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Professor Sir David Lane is one of the scientists credited with the landmark discovery of cancer gene p53 , called the "Guardian of the genome", in 1979. He is currently the chief scientist of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), where his main role is to advise and engage in scientific development across the Biomedical Research Council and the Scientific Engineering Research Council at the strategic level.
He is Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute, a not-for-profit foundation, that promotes and funds international research on cancer. He is also the chairman of Chugai Pharmbody Research, which he helped to attract to Singapore.
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and auto engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. In the depths of a tech downturn, Rob took a risk to launch a new venture firm, Shasta Ventures. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses that deliver breakout products and services.
Before co-founding Shasta in 2004, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates. At Shasta Ventures, his investments include Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014), Fetch Robotics, and RelayRides.
SoftTech VC is one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 150 investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll, Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Fitbit, Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates and Vungle. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm is currently investing out of its $85M Fund IV, making 16 commitments of $850K per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer hardware, marketplaces and healthcare IT.
Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M venture fund affiliated with Reuters.
Founder and Managing Partner
Dr. Eckstein comes to SR One - GlaxoSmithKline's independent corporate healthcare venture capital fund - from TVM Capital where he was a Venture Partner, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and appointed CEO and President of SelectX Pharmaceuticals. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thrasos Therapeutics, and a Director of Decibel Therapeutics, Gladius Pharmaceuticals and ZappaRx. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for Alios BioScience, CoNCERT Pharmaceuticals, Enanta Pharmaceuticals, SelectX Pharmaceuticals, Rapid Micro Biosystems, Anchor Therapeutics, and an Advisor to Sirtris Pharmaceuticals. He is the author of multiple scientific publications and holds several issued and pending patents. Jens is an Advisor to the Alzheimer Research Forum (ARF), a Board Member of BioHealth Innovation (BHI) and a Kauffman Fellow.
In his role at MAS Sopnendu is responsible for creating development strategies and regulatory policies around technology innovation to "better manage risks, enhance efficiency and strengthen competitiveness in the financial sector". Prior to joining MAS, Mohanty was with Citibank as their Global Head of the Consumer Lab Network and Programs, which included driving innovation programs and managing innovation labs across multiple geographies globally.
Chief Fintech Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Liam Pedersen directs Nissan’s autonomous vehicle research in Silicon Valley, where they focus on urban and city driving technologies and software engineering. Prior to this he worked at NASA, building robotic systems for lunar and planetary exploration, including the extreme terrestrial environments of Antarctica and various deserts.
Principal Researcher & Manager - Autonomous Vehicles
Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley
Robert J. "RJ" Mical is a pioneer and an influential figure in the video game industry. He created video games at Williams Electronics, helped invent the Amiga computer, co-invented the Atari Lynx and the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer with Dave Needle. He was the central developer of Amiga's Intuition user interface and was well known at early Amiga gatherings. Mical was the Chief Architect of the Fathammer mobile game engine. From 2005 to 2011 he worked as a Senior Manager at Sony on the PlayStation product line. Since 2011 he has been working on software games and inventions with his own company, Arjinx. In 2012 he started working on game technology for Google.
Director of Games
Prof Oh has been Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) since 1985 and has been at the forefront of the development of humanoid robots since 2004, when he developed the first Korean Humanoid Robot: Hubo. Since then his team introduced a series of humanoid robots including Albert Hubo, Hubo FX-1, Hubo II and DRC-HUBO.
Prof Oh is Samsung Chair Professor and member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. For his breakthroughs in robotics he has received several awards. In June 2015 he led team KAIST to win the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge with their humanoid robot DRC-HUBO.
Director, Humanoid Robot Research Center (Hubo Lab)
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Backed by Google's Sergey Brin, Cultured Beef represents a crucial first step in finding an alternative to meat production. As demand for meat is expected to increase by more than two thirds, the world faces critical food shortages in the near future. Prof Mark Post developed the first lab-grown meat burger made from Cultured Beef.
Prof Post first got involved in a Dutch government-funded programme investigating "in vitro meat" in 2008, when he was a professor of tissue engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Motivated by the potentially high societal impact, he continued research even after the funding had ended in 2010. Renewed funding by a private partner enabled the realisation of a project to create a processed meat product using muscle cells from a cow.
