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Keynote Speakers

George Demiris PhD, FACMI

Mary Alice Bennett University Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
School of Nursing & Biomedical Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

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George Demiris   is a PIK (Penn Integrates Knowledge) University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences of the School of Nursing where he serves as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, and the Informatics Division of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine. He explores innovative ways to utilize technology and support older adults and their families in various settings, including home and hospice care. He also focuses on designing and evaluating personal health systems that produce patient-generated data including “smart home” solutions for aging. He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the Gerontological Society of America and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. He has conducted numerous federally funded studies and his work has been funded consistently over the years both by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He directs the Penn Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory for Healthy Aging and is co-director of the Penn Community Collaboratory for Co-Creation.


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Anne Moen is full professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, and adjunct Professor, Norwegian Center for eHealth Research, Tromsø, Norway. She is Director of UiO:eColab, a research lab supporting technology mediated complex, patient focused interventions, and multidisciplinary teamwork where health professionals, patients and their families collaborates to sustain health and wellbeing. Her program of research seeks to understand digital citizens centered services, based on opportunities to “collect, curate and control” all relevant, personal health information. To do so, she combines in-depth insights in healthcare with design and deployment of accessible digital solutions, emphasizing citizen empowerment, digital health literacy and overall engagement for health and wellness.

Professor Moen is the Coordinator of “Gravitate – Health: Empowering and Equipping Europeans with Health Information from trusted sources for active, safe, secure personal health management and adherence to treatment” Innovation Medicine Initiative Public-Private Partnership (project 945334, IMI2 JU, 2020-2025). Gravitate-Health’s mission is to prepare and test innovative, easy-to-use, elegant digital services that actively engage and empower citizens and their support network with access to and understanding of health information from trusted sources. More information is available at

Professor Moen served as President of EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics) (2014 – 2016), and IMIA-EFMI Vice President (2016-2018) and EFMI representative in EU eHealth stakeholder group (2015 – 2019) assuming the role as rapporteur for special focus on “Citizens – health data”. She is elected fellow of ACMI (American College of Medical Informatics) 2015, founding fellow of IAHSI (International Academy for Health Sciences Informatics) 2017, and elected Honorary Fellow of EFMI from 2019.

Anne Moen is an RN (1985), holds a master degree in nursing science (1996), and PhD in social sciences (Dr. polit) – specialization in health informatics (2002) from University of Oslo, Norway. She was Fulbright fellow (2002) and postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison and UiO (2002 – 2005), and visiting scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison – Health systems Lab (Patricia F. Brennan PI) (2005 – 2012, 2015).

Professor Theodoros N. Arvanitis

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He is Professor and Head of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham, IK. Theo is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham. He has been recently part of the newly MRC-Wellcome Trust funded €35 million Health Data Research UK Initiative. Prior to his current position he was Chair of Digital Health Innovation and Director of The Institute of Digital Healthcare of the University of Warwick. Within Warwick, he led the Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies Research Group. His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics (clinical systems interoperability and clinical decision support systems), with a strong academic and industrial experience in software engineering for healthcare applications.

As a Research Leader, Theo has developed a substantial digital health team that encompasses experience across multiple disciplines, which brings together a rich and long pedigree of knowledge, in interconnectivity, interoperability and deployment of innovative solutions. He has delivered solutions at multiple maturity levels (from lab-based innovation to product deployment), and has established collaboration with major actors in the healthcare industry, including trusts, healthcare IT and medical device companies, as well as patient forums and regulators.

He is research leader representing the University of Birmingham in European projects under the Horizon workplan, related to security of health data (MedSecurance project) and Synthetic data (Insafedare project).