ICOST2009 Invited Panel

Donna Hudson, Ph.D.

University of California, USA

Short biography. Dr. Donna Hudson received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1981 and has been on the Faculty of the University of California since that time. She is currently Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of Academic Research and Technology at University of California, San Francisco and a Faculty Member in the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, UCSF and UC Berkeley. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Group in Biological and Medical Informatics at UCSF and the Clinical and Translational Informatics Graduate Program. Dr. Hudson is a Fellow of the IEEE as well as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has over 200 publications in the areas of medical decision support systems, neural network modeling, complex analysis of biosignals, and healthcare informatics. Dr. Hudson was President of the International Society for Computers and Their Applications (1999-2001) and is a Senior Member of ISCA. She has held a number of offices in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) including At-Large Representative to the Administrative Committee (1998-2000), Vice President for Publications (2001-2002), Vice President for Financial Planning (2003-2005), President-Elect (2006), and President (2007-2008). She is currently a candidate for Vice-President-Elect of IEEE Technical Activities.

Yeunsook Lee, Ph.D.

Yonsei University, Korea

  • Professor of Housing & Interior Design, Yonsei University
  • Director, the Institute of Millennium Environmental Design&Research at Yonsei
  • President, Korean Institute of Interior Design
  • President, Asia Interior Design Institute Association
  • Leader, Brain Korea 21 Project ‘Aging Friendly Digital Welfare House’
  • Leader, Seoul Consortium of Silver Industry Based on Fusion Technology

Short biography. Yeunsook Lee graduated from the Housing & Interior Design Department of Yonsei University, received master’s degree from the same graduate school, and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in USA for housing environment and interior design. She is a professor of Housing & Interior Design and Director of the Institute of Millennium Environmental Design and Research at Yonsei University in Korea. Professor Lee has played the role of Design Advocate and Meta designer to propagate new standards and principles for "Good Design" by actively developing theories and researching on the creation of future-oriented spaces and carrying out projects to actualize them into real designs, as well as organizing exhibition to introduce new thought systems and their practical possibilities to professional and general public alike.

Brian O’Connor, Director

European Connected Health Campus, UK

Short biography. Brian O'Connor was born in Belfast 61 years ago.
After beginning his career in the travel business, he left Northern Ireland in 1974 for the Isle of Man.  Using the island as a base, he has developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies.
Brian has worked in the UK, the US and lived in Hong Kong for eleven years. He has gained experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings.
Healthcare experience Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.  He therefore has experience of the public and private health care systems in a number of countries and also an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit. He believes that overcoming the cultural and other barriers within healthcare is an interesting if sometimes frustrating challenge but worthwhile if it leads to better patient care.
Formerly chairman of the University of Ulster Charitable Foundation, Brian has also served as chairman of UUTECH, the University’s technology and knowledge transfer arm. The University of Ulster has the largest number of students of any of any university in Ireland.   In 2005, he was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University.
Brian has been one of the driving forces behind the creation of the connected health initiative in Northern Ireland which has created both the European Centre for Connected Health (part of the Government Department of Health and Social Services) and the industry-led not-for-profit European Connected Health Campus. 


Lieven Trappeniers, Ph.D.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell-Labs, Belgium

Short biography. Lieven Trappeniers leads the Ambient Media department at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Antwerp, Belgium. He received his PhD. degree in physics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Trappeniers' early research at Alcatel focused on terminal platforms and broadband service selection, and moved later from networking layers up to the application and end-user experience layer. More recently, his work at Bell Labs has addressed the next-generation of broadband family applications, with particular focus on new ways for users to interact with media and communication. This led to several innovative application concepts like AmigoTV being added to the Alcatel-Lucent portfolio and the start of the TouchaTag venture for DiY Internet-of-Things. Initiating and leading several local and European research projects, Dr. Trappeniers is now leading a multidisciplinary research group at Bell Labs bringing together engineers, designers, sociologists and creativity coaches. With this multidisciplinary team, Dr. Trappeniers is researching how elderly with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers can collaboratively assign meaning, personalize and control the Assisted Living environment.