebra Medical Vision, IL
Prof. Masakazu Yagi, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Biodesign for Healthcare, Osaka University, JP
Prof. Tammy Riklin Raviv, PhDBen Gurion University, IL
Prof. Idit Matot, MD, PhDTel Aviv Medical Center, IL
Alexander Leemans, PhD. Ph.D.h.c.mult.University Medical Center Utrecht, NL
Prof. Lihi Zelnik-Manor, PhDTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Prof. Nabil Simaan, PhDVanderbilt University, USA
Prof. Marco A. Zenati, MD, PhDProfessor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, USA
Edmond Sabo, MDDirector of Department of Pathology, The Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, IL
Prof. Bart ter Haar Romeny, PhDEindhoven University of Technology, NL
Prof. Natalia A. Trayanova, PhD
Dr. Trayanova is the Murray B Sachs Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She directs the Alliance for Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation, a research institute with faculty from Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, and Applied Math, aimed at applying predictive data-driven approaches, computational modeling, and innovations in cardiac imaging to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She is also a member of the Institute for Computational Medicine and leads the Computational Cardiology Laboratory. She is the first female faculty to hold an endowed professorship in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Prof. Ehud Rivlin, PhD
Ehud Rivlin, Professor of Computer Science at the Technion and Verily Israel Site Lead received the BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science and the MBA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the PhD from the University of Maryland.
Since August 2021, Prof. Rivlin has been leading the Verily Isarel, a new research & development center based in Israel, and part of the Alphabet company.
The Verily Israel team focuses on applying artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to important biomedical problems, including applications in endoscopy, minimally invasive surgery and other imaging modalities.
One of the current research projects of the team led by Prof. Rivlin is the application of AI in detection of colonic polyps, more exactly on introducing a highly precise model using AI to identify and map colonic polyps in ways that will enhance diagnosis and treatment
Prof. Michael Bronstein, PhD
Michael Bronstein is an Israeli computer scientist, entrepreneur, and investor.
He is the DeepMind Professor of AI at the University of Oxford and Head of Graph Learning Research at Twitter.
Michael Bronstein was previously a professor at Imperial College London and held visiting appointments at Stanford, MIT, and Harvard, and has also been affiliated with three Institutes for Advanced Study (at TUM as a Rudolf Diesel Fellow (2017-2019), at Harvard as a Radcliffe fellow (2017-2018), and at Princeton as a short-time scholar (2020)). Michael received his PhD from the Technion in 2007. He is the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, five ERC grants, two Google Faculty Research Awards, and two Amazon AWS ML Research Awards. He is a Member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of IEEE, IAPR, BCS, and ELLIS, ACM Distinguished Speaker, and World Economic Forum Young Scientist. In addition to his academic career, Michael is a serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple startup companies, including Novafora, Invision (acquired by Intel in 2012), Videocites, and Fabula AI (acquired by Twitter in 2019).
Prof. Alon Wolf, PhD
Prof. Alon Wolf is the Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Head of Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab and Director of the Israeli Olympic Sport Research Center.
Prof. Wolf earned all of his academic degrees from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Israel. Immediately after receiving his Ph.D., he joined the robotics institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a research scientist, as well as the Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (ICAOS) as a research faculty and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an Adjunct Faculty of CT Surgery. In March of 2006 Prof. Wolf returned to Israel and joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion. Here he founded a new research lab, the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab (BRML). The objective of the research in the BRML is to develop fundamental theories in bio-kinematics and biomechanics as well as to apply these theories to applications in medical robotics and biorobotics. Prof. Wolf’s work was published in more that 150 publications in leading international scientific journals, Book chapters, Patents, and conferences (as key note and invited lectures). Prof. Wolf is a co- inventor and co-founder of Medrobotics Corporation and is the director of FIRST in Israel, a volunteering activity to promote STEM (science technology and math) among young school students (13,000 participants). Prof. Wolf is also an Associate Editor for the prestige journals of Clinical Biomechanics, ASME journal of mechanisms and robotics, and serves in the editorial board of several leading international journals. He won numerous research awards and was elected to the 2016-2017 IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society Distinguished Lecturer Program and was awarded Fellow of the American Association of Mechanical Engineers. Lately, he was appointed as the director of the Israeli Olympic Sport Research Centre. Prof. Wolf’s urban search and rescue snake robot and his surgical snake robot were elected best technology of 2012 and 2014 respectively, by the prestige journal of popular science.
