Invited speakers

Dr. Vangelis Sakkalis holds a Principal Researcher position in the Institute of Computer Science – Foundation for Research and Technology (ICS - FORTH). He received his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering after completing his Master's degree at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK. His background falls in Biomedical Engineering, Atomic-Molecular Physics, Optoelectronics and Laser. His research interests include bio signal and image analysis, visualization, classification algorithms and biostatistics applied in computational medicine, cognitive neuroscience and biomedical informatics. He is currently coordinating 3 projects (EU and national) related to cancer research and Epilepsy. He has published more than 100 papers in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences & workshops and scientific newsletters, related to his fields of expertise. He has given numerous invited lectures worldwide and his research has been funded by numerous funding agencies and companies.
Prof. dr. ir. Lieva Van Langenhove holds an MSc and a PhD degree in textile engineering. She is involved in several national and European projects on weaving, smart textiles, and biotechnology. She is chairing the European Technology Platform expert group on smart textiles and is author of more than 150 papers and presentations at conferences. Furthermore, she is coordinator of the European project SYSTEX, the FP7 coordination action for enhancing the breakthrough of e-textiles and wearable microsystems in Europe.
Joke Dessin has a background in Bachelor of Ergotherapy and is a recognized wheelchair provider. She started off as a vendor of tools within Thuiszorgwinkel NV and moved on as a wheelchair supplier within Orthopedie Mariasteen. There, the interest in technology was sparked and she became coordinator within the expertise centre Cretecs of the Catholic College Vives. She initiated the expertise centre Cretecs 3 years ago which has grown into a fully-fledged functional organ that mainly focuses as a service and research centre. Its expertise is based on home care and tele-care.

Prof. Dr. ir. Jan Vanfleteren received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 1987. He is currently a Senior Engineer with the Center for Microsystems Technology Group (CMST) of imec, and is involved in the development of novel interconnection, assembly, and polymer microsystem technologies, especially for wearable and implantable electronics, biomedical, microfluidics, cell culturing, and tissue engineering applications. He is a Project Manager at CMST, where he has a long-standing experience in coordination and cooperation in EC-funded projects. In 2004, he became a part-time Professor with Ghent University. He is the co-author of over 200 papers in international journals and conferences. He holds 14 patents and patent applications. He is a member of IEEE, IMAPS and MRS.


dr. Elena Tsiporkova is a research coordinator for data innovation in Sirris ICT & Mechatronics Group. Elena has an extensive technological R&D experience, both in an academic and an industrial environment in the field of Data Analysis, Speech Processing, Bioinformatics, Knowledge Engineering and Multimedia. One of her responsibilities is the initiation, launch and management of national and international R&D projects (e.g. With-Me, ASTUTE, Smarcos and TWIRL), which Sirris performs with external partners from the academic and industrial world. Some of her past working assignments include some well known organisations and institutions, such as Innovation Centre East Flanders, VRTMediaLab, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology, Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, University of Bristol (UK) and Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria).


dr. Tom Tourwė is a technology advisor of the Software and ICT group of Sirris. He initiates and contributes to national and European industry-driven research projects, in diverse fields such as collaborative decision support models & collective intelligence algorithms, semantic web & web-of-data, and context-aware smart products. Before joining Sirris, Tom obtained his PhD degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium in 2001, was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands until 2006, and was an assistant professor at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), The Netherlands in 2007.

Birgit Morlion obtained a Master in Photonics Engineering at the VUB (Free University of Brussels) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the medical faculty of the ULB (Free University of Brussels).
She started her career as a project engineer at the Laboratoire de Physique Biomédicale of the medical faculty at ULB, where she developed her skills as expert in IT for telemedicine. In 2003, Birgit was granted a PhD in Biomedical Science at the ULB.
In 2004, Birgit joined iMinds (then called IBBT) as a Program Manager and focused on eHealth and Green ICT projects. From September 2010 to January 2013, Birgit was in charge of the overall research coordination within iMinds. As Research & Innovation Programs Director she managed our research and innovation programs, and the national and regional ICT-ecosystem. As from January 2013, she coordinates the Health Living Labs at iMinds and laid the foundations for the establishment of iMinds - Health. 
She is now responsible for the Health Living Labs Program, including the coordination of the Flemish Care Living Lab ( and the Program Office of the Flanders' Care demonstration projects. Next to that she builds upon her eHealth expertise to help in starting-up iMinds - Health, the new health innovation centre.
Within SMIT Prof. dr. An Jacobs co-ordinates the digital health projects. She has both expertise on adoption and appropriation of new technologies from a professional and end consumer point of view. She was guest lecturer at the Hogeschool Artesis Antwerp teaching product sociology in the integrated product development degree.  At the University of Brussels she teaches qualitative research methods and coordinate the master dissertation in Communication Science. At iMinds she has participated in and coordinated various European and Flemish projects and work packages with a focus on digital technologies development, use and appropriation in health and wellbeing. Currently she is also part as methodologist in the program coordination by iMinds of the Care Living Labs in Flanders (Belgium)

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