Plenary Speakers

Prof. Mohammad Reza Abidian Director, Advanced Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Laboratory
Department of Bioengineering
Pennsylvania State University
Mohammad Reza Abidian

Prof. Mohammad Reza Abidian received his BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics) and MSc. degree in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials) from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. He worked with Prof. David C. Martin at the University Michigan and obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. Dr. Abidian’s doctoral research was focused on nanostructured conducting polymers and bioactive nanofibers for neural interfaces. Dr. Abidian has completed his postdoctoral trainings with Prof. Daryl R. Kipke at the University of Michigan from 2007 to 2010. During his postdoctoral training, Dr. Abidian investigated the applications of nanostructured conducting polymers for in vivo neural recording and peripheral nerve regeneration. Dr. Abidian joined the Department of Bioengineering at Pennsylvania State University in August 2010.

Research in his lab is focused on multi-disciplinary approaches for development of micro/nano-scale technologies for targeted delivery of biomolecules, neurochemical sensing, and tissue engineering for central and peripheral nervous systems. The honors and awards Dr. Abidian has received include Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Silver Award, the University of Michigan Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Graduate Award.

Prof. Theodore W. Berger Professor of Biomedical Engineering
David Packard Chair of Engineering
Director, Center for Neural Engineering
University of Southern California
Theodore W. Berger

Prof. Theodore W. Berger research involves the complementary use of experimental and theoretical approaches to developing biologically constrained mathematical models of mammalian neural systems. The focus of the majority of current research is the hippocampus, a neural system essential for learning and memory functions. The goal of this research is to address three general issues: (1) the relation between cellular/molecular processes, systems-level functions, and learned behavior; (2) the extent of which the functional dynamics of neural systems are altered by activity-dependent synaptic plasticity; (3) the extent to which the essential functions of a neural system can be incorporated within a hardware representation (e.g., VLSI circuitry).

Experimental studies involve the use of extracellular, intracellular, and whole-cell electrophysiological recording techniques, applied in vivo using anesthetized and chronically implanted animals, and in vitro using hippocampal slice preparations. A number of neurobiological issues are being investigated, including: (1) quantifying the signal processing capabilities of hippocampal neurons and the extent to which these capabilities reflect regulation due to feedforward and feedback circuitry vs. intrinsic neuronal mechanisms, such as voltage-dependent conductances or second messenger biochemical systems; (2) the spatio-temporal distribution of activity in neural networks and its dependence on input pattern and network connectivity; (3) the cellular mechanisms underlying changes in the strength of connections among neurons, i.e., synaptic plasticity, and the influence of synaptic plasticity on signal processing characteristics of neurons and the spatio-temporal distributions of activity in networks.

These and other experimental studies are used in conjunction with several different theoretical approaches to develop models of: (1) the nonlinear, input/output properties of single hippocampal neurons and circuits composed of several populations of hippocampal neurons (in collaboration with Dr. V. Marmarelis, Biomedical Engineering, USC), (2) the hierarchical relationship between synaptic and neuronal events (in collaboration with Dr. G. Chauvet, Institute for Theoretical Biology, University of Angers, France), (3) the kinetic properties of glutamatergic receptor subtypes, and (4) adaptive properties expressed by the "hippocampal-like" neural networks implemented with analog VLSI technology (in collaboration with Dr. B. Sheu, Electrical Engineering, USC).

Prof. Rosa Chan Assistant Professor
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Electronic Engineering
City University of Hong Kong
Rosa Chan

Dr. Rosa H. M. Chan received her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 at University of Southern California (USC), where she also received her M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. During her graduate studies at the USC Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) led by Prof. Theodore W. Berger, Rosa and her colleagues were developing neural prostheses for damaged cognitive function. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. Her primary research interest is to develop mathematical models of neural systems.

She received the B.Eng (1st Hon.) degree in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2003. After graduation, she spent a year researching the manipulation of carbon nanotubes using dielectrophoretic force in the CUHK Center for Micro and Nano Systems led by Prof. Wen J. Li. She was later awarded the Croucher Scholarship and Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies in 2004. In the summer of 2010, she was awarded Google Scholarship and participated in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program at NASA AMES.

