This event will be hosted both online and offline.

Online Teams meeting: Please check your email after registration.

Offline Location: 
Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI), Prinsessegracht 23, 2514 AP Den Haag


Please note that parking at the parking spots on Prinsessegracht street is limited to a maximum of 2 hours. If you park more than 2 hour, there is a Q-Park Malieveld located across from the main entrance.

JOIN US for the last session of the KIE AI series!

As KIVI International Engineers, we are looking forward to hosting you at our first event of 2023!

First, we will welcome you with warm and delicious pizza to meet and greet! Then we will host an interactive session about VLV medical, a startup specialising in making neuromodulation therapy accessible to the general public. We will listen to three innovative presentations about this technology and its applications from the perspective of the co-founder, academic advisor and neurosurgeon. Our speakers will also share their professional stories as expats in the Netherlands to inspire our international audience. The event will be finalised with a Q&A with the three speakers!

More info about the company:

VLV Medical was founded with one simple premise: to revolutionise the concept of neuromodulation using state-of-the-art wearable neuromodulators, allowing users to experience the advantages of non-invasive, non-obtrusive, accurate neuromodulation therapeutics at an affordable price regardless of age, or underlying health issues. As an early startup, we are now focused on creating a research platform that can be used for proof-of-concept neuromodulation as well as imagining for diagnostic purposes.


Speaker: Christiaan Boerkamp
Presentation Title: VLV Medical: enabling healthcare at home using wearable devices

Abstract of the Presentation:

National healthcare systems are facing ever increasing challenges, caused by an aging population, shrinking available workforce, and cuts in available funding. This calls for innovation to increase the sustainability of the current system. One of the leading potential solutions is the so-called “healthcare from home” to support the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of doctors. In this presentation, we will take a deep dive into the potential applications of wearable medical devices. We show how these tiny devices can be used to support the complex tasks of healthcare professionals, and we provide insight into solutions provided by VLV Medical for current challenges faced by such devices.

About Christiaan Boerkamp​:

Christiaan Boerkamp is a co-founder of VLV Medical and a researcher at TU Delft in the Quantum and Computer Engineering Department. His current focus is on artificial intelligence and ultrasound beamforming using custom computing hardware. He received his Bachelor's degree in computer science at the NHL in Leeuwarden and went on to earn a Master's degree in biomedical engineering from TU Delft.


Speaker: Prof. dr. Zaid AL Ars, from TU Delft
Presentation Title: AI Algorithms to Enable the Care at Home Revolution

Abstract of the Presentation:

Our national healthcare systems are experiencing a paradigm shift, aspiring to focus on improving the quality of life of individuals rather than the current focus on disease treatment and extension of lifespan. An important part of this shift attempts to empower individuals to monitor their health condition and support them to get high quality of care from the comfort of their own homes. This talk discusses a number of AI-based algorithms and technologies to address important care-at-home challenges, ranging from at-home monitoring and treatment systems, at-home automated medical diagnostics algorithms, as well as privacy-aware AI algorithms that protect patient data. We also discuss how these technologies are being used commercially by multiple startups to enable the upcoming care-at-home revolution.

About Prof. dr. Zaid AL Ars:

Zaid Al-Ars is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology, where he leads the activities of the Accelerated Big Data Systems group. His work focuses on addressing the bottlenecks in big data application scalability on large computing systems. Zaid is also a cofounder of multiple high-tech startups in the fields of healthcare and AI. He also worked and collaborated with various tech industry heavyweights, and serves on the advisory board of a number of high-tech startups. He is regularly invited to give talks on big data technologies and commercialization both in industry and academia.


Speaker: Dr. Dara Niknejad
Presentation Title: Intraoperative monitoring of ischemia in cerebrovascular surgery, what will the future offer us?

Abstract of the Presentation:

Cerebrovascular surgery is associated with a 10-20% risk of stroke. Currently there is no intraoperative tool available for neurosurgeons to monitor the perfusion of the brain. The existing methods infer blood flow from direct or indirect measurements, yet the field fails to reduce the risk of these surgeries. There is an unmet medical need in this regard. My talk will provide an overview of the existing tools, their shortcomings and discuss a novel technology which has the potential to become the next breakthrough.

About Dr. Dara Niknejad:

Dara Niknejad is a neurosurgeon at UMC Utrecht, devoted his career to cerebrovascular diseases and their treatments. After graduating from the medical school of KU Leuven (Belgium) he completed his neurosurgical training at UZ Leuven while conducting his PhD at Neuro Electronics Research Flanders (Imec, KU Leuven, VIB) entitled “Spatiotemporal relation of Electrical and Hemodynamic Signals in the Brain”. He further gained clinical expertise during a fellowship in neuro-endovascular surgery in Paris. Since 2022 he has been appointed as a neurosurgeon in UMC Utrecht.


 -  uur Pizza service!
 -  uur Opening presentation by KIE
 -  uur VLV Medical: enabling healthcare at home using wearable devices
 -  uur AI Algorithms to Enable the Care at Home Revolution
 -  uur Intraoperative monitoring of ischemia in cerebrovascular surgery, what will the future offer us?
 -  uur Interactive Q&A