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Workshop on the impact of artificial intelligence in healthcare: material available

Workshop on the impact of artificial intelligence in healthcare: material available

Human behavior and Machine Intelligence (HUMAINT) project 

Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

BCN MedTech, Universitat Pompeu Fabra



Auditori del Campus del Poblenou, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Roc Boronat, 138

08018 Barcelona



This workshop aims at advancing the scientific understanding of machine learning (ML) related to healthcare and at studying the impact of ML algorithms on humans, focusing on clinical decision-making. The workshop intends to be a forum to discuss the main problems to tackle when creating algorithms to analyze clinical data and also implementation challenges, such as which interaction paradigms we should use, or the competences medical doctors should have.

The workshop is mainly aimed at artificial intelligence researchers, biomedical scientists and physicians interested in the applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare, and its technical and ethical implications. 

The program includes presentations by top researchers in different institutions worldwide and a panel discussion on new research challenges related to the adoption of AI technologies in medical practice. 



The workshop is co-organized by the HUMAINT project (Centre for Advances Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission) and BCNMedTech, from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. 



Attendees: 120 participants, most of them with a technical background, but also a fair amount of attendees with a clinical profile.






The workshop is free of charge



9.00 – 9.30

Emilia Gómez

Assessing the impact of machine intelligence on human behaviour: an interdisciplinary endeavour



9.30 – 10.00

Bart Bijnens

Artificial intelligence for clinical decision making: challenges and opportunities



10.00 – 10.30

Clarisa Sánchez

Machine learning meets medical imaging: from image acquisition and feature extraction to diagnosis and therapy



10.30 – 11.00

Ursula Jasper

Opportunities, challenges and policy implications of AI application in community health












11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break


11.30 – 12.00

Alfredo Vellido

Explainability, interpretability, and rigorous validation of AI tools for clinical decision making



12.00 – 12.30

Alan Fraser

Requirements for machine learning as a new tool integrated in clinical practice



12.30 – 13.00

Rahul Deo

Personalized diagnosis and therapy










13.00 – 15.00



15.00 – 17.00

Discussion panel

Participants: All speakers, plus 3 experts (Nicolas Duchateau, Naila Siddiqui Kamal, Enrique Terol)


Moderated by Esther Paniagua





Emilia Gómez (JRC / UPF) 

She is Lead Scientist of the HUMAINT project at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. She is currently on leave as Associate Professor (Tenured, Serra-Húnter and ICREA Academia fellow) and Deputy Director (Doctorate) of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She leads the MIR (Music Information Research) lab of the Music Technology Group (MTG). 

Her main research interests are related to music information retrieval (MIR), in particular melodic and tonal description of music audio signals. She is also interested on the interaction between humans and algorithms and the impact of artificial intelligence on our cognitive capabilities and decision-making processes. 

She is president of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, particularly involved in promoting the role of, and increasing opportunities for, women in the MIR field. 

She has co-authored >120 peer-reviewed publications, and contributed to a high number of funded projects. She has contributed to the creation of open research datasets and software packages. She was also a co-founder of the MTG spin-off company BMAT. 

Bart Bijnens (UPF/IDIBAPS) 

MSc in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Medical Sciences (1997, KU Leuven, Belgium). Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging and Cardiac Dynamics at the Faculty of Medicine in Leuven (1998- 2004). He supervised clinical research at St. George's Hospital in London (2005-2006). In 2007, he was resident Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Since Sept. 2008, he is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. B. Bijnens is recognised as international expert in pathophysiological concepts and technical implementation in assessing CV diseases, with a reputation of being able to explain basic pathophysiology principles and to put technical developments in context. This resulted in many invitations to lecture at major International Conferences and in leading Research Centres. He is requested by centres all over the world for advice on research projects and papers. 

Clarisa Sánchez (Radboud University Medical Center) 

Clarisa Sánchez is Associate Professor at Radboud University Medical Center. She graduated in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Valladolid, Spain. In 2008, she obtained her Ph.D. (cum laude) at the University of Valladolid with a thesis entitled "Retinal image analysis by mixture model based clustering and discriminant analysis for automatic detection of hard exudates and haemorrhages. A tool for diabetic retinopathy screening". From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a postdoc at the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Center Utrecht. She is currently leading the research line focused on Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Retinal Images within the Diagnostic Image Analysis Group. 

Ursula Jasper (Fondation Botnar) 

Ursula Jasper is the Policy Officer at Fondation Botnar. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of St. Gallen, a Master's degree in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Master’s degree in Public Health (University of Zurich). Previously, she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich), where she focused on questions at the intersection of health, technology, and politics. 

