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Adrian Aguilera, PhD

UC Berkeley, USA

UC San Francisco, USA

Research Focus

Adrian’s research focuses on mobile health as it relates to low-income, disadvantaged and underserved populations. He believes that mobile technologies hold promise for improving population health, but unless they are developed and tested with those who are most in need and have costly chronic illnesses, the ultimate impact will be limited. Adrian’s area of expertise is in mobile health applied to mental health.


Adrian Aguilera researches the use of mobile technology to improve mental health among disadvantaged populations. His research is focused on using text messaging as an adjunct to psychotherapy for depression.


John Ainsworth, MSc

University of Manchester, England 

Research Focus

John Ainsworth’s research focuses on passive sensing systems, systems integration, data and knowledge management, coproduction of health, and mental health.


John Ainsworth is a Senior Research Fellow and deputy director of the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester, with wide experience in applying information technology to health care problems, focusing on the research and design of mobile health applications for mental health.



Urs-Vito Albrecht, Dr med, MPH

Hannover Medical School, Germany

Peter L Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, Germany

Research Focus

Urs-Vito Albrecht’s research focus is on developing mobile devices and applications for health that are practical for their users, with specific considerations on their usability.


Urs-Vito Albrecht is the Deputy Director of the Peter L Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, secretary of the Research Ethics Committee of the Hannover Medical School, and a principal investigator of mHealth. He is a physician with clinical experience in internal medicine, emergency medicine and legal medicine. He has also acquired a degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology and public health ethics.


Matthew Bars, MS, CTTS


FDNY Tobacco Treatment Program, WTC Medical Monitoring Program, USA

Jersey City Medical Center IQuit Smoking Center, USA

Research Focus

Matthew Bars’ research focuses on treatment, management, and administration of nicotine addiction using biosensor and mobile health platforms.


Matthew Bars is a Masters Clinical Psychologist and has been engaged in the treatment, management, and administration of nicotine addiction services since 1980. He is the CEO and cofounder of IntelliQuit, a first in class biosensor and mobile health platform assisting smokers in conquering tobacco addiction; Matthew has also been called to testify before the FDA and other governmental entities concerning various tobacco topics. Matthew is the co-developer and Clinical Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program of the New York City Fire Department. Since 9/11/2001, FDNY tobacco prevalence has been reduced by 80 percent. Matthew is the Chairman of the Policy & Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Smoking Cessation and has been retained by the American College of Chest Physicians as a principal author for their Tobacco Treatment Toolkit –an online training and consultation document for pulmonologists and other clinicians worldwide. Recently, Matthew was appointed to the faculty of St. George’s University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.


Yuki Byambasuren, MD

Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia

Research Focus

Yuki Byambasuren’s research interests include health app evaluation and regulation, the role of mHealth in improving healthcare accessibility, self-management of chronic conditions, and effectiveness of behavior change interventions.


Yuki Byambasuren is a medical doctor from Mongolia. She has a Master of Medical Research in biomedical science from Griffith University, Australia. Her PhD is exploring smartphone health apps, with a special focus on clinical evidence and their prescribability in primary care settings.



Casimiro Dias, MBA, MPH, PhD 

World Health Organization, Health Systems and Public Health, Geneva, Switzerland

Research Focus

Casimiro Dias’ research focuses on research priority setting, strengthening health systems through information and communication technologies (ICT), scale-up and integration of health services through ICT.


Casimiro Dias is a public health specialist at the World Health Organization. He is a technical officer, health systems and public health, with extensive experience at the European and global level. He is currently responsible for the coordination of the WHO European Action Plan on Public Health since 2008. He is a member of the Gulbenkian Platform for a Sustainable Health System and the global initiative of “a Future for Health”.



Lucien Engelen

Director of the Radboud REshape Innovation Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands

National ICT Institute for Healthcare (NICTIZ), Netherlands

Singularity University / Exponential Medicine, USA 

Research Focus

Lucien Engelen’s research focus is to try to close the gap between the upcoming (exponential) technology and patients’ needs. This includes studying monitoring, mHealth, online tools, and sharing information through the Internet.


Lucien Engelen is the Director of REshape, an advisor to the Executive Board of the Radboud University Medical Center, the Head of the Regional Emergency Network, Chief Imagineer Dutch National ICT Institute for Healthcare (NICTIZ), and a faculty member at the Singularity University / Exponential Medicine, Silicon Valley.



Mircea Focsa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Medical Informatics and Biostatistics Department, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara (Romania)

Research Focus

Mircea Focsa’s research focuses on medical ontologies development, supporting the management and semantic interrogation of the medical records, and finally the interoperability of the EHR systems. His research also focuses on the secondary use of medical data as well as the development of eLearning tools and methods for medical education. 


