Special Panel on “eHealth Priority R&D Areas”

Panel objectives
• Review e-health R&D priority areas and directions from each major country to workshop researchers and engineers.
• Provide a networking and collaboration platform between researchers/engineers.
• Provide an opportunity to exploring inter-country (or region) collaboration for potential e-Health projects and funding.


• USA National Health IT Program (Dr. Tsong-Ho Wu, Telcordia Technologies, USA)
• EU FP7/ICT for Health Program (Dr. Mikołaj Leszczuk, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland)
• Korea U-Health Program (Professor Sungyoung Lee, Kyung Hee University, Korea)
• China “11-5”/e-Health Program (Professor Jian Song, Tsinghua University, China)
• Japan U-Health Program (Professor Kaoru Sezaki, University of Tokyo, Japan)


Presentation Form
• Each panelist gives a short slide presentation (~10 minutes) on their country’s (region’s) e-Health program followed by Q&A. The slides will be posted on IEEE ComSoc TC subcommittee’s web site after the workshop is concluded.


Panelist Biographies

Dr. Tsong-Ho Wu
is a Chief Scientist of Telcordia Applied Research Area. He is an IEEE Fellow and Chair of eHealth TC Subcommittee of IEEE Communications Society and an Advisor Committee (AdCom) member of IEEE Biometrics Council. Dr. Wu has a 25+-year career moving from technology R&D, to technology management, and to technology commercialization through innovative solution development. He held several technical and management positions in AT&T Labs, Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) and Sprint Data as well as served as CEO of 2 VC-funded high-tech start-ups. In addition, he was Principle Investigator (PI) and Task Leader for large-scale advanced research projects sponsored by U.S. DoD, DoD/DARPA and Army Research Laboratories during 1995-1999 and 2007-present. He published two technical pioneer books “Fiber (SONET/WDM) Network Service Survivability (1992)” [by Artech House] and “ATM Transport and Network Integrity (1997)” [by Academic Press] and more than 85 referred journal and conference papers.


Dr. Mikołaj Leszczuk is an assistant professor at the Department of Telecommunications (AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland). He received the M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications in 2000 and PhD degree in Telecommunications in 2006, both from the AGH University of Science and Technology. He is currently lecturing on Digital Video Libraries, Information Technology and Basics of Telecommunications. In 2000 he visited Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) for a scientific scholarship. During 1997-1999 he was serving for several Comarch holding companies as a Manager of the Research and Development Department, President of the Management and Manager of the Multimedia Technologies Department. He has participated actively as steering committee member or researcher in several national and European projects, including: INDECT, BRONCHOVID, GAMA, e-Health ERA, PRO-ACCESS, Krakow Centre of Telemedicine, CONTENT, E-NEXT, OASIS Archive, and BTI. His current activities are focused on e-Health, multimedia for security purposes, P2P, image/video processing (for general purposes as well as for medicine), development of digital video libraries, particularly on video summarization, indexing, compression and streaming subsystems. He has been a chairman of the “e-Health in Common Europe” conferences sessions. He is a member of IEEE Society since 2000. He has served as expert for European Framework Programme and Polish State Foresight Programme as well as he served as a reviewer for several scientific conferences and journals.


Professor Sungyoung Lee is a professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Korea. He received a B.S. degree from Korea University, and M.S. and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), USA in 1987 and 1991 respectively. He has published over 200 papers in journals and international conferences in the area of real-time systems, security, sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, context-aware middleware. He is a founding director of the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory, and has been affiliated with a director of Neo Medical ubiquitous-Life Care Information Technology Research Center, Kyung Hee University since 2006. Before joining Kyung Hee University, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, Governors State University, USA from 1992 to 1993. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.


Professor Jian Song received his B. Eng and Ph.D degrees from Electrical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1990 and 1995, respectively and worked for the same university upon his graduation. He then conducted Postdoctoral research work in both The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Waterloo, Canada in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He has been with the Advance Development Group of Hughes Network Systems in USA for seven years before joining the faculty team in Tsinghua in 2005 as a full professor. He is now the Director of DTV Technology R&D Center and the vice dean of the Research Institute of Information Technology. He is very active in the community, serving as committee members for many international conferences, giving invited talks and acting as panelist. He is the Chairman of IEEE BTS Beijing Chapter and has successfully organized the workshop in digital mobile multimedia broadcasting area associated with ICC’2008 in Beijing. His primary research interest is in the physical layer transmissions and he has been working in different areas, such as fiber-optic, satellite and wireless communications, as well as the powerline communications. His current research interest is in the digital TV broadcasting area such as the terrestrial transmission protocol/standard and the network convergence. Tsinghua DTV technology center is one of the major technical contributors for the Chinese terrestrial transmission standard of digital TV. Dr. Song has published more than 70 journal and conference papers, and holds one US patent with several others pending both in US and China.

Professor Kaoru Sezaki received B.Eng., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1983, 1985, and 1988, respectively, all in Electrical. Since 1988, he has been with Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo and currently is a Associate Professor. He was also co-appointed as associate professor at Center for Spatial Information and Science since 1999. He was a Visiting Researcher at University of California at San Diego in 1996. His research interests include ad-hoc networks, sensor networks especially on body sensor networks, application of RFID’s and urban computing. He is a member of IEEE and served as Treasurer of IEEE Tokyo Section as well as that of Japan Council from 2003 to 2004.

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