KEYNOTE LECTURE

April 9th
10:00-10:40 AM EEST UTC+3
Virtual Conference

Towards Bionic Sensory Organs

Defined as the interface of biology and electronics, bionics is the science of integrating electronic devices with biological systems to construct hybrid systems that can restore the full functionality of an impaired biological organ or provide additional features and augmented capabilities, such that the resulted bionic organ would be able to assist humans in day to day tasks and even highly complex situations.

Of the five senses, sight and hearing are often felt to be the most important. They allow us to interact with each other and our environment, and the loss of either sense can impair the quality of life. Scientists have spent many decades studying the causes of vision and hearing loss, as well as working to understand how images and sounds are transmitted to and represented in the brain. After years of research, they are now creating technologies that can at least partially restore these senses. Bionic sensory organs take the form of devices that connect to brain cells to deliver information that the brain can no longer receive on its own. 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Andrzej Zarowski

Dr. Andrzej Zarowski is the Chairman of the European Institute for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Head and Neck Surgery in Antwerp, Belgium and Professor of Clinical Audiology at the Thomas More University College in Kentucky, USA. Dr. Zarowski also serves as the General Secretary of the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology.

His background in electronic engineering allowed him to study and develop these technologies and explore how they can regenerate organ architecture and function and even promote tissue regrowth. If you too are fascinated by the world of bionics and specifically, bionic sensory organs and want to find out more about automated scene classification, the evolution of coding strategies, the miniaturization of electronic components and noise reduction technologies, among many others, then this is the perfect conference for you!