Prof Post joined the KNAW Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands before being appointed full-time Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1996. Five years later, he moved with his lab to Dartmouth Medical School and was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and of Physiology. In July 2002, Post returned to the Netherlands as a Professor of Vascular Physiology at Maastricht University and Professor of Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven. Since January 2004 he has been Chair of Physiology and Vice Dean of Biomedical Technology at Maastricht University.
Chair of Physiology
Team Lead, Cultured Beef
Prior to joining Citibank in 2014, for over a decade, Tony headed the Technology Risk Supervision Division at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) where his responsibilities included the development of strategies, programs, standards and guidelines for the purpose of regulating and supervising financial institutions in respect of technology risk management requirements and information security processes.
At MAS Tony led a team of technology risk specialists in carrying out onsite inspections and offsite reviews to monitor the technology risk management capabilities and the effectiveness of information systems security practices in the financial sector.
Regional Head of Information Security, Asia Pacific & Global Head of Cyber Security Regulatory Strategy
Mr Nakatani has been the Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore since April 2012. The IGCI, as a research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, provides innovative training and operational support for law enforcement across the globe, especially in the field of technology-enabled crime.
Mr Nakatani previously held the post of Director of Information Systems and Technology at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, overseeing the development of IT services for the global law enforcement community. He also served as Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Financial and High Tech Crime where he specialized in cybercrime and cyber security issues.
Mr Nakatani holds the rank of Commissioner at the National Police Agency (NPA) of Japan. Prior to his secondment to INTERPOL, Mr Nakatani was Special Advisor to the Commissioner General of the NPA of Japan and Director of the Transnational Organized Crime Office.
INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)
The Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) belongs to the Bremen location of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). Headed by Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner, it is here that scientists develop robot systems to be used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air and in space. The RIC closely cooperates with the Robotics Group at the University of Bremen. The DFKI is the world's largest research center in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
CEO, Robotics Innovation Center
Oh Bee Lock is the Chief Operating Officer of PSA Singapore Terminals, which is the flagship terminal of PSA International, one of the leading global port groups with 40 port projects in 16 countries spanning across Asia, Europe and the Americas. PSA Singapore Terminals operates a total of 57 berths with a handling capacity of 40 million TEUs yearly. In 2014, it handled 33.55 million TEUs of containers, making it the world's Busiest Transhipment Hub, accounting for one-seventh of the world's total container transhipment throughput or 5% of global container throughput. As COO for Singapore Terminals, Bee Lock spearheads the Operations, IT and Engineering functions.
Bee Lock is also concurrently Head, Group Technology and a member of PSA’s Senior Management Council. In his role as Head, Group Technology, Bee Lock drives strategy and long-term planning in automation and technology to create value and support the growth of PSA’s terminals worldwide as well as for the future Tuas Terminal in Singapore.
Head of Group Technology
Backed by Marc Benioff and Vinod Khosla, MetaMind’s vision is to improve artificial intelligence and make it easily accessible. Richard’s research is in machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision. He obtained his PhD from Stanford working on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng and won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award. He is interested in developing new AI models that perform well across multiple different tasks in natural language processing and computer vision.
He was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in 2012 and a 2013 “Magic Grant” from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award.
Dr. Theresa Dankovich invented a bactericidal silver nanoparticle paper, pAge, for her PhD in Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
She invented a “green” method to produce the silver nanoparticles, using cheap and benign chemicals and processing, and showed that the resulting papers worked in the laboratory.
Following her Ph.D. she joined the Center for Global Health at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. As part of the Water and Health in Limpopo project, she traveled to South Africa to test her pAge papers over the summer of 2013. The project included an interdisciplinary team that included faculty and students from engineering, medicine, and public health. In South Africa her team of students worked with the University of Venda and tested the pAge filters in the field, where they were effective in killing bacteria with minimal silver loss.
Theresa is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Her current research pursuits involve looking at the impact of nanotechology and the end-of-life fate of nanotech in consumer products.
pAge Drinking Paper
nuTonomy makes software for tomorrow's self-driving cars. Its customers include Jaguar Land Rover and other major automotive OEMs / Tier 1 suppliers.
nuTonomy is led by two pioneers in the field, Karl Iagnemma and Emilio Frazzoli, and team members come from MIT, CalTech, and SMART. The company has research offices in Singapore and Cambridge, MA.
