Keynote speakers

Dorin Comaniciu, PhD Portrait of Dorin Comaniciu

Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovations, Siemens Healthineers

Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare: From Patient Twinning to Precision Therapy

We are concluding an exciting period of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Discovery in healthcare. Numerous AI solutions have been developed, tested, and some of them deployed in clinical workflows. Medical imaging, in particular, has been a fertile ground of AI experimentation and innovation, most likely due to its closeness to computer vision, a field that has attracted the most AI investment. Nevertheless, when we examine the impact of AI on clinical workflows, we recognize that more focus is needed to translate AI into value for clinicians and their patients. Our conjecture is that after the AI Discovery phase, we will enter an equally exciting, but different period, of AI Operationalization, focused on translation, clinical value, performance, and automation. Furthermore, a third period will be about AI solving Grand Healthcare Challenges, such as Data Integration / Standardization and the problem of Health Management. We will illustrate these advances with multiple clinical examples, covering the personalization of patient sensing, diagnosis, and therapy selection – calledPatient Twinning – and the delivery of image-guided Precision Therapy.

Biography: Dorin Comaniciu serves as Senior Vice President for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation at Siemens Healthineers. His scientific contributions to computational imaging and machine intelligence have translated to multiple clinical products focused on improving the quality of care, specifically in the fields of diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, and precision medicine. Dr. Comaniciu is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Top Innovator of Siemens. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is recipient of multiple honors, including an honorary doctorate and the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision. Comaniciu is listed on Wikipedia's list of prolific inventors with 306 granted US patents on healthcare technology. He has co-authored 350 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of machine intelligence, medical imaging, and precision medicine, which have received 53,000 citations, with an h-index of 84. He is an advocate for technological innovation that saves and enhances lives, addressing critical issues in global health.

Prof. Dr. Julia SchnabelPortrait of Julia Schnabel

Professor for Computational Imaging and AI in Medicine, Helmholtz Munich, Technical University of Munich and King's College London

FIDL: Fetal Imaging with Deep Learning

Fetal imaging is conventionally carried out using ultrasound sonography as the modality of choice, due to its non-ionising nature, real-time acquisition, portability, low cost and wide availability. However, it also requires significant operator skills and can be of variable image quality, making accurate manual measurements required for fetal biometrics often challenging. Deep learning has proven to be a game changer in this application, as it can directly operate on the incoming ultrasound video stream in near-real time, allowing for online semantic detection, labelling, measurements, and ultimately, clinical reporting. In this talk I will present our work in this field, as part a large interdisciplinary project on intelligent fetal imaging and diagnosis ( which was fully embedded in a hospital setting for fast clinical translation.

Biography: Julia Schnabel graduated in Informatics (equiv. MSc) from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and was awarded the PhD in Computer Science from University College London, UK. After postdoc positions at University Medical Center Utrecht NL, King's College London and University College London, UK, she joined the University of Oxford, UK in 2007 as Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Medical Imaging), where she became Full Professor of Engineering Science by Recognition of Distinction in 2014. She subsequently joined King’s College London as a new Chair in Computational Imaging in 2015, and in 2021 also joined Technical University of Munich as Professor of Computational Imaging and AI in Medicine (TUM Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professorship) and Helmholtz Center Munich as the Director of a new Institute of Machine Learning in Biomedical Imaging (Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship). Julia's research interests include machine/deep learning, nonlinear motion modelling, as well as multimodality and quantitative imaging, for cancer imaging, cardiac imaging, neuroimaging and perinatal imaging.

She has been elected Fellow of IEEE (2021), ELLIS (2019), and MICCAI Society (2018). She is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, on the Editorial Board of Medical Image Analysis, and an Executive/Founding Editor of, a free open-access journal on machine learning in biomedical imaging. She currently serves as elected Technical Representative on IEEE EMBS AdCom, on the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing (BIIP), as Executive Secretary to the MICCAI Board of Directors, and as member of ELLIS Health and ELLIS Munich. Julia has been Program Chair of MICCAI 2018, General Chair of WBIR 2016 and IPMI 2021, and will be General Chair of WBIR 2022 (to be held in Munich), and of MICCAI 2024 (to be held for the first time in Africa: Marrakech, Morocco).

Prof. Dr. Klaas P. PrüssmannPortrait of Klaas Pruessmann

Professor for Bioimaging, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zürich and University of Zürich

Richer data, better defined: Gearing up MRI for the learning age

Artificial intelligence is set to change the use and utility of medical image data in essential ways. It promises to overcome limitations of human observers in terms of information throughput, depth of analysis, and cost. One challenge that learning-based AI and human readers share, however, is the need for extensive, well-characterized training data. Scarcity of relevant clinical data is one of the chief obstacles to learning approaches. This prob- lem is exacerbated by variability in imaging conditions and perturbation by uncontrolled factors, which further boost the amount of data required for robust training. Our hypothesis is that medical imaging technology should react to this combination of opportunity and obstruction. It should seek to boost the baseline information content of image data for AI to reap while taking tighter control of imaging processes to minimize training overhead. We argue that these objectives are in order particularly for MRI, which taps great amounts and diversity of information but is notoriously susceptible to perturbations.

Biography: Klaas Pruessmann studied Physics and Medicine at the University of Bonn, Germany, and graduated with a Physics Diploma in 1995. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from ETH Zurich in the year 2000. In 2002, he joined the ETH’s Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor. Since 2005, he has been a Full Professor of Bioimaging at ETH, co-affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich. Since 2012, he heads the two schools’ joint Institute for Biomedical Engineering.

His research focuses on biomedical imaging technology, particularly on magnetic resonance imaging, which he addresses at the levels of underlying physics, hardware, encoding strategies, signal processing, and image reconstruction. In the realm of instrumentation, his lab’s recent emphasis is on in-bore and on-patient sensing technology as well as equipment for ultra-fast and solid-state imaging.

Klaas has served as European Editor of NMR in Biomedicine and on the Editorial Boards of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and MAGMA. He is a recipient of the Laukien Prize of the Experimental NMR Conference (ENC), the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the European Magnetic Resonance Award. He is a Fellow and Honorary Member of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and a Fellow of ISMRM.