EMBC 2020 Committees
2020 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)
In these unprecedented times, in the midst of uncertainty, isolation, limitation of movement, and unfortunately for some, pain and loss, like never before I would like to sincerely thank all the members of the Conference Editorial Board. Despite the distance and the slow but inevitable realization that, for the first time, we would not have the chance to see our work unwind in a physical environment, we never worked so well together as a team and in perfect timing to finalize the EMBC 2020
... rence Program. There were 2,378 submissions overall. 1,946 of these were full-contributed manuscripts that were part of our rigorous peer-review process. These papers were reviewed with a minimum of two reviewers per paper. Theme Editors made initial "accept/reject" decisions and created a draft scientific program for each Theme. 198 of these papers were nominated for the Student Paper Competition, further reviewed by an Ad-Hoc Committee. We received 18 Workshops, 17 Special Session, and 51 Minisymposia proposals, carefully reviewed by a separate review panel selected by the Program Committee. This year, we also organized a late breaking submission on COVID-19 investigations related to our themes, resulting in 18 1-page poster papers, also reviewed by a special panel. Lastly, there were 326 Research Poster submissions. These were reviewed by a special team of Associate Editors, handpicked by the local organizers and the EMB Technical Committees. I thank all these individuals for their time as they rapidly reviewed them. 221 of these submissions made it to the final program. As always, we maintained the highest quality of papers being selected, each with ratings and feedback given to authors from reviewers. The continued dedication and commitment of Editors, Associate Editors and Reviewers, makes this Annual Conference an active and vibrant community of science. So please let me again warmly thank all the members of the Editorial Board, listed below. It has been a privilege and an honour to be part of such a fine community of esteemed scientists. Despite the circumstances, even if just from a computer screen and not in beautiful Montreal, I believe the passion and dedication of our work will transpire one session at a time and, on your behalf, I wish to invite all the EMBC 2020 participants to enjoy this unique online event!