BMT 2020 - Chairmen Andreas Melzer (l.) und Thomas Neumuth (r.)
From September 29th until October 1st, ICCAS jointly with the DGBMT hosted the first virtual Conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (BMT 2020). The event was opened by the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn. Furthermore, Saxony’s Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow honored ICCAS’ successful work over the past 15 years in a special video message offering his greetings on the anniversary.
The online conference attracted 420 attendees, with the participation of clinicians being particularly noteworthy. The “Leipzig Model” increased the clinical input: additional physicians accompanied the sessions and gave lectures from their practical experience. Artificial intelligence (AI), personalized medicine and the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) were among the main subjects of the conference. It also included topics from the previously cancelled Active Assisted Living (AAL) Congress and the BMT YoungNet initiative. In a separate session, the current pandemic topic was addressed in relation to its significance for the biomedical technology industry.
ICCAS’ current research topics were presented in several sessions, which were chaired by the two conference chairmen Prof. Andreas Melzer and Prof. Thomas Neumuth. Among them were the sessions on “Medical Imaging” and “Robotics” as well as on “5G” and “AI in Medicine” and “Model-based Personalized Medicine”. During the conference, ICCAS was represented with a total of 14 unique contributions.
The ICCAS-team would like to thank all contributors for the successful course of the event and the important scientific exchange. Next year, the Hannover Medical School invites to the 55th Annual Meeting in Hannover in the hope of a real reunion.