EmTech Asia is not an average tech conference. It is a curation of the world’s leading tech executives, scientists and investors.
It is a community, a network, and a meeting place for business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers worldwide who are passionate about turning ideas into innovative solutions and addressing major global issues. The mission is bold, yet the method is simple. What happens when the brightest minds in artificial intelligence, materials science, biomedicine, space (and much more) come together from around the world to share breakthrough research and discoveries? What happens when the best from academia and industry collaborate? What happens when scientists with the capability to change the world work with investors to commercialize ideas and tech executives to distribute it globally? Amazing things happen.
Inspire. Innovate. Collaborate. Join us for two days of intelligent conversation as we bring MIT Technology Review’s award winning editorial content to life.
The world’s most influential leaders and innovators are coming to EmTech Asia. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.
Along with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Dr Dava Newman is responsible for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for NASA. Newman performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the administrator, assists the administrator in making final agency decisions, and acts for the administrator in his absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations and exercises the powers vested in the agency by law. Newman also is responsible for articulating the agency's vision and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities.
Prior to her tenure with NASA, Newman was the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that encompasses aerospace biomedical engineering.
Jenny Lee is a managing partner at GGV Capital, where she invests in consumer internet and SaaS companies, especially mobile, social, IoT, finance, and education. She led GGV's investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY(NASDAQ: YY), and UCWeb (acquired by Alibaba). Jenny currently serves on the boards of eHang Technology, Zepp, Chukong Technologies, Kingsoft WPS, Yingying Finance, 51zhangdan, and Xiaozhan. Jenny holds MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Jenny has been on the Forbes Midas List for five years running and was #10 on the 2015 list, the highest ranking ever for a woman.
Managing Partner, Shanghai
Paul Daugherty is Accenture's chief technology & innovation officer and leads the company's Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. He is also a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.
In addition to overseeing Accenture's technology strategy, Mr. Daugherty has responsibility for driving innovation through R&D activities in Accenture's Technology Labs and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally. He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. He also leads the company's large group of highly skilled, certified technology architects, who apply new technologies and architectural foundations in building solutions for clients across industries. In addition, Mr. Daugherty is responsible for managing Accenture's alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Accenture's Global CIO Council and annual CIO and Innovation Forum.
Mr. Daugherty has played a key role in evolving Accenture's technology business to respond to the changes in the industry. He developed the Digital Business vision and helped shape Accenture's early moves to establish its digital business leadership. He founded Accenture's cloud computing business and was instrumental in launching Accenture's SaaS, big data and open source businesses, and played a key role in the company's technology business during the major transitions to client/server computing and internet-based computing.
Mr. Daugherty is a frequent speaker at conferences on industry and technology issues, and has published articles in a variety of publications. He sponsors Accenture's technology initiatives with the World Economic Forum. He also serves as chairman of the board of Avanade, the leading provider of Microsoft technology services. Mr. Daugherty is on the board of directors for Accenture Global Services Limited, the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley and the advisory board for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also helped found the Advisory Board of the Academy of Information Technology, a non-profit that works to boost IT careers for youth.
Mr. Daugherty joined Accenture in 1986 and became a partner in 1999. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Matt Bold is a Principle Researcher with the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto California. For the last ten years Matt has been the lead architect for Space Domain Awareness at Lockheed Martin as well as the program lead for the UKIRT Telescope in Hawaii and the Lockheed Martin SPOT telescope facility in Santa Cruz California. He is also currently a research scientist associated with the Space Environment Research Center in Canberra Australia.
Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Yingrui Li, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of iCarbonX. In 2004, Yingrui Li was enrolled in the Biology Department at Peking University. In summer 2006, Yingrui interned at BGI Tech and started an exciting career in genome science. Yingrui has published more than a hundred papers in reputable scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Genome Research, etc.In 2012, he was appointed as the CEO of BGI Tech. He was then appointed as the chief scientist of BGI in 2014. In 2016, he was being honored on the "Forbes 30 under 30 Asia" list.
Cofounder and Chief Scientist
A world-renowned expert in materials science and technology and one of the industry’s respected forward thinkers, Dr Nalamasu has championed a renewed focus on the company’s innovation culture through various internal development programs and open innovation methods. He has strengthened Applied Materials’ strategic relationships with universities and research institutes around the world including IIT Bombay.