Doug Parker is nuTonomy's COO, leading the Singapore office and the company's fundraising efforts. He joined nuTonomy from McKinsey & Company, where he was an Associate Partner in the product development and private equity practices. He has an MBA from INSEAD.
At Google Brain, Quoc Le works on large-scale deep learning. He led the team that simulated a neural network that learned the concept of "cat" by watching YouTube videos. His work has made breakthroughs in object recognition, speech recognition and language understanding. He was a researcher at National ICT Australia, Microsoft Research, and the Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics. Quoc won several best paper awards at international conferences on machine learning. He was named one of the innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review.
Dr. Kazerooni is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. With more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience and a doctorate degree from MIT, he is a leading expert in exoskeletons , robotics, control sciences, human-machine systems and augmentation, bioengineering, mechatronics design, intelligent assist devices, and power and propulsion. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the mechanical engineering community and is notably the editor of two journals: ASME Journal of Dynamics Systems and Control and IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics. A recognized authority on robotics, Dr. Kazerooni has published more than 200 articles to date, delivered over 100 plenary lectures internationally, and is the inventors of numerous patents.
In addition to his teaching work and research experience in a academia, Dr. Kazerooni is also an entrepreneur. In 2005, he founded Ekso Bionics (www.eksobionics.com), which went on to become a publicly-owned company in 2014 and now supplies medical exoskeleton (Ekso) to a great number of rehabilitation centers worldwide. He is the founder and chairperson of U.S. Bionics, a VC, industry, and government funded company that provides accessible, affordable exoskeletons for the industrial, medical, and military markets (www.usbionics.com).
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory
University of California at Berkeley
Erin Reynolds is the Creator and Creative Director of the biofeedback-enhanced game Nevermind. She graduated from USC with a BA in Fine Arts in 2006, then worked in the game industry as a Game Designer for several years until returning to USC to explore the potential of positive games, earning her MFA in Interactive Media in 2012. She has diverse experience spanning the past 10 years in developing games within a variety of environments, including as a developer (handheld, social, and mobile), publisher, academic, and indie. She is passionate about the potential games have to empower, educate, and inspire players of all kinds and to make the world a better, more playful place. To this end, she founded the game studio Flying Mollusk to further pursue these ambitions.
Chief Mollusk (Founder, Creative Director)
Justin is an early Internet pioneer and startup veteran. He founded ISPC, the first trade association for Internet providers in 1996. Justin served as their Public Policy Director where he played a key role in ensuring the Internet Tax Freedom, the Communications Decency, the Digital Copyright, and the CAN-SPAM Acts aided the Internet industry’s growth while ensuring the security and privacy of its users. He served on the Advisory Council for ARIN: multinational registry for IP addresses.
As CEO of Netki, Justin is working on products which foster the mass-market adoption of blockchain technology. Netki’s Wallet Name Service allows users to link multiple wallet addresses via an easy to share Wallet Name. Prior to founding Netki, Justin created technologies responsible for over $1.5 billion in new revenue and savings at various start-ups, including AboveNet, NetZero, Demand Media and Blackline. Justin serves on the Board of Directors for ADRA.
Founder and CEO
Professor Daniel Hastings is currently director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Before joining SMART, Hastings completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT’s dean of undergraduate education. Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993.
From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce. From 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the National Science Board. He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education in 2006.
CEO, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)
Former Chief Scientist, US Air Force
At ifmo, Peter deals with future developments and challenges relating to mobility across all modes of transport, with automobility being only one aspect among many. On the international front ifmo’s activities focus on social science and sociopolitical, economic and ecological issues, but also extend to cultural questions related to the key challenges facing the future of mobility.
Institute for Mobility Reseach (ifmo) - BMW Group
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum.
Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Editor in Chief & Publisher
MIT Technology Review
Cyndi has been a part of MIT Sloan Executive Education for the last 7 years, previously working in program management and people management.
MIT Sloan Executive Education partners with clients and faculty to develop, design and deliver programs for innovative leaders and global organizations. Programs are designed to address an organization’s specific challenges through rigorous concepts and frameworks and unique learning-in-action methodologies, creating a dynamic learning experience that leads to significant real-world results.
