Keynote Speaker Biographies

Jaydev Desai

Professor Jaydev Desai

Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

  • Keynote: Flexible, Patient-Specific Robotic Systems for Surgical Interventions

Prof. Jaydev P. Desai is currently a Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is also the Director of the Georgia Center for Medical Robotics (GCMR) and the Associate Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). He completed his undergraduate studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1993. He received his M.A. in Mathematics in 1997, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 1995 and 1998 respectively, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

He is a recipient of several NIH R01 grants, NSF CAREER award, and was also the lead inventor on the “Outstanding Invention in Physical Science Category” at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was formerly employed. He is also the recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. He has been an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences “Distinctive Voices” seminar series and was also invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

He has over 175 publications, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Robotics Research, and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Medical Robotics. His research interests are primarily in the area of image-guided surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, cancer diagnosis at the micro-scale, and endovascular robotics. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and AIMBE.

Ron Kikinis

Professor Ron Kikinis

Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

  • Keynote: TBC

Prof. Ron Kikinis is the founding Director of the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. This laboratory was founded in 1990. Before joining Brigham & Women's Hospital in 1988, he trained as a resident in radiology at the University Hospital in Zurich, and as a researcher in computer vision at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1982. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. In 2009 he was the inaugural recipient of the MICCAI Society "Enduring Impact Award". On February 24, 2010 he was appointed the Robert Greenes Distinguished Director of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. On January 1, 2014, he was appointed "Institutsleiter" of Fraunhofer MEVIS and Professor of Medical Image Computing at the University of Bremen. Since then he is commuting every two months between Bremen and Boston.

During the mid-80's, Dr. Kikinis developed a scientific interest in image processing algorithms and their use for extracting relevant information from medical imaging data. Since then, this topic has matured from a fairly exotic topic to a field of science. This is due to the explosive increase of both the quantity and complexity of imaging data. Dr. Kikinis has led and has participated in research in different areas of science. His activities include technological research (segmentation, registration, visualization, high performance computing), software system development, and biomedical research in a variety of biomedical specialties. The majority of his research is interdisciplinary in nature and is conducted by multidisciplinary teams. The results of his research have been reported in a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles. He is an author and co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles.

Over the years Dr. Kikinis has served as the Principal Investigator(PI) and site PI of a number of large and small NIH and NSF funded grants (see here for his NIH funding). This includes the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC). He is currently serving as the PI of the Neuroimaging Analysis Center (NAC) and the Quantitative Image Informatics for Cancer Research (QIICR). He is also the Director of Collaborations for the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT).

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Craig Peters

Professor Craig Peters

UT Southwestern Medical Centre, USA

  • Keynote: Robotics in Pediatric Surgery: The question of scale

Prof. Craig Peters received his MD and Urology residency from Johns Hopkins and completed a Pediatric Urology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has been on faculty at Children’s Boston and Harvard Medical School, the University of Virginia, the George Washington University and now the University of Texas Southwestern. He was Chief of Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.. He is now the Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Medical Center and Professor of Urology in Dallas, Texas. His clinical interests include perinatal urology, minimally invasive urology and vesicoureteral reflux. He has been an active basic researcher with NIH funding in the areas of congenital obstruction, bladder development and vesicoureteral reflux.

He has pioneered research and clinical applications of pediatric minimally invasive surgery, including robotics. He has chaired the AUA Guidelines Panel for Vesicoureteral Reflux, the data and safety board of the NIH RIVUR trial and the Section of Urology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He co-chaired the creation of a Pediatric Urology Research Strategic Plan for NIH. He is the pediatric editor of the Campbell-Walsh Textbook of Urology and recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Urological Association and the Advisory Council of the NIDDK at NIH. He serves on the Research Council of the AUA. Dr. Peters has published more than 185 original articles and over 100 chapters.

John Skinner

Professor John Skinner

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UK

  • Keynote: TBC

Prof. John Skinner qualified at King’s College Hospital School of Medicine in 1988. He trained in Norwich and London. He was appointed a senior lecturer at the Institute of Orthopaedics in 1999 and also a consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. His surgical practice is divided between bone and soft tissue tumours and hip and knee surgery. He has a large practice in revision joint replacements.

His research interests have included DVT prevention, aspects of reconstruction and implant design after tumour surgery. He chairs the Joint BOA, NJR, BHS and MHRA committee advising on aspects of metal bearing hips; and has been the advisor to the British Hip Society and the BOA on metal hips for the last 5 years. He is a co-director of the London Implant Retrieval Centre. He is the president of the British Hip Society.

In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious ABC travelling fellowship to the United States of America. At the RNOH Stanmore he chairs the Infection Control Committee and the Medical Staff Committee.