Prof. Alejandro Frangi, PhD
Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at the University of Leeds and KU Leuven.
RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies, University of Leeds.
Professor Frangi is Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, with joint appointments at the School of Computing and the School of Medicine. He directs the CISTIB Center for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine. He is Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. Prof. Frangi is the Scientific Director of the Leeds Centre for HealthTech Innovation and Director of Research and Innovation of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. He holds an Honorary Chair in KU Leuven in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Cardiovascular Sciences.
Prof. Alex M. Bronstein, PhD
Alex M. Bronstein is a computer scientist, engineer, inventor, and technology entrepreneur working on theory and applications both in academia and industry. His interests span several fields that can be broadly classified as computer vision and graphics, computational geometry, machine learning, and signal processing, with geometric data analysis being a frequent motif. He is the head of the Center for Intelligent Systems and the VISTA Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. In the industry, he participated in various capacities in startup companies, some of which successful and some other less so.
Alex has been a Principal Engineer in the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corporation developing Intel’s 3D sensing technology, RealSense. He was a co-founder and is presently the Chief Scientist of the Israeli startup VideoCites offering internet-scale video search services to businesses.
- Computer Vision
- 3D Vision and Shape Analysis
- Image and Signal Processing
- Computational Imaging
- Machine Learning
- Large-scale Data Analysis
Prof. Ron Kimmel, PhD
Ron Kimmel is a Professor of Computer Science at the Technion where he holds the Montreal Chair in Sciences. He held a post-doctoral position at UC Berkeley and a visiting professorship at Stanford University. He has worked in various areas of shape reconstruction and analysis in computer vision, image processing, deep learning of big geometric data, and computer graphics. Kimmel’s interest in recent years has been understanding of machine learning, medical imaging and computational biometry, optimization of solvers to problems with a geometric flavor, and applications of metric, spectral, Riemannian, and differential geometries.
Kimmel is an IEEE Fellow and SIAM Fellow for his contributions to image processing, shape reconstruction and geometric analysis. He is the founder of the Geometric Image Processing Lab. and a founder and advisor of several successful image processing and analysis companies.
Marius Saines, MD
Dr. Marius Saines is a vascular surgeon in Inglewood, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Southern California Hospital at Culver City and Centinela Hospital Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Universite Libre de Bruxelles Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Dr. Marius Saines has had a long and distinguished vascular practice in Inglewood, CA. He was the Chair of Surgery at Centinela Hospital. Dr. Saines also practices in Marina Del Rey, CA. He specializes in peripheral arterial disease, varicose veins, and dialysis access.
Mirabela Rusu, PhD
Dr. Mirabela Rusu is currently an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University, where she leads the Personalized Integrative Medicine Laboratory (PIMed). The PIMed Laboratory has a multi-disciplinary direction and focuses on developing analytic methods for biomedical data integration, with a particular interest in radiology-pathology fusion to facilitate radiology image labeling. The radiology-pathology fusion allows the creation of detailed spatial labels, that later on can be used as input for advanced machine learning, such as deep learning. The recent focus of the lab has been on applying deep learning methods to detect and differentiate aggressive from indolent prostate cancers on MRI using the pathology information (both labels and the image content), work that was recently published in Medical Physics and Medical Image Analysis Journals.
Dr. Rusu received a Master of Engineering in Bioinformatics from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France. She continued her training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she received a Master of Science and PhD degree in Health Informatics for her work in biomolecular structural data integration of cryo-electron micrographs and X-ray crystallography models.
