Professor Pavel Ripka, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Presentation title: Security applications of magnetic sensors
Dr Geoff Merrett, University of Southampton, UK
Presentation title: New tricks with old sensors: pervasive technologies for novel applications
Geoff Merrett is a lecturer in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. He received the BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering degree in 2004, and in 2009 was awarded a PhD for his research into 'Energy- and Information-Managed Wireless Sensor Networks: Modelling and Simulation'. He worked as a research fellow on the EPSRC project "New Directions for Intelligent Sensors," before becoming a lecturer in intelligent sensing and pervasive networks at the University in 2008. He is actively involved in the University's Pervasive Systems Centre (PSC) where he chairs its interest group on wireless sensing. His research interests are in energy-aware wireless sensing and sensor networks, low-power and energy harvesting electronics, and pervasive healthcare. He is a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC-funded project "Next Generation Energy- Harvesting Electronics - A Holistic Approach," and also co-manages the UK's "Energy Harvesting Network". He has authored a number of journal and conference publications in the area of energy-aware wireless sensor networks, a chapter on "Wireless Devices and Sensor Networks" in the book "Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Artech House, 2010)," and co-edited a book on "Wireless Sensor Networks: Application-Centric Design (InTech, 2011)." He is an active reviewer for a number of prestigious international journals, has served on a number of technical programme committees for conferences and events, and is a member of the IET and IEEE.
Dr.sc.Bozidar Ferek-Petric, CCDS, Therapy development Manager MEDTRONIC CRDM Adriatic Region
Presentation title: From hemodynamic towards cardiomechanic sensors in implantable devices
Bozidar Ferek-Petric is a therapy development manager in Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) division of Adriatic Region. He received B.S. in electrical engineering in 1980 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb. He worked as a head of biomedical engineering at the Institute of Cardiac Surgery at Zagreb University Hospital Rebro. In early eighties, he introduced the electronic measurements in pacemaker follow-up clinic and electrophysiologic mapping procedures in cardiac surgery. He received the highest national award for scientific research named Nikola Tesla in 1985 for research of ultrasonically marked catheters. His main interest in research were hemodynamic sensors for implantable cardiac electrotherapy devices and telemedicine. In 1997, he accepted the position of regional technical and clinical support engineer at the Medtronic representative office in Zagreb. In 1999 he demonstrated the first teleprogramming of a cardiac pacemaker in human patient utilizing the Internet infrastructure. He was awarded a PhD in 2005 for his research into implantable blood flow sensors. His mainstream today is research of cardiomechanic sensors i.e. cardiac lead bending sensor that could be used for detection of hemodynamic stability of patients in arrhythmia and heart failure. His duty is also education of physicians within the region and clinical support in application of implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices. In 2009 he was granted a certification by International Board of heart Rhythm Examiners entitled Certified Cardiac Device Specialist. He is actively involved in lectures on Doctoral Study in Biomedicine and Health Sciences at University of Zagreb School of Medicine.