Dr Nalamasu has made seminal contributions to the fields of optical lithography and polymeric materials science and technology. He has received numerous awards, authored more than 180 papers, review articles and books, and holds more than 35 patents.
Senior Vice President and CTO
Applied Materials, Inc.
President, Applied Ventures, LLC
Samay Kohli is the CEO and Co-Founder of GreyOrange, a multinational robotics firm headquartered at Singapore. Today, the success of the company speaks volumes with GreyOrange bagging huge market share in the industrial automation industry and established offices in India, Hongkong, Germany and Japan, besides Singapore.
GreyOrange designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotic systems for automation of Intra-Logistics & Fulfillment in Warehouses, with clients ranging across industry verticals.
Samay was part of the team that created one of India’s first indigenously created humanoid robots, AcYut, in 2007. Samay has represented India in robotics competitions across 13 countries; winning Gold medal at the RoboGames (formerly ROBOlympics) in San Francisco in 2009 amongst many other accolades. Samay has also been involved in organizing workshops at more than 25 educational institutions globally – including Stanford University, Louisiana University, MIT, IITs, IIIT, NITs and many more.
Recently Samay has been featured in Forbes Asia's "30 under 30" success stories, ET's My big Plunge, The Fortune India "40 under 40" list, and has made his way to MIT Technology Review’s global list of "35 Innovators under 35".
Samay has been a keynote speaker at several prominent conferences including Nasscom’s Engineering Summit, The Unilever Foundry, Standup Startup India, Surge CII Innovation Summit amongst many others. Samay is an alumnus of BITS Pilani, graduate in Economics and Mechanical Engineering.
CEO and Cofounder
Jackie Y. Ying received her B.E. and Ph.D. from The Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively. She joined the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, where she was Professor of Chemical Engineering until 2005. She has been the Founding Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore since 2003. For her research on nanostructured materials, Prof. Ying has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry, Wall Street Journal Asia’s Asian Innovation Silver Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Materials Research Society Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship, Crown Prince Grand Prize in the Brunei Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellowship, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honor, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship, Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowship, and The Cooper Union Alumni Association Gano Dunn Award.
Prof. Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. She was named one of the "One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era" by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to be one of the world's 500 most influential Muslims. She was selected as an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame in 2014. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize "Top Scientific Achievement Award" in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this science and technology award receives a certificate, an engraved medal and US$500,000 in prize money. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 13.157.
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR
Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.
In his current role as Founding Chief Executive of SGInnovate, a company held within the National Research Foundation of Singapore, Mr Leonard has been chartered to help translate some of the 'deep-tech' R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners.
Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Mr Leonard continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IDA at the request of the Minister. Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore.
Greer's research focuses on creating 3-dimensional nano-architectures and designing experiments to assess their properties. These architected meta-materials have multiple applications as biomedical devices, battery electrodes, and lightweight structural materials and provide a rich “playground” for fundamental science. Greer has S.B. in Chemical Engineering (minor in Advanced Music Performance) from MIT in 1997, Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford, worked at Intel (2000-03) and was a post-doc at PARC (2005-07). Julia joined Caltech in 2007 and has appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical Engineering.
Greer has over 100 publications; she was recently named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (2016), was selected as a Midwest Mechanics lecturer (2015), and her work was recognized among Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies by MIT's Technology Review (2015). She was a Gilbreth Lecturer at the National Academy of Engineering (2015), is a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014) and is a recipient of multiple awards: Kavli Early Career (2014), Nano Letters Y oung Investigator Lectureship (2013), Society of Engineering Science Y oung Investigator (2013), TMS Early Career Faculty (2013), NASA Early Career Faculty (2012), Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012), ASME Early Career (2011), DOE Early Career (2011), TMS's Young Leaders (2010), DARPA's Young Faculty (2009), Technology Review's TR-35, (2008), and NSF's CAREER (2007). Greer serves as an Associated Editor of Nano Letters and on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. She is also a concert pianist, with recent performances of "nanomechanics rap" with MUSE/IQUE, solo piano recitals and chamber concerts (2007-present), and as a soloist of Brahms Concerto No. 2 with Redwood Symphony (2006).
Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics
California Institute of Technology
David Oh is a senior systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was Lead Flight Director of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. David led the teams that successfully flew the rover to Mars in 2012 and led the cross-cutting systems engineering team that designed, tested, and delivered the rover's core avionics, thermal, and communications systems. He is the Project Systems Engineer for one of the newest additions to NASA's Discovery mission portfolio: “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World.” This mission will use electric propulsion to explore a type of world never before explored: a 200 km diameter asteroid made almost entirely of metal. He received a Sc.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1997.
Project Systems Engineer & Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Marc Hamilton is Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering at NVIDIA. He leads a worldwide engineering team responsible for working with NVIDIA's customers and partners to deliver the world's best end to end solutions for artificial intelligence, deep learning, professional visualization, and high performance computing. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked at HP in the Hyperscale Business Unit and at Sun Microsystems in the HPC and data center groups. Marc holds a BS in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering
The CBS television show Scorpion tells the story of an international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. The real-life inspiration for the show, Walter O'Brien, was a child prodigy who started Scorpion Computer Services at the age of 13. He will explain how his company applies high IQ, computer science, and artificial intelligence to mitigate risk, avoid cyber threats and solve global problems. ConciergeUp.com powered by ScorpionComputerServices.com is a global think tank for hire that provides intelligence on demand as a concierge service. For 25 years Scorpion has gathered together a team of World Class Experts that have invented and applied Artificial Intelligence engines to protect United States war fighters in Afghanistan. Scorpion has created over 150 unique technology inventions is an Irish national coding champion and competed in the Olympics in Informatics. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified Walter as being of National Interest to the United States and granted him an Extraordinary Abilities Visa EB1-1.
CEO, Scorpion Computer Services
Executive Producer, Scorpion (CBS-TV series)
Adrian David Cheok (www.adriancheok.info), Director of Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Malaysia, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London. Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab. Previously Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design National, Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, and Mitsubishi Electric, Japan. Research in mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers, pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Featured in worldwide broadcasts such as CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, etc. Recipient of awards and prizes: A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year, Hitachi Fellowship, SCS Young Professional of the Year, Fellow in Education, World Technology Network, Microsoft Research Award in Gaming and Graphics, C4C Children Competition Prize, Integrated Art Competition Prize, Creativity in Action Award, First prize Mindtrek Award, First prize Milan International InventiON, Gold Award Creative Showcase ACE, Keio University Japan Gijyuju-sho award, SIP Distinguished Fellow Award, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Honorary Expert of Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). NESTA Top 10 Technologies of 2015.
Editor in Chief of the academic journals: ACM Computers in Entertainment, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer), and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots.
Director, Imagineering Institute
Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing
City University of London
Daniela is internationally recognized for her contributions to the area of chromosome biology. She has provided fundamental insights into the packaging of DNA in chromosomes, the structure of telomeres and how specific proteins recognize DNA sequences to regulate transcription. She has been responsible for the determination of a number of important structures of proteins and protein-DNA complexes involved in transcriptional regulation. She has also made key contributions to the understanding of the structure, function and regulation of chromatin compaction and remodelling including the role of histone modification (epigenetics). Presently, the research of the Rhodes' group focuses on the structure and function of chromatin, using cryo-EM methods. This work should provide essential insights into all biological processes whose substrate is DNA. Such knowledge is needed to progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer propagation and human ageing. For her scientific contributions, Daniela has received several awards throughout her career.
Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
Sean O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Director of SOSV. Sean got his entrepreneurial start as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees. In another startup, he and George Favaloro from Compaq invented the term “cloud computing.” Sean has continued as a visionary entrepreneur and investor, creating and supporting a range of businesses, humanitarian and educational endeavors, including JumpStart International, CoderDojo, Mathletes and Khan Academy.
Sean graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Professor Anders Ynnerman received a Ph.D. in physics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. During the early 90s he was at Oxford University, UK, and Vanderbilt University, USA. From 1997 to 2002 he directed the Swedish National Supercomputer Centre and from 2002 to 2006 he directed the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). Since 1999 he has held the chair in scientific visualization at Linköping University and is the director of the Norrköping Visualization Center.
