Get to know us – Hanne Ballhausen

And here is the person who makes the OPEN team members do the right things in the right order and who is a help for any and all of us at any time.

Hi All,
My name is Hanne Ballhausen, a proud “Type F” and the Project Manager for OPEN.

Hailing from the Thuringian forests in the heart of Germany, I lived a few years abroad:
Studying in the UK was very exciting and I left the country 3 years later with a BSc in International Business and MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability in hand. Afterwards I spent almost one year in Zimbabwe working as Project Lead at a local grass-root NGO called ORAP evaluating the education system.

When I came back to Germany, I worked as a Data Analyst and Project Manager for a Forbes 500 E-Commerce company until the day, my dear friend Katarina told me about OPEN and the need for a PM.

Through her personal experience, I have learnt a lot about Diabetes, its implications on a patient’s life and also DIY APS which I find absolutely amazing! I’m a very curious human being and health, tech and innovative disruptions have always sparked my interests. Now I’m very happy to be part of OPEN and cannot wait to learn even more!

Personally, I love staying active and learning about nutrition as cooking/baking is my favourite hobby. Hence, I’m currently planning to learn how to calculate carbohydrates, so when I bring yummy plant based cakes to the office I can provide the grams of carbs to my dear colleagues for better bolusing. 😉

Thank you, Hanne, for wonderful insights into your life!
Everyone on the OPEN team is very happy to have you with us – and not only because of the wonderful cakes you make!


Get to know us – Tahar Kechadi

Today, meet our OPEN team member Tahar Kechadi :

Hello, I am M. Tahar Kechadi. I am a professor in School of Computer Science, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. I was awarded PhD and a Master´s degree in Computer Science from University of Lille 1, France.

Currently, I am Principal Investigator in the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics and CONSUS, one of the biggest projects in Precision Agriculture. My research interests span the areas of data mining, data analytics, and distributed data mining techniques and algorithms, Cloud/Grid computing, and forensic computing and cybercrime investigations.

I am in the editorial board of the Journal of Future Generation of Computer Systems and of IST Transactions of Applied Mathematics Modelling and Simulation. I am a member of the International Knowledge Cloud Consortium (IKCC) and a full member at CERN. I am a visiting professor at Fuzhou University, Fujian, China.

In my spare time I like to go running or hiking. I also like photography very much.

Shane was my post-doctoral fellow and told me about the OPEN project. I have been working on healthcare applications for the last 7 years. OPEN was another opportunity to develop data mining techniques to analyse the data and try to understand the behaviour of patients with diabetes, so I joined the team.

Thank you Tahar, for sharing parts of your life with us. We are very happy to have you with us!

Get to know us – Bryan Cleal

Today in our OPEN team introduction series, it is Bryan Cleal´s turn – Timothy´s colleague at Steno. Bryan will tell us about himself and his motivation to be part of the OPEN project.

Hi, my name is Bryan Cleal; I’m a Senior Researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) and a proud and happy member of the OPEN consortium.

I have lived and worked in Denmark for nearly twenty years, but originally come from the UK. I have a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University (2001) and have worked in a variety of fields and with a variety of method since then.

Throughout my studies and professional career, I have maintained a keen interest in the relationship between humans and technology in all its aspects.

My involvement with OPEN starts with a mail from Shane O’Donnell, inquiring as to whether Steno would be interested in participating in an application to the EU RISE program about DIY artificial pancreas systems (DIYAPS). Shane didn’t need to ask twice, we were very interested and continue to be interested and fascinated by what is happening in this area and what it promises for the future of diabetes care.

I am primarily involved in WP2 (WP=Work Package), where we are looking at the impact of DIYAPS on quality of life and lived experiences. Our initial data already indicates that DIYAPS can have cathartic and life changing implications, but we still need to know much more about what processes are involved here and how the positive implications of DIYAPS can be diffused even further.

The best part of being a part of the OPEN team is the team itself; it’s inspiring to work with such passionate and talented people who are both ambitious but also, more importantly, highly principled in their approach to the work we are doing.

Thank you, Bryan, for being part of our OPEN team, we are very happy to have you and your skills on board!