IEEE EMBS presents

Election of members to the Administrative Committee

For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

KRISTY K. BROCK (M’21) received her PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. After receiving her PhD, she joined the faculty at the University of Toronto (Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital) and subsequently the faculty at the University of Michigan (Department of Radiation Oncology). She is currently a Professor with tenure in the Department of Imaging Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she is the Director for the Image-Guided Cancer Therapy Research Program. Her research has focused on image guided cancer therapy, where she has developed a biomechanical model-based deformable image registration algorithm to integrate imaging into treatment planning, delivery, and response assessment as well as to understand and validate imaging signals through correlative pathology.

Her algorithm was licensed and incorporated into a commercial treatment planning system.

She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Radiation Physics at MD Anderson. Dr. Brock has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, is the Editor of the book ‘Image Processing in Radiation Therapy’ and has been the PI/co-PI on 21 peer-reviewed, industry, and institutional grants. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Science Council for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine as well as Vice Chair of the Big Data Subcommittee. In addition, she is the Chair of the Promoting Science through Research and Training Committee of the American Society of Radiation Oncology.

Position Statement: The interface of engineering and science offers the potential for the development and translation of some of the most significant and impactful innovations in imaging for diagnosis, treatment, and response assessment. As an academically trained engineer (PhD in Nuclear Engineering) and board-certified medical physicist (American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiation Physics), translational innovation at this interface has been the focus of career. In my current position as the founding Director of the Image Guided Cancer Therapy Research Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center, our mission is to empower multidisciplinary teams of physicians and scientists to address clinical challenges and technology barriers. I believe this mission is also essential for the IEEE MBS.

Strengthening the collaborations and engagement of clinicians, both physicians and clinical medical physicists, will help to ensure the resources and efforts of IEEE, both members and collectively as a society, are directed to ensure the most significant impact. Increasing the engagement of clinicians, through involvement in conferences and workshops, journals and publications, and activities such as society sponsored challenges, will help to strengthen this collaboration and the IEEE MBS. I am also inspired by IEEE’s recently adopted diversity statement, committing to the advancement of diversity and promoting an inclusive and equitable culture and I believe this commitment to diversity is key for the growth and success of the society.

YALE COHEN (M’21) My research program is devoted to studying the neural basis of hearing and sound perception. To be heard and understood, the brain must transform an incoming acoustic waveform into a perceptual representation. This perceptual representation is interpreted by a deliberative process that converts the incoming sensory evidence into an “auditory decision”.

We use several complementary approaches to study this complex and important issue. The foundation of our studies lies in quantitative behavioral studies. We use computational modeling to predict the computational mechanisms that may be implemented in the brain. We then use direct, high-density measurements of brain activity in monkeys and human patients to identify these computations.

Our lab addresses two fundamental questions: (1) How does the auditory brain encode and categorize sounds? and (2) How does sound perception arise from neural activity?

Current and future work builds on these two research themes. (1) We use human psychophysics and brain recordings in monkeys to elucidate the computational and causal processes underlying auditory decision making. (2) We examine, in monkeys and human patients, the neural mechanisms that contribute to the auditory brain’s ability to segregate the acoustic information in the auditory environment into distinct sounds. (3) We design the next generation of electrodes to facilitate large-scale recordings of auditory-related brain activity. (4) We test the dynamics of mesoscopic populations of neurons by integrating ideas from statistical mechanics with neuroscientific principles. (5) Finally, we test how multisensory information is encoded at different spatiotemporal levels and how one level informs a different level.

Position Statement: IEEE-EMBS is the premiere bioengineering organization in the world. As the Graduate Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Bioengineering program, I am committed to improving the quality of its activities and impact on our community. I am particular committed to improving diversity and inclusivity in Bioengineering education, at the undergraduate and graduate level through outreach STEM programs in our communities and by fostering welcoming communities in our universities. I am also committed to using IEEE EMBS as a lever to improve health equity and access.

For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

KIN FONG LEI (M’13-SM’17) Dr. Kin Fong Lei is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Dean for International Affairs at Chang Gung University (CGU), Taiwan. Prior to joining CGU, he was a Lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2007-2010). He received B.S. degree from National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan (1998), and Ph.D. degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2005), both in mechanical engineering. In 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Lei has made significant original contributions to research in bio-microfluidics, biosensing, and molecular diagnostics.

