Panel discussion

Technological Trends and Challenges for Future Healthcare

ModeratorDr. Ilangko Balasingham, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Oslo University Hospital, Norway


  • Jacob Bergsland, MD, Oslo University Hospital, Norway and BH Heart Center, Bosnia Hercegovina
  • Seppo Vainio, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Daisuke Anzai, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Lorenzo Mucchi, University of Florence, Italy
  • Dr. Jyrki Schroderus, Research&Technology at Polar Electro




Dr. Ilangko Balasingham

Ilangko Balasingham received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of  Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim in 1993 and 1998, respectively, both in signal processing. He performed his Master’s degree thesis at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, USA. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as Research Engineer developing image and video streaming solutions for mobile handheld devices at Fast Search & Transfer ASA, Oslo, which is now part of Microsoft Inc. Since 2002 he has been with the Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, where he heads the Section for Medical ICT R&D. He was appointed as Professor of Medical Signal Processing and Communications at NTNU in 2006. For the academic year 2016/2017 he was Professor by courtesy at the Frontier Institute, Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan. His research interests include super robust short range communications for both in-body and on-body sensors, body area sensor network, microwave short range sensing of vital signs, short range localization and tracking mobile sensors, and nanoscale communication networks. He has authored or co-authored over 225 journal and conference papers,  7 book chapters, 42 abstracts, 6 patents, and 20 articles in popular press. Ilangko has given 16 invited/ keynotes at the international conferences.  In addition he is active in organizing conferences (Steering Committee Member of ACM NANOCOM 2018-2021; General Chair: the 2019 IEEE Int. Symposium of Medical ICT, the 2012 Body Area Networks (BODYNETS) conference; TPC Chair of the 2015 ACM NANOCOM) and editorial board (Area Editor of Elsevier Nano Communication Networks 2013-unti now).


Dr. Jacob Bergsland

Jacob Bergsland received his medical degree in 1973, and PhD degree in 2011, respectively, from Oslo University, Norway. After Internship in Norway he moved to the US for education in Surgery. He became a specialist in general surgery in 1981, cardiothoracic surgery in 1983. He was Director of Cardiac Surgery at Buffalo VA Hospital, Director of Cardiac Transplantation Program Buffalo General Hospital, Director of Center for Less Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also Initiator of Hospital Partnership between Buffalo General Hospital and Tuzla Medical Center, Bosnia in 1995, Developer of Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiology in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently a Researcher and Co-Investigator at The Intervention Centre,  Oslo University Hospital, Medical Director BH Heart Centre, Tuzla BIH, and Medical Director at Medical Device Company, Cardiomech AS. Dr. Bergsland has been project leaders of numerous humanitarian and scientific grants, and has 148 peer reviewed publications.


 Dr. Seppo Vainio

 Prof. Seppo Vainio, PhD, (male) is an internationally highly respected scientist in the field of developmental biology with world-class expertise in kidney and urogenital system development. His lab applies cell, tissue and organ culture approaches to address the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanism of organogenesis. He has published over 110 original research articles and reviews. He is a group leader of Biocenter Oulu, director of the Biocenter Oulu Doctoral Program and Vice Director of Research in Institute of Biomedicine since 2010 to 2017. He is also a group leader in Biocenter Oulu and together with Prof. Juha Röning group leader in InfoTech Oulu. Vainio started also as the director of Borealis Biobank of  Northern Finland  2918. From 1999 onwards Prof. Vainio has been in European Union Consortia project: a coordinator in Wnt and Stem cell EU consortia (QLK3- CT-2001-01275), and a member in EuRegene (LSHG-CT-2004-005085), StarTrek and (FP7-HEALTH 2007-B), EURenOmics (FP7-2007-2013-305608) research consortia. The University of Oulu and Ulm University have established an International Joint Doctoral Programme in Tissue Homeostasis. Development, Aging and Regeneration in 2013 directed by Prof. Vainio. The students completing the Joint Programme will receive a doctoral degree, which is awarded jointly by the University of Oulu and the Ulm University. The programme is coordinated by the BCO-DP and by the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm (IGradU). Prof. Vainio has had a central role in building this joint doctoral programme. Professor Vainio’s group is also part of the Coe in Cell-ECM Research.


Dr. Daisuke Anzai

Daisuke Anzai received the B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan in 2006, 2008 and 2011, respectively. Since 2011, he has been with the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, as an Assistant Professor, and where he is currently an Associate Professor. He received many awards, including the IEEE 2015 IEEE MTT-S Japan Young Engineer Award from and the Telecommunications Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation. He has engaged in the research of biomedical communication systems and localization systems in wireless communication networks. He is also a member of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee (TC) Smart Body Area Network (BAN).


Dr. Lorenzo Mucchi, University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Lorenzo Mucchi (Male) was born in Rome, Italy, in 1971. He received the Dr. Eng. Degree (Laurea) in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Florence (Italy) in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications and Information Society in 2001. Since 2001 he has been with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of the University of Florence as a Research Scientist. During the academic year 2000-2001, he spent a 12-month period of research at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. His main research areas include theoretical modelling, algorithm design and real measurements, mainly focused in the following fields: physical-layer security and light cryptography, visible light communications, spread spectrum techniques (UWB), localization, body area networks, biometric encryption, molecular communications, diversity techniques and interference management. He is involved in several national and international projects. Currently, he has published 8 chapters in 8 different international books, 32 papers in international journals and more than 80 in international conference proceedings during his research activity. Since 2004 he has been TPC of about 75 international conferences all around the world. Since 2008 he is professor of Information Technologies at the University of Florence. Dr. Mucchi is senior member (2012) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member (2009) of the IEEE Communications and Information Security Technical Committee (CISTC) and permanent member (2000) of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) Technical Committee on Telecommunications. In 2004 he was the lead organizer and general chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Medical ICT (ISMICT). He served as reviewer for IEEE and IET journals and as Technical Program Committee Member for numerous IEEE conferences. He is associate editor of IEEE Communications Letter (2016). He has been Guest Editor and Editor-in-chief for ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS LIBRARY and for the International Journal of Ultra-Wide Band Communication Systems (IJUWBCS). Dr. Mucchi is member of the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) Smart Body Area Network (SmartBAN) group (2013) and team leader of the special task force 511 (2016) “SmartBAN Performance and Coexistence Verification”. He presents several experiences as scientific coordinator for national and international financed research and development projects. He is in the steering committee of the International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT) and the main organizer and general chair of the 8th ISMICT (2014). All details are available at:

Dr. Jyrki Schroderus

Dr. Jyrki Schroderus received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Physics in University of Oulu, Finland. His academic research topic included rotational-vibrational-torsional spectra of gaseous symmetric top molecules, such as Methyl Silane. Currently, Dr. Schroderus is responsible of research and technology operations comprising biosensor development technology and digital coaching service contents for sports and fitness applications with Polar Electro, Finland.