Dr Pedram Pad, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Pedram Pad received his PhD in signal and image processing from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2017. He joined Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include machine learning, signal and image processing and application specific hyperspectral imaging systems. He is also the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award of International Conference on Image Processing in 2014, Paris, France.
Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Kaltenbrunner is an associate professor in the Soft Matter Physics Department at the Johannes Kepler University, heading the Soft Electronics Laboratory. He received his master's and PhD degrees in physics from the Johannes Kepler University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He then joined the Someya-Sekitani Lab for Organic Electronics at The University of Tokyo as postdoctoral researcher prior to his present position. Kaltenbrunner's research interests include soft electronics and machines, photovoltaics, lightning and thin film transistors, soft transducers and robotics, flexible and stretchable electronics, and electronic skin.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Adrian M. Ionescu is a Full Professor of Nanoelectronics at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
He is an IEEE Fellow and he was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and as member of the PUB committee of IEEE -EDS). Prof. Ionescu has published more than 600 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. He is the recipient of IBM Faculty Award 2013 for contributions to the Engineering of the recipient of André Blondel Medal 2009 of the Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Paris, France. In 2018 he received the IEEE George Smith Award that will be presented at IEEE IEDM, San Francisco, 2018.
In 2015 he was elected as a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SATW). In the same year he received the Outstanding Achievement Award of SATW for the successful coordination and delivery of the first national Swiss Technology Outlook. In 2016 he received an Advanced ERC (European Research Council) Grant for individual senior scientists in Europe to develop a 5-year research programs aiming at energy efficient computation and sensing for Internet-of-Things.
Dr. Jonas Weiss, IBM Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Jonas Weiss is a senior researcher and has been with IBM Research - Zurich (ZRL) for over 15 years. He received his masters and PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Before joining IBM, he has held different positions in the industry, designing medical electronics systems and integrated circuits for mobile devices.
In the IBM Zurich Science and Technology department he coordinates the machine-learning and AI effort and IoT projects in healthcare and smart sanitation. As a member of the Neuromorphic Devices and Systems Group his research focus is on understanding interdependencies between analog computing devices, architectures and respective workloads and algorithms for cognitive computing. Jonas is (co-) author of about 50 peer reviewed scientific publications, has 22 patents granted and has held numerous technical and invited presentations at high-level international conferences.
Prof. Loes Segerink, University of Twente, Twente, Netherlands
During her PhD (2007-2011) at the University of Twente, she developed a microfluidic chip that can be used to assess the fertility of the man. Besides enormous media attention, she obtained the Simon Stevin Leerling prize (2011) and Simon Stevin Gezel award (2012) for this. After this, she started working as a postdoc at the same university. From March 2013 until May 2013 she stayed at the group of prof. dr. Helene Andersson Svahn (KTH Stockholm, Sweden), and did research to the use of paper microarrays for rapid biomarker detection in serum. In 2013 she received the Veni grant to develop new techniques to assess and select spermatozoa for assisted reproductive technologies. She became an assistant professor (tenure track) at the University of Twente in October 2014, and associate professor in October 2017. Her research focuses on the development of microfluidic systems for (bio)-medical applications, which can be currently divided into three themes: (1) biomarker detection on chip, (2) spermatozoa on a chip and (3) organs-on-chip.
Prof. Andries van der Meer, University of Twente, Netherlands
Dr. Andries D. van der Meer is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is leader of the research theme 'Organs-on-Chips' in the Applied Stem Cell Technologies group of the Bioengineering Technologies cluster. He supervises five Ph.D. candidates and coordinates multiple research projects on the development and application of retina-on-chip, lung-on-chip and heart-on-chip systems.
From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Van der Meer worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. He actively developed organ-on-chip models of the blood-brain barrier and the alveolus for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microphysiological Systems program and coordinated a collaborative project between the Wyss Institute organ-on-chip start-up company Emulate, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Harvard University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Prof. Albert van den Berg's BIOS/Lab-on-a-Chip group of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During that time, he also served as an Assistant Coordinator for the project 'Beyond Borders: Organs-on-Chips' of the Dutch Royal Academy (KNAW). This project led to the founding of the Dutch Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) Organ-on-Chip consortium, for which Dr. Van der Meer is his university's representative.
Dr. Van der Meer obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente, The Netherlands in 2010, and received his M.Sc. degree in Medical Biology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2005.