Keynote Speakers

Geof Chase
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Canterbury
Professor Chase received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1986 in Mechanical Engineering. His M.S. and PhD were obtained at Stanford University in 1991 and 1996. He spent 6 years working for General Motors and a further 5 years consulting in Silicon Valley, including positions at Xerox PARC, GN ReSound, Hughes Space and Communications and Infineon Technologies AG, before coming to the University of Canterbury in 2000. His fundamental research interests focus on the intersection of engineering and clinical practice, primarily in intensive care. Dr. Chase has published over 1000 international, refereed journal and conference paper, as well as 15 US and European patents, founded 2 startup companies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ (FRSNZ), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME) and IPENZ (FIPENZ).
Marcelo Amato
Associated Professor at Universidade de São Paulo
Marcelo Britto Passos Amato was born in Brazil, in 1962. He began medical studies in 1980 at FMUSP, and graduated in 1985. After graduating, he had a year of training in IMICM, as a resident doctor, followed by two years of specialization in pneumology and intensive care medicine at the Pulmonary Division of the FMUSP Hospital. In 1996, he received his PhD degree from FMUSP. Currently, he is the Supervisor of the Respiratory ICU and Director of the experimental lab in pneumology.
Jari Kaipio
Professor at the Department of Mathematics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jari P. Kaipio received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland. He is currently a Professor of applied mathematics with the Department of Mathematics, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. He also leads the Inverse Problems Research Group, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, as a part-time Professor of computational physics. He has coauthored about 140 papers, mostly in inverse problems, as well as the book Statistical and Computational Inverse Problems with Erkki Somersalo. He serves in the editorial board of Inverse Problems, International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification, and Inverse Problems and Imaging. Dr. Kaipio is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, U.K.
Ichiro Sakuma
Professor and the Director of Medical Device Development and
Regulation Research Center, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ichiro Sakuma received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in precision machinery engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1982, 1984, and 1989, respectively. From 1985 to 1987, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Precision Machinery Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo. From 1991 to 1999, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan. He was an Associate Professor and a Professor at the Institute of Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, from 1999 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2006. He is currently a Professor and the Director of Medical Device Development and Regulation Research Center in the Department of Precision Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. His research interests include biomedical instrumentation, simulation of biomedical phenomena, computer-assisted intervention, and surgical robotics. Dr. Sakuma is a board member of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society, the Japan Society of Computer Aided Surgery, and the Japanese Society of Electro Cardiology. He was the Vice President of the Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering from 2006 to 2007.
Ajit P. Yoganathan
Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, United States
Dr. Ajit P. Yoganathan is the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty
Chair and Associate Chair for Translational Research in the Wallace H.
Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Regents’ professor at
the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He is also the
founder and the Director of the Center for Innovative Cardiovascular
Technologies. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy
in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from University College, University of
London and in 1978 from the California Institute of Technology,
respectively. Since joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1979, Dr.
Yoganathan has made significant professional contributions at both the
national and international levels, and a played a key role in the creation
of the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in bioengineering and the joint Ph.D. in
Biomedical Engineering with the Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Yoganathan’s 40+ year research career has been pioneering and
translational in nature by applying basic engineering science to develop
meaningful human health outcomes, specifically in the realm of
cardiovascular engineering and biology. In his effort to take an
interdisciplinary and translational approach to his research, Dr.
Yoganathan has established collaborations with clinicians, scientists, and
industry professionals world-wide. His work utilizes experimental and
computational biomechanical techniques to study native and artificial heart
valves, structure function of the left and right sides of the heart,
congenital heart diseases, and to develop minimally invasive cardiovascular
interventions. He also uses non-invansive techniques such as laser Doppler
velocimetry, digital particle image velocimetry, and Doppler ultrasound and
magnetic resonance imaging to study and quantify blood flow physiology in
the cardiovascular system, both on the bench and in vivo. His research
success has led to more than 400 peer reviewed journal articles in leading
biomedical journals and more than 40 book chapters. He has also been an
invited speaker to over 70 conferences/seminar around the world and has
mentored more than 50 doctoral students, 35 masters’ students, and 30
post-doctoral trainees.
Jacques Duysens
Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Belgium
Jacques Duysens achieved his Medical Degree, cum laude in Leuven in 1972.
The following year he achieved a M.SC in Psychology, again
cum laude (Leuven). He obtained an M.SC in Neurology and
later a Ph. D. in Physiology cum laude, in 1976 at the university of
Alberta in Canada. At the N.I.H. (Bethesda, USA), he received a Fogarty
scholarship in 1978 to work with Dr. Loeb. He then returned to Europe to
start as a research associate at the KU in Leuven in 1979. In 1992 he
obtained a joint appointment as associate professor at the University of
Hasselt (B). He was appointed assistant professor in the Biophysics
department in Nijmegen (Netherlands) in 1987 and he stayed in that
department till 2005. Since 2000 he was appointed full professor in
Nijmegen with a joint appointment at an orthopedic clinic (the Sint
Maartenskliniek ;RDE). From 2005-2007 he was professor at the dept. of
rehabilitation. In 2007 he was appointed as a full professor in Motor
control at FABER in Leuven (Belgium). In oct. 2012 he has retired with
emeritus status and with a mission (research) to allow continuing research
activities. Part of his current activity is in Brazil where he works with
Arturo Forner-Cordero and Felipe Carpes, based on a grant from the National
Research Council of Brazil for Research Grant (CNPq 311659/2012-8) and a
Visiting Professor Grant (CNPq 400819/2013-9). He is currently editorial
board member on 3 international journals, namely: Experimental Brain
Research, Gait and Posture, Motor Control (Section editor).