INVITED Speakers

Kostas Nizamis

Kostas Nizamis

Assistant professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Twente

My name is Kostas Nizamis (1988 Kavala, Greece) and I am an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Twente. I graduated as an electrical and computer engineer (M.Eng) from the Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece, with a thesis on the study and development of an electronic system for creating an adaptive railroad network using methods inspired by nature.

After that, I acquired my degree in Biomedical Engineering (MSc.) at the University of Twente working on the EMG control of active arm supports for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Between November 2014 and February 2019, I performed my Ph.D. research in the department of Biomechanical Engineering, at the University of Twente, in Symbionics 1.3: Intention Amplifying in Hand Orthoses.

In this project, we developed and tested a myocontrolled hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpHjlFM0t3Y). My current research interests involve the application of multidisciplinary design approaches in high-impact societal problems.

Petra Ritter

Petra Ritter

Director of the Brain Simulation Section at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Speech title: Virtual Brain Cloud: Enabling Complex Simulations with Multilevel Health Data

Petra Ritter heads the Brain Simulation Section at the Charité University Medicine Berlin and Berlin Institute of Health. Her research focus is on integrating neuroimaging and computational neuroscience to discover mechanisms of brain function and dysfunction.

She serves in the leadership of large EU projects such as Virtual Brain Cloud & eBRAIN-Health and is directing EBRAINS Health Data Cloud. Petra Ritter studied medicine at the Charite where she later had been appointed a Johanna Quandt lifetime Professorship for Brain Simulation. 

Since 2017, she is Director of the Brain Simulation Section at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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