He has published over 100 academic articles and was invited to contribute in 8 book/book chapters. Dr. Lei is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Fellow of Institute of Physics (IOP), Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He serves as a Chair of IEEE-EMBS Technical Committee on Bionanotechnology and BioMEMS (BNM) in 2020-2021 and Associate Editor at EMBS Conference Editorial Board in 2020. He also served as an organizing committee member for many IEEE conferences for MEMS/microfluidics researchers. Dr. Lei is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access and IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, and Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports.

Position Statement: As a current Chair of IEEE-EMBS Technical Committee on Bionanotechnology and BioMEMS (BNM), I have been already involved in various activities of EMBS. For the willingness, I organized invited sessions in IEEE-EMBC 2018 (Hawaii), 2019 (Berlin), and 2020 (Montreal). In addition, I serve as an Associate Editor in EMBS Section for IEEE Access and an Associate Editor at EMBS Conference Editorial Board in 2020. I am willing and have ability to promote EMBS activities. As the increasing research of biomedical engineering in Asia (including Taiwan, China, Japan, and Hong Kong), the EMBS should work with the Chapters and representatives in Asia and organize activities in Asia to promote the member number.

I will continue to build bridges between EMBS and local Asian organizations. I am the Director Board Member of Nanotechnology and Micro System Association (NMA), Taiwan, which is a mature platform linking between academics, professionals, and industrials. Our association is also interested in co-organizing conferences and summer schools in Asia with EMBS. I will leverage my connection with industrial partners to continue to support EMBS activities. I would be honored to serve EMBS as AdCom Technical Representative. If elected, I will dedicate time and effort to grow the excellence of service and contribute to the society.

THOMAS PENZEL (M’91-SM’06) Dr. Thomas Penzel is an IEEE senior member. He graduated from physics (1986), human biology (1991), and physiology (1995) at the University Marburg, Germany. In 1997 he received a certificate for sleep medicine and a certificate for medical informatics. In 2001 he became Professor at the University of Marburg, Germany. He was with the University of Marburg since 1982 and installed the first sleep lab in a Department for Internal Medicine in Germany. This lab started many medical and technical initiatives (sleep center and physician certification, home sleep testing, cardiopulmonary interactions monitoring) to establish sleep medicine in Germany and Europe. In 2006 he moved to Berlin and joined the interdisciplinary sleep medicine center at the Charité University hospital.

There he serves as scientific director of the sleep center and faculty member. In 2001 he received the Bial award for clinical medicine in Portugal, 2008 the Bill Gruen Award for Innovations in Sleep Research by the Sleep Research Society, 2012 the Somnus Award by Sleep apnea patient groups in Germany, and 2014 the distinguished development award by the Chinese sleep research society. He is president of the German Sleep Society (DGSM). He authored more than 300 papers in Pubmed. He is an editorial board member on IEEE TBME, IEEE TEHM and more journals in biomedical engineering and sleep research. His research focus is on new methods in sleep recording, wearables, and cardiovascular consequences of sleep disorders.

Position Statement: Currently I am a technical representative of IEE EMBS Adcom. I enjoy the work at the board and I am glad to contribute to the wellbeing and the development of EMBS in these challenging times. In my role as technical representative I promote scientific and technical quality as key issues in the future of our society with virtual, hybrid or real face-to-face meetings. Quality in content is the key issue.

As past-chair of the German IEEE chapter Engineering in Medicine and Biology, earlier chair of the Technical Committee on Cardiopulmonary system, conference chair of EMBC 2019 in Berlin, I am very familiar with the society’s structures and continue to be connected within the network of our society for many years.

Based on my network I understand as my role to advocate for a greater EMBS outreach to the medical community, especially in the areas of cardiovascular, pulmonary and sleep medicine and to promote growth of EMBS activities in these areas. Pulmonary medicine, ventilators, intensive care medicine, I am in daily contact with physicians in this area, will gain strength in EMBS.

