Prof. Yuan-Ting Zhang, Hong Kong Center for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering (COCHE)

TITLE: Wearable “SUPER-MINDS” for the Precision Control of CVDs and COVIDs

ABSTRACT: The cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and coronavirus diseases (COVIDs) are the most current pressing health challenges globally today. This talk will attempt to address the grand challenges through the paradigm shift to Health Informatics and discuss the convergence approach to integrate technologies across multiple scales in the biological hierarchy from molecular, cell, organ to system for diseases prevention. The presentation will focus on the development of wearable ‘SUPER-MINDS’ technologies and their integrations with unobtrusive sensing, biomarker detection, biomedical imaging and machine learning for the early prediction of acute CVDs. Potential applications in the fast response and precise control of COVID-19 will also be discussed. Using the atherosclerotic plaque assessment as an example, this talk will illustrate that the health convergence approach should allow the practice of 8- P’s proactive medicine that is predictive, preventive, precise, pervasive, personalized, participatory, preemptive, and patient-centralized.

BIO: Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang is currently the Chairman and Director/CEO of Hong Kong Center for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering (COCHE) at the HKSTP and the Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. He is a LRG member of Karolinska Institutet MWLC. He was the Sensing System Architect in Health Technology and Sensing Hardware Division at Apple Inc., California, USA, and the founding Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Zhang dedicated his service to the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1994 to 2015 in the Department of Electronic Engineering, where he served as the first Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and the founding Director of the Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and developed the Bachelor, Master and PhD degree Programmes all in Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. Zhang serves as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, Chair of the Working Group for the development of IEEE 1708 Standard on Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices, and Organizer of IEEE-MDBS series. He is a member of IEEE Medal panel for Healthcare Technology Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Information
Technology in Biomedicine and the first Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He served as Vice Preside of IEEE EMBS, Technical Program Chair of EMBC’98 in Hong Kong, Conference Chair of EMBC’05 in Shanghai, and Chair of 2016-2018 IEEE Award Committee in Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. Zhang’s research interests include cardiovascular health engineering, unobtrusive sensing and wearable devices, neural muscular modeling and pHealth technologies. He was selected on the lists of China’s Most Cited Researchers by Elsevier for 6 consecutive years when he involved in founding a research institute under the Chinese Academy of Science. He won a number of international awards including IEEE-EMBS best journal paper awards, IEEE-EMBS Outstanding Service Award, IEEE-SA 2014 Emerging Technology Award. Prof. Zhang is elected to be IAMBE Fellow, IEEE Fellow and AIMBE Fellow for his contributions to the development of wearable and m-Health technologies.

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