Keynote Speakers

Prof. Federica Caselli

University of Rome Tor Vergata
Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science
Rome, Italy

Federica Caselli is Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at University of Rome Tor Vergata. She graduated in Medical Engineering, in Mathematics, and obtained her Ph.D. in advanced computational methods in biomechanics. Dr. Caselli’s research deals with the development of lab-on-a-chip devices for diagnostics and life science, with a special focus on microfluidic impedance cytometry for single-cell biophysical phenotyping. She has published about a hundred contributions in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters, including over thirty journal articles. She was awarded a grant from the “Scientific Independence of Young Researchers Programme” and she has been nominated in the “Women in Microfluidics & BioMEMS” list.

Prof. Dr. David Steinman

University of Toronto Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

David Steinman is recognized as a pioneer in the integration of medical imaging and computational modelling, and their use in the study of cardiovascular disease development, diagnosis and treatment. His current research focuses on improving rupture risk prediction for cerebral aneurysms; elucidating the nature of turbulence in blood flow; and developing ‘art-inspired’ data visualization and sonification techniques. Dr. Steinman co-founded the widely-used Vascular Modelling ToolKit, and spearheaded the International Aneurysm CFD Challenge series. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious salary awards from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Prof. Dr. ir. Nico Verdonschot

Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of the Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Technical Medical Centre, Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands

Dr. Verdonschot is an expert on computer modeling in the field of orthopaedic-biomechanics. He obtained a mechanical engineering degree at Twente University after which he worked at the orthopaedic department of the Radboud Medical Centre. Currently, he also works as the scientific director of the Technical Medical Centre of Twente University, thereby representing 400 researchers in the biomedical field. He is co-author of over 325 peer reviewed papers. He got an ERC advanced grant on the topic of  Biomechanical diagnostic, pre-planning and outcome tools to improve musculoskeletal surgery. Furthermore, he is visiting professor of the Politecnico di Milano and has an honorary doctorate of the University of Aalborg.