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SSIMA Re:Imagine Healthcare

Festival of Innovation in MedTech

SSIMA is the annual international MedTech festival in Eastern Europe, 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.

Confirmed Speakers

Academia

Prof. Natalia A. Trayanova, PhD

Prof. Natalia A. Trayanova, PhD

Johns Hopkins University, USA
Short Bio

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

Prof. Ehud Rivlin, PhD

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Short Bio

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

Prof. Michael Bronstein, PhD

Oxford University, UK
Short Bio

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, PhD

Vice President, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Short Bio

Prof. Alon Wolf is the Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development at the Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyHead 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.

In October 1st 2019 Prof. Wolf will take the office of Technion Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development.

Prof. Alejandro Frangi, PhD

Prof. Alejandro Frangi, PhD

University of Leeds, UK | KU Leuven, BE
Short Bio

Prof. Alejandro Frangi (Alex) was born in La Plata, Argentina. In 1991 he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) in 1996. Then he carried out research on electrical impedance tomography for image reconstruction and noise characterization at the same institution under a CIRIT grant. In 1997 he obtained a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to pursue his PhD in Medicine at the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Center Utrecht on model-based cardiovascular image analysis. During this period he was visiting researcher at the Imperial College in London, UK, and in Philips Medical Systems BV, The Netherlands.

Professor Frangi is Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, with joint appointments at the School of Computing and the School of Medicine. He leads the CISTIB Center for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine. He has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies (2019-2029).

Professor Frangi has edited several books, published 7 editorial articles and over 215 journal papers in key international journals of his research field and more than over 200 book chapters and international conference papers with an h-index 55 and over 20,700 citations according to Google Scholar. He has been three times Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Trans Med Imaging, one on IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, and one of Medical Image Analysis journal. He was chair of the 3rd International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modelling of the Heart (FIMH05) held in Barcelona in June 2005, Publications Chair of the IEEE International Symposium in Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2006), Programme Committee Member of various editions of the Intl Conf on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) (Brisbane, AU, 2007; Beijing CN, 2010; Toronto CA 2011; Nice FR 2012; Nagoya JP 2013), International Liaison of ISBI 2009, Tutorials Co-Chair of MICCAI 2010, and Program Co-chair of MICCAI 2015. He was also General Chair for ISBI 2012 held in Barcelona. He is the General Chair of MICCAI 2018 held in Granada, Spain.

Professor Frangi is Chair of the Editorial Board of the MICCAI-Elsevier Book Series (2017-2020), and serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, SIAM Journal Imaging Sciences, Computer Vision and Image Understanding journals. Professor Frangi was foreign member of the Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, 2006-10) in UK, is a recipient of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Award in 2006, the ICT Knowledge Transfer Prize (2008) and two Teaching Excellence Prizes (2008, 2010) by the Social Council of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He also was awarded the UPF Medal (2011) for his service as Dean of the Escuela Politècnica Superior. He was awarded the ICREA-Academia Prize by the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) in 2008. Professor Frangi is an IEEE Fellow (2014), EAMBES Fellow (2015), SPIE Member, SIAM Member, MICCAI Member, and elected member to the Board of Directors of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society (2014-2018). Professor Frangi serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) and was Chair of the Fellows Committee of the IEEE EMBS (2017-2018).

Responsibilities & affiliations

 

Director of CISTIB Centre for Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine

Member of LICAMM Leeds Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine

Member of iMBE Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering

Member of LIFD Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics

 

Research interests

Professor Frangi’s main research interests lie at the crossroad of medical image analysis and modeling with emphasis on machine learning (phenomenological models) and computational physiology (mechanistic models). He has particular interest in statistical methods applied to population imaging and in silico clinical trials. His highly interdisciplinary work has been translated to the areas of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neuro sciences.

He been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of over 25 national and European projects, both funded by public and private bodies. During 1/2006-3/2010 he was coordinator of the @neurIST: Intergrated Biomedical Informatics for the Management of Cerebral Aneurysms, a 12.6M€ European Integrated Project, during 1/2006-12/2009 he was scientific co-PI for the Spanish CENIT Technology Platform CDTEAM funded with 15.7M€ by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through CDTI, in 2009-2012 he participated of the euHeart Integrated Project, in 2009-2012 in the Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence, and in 2009-2012 he was Scientific Coordinator of the CENIT Technology Platform cvREMOD funded with 13.6M€ by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through CDTI. He coordinates the € 13.3m-Integrated Project funded by the European Commission entitled VPH-DARE@IT DementiA Research Enabled by IT, led by CISTIB and involving other 19 European organizations. Finally, he has been recently awarded a £ 1.3m grant as Principal Investigator from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the project OCEAN: One-stop-shop Microstructure-sensitive Perfusion/Diffusion MRI: Application to Vascular Cognitive Impairment He is also one of the 5 co-investigators in the recently awarded EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnership Award ‘Plus’: Medical Image Analysis Network (MedIAN) led by Oxford.

Under his leadership, CISTIB develops GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation, an open-source platform for rapidly developing pre-commercial software prototypes in the areas of image computing and image-based computational physiology modelling, and MULTI-X (Health Data Analytics and Modelling As a Service Platform), a cloud-based platform for computational phenomics, in silico medicine, and in silico clinical trials. The research and development conducted in his research group led to two spin-off companies Clintelis SA in 2009 and GalgoMedical SA (www.galgomedical.com) in 2013.

