Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prof. Paolo Bonato

Associate Professor

Harvard Medical School & Spaulding Hospital, Boston, USA

mHealth Technology for the Clinical Management of Chronic Conditions

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The concept of monitoring individuals in the home and community settings was first pursued more than 50 years ago, when Holter monitoring was proposed (in the late 1940s) and later adopted (in the 1960s) as a clinical tool.  However, technologies to fully enable such vision were lacking since available systems to collect physiological data were rather obtrusive.  Over the past fifteen years, we have witnessed a great deal of progress in the field of wearable sensors and systems that has significantly changed this situation.  Advances in this field have finally provided the tools to implement and deploy technology with the capabilities required by clinicians to enable long-term monitoring of patients in the home and community settings.  These technologies provide the tools to achieve early diagnosis of diseases such as congestive heart failure, to facilitate the prevention of chronic conditions such as diabetes, to respond promptly to emergency situations such as a seizure in a patient with epilepsy, and to improve the clinical management of patients with chronic conditions.  The current focus on developing and deploying wearable systems targeting specific clinical applications has potential for leading to adoption of mHealth technology in the clinic in the next five years or so.  The potential role of mHealth technology in the clinical management of patients with late stage Parkinson’s disease will be discussed as an example of how monitoring individuals outside of the clinic could provide clinicians with new tools to improve the management of patients with chronic conditions.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gianluca Pettiti

Dr. Gianluca Pettiti


Thermo Fisher Scientific China, Shanghai, China

The future of health through a technology lens. Is precision medicine the answer?

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Technological advancement, genomics, data, intelligence (Human and Artificial) are reshaping the way we prevent, diagnostic and treat disease. But where are we and where we need to go from a technological stand point to ensure we capture the full extent of technology and we create a healthier world? Is precision medicine the solution and if not how we can maximize and complement its contribution.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Prof. Georges Gielen

Full Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

Smart circuit design for a smart world

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The relentless progress of nanoelectronics and semiconductor technology fuel the technological revolution towards a smart world that immersively impacts our daily life, work and play. The Internet of Things, proactive healtcare monitoring, wellbeing comforting, cloud-based services, autonomous driving, industry 4.0, etc. are but a few examples. e-Health and personalized care are major opportunities for our aging populations. Sensors and sensor interfaces play a key role in all of these. After introducing the broader context, this keynote will focus on core challenges to the design of electronic circuits for these emerging applications. Cost, power and performance are main issues. Design techniques and circuit solutions will be presented with focus on high energy efficiency, low cost and high robustness. This will be illustrated with practical chip design examples for sensor-based and e-health applications.