During her postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Rusu has developed computational tools for the integration and interpretation of multi-modal medical imaging data and focused on studying prostate and lung cancers. Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Rusu was a Lead Engineer and Medical Image Analysis Scientist at GE Global Research Niskayuna NY where she was involved in the development of analytic methods to characterize biological samples in microscopy images and pathologic conditions in MRI or CT.
Irit Idan, PhD
Dr. Irit Idan is Investment Advisor at SoftBank Investment Advisers and she also worked as the Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Israel’s third-largest defense company.
Rafael is world-renowned for pioneering breakthrough defense systems, such as Iron Dome and Trophy. She received her Ph.D in astrophysics from the Faculty of Physics at Technion in 1994 and she serves on the board of directors of several companies both in Israel and abroad, and is a member of the Technion Council and International Board of Governors.
Ayelet Akselrod-Ballin, PhD
Ayelet Akselrod-Ballin’s has over 20 years of experience both in Academia and Industry focusing on novel technologies for computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processes applied to healthcare. Ayelet did her Post-doctoral research as a fellow in the Computational Radiology Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital (Boston) and she holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Weizmann Institute of Science. In her former position ayelet was the VP of R&D at Zebra medical vision and under her supervision the company secured it’s 10 FDA approval for AI medical analysis solutions and deployed deep learning tools in medical centers around the world. Prior to joining Zebra Medical Vision, Ayelet led the medical imaging research technology at IBM-research and led a Computer Vision & Algorithms group at the MOD. In her current position she is a senior director of algorithms at mobileye and Adjunct lecturer and Recihmann university.
Prof. Masakazu Yagi, PhD
Professor Masakazu Yagi received the B. S. degree, the M. S. degree in information and communication engineering, and the Ph. D. degree in electronic engineering, all from the University of Tokyo, in 1998, 2000, an d 2003, respectively. From Apr. 2003 to Jun. 2006, he was an assistant professor at Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University. He became a lecturer at Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Osaka University Dental Hospital in Jul. 2006, then in Mar. 2008, a specially appointed associate professor at the Center for Advanced Medical Engineering and Informatics (reorganized as Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics in 2015) (MEI Center), Osaka Then, he worked as a senior researcher at Consortium Kansai from Aug. 2016 to Feb 2017. He has been a specially appointed associate professor in the department of Biodesign for Healthcare Innovation, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University since Mar. He also completed the Stanford Biodesign Global Faculty in Training in 2014, and has also been a program director of Japan Biodesign from 2015.
Prof. Tammy Riklin Raviv, PhD
Tammy Riklin Raviv is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University. She obtained her PhD about Image Segmentation at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University and she continued with her Postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she took part of the Medical Vision Group, a research group oriented in developing new algorithms for medical image analysis and visualization of medical imagery.
Among the various community activities that she handles, she is currently an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and a Handling Editor at NeuroImage.
Her teaching area is mainly focused on digital image processing, Deep Learning and its application to signal and image processing, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomedical Imaging applications. She is also the author of various and popular scientific publications.
Prof. Idit Matot, MD, PhD
Prof. Matot is the Director of the Division of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel. Prof Matot is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA). Prof Matot was a member of the research committee and transfusion committee of the ESA, chair of the geriatric anesthesia committee of the ESA. Her research interests include both experimental research related to the liver (perfusion, hemodynamics, effects of blood transfusion, the regeneration process), and clinical outcome research in the perioperative period. Dr. Matot received her M.D at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Following medical school she spent 3 years as a research fellow at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, studying tone dependent responses in the pulmonary vascular bed. She completed her anesthesia residency at the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in Hadassah Medical Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem after which she returned to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Department of Environmental Medicine, for further studies on lung injury and few years later to Department of Anesthesiology at Stanford University, California. Prof. Matot received multiple prestigious grants including an award grant from the American Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, GIF (German Israel Foundation), ISF and more. Prof. Matot has published > 100 peer review papers in prestigious journals and is an invited speaker to many international meetings.
