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The Speakers of the Big Datatalk


Maurizio Cecconi

Maurizio is Full Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Humanitas University and the Head of Department at the Humanitas Research Center in Milan. He previously worked as Reader and Clinical Director at the Adult Critical Care Department of St George's Hospital and University of London. He has been very active in clinical research in Intensive Care, Anesthesia, Perioperative and Emergency Medicine, focusing on hemodynamic monitoring and optimisation, physiology of critically ill patients, and epidemiology of perioperative outcomes. He served as Chair of Scientific Affairs of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and has recently been appointed President-elect for 2020-2021.

Riccardo Barbieri

Riccardo obtained his Master's degree in Electronic Engineering from La Sapienza University in 1992 and a PhD in Bioengineering from Boston University in 1998. He served as Research Affiliate at MIT, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and Assistant in Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2014 he became Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include mathematical modeling of biological systems (especially cardiovascular and both central and autonomic nervous systems) and biomedical signal processing, with emphasis on cardiovascular control and variability, EEG, Evoked Potentials, and single cell neuronal recordings.

Leo Anthony Celi

Leo has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. He is one of the course directors for "Global health informatics to improve quality of care", and "Secondary analysis of electronic health records", both at MIT. As principal research scientist at the Laboratory of Computational Physiology, he brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the ICU. Finally, Leo founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
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Armand Girbes

Armand is a Full Professor and Head of Department of Intensive Care Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He also qualified as Clinical Pharmacologist and continues activities in this field. Armand has performed many organizational tasks, both on a national and international level and contributed to several guidelines on IC organization and treatment. He served as international advisor for the Irish Healthcare Authorities and as General Secretary of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. He is currently working on making it possible for intubated patients to actually speak.

Ari Ercole

Ari became an anaesthetist after completing a PhD in Physics. He currently works as Lecturer and Consultant Anaesthetist at the University of Cambridge, and divides his time between clinical work, teaching and research. His clinical interest is in resuscitation, management of major trauma, and prehospital care. He has a particular research focus on applications of systems biology in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia. He is particularly interested in measurement and modelling cerebral perfusion, oxygenation and metabolism after traumatic brain injury. He has recently been nominated Chair of the Technology Assessment and Health Informatics group of the European Society of ICM.

Gilles Clermont

Gilles is Professor of Critical Care Medicine, of Industrial Engineering, and of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Medical Director of the Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Modeling. Gilles’s research interests include systems medicine, model-based personalized therapies, physiologic signal analysis, healthcare delivery systems, and mathematical modeling of disease states and recover. He is Co-Director of Pitt’s Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness Center, and co-founder of Immunetrics, a start-up company for estimation of the acute inflammatory response. Finally, he is member of numerous scientific societies, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Susana Vieira

Susana received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. She was Invited Teacher at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 2009, and Visiting Scholar at MIT in 2014. She is Assistant Professor at University of Lisbon and Senior Researcher at the Center of Intelligent Systems since 2012. Her main research area is Soft Computing: feature selection, fuzzy modeling, fuzzy optimization and metaheuristics. Her research focuses on computational intelligence methods for knowledge data discovery, to identify factors or features that lead to unfavorable clinical conditions of ICU patients, and design specific decision models that support clinicians’ decisions.

Matthieu Komorowski

Matthieu is a practicing clinician, holding full board certification in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in both France and the UK. He is a PhD student in Medicine and Bioengineering at the Imperial College London, a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an affiliate of Harvard University, where he taught Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. His work on reinforcement learning applied to sepsis resuscitation was awarded the first prize of Research and Innovation by the British Royal Society of Medicine and was recently published in Nature Medicine.

Paul Elbers

Paul is an Intensivist at Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, Amsterdam. He previously focused his studies on quantitative acid base analysis, fluid therapy, ultrasound, pharmacokinetics, and human microcirculation. He curated Stewart's Textbook of Acid-Base and founded He later developed ICARUS, the Intensive Care Ultrasound program at VU. More recently, he expanded his interests in medical information technology and supervised the creation of AutoKinetics, an algorithm for correct dosing of antibiotics in the critically ill patient. He is Deputy Chair of the Data Science section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and was involved in the public release of the AmsterdamUMCdb.

Arturo Chiti

Arturo is Director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Humanitas Clinical and Research Institute and serves as Full Professor in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy at the Humanitas University in Milan. His main field of interest is oncology, where he has extensive experience in leading clinical, educational and research projects, and also scientific associations and committees. He contributed to numerous guidelines and standardisation initiatives. Recently, Arturo has invested in radiomics, mining of parameters from texture analysis of medical images, and machine learning techniques (e.g. convolutional neural networks). He is currently coordinating projects dealing with solid cancers, in particular lung cancer.

