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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

Paul Anderson
College of Charleston
United States

Brief Bio
Paul Anderson graduated in 2004 from Wright State University with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. He received his Master of Computer Science in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering in June 2010. After graduation, Dr. Anderson was awarded a Consortium of Universities Research Fellowship to study as a Bioinformatics and Computational Research Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Dr. Anderson has published 30+ peer-reviewed articles in the fields of genomics, data mining, machine learning, computational intelligence, metabolomics, genomics, e-Sc ence, bioinformatics, cloud computing, biomedical informatics, cancer informatics, and computer science & engineering education. At present, Dr. Anderson is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston. He is the director of the Data Science Program, the first such undergraduate program in the country. Dr. Anderson is the Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Data Science Research Group. He is also the PI for the Charleston Computational Genomics Group (C2G2). His research lab at the College of Charleston specializes in developing and applying data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, biomedical informatics, and metabolomics. The overarching goal is to develop algorithms and software to tackle some of the most challenging and interesting big data intensive problems in the life sciences. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include data science, big data, pattern analysis in high-dimensionality data sets, evolutionary computation and optimization, machine learning, computational genomics, cloud computing, computational metabolomics, and e-science. He currently has multidisciplinary projects underway in metabolomics, human cognition and fatigue, toxicology, marine biology, cancer informatics, and medical and marine genomics. Dr. Anderson is also the primary investigator for the Omics NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the College of Charleston. ... 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 in electrical engineering in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1995. During his Ph.D. studies, he has joined the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. He has been interested in parallel implementations of the signal processing algorithms. Recently, he has become involved in research of image segmentation methods for applications in biological and genetics research. He is with the Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the ASCR (UTIA AV CR, v.v.i.) in Prague, Czech Republic. Between 1995-2002 he has b en on several stays with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at TU Delft, the Netherlands and with the SISTA group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium, in both cases working in the field of applied signal processing. After his return to Prague, he joined the Department of Signal Processing, where he was involved in implementations of signal processing algorithms in programmable hardware. An informal cooperation with the Yeast Colony Group of the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, started round 2009, sparted his growing interest in image processing for microsocopy and bioimaging, which eventually led him to join the Image Processing group of UTIA in October 2011. ... More >>