Speaker biographies

Rod Hose

Rod is Professor of Computational Biomechanics at USFD, and will be the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project. He was the PI for VPH-Share, and was work package leader for valvular disease in euHeart. He was a co-author of the white paper that launched the Virtual Physiological Human initiative.

After graduating in mathematics from the University of Manchester, he joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate apprentice engineer. From 1977 to 1992 he worked as a stress engineer and as a consultant structural analyst for several companies in the aerospace, motor vehicle and general engineering sectors. During this period Rod also completed his PhD in applied mechanics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Structures at the University of Salford.

He moved to Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1994, where he was initially responsible for the development of undergraduate teaching in medical physics and had a primary research interest in the computational analysis of heart valve prostheses. Rod joined academia in 1992 as a lecturer in Aircraft Rod and is currently Professor of Computational Biomechanics in the Medical Physics Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Science.

Marian Bubak

Marian Bubak has an MSc degree in technical physics and PhD in computer science. He is an adjunct at the Institute of Computer Science and ACC Cyfronet AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland, and a Professor of Distributed System Enginnering at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, grid systems, and e-science; he is the author of around 200 papers in this area, co-editor of 28 proceedings of international conferences and the Associate Editor of FGCS Grid Computing.

In the CrossGrid Project he was the leader of the Architecture Team, the Scientific Coordinator of the K-WfGrid, a member of the Integration Monitoring Committee of theCoreGRID, and the WP leader in ViroLab and GREDIA EU IST projects. He is the strategic planning team leader in the PL-Grid Project.

Cemil Göksu

Cemil graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon where he obtained an engineering degree and a masters degree specialising in bioengineering and medical imaging in 2001.

He joined the Image and Signal Processing Laboratory (LTSI Inserm U642) as a PhD student from 2001 to 2005. His research activities contributed to the design and development of an image-guided system for endovascular surgery.

In 2007, he was the co-founder of Therenva and has been the CEO since. It was awarded by the French Ministry of Research at the 2007 Innovative Startup Contest and first prize winner of the 2008 AGBM Innovative Medical Device Technology Award.

Pim Tonino

Pim Tonino is an Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Division of Cardiac monitoring (CCU) and first-aid heart. He is also still very active in scientific research after gaining a PhD (cum laude) at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) in 2010.

He is currently training to become a cardiologist, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven Education Medicine, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Jürgen Weese

Jürgen is a Research Fellow and was overall coordinator of euHeart. He works on medical image analysis related topics and is responsible for several Philips-internal projects. He will contribute to the image segmentation related tasks in EurValve. He has been with Philips Research since 1994.

He has been working in the area of medical imaging, computer assisted diagnosis and image guided therapy, and made numerous important contributions. In particular, he introduced software technology for the automatic generation of personalised heart and organ models from medical images that is a key component of an increasing number of innovative products. With his application-focused approach and contributions, he strongly influences the future development of cardio-vascular imaging solutions for diagnosis and therapy.

He is the author (and co-author) of more than 120 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His inventions resulted in over 30 granted US patents and 25 US patent applications. Jürgen received numerous awards for important product transfers. In 2006, he received the Eduard Pannenborg Award for his outstanding research contributions.

Herman ter Horst

Herman is a Principal Scientist and works on decision support in healthcare applications with special focus on algorithms that realise machine learning and knowledge representation and reasoning. He has been working on this topic in Philips-internal projects and also in European projects, in particular in VPH-Share and HeartCycle.

Michel Rochette

Michel graduated from the University of Nice in 1990 where he obtained a PhD degree in mathematics. He founded CADOE, a math company for 3D parametric simulation in 1994. After the acquisition by ANSYS he has been leading the research for two main topics: patient specific simulation and reduced order modelling.

His research team has two senior research engineers and five PhD students mainly focused on patient specific simulation. As the leader of the ANSYS medical initiative he manages partnership with academic labs, university hospitals, medical software vendors, medical devices companies and medical imaging companies. He is in charge of the development and validation of medical vertical applications developed with partners.

Piotr Nowakowski

As a scientific programmer and IT architect at ACC CYFRONET AGH, Piotr is responsible for developing IT solutions for domain scientists with whom the DICE Team collaborates in the scope of European and national research projects. He also coordinates DICE participation in collaborative research undertakings.

His interests focus on distributed data storage mechanisms and data access optimisation. In addition to his work at ACC Cyfronet AGH Piotr also co-manages a private IT enterprise which specialises in developing custom software for commercial clients.

Titus Kühne

Titus is formally affiliated with the DHZB and the Charité, Medical University Berlin where he has a Professorship for Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging and Image-based Modelling. His expertise in imaging of all age groups, image post-processing and image-based modelling will be used in EurValve.

He also is the PI in the Cardioproof project that focused on model validation and the SystemsMedizin Initiative where he is heading one of the demonstrator projects.