Keynote Speakers


Dr. Emery N. Brown
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Professor of Computational Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, MIT

Dr. Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience at MIT, the Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and the Director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program at MIT. He is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and at MGH, and an anesthesiologist at MGH.

Dr. Brown was a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative Working Group. He is a member of the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Board of Directors, the National Science Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee, the NIH Council of Councils, the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Governing Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Independent Scientist Award, the Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award. Dr. Brown is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Statistical Association, the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University
Past President, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.  He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia and Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University. He has published over 135 peer-reviewed journal articles cited over 6200 times.  Dean Lutchen was Chair of Biomedical Engineering from 1998-2006 over which the department ranking improved from 18th to 6th in the nation.  He was the chief architect of their $14 million dollar Leadership Award from the Whitaker Foundation.  Dr. Lutchen is Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Since becoming Dean, the College’s Graduate Ranking in US News and World Report has improved from 54th to 35th, the largest improvement of any school in the top 54 over that time. He has orchestrated the creation of a new Division of Materials Science and Engineering and a new Division of Systems Engineering and Masters programs in Robotics, Cybersecurity and Data Analytics. Recently, he oversaw the creation of a new 20,000 sq. ft Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC). Dean Lutchen’s focus is to transform engineering education to create the Societal EngineerTM, an individual who combines their engineering foundation with empowering attributes to address society’s challenges regardless of their career paths. He also drove the creation of a unique Technology Inspiration Ambassador program that trains Engineering students to inspire K-12 students to pursue Engineering. In 4 years this program has reached 14,000 K-12 students in 26 states.

In 2016, Dr. Lutchen was invited to serve on the 10 member Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Engineering of The National Science Foundation.

Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of the AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor, and the College of Engineering’s Professor of the Year Award and the Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year Award — twice.

Dr. Pep Pamies
Chief Editor of Nature Biomedical Engineering

Pep is leading the editorial team of Nature Biomedical Engineering, a new journal from the Nature family that will launch in January 2017. Pep was an editor for Nature Materials for more than 5 years, where he championed the biomaterials content, handling manuscripts and commissioning articles in a wide variety of subjects, including tissue engineering, medical imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapy and diagnostics. Previously, Pep conducted research in computational soft matter and biophysics at Columbia University's Chemistry Department in New York City, at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, and at the Atomic and Molecular Physics Institute in Amsterdam. Pep obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering in December 2003 from Rovira i Virgili University in Catalonia, Spain.

Dr. Xiaochuan Pan
Professor of Radiology and Medical Physics
The University of Chicago

Xiaochuan Pan is a Professor with tenure in the Departments of Radiology and Radiation & Cellular Oncology, the College, the Committee on Medical Physics, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Chicago. His research interest centers on systems, physics, algorithms, and applications of advanced tomographic imaging. He is a Fellow of AAPM, AIMBE, IAMBE, IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. Awards received by Dr. Pan include IEEE NPSS Early Achievement Award and IEEE EMBS Technical Award for his contributions to advanced medical imaging. Dr. Pan has served as the chair, a charter member, and/or a grant reviewer for review panels of funding agencies and foundations such as NIH, NSF, NSERC, and NSFC, and is currently an associate editor, or an editorial board member, for a number of leading journals in the field.


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