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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)
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Emilio Frazzoli is the Director of the Transportation@MIT initiative, and the Lead Principal Investigator of the Future Urban Mobility IRG of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He was the recipient of a NSF CAREER award in 2002. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Dr. Frazzoli's current research interests focus primarily on autonomous vehicles, mobile robotics, and transportation systems, and in general lie in the area of planning and control for mobile cyber-physical systems.
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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
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
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
PSA International (Port of Singapore Authority)
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.
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.
Prior to working at MIT, her experience was in sales, marketing and finance within the broadcasting industry. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Assistant Director of Business Administration
MIT Sloan School of Management
Erin Reynolds is the Founder, President, and Creative Director of Flying Mollusk. She has diverse background spanning the past 10 years in game development within a variety of different environments, including as a developer (handheld, social, and mobile), publisher, academic, and now indie. Erin 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 took a sabbatical from her career in Game Development in 2009 to pursue her MFA through the prestigious Interactive Media & Games Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. There, Erin led projects such as Trainer, (winning the two top awards for Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids competition at the White House) and the critically acclaimed academic version of Nevermind.
As Chief Mollusk of Flying Mollusk, Erin is dedicated to continuing to create edgy games and interactive art that leave a lasting positive impact on the user and world.
Chief Mollusk (Founder, Creative Director)
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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.