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Keynote Speakers

Stephen Grossberg

Stephen Grossberg, Ph.D.
Boston University, MA

Stephen Grossberg is Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems; Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Statistics, Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering; and Director of the Center for Adaptive Systems at Boston University. He is a principal founder and current research leader in computational neuroscience, theoretical psychology and cognitive science, and neuromorphic technology and AI. In 1957-1958, he introduced the paradigm of using systems of nonlinear differential equations to develop models that link brain mechanisms to mental functions, including widely used equations for short-term memory (STM), or neuronal activation; medium-term memory (MTM), or activity-dependent habituation; and long-term memory (LTM), or neuronal learning. His work focuses upon how individuals, algorithms, and machines adapt autonomously in real-time to unexpected environmental challenges. The neural network models discovered in this way together provide a blueprint for designing autonomous adaptive intelligent agents. Grossberg founded key infrastructure of the field of neural networks, including the International Neural Network Society and the journal Neural Networks, and has served on the editorial boards of 30 journals. He has published 17 books or journal special issues, over 550 research articles, and has 7 patents.


Thomas J. Webster

Thomas J. Webster, M.S., Ph.D.
Northeastern University, MA

Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 106) was appointed as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 2012 in which the Department broke the record for the fastest increase in U.S. News and World Report ranking over a five-year period. Prof. Webster has graduated/supervised over 189 visiting faculty, clinical fellows, post-doctoral students, and thesis completing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students. To date, his lab group has generated over 13 textbooks, 68 book chapters, 276 invited presentations, at least 583 peer-reviewed literature articles and/or conference proceedings, at least 867 conference presentations, and 42 provisional or full patents. Prof. Webster currently directs or co-directs several centers in the area of biomaterials: The Center for Natural and Tropical Biomaterials (Medellin, Colombia), The Center for Pico and Nanomedicine (Wenzhou China), and The International Materials Research Center (Soochow, China). Prof. Webster has received numerous honors from difference societies. He also served as the President of the U.S. Society for Biomaterials. He has appeared on BBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the recent special ‘Year Million’ TV series on National Geographic talking about the future of medicine and science.


Elazer R. Edelman

Elazer R. Edelman, S.B., S.M., Ph.D., MD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Dr. Edelman(H index: 98) received Bachelor of Science degrees in Bioelectrical Engineering and in Applied Biology from MIT in 1978, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT in 1979, a degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School in 1983 and a PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from MIT in 1984. He is the Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and a practicing cardiologist at BWH. He is the director of MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center, and the MIT Clinical Research Center. Edelman has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Inventors, National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.


Zhongping Chen

Zhongping Chen, M.S., Ph.D.
University of California, CA

Prof. Zhongping Chen is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the OCT Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Co-founder and Chairman of OCT Medical Imaging Inc. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1993. Dr. Chen’s research group has pioneered the development of functional optical coherence tomography (OCT), including Doppler OCT, phase resolved OCT, and optical coherence elastography. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of SPIE, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


Bin He

Bin He, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Dr. Bin He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1982, and Ph.D. in Bioelectrical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, a Nobel Prize winning campus in 1988, both with the highest honors. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University - M.I.T. After working as a Research Scientist at M.I.T., he was on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was named a University Scholar by the President of the University of Illinois. he was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Later he was appointed as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Medtronic-Bakken Chair for Engineering in Medicine. At Minnesota, Dr. He served as Director of the NSF IGERT Neuroengineering Training Program and the NIH Neuroimaging Training Program, Director of Graduate Studies for Neuroengineering Minor, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Neuroengineering from 2007-2017, and served as the Director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine from 2012-2017 at the University of Minnesota. From February 2018 – February 2021, Dr. He served as the Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University


Ge Wang

Ge Wang, PhD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

Ge Wang’s Biography: Ge Wang is Clark & Crossan Endowed Chair Professor and Director of Biomedical Imaging Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA. He published the first spiral/helical cone-beam/multi-slice CT algorithm in 1991 and has then systematically contributed many papers on this particular topic. Currently, there are 100+ million medical CT scans yearly with a majority in the spiral/helical cone-beam/multi-slice mode. Dr. Wang’s group and collaborators developed interior tomography theory and algorithms to solve the long-standing “interior problem” for high-fidelity local reconstruction, enabling omnitomography (“all-in-one” and “all at once”) with simultaneous CT-MRI as an example. He initiated the area of bioluminescence tomography with a significant impact on biophotonics. He has published 480+ journal publications, receiving a high number of citations and academic awards.


Michael Levin

Michael Levin, Ph.D.
Tufts University, MA

Michael Levin attended Tufts University, where he received dual B.S. degrees, in CS and in Biology. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University for the first characterization of the molecular-genetic mechanisms that allow embryos to form consistently left-right asymmetric body structures in a universe that does not macroscopically distinguish left from right (1992-1996); this work is on Nature's list of '100 Milestones of Developmental Biology of the Century'. Michael Levin, Distinguished Professor in the Biology department and Vannevar Bush Chair, serves as director of the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology. Recent honors include the Scientist of Vision award and the Distinguished Scholar Award. His group's focus is on understanding the biophysical mechanisms that implement decision-making during complex pattern regulation, and harnessing endogenous bioelectric dynamics toward rational control of growth and form


Anthony Guiseppi-Elie

Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D., FRSC, FAIMBE, FIEEE
Founding Dean, College of Engineering, Anderson University, SC

Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is Vice President of Industry Relations, Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished University Professor at Anderson University. He directs the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips (C3B). He was the department head for Biomedical Engineering and Founding Associate dean for Engineering Innovation in Engineering Medicine (ENMED) at Texas A&M University. He is the Founder, President and Scientific Director of ABTECH Scientific, Inc., a near-patient biomedical diagnostics company. He holds the Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, the M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and the B.Sc. (First Class Honors) with majors in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has published over 200 papers (h-index=44), holds 8 patents and is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, BMES and the RSC. Dr. Guiseppi’s research interests are in engineered bioanalytical microsystems in the service of human health and medicine.


May Dongmei Wang

May Dongmei Wang, PhD, MS, BEng
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, GA

Dr. May Dongmei Wang is a full professor in the Departments of Biomedical Eng. and Electrical and Computer Eng. at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is the Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, a Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Faculty Fellow, a Petit Institute Faculty Fellow, an AIMBE Fellow, and an IAMBE Fellow. She earned BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS/PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is in Biomedical Big Data Analytics with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). In FDA-organized MAQC international consortium, she led the comprehensive RNA-Seq analytics pipeline investigation. Dr. Wang published over 250 peer-reviewed articles in referred journals and conference proceedings with google scholar citations class to 12,000. She delivered more than 220 invited and keynote lectures. She is a recipient of Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research and a MilliPub Award (for a high-impact paper that has been cited over 1,000 times) from Emory University.


Frederick H. Silver

Frederick H. Silver, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, NJ

Frederick H. Silver is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. He did his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at M.I.T. with Dr. Ioannis Yannas, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Medicine at Mass General Hospital with Dr. Robert L. Trelstad. Over the last 40 years, he has taught biomedical engineers and physicians at Mass General Hospital, Boston University, Rutgers University and University of Minnesota. His research interests include connective tissue disorders, collagen self-assembly, tissue mechanical properties, pathobiology of implants, mechanobiology and non-invasive assessment of disease processes. He has published over 170 research papers and book chapters and is co-inventor on over 20 patents.