Alexander Leemans, PhD. Ph.D.h.c.mult.
Alexander Leemans is a physicist who received his Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center (CUBRIC), Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. In 2009, he joined the Image Sciences Institute (ISI), University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he currently holds a tenured faculty position as Associate Professor. His current research interests include modeling, processing, visualizing and analyzing diffusion MRI data for investigating microstructural and architectural tissue organization. He heads the PROVIDI Lab and is the developer of ExploreDTI, which is a graphical toolbox for investigating diffusion MRI data.
Research line: Diffusion MRI
Prof. Lihi Zelnik-Manor, PhD
Lihi Zelnik-Manor joined the Technion in 2007 and is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Before that she was a post-doctoral fellow in the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. (with honors) in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a BSc (summa cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion.
Zelnik-Manor’s awards and honors include the Israeli high-education planning and budgeting committee (Vatat) scholarship for outstanding Ph.D. students, the Sloan-Swartz postdoctoral fellowship, the best Student Paper Award at the IEEE SMI’05, the AIM@SHAPE Best Paper Award 2005 and the Outstanding Reviewer Award at CVPR’08. She is also a recipient of the Gutwirth prize for the promotion of research and several grants from ISF, MOST, the 7th European R&D Program, and others. Her research is focused mostly on computer vision.
Prof. Nabil Simaan, PhD
Nabil Simaan received his Ph.D. from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, in 2002. In 2003-2004 he served as Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University National Science Foundation (NSF) ERC-CISST. In 2005, he joined Columbia University, New York, NY, as an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering. In 2009 he received the NSF Career award for young investigators to design new algorithms and robots for safe interaction with the anatomy. In 2010 he joined Vanderbilt University as an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering with secondary appointments in Computer Science and in Otolaryngology. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Dr. Simaan served as an Editor for IEEE ICRA, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO), Editorial board member of Robotica, Area Chair for Robotics Science and Systems and Corresponding Co-Chair for the IEEE Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics.
His research interests include human-robot interaction, robotic systems for surgical assistance, robot-assisted manufacturing, theoretical kinematics of mechanisms, synthesis and optimization of robots and mechanisms, design of flexure mechanisms and flexible robots, parallel robots, actuation redundancy and kinematic redundancy.
Prof. Marco A. Zenati, MD, PhD
Prof. Marco A. Zenati, MD, PhD is uniquely positioned as the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at a major healthcare center, while simultaneously running the Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) Lab at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA. As a surgeon practicing for almost 30 years, the research he leads has a direct impact on the clinical care he delivers on a daily basis. It is his acknowledgment of human fallibilities that drives his passion to better the quality of care delivered in the operating room. His history of high-quality federal funding, novel research and discoveries, and subsequent high-impact publications is a testament to the importance of these issues.
Edmond Sabo, MD
Edmond Sabo, MD is the director of the Department of Pathology and Cytology at the Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center as well as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, affiliated to the Technion Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. In 1988 Dr. Sabo graduated from the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania and completed a residency in Anatomical Pathology in the Bnai-Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel. In 1997 Dr. Sabo was a Visiting Professor in the department of Pathology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. Between 2004-2008 he worked as a research associate in the Molecular Pathology Core at the Rhode Island Hospital and was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at the Brown University.
Dr. Sabo authored or co-authored 309 scientific manuscripts, 100 international presentations and two chapters in books. He also has two patents. His field of interest includes Gastrointestinal, breast and lung pathology as well as molecular pathology applied for personalized medicine in advanced cancer patients. His research subspecialty includes molecular pathology, computerized image analysis of textural and geometric microscopic patterns in benign and malignant tissues, fractal geometry, chaos theory, biostatistics and artificial intelligence applied to pathology.
Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Image Analysis, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
Bart M. ter Haar Romeny is professor emeritus of Biomedical Image Analysis at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology. His interests are medical image analysis, its foundations and clinical applications. In his research, in order to understand image structure and analysis, he takes a closer look at the human visual system. His interests are in particular the mathematical modelling of human visual perception to build optimal computer-aided diagnosis systems, multi-scale and multi-orientation differential geometry, medical visualization applications, and brain connectivity. He authored about 350 papers, conference contributions and book chapters on these issues, and holds 2 patents. His interactive tutorial book on perceptually inspired multi-scale image analysis and his edited book on non-linear diffusion theory in computer vision are widely used. He is project leader of the Sino-Dutch RetinaCheck project: AI supported screening for early signs of eye damage due to diabetes.
Bart M. ter Haar Romeny studied Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology where he received his MSc in 1978. He subsequently performed his military service as a Royal Dutch Navy officer and obtained his PhD from Utrecht University in 1983. He then became the principal physicist of the Utrecht University Hospital Radiology Department and (1986-1989) clinical project leader of the Dutch project in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems. From 1989-2001, he was Associate Professor at the Image Sciences Institute (ISI) of Utrecht University. In 2001 he was appointed full processor of Biomedical Image Analysis at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology, where he retired in 2017. In 2010, Bart ter Haar Romeny was appointed as Distinguished NEU 100-Program Professor in Biomedical Image Analysis at Northeastern University (Shenyang, PR China). Since 2014, he is a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing (PR China) and since 2017, he is a Honorary Chair Professor in Medical Image Analysis at the National Taiwan University of Science & Technology in Taipei (Taiwan).
Corporate & Business
Moshe DunieInvestor, Technion Board of Governors and former Windows VP at Microsoft, USA
Dorin Comaniciu, PhDSenior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovations, Siemens Healthineers, USA
George T. HaberCrestaFund, USA
Dudi KleinCo-Founder & Managing Partner, ALIVE Israel HealthTech Fund, IL
Richard PassovEx Treasurer of Pfizer, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute, USA
Prof. Michael Halberthal, PhDGeneral Director of Rambam Health Care Campus, IL
Moshe Dunie is an Israeli-born American executive and investor in the Greater Seattle Area best known for his executive roles at Microsoft in 1988–99, culminating as Vice President of the Windows Division.
Moshe Dunie is serving on the Board of Governors of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He served as the president of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Seattle in 2006-2009 and served on the American Jewish Committee National Board. In his role, Dunie interacted with political and business leaders around the world promoting human rights.
At Microsoft, Moshe Dunie was responsible for the releases of Windows NT 3.1, NT 3.5, NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 partnering with Dave Cutler. Then, as Vice President of the Windows Operating System Division, Moshe Dunie lead the teams that delivered Windows 98, and took Windows 2000 to its final beta release. Moshe Dunie was in charge of over 3,000 full time division engineers and 1,500 contractors. He collaborated with partners such as Intel, PC OEMs, application developers and enterprise customers, initiating a Rapid Deployment Program and extensive beta testing. Microsoft Israel R&D centre and engineering groups in Europe and Asia reported to Dunie as international extension of the Windows division.
Specialties: Technology startups, Management of large complex high technology projects, Consulting high tech companies about effective project management, people management, product quality and customer’s satisfaction, Leadership of Philanthropic organizations.
Dorin Comaniciu, PhD
Dorin Comaniciu serves as Senior Vice President for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation at Siemens Healthineers. His scientific contributions to computational imaging and machine intelligence have translated to multiple clinical products focused on improving the quality of care, specifically in the fields of diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, and precision medicine.
Dr. Comaniciu is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and a Top Innovator of Siemens. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, MICCAI Society, and AIMBE. He is a recipient of the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision. Recent recognition of his work includes honorary doctorates from Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest.
Comaniciu is listed on Wikipedia’s list of prolific inventors with 313 granted US patents on healthcare technology. He has co-authored 350 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of machine intelligence, medical imaging, and precision medicine, which have received 56,000 citations, with an h-index of 86. He co-wrote the book Marginal Space Learning for Medical Image Analysis and co-edited Artificial Intelligence for Computational Modeling of the Heart.
