Elena Ovreiu, PhDUniversity Politehnica of Bucharest, RO
Prof. Alfred Bruckstein, PhDTechnion - Israel Institute of Technology, IL
Prof. Bart ter Haar Romeny, PhDEindhoven University of Technology, NL
Elena Ovreiu, PhD
Elena Ovreiu is also the co-founder and president of SSIMA Re:Imagine Healthcare—the leading conference on Innovation in Medical Technology in Eastern Europe. This event annually attracts world leaders in the field of medical technology, including from top institutions such as Harvard University, MIT, Johns Hopkins and Technion, as well as leaders from the business sector and public policy makers. It is also the only event of its kind in the former European Eastern bloc, which was officially endorsed by MICCAI, the global organisation for experts in medical imaging.
Dr. Ovreiu is a Senior Lecturer at both the Medical Engineering, as well as the and Electronics, Telecommunications & IT departments at University Politehnica of Bucharest, where she has introduced and currently teaches the eHealth, Innovation in Healthcare and Telemedicine courses.
Elena earned a Ph.D. from Institute National des Sciences Appliqués (INSA), Lyon, France and has an international academic and work resumé, having done studies and research in countries such as Singapore, Israel and China. Most recently, in 2021 she was a Fellow at Rochester University (NY) on a Fulbright scholarship, focusing on entrepreneurship in an academic setting.
Additionally, Elena was Personal Advisor to the Minister of Healthcare of Romania earlier in the earlier part of 2021, with a focus on improving the safety of hospitals through the introduction of Medical Engineers. She also wrote a short report on this topic earlier, together with professors Romeny (Netherlands) and Wolf (Israel), at the request of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis during a meeting publicised in Romanian national media.
Recently, together with experts in Medical Technology from Israel and the US, she has founded BIOdyssey. Health Innovation Hub, a program dedicated to educate and create entrepreneurs in Medical Technology by exposing them to a structured methodology of innovation. This is the first program which brings in Romania the Biodesign methodology, developed by Stanford and offers to its participants the same approach as at other internationally recognized institutions. Over the years, she has had extensive media attention (having had her own radio show for 3 years: “Trust me, I’m an Engineer!”) and is currently a regular guest on national media platforms on topics related to medical technology and innovation.
Prof. Alfred Bruckstein, PhD
Alfred M. Bruckstein, born in Transylvania, Romania, in 1954, received his BSc and MSc degrees at the Technion, Haifa, in 1976 and 1980, respectively and then earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in Stanford University, California in 1984, his advisor being Professor Thomas Kailath.
From October 1984 he has been with the Technion, where he now holds of the Ollendorff Chair in Science, in the Computer Science Department. His research interests are in Ants and Swarm Robotics, Signal and Image Processing, Image Analysis and Synthesis, Pattern Recognition, and various aspects of Applied Geometry. Professor Bruckstein authored and co-authored over one hundred and fifty journal papers in the fields of interest mentioned.
Professor Bruckstein held visiting positions at MIT, Groningen University in Holland, Stanford University, and TsingHua University in Beijing, China, Every University and at CEREMADE, Dauphine University in Paris, France, and was a visiting Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, from 1987 to 2000, working with Dr. Arun Netravali and several colleagues there on Image Processing and Computer Vision topics. Since 2009 he is also a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
From 2002 till 2005 he served as the Dean of Technion’s Graduate School, and from 2006-2011 as the Head of Technion’s Excellence Program for Undergraduate Studies.
Professor Bruckstein is a member of the AMS, and MAA, and a SIAM Fellow for contributions to Signal Processing, Image Analysis, and Ant Robotics, and received SIAM’s 2014 SIAG-Imaging Science Prize (with David Donoho and Michael Elad, for the paper “From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of Signals and Images”)
Professor Bruckstein is happily married to Rita and they have one son, Ariel, with whom they wrote and illustrated a bestiary of imaginary animals of Ariel’s invention called “The Knocktopus and His Friends”, published by Panopticum Press in 2013. He also illustrated several books published by his late father Ludovic Bruckstein, in Romanian, Hebrew and French, and a collection of comical verse in Hebrew, by Professor Irad Yavne, entitled”Comical Relief”, describing Academic Life in general, and at the Technion, in particular.
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).
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. 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.
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Prof Carmen Pantiș – Bihor Physicians College President
Prof Olivia Burtă – Bihor Blood Transfusion Center & Oradea University
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