• William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor at Northeastern University Boston

    Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2017 and received the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2018 - the highest research award in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. Prof. Melodia has served as Associate Editor fo IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Computer Networks, among others. He has served as Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, General Chair for IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWnet 2014. Prof. Melodia is the Director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. The PAWR Project Office is co-lead by Northeastern University and US Ignite and is overseeing the overall deployment and operation of the PAWR Program. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

    • Analytics
    • advanced analytics
    • Patient Care
    • Medical Innovation

    Dessislava Pachamanova is Visiting Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor and Zwerling Family Endowed Chair at Babson College. Her research, teaching and consulting focus on the design and application of advanced analytical tools to numerous areas, including operations, risk management, healthcare policy, business strategy, and engineering. Dr. Pachamanova holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from MIT.  

    • General Practice

    Barbara Anthony, lawyer, economist, and public policy expert, is currently, a Senior Fellow in Healthcare at the Pioneer Institute where she specializes in healthcare transparency issues. Recently, she was a Senior Fellow and Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government where she is researched and wrote about Massachusetts’ healthcare cost containment efforts. Previously, she served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 2009 to 2015 where she oversaw five state agencies: Banking, Insurance, Professional Licensure, Telecommunications and Cable, and the Division of Standards. Anthony, with a background in law and economics, is a well-known consumer advocate and a highly respected public interest lawyer and policy maker. Among her accomplishments, Anthony oversaw implementation of the state’s Data Security Law and regulations, helped implement the state’s 2012 Health Care Cost Containment Law and the federal Affordable Care Act, oversaw efforts to reform the state’s mortgage foreclosure process, and spearheaded a campaign to empower Massachusetts healthcare consumers through price and quality transparency.


    Previously, Anthony was Executive Director of Health Law Advocates, the Boston-based nonprofit law firm dedicated to health care access; Director of the Northeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission in New York City; Chief of the Public Protection Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for BayBanks, Inc. Anthony began her legal career as a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the


    U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Anthony’s expertise focuses on privacy and data security, financial services, Internet fraud, and health care.


    She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where she is as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She holds a graduate degree in economics and a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Northeastern University. She served on the board of the Cambridge Health Alliance, and currently serves on the Cambridge Community Cable Television Board, the state Treasurer’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board and the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School.


    She regularly appears as a media commentator on consumer protection and business regulation issues.

  • Dr. Herman has worked for many years in health care both as a C-Suite physician executive and consultant. In her current role as Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission, she oversees the operations of a state agency that manages health and other benefits for more than 430,000 public employees, retirees, and their families. Prior to the GIC, Dr. Herman worked for many years at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care as their Chief Medical Officer then as the Chief Operation Officer. She also previously worked as the Director and Practice Co-Leader at Navigant Consulting, Inc.

  • As Executive Director of the Health Technology Exploration Center of Beth Israel Lahey Health, John Halamka, MD, MS, and his team will identify emerging technologies that make care more efficient, integrated, and accessible.

    In his current role of Chief Information Officer for the Beth Israel Deaconess system, John leads technology implementation and operations for the organization’s clinical, financial, administrative, research, and educational areas. John is also an International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Panel for the Bush administration, and Co-chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Committee for the Obama administration.

    John received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his Master of Science from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Doctor of Medicine from University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. John was named to the HIMSS list of “50 Most Influential Technologists of the Past 50 Years” and to CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

    John resides with his family in Sherborn.

  • Mr. Brennan has substantial experience as a consultant and entrepreneur working with the country’s leading academic medical centers and medical schools, integrated delivery networks, hospitals, life sciences companies, industry services providers, and industry associations on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and information management and technology challenges. He brings specialized expertise in assisting organizations in aligning health care information and business strategies for success under increased market competition and health reform. 

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