Welcome to the Biomedical World

Biomedical Meet Up Scientists Students

April 6, 2019
R. Ernesto de Vasconcelos, 1749-016 Lisbon

About Event

This annual Workshop aims to expose students, engineers and scientists to recent developments in Biomedical Engineering that took place in some of the most respected international research centers and universities of the world.

Detail Event

This Edition

This year's Organization Committee of the annual Workshop on Biomedical Engineering (WBME) invites you to the 11th Workshop on Biomedical Engineering, which will take place at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, on the 6th of April, 2019.

This is for you!

The attendance of WBME is free of charge and will provide students the possibility to interact with national and international speakers. As in the last year's edition, the 11th WBME will also have a Poster Session for young researchers who wish to present and discuss their recent work. You'll have to submit a scientific poster A0 format. It must be sent to ne2b2@fc.ul.pt. We will admit a total of 38 posters to be presented on the day of the event. You must submit your poster until the 31st of March.

  • April 6th, 2019
  • R. Ernesto de Vasconcelos, 1749-016 Lisbon
  • 5 Speakers
  • 400 Seats For Participants

honorable speakers

Athina Markaki

Tissue Engineering

Kris Maes

Robotic Surgery

Nichal Gentilal

Best Alumni

Ilkka Varjos

Bionic and Cybernetics

Serena Counsell

Neurosciences and Neuro-Engineering

Perla Maiolino

Human Machine Interfaces

Who Are Them

Athina Markaki

Tissue Enginnering

Athina Markaki is a Reader in Engineering Materials at the University of Cambridge, where she earned her PhD in Materials Science, after studying Metallurgical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. Her research focuses in the development of fibre network materials and the control of their shape with magneto-mechanical actuation, using ferromagnetic fibres. This effect is being explored for biomedical applications, including magnetically active layers on the surface of prosthetic implants. In 2017 she was part of the team that created artificial bile ducts, led by the Greek Researcher Fotios Sampaziotis. The researchers developed a 3D cellular structure which developed into functioning bile ducts, once transplanted into mice. In 2009 she was awarded a 1.5 million Grant from the European Research Council to create a 5-year research group. This project aimed to improve the life span of prosthetic implants such as hip replacements. The idea proposed was that the implant should have a highly porous surface layer. She has received multiple awards such as the ERC Starting Grant, the De Montfort Award, The Young Scientist Prize 2003 for the best oral presentation, titled "Elastic properties of thin sandwich panels with fibrous metallic cores" and others.

Kris Maes

Robotic Surgery

Dr. Kris Maes is the current Director of the Urology Service, Coordinator of the Uro-oncology Centre and Coordinator of the Centre for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Hospital da Luz Lisboa. Graduated in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, he specialized in Urology and pioneered in laparoscopic urological surgery and became an expert for several urological interventions performed by laparoscopy. He started in robotic surgery using the DaVinci system (since 2006) and became a robotic surgery instructor of the Intuitive Surgery DaVinci for Europe, for robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) and a full scala expert for various urological interventions performed with the Da Vinci system, namely in prostate, kidney and bladder cancer. In this area he formed nine Belgian urologists and five Portuguese and preformed more than 1700 laparoscopic and robotic procedures and over 1000 robotic prostatectomies.

Nichal Gentilal

Best Alumni

Nichal Gentilal obtained his master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from the University of Lisbon and is a current PhD student and researcher in the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (IBEB) at the University of Lisbon. Having taken interest in the area of radiotherapy he conducted his master's thesis project in the area of focused tissue heating during Tumour Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy, researching different ways of optimizing the duty cycle of the treatment and predicting the thermal impact of the technique. His work as PhD student he continues in the research and application of TTFiels.

Ilkka Varjos

Bionics and Cybernetics

Ilkka has a MSc in printing and converting technologies from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and has previously worked for flexible electronics manufacturers such as Intune Circuits (RFID antennas and flexible circuits) and Enfucell (flexible batteries). Ilkka has a long experience taking products from lab to fab, ramping up and developing processes for the use of electronics manufacturing as well as production of printed electronics. Ilkka joined Canatu in 2009 and has since been leading the development of deposition technologies and sensor products, and lately the whole R&D function, as VP Technology.

Serena Counsell

Neurosciences and Neuroengineering

Serena Counsell is a Professor of Perinatal Imaging and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging at the Centre for the Developing Brain, at King's College London, with a career mainly focusing in Medical Neuro-Imaging, applied to the studying of brain development. Currently, Serena's primary research focuses in the use of diffusion MRI for observation of microstructural tissue, as well as the use of functional MRI and other neuroinformatic tools to assess neonatal and paediatric brain development and injury. In addition, she focuses on the development of MRI biomarkers to provide outcomes for trials of neuroprotective therapies.

Perla Maiolino

Human Machine Interfaces

Professor Perla Maiolino is currently an Associate Professor at the Engineering Science Department and member of Oxford Robotics Institute. Having completed her BEng, MEng in in Robotics and Automation in the department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering at the University of Genova (Italy), during her PhD, she worked in the development and integration of distributed tactile sensors for robots and in developing new technological solutions for artificial robot skin (CySkin), which has been shown at the "Robots" Exhibition at the Science Museum in London. She also worked as PostDoc at the University of Cambridge where she investigated aspects related to soft sensing and soft robotics, posteriorly moving to Oxford in September 2018.


