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 [image: Imagem inline 1]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.