Organizing Committee

 Richard A. Baird, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard A. Baird obtained the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1975) from MIT and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1981) from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago (1981-1984), he became a research scientist (1984-1998) at the R.S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, studying the physiology, repair, and regeneration of vestibular hair cells. In 1998, Dr. Baird became Head of the Fay and Carl Simons Center for Biology and Hearing and Deafness at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), Spencer T. Olin Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing at Washington University, and an adjunct faculty member of the Departments of Otolaryngology and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He also founded and directed the Inner Ear consortium (1999), a group encouraging collaboration among researchers working on the development, physiology and regeneration of the inner ear and supporting state-of-the-art core facilities in confocal and multi-photon microscopy, electron microscopy, molecular biology, and electronic services. In 2002, Dr. Baird became Director of Research of the Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center, coordinating both basic and applied research at CID.

Dr. Baird joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in October, 2005, becoming Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). In this position, he directs conference, diversity, education, research training and career development programs and coordinates public-private partnerships between NIBIB and other Federal agencies and private foundations. Dr. Baird has also co-chaired the NIH Training Advisory Committee (TAC), co-chaired the NIH-TAC Workforce Committee, and served on working groups on diversity, early independence and interdisciplinary training for the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and NIH Roadmap programs.


 Dorin Comaniciu, Ph.D.

Dr. Dorin Comaniciu is Head of Imaging and Computer Vision at Siemens Corporate Technology, Princeton, New Jersey. He has global responsibility to oversee research, create advanced technology, and transfer innovative solutions to Siemens businesses. Prior to this role he directed the Image Analytics and Informatics Department and had various research and management positions at Siemens. His scientific interests include medical imaging, cardiac modeling, image-guided surgery, biomedical informatics, personalized healthcare, computer vision, tracking and motion estimation, information fusion, and content-based access to visual data.

Dr. Comaniciu is a Fellow of the IEEE and Top Innovator of Siemens. He holds 98 US patents and has co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed publications in the area of information processing, including best papers in IEEE CVPR and MICCAI. He received the 2004 Siemens Inventor of the Year Award, the 2010 IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for 'fundamental contributions to computer vision', and the 2011 Thomas Alva Edison Award for a patent on 3D heart modeling. He served as the scientific director of Health-e-Child, a project granted the 2008 Europe's Information Society Grand Prize. The aortic valve implantation technology his team contributed to Siemens received the 2010 Innovation Award of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He served on multiple national review boards and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School (AMP'11), Rutgers University (PhD'99), and the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (PhD'95).


 Aniruddha Datta, Ph.D.

Aniruddha Datta received the B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1985, the M.S.E.E. degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1987 and the M.S. (Applied Mathematics) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California in 1991. In August 1991, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University where he is currently a Professor and holder of the J. W. Runyon, Jr. กฏ35 Professorship II.

His areas of interest include adaptive control, robust control, PID control and Genomic Signal Processing. From 2001-2003, he worked on Cancer research as a postdoctoral trainee under a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Training Grant. He is the author of the book Adaptive Internal Model Control, Springer-Verlag 1998, a co-author (with M. T. Ho and S. P. Bhattacharyya) of the book Structure and Synthesis of PID Controllers, Springer-Verlag, 2000, a co-author (with G. J. Silva and S. P. Bhattacharyya) of the book PID Controllers for Time Delay Systems, Birkhauser, 2004, a coauthor (with E. R. Dougherty) of the book Introduction to Genomic Signal Processing with Control, CRC Press, 2007, and a co-author (with S. P. Bhattacharyya and L. H. Keel) of the book Linear Control Theory: Structure, Robustness and Optimization, CRC Press 2009. He is a Fellow of IEEE, has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from 2001 to 2003, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics-Part B from 2005-2006 and is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.


 Andreas Demosthenous, Ph.D.

Dr Andreas Demosthenous was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1969. He received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leicester, Leicester, U.K., in 1992, the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Technology from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K., in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Electrical engineering from University College London (UCL), London, U.K., in 1998.

From 1998 to 2000, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL. In 2000, he was appointed to the academic faculty of the same department, where he is currently a Reader and heads the Analogue and Biomedical Electronics Research Group. His main area of research is analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for biomedical, communication, sensor and signal processing applications. He has published over 100 articles in journals and international conference proceedings.

