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ECE Colloquium 2021


14 May 2021, 16:00 Athens time via Zoom


Transforming the management of diabetes: Riding the digital wave


The complexity of chronic disease profiles demands a patient-centered system of care delivery. Advances in wireless, wearable, and ambient technologies, coupled with advanced data analytics and simulation techniques, enable the creation of intelligent health ecosystems aiming to optimize treatment and facilitate effective self-disease management. The integration of heterogeneous data sources with existing pathophysiological knowledge and disease models in these ecosystems can fuel informed, accurate diagnosis, timely prognosis, and tailored interventions, underpinning precision medicine. In this talk, we will focus on diabetes and obesity and discuss the transformative power of digital data and Artificial Intelligence from self-care to hospital care, from prediction, prevention, and diagnosis to effective disease treatment. Multimodal data fusion methods will be outlined and contemporary and emerging disease modelling approaches will be presented, including statistics and explainable Artificial Intelligence. The talk will also highlight advanced clinical decision-making and recommendation techniques that are deployed to guide personalized interventions with the ultimate goal to enhance clinical and well-being outcomes.

About the speaker 

Konstantina Nikita, M.D., Ph.D., is a full Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. She is director of the Mobile Radiocommunications Laboratory and founder and director of the Biomedical Simulations and Imaging (BIOSIM) Laboratory. Since 2015, she is Irene McCulloch Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. She has been the technical manager of 60 European and National R&D projects on fundamental research and practical applications. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Antennas and Propagation and a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, as well as founding member of the Editorial board of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. She has been Chair or Technical Program Committee Chair of more than 50 international conferences and has served as keynote speaker at several international conferences and symposia. She has been the advisor of 29 completed Ph.D. theses, several of which have received various awards. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Founding Fellow of the European Association of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES), and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She serves as chair of the LS7 Consolidator Grant Panel of the European Research Council (ERC), for granting investigator-driven frontier research in the domain of life sciences. She has published 200 journal articles and 350 conference proceedings papers, is the author or editor of 12 books, and holds several patents for her discoveries. She has received various awards, among which the Bodossakis Foundation Academic Prize (2003) for exceptional achievements in “Theory and Applications of Information Technology in Medicine”.

Video of the Presentation

Talk by Konstantina Nikita at ECE TUC (May 14, 2021), ECE TUC
Talk by Konstantina Nikita at ECE TUC (May 14, 2021)
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