Alfredo Vellido (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) 

He is currently an associate professor (formerly a Ramón y Cajal researcher) at CS / UPC, and part of the SOCO SGR Research Group and the IDEAI Research Center. Member of the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society Spanish Chapter, the IEEE-CIS Data Mining Technical Committee in which he is Chair of the Task Force on Medical Data Analysis, 

the CIBER-BBN, and the ATICA research network. Member of the Editorial Boards of PLoS ONE and Neural Processing Letters. 

Alan G. Fraser (Cardiff University) 

Alan Fraser is Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff; Visiting Professor in Cardiovascular Imaging and Dynamics at the University of Leuven; and emeritus Professor of Cardiology at the Wales Heart Research Institute, Cardiff University. He qualified in Edinburgh, undertook postgraduate training in Scotland and Wales, and was clinical research fellow at the Thoraxcentre in Rotterdam. He is a Past-President of the European Association of Echocardiography, and he chairs the Committee on Medical Devices of the European Society of Cardiology. His research interests include heart valve disease, heart muscle disease, and the pathophysiology and diagnosis of heart failure. 

Rahul Deo (UCSF / Brigham and Women’s Hospital) 

Dr. Rahul Deo was born and raised in Canada and earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and PhD in Molecular Biophysics from the Rockefeller University as part of the Tri- Institutional MD-PhD Program. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cardiology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He then conducted postdoctoral research in human genetics and computational biology at Harvard Medical School and then at University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Deo’s clinical and research interests involve bringing large-scale genetic and genomic data and emerging computational approaches towards the goal of personalized diagnosis and therapy in cardiovascular medicine. He focuses on patients with inherited cardiovascular disease, particularly cardiomyopathies. 

Nicolas Duchateau (Université Lyon 1) 

Nicolas Duchateau is Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the Université Lyon 1 and the CREATIS lab in Lyon, France. His research focuses on the statistical analysis of medical imaging data to better understand disease apparition and evolution, and to a certain extent computer-aided diagnosis. On the technical side, it mainly covers post-processing through statistical atlases and machine learning techniques. It also includes dedicated pre-processing and validation, among which the generation of synthetic databases. On the clinical/applicative side, it covers the study of cardiac function from heart failure populations, through routine imaging data and advanced 2D/3D shape, motion and deformation descriptors. 

Naila Siddiqui Kamal (Imperial College London) 

Naila is a senior clinician affiliated with the NHS for almost 26 years. Her career has evolved not only in her speciality (Gynaecology) but also in medical education, patient safety and informatics in healthcare. She has held several senior leadership posts such as Associate Dean London Deanery, Associate Director for Medical Education and Lead for OBGYN undergraduate course at Imperial College. She is a champion 

for embracing technology in delivery of high standards of healthcare and is a frequent speaker on disruptive technologies and their place in futuristic healthcare. 

Enrique Terol (Policy Officer - Health systems and products, European Commission (D G SANCO)) 

Enrique Terol works as Policy Officer in DG SANTE unit B3 of the European Commission and is in charge of the implementation of the European Reference Networks (ERN) under the framework of the Directive of Cross-border Health care since 2011. He is MD, specialized in Family and Community Medicine, MSc and PhD in Public Health. 

His professional experience includes the clinical practice, managerial positions of Primary and Specialised Healthcare in private and public institutions and healthcare planning. He was Deputy General Director of Quality and Health Planning of the Ministry of Health of Spain between 2004 and 2008. He worked as Health Attaché in the Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU and coordinator of the area of Health in the Spanish Presidency of the EU between 2008 and 2011. From 2011 to now, he was working as Seconded National Expert and as Policy officer in DG SANTE developing the legal and organisational bases for the set-up of the ERNs. 

Esther Paniagua (Independent journalist) 

Esther Paniagua is an award-winning science and tech journalist. She writes for the main newspapers and popular science magazines in Spain, such as El País, El Mundo, National Geographic, Muy Interesante, Ethic or Xataka - as well as for international publications such as Cancer World.
During the last 10 years, in her current position and previously as the chief editor of MIT Technology Review (Spanish edition), Esther has been following and analyzing the evolution of technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence as well as their ethical and societal impact. She is a member of We The Humans, a think tank promoting multidisciplinary debate on the ethical and social challenges of new technologies (particularly AI). 

Esther has been named Spanish Science Writer of the Year (2017) and she has been finalist of the European Science Writer of the Year award by the ABSW. She is also winner of the Roche Institute Foundation Prize (2018), winner of the Vodafone Journalism Award (2017), and winner of the Accenture Journalism Prize in the “Artificial Intelligence” category (2019). She is the author of publications like ‘Business Model Disruption’ and ‘Big Data: the power of Data’ and is now writing a new one called “Living with AI”, to be published by Bankinter’s Foundation Think Tank. She is also a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and an Aspen Institute alumni. 

Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 09:00
Barcelona, Spain
Bart Bijnens
Emilia Gómez
Sergio Sánchez Martínez
Aurelio Ruiz
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