Prof. Utkan Demirci Director, BAMM Laboratory
Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cambridge, Massachussetts
Utkan Demirci

Prof. Utkan Demirci, Ph.D., received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 as a James B. Angell Scholar (Summa Cum Laude) from University of Michigan , Ann Arbor . He received his M.S. degree in 2001 in Electrical Engineering, M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering in 2005 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 all from Stanford University . Dr. Demirci joined Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2008, Dr Demirci received Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School-Young Investigator Award; The Outstanding Young Persons of the World, Junior Chamber International (JCI). In 2007, Dr. Demirci received the Coulter Foundation Early Career Award in Biotechnology; Nano -Biotechnology Award of Honor by The National Science Council of Turkey and The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association; CIMIT Award; and, MIT Desphande Center Award. In 2006, he was selected to TR-35 as one of the world’s top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He won the Stanford University Entrepreneur’s Challenge Competition in 2004 and Global Start-up Competition in Singapore in 2004. He is a recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society. Dr Demirci has more than 40 journal publications. Dr. Demirci holds PI and Co-PI roles on NIH awards. His research interests involve biological applications of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and acoustics, especially: microfluidics for inexpensive CD4 counts for HIV in resource-limited-settings for global health; 3D tissue printing, biopreservation. He is among the faculty at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School .

Prof. Dominique Durand Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering
Director, Neural Engineering Center
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Dominique Durand

Prof. Dominique Durand is the E.L. Linsedth Professor of Biomedical Engineering Neurosciences, Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the Neural Engineering Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Electronique, Hydrolique, Informatique et Automatique de Toulouse, France in 1973. In 1974, he received a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Reserve University in Cleveland OH., worked several years at the Addiction Research Foundation of Toronto, Canada and in 1982 received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. He received an NSF Young Investigator Presidential Award as well as the Diekhoff and Wittke awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching and the Mortar board top-prof awards at Case Western Reserve University. He is an IEEE Fellow and also Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He serves on five editorial boards of peer-reviewed scientific journals and he is the editor-in-chief and founding editor of the Journal of Neural Engineering.

His research interests are in neural engineering and include computational neuroscience, neurophysiology and control of epilepsy, non-linear dynamics of neural systems, neural prostheses and applied magnetic and electrical field interactions with neural tissue. He has obtained funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. He has published over 100 articles and he has consulted for many biotechnology companies and foundations.

Angel Gil-Agudo, MD Group Leader, Biomechanics and Technical Aids Department
National Paraplegia Hospital SESCAM
Toledo, Spain
Angel Gil

Dr. Angel Gil-Agudo is Group Leader of the Biomechanics and Technical Aids Department at the National Paraplegia Hospital SESCAM in Toledo. Medical Doctor and Ph.D degree obtained from the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) with a doctoral thesis about manual wheelchair propulsion ergonomics in spinal cord injury patients (2009). Clinical practice in different hospitals since 1993 as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist. Researcher from 1994 to 1996 in Institute of Biomechanics in Valencia (IBV). Group Leader of the Biomechanics and Technical Aids Department in National Paraplegia Hospital SESCAM in Toledo since 2005. Engineers and clinical staff (MD, PT and OT) are included in this group working together with the same purpose. Current research focuses on the application of biomechanics to the development of systems based on virtual reality for upper limb rehabilitation treatment and the development of neuro-robotic and neuro- prosthetics to compensate or restore movement disorders. Coordinator of the scientific committee of the Spanish Federation for Disabled Sports from 1998 to 2004.

Prof. Norbert Graf, MD Medical Director of the Biotechnology, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology,
University Hospital of the Saarland
Dean for Study Affairs, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Saarland, Germany
Norbert Graf

Prof. Norbert Graf obtained his MD at the Medical School of the Saarland University, Germany in 1980. He specialized in Pediatrics and further in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. In 1998 he received the degree of Professor of Pediatrics. Since 2004 he is the Dean for Students at the Medical Faculty of the Saarland University, Germany.

His main research focuses are Brain Tumours and Nephroblastoma - the most common kidney cancer in children. As a clinician he is the chairman of the International SIOP Trials for Nephroblastoma and the SIOP Renal Tumour Study Group (SIOP-RTSG). In his department more than 95 % of the cancer patients are enrolled in prospective, multicenter and randomized trials. He is teaching and giving seminars in Pediatric Oncology in several countries outside Germany. Besides his clinical focus in prospective trials and studies with an impact on translational research he is engaged in linking medicine with information technology. These activities are mirrored by his participation in several EU funded projects (ACGT, ContraCancrum, TUMOR, CONTRACT, p-medicine). The large Integrated project p-medicine (from data sharing and integration via VPH models to personalized medicine) is chaired by himself. Dr. Graf is the recipient of several awards and prizes (e.g.: Felix-Kossman Preis for Humanity in Medicine).

