ARTORG Research Symposium 2023

Scientific Symposium commemorating 15 Years of the ARTORG Center

When: 17 January 2023, 13.00-17.30h
Where: Auditorium Langhans, Murtenstrasse 31


2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the ARTORG Center. Since its inception, ARTORG has quickly made itself a name in excellent biomedical engineering research from a clinical perspective. Through joining forces with the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics at the beginning of 2019, ARTORG broadened its portfolio to now 12 specialized research groups. It has forged an impressive track record of translational successes including the incubation of six highly successful Medtech startups. Through its embeddedness within the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern and its close collaboration with clinicians from the Bern University Hospital, Insel Gruppe, Bern Psychiatry Services (UPD) as well as strong ties to local and international industry and the translational expertise of the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine, sitem-insel, ARTORG has become a go-to turntable for Medtech research and development in Switzerland and beyond.

At its anniversary year, it is time to look into ARTORG´s future - setting the cornerstones for disruptive developments that improve patient health and transform the healthcare system. This Scientific Symposium will share the visions of ARTORG group leaders with inspirational keynotes by the ARTORG Scientific Advisory Board members. 

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Program ARTORG Symposium 2023
Time Subject Speaker
13.00h Opening of Symposium Prof. Raphael Sznitman, Director ARTORG Center
13.00h Welcome words from the University Prof. Christian Leumann, Rector University of Bern
13.05h Welcome words from the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Claudio Bassetti, Dean Medical Faculty, University of Bern
13.10h 15 years of the ARTORG Center Prof. Raphael Sznitman
Session Artificial Intelligence in Health
13.15h Keynote Talk Prof. Nassir Navab, TUM,
13.45h ARTORG group presentations Prof. Mauricio Reyes
Prof. Stavroula Mougiakakou
Prof. Raphael Sznitman
14.15h Coffee Break
Session Image Guidance, Sensing and Modeling
14.40h Keynote Talk  Prof. Elena de Momi, Polytechnical University of Milan,
15.10h ARTORG group presentations Prof. Tobias Nef
Dr. Wilhelm Wimmer
Prof. Stefan Weber
Prof. Olivier Guenat
15.50h Keynote Talk Prof. Sabeth Verpoorte, University of Groningen,
16.20h Coffee Break
Session Modeling and Biomechanics
16.40h ARTORG group presentations
Prof. Philippe Zysset
Prof. Philippe Büchler
Prof. Dominik Obrist
Dr. Francesco Clavica
17.30h Keynote Talk Prof. Pascal Verdonck, Ghent University,
18.00h Closing words Prof. Raphael Sznitman
18.00h Apéro

Nassir Navab

Nassir Navab is a full professor and director of the Laboratories for Computer Aided Medical Procedures at Technical University of Munich (TUM) and an adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University with secondary faculty appointments at TUM’s Medical School. He is also the director of biannual Medical Augmented Reality school series at Balgrist Hospital in Zurich. He is a Member of Akademia Europaea, and received the prestigious MICCAI Enduring Impact Award in 2021 and IEEE ISMAR 10 Years Lasting Impact Award in 2015. In 2001, while acting as distinguished member of technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) in Princeton, he received the prestigious Siemens Inventor of the Year Award for the body of his work in interventional imaging. He also received the SMIT Technology Award in 2010.

Before joining TUM in 2003, he had completed his PhD at INRIA and University of Paris XI in France and had enjoyed a two-years postdoctoral fellowship at MIT Media Laboratory before acquiring nine years of industrial research experience at SCR. He is Fellow of the MICCAI Society and acted on its board of directors from 2007 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2017. He is also an IEEE Fellow and Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) and one of the founders of IEEE Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) and has been serving on its Steering Committee since 2001. He is the author of hundreds of peer reviewed scientific papers and 55 granted US and over 80 international patents. He served as General Chair for MICCAI 2015, ISMAR 2001, 2005 and 2014. He is a funding board member of IPCAI 2010-2021 and Area Chair for ICCV 2021 and ECCV 2020. He is on the editorial board of many international journals including IEEE TMI and MedIA. As of December 12, 2022, his papers have received over 58,000 citations and enjoy an h-index of 105. His fields of interest include Robotic Imaging, Augmented Reality, Computer-Assisted Interventions, Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

Elena de Momi

Elena De Momi, MSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2002, PhD in Bioengineering in 2006, currently Associate Professor in the Electronic Information and Bioengineering Department (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano. She is co-founder of the Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory, in 2008, being responsible of the Medical Robotics section. IEEE Senior Member, she is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Robotics Research, of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, Frontiers in Robotics and AI and Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing.

From 2016 she has been an Associated Editor of IEEE ICRA, IROS and BioRob, Area Chair of MICCAI and she is currently Publication Co-Chair of ICRA 2019. She is responsible for the lab course in Medical Robotics and of the course on Clinical Technology Assessment of the MSc degree in Biom. Eng. at Politecnico di Milano and she serves in the board committee of the PhD course in Bioengineering.
Her academic interests include computer vision and image-processing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and simulators, teleoperation, haptics, medical robotics, human robot interaction. She participated to several EU funded projects in the field of Surgical Robotics (ROBOCAST, ACTIVE and EuRoSurge, where she was PI for partner POLIMI). She is currently PI for POLIMI of the EDEN2020 project, aimed at developing a neurosurgery drug delivery system and of the ATLAS MSCA-ITN-2018-EJD, and coordinator of the MSCA-IF-2017 – Individual Fellowships. She has been evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission in FP6, FP7 and H2020.

Sabeth Verpoorte

E.M.J. (Sabeth) Verpoorte is a professor of microfluidics and miniaturized «lab-on-a-chip» systems in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She has more than 30 years of research experience in the microfluidics or lab-on-a-chip field. Her introduction to the field came in 1990, when she arrived from Canada as a postdoctoral researcher in the pioneering lab-on-a-chip group headed by Professor A. Manz at Ciba Ltd., Basel, Switzerland.

In July 1996 she became a team leader in the group of Professor Nico F. de Rooij at the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where her research interests concentrated on microfluidics for (bio)analytical applications. In Groningen, her interests since 2003 have come to include organ-on-a-chip applications, in addition to microfluidic devices for miniaturized analytical instrumentation. Sabeth was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Tampere University (Finland) for her work on lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip research as well as for long-standing interdisciplinary collaborations.

Pascal Verdonck

Pascal Verdonck was born in 1963 in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated in 1986 as Master of Science Civil Engineering @ Ghent University. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration (1989), Master of Science Biomedical Engineering (1993) and PhD (1993) @ Ghent University. For twenty years he was at Ghent University with visiting professorships at Imperial College London and the Universities of Paris XII, Groningen and Bologna. He took an eight-year sabbatical as CEO of the private hospital Maria Middelares.

He is now full professor of medical technology at Ghent University and visiting professor at the KULeuven and Vlerick Business School. He is chairman of the board of Artevelde University College of Applied Sciences, and the AZ Maria Middelares Hospital. He is also an active member of the board of directors of the Belgian Association of Hospital Directors and the European Association of Hospital Managers. He is member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, & member of the advisory board of several MedTech “start & scale-ups” and, MEDVIA, an industry driven network set up as a public private partnership with the Flemish government, stimulating innovations in healthcare.


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Looking forward to welcoming you!