Being the scientific head of the Interdisciplinary Medical Sleep Laboratory at the Charité Berlin, I work now for many years at a direct interface between engineering and medicine and I love to continue to share my experience and expertise in the Administrative Committee in order to help to shape the societies future paths.

ERIKA ROSS (M’20) is the Director of R&D Applied Research at Abbott Neuromodulation, leading applied research strategy, external partnerships, portfolio, and execution. Applied research includes computational modeling, pre-clinical, clinical feasibility & safety trials that feed new products and indications. Prior to her role at Abbott, Erika was the Neuroscience Director at Cala Health, a Stanford Biodesign incubated Bay Area start-up that developed a non-invasive, digitally-enabled neuromodulation solution for Essential Tremor patients.

She held roles of increasing leadership at Cala Health as the company completed development and prepared for commercialization and played a major role in developing their digital health architecture and team. Prior to Cala Health, Erika held the roles of Assistant Professor of Neurologic Surgery and Deputy Director of the Surgical Device Innovation Accelerator at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she developed invasive and non-invasive solutions to unmet needs in the neuromodulation and other surgical practice areas.

Position Statement: My goal is to constantly improve patient’s lives and bring dignity to those who suffer from chronic diseases. I believe in the mission of EMBS and that by working as part of this organization I can help to influence and include a diverse range of views that will allow us to accomplish this goal. It is critical to our field that we continue to attract and train the most talented scientists and engineers, and to do that it is on all of us to build a diverse pool of researchers at the intersection of science and engineering. I come with the perspective of translating science to clinical practice and I will do everything I can to help bridge and foster this perspective within EMBS. There are so many challenging but addressable unmet patient needs, and with the right people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives involved I am confident that we can exceed expectations in how we can improve lives and restore dignity with technologies that are founded in science and engineering.

HUI YANG (GSM’08-M’16-SM’17) Dr. Hui Yang is a Professor, PI and site director of NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT). His research interests focus on sensor-based modeling and analysis of complex systems for process monitoring, process control, system diagnostics, condition prognostics, quality improvement, and performance optimization. His research program is supported by National Science Foundation (including the prestigious NSF CAREER award), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Lockheed Martin, NSF center for eDesign, Susan G Koman Cancer Foundation, NSF Center for Healthcare Organization Transformation, Institute of Cyberscience, James A. Harley Veterans Hospital, and Florida James and Esther King Biomedical research program. His research group received a number of best paper awards and best poster awards from IISE Annual Conference, IEEE EMBC, IEEE CASE, and INFORMS.

Dr. Yang was the president (2017-2018) of IISE Data Analytics and Information Systems Society, the president (2015-2016) of INFORMS Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) society, and the program chair of 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC). He is also an associate editor for IISE Transactions, IISE Transactions Healthcare Systems Engineering, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (JBHI), IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (TASE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), Quality Technology and Quality Management, and an Associate Editor for the Proceedings of IEEE CASE, IEEE EMBC, and IEEE BHI. He has also co-authored a book “Healthcare Analytics: From Data to Knowledge to Healthcare Improvement”, John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

Position Statement: I have been a member of IEEE since March 2008 for 14 years, and a member of EMBS since Jan 2009 for 13 years. I have a substantial background in the contribution to IEEE EMBC and BHI annual conferences. One of my paper received IBM Best Paper Award in the 2011 IEEE Annual Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Boston, MA. I was also selected as Best Reviewer of the Year 2016 by IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. I am currently serving as an associate editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (JBHI).

My research program is uniquely positioned at the interface of engineering and biomechanical systems to develop physics-based and data-driven models of cardiac systems – from ion channels to cells to tissues to the whole heart – for optimizing medical decision making. I am in close collaboration with medical scientists from USF College of Medicine, Hershey Medical School, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Wright State University, and IBM Research. IEEE EMBS is the premier association for engineering professionals in medicine and biology. As a Technical Representative, my aim would be to contribute to the stability and longevity of the EMBS society and fulfill its mission, strategic goals, and serve its members. I am honored to be nominated for the position of Technical Representative on the IEEE EMBS Adcom, will continue to generate ideas, directions, plans and expand outreach and impact! I would be thrilled to serve and contribute, if elected.