David Guiraud Head, DEMAR Project Team
INRIA Sophia - LIRMM (Montpellier), France

David Guiraud obtained M.Sc Degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1990 in Biomedical Eng. And Biochemical analysis; Ph.D in biomedical Eng. in 1993 on the control of neural prosthesis and exoskeleton using artificial neural networks. He is “Professeur Agrégé” in Applied Physics and teaches at MsC degree for both students in automatic control and microelectronics fields and physiology. He founded DEMAR team at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis Méditerranée and LIRMM in 2004 after being involved in different European Projects at the school of Medicine of Montpellier and INSERM lab. He obtained the bronze medal from CNRS in 2005 in the Communication and Information Technology section. Now he is in the research director position at INRIA. He obtained the “Grand prix de l’académie des sciences 2010” in information technology applied to medicine.

For more than ten years he was involved in projects and teams working on rehabilitation based on FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation). The main areas of interest concern: (1) modeling of sensory motor system, in particular the striated muscle, (2) designing advanced implantable neuroprostheses to restore motor functions. Apart from this theoretical work, David Guiraud was regularly involved in clinical research activities in close relationship with surgeons and physiotherapists. This leads to the definition of rehabilitation protocols but also applied clinical research activities such as quiet standing for paraplegia, fatigue assessment, movement synthesis and control.

At the beginning of his career David Guiraud worked a lot with AIMD (Active Implantable Medical Devices) industry so that he is still advisor for such companies and provides for scientific and technical advices.

Prof. Karmella A. Haynes Director, Synthetic Biology Laboratory
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Arizona State University
Karmella A. Haynes

Prof. Karmella A. Haynes joined the Fulton School in 2011 from the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, where she completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship (2008 – 2011). From 2006 – 2008, she served in the Department of Biology at Davidson College as an HHMI postdoctoral teaching-research postdoctoral fellow with a role as an adjunct assistant professor in Genomics. Haynes’ work applies the cutting edge field of synthetic biology to cancer treatment and tissue regeneration. Her current projects include rational design and construction of proteins from interchangeable building blocks, and genomic profiling of different cell types to predict how the synthetic proteins will reshape cell development. She has co-advised award-winning undergraduate research teams in the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM), serves as an iGEM executive judge, is an elected Councilor of the Institute of Biological Engineering (2012 – 2014), and has advised ASU undergraduates from the Barrett Honors College and through the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI).

Prof. Winnie Jensen Head, Studyboard for Biomedical Engingineering, Sports Science and Clinical Technology
Associate Professor, Department of Health Science and Technology
Aalborg University, Denmark
Winnie Jensen

Prof. Winnie Jensen received her Master of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1997 and her Ph.D. degree in bioengineering in 2001 from Dept. Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow the University of Illinois at Chicago as a research associate professor. In 2003 she was awarded an EU Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship.

She has been working as an associate professor at the Dept. Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark since 2006. Dr. Jensen is a member of the IEEE and the Society for Neuroscience. She is the head of the studyboard for biomedical engingineering, sports science and clinical technology at Aalborg University. Her main research interests include use of implantable neural interfaces in neural prosthesis applications and in animal disease models for sensing and actuation.

Dr. Belinda Lange Motor Rehab Lab Leader, Institute for Creative Technologies,
Research Assistant Professor, School of Gerontology
University of Southern California
Belinda Lange

Dr. Belinda Lange is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Creative Technologies and Research Assistant Professor in the School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD and degree in Physiotherapy (Honors) from the University of South Australia and her Science Degree from Flinders University. Dr. Lange’s research interests include the use of interactive video game and virtual reality technologies for motor rehabilitation, exergaming, cognitive assessment, postoperative exercise, and virtual human character interactions. Belinda was on the conference program committee for Meaningful Play conference in 2008, 2010 and 2012, on the organizing committee for the rehabilitation track of the Games for Health conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012, co-chaired the Presence 2009 conference and was the Workshop Chair for the International Virtual Rehabilitation conference in Zurich in 2011. She is also a co-founder of, a non profit social network that brings together individuals with disabilities and those undergoing rehabilitation with researchers, clinicians and game industry professionals.

