Founding Members


Rolf Engelbrecht

Rolf Engelbrecht, FACMIProfessor Rolf Engelbrecht directs the National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, Germany. He is a past president of the European Federation for Medical Informatics and past vice president of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Europe. Dr. Engelbrecht has, over many years, investigated the use of ‘‘smart cards’’ as portable electronic medical records. He is a long-standing scholar, teacher, and author in biomedical informatics. Professor Engelbrecht is elected as an International Associate in recognition of the broad scope of impact of his efforts in advancing the art and science of biomedical informatics in Europe and worldwide.




Arie Hasman

Arie Hasman was born on February 1, 1945 in Papendrecht, the Netherlands. He studied physics and did his PhD work at the Technical University Delft. He got his PhD in 1971. From 1971 to 1974 he worked in the department Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine of the St Radboud hospital Nijmegen. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the department Medical Informatics of the Free University Amsterdam. In 1985 he was appointed professor in Medical Informatics at the University Maastricht. From 1991 to 2005 he was also is part-time professor at the Technical University Eindhoven. In 2004 he was appointed Professor in Medical Informatics at AMC-UvA in Amsterdam. From 2010 he is Emeritus Professor. Arie Hasman published more than 400 publications and was author of a number of books. He has researched in the areas of databases, signal processing, image processing, decision support systems and education. He was supervisor of 37 PhD candidates. He was chairing the EFMI WG on education for many years. He was editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and member of the Editorial Boards of: Computer methods and programs in biomedicine, Methods of information in medicine, The Journal of Informatics in Primary Care, and International Journal of Healthcare and Technology management. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the series Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, published by IOS Press.

John Mantas

Professor John Mantas graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Manchester in 1979 with Honours degree and received a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications. He was awarded the PhD in Computer Science in 1983. Professor John Mantas began his academic career firstly at the University of Manchester and then at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Professor Mantas is Director of the Laboratory of Health Informatics and Director of Postgraduate Studies.. He was Vice President of the Cyprus University of Technology and Dean of the School of Health Sciences; during his deanship he established in Cyprus the international Department of Public Health with the close collaboration of Harvard University. He has been President of the European Federation for Medical Informatics for the period 2010-2012 and Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association for the European Region from 2012 to 2014. As Working Group chair on Education he led the initiative in providing the Educational Recommendations in Biomedical and Health Informatics. He is coordinator and partner in a number of national and European research programmes in the field of Health Informatics. He is a prolific writer and editor of fifteen books and of more than 250 papers in international journals and conferences. In 2016 he became Honorary Fellow of the European Federation for Medical Informatics.




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