About The Healthcare Technologies Executive Committee

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Chair of the Healthcare Technologies TPN
Dr Daniel Abasolo is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey.
He was conferred the MEng Telecommunication Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree with a thesis – Summa Cum Laude – by the University of Valladolid in 2001 and 2006, respectively.
He began his research career working on the development of non-linear techniques for the analysis of the electroencephalogram (EEG) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). He has extensive experience in the characterisation of biomedical signals (such as intracranial pressure, oxygen saturation and electrocardiogram recordings, among others) with advanced signal processing algorithms. His work has led to the publication of several highly cited papers in indexed journals and he has been instrumental in securing research grants throughout his academic career.
Currently, Dr Abasolo’s research interests lie mainly in non-linear biomedical signal processing, in particular the development of algorithms that can be applied to Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the characterisation of healthy and pathological ageing using brain signals, EEG analysis in sleep studies, and electrocardiogram analysis in atrial fibrillation, as well as the translation of these algorithms to hardware platforms.

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Dr Bill Nailon currently leads the Radiotherapy Physics, Image Analysis and Cancer Informatics group at the Department of Oncology Physics, Edinburgh. He is a state registered NHS Clinical Scientist and Honorary Fellow in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He has experience of developing medical imaging algorithms for research and clinical use and is currently working on techniques for improving radiotherapy as part of a multi-disciplinary team. He is part of the team on the 5-year, £5.2M EPSRC project called IMPACT, which will develop new approaches to cancer treatment using implanted smart sensors, and the €12M EU project that is developing tools for detection, traceability, triage & individual monitoring of victims after a mass chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear contamination and/or exposure. 

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Distinguished Professor of the National Recruitment Programme of Global Experts; Chief Scientist of the National Fundamental Research Program of China (973 Program),  Board Member of the Computer Science Education Committee, Ministry of Education, China; Member of the Division of Computer Science Review Panel of experts, Natural Science Foundation China.
His research interests include Pervasive Computing, Cognitive Computing, Mental Health Care. His work has been funded by the “973”, National Science Foundation China, European Framework Programme 7 and HEFCE UK. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, conferences, and book chapters including Science (Suppl.), PLoS One, PLoS Computational Biology, IEEE Trans, IEEE Intelligent Systems, AAAI, etc. He has served as editor in some peer reviewed journals in Computer Science Cognitive Computing, such as IET Communications, Cluster Computing, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, The Journal of Internet Technology, Wiley’s Security and Communication Networks, Brain Informatics etc.

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Dr Alex Casson is a lecturer in the Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing group in the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. Dr Casson's research focuses on realtime signal processing in low power constrained situations. Typical applications are in brainwave monitoring, brain-computer interfaces, and transcranial stimulation, with the aim of creating closed-loop sense-stimulate devices. He is also creating signal processing for foot based sensor nodes, exploring the trade-off between the size of the signal present at the foot, the motion interference present in the signal, and the amount of energy that can be harvested from human motion to power the sensor and allow more sophisticated signal processing to be incorporated for artefact removal.

His work has resulted in 67 publications since 2007, including one in the flagship publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) society (now IEEE Pulse), and one in the most downloaded IEEE journal (IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits). Its impact has been recognised by the 2013 IET JA Lodge prize for early career biomedical engineers, and by numerous invited talks, for example to: Human–Computer Interaction International conference - USA, 2013, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics - Germany, 2014, European signal processing conference - France, 2015. For delivering impact Dr Casson is actively involved in the Manchester Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT) scheme for connecting clinicians and engineers to address unmet clinical needs, and is a founding member the EPSRC Manchester–MindTech network for scoping and supporting research into serious mental illnesses and dementia.

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Martha Lucía Zequera Díaz obtained her MSc at Biomedical Engineering at Dundee University, UK, in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree from the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde, UK, in 2003. Since 2010 she is an Honorary Research Fellow from Strathclyde University at Bioengineering Unit.

