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Event Chairs

Conference Chair

Hugo Plácido Silva
IT- Institute of Telecommunications

Brief Bio
PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) – University of Lisbon, Hugo is a researcher at the IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações since 2004 and a Professor at EST/IPS – Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal since 2016. He is co-founder of PLUX – Wireless Biosignals (http://www.plux.info), established in 2007 as an innovative technology-based company operating in the field of medical devices for healthcare and quality of life, where he is currently Chief Innovation Officer. More recently, Hugo has been actively working towards making the world a bit more physiological, thro ugh BITalino, an open source software and low-cost hardware toolkit, that allows anyone from students to professional app developers, to create cool projects and applications with physiological sensors.?? His main interest interests include biosignal research, system engineering, signal processing, and pattern recognition, and in these topics Hugo has participated and actively contributed to 20+ R&D projects funded by national and internacional agencies. His work has been distinguished with several academic and technical awards, examples of which include the “alumniIPS” career award in 2018 and the 1st place at the Ordem dos Engenheiros Young Engineer Innovation Award in 2015, or the “Most Innovative Technology” award at the MIT Portugal E3 Forum in 2013. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Andreas Holzinger
Medical University Graz

Brief Bio
Andreas Holzinger is lead of the Holzinger Group, HCI-KDD, at the Medical University Graz and since 2016 he is Visiting Professor for Machine learning in health informatics at Vienna University of Technology. Andreas was Visiting Professor for Machine Learning & Knowledge Extraction in Verona, RWTH Aachen, University College London and Middlesex University London. He serves as consultant for the Canadian, US, UK, Swiss, French, Italian and Dutch governments, for the German Excellence Initiative, and as national expert in the European Commission. Andreas obtained a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Graz Universi ty in 1998 and his Habilitation in Computer Science from TU Graz in 2003. He founded the Network HCI-KDD to foster a synergistic combination of methodologies of two areas that offer ideal conditions toward unraveling problems in understanding intelligence towards context-adaptive systems: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & Knowledge Discovery/Data Mining (KDD), with the goal of supporting human intelligence with artificial intelligence. Andreas is Associate Editor of Springer/Nature Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), Section Editor for Machine Learning of Springer/Nature BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making (MIDM), and Editor-in-Chief of Machine Learning & Knowledge Extraction (MAKE). In his function as Austrian Representative for Artificial Intelligence in IFIP TC 12, he is organizer of the IFIP Cross-Domain Conference “Machine Learning & Knowledge Extraction (CD-MAKE)” and is member of IFIP WG 12.9 Computational Intelligence, the ACM, IEEE, GI, the Austrian Computer Science and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Since 2003 Andreas has participated in leading positions in 30+ R&D multi-national projects, budget 6+ MEUR, 300+ publications, 11k+ citations, h-Index = 47. ... More >>

Dennis Majoe
ETH Zurich

Brief Bio
Dennis Majoe currently acts in several research positions. He is the Research Coordinator of the Native Systems Group, Computer Systems Institute at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In this capacity he supervises PhD research and is the Technical Manager for the BodyPoweredSenSE project (www.bodypoweredsense.ch) which develops wearable e-health physiological computing, smart sensors, powered by human body energy. He also holds the position of the Coordinator for Innovation in Embedded Systems, for Microsoft Research, maintaining relations between researchers in Switzerland and MSR labs in Redmond and Cambridge. He is CEO of MA Systems and Control Ltd. which was instrumental in the design of all wearable e-health smart sensors trialled in the EU project OPTIMI (www.optimiproject.eu) and recently holds the position of CTO at a start-up company, Motion Robotics, (www.motion-robotics.co.uk) which aims to deliver robotic ambulatory aids for the assisted living of the elderly. ... More >>

Stephen Fairclough
Liverpool John Moores University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Stephen Fairclough is a Professor of Psychophysiology at Liverpool John Moores University. He received his PhD from Loughborough University where he was part of a human factors group working on the development of in-vehicle technology. His work focused on the monitoring of driver impairment due to sleepiness and the development of systems designed to detect impairment. This work involved collaboration with a number of car companies (Ford Europe, Renault) and involved the development of psychophysiological and behavioural markers of driver impairment. Since joining LJMU, he has focused on physiological computing s ystems where physiological data is used as control input for technological systems. His work has been presented at a range of conferences, from the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research to IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. He has published research in journals spanning psychology (International Journal of Psychophysiology, Psychophysiology, Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine) and computer science (Interacting with Computers, ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communication Systems). ... More >>