Qualifications

BSc/MSc Telecommunications Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 1996, Barcelona, Spain

PhD Imaging Sciences, Utrecht University, 2001, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Professional memberships

IEEE

SPIE

MICCAI

EAMBES

Prof. Alex M. Bronstein, PhD

Prof. Alex M. Bronstein, PhD

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Short Bio

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 TechnionIsrael 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.

His main research interests include:
  • Computer Vision
  • 3D Vision and Shape Analysis
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Computational Imaging
  • Machine Learning
  • Large-scale Data Analysis
Prof. Ron Kimmel, PhD

Prof. Ron Kimmel, PhD

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Short Bio

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

Marius Saines, MD

University Vascular Associates, USA

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

Mirabela Rusu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Stanford Medicine, USA

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

Irit Idan, PhD

Investment Advisor, SoftBank Israel, IL
Short Bio

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, PhD

Former Vice President of R&D at Zebra Medical Vision, IL
Short Bio

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

Prof. Masakazu Yagi, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biodesign for Healthcare, Osaka University, JP
Short Bio

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

Prof. Tammy Riklin Raviv, PhD

Ben Gurion University, IL
Short Bio

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. Idit Matot, MD, PhD

Tel Aviv Medical Center, IL
Short Bio

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, PhD. Ph.D.h.c.mult.

University Medical Center Utrecht, NL
Short Bio

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

Prof. Lihi Zelnik-Manor, PhD

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Short Bio

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

Prof. Nabil Simaan, PhD

Vanderbilt University, USA
Short Bio

Nabil Simaan received his Ph.D. from the TechnionIsrael 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

Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, USA
Short Bio

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

Director of Department of Pathology, The Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, IL
Short Bio

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.

Prof. Bart ter Haar Romeny, PhD

Prof. Bart ter Haar Romeny, PhD

Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
Short Bio

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 Dunie

Moshe Dunie

Former Microsoft Vice President of the Windows Division, USA
Short Bio

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, PhD

Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovations, Siemens Healthineers, USA
Short Bio

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.

George T. Haber

George T. Haber

CrestaFund, USA
Short Bio

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

Dudi Klein

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, ALIVE Israel HealthTech Fund, IL
Short Bio

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

Richard Passov

Ex Treasurer of Pfizer, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute, USA
Short Bio

Richard Passov has more than 25 years of leadership experience across technology and life science companies. He helped capitalize Sun Microsystems through its hypergrowth 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 cofounder 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

Prof. Michael Halberthal, PhD

General Director of Rambam Health Care Campus, IL
Short Bio

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.

Policy Makers

Diana Păun, MD, PhD

Diana Păun, MD, PhD

Presidential Advisor on Healthcare, RO
Short Bio

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 DavilaUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy. She worked at the National Institute of EndocrinologyC.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.

Inbal Rivlin, PhD

Inbal Rivlin, PhD

Head of Haifa 2030, IL
Short Bio

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 Țurcanu

Iurie Țurcanu

Deputy Prime Minister on Digitalisation, MD
Short Bio

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 c​onducted 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 Burduja, PhD

Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalisation, RO
Short Bio

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, MD, PhD

Secretary of State at Ministry of Internal Affairs, RO
Short Bio

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, PhD

President, Romanian Society Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI), RO
Short Bio

Prof. Șerban-Ion Bubenek-Turconi MD Ph.D. President – Romanian Society 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. IliescuEmergency Cardiovascular Diseases Institute – Bucharest; “Carol DavilaMedical University of Bucharest; Chair ”Fundeni ClinicsAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Dept; Visiting Professor of Tel Aviv Med.CenterSackler Faculty of Medicine, Israel; Examiner for European Diploma in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Assistant Etranger de l’Universite Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris VI.

Disciplines
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Emergency Medical Care
Skills and expertise
  • Acute Heart Failure
  • Critical Care Medicine

Practical Sessions

to be announced soon

Registration fees:

Bachelor & Master Students: 150 EUR   

Early professionals (PhD students, Residents (medical)): 250 EUR  

Professionals (from academia, research institutes & doctors): 350 EUR  

Industry & Other: 600 EUR 

The fees will cover lectures/lab sessions, coffee breaks, and social events.

There are financial support opportunities available to a select number of participants, based on merit and financial need. Please refer to the application form for more information.

Co-organizing Partner & Host

RO (1)
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Proudly Supported by:

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalisation

Scientific Partners

ICI Bucharest
ICI Bucharest
SRATI
SRATI
The University of Oradea
The University of Oradea
University Politehnica of Bucharest
University Politehnica of Bucharest

Media Partners

StartUp Career
StartUp Career
Politici de Sănătate
Politici de Sănătate

Community Partners

Association for Entrepreneurial Education
R.O.Z. Association
R.O.Z. Association
Bioengineering Students Association, ASB Iași
Bioengineering Students Association, ASB Iași
Medical Engineering Development
Medical Engineering Development
Asociația Universitară pentru Medicină și Asistență Medicală
Asociația Universitară pentru Medicină și Asistență Medicală
Medical Students' Society Iasi
Medical Students' Society Iasi
BEST Bucharest
BEST Bucharest
Medical Students' Society of Bucharest
Medical Students' Society of Bucharest

Logistical Partners

Location

Conference venue at Oradea

SSIMA 2022 is to be hosted in Oradea. The exact venue shall be announced shortly!