11th Edition


Welcome Session

  • 9.00 AM
  • ROOM: C3.2.14
This year's Organization Committee of the annual Workshop on Biomedical Engineering (WBME) invites you to the 11th Workshop on Biomedical Engineering.

Athina Markaki



The networks of blood vessels that comprise the circulatory system provide living tissue with the required nutrients and oxygen, whilst removing waste products. Lack of vascularisation within a large and densely populated tissue engineered construct leads to necrotic core formation, preventing fabrication of functional tissues and organs. Strategies for vascularization involve engineering vascularized tissue before transplantation into the patient or by promoting vascularization in situ after transplantation. My talk will focus on our work in this area. More specifically, I will present: (i) A space-filling algorithm for generation of physiologically relevant three-dimensional models of vascular networks. The vascular models can be exported to any 3D printer format. (ii) A method for production of three-dimensional and hierarchical vascular networks in hydrogels, using sacrificial 3D printing and cellular co-cultures.

Kris Maes

Robotic Surgery

Ever since the introduction of the Arthrobot for the first robotically assisted surgical procedure in 1984 at the UBC Hospital in Vancouver, for an orthopaedic procedure, several technological developments in the field of surgical robotics allowed the adaptation of minimally invasive procedures to the usage of telemanipulated systems. As such modern surgery systems as the DaVinci robot system were born, with reliable telemanipulation stations, three-dimensional image perception for the surgeon and intuitive actuator interfaces allowing greater freedom of movement and safer and more accurate sutures. However, the possibility to imprint the robot with any kind of control strategies, namely in image-driven automation approaches, spark the discussion on what the role of the surgeon in an operating theatre should evolve to be. With all the technological advances, what kind of control should the surgeon have? Should the surgeon be replaced with an automated system? These are some of the questions that need addressing when robotic surgery systems are implemented.



Our poster session is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to expose his work to Professors, students, researchers and future students. The topics variety is as big as the biomedical world will allow it. Our poster session commission will review all the works and choose the best poster. The winner will win a prize.



However it may seem, academia is not the only destination for a biomedical engineer. If you can think it, you can make it…But what does it take to take a valuable idea into a profitable business? With a gathering of start-ups, we will shed some light in the matter and learn from their experience and insight on how to identify a good idea lunch it to the market.



Responsibility of the participants

Nichal Gentilal

Best Alumni

Glioblastoma is one of the deadliest brain tumours, not only for its aggressiveness but also for the ineffectiveness of many treatments. Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) is a novel non-invasive treatment that consists in applying an electric field to affect the mitotic process of the tumoral cells, where a minimum use of 18 hours per day has shown a significant enhancement of the treatment outcomes. However, such a high daily usage of this therapy results in biological tissue heating, which has not yet been addressed. The results obtained through computational simulations show a very localized temperature increase, occurring mainly at the regions underneath the transducers that are used to inject the electric current. The temperature in the brain tissue can go above 38ºC, meaning that effects like changes in the network activity and the concentration of neurotransmitters might occur. The conclusions drawn from this study aim to improve the application of this technique and to increase the awareness to possible unreported side-effects.

Ilkka Varjos

Bionics and


Canatu's solutions bring the design freedom and user experience to the next level for 3D shaped touch devices. Canatu develops and manufactures innovative 3D formable and stretchable films and touch sensors, which can be integrated into plastic, glass, textile or leather enabling 3D touch displays, smart switches and other intuitive user interfaces in automotive and consumer electronics. This is enabled by the novel nanocarbon material, CNB, that is discovered, patented and manufactured by Canatu.





Measures obtained from diffusion-weighted imaging provide objective indices of white and grey matter development and injury in the developing brain. To date, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been used widely, highlighting differences in fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) between high-risk infant groups such as preterm infants and those with congenital heart disease, and healthy term controls; altered white matter development associated with a number of perinatal risk factors; and correlations between FA values in the white matter in the neonatal period and subsequent neurodevelopmental outcome. Recent developments, including neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) and fixel-based analysis (FBA), enable white matter microstructure to be assessed in detail. Constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD) enables multiple fibre populations in an imaging voxel to be resolved and allows delineation of fibres that traverse regions of fibre-crossings, such as the arcuate fasciculus and cerebellar–cortical pathways. In addition, graph theoretical approaches enable brain network topology to be evaluated in the developing brain. This talk will summarise dMRI findings in the preterm brain and in infants with congenital heart disease and will include initial findings in these populations using CSD, NODDI, FBA and network analysis.



Of the submitted posters, the IBEB Teachers will evaluate the one that will have the best Poster.



Human Machine


New generations of robots are expected to operate in the dynamic and unstructured environment even more in collaboration with humans. Robots operating in these conditions must exhibit advanced forms of interaction with objects and humans requiring novel solutions in human-robot interaction processes. In this respect soft robotic devices are of interest to the robotics community because they have advantageous properties such as easy fabrication, low-cost, light weight, high flexibility, etc., but characterising and predicting their behaviour is challenging due to the non-linear nature of the hyper-elastic material and their internal pressure. In order to control them it is necessary to monitor their kinematics, their interaction forces with objects in the environment and their internal pressure.

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R. Ernesto de Vasconcelos, 1749-016

Lisbon, Portugal