Keynote Speakers

Ed Hammond

Ed Hammond

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics
Duke University


Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics, Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Director, Applied Informatics Research, Duke Health Technology Solutions
Director, Management Masters in Clinical Informatics
Professor, Community and Family Medicine, School Of Medicine
Research Professor, School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School of Business
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

Chair Emeritus, HL7; Chair US Realm; Chair US Realm Steering Committee; HL7 Da Vinci Steering Committee; Secretary FHIR Foundation

Ed Hammond has provided vision and leadership in most aspects of health informatics for over fifty years. He has been engaged in AMIA, ACMI, CPRI, IMIA, HL7 International, ISO TC 215, and various US Government activities over the years. His current research is in data visualization; realizing interoperability using HL7 FHIR®, SMART®, and CDS Hooks; app development; registries, and data elements.

DCHI- Duke Center for Health Informatics


Using informatics and analytics to connect individuals, communities, and populations.

Under the direction of Dr. W. Ed Hammond, the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) is Duke’s academic home for health informatics, built on a distinguished history in applied research      informatics. DCHI oversees an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education and research   designed to produce informaticians as well as physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health. DCHI is comprised of central leadership from participating academic programs and a cadre of expert faculty affiliated with the Center. DCHI promotes research and education in a broad range of environments, which provides students with a variety of options for practical experience to achieve specific career goals.

Keynote – Ed Hammond, Keynote: Toto, I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore. The world has changed

Arno Hartholt

Arno Hartholt

Director of Research and Development Integration
Institute for Creative Technologies

Arno Hartholt

Expert in virtual humans and video game development

Arno Hartholt studied computer science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was one of a select few to receive a prestigious Fortis IT Student scholarship. He first came into contact with ICT in 2003 as part of his computer science internship program, resulting in a paper presented at the Workshop on Affective Dialogue Systems in Germany, 2004. After graduating, Hartholt worked as a project coordinator at the quickly expanding Sqills IT Revolutions. There, he led a team of designers and programmers, developing an online self-service ticketing system for the Dutch and Belgian International Railway Companies.

Hartholt returned to a life of science when accepting a position at ICT in late 2005. As one of the main integration software engineers within the virtual humans project, Hartholt developed a variety of technologies, with a focus on task modeling, natural language processing and knowledge representation.


  • virtual human research and technology
  • virtual characters
  • artificial intelligence
  • game development
  • advanced user interfaces
  • natural language understanding and generation

Additional Information

  • Project Leader, Integrated Virtual Humans group
  • Project Leader, Institute for Creative Technologies Art Group
  • Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science at University of Twente in the Netherlands
  • Received Fortis IT Student scholarship

Keynote – Virtual Humans for the Web and Beyond – Arno Hartholt

Virtual Human Arno Hartholt Keynote

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