Interdisciplinary Research Track 2

Interdisciplinary Research Tracks are short conferences in which prominent scientists inspire the audience by illustrating new and innovative research areas that intersect information technology with other disciplines.

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ACM womENcourage 2019 organizes two tracks (Track 1, Track 2)

Track 2: Artificial Intelligence and Health

Where: MAXXI Auditorium

When: September 18th, part 1: 11:00 – 12:30 part 2: 13:30-15:00

This mini-symposium will tackle important issues related to the adoption and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health care. Distinguished scientists and health experts will cover current and future perspectives on AI and its application in the field of health.

AI applied to human health presents a range of professional challenges and raises critical ethical questions: can the integration of human and computing technologies be achieved in a principled and ethical manner.

Particular attention will be placed on bio-ethical aspects that stem from the digital revolution and underline the importance of developing effective approaches to controlling and regulating the use of AI.

The presentations will include experiences, insights, and deep understanding drawn from innovative pilot projects. Such initiatives aim to promote and motivate the next cycle of integrated scientific activities, to open up new horizons through cross-disciplinary efforts of experts from different fields, exploiting together the potential of AI technologies.

Organizers: Clara Balsano, Bruno Sicilano

Speakers: Clara Balsano, Bruno Siciliano, Michael Czaplik, Stefano Stramigioli, Barbara Bruno, Padre Paolo Benanti, Dorothea Wiesmann Rothuizen


Program Affiliations


Clara Balsano

Opportunities given by artificial intelligence to the healthcare system


Professor Clara Balsano – President of Francesco Balsano Fondation – Full Professor Director of the School of Emergency and Urgency Medicine Department of Clinical Medicine, Life, Health & Environmental Sciences- MESVA – University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila


Bruno Siciliano

Surgical Robot authonomy and Ethics


Professor Bruno Siciliano – Full Professor of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advanced RObotics in Surgery (ICAROS) at University of Naples Federico II, Naples 


Michael Czaplik

Telemedical support for pre-hospital Emergency Medical


PD Dr. Michael Czaplik – PD Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. Senior anaesthesiologist and Head of Section Medical Technology, Department of Anaesthesiology, of University Hospital RWTH Aachen – Aachen, Germany 


Interactive discussion






Stefano Stramigioli

The future of European robotics in healthcare: from
what to how


Professor Stefano Stramigioli – Full professor of Advanced Robotics and chair holder of the Robotics and Mechatronics group – University of Twente – Enschede, Netherlands 


Barbara Bruno

Endowing assistive robots with cultural competence


Doctor Barbara Bruno – Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering – DIBRIS – University of Genoa, Genoa 


Padre Paolo Benanti

Ethical and Social issue and limits of AI


Father Paolo Benanti – Associate Professor in Pontifical University Gregoriana, Rome 


Dorothea Wiesmann Rothuizen

AI in Healthcare: From triage decision support to digital
pathology assistants and precision medicine


Engineer Dorothea Wiesmann Rothuizen – Department Head, Cognitive Computing & Industry Solutions Zurich Research Laboratory, IBM Zurich Research Center TBD Zurich, Switzerland 


Interactive discussion