Plenary Speakers

Professor Peter Hunter

The University of Auckland

Peter is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland and Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI). His research interests are in modeling human physiology and helping to implement biophysically based models in clinical applications. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London and NZ) and has previously been Executive Chair of the World Council of Biomechanics, Chair of the International Academy of Medical & Biological Engineering (IAMBE), President of the European ‘Virtual Physiological Human’ (VPH) Institute, Vice-President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) and Chair of the IUPS Physiome Committee. He is currently leading the MAP-core component of the NIH-funded SPARC project on mapping the autonomic nervous system, and the NZ Government funded ‘12 Labours’ project to implement physiome multiscale models into clinical workflows. He is the academic lead for a project to create a new medical technologies precinct in Auckland (called the Medtech Innovation Quarter or Medtech-iQ) in Grafton and Newmarket.

Talk Title: Physiome modelling and the 12 Labours project

Theme Keynote Speakers

Professor Madhu Bhaskaran
RMIT University

Theme Keynote | Theme 3: Biomaterials

Professor Madhu Bhaskaran FTSE is a multi-award winning electronics engineer and innovator – she has won the 2018 Batterham Medal from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the 2020 Frederick White Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. She co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University which she established in 2010. She also has leadership roles with the ARC Hub for Connected Sensors for Health and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems. Her work on electronic skin and wearable sensors has been patented and her group works collaboratively with multiple industry and design partners to commercialise the technology for healthcare and aged care.

Talk title: Miniaturised sensors for health care and aged care

Rylie Green
Imperial College London

Theme Keynote | Theme 6: Biomaterials/Neural Engineering

Prof Rylie Green, FIET, is the Head of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. In her research, Prof Green has developed a range of innovative materials to address the limitations that hinder the development of next-generation bioelectronic devices. Her focus has been in developing electrode technologies that are stretchable and mediate improved electrical charge transfer with the body, including pioneering living bioelectronics. Prof Green has also developed wearable diagnostic devices and drug delivery systems for localised chemotherapy based on her conductive material technologies. This research has initiated collaborations with Galvani Bioelectronics, Cochlear Ltd and the US Department of Defense. Prof Green is an Associate Editor for APL Bioengineering, Advanced Bionanomedicine and Biomaterials.

Talk title: Polymer Bioelectronics: A technology platform for stimulation, recording and drug delivery in implants and wearables