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Jun 14 2017

Vijay Kumar

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Roboticist

Vijay KumarVijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.


“The Future of Flying Robots”


In detail

Vijay Kumar has held many administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science including director of the GRASP Laboratory, chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and the position of the Deputy Dean. He served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Kumar received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1985 and 1987 respectively. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.


What he offers you

Vijay Kumar studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations and offers audiences around the world, an insight into the popular subject of robotics, blending computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.


How he presents

Vijay Kumar’s speeches are energising and informative, bringing a clear and invaluable perspective to this most current of topics.

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Jun 05 2017

Lars Mårtensson

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Director of Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks

Lars MårtenssonLars Mårtensson is the Director of Environment and Innovation, Volvo Trucks. He is Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Life Cycle Center (hosted by Chalmers University of Technology) – the Volvo Car Group is one of its current partners.

“An expert on sustainability and innovation”


In detail

Lars’ educational background is a University degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy. During his 20 years at Volvo, he has been Environmental Director at Volvo Penta and Volvo Group. In his present position at Volvo Trucks, he is responsible for environment and innovation strategies and objectives. Volvo Trucks has during this time period presented the first CO2-neutral automotive production plant in the world, 7 trucks adapted for seven different renewable fuel alternatives and the first hybrid refuse truck in the world as well as innovations like Volvo Dual Clutch and Volvo Dynamic Steering. Lars was for many years the chairman of the Swedish network Climate neutral transports on road. The common objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from road transports by 50% by 2020.


What he offers you

Lars’ sessions are designed to help organisations and individuals better understand change and his vision of a digitally enabled autonomous future. He educates, inspires and empowers new thinking patterns.


How he presents

A passionate and engaging speaker, Lars’ presentations are a veritable wealth of new ideas delivered in a unique and highly creative way.

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May 29 2017

Rodney Brooks

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Roboticist

Rodney BrooksRodney Brooks builds robots based on biological principles of movement and reasoning. The goal: a robot who can figure things out. He is the Founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics, whose mission is to apply advanced robotic intelligence to manufacturing and physical labour.

“One of the leading pioneers in robotics technology”


In detail

Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honoured by election to the National Academy of Engineering and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence andthe American Association for the Advancement of Science.


What he offers you

Dr. Rodney Brooks’ keynotes reflect the former Professor’s extensive knowledge in automatons.He shares his insights on the worlds most innovative and promising robotics projects. He is an accomplished speaker who speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence invenues throughout the world.


How he presents

A distinguished expert, Dr. Rodney Brooks provides excellent and useful inside knowledge on the topics ofAdaptive Behaviour, Applied Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Robots.

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May 24 2017

Philip Shepherd

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Creator of The Embodied Present Process

Philip ShepherdPhilip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment.He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process (TEPP), a unique method for moving into wholeness that gently discloses and heals divisions we carry within us.

“Bringing clarity to a chaotic world”


In detail

TEPP integrates the hypervigilance of the cranial brain with the deeper intelligence of the body – especially with the second brain in the belly. Philip’s work is based on the vision articulated in his celebrated book, ‘New Self, New World: Recovering our Senses in the Twenty-first Century’. His personal path to understanding has been shaped by his adventures as a teenager, when he cycled alone through Europe, the Middle East, India and Japan, by his deep commitment to and studies of bodywork, by his experiences as an actor, playing lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto and also by the burning desire for freedom that has illuminated his entire life.


What he offers you

Philip’s conferences help us listen to the world through the body. In his sessions, he provides practical feedback, support and a program of simple exercises designed to the individual needs and growth of the client.


How he presents

Philip brings to his sessions a compassionate understanding of the challenges of our modern life. The approach he takes heals the frantic, restless pace of the intelligence in the head, which tends to run on overdrive, by uniting it with the deep, present and calm intelligence of the body.

