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Event Chairs

Conference Co-Chairs

Hugo Plácido da Silva
IT- Institute of Telecommunications; PLUX - Wireless Biosignals, S.A.

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. In 2012 he was a visiting researcher at the Computational and NeuroEngineering Laboratory (CNEL) from the University of Florida. He is co-founder of PLUX – Wireless Biosignals (, established in 2007 as an innovative technology-based company operating in th 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, through 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 his work has been distinguished with several academic and technical awards such as the 1st place at the Ordem dos Engenheiros Young Engineer Innovation Award in 2015 with the project “BIT: Biosignal Igniter Toolkit”, the 1st place at the Venture Day Lisbon in 2013 with the project “Vitalidi: Your Heart (h)as a Key!”, the selection as a semi-finalist to the Engadget Expand NY Inset Coin competition in 2013, the Life Sciences Award in 2010 at a yearly venture competition co-promoted by the MIT, and the "Caixa Geral de Depósitos Award'' from 2003 to 2005 for recognized academic merit.

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Pierre Chauvet
Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers

Brief Bio
Pierre Chauvet is a full Professor at the Institute of Applied Mathematics (Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France). He is a member of the LARIS laboratory at Université d'Angers in the ISISV (Information, Signal, Image et Sciences du Vivant) group. He holds a Ph.D. (1993) in Automatics from Université d'Angers (France) and an HdR (2001) in Computer Science from Université Paris 8 (France). His current research interests include artificial neural networks, simulation and biomedical applications. He developed simulation tools in the field of neuroscience (from the glumatergi synapse to neuronal layers) and on the coupling of micro and macro-vascular systems, and tools for decision aids in neuropediatrics. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Andreas Holzinger
Medical University Graz

Brief Bio
Andreas Holzinger is head of the Research Unit Human–Computer Interaction, Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Medical University Graz, Associate Professor of Applied Informatics at the Faculty of Computer Science, Institute of Informationsystems and Computer Media and Lecturer at the Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering, Institute of Genomics and Bioinformatics at Graz University of Technology. He serves as consultant for the Canadian, Swiss, French and Dutch Government, for the German Excellence Initiative and as national expert in the Europ an Commission (Lisbon Delegate 2000). Andreas, born 1963, started as an apprentice in Information Technology in 1978; while working as an industrial engineer, he resumed a parallel second-chance education, finished his PhD in Cognitive Science in 1997 and completed his second doctorate (Habilitation) in Computer Science in 2003. Since 1999 participation in leading positions in 30+ R&D multi-national projects, budget 3+ MEUR;300+ publications, 3600+ citations; Andreas was Visiting Professor in Berlin, Innsbruck, Vienna, London, and Aachen. He is passionate on bringing together Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), with the goal of supporting human intelligence with machine intelligence – to discover new, previously unknown insights into complex biomedical data. Homepage:; Current main lecture: ... 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 focuse on physiological computing systems where physiological data is used as control input for technological systems. He was funded by EPSRC to investigate the use of psychophysiology for the control of adaptive automation in an aviation environment. He has also participated in EU-funded projects such as REFLECT where physiological computing systems were developed for vehicle environments and ARTSENSE which took the same approach into a cultural heritage domain. 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). His 2009 paper in Interacting With Computers has won the most-cited paper award in that journal for the last two years. He has served as President-Elect of Psychophysiology In Ergonomics (PIE), organised international symposia at Triennial Meetings of the International Ergonomics Association; he also co-edited a special issue of the journal Applied Ergonomics on psychophysiological research. He has organised workshops on physiological computing at several international conferences, such as CHI'11 (Brain and Body Interfaces) and ICMI'12 (Brain-Computer Interfaces as Intelligent Interaction). He has also co-edited a collection of research on physiological computing (Advances in Physiological Computing) for Springer. Research page available at: ... 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 ( 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 Re mond 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 ( and recently holds the position of CTO at a start-up company, Motion Robotics, ( which aims to deliver robotic ambulatory aids for the assisted living of the elderly. ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Chair

Octavian Postolache
Institute of Telecommunications

Brief Bio
Octavian A. Postolache was born in Piatra Neamt, Romania, on July 29, 1967. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania, in 1999. In 1992, he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Measurements and Electrical Materials, Technical University of Iasi, where he worked for nine years as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor. In 2000, he started working as a PhD Researcher at the Instituto Superior Técnico and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon, ortugal, where he has been involved in different projects in the area of instrumentation. His main research interests concern smart sensors for environmental and biomedical applications, distributed instrumentation, sensor networks and computational intelligence implementation in automated measurement systems. ... More >>