Prof. L. James Lee Helen C. Kurtz Professor,
Director, NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices,
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ohio State University
L. James Lee

Prof. L. James Lee is the Helen C. Kurtz Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He now serves as the Director of NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymer Biomedical Devices (CANPBD), NSF IGERT Program on Molecular Engineering of Microdevices, and Ohio Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices (CMPND) at Ohio State. He received a BS degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1972, and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from University of Minnesota in 1979. His research interest includes nanotechnology, BioMEMS/NEMS and drug delivery. He has more than 220 refereed journal publications, 25 patents and invention disclosures, and 10 book chapters. Dr. Lee received 13 Best Paper Awards in Society of Plastics Engineers and Society of Plastics Industry Annual Conferences in the last 18 years. He was elected as the Fellow of Society of Plastics Engineers in 2001 and Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2006. Dr. Lee received the 2008 Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from Council of Chemical Research, 2008 Engineering/Technology Award and 2010 International Award from the Society of Plastic Engineers.

Prof. Helen H. Lu Director, Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor of Dental and Craniofacial Bioengineering
Columbia University
Helen H. Lu

Dr. Helen H. Lu received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Columbia. She also holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Dental and Craniofacial Bioengineering at the Columbia College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lu’s research focuses on Orthopaedic Interface Tissue Engineering and the formation of complex tissue systems, with the goal of achieving integrative and functional repair of soft tissue injuries. Additionally, her research group is active in the design of composite biomaterials for orthopedic and dental applications. Her research has been recognized with Early Faculty Career Award in Translational Research (Phase I and Phase II) from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the International Y’ROBOTS award for Research in Orthopedic Biomechanics and Sports Medicine, and the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Lu was honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White House in 2010, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2011. Her group has published over sixty original research articles, invited reviews and book chapters in biomaterials and tissue engineering, and Dr. Lu’s research is supported by the Whitaker Foundation, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the New York State Stem Cell Initiative, the National Football League (NFL) Charities and the National Institutes of Health.

Prof. Ratko Magjarevic President IFMBE
Professor, Department for Electronic Systems and Information Processing
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ratko Magjarevic

Prof. Ratko Magjarevic received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. After his appointment in industry at the Institute of Electrical Engineering “Koncar,“ he joined the Electronic Measurement and Biomedical Engineering Group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb.

Currently, he is full professor teaching several courses in Electronic Instrumentation and Biomedical Engineering at undergraduate and graduate studies and “Instrumentation in Environmental Protection” at postgraduate studies.

His scientific and professional interest is in fields of electronic and biomedical instrumentation, in particular in cardiac potentials analysis and pacing, in research of new methods for drug delivery based on electropermeabilisation and recently in research of personalised intelligent mobile health systems. He is author or co-author of more than 60 journal or conference papers, several text books and book chapters.

He held the office of the IFMBE Secretary General (International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering) from 2003 to 2009. In 2009 at the IFMBE General Assembly he has been elected IFMBE President Elect. From 2003 Ratko Magjarevic has been the Editor of IFMBE News, and from 2006 Editor of the IFMBE Proceedings Series. He is also the President of the Croatian Medical and Biological Engineering Society.

Prof. Sheereen Majd Director, Cellular Biophysics and Biotechnology Laboratory
Department of Bioengineering
Pennsylvania State University
Sheereen Majd

Prof. Sheereen Majd, Ph.D. received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Amirkabir Institute of Technology, Tehran. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2009. Her doctoral work, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Mayer, focused on molecular interactions on lipid membranes. After a short postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, Prof. Majd Joined the Department of Bioengineering at the Pennsylvania State University as an Assistant Professor in January of 2011.

Research efforts and interests in Dr. Majd’s group lie at the interface of electrophysiology, biomaterials, micro/nano fabrication, and biosensing for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Currently, the main focus of her research group is the molecular processes within and across cell membranes and the role of these molecular events in normal and diseased cellular functions.

Prof. Lee E. Miller Director, Limb Motor Control Laboratory
Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience
Professor in Physiology/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Lee E. Miller

Prof. Lee E. Miller’s experimental work have for many years, focused on neural coding in the motor systems and the fundamental relation between neuronal discharge and muscle activity during arm and hand movements. Recently his lab has become involved in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) which promise medical applications of the basic research he has been doing. Dr. Miller has published dozens of articles and book chapters on brain machine interfacing and on his ongoing efforts to achieve a better understanding of the sensory and motor signals in the brain that underlie normal movement.

Prof. Eric J. Perreault Director, Neuromuscular Control and Plasticity Lab
Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University
Eric J. Perreault

Prof. Eric J. Perreault research concerns regulation of movement in normal and disordered human subjects. These studies are conducted at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and they are directed toward an understanding of skeletomotor reflex function in patients with disorders of muscle tone; another research area is physiological effects of spinal cord injury.