Ynnerman is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and a board member of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. In 2007 Ynnerman was awarded the Akzo Nobel Science award and the Golden Mouse award for Swedish IT-person of the year. In 2009 he received the Athena Award for best medical clinical research in Sweden and in 2010 he received the Swedish Knowledge Award for dissemination of scientific knowledge to the public. In 2011 he received the IVA gold medal from the King of Sweden. He is currently chair of the Eurographics Association and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions of Visualization and Computer Graphics.
Norrköping Visualization Center
Dr. Chia-Peng Day is a Sr. VP/General Manager of the Foxconn Technology Group. He had received a Ph.D. from M.I.T. Dr. Day had worked at General Motors Manufacturing Development on early painting robot development, as a founding member and director of advanced robot systems at GM-Fanuc Robotics, and worked on automation systems at Rockwell Automation and manufacturing systems at Stoneridge Corp. before joining Foxconn. Dr. Day was a 2016 recipient of the Joseph F. Engelberger robotics award.
General Manager - Automation Technology Development Committee
Dr. Mike North, host of Discovery shows "Prototype This!," "In The Making," & "The Potentialists," and Science Show "Outrageous Acts of Science," is an undaunted, anything-but-mild engineer. Fusing science with media he opens doors to awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts, whether teaching innovation at UC Berkeley, creating a more equitable planet as founder of ReAllocate, or making the impossible at North Design Labs.
Host, Prototype This!
Dr. John L. Gustafson is an applied physicist and mathematician. He is a former Director at Intel Labs and former Chief Product Architect at AMD. A pioneer in high-performance computing, he introduced cluster computing in 1985 and first demonstrated scalable massively parallel performance on real applications in 1988. This became known as Gustafson's Law, for which he won the inaugural ACM Gordon Bell Prize. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core Award.
Visiting Professor, A*STAR-CRC
Former Chief Product Architect, AMD
Former Director, Intel Labs
Thomas worked at the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies for 3 years as both an end user of HPC systems, and later transitioned into designing and building them at the lab. This experience led to starting REX Computing in 2013 as a recipient of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20” Fellowship, where he leads architectural design and operations. Thomas has been featured on Forbes' 30 under 30 list and is a project lead for the Open Compute Project HPC Group.
Kevin is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, with experience in the networking, storage, cloud and security sectors. Kevin is CEO and co-founder of food tech innovator Innit Inc. Previous roles include CEO of Kidaro (acquired: MSFT), Vice President at Decru (acquired: NTAP), and VP/GM and founding team at Inktomi (NASDAQ, acquired: YHOO). Kevin is a Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business where he sits on the Dean's Advisory Council, and earned his Bachelor's and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley, where he served as MBA class president.
Cofounder and CEO
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)
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
Alexander Ling is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies located at the National University of Singapore.
His expertise is on development of quantum systems that can work outside of university labs, and Alexander has a strong interest in deploying quantum technology for applications. He took part in the first quantum encryption demonstration in Singapore (in 2004), and is currently working to overcome the technical challenges faced in building a global quantum encryption network. One of his latest achievements is the successful operation of a quantum light source on board a satellite in space. Alexander received his PhD from NUS, and worked as a post-doc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States before returning to Singapore.
Principal Investigator, Quantum Optics
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
Before his present appointment, Kay-Soon was the centre director of satellite research centre (SaRC) of Nanyang Technological University. He has worked in the academia as well as in the industry. HHis present funded projects are in the field of satellite mission development. His satellite team has successfully developed and launched six satellites. These satellites cover different classes of satellites ranging from picosatellites to microsatellite. They weigh between 193g to 123kg. In orbit experiments include remote sensing, fault tolerant system, peak power solar energy tracking, model predictive control of satellite attitude, radio occultation experiment, precision navigation, inter-satellite data relay system has been successfully demonstrated. Dr Low received the best paper award from the IEEE conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA) in 2014, the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014, and Defence Technology Prize (Research & Development category) in 2011. Under his leadership, SaRC received a joint award together with ST Electronics (satellite systems) Pte Ltd, DSO National laboratories and CRISP from the President’s Technology Award in 2016. He has been a senior member of IEEE since 2000.