For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

RICHARD BOUDREAULT (M’91-SM’05) Polymath and audacious serial STEM entrepreneur, innovative C-level general & innovation management, product development, sustainability, and commercialization executive with a 40-year track record of achievements in leadership roles. Created and managed 13 STEM successful science based corporations. 6 acquired by multinationals, 6 more became publicly traded entities. Established 5 int’l scale research centres. 4 of these were in the Medical Device sector. I am CEO for Dymedso, commercialize a device using proprietary acoustic wavefront to clear bronchial airways in patients with lung issues and SARS infections. I am also a passionate educator. I have taught internationally and presently am an adjunct professor at École Polytechnique and U of Waterloo. I also act as an Invited Scholar at McGill U. All in engineering. I serve on the board of for the INRS in Québec—a postgraduate network of schools and research centres—and First Nations University of Canada in Saskatchewan.

I pride myself on steering finances and operations, achieving significant business growth and profits alongside innovative solutions in engineering and technology aimed at solving real-world problems. Blending foresight, analytical thinking, and a dedication to improvement, I have implemented longstanding solutions by leveraging knowledge in engineering. A natural leader, I excel at managing teams, evaluating performance, and ensuring a skilled workforce. A self-starter and creative strategist, I offer core executive leadership skills and the ability to make sound financial decisions. Over my progressive career, I have obtained 100 patents internationally, published more than a hundred papers, and have served on more than 30 boards of directors of STEM organization and governments agencies. Often honoured, I am proud of having received the IEEE/EMBS career award at the Berlin Congress.

Position Statement: I wish to serve the membership and the institution of IEEE-EMBS within the Administrative Committee (AdCom), where I can contribute my 40-year cumulated knowledge and management skills to help steer the society upwards.  I am principally a repeat entrepreneur of STEM technologies, with a few medical device corporations under my belt, I merged some of these with the likes of GE, Microsoft, Textron and Essilor.  I have deep experience and worldwide contacts in medtech and biological systems. I served on many STEM organization boards including universities, learned societies and international research organizations.  I pride myself of my coaching and mentoring skills, having trained hordes on the business side of technology and innovation, as well as the nature and value of an experienced and diversified governance. Research and education are a passion, I practice these at École Polytechnique, McGill University and U. of Waterloo.  I am convinced that EMBS can channel my energy, know-how and skills for the betterment of the Society and its members. My skills in strategic planning, B-plan delivery, product innovation and vision will serve well the mission of the Society.

Presently, for instance, I have two entrepreneurial ventures underway.  The first is purposed towards relieving patients from excessive lung mucus accumulation, to benefit conditions of Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, ARDS and SARS, using a novel acoustics wavefront technology; a positive cash flow venture undergoing rapid growth.  The second, is using biomimicry of desert’s cacti, to extract potable water from the atmosphere using carbon nanotechnology.

CYNTHIA A. CHESTEK (S’04-M’05) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2010. She was a postdoc at the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery with the Braingate 2 clinical trial. She is now an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, where she joined the faculty in 2012. She runs the Cortical Neural Prosthetics Lab, which focuses on brain and nerve control of finger movements as well as to high-density carbon fiber electrode arrays. She is the author of 53 full-length scientific articles. Her research interests include high-density interfaces to the nervous system for the control of multiple degree of freedom hand and finger movements.

Position Statement: The primary goal of my laboratory’s research is to develop viable neural control systems for many degree of freedom movements, which cannot be achieved with existing technologies. My PhD in electrical engineering focused on wireless neural recording systems and characterizing the longevity and stability of electrodes in nonhuman primates. I started a lab at the University of Michigan in biomedical engineering in 2012. I have joint appointments in electrical engineering and the Robotics Institute. Our research focuses on implantable neural interfaces for motor prosthetics, with a focus on one day obtaining thousands of useful channels to control all of the degrees of freedom of the human hand. My lab works with both rodents for carbon fiber electrode students and nonhuman primates for brain machine interface experiments.