In addition to financial planning and management, Cyndi is currently responsible for implementing strategic innovations that further the organization’s mission and support the goals of the business. At present, a primary strategic focus is expanding their digital offerings for custom clients, moving online learning from monologue to dialogue, and figuring out new and best ways to personalize scalable and interactive experiences for organizations interested in a unique digital experience.
Administration, Finance and Planning
MIT Sloan School of Management
Terence Lyons is an authority on corporate reputation, strategic communications programs and stakeholder engagement. As Managing Director of The Stakeholder Company, Terence works with corporations, governments and NGOs across Europe, America and Asia to fine tune their reputation management strategies. His particular specialty is on stakeholder engagement where he designed and led Microsoft’s global stakeholder program and works with many companies in the resource sector such as ExxonMobil. Terence led Microsoft’s global stakeholder program and has worked with many Fortune 500 companies to help them better manage their reputation and stakeholder engagement programs.
The Stakeholder Company
In her 14 years at MIT, Kathleen has helped MIT Technology Review to redefine the magazine brand and to achieve success in a rapidly changing market. She has established several new lines of business in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She leads events, sales and international licensing for MIT’s media company as well as the global team of the entrepreneurial support organization, the MIT Enterprise Forum.
She has been a long-time judge for the MITX awards and a distinguished juror for Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She sits on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and she was awarded the 2009 Folio: 40, which recognized the most innovative and influential people in magazines.
MIT Technology Review
Steve Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience working in leading global technology companies. In his position as executive deputy chairman of IDA, he holds executive leadership responsibility for the authority, with a special focus in industry promotion and development. This includes spearheading the building of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, overseeing various national cross-sectoral programs, technology and communications infrastructure development and the strategic planning and development of qualified professionals for the ICT sector. Prior to joining IDA, Leonard was the president of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan. Before joining EMC, he served as president of the Asia Pacific and Japan business for Symantec and Veritas. He serves on the boards of IDA Singapore, IDA International and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd.
Executive Deputy Chairman
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
“What if we use trees to light our streets instead of electric street lamps.” - Antony is the main guy behind the “coolest Kickstarter campaign ever”, according to Peter Diamandis. With the Glowing Plant Project, Antony and his team are designing and creating real glowing plants by using Synthetic Biology methods and Genome Compiler software. The Glowing Plant Project has exceeded the intended Kickstarter funding goal by far and openend the fields of synthetic biology to the public. Prior to Glowing Plant Antony worked for six years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and Bain ∓ Company, co-founded the world’s first mobile microfinance bank in the Philippines and launched a mobile app in partnership with Harvard Medical School.
Founder & CEO
Glowing Plant / TAXA
Sander Arts is member of the executive management team and Vice President of Marketing at Atmel. Previously he was at NXP and Philips. Born and raised in The Netherlands, he combines the unique understanding of creativity, the power of community, and marketing for impact. In the past 3 years, Sander repositioned Atmel at the heart of the IoT and the Maker Movement. With the team, he created one of the largest social media footprints in the semiconductor industry and is using that audience to help makers and start-ups go-to-market and be successful.
He also implemented award winning marketing programs that generate revenue which is used as a case study by Stanford University in their MBA and executive education. He speaks regularly on the topic of marketing and ‘making’ around the world at places such as Stanford University, Maker Faires and industry shows.
Vice President, Marketing
Kakul Srivastava is VP of Product Management at Github. She is a tech entrepreneur focused on building companies that empower people and create community. Kakul has helped build some of the best loved consumer tech products -- Adobe's Photoshop line of software, Flickr, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Mail. She was the founder and CEO of Tomfoolery, Inc., a business dedicated to making beautiful social apps for work. Tomfoolery was bought by Yahoo in 2014.
Most recently, Kakul was the CPO for WeWork, a $10B company focused on empowering millennial entrepreneurs and creators. She lives in SF with her husband and two children. Kakul is a graduate of MIT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Cure Violence, a non-profit dedicated to stopping violence in some of the world’s most high-risk communities, and is an active volunteer, advising in official and unofficial roles, to a number of start-ups and non-profits.