Professor/Director of Satellite Technology And Research (STAR) Centre
National University of Singapore
Dr Marek T. MICHALEWICZ is the Deputy Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Poland and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences at the Stony Brook University, USA. Until September 2016 he has been a CEO of A*STAR Computational Resource Centre (A*CRC) in Singapore. Marek holds MSc and PhD degrees in Theoretical Physics. He has been involved in computational physics since 1982. In 1997 Marek conceptualized a nanocar (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanocar). 19 years later the world’s first nano-car race will take place (http://nanocar-race.cnrs.fr/indexEnglish.php). In 1999 he founded a (nano)-sensors company Quantum Precision Instruments. Marek leads the InfiniCortex project: concurrent "Galaxy of Supercomputers" located in 7 countries on four continents, connected using InfiniBand protocol and 100Gbps+ networks.
Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling
University of Warsaw
Dr. Le Cong obtained his B.S. with highest honor from Tsinghua University, his Ph.D. from Harvard University co-advised by Drs. Feng Zhang and George Church, and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Dr. Aviv Regev’s laboratory. He completed his thesis work mainly in Dr. Zhang’s lab, where he did pioneering studies on genetic and epigenetic engineering, focusing on developing technologies based on TALE and CRISPR-Cas systems and adapting related technology for potential gene therapy applications. Dr. Cong has published works in journals including Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Methods, and written for Springer’s Book Series Neuromethods and Methods in Molecular Biology. He is also inventor on 20+ related patent applications, with nine patents on CRISPR and TALE technology granted.
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Vinnie is entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 30 investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.
Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience w/ more than 10,000 members.
Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University's College of Engineering.
Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems. He joined his first startup while still in high school. His latest activities can be followed here: @vlauria
Golden Gate Ventures
Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the Chief Operating Officer of MIT Technology Review, a digitally oriented media company founded by MIT whose analysis, features, reviews, interviews, and live events explain the commercial, social, and political impact of new technologies.
At MIT Technology Review Elizabeth has overall operational responsibility for new and existing programs and integrated product development efforts, providing leadership for the strategic planning process.
Elizabeth has a nearly 20-year background building and running teams in world-leading media companies. She has specialized knowledge about how media companies are commercializing content in new ways to appeal to discerning, demanding consumer and B2B audiences.
Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She spent a decade working as a consultant.
Elizabeth has presented to corporate audiences of all different types and has chaired conferences in front of audiences as large as 500 people.
Elizabeth holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.
Chief Operating Officer
MIT Technology Review
MIT Technology Review is the global, independent media company owned by MIT. As Vice President of Licensing and Communities, Antoinette leads the international licensing and community business arm of MIT Technology Review to include the publication, events, the Innovators Under 35 lists and the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Her role is to build out these into profitable business lines for MIT Technology Review. The MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. is the entrepreneurial community arm of MIT Technology Review. As Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF), Antoinette Matthews identifies, recruits and manages licensing partnerships for the MITEF globally. Her focus is to provide strategic direction on content conceptualization, programming conferences, designing technology entrepreneurship workshops and events, fundraising, and working with licensing partners to build robust and sustainable MIT Enterprise Forum chapters in their countries so they may foster and grow their local entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. Some of her professional activities involve supporting multiple MIT student driven initiatives such as the student led MIT Global Startup Workshop acting as a regular speaker and advisory board member from 2007 - 2009. For four years she collaborated with the MIT Student Clean Energy Prize Competition supporting content production & syndication and raising the visibility of this competition in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum. More recently she served as a mentor for the MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and is a competition judge for Pipeline Entrepreneurs. In 2009, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center awarded her the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring that honors those who counsel and guide the business pioneers who blaze new pathways in entrepreneurship. Antoinette received her degree in Marketing and Financial Management from the University of Pretoria. Prior to coming to the USA in 2001, Antoinette was the Relationship Marketing Manager for JD Group Pty Ltd in South Africa, at that time the largest group of national retail chains in the Southern hemisphere, and the Marketing Manager for the first IT chain in South Africa when it went to a public listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1996.
Vice President of Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review
Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc.