We also perform human studies under IDE for implanting indwelling EMG electrodes. My long-term goal is to improve the performance and longevity of neural prosthetic systems until they can provide useful function for many years. During my career as a professor I have graduated 6 PhD students and mentored 3 postdocs and 2 neurosurgical residents. I currently have 9 PhD students in my lab where I place a high priority on graduate education. We have also had numerous undergraduates go on to PhD programs. Both engineering research and education are particularly important to me, particularly at the junction of electrical engineering and the biosciences.

For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

ILARIA CINELLI (GSM’15-M’17) Eng. PhD FAsMA is a senior engineer with records of biomedical engineering and space exploration accomplishments. Her work experiences are in biomedical engineering, neural engineering, human factors, mission design, analogue missions, space medicine, leadership, coaching and management.

Ilaria has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), and a structured PhD in Neural Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway (Republic of Ireland). She is also a graduate of the Space Studies Program run by the International Space University at TU Delft (The Netherlands). More recently, she has completed a Postdoc at Tufts University (USA) in Neuromodulation.

Ilaria is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association, Member-at-Large of the Aerospace Medical Council and the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch. She is also Co-Leader of the Space Exploration Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Also, Ilaria is an invited member of The Mars Society Steering Committee, thanks to her extensive experience gained in isolation while conducting several analogue missions at the Mars Desert Research Station. In the end, she is a Mentor and Role Model of the Space4Women network of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and she is the curator of this website.

Position Statement: The very next frontier of biomedical engineering is space. The most effective way to boost and enhance biomedical engineering innovation is by transferring and translating knowledge and space advances to terrestrial applications.

Opportunities are not limited to the engineering produced to sustain and support human life in outer space, so relevant to astronauts only. Advances in space exploration apply to various fields, ranging from global health to precision medicine.

A few decades from now, when commercial space flights will be ordinary, space technology will become personalised and accessible to multiple types of end-users. My commitment is to represent Europe and its capability in the Committee. Also, I intend to support Europe on a journey to space for increasing innovation and opportunities for others.

KRISTL VONCK (AF’21) is Head of the Department ‘Head and Skin’ at Ghent University in Belgium. She was trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, UK; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is a fellow of the EAN and member of the EU Joint Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy. She is a founding member of the international Neuromodulation Task Force for COVID-19. Her research interests include epilepsy, neuromodulation, bioelectronic medicine and neurophysiological home-monitoring of neurological disorders. In the translational research setting of the 4Brain Research team, her team investigates the mechanism of action, efficacy and side effects of several neurostimulation modalities.

Both in animals and patients, crucial questions are investigated for the application of neurostimulation as a valuable treatment option for neurological disorders: stimulation parameters, open and closed loop neurostimulation applications, seizure detection and prediction algorithms, invasive versus non-invasive neurostimulation. Proof-of-concept and early innovative techniques for neurological monitoring@home are validated at the excellence Center for Neurofysiological Monitoring (CNM) of Ghent University Hospital before being investigated in a home environment. Kristl Vonck has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals >150 papers), has authored seven book chapters and has given 190 international presentations.

Position Statement: The essence of my current research line is the development of novel neuromodulation modalities to treat neuropsychiatric disorders. To bring these therapies to a next level and increase their clinical outcome, rational based development is required. Translational and multidisciplinary research to investigate the mechanism of action of disorders and the various neuromodulatory approaches is mandatory. It requires close collaboration and interaction of academics with a neuroscientific and engineering background. Precise elucidation of the effect of neuromodulatory interventions on the brain and vice versa is indispensable for bringing bioelectronic medicine to the next level. Bridging academia, industry and government interests at various stages of development will enhance neurotechnological research and can be achieved through societies like the IEEE EMB Society. I strongly believe that with my medical background and expertise in neurotechnology for medical applications, I can help guide the society in fulfilling its mission and bring in European expertise to collaborate with various stakeholders worldwide.

As a fellow of the European Academy of Neurology (commission Translational Neuroscience), I can play a role in the EU representation of IEEE EMBS and bridge their mission with that of the EAN. As an associate editor of the European Journal of Neurology (IF 4.6), I can motivate both engineers and physicians to publish in the field of neurotechnology. As a member of the International Neuromodulation Society, (Research and Scientific Overview Committee, Interim Meetings Committee), I can help steer the content of meetings towards collaborative programs for physicians, neuroscientists and engineers.