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Program 2023

Prepare for CME lectures, stimulating impulse talks, effective lightning rounds, critical hands-on experiences, Medical XR tech demos and plenty of networking time

Day 1

Welcome Reception

5.45 pm - 7.00 pm (CEST)
September 20, 2023

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut
Sofienstraße 12
69115 Heidelberg


5.45 pm

Sip & Settle: Relaxed Easing into the Congress

6.15 pm

A few Words of Welcome

Sebastian Smieja and Dr Lars Riedemann
Shift Medical organising committee

6.30 pm

Opening keynote presentation

Karthik Patanjali
The New York Times

7.00 pm

Welcome Panel: From Vision to Reality - The Art of Crafting an Innovation Ecosystem

Dr Jan Gradel
City of Heidelberg

Dr Thomas Prexl
Heidelberg Technology Park and Heidelberg Startup Partners Association

Karthik Patanjali
The New York Times

Dr. Lars Riedemann
Shift Medical GmbH

Welcome Dinner

7.45 pm - 11.30 pm (CEST)
September 20, 2023

Zum Güldenen Schaf
Hauptstrasse 115
69117 Heidelberg

Day 2


9.30 am - 10.45 am (CEST)
September 21, 2023

Business Development Center

9.30 am

Congress Opening

Sebastian Smieja and Dr Lars Riedemann
Shift Medical organising committee

9.45 am

medicus - computatrum physicus <> computatrum physicus - medicus

Prof Dr Daniel Roth
TU München

10.00 am

Commercial use of patient data generated in a publicly funded healthcare system- ethical aspects

Prof Dr Dr Eva Winkler
National Center for Tumour Diseases
Heidelberg University Hospital

10.30 am

From Pixels to Precision: An Exploration of 510(k)-cleared Medical XR Devices and their Implementation in Healthcare

Dr Ryan Beams
US Food and Drug Administration

10.45 am

Introduction to the Open Medical XR Innovation Workshop

Gian Dubberke and Benjamin Seifert
Shift Medical

Networking and Open Development Time

11.00 am - 12.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023


12.00 pm - 1.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

12.00 pm

Setting the Standard: The Importance and Current State of XR Standardization

Prof Dr Christoph Runde
VDC Fellbach

12.15 pm

Virtual Reality Exposure to a Healthy Weight Body Is a Promising Adjunct Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Dr Simone Behrens
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

12.30 pm

The Value Proposition of XR solutions as Digital Therapeutics: Balancing Cost and Benefit

Dr Simon Reif
ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

12.45 pm

Regulating the Future: Navigating the Complexities of XR Medical Devices in Regulatory Affairs

Prof Dr Christian Johner
Johner Institut

Networking Lunch and Open Development Time

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

Social activities

1.45 pm - 4.15 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023


1.45 pm

Option 1

Hiking tour

Follow the footsteps of Goethe and Schiller up the “Philosphenweg”

Option 2

Brewery Tour

Learning the Art of Heidelberg Beer

Option 3

Heidelberg University Hospital Tour

Experience one of Europe’s largest Medical Centers

Option 4

Architectural exploration through Heidelberg’s Old Town

The winding alleys of Heidelberg date back to the Middle Ages

Option 5

Heidelberg Old Town Tour with Boat Trip

Discover the beauty of Heidelberg and the magnificent Neckar Valley

Option 6

Castle Tour

Immerse yourself in the eventful history of the world-famous building

Rest break

4.15 pm - 5.15 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

4.15 pm

Time to relax

Refresh yourself in your hotel room, or enjoy snacks and drinks on our relaxing hotel patio, enjoy life.

4.15 pm


No need to relax?

If you have too much energy: Work with our tech team, catalysts, and  your new friends in our open Medical XR tech corner on your own product and concepts.

Networking and Open Development Time

5.15 pm - 6.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023


6.00 pm - 7.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

Business Development Center

6.00 pm

Immersive Virtual Reality for Rehabilitation - Practical Experiences from Development to Clinical Practice

Julian Specht 
Living Brain GmbH

6.15 pm

XR Technologies and Medical Training: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Ing Benjamin Roszipal (BSc, MMS, RN)
University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten

6.30 pm

Hearing is Believing: The Benefits of Spatial Audio in Medical XR

Ana Monte
DELTA Soundworks

6.45 pm

Creative Solutions for the Medical Field, a Designer’s Point of View

Susanna Götz
Technical University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Social Dinner