VP of Product Management
Dr Joanna L. Batstone has held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in IBM's Research and Development Laboratories. Joanna was the Director for Distributed Computing in IBM Research in New York, USA, with worldwide strategy responsibility for Distributed Computing. She was the Program Director, Development, for IBM's Sensors & Actuators business unit and a Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Software Group. She spent 5 years as a Senior Manager for Solutions Development in IBM's Healthcare & Life Sciences Business Unit with development responsibilities for IBM's Life Sciences solutions for Pharma and Biotech. Before joining the IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences team, Batstone spent 11 years in IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, in the Physical Sciences and Computer Sciences departments. Joanna received the '95 Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, the '91 Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the '89 Cosslett Award from the Microbeam Analysis Society.
VP and Lab Director
IBM Research - Australia
Chief Technology Officer
IBM Australia and New Zealand
Justin Kan was the cofounder and CEO of Exec, and founder of Justin.TV. At Justin.tv, he launched TwitchTV and incubated Socialcam. Prior to Justin.tv, Justin founded Kiko, the world’s first AJAX calendar, which was funded by YC in 2005 and sold to Tucows in 2006. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in Physics and Philosophy.
Tan Yinglan is a Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital and is the first hire by Sequoia Capital in Singapore. In this role, he helped set up the Singapore office for Sequoia Capital and is currently managing investments for Sequoia Capital. Sequoia Capital’s recent portfolio in Southeast Asia include Tokopedia, Gojek, Carousell, Appier and 99.co. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Yinglan was a member of the elite Singapore Administrative Service, where he served in a variety of positions in the Prime Minister’s Office (where he was part of a team that managed a S$360 million fund for innovation and enterprise), Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Defence. Yinglan was also the founding Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD.
Stephen Turner founded Pacific Biosciences (formerly Nanofluidics), securing Series A funding in 2004. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics by Cornell University in 2000, where he worked with Professor Harold Craighead to study the behavior of biomolecules in nanofabricated structures. He was a member of the project team at Cornell that developed the technology now employed by Pacific Biosciences and was co-author of the cover story in Science magazine that introduced the technology to the scientific community (January 31, 2003).
Dr. Turner’s undergraduate work was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Physics. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers in fields ranging from DNA sequencing technology and biophysics to genomics and epigenomics. He is listed as the inventor on over 50 U.S. patents and numerous published patent applications. Dr. Turner received the MIT Technology Review “TR100” Award in 2003 and the University of Wisconsin Madison Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2008.
Founder and CTO
Akiko Fujita is a CNBC Correspondent, based in Singapore. She covers tech industry, for CNBC programmes and CNBC.com.
With more than a decade of experience, Akiko has covered some of the biggest stories across Asia and the U.S. Prior to joining CNBC, Akiko was a Tokyo-based correspondent for ABC News, where she led network coverage of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. She also traveled across East Asia, reporting on everything from the conflict on the Korean Peninsula to Edward Snowden. Prior to her stint in Asia, she spent nearly 5 years in the Pacific Northwest as a general assignment reporter for KOMO-TV and NorthWest Cable News in Seattle. She began her career in the small town of Pocatello, Idaho.
A Los Angeles native, Akiko is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations. She is fluent in Japanese.
With over 16 years in the Swedish school system, working as a teacher, special needs teacher and principal, Mattias has a great understanding of the challenges and possibilities in the education sector. In 2012, Mattias came in contact with Sensavis and decided to leave his position as principal for Högalidskolan, with 900 students between six and sixteen, to become part of the team creating The 3D Classroom.
With his vast experience, he created the pedagogic flow in the product and continues to run the customer driven development process. Mattias is a recognized and sought after speaker and profile within the Swedish educational sector.
Director Product Management
Saman Amarasinghe is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) where he leads the Commit compiler group. His research interests are in discovering novel approaches to improve the performance of modern computer systems and make them more secure without unduly increasing the complexity faced by the end users, application developers, compiler writers, or computer architects.
Saman was the founder of Determina Corporation a ventured-backed security computer security startup that was acquired by VMware. He was also a co-founder of Lanka Internet Services Ltd, the first ISP in Sri Lanka. Saman is the faculty advisor to the MIT Global Startup Labs program. Saman received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University in 1988, and his MSEE and Ph.D from Stanford University in 1990 and 1997, respectively.
