Short profile of MICAS experts involved in SensorART

Robert Puers received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in Ghent in 1974, and his M.S.
degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1977, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1986. He is as
a full professor at the K.U.Leuven, teaching courses in MEMS, Biomedical Instrumentation and
Electronics, and he is director of the clean room facilities for silicon sensor processing and for
hybrid circuit technology at the ESAT-MICAS laboratories. He was a pioneer in the European
research efforts in silicon micromachined sensors, MEMS and packaging techniques, for
biomedical implantable systems as well as for industrial devices. In addition, his general interest in
low power telemetry systems, with the emphasis on low power intelligent interface circuits and on
inductive power and communication links has promoted the research of the ESAT-MICAS
laboratory to international recognition.. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and senior
member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Riccardo Carta was born in Cagliari, Italy, in 1978. In 2004 he received the degree of M.Sc. in
Electrical Engineering, with major in Microelectronics, from the University of Cagliari, Italy.
Currently, he is a research assistant at the MICroelectronics And Sensors (MICAS) group of the
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where he is working towards a Ph.D. degree. His main
research interest is in the area of wireless power and data transmission for biomedical applications.

Jef Thone received the Bachelor degree in Automotive Technology in 1999 from the Hogeschool
voor Wetenschap en Kunst in Schaarbeek, Belgium. In 2002 he received his Master of Engineering
degree in Electronics at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Hoboken, Belgium. From 2002 to 2006
he was employed as ASICasic designer and project manager at Melexis Belgium, where he
cooperated in the analog design of several automotive sensor interface ASICs. In October 2006 he
joined the Sensor Systems Group of MICAS. His PhD research focuses on high-data rate
biocompatible telemetry systems. His research interests include sensor interfacing, analog IC and
discrete design, FPGA and microcontroller interfacing, electronic system design and prototyping.

Short profile of CS experts involved in SensorART

Prof. Dr. Bart Meyns is a Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Gasthuisberg University
Hospital (Katholieke Universiteit), Leuven, Belgium. Professor, Dr. Meyns has been affiliated with
KU Leuven since receiving his medical degree there. He also was a general surgery resident at
RD&E Hospital, Exeter, UK and has been a member of the KU Leuven staff since 1993. In addition
to his medical degree, Dr. Meyns received a Ph.D in 1997 with his thesis, “Ventricular Support with
Miniature Rotary Blood Pumps,” one of his primary interests, among clinical applications of
mechanical support systems, congenital heart surgery and coronary surgery. He is a member of
numerous international and European Societies and is a Member of the Board of Governors for the
International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps and European Society of Artificial Organs. Dr.
Meyns has received numerous recognition and honors for his work and his varied works have been
published in international journals.

Prof. Dr. Filip Rega is Associate Professor and Assistant Head of Clinic at the Department of
Cardiac Surgery at Gasthuisberg University Hospital (Katholieke Universiteit), Leuven, Belgium
(Chief Prof Dr B. Meyns). Dr Rega is also affiliated with KU Leuven since receiving his medical
degree in 1998. He received his Ph.D in 2009 with the work entitled “Evaluation and preservation
of lungs from NHBD: an experimental study in pigs”. Clinically he is involved in congenital heart
surgery, cardio-respiratory support (ECMO, CircuLite), electrophysiology and minimal access
(heart valve) surgery. His research work is focused on heart failure and is performed at the Facility
for Ex perimental Surgery and Anaesthesiology (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium). He is a member of
the Belgian and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. His work has been presented
on national and international meetings and has been published in several peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Steven Jacobs is assistant in training in general surgery at Gasthuisberg University Hospital
(Katholieke Universiteit), Leuven, Belgium under guidance of Professor Broos. He graduated from
medical school (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium) in 2008. In August 2009 he started his
PhD work at the Facility for Experimental Surgery and Anaesthesiology (KU Leuven, Leuven,
Belgium) under guidance of Professor Bart Meyns. The title of his work is “Mechanical ventricular
support in cardiac failure”. The aim is to develop and optimize treatment strategies for patients with
partial unloading left ventricular assist devices.

 
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