Prof. Zequera is Full  Professor at Electronics Department, School of Engineering, at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia  since 2014 and she has been working as a researcher for 15 years at the Bioengineering Research Group “BASPI”, focus in signal analysis and image processing. Her current research interests in Biomedical Engineering include biosensors, biomedical instrumentation, medical devices and e-health in rehabilitation, biomechanics instrumentation. Specially in healthcare Information systems, health Informatics and health Technology for assessment for Diabetes care research. She is developing protocols for evaluating emergent technologies and continuous monitoring devices and a platform for Diabetic foot care. She is also doing research in improving the early diagnosis and treatment of the diabetic foot complications by developing new computer medical systems based on medical image processing and CAD/CAM systems foot orthoses and foot care. Her main interest of research is to contribute in the Improvement of the diagnosis, control and treatment of the diabetes´s complications by using ITC. (Innovation, integration of emergent technologies, e-health, m-health, Telemedicine, continuous monitoring devices, expert systems, personalized intelligent mobile health systems and healthcare information systems). She has been is the Latin American Representative of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society IEEE/EMBS since 2010 until 2014, she is also AdCom member of the International IEEE/EMBS and she was nominated as a Chair of the IEEE/EMBS Chapter World Development Committee during 2010, 2011 and 2012. Dr. Zequera was also the Scientific Secretary of the Latin American Regional Council on Biomedical Engineering (CORAL) for five years, from 2005 to 2010. Dr. Zequera was Vice Chair of the Biomedical Engineering National Societies Committee of the European International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). She has been promoting Biomedical Engineering Education and Curriculum – novel approaches to BME for global education as a Theme Chair in Education at the annual EMB conferences held in Argentina 2010, then in Boston in 2011, then in San Diego in 2012, later in Osaka in 2013, Chicago in 2014 and Milan 2015. Prof. Zequera has been a consultant for Nestlé, Texaco, British Petroleum Company, General Motors and Mobil. 

Dr. Zequera is currently a consultant in evaluation of biomedical devices for aesthetic use in order to design standards for the Health Colombian Ministry and the Pan-American Health Organization in 2014 and 2015. She is a reviewer of the IEEE/EMBS Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and is working on several projects funded by COLCIENCIAS, Pan-American Health Organization and International sources. She is member of the Healthcare Technologies Exec committee and member of the EMBS/IEEE TC - Bioronbotics and IFMBE Working Industry.

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Dr. Hariprashanth Elangovan has been the lead research engineer at HCi Viocare Technologies LtD. since 2013 with a background in medicine and bio-medical engineering. He has interest in teaching and actively collaborates and supervises student research and supports innovation and product development in the industrial sector, mostly in the areas of medical device development, rehabilitation medicine , robotics and sensor technology. 


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Peter Templeton is an experienced developer of new medical device platforms for global markets. Have worked for large global companies and, more recently, an exciting UK-based start-up. Variety of responsibilities held covering line management, project management and technical / innovation management. Chartered Engineer since 1994.


b1ff6264601bdeb8ee8899ddcc44859f-huge-imDr. Peter Lawes - IMechE Representative
Initially a Designer with Rolls Royce, Peter Lawes’ career has mostly been in the medical technology industry: a Research Fellow to the Scottish Ministry of Health evaluating designs of modular artificial limbs; VP of Pfizer’s Medical devices Division; founding CEO of ApaTech,  a University of London spin out  in novel synthetic bone grafting materials. For 12 years Peter was Chairman of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering which develops assistive technologies. For 4 years he was President of the Brussels-based International Association of medical Prosthesis Manufacturers (IAPM) negotiating with the European Commission during the development of EU Medical Device Directives and the introduction of CE marking. Peter has degrees in Physics (BSc), Design Engineering (MTech) & Bioengineering (PhD). He has a Diploma in Management and is a Chartered Engineer. He is now a Consultant to the Medical Technologies Industry and he holds Non-Executive Directorships.
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