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Apr 24 2017

Raul Rojas

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Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Raul RojasRaúl Rojas is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at FreieUniversität Berlin since 1997. Prof. Rojas has been active in the field of Artificial Intelligence since 1986, having been a member of the Prolog Machine team at GMD-First (now FraunhoferGesellschaft).He has published extensively about neural networks, robotics, intelligent systems and the history of computing. Raul received the Technology Transfer Prize 2008 from the Berlin Technology Foundation and the Gold Medal Heberto Castillo from Mexico City for his contributions to robotics.

“A on Artificial Intelligence”


In detail

Previously, he held professorships at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and at the Technical University of Vienna.Raúl Rojas obtained his bachelor and master degrees in Mathematics from the Technical University of Mexico, and attained his master in Economics at the National University of Mexico. He received a PhD in Economics from FU Berlin in 1989, where he also obtained his Habilitation degree in Computer Science in 1994.Rojas is a Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.


What he offers you

In his presentations Professor Rojas offers audiences an in depth vision of the future of autonomous and self-driving cars. With a wealth of information from over 10 years of research and development including a fully working autonomous car he shows us a glimpse of the future and what we can expect to see on the roads in the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years.


How he presents

Raul is a passionate and dynamic speaker who provides worldwide audiences with innovative ideas backed up with videos and slides from his current projects.

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Apr 21 2017

Duncan Wardle

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Vice President, Creative Inc. Walt Disney

Duncan WardleDuncan Wardle has worked for the Walt Disney Company for over 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Innovation & Creativity. The innovation catalysts are engaged by Disney Parks, ESPN, ABC, Pixar, Marvel and the Disney Studios, leveraging a unique design thinking process to increase the capacity for innovative and creative thinking, capturing unlikely connections that deliver unique insights, sparking revolutionary new ideas.

“Its about creating better ideas faster and enjoying the process along the way”


In detail

Duncan graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 1986 and began his career with Disney. Prior to heading up the Innovation & Creativity team, Duncan was Vice President of Global PR and has served Disney in an executive capacity in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Los Angeles and most recently Shanghai.


What he offers you

Thinking Differently – Do you ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower? Have you ever wanted to be faster and more nimble to market? Or wondered how Walt Disney came up with the idea of Disneyland or how Pixar comes up with the ideas for so many of their movies? Or perhaps found yourself amazed at how some companies develop killer insights that enable them to break into major new categories. Building on over 25 years of experience with the Walt Disney Co. Duncan creates an immersive, engaging forum that will not only answer these questions but leave you with the tools to take on your challenges in new and different ways that deliver tangible results.


How he presents

Acknowledging the 3 preferred learning styles: auditory, visual and kinesthetic, Duncan fully immerses the audience in a participatory workshop/forum to ensure they take away real tools they can use. He is also a very engaging, entertaining and motivational speaker.

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Mar 22 2017

Einar Hareide

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Former design director at Saab Automobile AB and
Mercedes Benz designer

Einar HareideEinar Hareide is a Norwegian industrial designer, leading an award winning studio Hareide Design. Prior to that, he was a design director at Saab Automobile AB and later employed by Mercedes Benz. Since 2002 he has been an Executive Design Adviser for Bogwart AG. Einar has worked with companies from wide range of industries. His clients include Volvo Cars,SJ/Bombardier,
Kongsberg Maritime and Rolls-Royce Marine.


In detail

Einar has an inspiring story to tell about his journey from a small island on the coast of Norway (Hareid) to end up as design director at Saab utomobile in Sweden at the age of 30. Experiencing first hand the period when Saab was a small car company with a slightly rebellious and a highly respected image to becoming a part of giant General Motors, a modern equivalent of David’s fight against Goliath. Einar started his career as a designer at Saab Automobile in 1986. In 1989 he was employed by Mercedes Benz and was responsible of the design of the 1994 E-Class that became the first Modern Mercedes with round headlamps. In 1991 he was asked to come back to Saab to be in charge of exterior design and in 1994 he was promoted to the position of design director with total responsibility for the exterior, interior and color&trim of all Saab Cars. During that period he was responsible for the design of the new generation of Saab cars that includes the Saab 9-3 series (1993) and Saab 9-5 series (1998). In 1999 He founded Hareide Design. The studio work has been internationally recognized by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), and received more than 20 awards.


