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BIOSTEC Conference Co-Chairs

Hugo Gamboa
LIBPHYS-UNL / FCT - New University of Lisbon

Brief Bio
Hugo Gamboa founded Plux in 2007 together with 4 other partners and has grown the company from an individual research project to product medical device company with growing international sales and research seeking second round of financing. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. His thesis entitled "Multi-Modal Behavioral Biometrics Based on HCI and Electrophysiology" presents new behavioral biometrics modalities which are an important contribute for the state-of-the-art in the field.). From 2000 to 2007 he was a P ofessor at Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, where he taught in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In recognition of his work by the European Biometric Forum, he was among the three finalists of the EBF Biometric Research Award 2007. In 2008 he was the winner of the Portuguese National Award “Futuras Promessas” ISA/Millennium BCP, granted to the best PhD thesis on Physics, Electronics, Informatics or Biomedical Engineering fields. ... More >>

Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações / IST

Brief Bio
Ana Fred received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 1989 and 1994, respectively, both from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a Faculty Member of IST since 1986, where she has been a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and more recently with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is a researcher at the Pattern and Image Analysis Group of the Instituto de Telecomunicações. Her main research areas are on pattern recognition, both structural and statistical approa hes, with application to data mining, learning systems, behavioral biometrics, and biomedical applications. She has done pioneering work on clustering, namely on cluster ensemble approaches. Recent work on biosensors hardware (including BITalino – and ECG-based biometrics (Vitalidi project) have been object of several nacional and internacional awards, as well as wide dissemination on international media, constituting a success story of knowledge transfer from research to market. She has published over 160 papers in international refereed conferences, peer reviewed journals, and book chapters. ... More >>

Sergi Bermudez i Badia
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/Universidade da Madeira

Brief Bio
Sergi Bermúdez i Badia is a Senior Researcher at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI), and Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira (UMa) and Adjunct Faculty of the Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (HCII, CMU). He received a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ). He has pursued research at several institutes in Europe and the USA, including the Laboratoire de Production Microtechnique at the EPF (Lausanne), the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the ETHZ (Zurich), at the Institute of Audiovisual Studies at the Technology Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Quality of Life Technologies and Entertainment technology centers of the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh). Since he arrived in Madeira, he contributed to the establishment of the NeuroRehabLab research group ( with the scientific goal of investigating the use of multimedia, interactive technologies and robots to exploit them in real world applications, with special emphasis in neuro-rehabilitation systems, educational and entertainment applications. ... More >>


Program Chair

Alberto Cliquet Jr.
University of São Paulo & University of Campinas

Brief Bio
Alberto Cliquet Junior graduated from the University of São Paulo-USP (Engineering School of São Carlos / Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto), completed his doctoral studies in Scotland, Glasgow (PhD, Strathclyde Univ.) in 1988 and followed two academic careers, at USP and University of Campinas-UNICAMP: Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor (1993); Reader (1997), being a full Professor in the Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, Faculty of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP since 2003 as well as a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of USP since 1998. He coo dinates the outpatient rehabilitation clinic for spinal cord injured subjects (University Hospital of UNICAMP, 90 patients a week) working with neural stimulation, motor control, paraplegia, tetraplegia, biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at USP and UNICAMP (integrated clinical-surgical procedures, electronics and rehabilitation engineering), having supervised about 100 undergraduate students with scholarships, many residents in Orthopedics (Braz. Soc.) and over 50 Doctoral and MSc theses as well as postdoctoral fellows. Two thirds of all pubmed papers in the Country (“Quadriplegia Rehabilitation in Brazil”) come from his labs. at USP (Biocybernetics & Rehab. Engr.) and UNICAMP (Biomechanics & Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System) with many papers having being published ( “cliquet a or cliquet junior a or cliquet jr a or junior alberto cliquet”). Experience was gathered by working at the Institute of Heart of São Paulo, Brazilian Institute of Psychodrama and at the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre (AACD-São Paulo). He was the Head of the Department of Orthopedics-UNICAMP for 4 years (another 4 as deputy head), Head of Electrical Engineering-USP for 2 years (4 as deputy) and also Head of Biomedical Engineering Dept.-UNICAMP (3 years). Nowadays is the Deputy Coordinator for the Surgery Post graduate course at UNICAMP and Vice-Director of the Centre for Engr. Applied to Health of USP. Works as referee for many Journals (Spinal Cord, Artificial Organs, Physiological Measur., Med.&Biol.Engr.&Comp., Clinical Biomechanics, IEEEs, IEE, etc.) and has been the examiner of hundreds MSC/PhD theses as well as full professorships both in Brazil and abroad (UK, USA, Australia, etc.). Besides that, Prof. Cliquet is part of the Brazilian Health / Engineering Committees (Brasilia) , founding member of IFESS-Int.Functional Electrical Stimulation Soc., full member of ISMRM-Int.Soc.for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine , member of theInternational Continence Society-ICS ,member of the Association for Computer Machinery-ACM and Chief Editor of “Ortopedia e Traumatologia Ilustrada” ( Brazilian Journal). Along his career he was awarded the 1st and 2nd prizes in Rehabilitation (over 150 candidates) from CNPq-National Council for Science & Technology (1997), 2013 Health Prize National Winner (“Abril” Publisher, Brazil) among others and achieved the highest national level as a researcher (#1A) from CNPq (2009). Lately has been an Invited Presenter in Leipzig (ISPO 2010), Keynote Speaker in Rome (Biostec 2011), Invited Lecturer in Graz (2013 Wien Workshop in FES), Program Chair in Angers, France (Biodevices 2014), besides being the Organizer/President of the International Annual IFESS Conference (São Paulo, 2011). ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Chair

Jan Schier
The Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Brief Bio
Jan Schier obtained his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1995 mathematical engineering, both from Czech Technical University. Since the beginning of his Ph.D. studies, he has been with the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. He has started his research career in the field of parallel implementations of the signal processing algorithms.
Between 1995-2002 he has been on several long-term stays with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at TU Delft, the Netherlands and with the SISTA group of t
e Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium, in both cases working in the field of applied signal processing.
An informal cooperation with the Yeast Colony Group at the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, which started round 2009, started his interest in image processing for microsocopy and bioimaging, which eventually led him to join the Image Processing group of UTIA in October 2011. The paper on Colony Counting Tool has been awarded the Best Paper Award at the BIOSTEC/BIOINFORMATICS conference in 2011. His current interests cover mainly image denoising and segmentation methods for bioimaging and microscopy imaging, as well as - on the practical side - Java programming for ImageJ. He is mainly involved in projects of applied research and implementation projects: recent examples include evaluation of Langerhans Islets (in close cooperation with Czech Technical University and Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine) and evaluation of breast ultrasound examinations (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic project TA04011392 "Early ultrasound detection of breast cancer").
Dr. Schier has served as the program co-chair for the BIOSTEC/BIOIMAGING conference in 2014 and 2015.
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