Dr. Demosthenous is a member of the Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee (ASPTC) and the Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS) Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society. He is also a member of the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers and an Associate Editor for the IEEE CAS Society Newsletter. Since 2008 he has served on the International Advisory Board for Physiological Measurement. In 2006 and 2007, he was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs. He is a member of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of various IEEE conferences including ESSCIRC, BioCAS and ECCTD.


 Bin He, Ph.D.

Dr. Bin He is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medtronic-Bakken Chair, and Director of Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota. IEM is an interdisciplinary research organization aimed at strengthening collaboration between medicine and life sciences with engineering. Dr. He's major research interests include neuroengineering and functional biomedical imaging. He has made significant original contributions to electrophysiological neuroimaging, multimodal functional neuroimaging, brain-computer interface, and cardiac electrophysiological tomography. Dr. He and his colleagues have pioneered the early development of anatomically constrained EEG source imaging and localization by means of the boundary element method, made significant contributions to novel methodologies of imaging spontaneous brain activity for localizing seizure sources and cognitive brain activity, and to the integrated EEG-fMRI neuroimaging methods. His lab has also made significant contributions to noninvasive EEG based brain-computer interface, and demonstrated for the first time the ability for human subjects to control flight of a virtual helicopter and real flying robot using noninvasive brain waves. His work has been featured by ABC News, Washington Post, Scientific American, Economist, and Fox News, among others. Dr. He has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered over 250 keynote, plenary and invited talks and seminars in international conferences and institutions worldwide. He served as the President of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2009-2010), International Society for Functional Source Imaging (2007-2008), and International Society for Bioelectromagnetism (2002-2005). He was the Conference Chair of the 31st Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2009) and Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE EMBS Forum on Grand Challenges in Neuroengineering. Dr. He is a Fellow of IEEE, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Physics, and International Society for Functional Source Imaging. Dr. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, on the Steering Committee of IEEE Life Sciences Initiative, and on the Governing Council of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2013-2015).


 Alfred Hero, Ph.D.

Alfred O. Hero III received the B.S. (summa cum laude) from Boston University (1980) and the Ph.D from Princeton University (1984), both in Electrical Engineering. Since 1984 he has been with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering. His primary appointment is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he also has appointments, by courtesy, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Statistics. In 2008 he was awarded the Digiteo Chaire d'Excellence, sponsored by Digiteo Research Park in Paris, located at the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and several of his research articles have recieved best paper awards. Alfred Hero was awarded the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2011). He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998) and the IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000). Alfred Hero was President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2008) and was on the Board of Directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) where he served as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications).

Alfred Hero's recent research interests have been in detection, classification, pattern analysis, and adaptive sampling for spatio-temporal data. Of particular interest are applications to network security, multi-modal sensing and tracking, biomedical imaging, and genomic signal processing.


 Melur K. Ramasubramanian, Ph.D.

Dr. Melur K. Ramasubramanian is W. H. Reynolds Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Department Chair at Clemson University, Clemson, SC from August 17, 2012. Prior to that, he was most recently Program Director for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from July 2009-August 2012 and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA from 1994. In addition, he held an Associate appointment with the Joint UNC-NC State Biomedical Engineering Department. He was the Director of Mechatronics Program in Mechanical Engineering, jointly administered with Electrical and Computer Engineering, an interdisciplinary graduate program. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1987, worked in Research and Development, Georgia Pacific Corporation, as a Research Associate from 1987-1994, when he joined NC State University as an Assistant Professor. He has a vibrant externally funded research program and currently advises two PhD students. His current research interests are in the area of Biomimetics, Microfluidics and Tissue Engineering, Bio-Mechatronics, and Computational Mechanics. Current research projects include Mosquito biting mechanics and applications to painless micro-needle design, Microencapsulation of islets for xenotransplantation using 3-D microfluidics, Implantable sensors (passive MEMS Intraocular Pressure Sensor), Near-bedside Opto-fluidic sensors for blood agglutination detection, and computational mechanics. He is a Fellow of ASME and TAPPI, Senior Member of IEEE and EMBS.



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