Artificial intelligence and robotics
Emerging technologies in medicine
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ETIM 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics

Advancing Technology

Advances in healthcare and medical research are already strongly driven by information technology and engineering. Technologies like individual genome sequencing, high-performance multiparametric imaging or wearable medical devices generate exponentially growing datasets while contemporary data-mining techniques allow to extract large amounts of valuable data from existing archives of unstructured medical data. These offer the opportunity for highly specific clinical decision making and personalized precision medicine.

Challenges & Opportunities

Further acceleration of medical innovation by upcoming technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics can be safely predicted. However, as complex challenges often require complex solutions, these technologies demand an interdisciplinary approach between clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, researchers, healthcare providers, legislators and many other disciplines.

Insights & Networking

We are poised to bring all stakeholders to the table to define the demands of clinicians and healthcare providers, outline technical solutions and create a common understanding of the opportunities, and also the difficulties that may arise. With the second ETIM meeting we aim to create new insights, stimulate networking and initiate a sustained flow of communication between individual experts and workgroups.

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Michael Forsting

Chairman, Department of Radiology,
Chief Medical Officer, IT department, University Hospital of Essen
Dean of Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Andrea Schmidt-Rumposch

Director of Nursing, University Hospital of Essen, Germany

Jochen Werner

Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, University Hospital of Essen, Germany

Guest of Honour

Andreas Pinkwart

State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Day 1, Feb. 16th 2018 - Artificial Intelligence

Felix Nensa

Consultant, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany

Should we be afraid of AI?

Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach

CEO, Molecular Health GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany

Leveraging big data and AI for evidence-based healthcare decision, support, and smarter drug development

Ben Glocker

Senior-Lecturer in Medical Image Computing, Imperial College London, Department of Computing, London, UK

Can we build a machine capable of interpreting medical scans with super-human performance?

Dorin Comaniciu

Vice President, Siemens Healthineers Technology Center, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Artificial Agents for Healthcare

Mathias Goyen

Chief Medical Officer Europe, GE Healthcare, Solingen, Germany

GE's perspective on the future of artificial intelligence in healthcare

Michael Perkuhn

Research Department Head, Clinical Application Research, Philips GmbH Innovative Technologies, Research Laboratories, Aachen, Germany

Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Research

Morten Elbæk Petersen

CEO,, Copenhagen, Denmark

Opportunities and Challenges of a digitized Healthcare System – The Danish e-health portal example

Smart Hospital und Ethik

Stefan Heinemann

Ethicist and Smart Hospital expert, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Kann digitale Medizin menschlich sein? Zur ethischen Dimension des Smart Hospitals

Ralf Miggelbrink

Professor for Systematic Theology, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Digitalisierung im Krankenhaus, Gedanken eines Theologen

Stellungnahmen zum Verhältnis von Smart Hospital und Ethik

Jochen Werner

Ärztlicher Direktor, Universitätsklinikum Essen

Thorsten Kaatze

Kaufmännischer Direktor, Universitätsklinikum Essen

Andrea Schmidt-Rumposch

Pflegedirektorin, Universitätsklinikum Essen

Jan Buer

Dekan der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Duisburg-Essen

Offene Diskussionsrunde (Moderation: Stefan Heinemann)

Day 2, Feb. 17th 2018 - Robotics

Rainer Kimmig

Director, Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany

Robotic surgery in gynecology

Franziska Ullrich

CEO, Ophthorobotics, Zurich, Switzerland

What can be the future role of robot-assisted surgery in ophthalmology?

Niels Will

DFKI GmbH, Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), Bremen, Germany

State of the art in robotics engineering and potential applications in healthcare

Patrick Jahn

Head of Nursing Research, University Hospital Halle (Saale), Halle (Saale), Germany

Robots in care: fiction or reality?

Gauti Reynisson

CEO, Mint Solutions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Closing the loop: Medication safety for hospitals and healthcare institutions

Dennis Göbel

CEO, Agaplesion Frankfurter Diakonie Kliniken gGmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Taking off: Medical transportation with drones

Gordon Cheng

Director, Institute for Cognitive Systems, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Brain to robot: What is already possible?

Conference Schedule

Pre-registered participants of ETIM 2018 can get access to selected slides for personal use by  supplying the email address used for registering for the congress.


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Disclosure of financial support according to transparency guidelines FSA-Kodex Fachkreise  (§ 20 Abs. 5). For booth and advertisement, respectively: Siemens Healthcare GmbH 15000 €, VISUS Health IT GmbH 2000 €, Georg Thieme Verlag KG 2000€.

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