He is an advocate for technological innovations that save and enhance lives, addressing critical issues in global health.
A graduate of the UPENN’s Wharton School, Comaniciu received doctorates from Rutgers University and from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Haber’s Law “If it can be done in Software AI will do it better“.
George is a dynamic example of that special breed of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are powering the technology revolution.
Visionary and successful Serial Entrepreneur, Marketing Guru and Strategist, with proven track record from vision to implement and manage High Tech Companies from StartUp to M&A or IPO.
Active Angel Investor in serious, innovative, disruptive technologies working with entrepreneurs to improve the world.
Frequently quoted, speaker at national and international conferences, and one of the key people of the story of the Xbox. You can read it in the book “Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution” By Dean Takahasi. ISBN-10: 0761537082
Specialties: Starting StartUps and helping Private / Public Companies with Strategy and Tactics to gain and sustain long term growth and financial success.
Expert in Marketing, Competitive Analysis, financing, mergers and acquisition.
Dudi Klein is an Entrepreneur with over 20 years experience. Leadership positions in Business Development, Management, Fund Raising and Marketing. Major (res.) in the Intelligence Unit.
Former Head of Ventures and Innovation Division, Assuta Medical Centers.
During his service in the IDF, Dudi was awarded twice for excellence awards by the Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate
Roles held within private and public companies spanning Technology & Healthcare Sectors, analyzing Big Data, Computer Vision (an interdisciplinary field that deals with gaining high-level understanding from digital images or videos), Video Processing, Mobile Technologies and Telecom with BioGaming, Verint (VRNT), VideoCells, Cellcom (CEL).
In 2014, Dudi won 1st prize at the MEDICA Innovation Award for his company BioGaming.
Founder of and sits as, an Advisor to, and Board Member of Start-ups.
Mr. Klein holds a BSc in Computer Science and MBA from Bar-Ilan University.
Richard Passov has more than 25 years of leadership experience across technology and life science companies. He helped capitalize Sun Microsystems through its hyper–growth phase, leaving to join Intel where he became one of the first employees in Intel’s Venture Capital group. He helped steer Pfizer through $250 billion of acquisitions, strategic reviews of R&D productivity and led the divestiture of Zoetis and it’s successful IPO. He’s a co–founder of Iota Biosciences, board member of OffAssignment, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute, guest columnist at 3QuarksDaily, and is researching the anthropology of computation. He received a B.A. and M.B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles along with an M.S., Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Michael Halberthal, PhD
Professor Michael Halberthal is the General Director of Rambam Health Care Campus. Professor Halberthal earned his M.D. in 1986, from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
His postgraduate training was completed at Rambam Health Care campus in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. As one of Rambam’s leading postgraduate trainees, Professor Halberthal was chosen to pursue a further subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Clinical Care at the world-renowned Brompton and Harefield Institute in London, U.K. After returning to Israel, Professor Halberthal successfully established the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Service at Rambam, which continues to be one of the most active and successful services of its kind. In 1996, Professor Halberthal completed a combined advanced clinical and research fellowship at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.
In addition to numerous hospital activities, Professor Halberthal completed his M.H.A. in Health and Hospital Administration at Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business Administration (2012). Since 2001, Professor Halberthal has held various professional leadership positions at Rambam, including serving as the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, Director of Hospital-wide Emergency Triage, and Senior Staff Physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Rambam. In 2009, he joined the Executive Leadership at Rambam and as the Director of Medical Operations.
At the end of 2013 Professor Halberthal was appointed Deputy Director of Rambam, primarily responsible for medical human resources; allied medical services; safety, quality, and risk management; emergency preparedness, the international trauma school. He is Chairman of Rambam’s Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency, and Mass Casualty Situations (MCS) since 2014.
