Francesca Santoro - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Marcello Ienca - ETH Zurich, Davide Valeriani - Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

Target: students and general audience

The webinar is an interactive discussion on how technology is transforming medicine and healthcare. We will present an overview of the main technologies currently used or under development, ranging from artificial intelligence diagnostic systems to tissue electronics and brain-computer interfaces for rehabilitation. The ethical aspects of merging human judgement with machines in medicine will also be discussed. Speakers: Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich; Francesca Santoro, IIT Napoli; Davide Valeriani, Massachusetts Eye and Ear / Harvard Medical School, Boston

Francesca Santoro received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy) with specialization in biomaterials. She received a PhD in 2014 in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in a joint partnership between the RWTH Aachen and the Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany) with a scholarship by the International Helmholtz Research School in Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft). In October 2014, she joined the Cui Lab - Chemistry at Stanford University (USA) and received a research fellowship in 2016 by the Heart Rhythm Society (sponsored by St. Jude Medical). She joined IIT in July 2017 and is leading the 'Tissue Electronics' lab at CABHC-Naples. In 2018 she has been awarded the MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator ITALIA and EUROPE and the 'Premio Italia Giovane'. In 2019 she has been nominated MIT Technology Review Ambassador, has been included in the list of '100 women who are changing the world' and among the 50 italian women running as women of the year by the national newspaper 'La Repubblica'.

Marcello Ienca is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of neurotechnology and artificial intelligence, with particular focus on big data trends in neuroscience and biomedicine, human-machine interaction, social robotics, digital health and cognitive assistance for people with intellectual disabilities. He is interested in comparative approaches to the study of human and artificial cognition. Ienca is the Principal Investigator of multi-disciplinary federal research projects and has received several awards for social responsibility in science and technology such as the Prize Pato de Carvalho (Portugal), the Vontobel Award for Ageing Research (Switzerland), and the Paul Schotsmans Prize from the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME). Ienca is serving as appointed member or expert advisor in a number of national and international governance bodies including the Steering Group on Neurotechnology and Society of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence.

Davide Valeriani is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dystonia and Speech Motor Control Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear & Harvard Medical School. Dr. Valeriani received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Parma (Italy) and his Ph.D. in Brain-Computer Interfaces from the University of Essex (UK). His research interests are in the area of computational neuroscience and machine learning, with particular interests in the area of automatic diagnosis of movement disorders and brain-computer interfaces for human enhancement. He is a co-investigator in a project funded by the US DoD and UK MOD to develop optimal human-machine collaboration in strategic decision making