Engineer and CEO
Zhi Wei Seh
Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Designing Advanced Materials for Clean Energy Storage and Conversion
Creating a sustainable energy future while protecting our environment is one of the most crucial challenges facing humanity today. To decarbonize our energy landscape, we need to move towards renewable (but intermittent) energy sources such as solar and wind power. My work focuses on the development of new materials for the storage and conversion of clean energy. In this talk, I will discuss the design of novel nanostructures for lithium-sulfur batteries, including core-shell, yolk-shell, 2D layered morphologies, etc. Such batteries have 5 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries today, making them a very promising technology for the future.
About Zhi Wei Seh
Dr. Zhi Wei Seh is a Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He received his BS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and Stanford University, respectively. He then joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar. Dr. Seh has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in top journals including Science, Nature Communications and Nature Energy, and his work has been highlighted by the US Department of Energy and various news agencies.
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Founding Member, Agenovir Corporation
Reading and writing the human genome
Easily reading and writing information to a computer is the basis of many modern technologies; I work on ways to read and write genetic information from human cells. First, I’m creating technologies that read genetic information from individual cells in our body, allowing us to create accurate maps of all cell types and their functions - a Cell Atlas of the human body. Second, I’m engineering technology to write and re-write our DNA, so that diseases such as cervical cancer, which is caused by viruses writing their genetic information into our DNA, can be cured by cutting out the viral DNA.
About Angela Wu
Angela obtained her BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and her MS and PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford University. At Stanford, she was awarded the Bio-X Bowes Scholarship for interdisciplinary research, and the prestigious Siebel Scholarship for top Bioengineering graduates. In 2015 she co-founded Agenovir, a therapeutics company with the mission of treating diseases associated with viral persistence. She is now Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the Divisions of Life Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Angela is passionate about novel technology research, and translating that research into the clinic via entrepreneurship.
Chief Scientist and Cofounder
Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME)
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
AIME Inc is an epidemiology driven company that utilises machine learning capabilites to solve humanity grand challenges in healthcare. Existing work related to dengue & zika control is limited to passive and reactive. AIME’s plan is to reduce both the burden of the disease and the economic impact these diseases impose by introducing an artificial intelligent platform. We incorporated enormous amount of epidemiology data, weather data, geographical data & machine learning capabilities to predict, geolocate & determine future outbreaks. Currently our platform AIME is able to predict deadly outbreaks up to 3 month in advance with an accuracy of 88.7% in real time.
About Dhesi Raja
Dr Dhesi is a Public Health Physician. He won first prize for the Global Impact Competition and was sponsored by Google & ECM Libra to Singularity University in the National Aeronautic & Space Administration (NASA) in Silicon Valley. He then co-founded AIME (Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidmiology) that has the capability of identifying dengue and zika outbreaks 3 month in advance. This invention was used during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Dr Dhesi also won first prize for the Pistoia Life Science Award in King’s College London, Top 8 Young Health Innovators by Harvard University and Top 10 exceptional scientist by the United Nations.
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
Department of Physics and Astronomy
3D Printing of Photonics - Harnessing the Third Dimension
Everyone should benefit from the unlimited knowledge the Internet has to offer. However, a capacity crunch is imminent. Global data demand will soon be reaching the fundamental capacity limit of our fibre optic communication networks. Integrated photonic circuits, the optical equivalent of integrated electronic circuits, are the backbone of the Internet. However, they are limited to two dimensions and require sophisticated fabrication tools. The use of a novel laser based process, similar to 3D printing, enables photonic circuits to access the third dimension with the push of a button. For the first time, these 3D circuits unlock access to the many degrees of freedom of a photon for scaling the fibre optic transmission capacity and avoiding the capacity crunch.
About Simon Gross
Simon Gross' research lies at the intersection of different disciplines such as integrated optics, microfabrication, laser physics, material science and applications such as astronomy and optical communication. Simon Gross received his M.Sc. degree in Microelectronics from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and a PhD degree in Physics from Macquarie University, Australia. He currently holds an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship at the MQ Photonics Research Centre and Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) at Macquarie University. He is also a co-founder of Modular Photonics. A start-up that is providing 3D photonic circuits for the next generation of ultrahigh bandwidth optical communication networks.
