Dr Pedram Pad, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Pedram Pad received his PhD in signal and image processing from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2017. He joined Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include machine learning, signal and image processing and application specific hyperspectral imaging systems. He is also the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award of International Conference on Image Processing in 2014, Paris, France.
Prof. Micha Spira, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Micha E. Spira obtained his PhD in Electrophysiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM, USA). He was nominated by AECOM as a visiting professor but returned to HUJI and nominated as a full professor. Among the functions that he carried he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences. Spira served as a visiting Prof. at La Pitie Salpetrier, Stanford U, Columbia U school of Med, AECOM, Kyoto and Cambridge universities. Spira and his German colleagues established the largest multinational collaborative research program in Marine sciences which included Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian authority and Germany. He is currently the director of the Smith-Elkes laboratory for collaborative research in psychobiology at HUJI. His research focuses on the development and application of a novel technology for multisite, long-term intracellular recording of the entire electrophysiological signalling brain repertoire using arrays of extracellular electrodes.
Prof. Stanisa Raspopovic, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland
Stanisa Raspopovic has been since April 2018 an Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He received the MS in Biomedical Engineering with full marks from the University of Pisa in 2007 and the Ph.D. cum laude in Biorobotics, from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in 2011. During last years, he worked as the Scientist at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. During 2007 he has been a visiting student at University Autonoma Barcelona, Spain, and during 2011 at the ETH Zurich. In 2014 he co-founded SensArs Neuroprosthetics, a spin-off company of the EPFL that develops neuroprosthetic systems for amputees, which won many international recognitions, and raised over 0.8 millions of non-dilutive findings.
His research interest is focused on the development of innovative devices for treatment of neurologically disabled (amputees and diabetics) persons. He develops mechatronic systems directly interfacing the environment with the residual nervous system, based on the exact hybrid computational modeling1, which is the scientific basis for the hypothesis-driven technology development. He directly participates in the animal and human testing of these systems. He achieved the groundbreaking translational research results in the field of sensory restoration in amputee patients. By means of neuroprosthetic intervention, amputees were able to recognize the force and texture from the artificial hand. He won several grants from EU and Switzerland in the role of a project leader and is presently the PI of ERC starting grant FeelAgain.
Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Kaltenbrunner is an associate professor in the Soft Matter Physics Department at the Johannes Kepler University, heading the Soft Electronics Laboratory. He received his master's and PhD degrees in physics from the Johannes Kepler University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He then joined the Someya-Sekitani Lab for Organic Electronics at The University of Tokyo as postdoctoral researcher prior to his present position. Kaltenbrunner's research interests include soft electronics and machines, photovoltaics, lightning and thin film transistors, soft transducers and robotics, flexible and stretchable electronics, and electronic skin.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Jonas Weiss, IBM Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Loes Segerink, University of Twente, Twente, Netherlands
During her PhD (2007-2011) at the University of Twente, she developed a microfluidic chip that can be used to assess the fertility of the man. Besides enormous media attention, she obtained the Simon Stevin Leerling prize (2011) and Simon Stevin Gezel award (2012) for this. After this, she started working as a postdoc at the same university. From March 2013 until May 2013 she stayed at the group of prof. dr. Helene Andersson Svahn (KTH Stockholm, Sweden), and did research to the use of paper microarrays for rapid biomarker detection in serum. In 2013 she received the Veni grant to develop new techniques to assess and select spermatozoa for assisted reproductive technologies. She became an assistant professor (tenure track) at the University of Twente in October 2014, and associate professor in October 2017. Her research focuses on the development of microfluidic systems for (bio)-medical applications, which can be currently divided into three themes: (1) biomarker detection on chip, (2) spermatozoa on a chip and (3) organs-on-chip.
Prof. Andries van der Meer, University of Twente, Netherlands
Dr. Andries D. van der Meer is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is leader of the research theme 'Organs-on-Chips' in the Applied Stem Cell Technologies group of the Bioengineering Technologies cluster. He supervises five Ph.D. candidates and coordinates multiple research projects on the development and application of retina-on-chip, lung-on-chip and heart-on-chip systems.
From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Van der Meer worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. He actively developed organ-on-chip models of the blood-brain barrier and the alveolus for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microphysiological Systems program and coordinated a collaborative project between the Wyss Institute organ-on-chip start-up company Emulate, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Harvard University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Prof. Albert van den Berg's BIOS/Lab-on-a-Chip group of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During that time, he also served as an Assistant Coordinator for the project 'Beyond Borders: Organs-on-Chips' of the Dutch Royal Academy (KNAW). This project led to the founding of the Dutch Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) Organ-on-Chip consortium, for which Dr. Van der Meer is his university's representative.
Dr. Van der Meer obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente, The Netherlands in 2010, and received his M.Sc. degree in Medical Biology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2005.