Professor Halberthal was appointed as Director General of Rambam in 2019. In that role he has been leading Northern Israel’s only tertiary health care and Level 1 Trauma center through the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. He oversaw the opening of the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital in 2020 to care for the overflow of COVID-19 patients – requiring a significant team and organizational effort at every level. He is a much-in-demand speaker on topics related to hospital organization and function in emergency situations, be they related to trauma or diseases such as COVID-19.
A Clinical Associate Professor in the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Professor Halberthal is active in research and has published scholarly articles in the areas of hospital management, pediatric critical care, trauma and mass casualty preparedness, and airborne medicine. He is an active and highly regarded lecturer and teacher to medical students, residents and fellows, nursing staff and students, and allied health professionals in those domains of expertise.
Diana Păun, MD, PhDPresidential Advisor on Healthcare, RO
Andrei Baciu, MDSecretary of State at Ministry of Healthcare, RO
Ioan-Marcel Boloș, PhDMinister of Investment and European Projects, RO
Horea Timiș, MDCEO, Heymedica, RO
Nicoleta PauliucSenator and Vice-leader, Parliamentary Group of the National Liberal Party (PNL), RO
Vlad Mixich, MDInternational Health Policy Expert, RO
Inbal Rivlin, PhDHead of Haifa 2030, Haifa City Hall, IL
Iurie ȚurcanuDeputy Prime Minister on Digitalisation, MD
Sebastian Burduja, PhDMinister of Research, Innovation and Digitalisation, RO
Raed Arafat, MD, PhDSecretary of State at Ministry of Internal Affairs, RO
Prof. Șerban-Ion Bubenek-Turconi, MD, PhDPresident, Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI), RO
Diana Păun, MD, PhD
Dr. Diana Loreta Păun is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in Bucharest. She is a primary endocrinologist and associate professor at the Endocrinology Discipline of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She worked at the National Institute of Endocrinology “C.I. Parhon” as a doctor, researcher, teacher, and in 2006-2015 as a manager. She holds a certificate of complementary studies in Health Services Management and has graduated the master’s program “Management of Public Health and Health Services“. She also attended several management training programs, a quality auditor, a trainer and a public procurement expert.
Andrei Baciu, MD
Romică-Andrei Baciu is a doctor and liberal politician from Romania, who holds the position of Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health in the Government of Nicolae Ciucă.As Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health, Andrei Baciu has been involved from the beginning, since February 2020, in Romania’s effort to combat COVID-19, coordinated by the Ministry of Health.After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of its responsibilities was to create the testing capacity in Romania to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing capacity increased during 2020 from 400 tests per day in March to over 75,000 tests per day during the fall.
Ioan-Marcel Boloș, PhD
Ioan-Marcel Boloș is a Romanian economist and politician, who holds the position of Minister of European Funds. He also held the position of Minister of European Funds from November 4, 2019 to December 23. 2020. During 2012-2013 he was Secretary of State within the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, where he was the coordinator of the Regional Operational Program (ROP) 2007-2013. He was the head of the managing authority for the Sectoral Transport Operational Program (SOPT) 2007-2013 and of the General Directorate for Management and Strategies within the Ministry of Transport during 2013-2015, subsequently holding the position of Secretary of State within the same ministry in 2016, in period of the Dacian Cioloș Government. Since January 2017, he has headed the North-West Regional Development Agency as Director General, except for the period when he was responsible for the portfolio of European Funds in the Ludovic Orban Government, as well as for the Research, Innovation and Digitalization in the Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă Government. In October 2021 was the proposal of Minister of Transport and Infrastructure in the cabinet proposed by Nicolae Ciuca. From December 14, 2021 until his appointment as Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, he held the position of Honorary Adviser to Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, in the field of finance, budget and European funds.
Horea Timiș, MD
Timiș Horea worked as Executive Director at Public Health District Authority Arad, Romania and he is now Principal CEO at Heymedica.
Heymedica is a platform that unites all providers of medical services, hospitals, clinics, analysis laboratories, pharmacies, dentists, specialists and family doctors and connects them with all patients in Europe in one place.