What he offers you

How do you create customer value in a world where products are becoming services, how can you get paid for a service that can be for free somewhere else, and how do you create true value to your customers? Einar answers those questions and demonstrates how important is design thinking and creating a culture of innovation that is active instead of re-active. He shows the importance of creating a long-term internal strategy for product and service development without being governed by what the competition is doing. Einar also covers areas connected with IoT (The Internet of Things) and robots entering production (Industry 4:0) and demonstrates how this affects design, production and the human being.


How he presents

Einar’s presentations are supported by unique visualization and animation tools, leaving the audience mesmerised and highly inspired. He has held many lectures in both in English, Swedish and Norwegian, to students and universities and to large multi international companies, as well as product launches for the car industry among others.

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Jan 27 2017

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut, Physician, Scientist & Photographer

roberta-bondarRoberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, Roberta expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission.

“Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That’s what heroes do.”


In detail

For more than a decade at NASA, Roberta headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses on earth, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Roberta is a member of the Governing Council of icipe, a pan-African institute researching the influence of climate change on the spread of insect borne diseases. She is Co-Founder and President of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, created to inspire all ages and to view and to engage our natural environment in a positive light through the lens of photography.


What he offers you

Roberta’s highly motivationaltalkspunctuated by her stunning photographsfocus on change, social responsibility and our environment. Roberta brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality.


How he presents

By customizing each speech and keynote Roberta will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

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Dec 21 2016

Frank Salzgeber

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Innovation & Technology Expert, Head of ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme

frank-salzgeberFrank Salzgeber is a leading expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and trends. He is Head of the European Space Agency’s Technology Transfer Programme Office being responsible for innovation management, the defining of the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies, including the incubation of start-up companies and a related venture fund. From 2015, under his leadership, more than 100 new start-ups will be supported in 11 ESA Business Incubation Centers across Europe.

“ A global authority on the topic of innovation and industry 4.0”


In detail

Frank is an advisory board member of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, was founding chairman of the EIROforum (CERN, EFDA-JET, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, ILL) working group on Innovation Management, Knowledge and Technology Transfer and was Strategy Audit Advisor to Fraunhofer IIS. He also held management positions at Apple covering Central Europe and was COO and CFO at a German IT start-up. Frank holds a degree in Graduated Industrial Engineering.


What he offers you

With an extensive international experience gained from many years of working with leading research organisations, Frank communicates the importance and fascination of science to a wide audience. He shows decision makers from all industries the importance to foster innovation and to stimulate the transfer of technology.


How he presents

An inspiring and charismatic speaker, Frank delivers a powerful message on how innovation and technology will shape our future.

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Nov 09 2016

Eckard Minx

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Head of the Society and Technology Research Group, DaimlerChrysler AG

Eckard MinxEckard Minx is one Europe’s leading experts on innovation and future technologies and is currently head of DaimlerChrysler’s Society and Technology Research Ground. Established in 1978, the Group has offices in Berlin, Germany, California and Japan and addresses the issue of future mobility and examines developments that will shape the face of tomorrow’s markets.

“One of Europe’s most respected innovators”


In detail

After studying economics and law Eckard worked for multinational companies in Saudi Arabia and Algeria before he started working for DaimerChrysler in 1980. He is co-editor of the journal Organisationsentwicklung, lecturer at the FU Berlin and TU Berlin as well as honorary professor for sociology and technology at the University of Technology and Economics in Berlin.


What he offers you

A specialist in scenario planning Prof. Minx works with corporations and institutions around the globe to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop innovative strategies based on the latest technologies.


How he presents

Prof. Minx delivers his expertly researched presentations with flair and precision. He offers audiences great insight into new developments and the very latest in cutting edge technologies.

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