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Mark Phong currently holds multiple roles within the research division of L’Oreal, where he is the head of the Singapore Research & Innovation Center, which is an Advanced Research center primarily focused on innovative skin and hair research. He also heads the Asia-Pacific Business Development and Strategic Foresight group, that is responsible for identifying, sourcing and negotiating the setup of new innovative external R&D collaborations with organizations of all sizes (from startups to other MNCs). Before L’Oreal, Mark has extensive experience in the biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry, having worked in the past as the VP of R&D at Curiox Biosystems, a successful Singapore based Startup Company and as a Group Leader with the American Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co based in their Singapore Research Center (Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery). Mark graduated with a double degree in Bioengineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, followed by a PhD in Pharmacology from the National University of Singapore and finally an MBA from INSEAD in France/Singapore.
Singapore Research & Innovation Center
L'Oréal Research and Innovation
Javier Gomez Fernandez
Founder Academic Member
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Shrilk and Bioinspired Materials: The Future of Sustainable Manufacturing
“Shrilk” is a bioinspired material based on the chemistry and molecular design of the insect cuticle. Shrilk is transparent, biodegradable, and has an ultimate strength in the same range as aluminum alloys, but at half their density. It is made of silk proteins and waste material from the fishing industry (i.e. chitin). Shrilk is the first example of an outstanding material based on the association of natural components with their molecular design in natural structures, and it started a groundbreaking new approach to develop sustainable and bioinspired materials. It is considered, with graphene and metamaterials, one of the material that could change the world.
About Javier Gomez Fernandez
Javier G. Fernandez (Cantabria, Spain) is Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design. In 2010, at MIT, he developed the “Micro-Masonry”, considered a “breakthrough in tissue engineering”. Before moving to Singapore he worked at Harvard University, where he developed Shrilk. Shrilk is referred, for example, to as “the future of manufacturing” and “the material that could change the world”. He is considered the world’s most outstanding young researcher in materials science by the Bayer Foundation. He has also been awarded with the Zwick Science Award for his studies on Mechanical Testing, and best 2008 PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona.
Associate Professor and Co-Leader
Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group
Transparent Wearable Devices
All electronic devices rely on oxide materials – these are in the form of ultra-thin coatings, often prepared at high temperatures. Integration of multifunctional oxide thin layers in stretchable devices would create enhanced functionality and performance. This integration has been limited by the brittle nature of oxides and high temperature processing requirements. My research lies in effectively combining the two diverse materials together. Devices that can be conformally applied to surfaces or worn on a person to act as low-cost sensors for toxic gases or ultra-violet radiation are made possible by this research. The ability to combine any functional oxide with biocompatible substrate material creates the potential for biomedical devices to monitor or stimulate nerve cells and organs. This is in addition to the immediate potential for consumer electronics applications in wearable electronics.
About Madhu Bhaskaran
Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran is an emerging research leader in the field of ultra-small, transparent electronic devices that flex and stretch. She is the co-leader of the Functional Materials and Microsystems research group at RMIT University. In addition to her research, she is passionate about communicating science to public, enhancing support for women in research, and training of next generation researchers. She was awarded the Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences by the Royal Society of Victoria in 2014. She was among the top 6 and a highly commended applicant for the L’Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science 2015 from a pool of 240 candidates from Australia and New Zealand. Her achievements and potential were also recognized with the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Emerging Researcher Award and RMIT University Research Media Star Awards in 2015 and 2011. She is the recipient of an Australian Post-Doctoral fellowship (2010-13) and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2016-2018) from the Australian Research Council.
Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani
Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of New South Wales
A Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic System for Cancer Management
Cancer is one of the world’s deadliest human diseases. While considerable progress has been made in the decades-long war on cancer, there is an unmet clinical need for new solutions for cancer management. In his pitch, Majid will describe his team’s efforts in development of a new system for isolation of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from blood of patients with cancer for early cancer diagnosis. Additionally, he will present their recent efforts for building the first tumour filtering system (CTC-pheresis) which can be employed for filtration of whole blood as a therapy to remove CTCs, and maintain the absolute number of CTCs for a given cancer type within the “safe zone”, thus increasing the overall survival of metastatic patients.
About Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani
Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He completed his PhD program at Nanyang Technological University and subsequently undertook postdoctoral training at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) center. Dr Warkiani’s current research activities focus on two key areas of (i) Microfluidics involving the design and development of new platforms for rare cells sorting and the development of novel 3D devices for investigation of angiogenesis and tumour formation, (ii) Bio-MEMS involving the fabrication and characterisation of novel isopore membranes as well as PCR biochips.