Nicoleta Pauliuc was elected senator in electoral constituency no. 25 ILFOV. She is Vice-leader within the Parliamentary Group of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and Vice-President of the Joint Permanent Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate in the field of National Security.
Nicoleta is a member of the Romanian Parliament Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Vlad Mixich, MD
Vlad Mixich (MD, MSc) is a health policy expert with international experience across 8 countries in Europe and Asia, working for the World Bank, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank in the area of health systems strengthening.
With a degree in Medicine, Vlad Mixich holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and he was a Fulbright Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta (US) and an Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation in Philadelphia (US).
Currently he is part of the WHO Collaborating Centre team at Utrecht University. He is a board member of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work and of the Romanian Health Observatory.
Inbal Rivlin, PhD
Inbal Rivlin is the General Director of Haifa 2030: PhDs in smart Cities, a lawyer with 20 years’ experience in municipal law and a master’s degree in law.
Completed her thesis on “Cultural Components and Their Connection toUrban Growth” in the Faculty of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa.
Inbal Rivlin completed her PhD in “Smart Urbanism and it’s connection to Citizen’s satisfaction” at the Haifa University.
Has experience in fundraising and establishing international ties abroad.
Iurie Turcanu is the Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization within the Government of the Republic of Moldova. Previously, he held the position of Director of the Electronic Government Agency (EGA) and the Chief Digital Officer, Moldova’s e-Government Centre. As the chief digital officer at Moldova’s e-Government Centre, Iurie Turcanu has driven the implementation of an impressive national ICT strategy, including most notably an e-Transformation project which has steadily and successfully increased the impact of various public services. He also has driven the Open Data Initiative, as well as schemes like M-Cloud, recognized as the “Best Cloud Project in Central & Eastern Europe” in 2012. The main projects conducted under his leadership are the government electronic payment service MPay, the government data exchange and interoperability platform MConnect and the development of an infrastructure for electronic signatures, including the mobile signature.
Sebastian Burduja, PhD
Sebastian Ioan Burduja is a Romanian politician. He is the vice-president of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the president of the PNL branch Sector 1 – Bucharest. In December 2020, he was elected deputy of the National Party in the 42nd constituency of Bucharest. on May 3, 2022 he became the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization in Ciuca’s cabinet. League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS) and CAESAR Foundation (Center for Access to Expertise of Romanian Students and Graduates).
Raed Arafat, MD, PhD
Raed Arafat is a Syrian-born Romanian intensive care physician of Palestinian origin, specialised in anesthesiology. He founded the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) with the help from the Romanian Fire Fighting Brigade represented by Lt.-Col Mircea Pintilie. He was also the coordinator of Mureș County Emergency Services until 23 August 2007, when he was invited to take the position of Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health to deal with the development of emergency medical care in Romania. He was also, for a short period, the Minister of Health (7 November-21 December 2012), serving many years as Under-Secretary of State for Health in the Romanian Government. He accepted the position of Minister of Health just as a temporary position after which he was nominated as State Secretary at the Ministry of Health until 28 January 2014 when he accepted to move as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs to head the newly created Department for Emergency Situations under which all emergency services are coordinated including fire and rescue, civil protection, prehospital medical emergency response, air rescue and emergency departments. He is still serving at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in this position.
Prof. Șerban-Ion Bubenek-Turconi, MD, PhD
Prof. Șerban-Ion Bubenek-Turconi MD Ph.D. President – Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI); Member of Board of Directors – European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
Chief 1-st Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Intensive Care Dept of “Prof. C.C. Iliescu” Emergency Cardiovascular Diseases Institute – Bucharest; “Carol Davila” Medical University of Bucharest; Chair ”Fundeni Clinics” Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Dept; Visiting Professor of Tel Aviv Med.Center– Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Israel; Examiner for European Diploma in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Assistant Etranger de l’Universite Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris VI.
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