Mircea Focsa is a medical doctor specializing in public health and healthcare management. He earned his PhD in medical informatics with a thesis approaching the quality evaluation of EHR systems. He taught medical informatics and biostatistics courses at all levels of medical school. Dr. Focsa was involved as a member or team leader in several European and national research projects related to EHR systems (QREC, EHR-QTN, epSOS), medical education and eLearning. In 2012 he led the interoperability group - part of the Theme Advisory Committee for Health Services (CCTSS) of the Romanian Ministry of Health. More recently, he supported the implementation for the first time in Romania of a Patient Recruitment System for clinical studies. Dr. Focsa was also involved in numerous clinical research projects, in specialties like gastroenterology, neurology, cardiology or public health. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, conference papers and presentations that attracted more than 400 citations.


Chris Gibbons, PhD

University of Cambridge, UK

Research Focus

Chris Gibbons’s research interests include computer adaptive testing, psychometrics, machine learning, digital footprints and computational behavioural science.


Chris Gibbons is an NIHR Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research and Director of Health Assessment and Innovation at The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge. His primary research interests are the electronic assessment of patient-reported outcomes as well as the integration of modern psychometric techniques and machine learning to improve assessment and benefit a wide range of stakeholders in international health services.



Eric Hekler, PhD

Arizona State University, USA 

Research Focus

Eric Hekler’s research centers around the design and evaluation of technology-mediated interventions and thus sits at the intersection of behavioral science, health, HCI, and now, more recently, control systems engineering. He is interested in research utilizing the following methods: user-centered design; single-case experimental designs; intervention optimization experiments (eg, fractional factorial study designs that are being utilized as part of the multiphase optimization strategy) and; simulation modelling of behavioral theories. He is also interested in research on mHealth, UbiComp, and wearable sensors.


Eric Hekler conducts research on how to design and evaluate health behavior change technologies (eg, just in time adaptive mHealth interventions, online support groups, UbiComp Sensor/Feedback intervention systems). He has received numerous awards for his research such as a Best Paper Award at the 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference and a recently awarded Google Research Award focused on designing systems to help individuals design their own interventions.



Kamal Jethwani, MD, PhD

Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Boston, USA

Research Focus 

Kamal Jethwani’s research focuses on the creative application of widely available consumer technologies (eg, mobile & Web-based apps, sensors & wearables) and information and communication technologies (eg, social media) to help individuals create and sustain behavior change for better health and empower patients in self-managing chronic conditions. Besides rigorous clinical trials and pilots, he has also employed evaluative methods that assess the efficacy and effectiveness of connected health programs in “real-world” settings. These evaluative methodologies are more representative of how technology-based programs are deployed, adopted and engaged with, and are very valuable to stakeholders in the industry.


Kamal Jethwani is a physician-researcher with expertise in testing new models of health care delivery through leveraging information technology and widely available consumer technologies as well as sensors and medical devices. For the past 4 years, his research has focused on addressing patient engagement through the creation and testing of simple, patient-centered innovations for improving health outcomes and reducing inefficiencies in care delivery.



Walter Karlen, PhD

Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland

Research Focus

Walter Karlen's research focus lies in the sensing at the point of care. This sensing can enable diagnosis, monitoring, and treatments as well as real-time closed-loop interactions with users. His current projects include the implementation of biomedical sensors on mobile phones for global health applications. He works on the improvement of clinical decision support with the design of adaptive systems, smart alarms, and optimized user-machine interaction. He covers mostly the technical aspects of mobile health and point-of-care devices such as real-time biomedical signal processing, mobile computing, sensors and systems design, and quality control. With a technology background and many years of clinical experience, his expertise also lies in the clinical validation of biomedical systems.


Walter Karlen is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) where he is heading the Mobile Health Systems Lab. His research focuses on the technical aspects of mobile health and point-of-care devices such as real-time biomedical signal processing, mobile computing, sensors and systems design, and quality control with applications to global health challenges.


Spyros Kitsiou, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of the mHealth Innovation Lab, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Research Focus

Syros Kitsiou’s research focuses on methodological aspects of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the evaluation of health information systems with an emphasis on the adoption, sophistication, and organizational impact of HIT in health care settings, and the effectiveness of telehealth and mobile health interventions as patient management approaches for chronic diseases.


Spyros Kitsiou received his PhD in Health Informatics at the University of Macedonia, Greece in 2010. He has worked as a principal investigator and collaborator in several health informatics research and development projects funded by the European Commission. From 2010 to 2012 he was an adjunct professor at the University of Macedonia and a visiting lecturer at the Aristotle University. He moved to HEC Montreal in June 2012 to join the Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health Care as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of the chairholder, Dr Guy Paré. In July 2014, he moved on to become an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



Jing Li, PhD

Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, USA

State University of New York System, USA 

Research Focus

Jing Li’s research focuses on mobile health and data collection, social media in health, health informatics, statistical modelling and coding in health care, big data in health care, sales and marketing in pharmacy, population and economics, sociology of health, and health finance in relation to mobile health.