Using electrophysiological, pharmacological and morphological techniques, Dr. Rymer's group is studying the sources of altered motoneuronal responses in spinal segments below a partial or complete spinal cord transection. The objectives are to identify the key transmitters and/or neuromodulators responsible for altered responses and to develop compounds that may counteract these abnormalities in human subjects.

Prof. Jose Pons Bioengineering Group
Council for Scientific Research
Madrid, Spain
Jose Pons

Prof. Jose Pons obtained his PhD in Physics, Universidad Complutense Madrid, in 1997. In 1998 he was appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bioengineering Group of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research, CSIC. In 1999 he was awarded a position as Tenured Scientist, in 2007 a position as Research Scientist and eventually in 2008 a position as Full Professor, all of them at the same institution. Along the last ten years of research, Prof. Pons has also served as lecturer in Polytechnic University of Madrid (Robotics and Advanced Sensors and Actuators), Alfonso X El Sabio University (Systems theory and Control), Alcalá de Henares University (Robotics and Advanced Actuators). Prof. Pons has published along the last ten years over 70 articles in highly ranked international journals in Robotics (Robotica, Autonomous Robots, Mechanism and Machine Theory), Smart Materials, Sensors and Actuators (Sensors and Actuatos A & B, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Bol. Soc. Esp. Cerám. V., Journal of Electroceramics, IEEE Trans. on Ultr., Ferr., and Freq. Contr.), Neuroscience (The Cerebellum, Eur. J. Neurol.), Physiology (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology magazine, Physiological Measurement, Medical Biological Engineering & Computing, Technology and Health Care) or Biomechanics (Gait & Posture, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics). Prof. Pons is an active member of several scientific societies, in particular he is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society. He is the national contact point for the Technical Committee (TC 4.2) on Mechatronic Systems and for (TC4.3) on Robotics of the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC). The applicant is an active member of the Divisions of Robotics and Bioengineering of the Spanish Chapter (CEA) of the IFAC. Prof. Pons is Vice-President elect (2008-2011) of the Electroceramics and Active Ceramics Division of the Spanish Society of Glass and Ceramics.

Prof. Jose C. Principe BellSouth Chair and Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory
University of Florida
Jose C. Principe

Prof. Jose C. Principe is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida since 2002. He joined the University of Florida in 1987, after an eight year appointment as Professor at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal. Dr. Principe holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Porto (Bachelor), Portugal, University of Florida (Master and Ph.D.), USA and a Laurea Honoris Causa degree from the Universita Mediterranea in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Dr. Principe interests lie in nonlinear non-Gaussian optimal signal processing and modeling and in biomedical engineering. He created in 1991 the Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory to synergistically focus the research in biological information processing models. He recently received the Gabor Award from the International Neural Network Society for his contributions.

Dr. Principe is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AIMBE, past President of the International Neural Network Society, and Past Editor in Chief of the Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, as well as a former member of the Advisory Science Board of the FDA. He holds 5 patents and has submitted seven more. Dr. Principe was supervisory committee chair of 65 Ph.D. and 67 Master students, and he is author of more than 500 refereed publications (3 books, 4 edited books, 14 book chapters, 200 journal papers and 380 conference proceedings).

Prof. Thomas Sinkjær Director, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction
Professor, Department of Health Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine
Aalborg University
Thomas Sinkjær

Prof. Thomas Sinkjær's research and teaching interests are within human motor control. His research includes basic studies of the interaction of central neural control and reflex circuitry of the spinal cord and the intrinsic mechanical properties of the skeletal muscle system. His research also involves development of new principles to restore sensory-motor function through neurotechnologies and methods to enhance functional neural plastic changes. His interests in interdisciplinary research and means to facilitate excellence in curiosity driven research made Thomas Sinkjær accept the position as Director of the Danish National Research Foundation in 2007. In 2008 Thomas Sinkjær played a key role in securing the Foundation 3 billion DKK from the Danish Government increasing the Foundations capital to 4 billion DDK (Dec. 2009). At the same time the Foundation by law is allowed from year 2010 to increase its annual funding in long term basic research endeavors from 250 to 400 million DKK. From 1983-09, Thomas Sinkjær has published 265 major publications, of which 201 are refereed papers (150 are listed on PubMed, 165 WoS), and the book: “Control of Movement of the Physically Disabled” (Popovic and Sinkjær, pp. 481, Springer, 2000, Second Edition 2003). Furthermore, he has taken out/applied for seven patents. Thomas Sinkjær has been rewarded with several national and international awards. He is a member of academic societies and has been Honorary and visiting Guest Professor at universities in North America and New Zealand. He holds present and past appointment within national and private foundations. Thomas Sinkjær is the co-founder of three companies and on the board of another three companies.

