Invited Speakers

Reinhold Haux

Reinhold Haux is Professor for Medical Informatics and Director at the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics of the University of Braunschweig - Institute of Technology and of Hannover Medical School, Germany. His current research fields are health information systems and management, and health-enabling technologies. Reinhold Haux is, among others, co-chairing the Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing, where more than 60 researchers are involved in inter- and multidisciplinary research on information and communication technologies for promoting and sustaining quality of life, health and self-sufficiency.

Prof. Haux is author and editor of more than 300 publications. He has supervised about 50 doctoral theses. His current lectures are in medical informatics and various subfields, such as health information systems and health-enabling technologies. Since its start in 2001 the international Frank-van-Swieten-Lectures on Strategic Information Management in Health Information Systems are part of his teaching activities.

For the term 2007-2010 Reinhold Haux was President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is now serving as IMIA’s Past President.

Since 2001 Prof. Haux is editor of the journal Methods of Information in Medicine. He has, from 2001 to 2007, co-edited the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics. Reinhold Haux has advisory functions in science, economy, and government

Cristian Lovis

Professor Christian Lovis is currently President of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI). Christian Lovis is a medical doctor trained in Internal Medicine with a special emphasis on emergency medicine, and is graduated in public health from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. While in medical school, he also studied biomedical informatics at the University of Geneva, focusing on clinical information systems and medical semantics. He was in charge of the development of the computerized patient record for the Geneva University Hospitals. Christian Lovis is currently professor of clinical informatics at the University of Geneva. He also leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. His research team is focused on three axes: a) clinical information and semantics; b) pervasive data sources, such as quantified-self, home automation, environmental data acquisition; and c) human factors, especially human-machine interfaces, and evaluation of the quality and usability of devices and interfaces.  One aspect of his work is to test devices in specific contexts, such as commercial pedometers for elderly or interfaces paradigms for data acquisition by care providers at the bedside.  Christian co-authored more than 100 publications.  He is member of the editorial boards of major peer-reviewed journals in biomedical informatics, such as the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), PLOS One, the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI), BMC Big Data Analytics. Christian is a member of the GS1 innovation board.
Theo Arvanitis

Prof. Theo Arvanitis holds a Chair in E- Health innovation and he is the Head of Research at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick. Professor Arvanitis's research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics. His neuroimaging work includes magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy for childhood brain tumour characterisation, where he has developed novel pattern recognition, computational models and quantification of in vivo and in vitro magnetic resonance spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging. This research has been done in collaboration with the Institute of Child Health, Birmingham Children's Hospital, where he also holds an honorary post. Recently he has been awarded a large EPSRC programme for investigating the relationship between structural and functional networks in the human thalamocortical system. Professor Arvanitis received his RT (BSc) degree (medical radiological technology) in 1990, from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, and his DPhil (biomedical engineering) in 1997 from the University of Sussex. His postdoctoral work at the University of Sussex included a lab director/research fellow post at the Trafford Centre for Medical Research and a full-time lectureship in the School of Cognitive and Computer Sciences. In 1998, he joined the School of Electronic, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham as a full-time Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and subsequently Reader in Biomedical Informatics, Signals and Systems.