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Please note that the official conference program details for EmP2022 is still under construction.

A welcome reception with official launch of the RADar innovation center will be organized on the evening prior to the EmP conference by Flemish minister of Innovation Crevits. 

The conference will host 4 sessions. Each sessions will start and end with a renowned national or international keynote speaker. Depending on the number of abstract and paper submissions, researchers will be able to present and promote their research.

     DAY 1 - TUESDAY 25 JANUARY 2022

08:30 Coffee

09:00 Opening & welcome


09:10 Keynote speaker 1 – Professor Martin Ingvar, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institute, ICHOM) – ONLINE

Title: Generation of multipurpose data from routine clinical work

Biography: Martin Ingvar is a professor in Neurophysiology and former Dean of Research at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. In addition, he is a professor of Integrative Medicine at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Recently he has devised a structured formalism for decision making in healthcare in distributed organizations with the aim of sharing knowledge along the patient trajectory. The aim is to standardize decision making in trans-professional teams based on shared semantic context that serves the patient health. Martin Ingvar is a co-founder of International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurements (ICHOM) and serves the board.

10:00 Four full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

Research topics: Data siloes in healthcare, data sharing, multi-center/multi-organization data initiatives, data quality, federated data networks, clinical-grade data quality

11:20 Pauze in foyer

11:40 Keynote speaker 2 – Noëlla Pierlet (ZOL), MSc. – LIVE

Title: Towards data quality, a never ending journey

Biography: Noëlla Pierlet is Head of Data Science in hospital Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg. She studied mathematics at KU Leuven, followed by additional university courses in Informatics, Applied Informatics and Business Administration at KU Leuven and UHasselt. She has 25 years of experience in Hospital Informatics, in several roles including system administration, security, software development and project management. She joined ZOL 6 years ago where she took an active role in the implementation of a new electronic medical record (EMR). Currently, as head of the Data Science Unit at ZOL, she is leading a team of data scientists who add improvements to the EMR,  transform data to insights for hospital management and physicians and collect and wrangle different kinds of data for research. She and her team participate in several innovative and international projects where data is used to improve patient outcomes.

12:30 Golden sponsor pitch

Data driven pitch of golden sponsors

12:40 Lunch in foyer


13:40 Keynote speaker 3 – Peter De Jaeger, Prof, PhD, MSc. (AZ Delta, RADar) – LIVE

Title: Journey towards a data-driven learning hospital

Biography: Prof. PhD. MSc. Peter De Jaeger is head of the RADar learn- and innovation department of AZ Delta. He received the MSc degree in mechanical engineering and in electronics engineering from the Ghent University, where he also obtained his PhD in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He stayed as a researcher at the Queens University in Brisbane Australia to investigate highly porous media and at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland to develop novel large-strain plasticity models. He authored or co-authored 70 papers in various international journals and conferences. He has practical experience with complex numerical algorithms, surrogate modelling, data engineering, data analysis, machine learning, IoT and advanced computing. He brings in experience in managing complex international scientific projects and successfully managed different successful VLAIO fudanded projects.

14:30 Four full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

Research Topics: Strong context NLP, semantic concept mapping, timeseries anomaly detection, segmentation of radiology images

15:50 Pause in foyer

16:10 Keynote speaker 4 – Attia Zachi, Co-Director of AI in cardiology, Assistant professor of medicine (Mayo Clinic) – ONLINE

Title: Developing AI models in a clinical environment- from an idea to a clinically used medical test

Biography: Attia Zachi is an AI researcher in Mayo Clinic Minnesota, developing AI based medical screening tests for early detection of cardiac diseases. Three of these tests are currently in FDA approval process under “breakthrough designation. As the co-director of  AI in cardiology, Zachi direct a team of AI researchers, working side by side with cardiologist to find effective algorithm to help patients get the care they need, as quickly as possible. Zachi Received his BSc and MSc in Electrical engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and his PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from the university of Minnesota”.

17:00 Guided data driven hospital tour in small groups

18:00 Closing day 1


19:00 Shuttle service from Mercure hotel to banquet diner venue

19:30 Reception & diner Venue Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck

21:30 Ceremony young scientist award

23:00 Shuttle service from banquet diner venue to Mercure Hotel

     DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2022

08:30 Coffee

09:00 Lessons learned day 1 & agenda day 2


09:10 Keynote speaker 5 – Vincent Keereman, MD, MScE, PhD – LIVE

Title: Connecting the dots: enabling the implementation of engineering solutions in clinical practice

Biography: Vincent Keereman holds a Master in Electronics Engineering and a Master in Medicine (MD) from Ghent University. He obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering on the topic of PET-MR imaging in 2011 and board certification in Neurology in 2018. He is co-founder of Molecubes, Epilog and XEOS, all medtech companies based in Ghent. He is a practicing neurologist at AZ Maria Middelares hospital in Ghent, and has an active role in XEOS and Epilog as CMO. He also holds a part-time position as Assistant Professor in Neuro-engineering at Ghent University.

10:00 Four full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

Topics research pitches; data analysis, machine learning, physical modelling, dashboarding, physician/patient interface

11:20 Pause

11:40 Keynote speaker 6 – Associate Professor Raul San Jose Estepar, PhD (Harvard Medical School) – LIVE/ONLINE (TBD)

Title: Medical Imaging as a Laboratory Assay: Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence

Biography: Raúl San José Estépar is co-director of the Applied Chest Imaging Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. His laboratory focuses on novel computational imaging applications for image-based biomarker discovery to empower epidemiological and genetic studies and provide novel surrogate targets for drug discovery and clinical trial development. His current research interests are focused on artificial intelligence approaches to enable multiscale integration of imaging and molecular information using deep learning, synthetic lung functional imaging from single energy CT, and image-based outcomes prediction models in chronic lung diseases.

12:30 Golden sponsor pitch

Data driven pitch of golden sponsors

12:40 Lunch in foyer


13:40 Keynote speaker 7 – TBD

14:30 Four full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

Topics research pitches; patient outcome influencing support tools, value based health care, smart monitoring/planning, benefit for the patient

15:50 Pause in foyer

16:10 Keynote speaker 8 – TBD

17:00 Closing EmP event