Yong Lin Kong
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
3D Printing of Nanomaterials-based Functional Electronics
In general, my research aims to overcome planarity constraint of conventional microfabrication techniques to enable the creation of novel functional devices. Overcoming this barrier has significant potential applications that enable the incorporation of functionalities, such as advanced optical, computation or sensing capabilities, to an otherwise passive three dimensional biological and mechanical systems. Microextrusion-based 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique that represents an alternative approach which offers freeform fabrication capabilities. In this presentation, I will describe the synergistic integration of active nanoelectronic components with the versatility of 3D printing which enables the three-dimensional freeform fabrication of active electronics.
About Yong Lin Kong
Yong Lin Kong is a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research is focused on the fabrication of biomedical devices and the printing of nanomaterial-based functional devices. He received a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honors from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2010), a M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2012) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Princeton University (2016). He is a recipient of the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, Guggenheim Second Year Fellowship, Sayre Award for Academic Excellence, and the HKUST Academic Achievement Medal.
Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Developing brain-inspired deep neural networks for artificial intelligence
Human brains are powerful at interpreting speech and visual signals. Can we get inspiration from human brains to build highly capable computational neural networks to achieve similar performance? The answer is yes. In this talk, I will introduce our research progress on developing brain-inspired deep learning algorithms, which have similar and interesting mechanism such as long-term memory engagement, adaptive information flow regulation, and selective attention, etc. Our simulation results on realistic image data show that such brain-inspired mechanism largely advances the state-of-the-art performance.
About Gang Wang
Wang Gang is a tenured Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is an associate director of the ROSE lab at NTU. He had a joint appointment at the Advanced Digital Science Center (operated by UIUC) as a research scientist from 2010 to 2014. He received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision. He is a recipient of the Harriett & Robert Perry Fellowship, CS/AI award, best paper awards from PREMIA and top 10 percent paper awards from MMSP. He supervised a team to achieve top 5 in the ImageNet challenge on scene classification in 2015 and 2016 respectively. His technologies have been used by more than 5 international companies.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Wireless Technologies for Bioelectronic Therapies
Since the first pacemaker was implanted in 1958, bioelectronic devices have benefited millions of patients, restoring hearing, reducing pain, and alleviating depression. Surprisingly, devices have remained about the same size, largely because of the bulkiness of the battery. Scientists now envision that tiny sensors and stimulators might be used to help treat intractable diseases like cancer and diabetes. My work seeks to make this vision a reality through new wireless technologies. By enabling smaller and deeper bioelectronic devices, these technologies could bring closer the day where doctors will, instead of a pill, prescribe a tiny, wireless device.
About John Ho
John S. Ho was born in California. He completed his BEng at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. He was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, and his thesis focused on wireless power transfer to small-scale bioelectronic devices. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2015 where he is working on new wireless technologies for bioelectronic systems.
Dean's Chair Assistant Professor
School of Computing
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Can Computers Withstand "Earthquakes"?
Computer systems today are often built to tolerate failure that arises in normal or benign operations. When sophisticated attackers carefully target the weak points in software systems, they can breach the security of systems with ease. This begs to question: can we design next-generation computer systems to withstand large-scale, co-ordinated security attacks? Bridges can be designed to withstand earthquakes, so why can't computers? Towards this goal, we will showcase recent examples of research pushing the boundaries of computer defenses. These defenses employ rigorous scientific methods at their core, and some of them have transitioned into practical and popularly used systems.
About Prateek Saxena
Prateek Saxena is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at National University of Singapore and a co-founder of Anquan. His research spans broadly in computer security, with a recent focus on web security, binary analysis, and distributed cryptography. His research work on sandboxing and script injection defenses has influenced the design of several architectural elements in web browsers, web applications and public blockchains. He has received several awards including the David J. Sakrison Memorial Award for outstanding doctoral work at UC Berkeley (2012), Dean’s Chair at NUS (2012 - 2018), and AT&T Award for Best Applied Security Research Paper (2010).
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Nanoscale electronics based on naturally occurring materials
Oxides are naturally occurring materials that have tremendous potential for a range of electronic applications given that their properties can be tuned. This research relies on designing ultra-thin layers of these materials to create minuscule energy sources and artificial electronic memory cells. The energy sources are capable of generating intense bursts of energy that can be exploited for a range of applications in the field of healthcare and electronics. The research has also led to the creation of an on-chip memory that mimics the ability of the human brain to store and recall multiple events, which is a precursor for realising a bionic brain.