Julian Taylor Group Leader, Sensorimotor Function Group
National Paraplegia Hospital SESCAM
Toledo, Spain
W. Zev Rymer

Dr. Julian Taylor is Group Leader of the Sensorimotor Function Group at the National Paraplegia Hospital SESCAM in Toledo, Spain. He received his PhD from the University of Nottingham and BSc in Physiology from the University of Sheffield. Dr Taylor´s interests include sensorimotor pathophysiology and functional recovery after spinal cord injury, mainly focused on translational techniques to diagnose and treat the problems of spasticity, paralysis and pain. Julian is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and International Association for the Study of Pain. He is responsible for the Toledo hub of the EM-SCI network, coordinates the EuroDolmed project and also PARArPAIN, the hospital clinical group for pain and spasticity. Recently Dr Taylor has patented and published work related to a novel pharmacological treatment to treat spasticity, pain and paralysis following spinal cord injury (PLoS One. 2011;6(10):e26107).

Prof. W. Zev Rymer, MD Vice President, Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
John G. Searle Chair in Rehabilitation Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Professor, BME, McCormick School of Engineering
Professor, Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
W. Zev Rymer

Prof. W. Zev Rymer's research concerns regulation of movement in normal and disordered human subjects. These studies are conducted at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and they are directed toward an understanding of skeletomotor reflex function in patients with disorders of muscle tone; another research area is physiological effects of spinal cord injury.

Using electrophysiological, pharmacological and morphological techniques, Dr. Rymer's group is studying the sources of altered motoneuronal responses in spinal segments below a partial or complete spinal cord transection. The objectives are to identify the key transmitters and/or neuromodulators responsible for altered responses and to develop compounds that may counteract these abnormalities in human subjects.

Prof. May D. Wang Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar
Director of Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia Tech Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence,
Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
May D. Wang

Prof. May D. Wang is associate professor, GCC distinguished cancer scholar and Director of Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center at the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dr. Wang’s primary research interest is biomedical and health informatics in systems medicine and healthcare, with the goal to speed up the discovery, development, and translation in modern biology, medicine, and health. She has played an active role in several working groups within National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH) cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) , and FDA-led Microarray Quality Control Consortium (MAQC) on biomarker and nanomedicine for personalized medicine. As the corresponding or co-corresponding author, Prof. Wang has published in journals such as Annals of Biomedical Eng, BMC Bioinformatics, Trends in Biotechnology, Nature Protocols, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Annual Review of Medicine, and The Pharmacogenomics Journal.

Dr. Wang received Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award from Georgia Cancer Coalition in 2004, an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award from Georgia Tech in 2005, and an Outstanding Service Award from IEEE BIBE in 2007. She is appointed as the Chair of Technical Committee on Information Technology for Health in IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 2011, and serves as associate editors for a couple of journals. Dr. Wang received Ph.D.EE, multidisciplinary MS degrees (EE, Applied Math, and CS) from Georgia Institute of Technology in USA, and BEng from Tsinghua University in China. In addition, Dr. Wang has several years of industrial R&D experience in the former AT&T Bell Labs, Intel Architecture Labs, Hughes Research Labs, Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, and Agere Systems.

Prof. John A. White USTAR Professor of Bioengineering
Executive Director of the Brain Institute
Director, Neuronal Dynamics Laboratory
University of Utah
John A. White

Prof. John A. White was born and raised in northern Louisiana. Both of his parents are retired educators. White received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. After brief stints of postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, and the University of Iowa, White joined the faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where he served for 13 years before joining the University of Utah in 2007 as a USTAR Professor of Bioengineering.

White's research focuses on the mechanistic bases of spatially and temporally coherent electrical activity in the brain, as well as the bases of neuronal information processing. His approach blends technology development, electrophysiology, computational modeling, and imaging. The goal is to develop new treatments for memory disorders and epilepsy, based on novel applications of electronic technology and methods of analysis from applied mathematics and engineering.

White has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers.As principal or co-principal investigator, he has raised over $40 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, private foundations, and other sources. He is co-founder of the start-up company Utah Dynamics. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. White has also served as Executive Director of the Brain Institute since 2008.