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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
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
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media. Prior to this he worked on the security team at Google. He is a founding member of The Secure Domain Foundation, a non-profit, free, adversary intelligence group. He is a Special Advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco and an Advisor to the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute. In addition to this, he serves as a member of the Free Press Foundation security advisory board. A native of New Zealand, He was one of the original founders of the KiwiCON hacker conference. His research on surveillance and the digital targeting of activists and journalists has been featured in numerous print and online publications.
Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor
Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Jun Wang is one of China’s most famous scientists. Since joining the genome-sequencing powerhouse BGI when it started up 16 years ago, he has participated in some of its biggest accomplishments. These include sequencing the first genome of an Asian person, the giant panda and the human gut microbiome, as well as contributions to the Human Genome Project. Wang has led BGI since 2007 and gave up that position in 2015 to pursue research into artificial intelligence (AI).
Wang’s new venture, iCarbonX, has attained unicorn status in record time and aims to create an AI health-monitoring system that would identify relationships between individual human genomic data, physiological traits (phenotypes) and lifestyle choices in order to provide advice on healthier living and to predict, and prevent, disease.
Founder and CEO
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 currently the Project Systems Engineer for "Psyche: Journey to a Metal World," a proposed mission that would use electric propulsion to explore the largest metal asteroid in the solar system. 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
André Choulika, Ph.D., is one of the founders of Cellectis and has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. He has also been President of Calyxt since August 2010. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Choulika worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, where he was a pioneer in the analysis and use of meganucleases to modify complex genomes. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), he completed a research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. André Choulika also has management training from the HEC (Challenge +).
Chairman and CEO
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
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
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, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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
Nobu Okada founded ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. in Singapore in 2013 to address the growing threat of space debris by developing removal technologies, while passionately campaigning for the sustainability of outer space. Prior to this, he managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and in Singapore. Before joining the IT industry, Nobu worked for consulting giant, McKinsey & Company as well as Japan’s Ministry of Finance. Nobu received his Bachelors degree in Genetics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and his MBA at the Krannert School of Business in Purdue University in 2001.
Nobu recruited a team of “Space Sweepers”, composing of experts from various backgrounds with key experience to enable the company to develop reliable solutions against the major global issue of space debris.
Founder and CEO
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
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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Come and meet the individuals and companies leading the next wave of tech innovation and disruption. Exhibit at EmTech Asia.
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.
We are looking for 10 innovators under the age of 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation in technology and business. 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 Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla's JB Straubel, Google's Larry Page and Broad Institute’s Feng Zhang.
We encourage you to nominate young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using technology to come up with creative and inspirational 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.