Jing Li has seven years of professional experience in analytics in health care area across pharmaceutical companies and care providers. She is specialized in health care data collection, processing and analyses through advanced and integrated IT technologies. She is also specialized in partnership building and changing management in connecting data-driven models and insights with IT innovations and solutions that can be implemented in actual health care practices.



Patricia Mechael, PhD, MHS

mHealth Alliance and Faculty, Columbia University, USA

Research Focus

Patricia Mechael’s research interests are in mHealth and mobile finance in the health sector in low and middle income countries.


Patricia Mechael is executive director of the mHealth Alliance and faculty at the Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has spent over 15 years catalyzing global health movements- including 10 years unlocking the potential of mobile technology and driving ground-breaking innovation to solve global health challenges with experience working in over 30 low and middle income countries.



Frederic Michard, MD, PhD

Research Focus

Frederic Michard's research focus over the past 15 years has included cardiorespiratory monitoring in the OR and the ICU and fluid management. His current research focus is health monitoring beyond the OR and the ICU with digital innovations and wearable technologies.


Frederic Michard is a critical care physician trained in Paris, France, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. He is a published researcher and frequent lecturer at conferences on cardio-respiratory physiology, monitoring solutions , and digital innovations.



Frederick Muench, PhD

North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, USA

Research Focus

Frederick Muench’s research areas include intervention development, text messaging, passive sensing, agile design, participatory design, self-modelling, sensors, and heart rate variability.


Frederick Muench is the Director of Digital Health Interventions at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital. He was a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Director of Research and Development at StressEraser. He is the founder of Mobile Health Interventions, a company which helps clinicians and researchers create their own health-based mobile messaging programs. He has several grants to study the mechanisms of mobile interventions to promote healthy behavior.



Bambang Parmanto, PhD 

Health Information Management, University of Pittsburgh

Research Focus

Bambang Parmanto’s research focuses on clinician-directed mHealth system to support secure real-world monitoring and two-way communication between patients and therapists. He has collaborated with clinicians from various specialties to develop telehealth and mhealth systems.


Bambang Parmanto is recognized as an expert on telehealth and mobile health. He has successfully led the development of telehealth software, including VISYTER (Versatile and Integrated System for Telerehabilitation), a secure, cost-effective, integrated platform to support remote delivery of rehabilitation to homes and small clinics. He leads the development of iMHere (interactive Mobile Health & Rehabilitation), an innovative mHealth for supporting self-management for individuals with chronic disease and disabilities. He has developed an award-winning mHealth system called SmartCAT, a smartphone-enhanced child anxiety treatment using ecological momentary intervention (EMI); and the IMHere system, a novel mHealth system for supporting self-care in management of complex and chronic conditions.



Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis'), BSc, BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, UK


Thanasis is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Data Science at the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Signal Processing and Communications, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Prior to his current post, he was a Research Fellow (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer (2014-2016), and Lecturer (2016) at the University of Oxford. His expertise is in time-series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning, with applications primarily in the medical domain. He has a long-standing interest in developing accurate and cost-effective monitoring tools for neurological disorders and mental disorders, capitalizing on minimally disruptive signals such as speech, longitudinal self-assessments on standardized questionnaires, and passively collected data from wearables and smartphones. His aim is to be developing robust decision support tools to facilitate diagnosis, symptom tracking, and rehabilitation.



Robyn Whittaker, MBChB MPH PhD FNZCPHM 

Health Informatics & Technology, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research Focus

Robyn Whittaker’s research focuses on mHealth, healthy behavior change, text messaging, and public health.


Robyn Whittaker is a public health physician and mHealth researcher. She has been developing and trialling mHealth interventions for approximately 10 years, with a particular focus on supporting healthy behavior change and self-management of long-term conditions. She has been an invited expert on the US Department of Health & Human Services Text4Health Task-force and for the World Health Organization/International Telecommunications Union Global mCessation project.



Daidi Zhong, PhD

Bioengineering College at Chongqing University, China

Research Focus

Daidi Zhong’s research focuses on signal processing, medical device regulation, device interoperability, personal health devices, and standardization of device interoperability. He was one of the key designers of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard.


Daidi Zhong is the professor of Bioengineering College at Chongqing University. He is the Chair of IEEE 11073 Personal Health Device Workgroup, leading and contributing to numerous international and national standard developing projects in personal health domain.


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