Niels Peek

Friday 27th May
(from 2:30 pm to 3:30pm)

Niels Peek is Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Manchester. He has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and his research focuses on translational data science for clinical risk prediction, personalised and precision medicine, patient safety, and multimorbidity. He is the former President of the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, a member of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI). Since 2021, he is director of the Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology Research and Innovation, which promotes needs-led health technology research and innovation and provides end-to-end support for translation of new technologies into healthcare practice.

Edward. H (Ted) Shortliffe

Saturday 28th May
(from 11am to 12am)

Edward. H (Ted) Shortliffe is a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine. He was the principal developer of MYCIN, one of the first rule-based artificial intelligence expert systems. In 2006, he received the Morris F. Collen Award given by the American College of Medical Informatics, one of the highest honors in the field of Biomedical Informatics. Dr Shortliffe is currently Chair Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University and Adjunct Professor of Population Health Sciences (Health Informatics) at Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, the American Medical Informatics Association (2009-2012). Dr Shortliffe’s interests include the broad range of issues related to integrated medical decision-support systems and their implementation, biomedical informatics and medical education and training, and the Internet in medicine. Dr. Shortliffe has authored over 375 articles and books in the fields of biomedical computing and artificial intelligence.

Carolyn Petersen

Sunday 29th May
(from 1pm to 2pm)

Carolyn Petersen is the Senior Editor of, Mayo Clinic’s health information website. She has been a patient and consumer advocate for more than 20 years, acting as a PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) patient stakeholder reviewer, a patient advocate with the National Cancer Institute’s cancer Bioinformatics Grid, and a consumer representative of the Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health advisory panels. Petersen’s educational background includes advanced degrees in medical informatics and exercise and movement science. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association’s Ethics and Public Policy Committees and past chair of AMIA’s Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist of the American College of Sports Medicine. Petersen’s research interests include secondary data uses of medical and genetic information, cancer survivorship informatics, development of consumer health information, and exercise interventions for people who have chronic health conditions.

Riccardo Bellazzi

Monday 30th May
(from 11am to 12am)

Riccardo Bellazzi is Full Professor of Bioengineering and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pavia (Italy). He is the Director of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Pavia. Moreover, he leads the Laboratory of biomedical informatics at the hospital “Salvatore Maugeri” in Pavia. The scientific interests of Prof. Bellazzi are highly interdisciplinary and are aimed at applications of informatics to medicine and life sciences, comprising artificial intelligence, biomedical data mining, telemedicine, temporal data analysis, decision support, clinical research informatics. Prof. Bellazzi has a wide and internationally recognized research activity. In 2000 he founded the working group on "Intelligent Data Analysis and Data Mining" of the International Association of Medical Informatics (IMIA). In 2009 he became a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics for his international achievements. He is a Founding Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), and he was Vice-President for Medinfo of IMIA in the period 2011-2014. Prof. Bellazzi is author of more than 230 publications on international peer reviewed journals and of more than 250 publications in proceedings of international conferences.