Diego Fulco

Diego is a certified lawyer enrolled in the Bar of Milan since 1997 and is partner of Net for Legal. He works as consultant for large societies including multinational corporations. He provides legal advice as expert of technology and communication right, personal data protection, pharmaceutical right, insurance right and administrative business resposponsibility (231), outsourcing and computer contracts, and protection of industrial and intellectual property in the digital field. He is professor of Diritto per l'impresa e la comunicazione digitale at the IULM University in Milan. He is the Scientific Director of the Istituto Italiano Privacy, and member of the Scientific Committee of ANORC Professioni.
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Manuela Ferrario

Manuela received her PhD degree in Bioengineering in 2007 and is currently Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano. She collaborated with the Renal Research Institute in New York, San Bortolo Hospital in Vicenza, Università Tor Vergata in Rome and San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Her research interests include mathematical modeling of physiological systems, signal processing, non linear and variability analysis of cardiovascular signals, data mining and prediction models. Her current work involves metabolomics and integration of multilevel data for septic shock patients and animal models of circulatory shock. She is on the boards of Physiological Measurement and Scientific Reports.

Greg Martin

Greg is Professor of Medicine at Emory University, in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He serves as Research Director for the Emory Critical Care Center, Director of the Emory Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute and the affiliated Center for Health Discovery and Well-Being, and as Director of the Clinical Research Centers within the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance. Greg conducts clinical research in critically ill patients, particularly in sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome, spanning epidemiology and health services research through biomarker studies to randomized trials of new treatments. Finally, he is President-Elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Chris Hinske

Chris is a board-certified Anaesthesiologist with years of cardio- and neurosurgical ICU experience and a Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from MIT. He is an attending physician and Head of the Perioperative Medical Informatics group at the Department of Anesthesiology of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital in Munich. His research interests span from bioinformatics models to explore the role of intragenic miRNAs to medical data modeling to improve perioperative patient care. He led the organization of the 2019 Munich ICU Datathon (

Heatherlee Bailey

Heatherlee is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Emergency Medicine at the Durham VA Medical Center and served as the 48th President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine for the year 2019. She supervised the launch of the new Critical Care Explorations journal to facilitate rapid communication of innovations. Heatherlee's career has been rooted in education, trainee development, and mentorship. Her dedication was awarded the Women’s Mentoring Award by the American Medical Association in 2008. Volunteering remains an important interest, and is not limited to the US: she worked for the International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care Society and co-created the Comprehensive Trauma Life Course for India.

Andrea Aliverti

Andrea is Full Professor of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano,
and teaches Sensors and Instrumentation Technologies and Bioengineering of the Respiratory System. His main interests include bioengineering and interactions between the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, physiological measurements, biomedical instrumentation including computer aided surgery, image processing, and sensors and functional lung imaging. Recently, he has focused on wearables. Finally, Andrea is on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals and an active member of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), where he served as Secretary and Chairman of several groups.

Stefano Finazzi

Stefano is the Head of the Unit of Medical Statistics and Mathematical Physiology at Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research - IRCCS, Milan. He graduated in Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 2007 and obtained a PhD in Astrophysics in 2011 and a PhD in Life and Biomolecular Sciences in 2018. His current research interests include: mathematical modeling of pathophysiological mechanisms in critically ill patients, evaluation of the quality of care, and data management of large databases from electronic health records.

Matthew Churpek

Matthew is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on developing and implementing prediction models to detect early clinical deterioration in hospitalized patients in order to improve their outcomes. His data science laboratory utilizes electronic health record data and machine learning techniques, such as natural language processing and deep learning. Matthew’s work has been supported by NIH K08 and R01 awards and an American Thoracic Society Foundation Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators.

Giovanni Angelotti

Giovanni obtained his Master in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano where he focused on predictive modeling with high resolution ICU waveforms. While at MIT's Laboratory for Computational Physiology, he concentrated on automating feature extraction and predicitve analytics from time series. As research scientists at Politecnico di Milano, he coorganized the first edition of this event. Giovanni is currently the lead data scientist of a dedicated unit within the Humanitas Data Science Core facility. The aim of his work is leveraging data to devise machine learning systems for clinical, management and strategic decision support to improve quality of care, optimize processes and discover new knowledge.

Lewis Kaplan

Lewis is a General, Trauma and Critical care Surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as Chief of the Surgical Critical Care section at the Corporal Michael J Crescenz Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He established an Emergency General Surgery service for the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Yale University and directed fellowships in Surgical Critical Care both at Yale and previously in Philadelphia. He also established a Tactical Emergency Medical Service for a regional SWAT team and deployed with them. Lewis is on the editorial boards of several major journals and served in leadership roles for multiple professional societies. He is the President-Elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Event Dates
January 31 – February 2, 2020
(Friday to Sunday)

Humanitas Research Hospital
Via Manzoni 56, Rozzano (Milan) – Italy