Prof.dr. Sidarto Bambang Oetomo

Dr. Sidarto Bambang Oetomo received his MD in 1979 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He specialized in Pediatrics in the Elizabeth Hospital Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles and in the Beatrix Children’s Hospital University of Groningen. Subsequently he trained in Neonatology in the latter institution. During his training he performed research in neonatal pulmonary medicine and wrote a PhD thesis entitled "Treatment of pulmonary surfactant deficiency". In 1988 he spent one year as Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Perinatal Medicine at Harbor UCLA in Torrance California USA. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as associate professor and neonatologist in the Beatrix Children’s Hospital University of Groningen. In 1996 he was appointed as professor of Neonatology at the University of Groningen. His research was focused on neonatal lung disease. In 2003 he accepted the position of neonatologist at the Maxima Medical Center Veldhoven, the Netherlands. In 2007 he was appointed as Professor of Industrial Design (part time) Faculty of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Presently his research is dedicated to the design of technologies to reduce pain and stress in premature infants and to promote comfort and mother-child bonding.

Prof.dr. Gunnar Naulaers

Gunnar Naulaers received his MD degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1990. He completed his postgraduate training in Paediatrics and Neonatology between 1990-1997 at the University Hospitals Leuven. He is the head of the neonatal intensive care unit at the University Hospitals Leuven since 2007.His main research interest is in neonatal brain monitoring and especially near-infrared spectroscopy. He completed a PhD in 2003 with the title : “Non-invasive measurement of the cerebral and splanchnic circulation by near-infrared spectroscopy”. The current research is mainly focused on the clinical use of near-infrared spectroscopy and EEG in neonatology and the non-invasive measurement of cerebral autoregulation in neonates. These projects are in close collaboration with the signal analysis engineering department of Prof Van Huffel (ESAT, KU Leuven). He published 120 international peer-reviewed papers of which 45 regarding neonatal monitoring. Internationally more than 20 invited lectures were given.

Prof.dr. S. Guid Oei

Guid Oei studied at the medical school of Leiden University in the Netherlands and specialised as Obstetrician Gynaecologist. He subspecialised in perinatology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Since 1996 he is working as OB/Gyn Perinatologist at Máxima Medical Center (MMC) in Eindhoven. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Fundamental Perinatology at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is Head of the Department of Obstetrics of MMC. From 2005 until 2011 he was founder and Dean of the MMC Academy and Medical Director of the Medical Simulation and Education Centre in Eindhoven. In 2011 he became member of the board of the Dutch Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NVOG). Guid Oei is founder and past president of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His main research interests are preterm delivery, fetal monitoring, and medical modeling and simulation. He is (co)author of more than 200 scientific papers and/or book chapters.

Dr.ir. Chiara Rabotti

Chiara Rabotti received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 2004. From 2009 till 2010 she was employed as a researcher by Twente Medical Systems International (TMSi). In 2010 she received the Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on the characterization of uterine activity during pregnancy. Since 2011, she has been a PostDoctoral researcher at the Signal Processing Systems Group at the Electrical Engineering Department of the TU/e. Her research interests include biomedical signal processing and modeling with specific focus on electrohysterography, electromyography, and electrocardiography.

Prof.dr.ir. C.J. (Hans) van Duijn

Hans van Duijn has been Professor of Mathematics (Applied Analysis) in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2000. Previously he worked at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, was a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and an extraordinary professor at Leiden University. His field of research concerns nonlinear partial differential equations. In 1996 he was awarded the Leermeester Prize by Delft University of Technology and in 1998 the Max Planck Award by the German government. Hans van Duijn studied Applied Physics at the TU/e and received his doctorate in Mathematics by Leiden University. He has been Rector Magnificus at TU/e since 2005.

Prof.dr.ir. Sabine Van Huffel

Sabine Van Huffel (54) is a professor in Leuven at the Electrical Engineering faculty since 1998. She is the head of the Biomedical Data Processing research group, which counts, amongst others, fifteen PhD students and seven postdocs. The synergistic combination of scientific depth and orientation towards application characterize her. Her book from 1991, “The Total Least Squares Problem”, has become a standard work, with over a thousand citations. She collaborates closely with many leading physicians, and has over three hundred publications to her name in a mix of technical and medical journals. Furthermore, Van Huffel is a Fellow with the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Additionally, she is the treasurer of the Benelux chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. In Belgium, Van Huffel is a well-known role model for women in science. She was advisor to the board of equal chances and diversity (Gelijke Kansen en Diversiteit) at the KU Leuven, and has significantly contributed to the enthusiasm of girls for technical studies.

Dr.ir. Marjolein van Lieshout

Marjolein van Lieshout has been working for Philips Research for the past seven years. She has worked in various fields, but mostly in the area of Mother and Child Care for healthy, term babies and more recently in the area of Mother and Child Care in healthcare. She is a chemist by origin, and has worked as a perfusionist during heart surgery. She obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Dr.ir. Rik Vullings

Rik Vullings received the M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from the TU/e in 2005. In 2010 he received the PhD degree (Electrical Engineering, TU/e) on the analysis and interpretation of the non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram. Partly based on the results of his M.Sc. and PhD projects, in 2009 he received a grant to (co-)found the spin-off company Nemo Healthcare. Currently, he is working as PostDoctoral researcher at the Signal Processing Systems group at the Electrical Engineering department of the TU/e and partly for Nemo Healthcare. His research interests include biomedical signal processing and modeling, specifically electrocardiography (fetal, unobtrusive).