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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.

Keynotes and presentations at EmP2022 are provided in the English language. No specific interpreting services will be foreseen.

Accreditation is requested under the heading "ethics and economics" for both days.

     DAY 1 - TUESDAY 31 MAY 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 poster pitches on stage

12:35 Golden sponsor pitch - MSD

12:40 Lunch in foyer


13:40 Keynote speaker 3 – Peter M.A. van Ooijen, MSc, Prof, PhD, CPHIMS (DASH, University Medical Center Groningen) – LIVE

Title: Innovation through collaboration – Data Science in Health

Biography: Peter van Ooijen is a technical computer scientist who specialized Computer Graphics. With this background he started to work in the field of Medical Visualization in 1996. Since then he has held several positions in this area. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the department of Radiation Oncology and coordinator of the Machine Learning Lab of the Data Science Center in Health (DASH), both at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. He co-authored more than 160 PubMed enlisted papers and over 30 book chapters.

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 Poster pitches on stage

16:00 Pause in foyer

16:15 Keynote speaker 4 – 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.

17:00 End of program day 1

17:15 Guided data driven hospital tour in small groups of 10

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 1 JUNE 2022

08:00 Coffee

08:30 Start day 2 EmP program; Lessons learned day 1 & agenda day 2


08:40 Keynote speaker 5 –Attia Zachi, Co-Director of AI in cardiology, Assistant professor of medicine (Mayo Clinic) – LIVE

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”.

09:30 Two full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

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

10:10 Pause

10:30 Three full-paper presentations (15’) + Q&A (5’)

11:30 Keynote speaker 6 – Associate Professor Raul San Jose Estepar, PhD (Harvard Medical School) – LIVE

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.

12:20 poster pitches on stage

12:30 Golden sponsor pitch - Google Cloud

12:35 Golden sponsor pitch - Roche

12:40 Lunch in foyer


13:30 Keynote speaker 7 – Johan Hellings, Prof, PhD (UHasselt, CEO AZ Delta) - LIVE

Title: The implementation challenge of AI in health care

Biography: Johan Hellings is CEO of AZ Delta (since 2013) and part-time professor at the medicine and life sciences faculty of Hasselt University (since 2008). As CEO of AZ Delta he got the privilege to lead the intense merger and transformation process of 4 hospitals, to build and integrate a new IT and data platform and to develop RADar, together with Peter De Jaeger and the medical board as a new innovation centre in the hospital sector. Formerly he worked as CEO of ICURO, the Flemish association of public hospitals, ziekenhuis oost Limburg and the psychiatric hospital Broeders Alexianen Tienen. He obtained his master of business administration at the Vlerick Business School (2001) and his PhD in medical sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven (2009) with a patient safety research focus. He is cofounder and chair of a new health care engineering master programme at University Hasselt, unique in Flanders and starting up in September 2022. Process and system innovation in health care, the challenges of quality and safety, as well as data and implementation sciences are cornerstones of this new programme.

14:15 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

15:35 Poster pitches on stage

15:45 Pause in foyer

16:05 Keynote speaker 8 – Gabrielle Speijer, MD (Haga Teaching Hospital, Den Haag) – LIVE

Title: From digitized to data-driven healthcare. What do I need?!

Biography: Gabrielle Speijer is Radiation-Oncologist ( Haga Teaching Hospital) and founder of CatalyzIT. She’s trained at the Netherlands Cancer Institute -Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the Netherlands after studying medicine at KU Leuven, Belgium. She’s ICT&health Nl and International editorial board member, HIMSS Global Future50 Clinical Leader, member of the Advisory council of Value Based HealthCare Center Europe and delegate in the Science & Innovation Council of Federation of Medical Specialists. Together with her team, Gabrielle provides training for ventures, professionals and advises on digital strategy in healthcare.

16:55 Closing EmP event - Best paper award & best poster award

17:00 End