About Sumeet Walia
Dr Sumeet Walia is an emerging leader in the field of nanoelectronics. He specialises in the use of metal oxides for the next-generation of high performance electronic devices and systems. He is based at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia from where he graduated with a PhD in 2013. He has published twenty-seven high impact journal articles, with seven of these featuring on journal covers. His work has featured in over 800 national and international media outlets with one of the discoveries being selected as a Top 100 Innovation of 2016 by Netexplo in partnership with UNESCO. He has won awards such as the Award for Research Impact 2016 as an Early Career Researcher and a Malcolm Moore Industry Award.
Engineering Product Development
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Breaking the Internet's Limits: Lighting the way through photonics
A single bit of internet data goes through a complex value chain of electronics and photonics before it is received by its intended recipient. Data originating in electrical form needs to be converted to its optical form, aggressively squeezed into optical fiber, restored and reconverted. We study optical nanostructures for trillion-fold concentration of optical fields well below the diffraction limit, such that unprecedented regimes of light-matter interaction may be harnessed for vast improvements in the transmission, capacity, cost and reliability of internet data - The term "Breaking the Internet" will become a thing of the past.
About Dawn Tan
Dawn Tan is an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She leads the Photonics Devices and Systems Group which explores emerging nonlinear optical phenomena and methods to harness optical nanostructures for telecommunications, datacom, precision sensing and imaging. Dr. Tan received her doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Photonics) at the University of California San Diego where she was a Powell Fellow. She was previously a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and part of the design team at Californian startup, Luxtera Inc. Dr. Tan and her research have been featured in the Straits Times, USNews, the NSF and various media outlets. She was recently featured as one of Asia’s rising scientists in Asian Scientist Magazine.
Over 700 like-minded individuals with the innovation bug will make their way to Singapore on 14 – 15 February 2017. They are CEOs, CTOs, Heads of Strategy and Innovation, Investors and R&D Heads from:
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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence already impacts every industry, powering search, social media, smartphones and tracking personal health and finances. New GPUs are being developed to power deep neural networks and enable machines to learn at a speed, accuracy, and scale never seen before. At the same time, automation technologies in the factory and warehouse are helping workers from China to India and beyond deal with 3D tasks (dirty, dangerous, dull). What’s coming next promises to be the greatest technological breakthrough of our time.
Computing and Cybersecurity
The end of Moore's law is bringing about a new era for computing. Unum, quantum and neuromorphic computing are just a few of the emerging solutions to increase computing power after Moore's law no longer applies. Meanwhile, as more sectors of the economy go digital, cyberattacks rise too. With more than 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, further expertise is needed to curb vulnerabilities.
Agile Manufacturing and New Materials
Breakthroughs in nanoarchitecture are bending the rules of physics with materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light. Lighter structural materials can be more energy-efficient and versatile.
Virtual and Augmented Realities
After many false dawns, new devices are finally bringing virtual reality into the mainstream. At the same time, emerging technologies promise to challenge VR's primacy - think augmented, mixed, holographic or cinematic reality - by blending virtual reality and real life together. How will our day-to-day experiences be augmented by these emerging technologies?
Brave New (Bio-Engineered) World
Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. Gene editing in plants promises to increase agricultural output and feed a growing population. DNA App stores will make it cheap and easy to learn more about our health risks and predispositions. What are their technological and ethical implications?
Around the world, cities are focusing on new technologies to improve services and prepare for population growth. Singapore’s Smart Nation program harnesses technology to improve citizen services, connecting everything to everyone and making citizen life in Singapore easier. Intelligent transport, innovative fintech solutions and new smart living projects are just a few of the initiatives being trialled.
Reusable rockets are changing the economics of space missions and travel, making launch systems incredibly cheaper. In this new space race companies are looking at ways to service satellites and spacecrafts as well as overcoming astronauts’ health issues arising from long missions in zero gravity – think 3D printing and genome sequencing. On top of that, space could also spell the answer to Internet access for the next 4 billion.