Genome Institute of Singapore
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Mapping the Shapes of RNAs at High Speed
Understanding structure is key to knowing how macromolecules work. Much work has been done in the past decades to solve the shapes of proteins, in order to understand how they function in the cells. Recently, RNA has emerged as another class of important cellular machines, whose function is strongly dictated by its shape. In this talk, Yue will introduce a new technology that allows us to map the shapes of RNA molecules at high speed. Information from this technology provide first glimpses into the organizational rules of RNA shapes and pave the way to understanding how RNA shapes regulate biology.
About Yue Wan
Yue Wan received her B.Sc in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She obtained her Ph.D in Cancer Biology Stanford University, California, USA, under the mentorship of Howard Y. Chang. During her PhD, she developed the first high-throughput method for probing RNA structures genome-wide. Yue is a recipient of the NSS-PhD scholarship from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. She is also a Society in Science-Branco Weiss Fellow. Yue is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award, from the Singapore National Academy of Science. She is currently a Junior Principle Investigator in the Genome Institute of Singapore, and is interested in studying functional RNA structures and understanding their roles in regulating cellular biology.
Singapore University of Technology and Design / MIT Media Lab
Inner Rhythms: Music Technologies Informed by Perception and Physiology
Grace dreams of a music that is subtle, flexible, responsive to emotions, contemplative and compassionate, that meets the listener, plays to their ambient awareness, and brings them well-being. She believes that technology and neuroscience can be in service to this music by making expression and engagement more direct, and more immediate. In service of these creative goals, she has pursued a path of research that uses science to measure affective response to music engagement, and engineering to create generative media designed to influence affect and invite expression of emotions. In her talk, Grace will describe the engineering of human-computer interfaces that read and respond to expressive movement and physiological signals, and she will show examples of creative projects that use these interfaces to engage and promote wellness.
About Grace Leslie
Grace Leslie's research harnesses the expression granted by new music interfaces to better understand the link between music and emotion. Her ultimate goal is to employ musical brain-computer interfaces to promote wellness. Grace and her research partners have invented “affectively aware” music systems that have been demonstrated and performed at technology conferences, community events, and concerts in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She performs worldwide as a flutist and electronic music improviser, using her brain-computer interfaces to reveal her internal mental state to an audience. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the MIT Media Lab. More information about her work can be found at www.graceleslie.com.
Siau Chen Chian
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
National University of Singapore
A Complementary Engineering Based Approach to Catastrophe Modeling
Despite the rapid advances in technology in many fields, accurate estimation of earthquake damage remains an art till to date. Modern catastrophe modeling of earthquakes is conventionally designed as a probabilistic model and often entails several fundamental shortcomings which depart from the engineering science of building damage. A damage estimation model program is introduced to compute an indication of the expected relative extent of damage to buildings. This methodology has been validated with case histories of four recent large earthquakes, namely the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, 2007 Bengkulu Earthquake, 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake.
About Siau Chen Chian
Dr. Chian Siau Chen is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). One of his core research expertise is earthquake engineering, particularly in catastrophe modeling and lifeline infrastructure damage mitigation. In this topic, Dr. Chian has been invited to speak in the 2014 ASEAN Insurance Summit, disaster management and mitigation conferences, as well as interviews by the Northwest News Network in the USA and Channel News Asia in Singapore. He also advises the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) of the Singapore Civil Defence Force on building and geotechnical safety during overseas earthquake search and rescue missions.
Jia Hao Cheong
Institute of Microelectronics
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Wireless and Batteryless In-Graft Blood Pressure Monitoring System
Prosthetic grafts are commonly implanted during bypass surgery for lower limb ischemia or as a conduit for haemodialysis but they tend to fail over time. Cheong and his co-workers have developed a wireless and batteryless microscale electronic sensor that could be incorporated inside the graft to monitor in-graft blood pressure. The device is powered by a handheld external reader, using inductive coupling, a technology similar to that of wireless charging phones. The implant provides real-time wireless pressure monitoring, enabling early detection of failing grafts, and allowing for early medical intervention. The novel development will replace the need for regular and costly procedures to detect graft failures.
