Keynote Speakers

Luciana Nedel
Luciana Nedel works at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), where she has an assistant professor position since 2002. Luciana received a Ph.D in Computer Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Thalmann. Since 1991 she is involved in computer animation and virtual humans' simulation researches and since 1996 also with virtual reality, non-conventional interaction and more recently visualization. In these fields, she published more than 60 scientific articles in journals, conference Proceedings and edited books. Nowadays her main interests include: interactive visualization, virtual humans, computer animation, path-planning, and non-conventional interaction techniques and devices.

Aggelos K. Katsaggelos
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos received the Diploma degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. In 1985 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where he is currently professor, holder of the AT&T Chair (previously holder of the Ameritech Chair). He is also the Director of the Motorola Center for Seamless Communications, an Academic Affiliate Staff, Department of Medicine, at NorthShore University HealthCare System. His current research interests include multimedia signal processing (e.g., image and video recovery and compression, audio-visual speech and speaker recognition, indexing and retrieval), multimedia communications, computer vision, pattern recognition, and DNA signal processing. He has published extensively in these areas.

Nick Hine
Nick Hine received his B.Sc. in Electronic Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Hull, in 1993 received the Diploma degree in Master of Biomedical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 2001 PhD degree from the University of Dundee, Department of Applied Computing Towards a Multimedia Communication Service for People with Disabilities. He is lecturer associated to the School of Computing of the University of Dundee, Scotland. His principal research interest is in computer-mediated dialogue between people. The communication dialogues that he is most interested in are: Stories as a vehicle for education, promoting cross curricular project based learning, with an emphasis of hypermedia based reflective thinking. The longitudinal story of activity as a predictor of care needs (the Dialogue of Care),supporting independence of older people living in the community. The personal voice with which to tell life stories for disabled (non-speaking) people.

Anant Madabhushi
Dr. Anant Madabhushi is the Director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Radiology, Urology, General Medical Sciences, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Madabhushi received his Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mumbai University, India in 1998 and his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 2000. In 2004 he obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2010. In 2012 he accepted the position of Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biomedical Engineering and will be starting and directing a center on computational imaging and personalized diagnostics.

Maxime Descoteaux
Maxime Descoteaux is the scientific director of the Image Analysis and Visualization Plateform (PAVI) of the Centre de Recherche CHUS. He did a post-doctorat at NeuroSpin under the supervision of Cyril Poupon. He also obtained a PhD in Computer Science at INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Mediterranée, supervised by R. Deriche. Finally, he obtained the M.Sc under the supervision of K. Siddiqi in Computer Science at Center for Intelligent Machines, McGill University, where he also obtained the B.Sc., graduating from the joint honors Mathematics and Computer Science program.

Franco Lepore
Franco Lepore is full professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal. He also directs the Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et Cognition (CERNEC) at the Université de Montréal. He received the diploma degree in Doctorate Psychology from the University of Montreal, 1971. In 1972 received the Post-doctorate degree in the University of Pisa, Italy.