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

7.00 pm

Opening of the Social Dinner at Business Development Center

8.00 pm

Evening keynote presentation
Paving the Way for Germany’s Digital Transformation in Healthcare

Dr Malte Schmieding
German Federal Ministry of Health

Congress Day 2 Night Revel: Beats, Bites, & Bright Moments

8.30 pm - 11.00 pm (CEST)
September 21, 2023

Day 3


9.00 am - 10.30 am (CEST)
September 22, 2023

Business Development Center

9.00 am

Harnessing the Power of Evidence-based Medicine and Entrepreneurship: A Unified Approach to Healthcare Innovation

Prof Dr Dennis Steininger
RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau

9.15 am

The Med1stMR-Project - Overview and status

Stefan Mohr and Gabriel Salg
Heidelberg University Hospital

9.30 am

Solving Critical Eye Accomodation and VAC Problem with Multi Focal AR Architecture in Medical Use Cases

Ilmars Osmanis
Lightspace Technologies, SIA

9.45 am

XR Technologies as a Cognitive Prosthetic: Insights from Cognitive and Learning Science

Madeleine Keehner

10.00 am

Creating the Virtual Medicine Centre at HUG Geneva

Oliver Kannape (PhD)
Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève

10.15 am

Practice Readiness Through XR in the Curriculum

Michael Ackerman
The Ohio State University - College of Nursing

Networking and Open Development Time

10.30 am - 11.00 am (CEST)
September 22, 2023


11.00 am - 12.15 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023

11.00 am

Fighting Auditory Hallucinations by using VR Simulation Training

Simon Lajboschitz
Khora Aps

11.15 am

Affective AI Technologies for Emotion Detection and Voice Biomarker Analysis: Applications and Integration Opportunities

Soroosh Mashal

11.30 am

Meta for Education Transform your Students’ Learning with Immersive Technologies

Eva Ivancic

11.45 am

Next-Generation Healthcare Education: Leveraging Extended Reality and Spatial Computing with Low-Code and No-Code Content Creation Tools

Prof Dr. George Papagiannakis

12.00 pm

Enhancing Rehabilitation through Hybrid Technologies: Wearable Robotics and FES in Virtual Reality

Rebecca Schuster and Lucia Buatier
Heidelberg University

12.15 pm

Qualitative and Quantitative Evalution of XR and Global Health Perspectives

Prof Dr Jagtar Dhanda

Networking lunch and Open Development Time

12.30 pm - 1.00 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023


1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023

1.00 pm

Disrupting Nursing Education with XR

Stephanie Justice
The Ohio State University - College of Nursing

1.15 pm

Medical Simulation in VR based on Clinical Research

Jacob Sangild
VitaSim Aps

1.30 pm

Advancements in Medical XR: Revolutionizing Healthcare Delivery and Education

Athanasios Raikos and Panagiota Kordali
Medis Media Pty Ltd - 3D Organon

1.45 pm

VheaRts, unveiling lessons learned and future opportunities from a VR experience that enhances clinical planning and training in congenital diseases

Claudio Capelli
University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Networking and Open Development Time 

2.00 pm - 2.30 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023


2.30 pm - 3.45 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023

2.30 pm

The ARMED (Augmented Reality assisted, Forensic Medical Evidence collection and Documentation) project

PD Dr Dorothea Kaufmann
Heidelberg University Hospital

2.45 pm

KARVIMIO: AI-Based AR Visualization of Operating Instructions for Medical Instruments in the Operating Room

Julian Kreimeier
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

3.00 pm

Enhancing Surgical Training through XR: The Need for an Inclusive Platform

Umut Elestekin and Tolga Güngör
Non Nocere GmbH

Networking and Open Development Time

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023


4.00 pm - 5.15 pm (CEST)
September 22, 2023

4.00 pm

Building spatial design teams

Arnab Chakravarty
Fundamental VR

4.15 pm

Objectifying personal experience with Virtual Reality(VR) in a children’s hospital – results of an RCT and beyond

Kathrin Kelly
University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)

4.30 pm

Clinically scalable VR/AR System for Surgical Planning of Oncologic Liver Resections and Living Liver Donors for Adults and Paediatric Patients

David Sibrina
Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM)

4.45 pm

Immersive training of clinical decision making with AI driven virtual patients – a new VR platform called medical tr.AI.ning

Dr Marvin Mergen
Saarland University

5.00 pm

Future Outlook

Dr Lars Riedemann
Shift Medical

5.15 pm

Congress Debrief Lounge