NDBME 2020

The 2020 edition of the National Day on Biomedical Engineering focused on Value-Based Healthcare. The conference was held online to ensure safety of all participants and to comply with sanitary measures.

A quick look program (more details after the image):

The booklet of the event with all abstracts is available here. Video abstracts are available on our YouTube channel.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 NDBME digital poster award!

Session I, 08.30 – 09.30, ‘From Sick-Care to Health-Care’

Professor Dr. Marc Noppen, CEO of the University Hospital UZ Brussel gave a lecture entitled “From Sick-Care to Health-Care” (abstract available here) as the opening plenary session.

This session can be viewed here:


Session II, 09.45 – 10.45, ‘Topics in Value-Based Healthcare’

In session II, the first abstracts session, we had a look at state-of-the-art technology that fits well within the scope of ‘Value-Based Healthcare’. Each of the abstract authors presented their work using a video abstract.

An overview of the abstracts presented in session II:

Session II, 09.45 – 10.45
Topics in Value-Based Healthcare

Block 1, 09.50 – 10.05

Laura Smets

Quantification of dysmature EEG as a way to assess perinatal stress in neonatal EEG

Anton Kavaldzhiev

Vagus nerve electroneurogram for seizure detection in rats as possible biomarker for responsive vagus nerve stimulation

Elisabeth Heremans

Domain adaptation for sleep staging on wearable EEG data

Christos Chatzichristos

Epileptic seizure detection in EEG via fusion of multi-view attention-gated u-net deep neural networks

Block II, 10.15 – 10.30

Maxime Verstraeten

Design, implementation and validation of a neurogenic bladder monitoring device

George Athanassoulis Makris

Detecting implant insertion endpoint using attachable resonators, a case study

Raphaëlle Lesage

Validation of an in silico-in vitro pipeline for the identification of drug targets to rescue cartilage degeneration

Ghady El Khoury

Development of a hand activities monitoring device


Session III, 11.00 – 12.00, ‘Topic in Biomedical Engineering’ + virtual company booths

Session III included 5 parallel breakout rooms: 2 rooms in which we streamed video abstracts on general topics in Biomedical Engineering and 3 rooms in which the attendees could connect with the representatives of our sponsors.

An overview of the abstracts presented in session III, part A:

Session III, 11.00 – 12.00
Topics in Biomedical Engineering, Part A

Block I, 11.05 – 11.20

John Morales

A robust estimation of the cardiorespiratory coupling in the presence of abnormal beats

Hooman Salavati

Numerical modeling of interstitial fluid pressure in solid tumors: the importance of the lymphatic system

Ghazal Adeli Koudehi

Modelling lymph propulsion in a 3D reconstructed murine collecting vessel

Jens Maebe

Convolutional neural networks for arrival time estimation in monolithic pet detectors

Klaas Vander Linden

Microstructural and mechanical characterization of the human thoracic aorta

Block II, 11.30 – 11.45

Louis Vande Perre

A method for exploring temperature gradients in infrared neural stimulation

Panagiotis Gonidakis

Improving 3D CNN perfomance using handcrafted features in false positive redution of lung nodules

Satanik Mukherjee

Interplay of mechanical and inflammatory cues in osteoarthritis: a multiscale in-silico study

Amith Balasubramanya

CFD study of type-b aortic dissections with flap motion: proof of concept of overset meshing


An overview of the abstracts presented in session III, part B:

Session III, 11.00 – 12.00
Topics in Biomedical Engineering, Part B

Block I, 11.05 – 11.20

Samaneh Davoudi

Assessing counting method efficacy in cell membrane permeability calculations

Amalia Villa

Fragmented QRS dynamics towards electrical storm in ICD patients

Dorien Huysmans

Sleep-wake classification for unobtrusive monitoring of sleep apnea patients

Antoine Nonclercq

Promoting research and networking throughout the IEEE EMBS benelux chapter

Block II, 11.30 – 11.45

Roselien Vercauteren

Optical detection of bacterial lysate on a porous silicon membranes

Jolan Heyse

Evaluation of directed causality measures and lag estimations in multivariate time series

Grégoire Le Brun

Electrochemical characterization of nitrocellulose membranes towards bacterial detection in water

Matthias Van Impe

Synchrotron-based imaging and segmentation of the cardiovascular structure in adult zebrafish