About Jia Hao Cheong
Jia Hao Cheong received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Since 2009 he has been with Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore as a Scientist. He has worked on the development of wireless biomedical, as well as ultrasound imaging systems. He was awarded the Best Student Paper in IEEE International Conference on Electron Devices and Solid-state Circuits (EDSSC) 2008. He is also the co-recipient of the Gold Prize in Chip Design Competition of International Symposium of Integrated Circuits (ISIC) 2011.
Raye Chen-Hua Yeow
Department of Biomedical Engineering
National University of Singapore
Soft Wearable Robots
‘Hard’ robots, typically made of rigid components and driven by electromechanical motors, have been around for decades in various useful consumer and industrial applications. As we enter the new age of intelligent wearables, we wonder how we can wear robots and utilize them to empower us in daily tasks. Soft wearable robots, simply made of soft materials and motors, complement traditional robotics, particularly in safer human-robot interactions. Raye envisions soft wearable robots as an opportunity and reality in the near future, where they play an instrumental role inproviding robot-assisted or robot-augmented movement for the human user in daily activities.
About Raye Chen-Hua Yeow
Raye Yeow is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at National University of Singapore since 2012, and an affiliated Principal Investigator with Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology and Advanced Robotics Center. He received his B.Eng. (2006) and PhD (2010) in Bioengineering from National University of Singapore, and his postdoctoral training in the BioRobotics Lab at Harvard University (2012). He was awarded the NUS Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010), NUS Young Investigator Award (2014), and Yamaguchi Medal (2015). His research interest is in soft wearable robotics, and he is a scientific advisor to three start-up companies working on medical wearables.
Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design & Research Assistant Professor, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
Secure Computation in a Quantum World
One of the great insights in physics in the late twentieth century was that information and computation were inextricably linked to it. Quantum mechanics, in particular, offers a more powerful model of computation than is possible with conventional hardware. In recent years, technological barriers have begun to fall away, opening up a path to large-scale quantum computing. Quantum technologies offer the promise of not only more efficient computation, but also stronger cryptography. This talk will introduce recently discovered quantum cryptographic protocols for maintaining privacy and ensuring integrity of computation performed on untrusted hardware.
About Joseph Fitzsimons
Joseph Fitzsimons is an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design and at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. He currently leads the Quantum Theory and Information group at SUTD, a multi- disciplinary research group composed of physicists and computer scientists focused on exploiting quantum phenomenon for information processing. His current research primarily focuses on developing quantum cryptographic protocols to enhance privacy in secure computation. Dr Fitzsimons received his doctorate from Oxford University in 2007, and subsequently spent three years as a fellow of Merton College before moving to Singapore in 2010. He is currently a National Research Foundation Fellow.
Founder & CEO
The Power of Full Drone Autonomy
The drone revolution is here. Farmers are using drones for automated crop health analysis. Logistics and delivery networks are increasingly using aerial delivery robots. However, there's still one missing element - autonomy. Currently, drones still require a human operation team for executing tasks. Pulkit Jaiswal and his team at SwarmX have designed and developed a drone docking station, the Hive, that allows swarms of drones to precisely dock, replenish their batteries and process data in one go. Hives are now being deployed by various government agencies in Southeast Asia to tackle border security issues, specifically dealing with human trafficking and illegal infiltration. Swarm is also working with nonprofits to potentially automate the process of finding poachers in forests in South Africa.
About Pulkit Jaiswal
Pulkit Jaiswal, 22, is an entrepreneur, roboticist and Founder-CEO of SwarmX. He is best known for his work in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles. At the age of 18, Pulkit designed and implemented a medical device at Stanford University, that can recognize viral infection signatures in real-time from DNA samples. At 20, Pulkit founded Garuda Robotics, a company that is the regional leader in aerial drone fleet applications and services in Southeast Asia. Now 22, Pulkit is spearheading SwarmX, a startup building the world's first fully autonomous drone platform for governments around, tackling terrorism, disaster response and poaching.
The Future of Money
The 9 Billion Population Challenge
We are looking for 10 innovators under the age of 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business and technology. Organized by MIT Technology Review since 1999, the prestigious Innovators Under 35 competition has honoured some of the world’s most brilliant minds such as Mark Zuckerberg, JB Straubel, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
We encourage you to nominate young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using technology to come up with creative and inspirational projects that provide solutions to global problems. The 10 honourees are recognized not only for their advances in a field of research, but also for their capacity to make an impact on society as a whole, and to lead the future of technology.