Program 2020

ICIEMC 2020 takes place on Thursday, November 12, and on Friday, November 13, and will exceptionally be organized in virtual format due to Covid-19 pandemics. All sessions will take place via Zoom, and all registered participants will receive the Zoom links to the sessions.

The Preliminary Program of ICIEMC 2020 is now available (Programme ICAFI + ICIEMC 2020 November 8). It includes the Program of ICAFI 2020, our partner conference. 

The 2020 editions of ICIEMC and ICAFI bring together 70 communications, 2 Plenary Sessions, 4 Luminary Speakers, and overall 155 authors from a diversified international environment.

Best Thesis Awards and Best Paper Awards were communicated in the Wrap-up Session, on Friday, November 13, between 16.45 and 17.15.

Note that attendance to conference sessions for non-authors is subject to the payment of a 50 euros fee (general attendees) or a 20 euros fee (full-time students). Registration and payment information are available here. Payment for participants must be done till November 5 via bank transfer, and payment slip must be sent to us till November 9 (

Plenary Speakers ICAFI + ICIEMC: November 12, 2020

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session 1: Miguel Teixeira – Trust by Design – Blockchain: A Modular Decentralized Approach | Moderator: Elisabete Vieira

Miguel Luís Soares Teixeira graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Trás-os-Montes-e-Alto-Douro, has a post- graduation in Information Management obtained at Engineering Faculty of University of Porto and advanced training in Business Intelligence at University Portucalense. He started his professional career in 1995 following several IT and management roles at different companies and several industry sectors e.g. consultancy, textile, food, metals and automotive in Portugal and France. He is actually the Digital Transformation Leader for Portugal, Spain and Slovenia at Groupe Renault and a PhD student at University of Aveiro working under blockchain and IoT subjects for industrial environments. He was recently awarded CIO of the year Portugal 2019 – B2B category and Most Inspirational European Digital Leader of the Year 2020.

11:00 – 12:00 Plenary Session 2: Ricardo Arroja – Pandemics, Economy & Future Challenges | Moderator: Elisabete Vieira

Ricardo Arroja is an economist. He authored one book on the Portuguese Economy and wrote hundreds of opinion articles in the Portuguese media in the last decade and a half. He graduated from the Economy Faculty of the University of Porto, is top manager of different companies, public policy consultant, higher-education professor and member of the board of the Professional Order of Economists in Portugal.

Luminary Speakers ICIEMC: November 13, 2020

14:30 – 15:30 Luminary Session 1: António Valente – Innovation Tendencies in Lifesciences Industry | Moderator: Irina Saur-Amaral

António Valente is responsible for the Business Development of the Cegedim Health Data business in Spain, whose group has been providing services to the Life Sciences for more than 50 years. With more than 20 years of experience in Consulting, Market Research and Business Development in both national and international settings, António has provided high-value solutions at Dendrite, IMS Health, and has rejoined Cegedim in 2018 to help launch the Data Business in Spain. He received his PhD in 2020, in the field of Marketing of the Life Sciences, where he studied the effect of a detailing ceiling on physician prescription behavior. He also received a post-graduate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research and Market Access from BBI, in 2020, and completed his MBA and MsC in 2006. António is a Senior Lecturer at Universidade Europeia in Lisbon, and Visiting Lecturer at ESAME Pharmaceutical Business School in Barcelona.

15:30 – 16:30 Luminary Session 2: João Valente – BrainAnswer: Neuroscience in your hands | Moderator: Hugo de Almeida

João Pedro S.S. Valente holds a degree in Physics Engineering by the University of Coimbra, a Master’s degree in Industrial Electronics and a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Minho with the thesis developed at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, USA. Currently, João Valente is associate professor at the High School of Health of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco in the areas of medical imaging and signal processing, as well as in entrepreneurship, is the researcher at CATAA – Agro-alimentary Technological Support Center where he applies neuroscience to the study of the organoleptic characteristics of agri-food products.  Founder of the companies CaisDigital and PecPlus, recently created startup BrainAnswer where he applies neuroscience knowledge in the study of emotions, consumer behavior, marketing and advertising.