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Future Innovators Forum at IBM Edge

1:00-5:30pm PST on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Future Innovators Forum at Edge:

Transforming the way we interact with our world

For more than 15 years, MIT Technology Review has celebrated exceptional young innovators from industry, academia, and government. They’re immersed in building new technologies, showing how technologies can be put to new or better uses, using technology to expand opportunities or inform public policy, doing fundamental work that will spawn future innovations, or building new tech businesses. Similarly, innovators from IBM are creating new solutions and advancements in IT infrastructure that are powering today’s cognitive businesses and paving the way forward for new possibilities across industries.

IBM and MIT Technology Review are teaming to celebrate this next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and visionaries and to showcase the ideas that are shaping the world’s grand challenges. From uncovering the mysteries of the brain to unearthing knowledge about cancer and examining applications for artificial intelligence, these architects of the future will shape their journeys at Edge 2016.

You will gain an insider’s view during this interactive session as Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, and Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems, co-host this forum, and interview these award-winning innovators onstage about how to develop and create new ideas that will better our world.

Learn more about past and present Innovators Under 35 here.

Co-Host Bios

  • Tom Rosamilia

    Senior Vice President
    IBM Systems

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    Tom Rosamilia
    Senior Vice President
    IBM Systems

    Tom Rosamilia is Senior Vice President of IBM Systems. In this role, Mr. Rosamilia has global responsibility for all aspects of IBM's software, server and storage systems as well as the Company's global Business Partners organization.

    For 18 months prior to his leadership of IBM Systems, Mr. Rosamilia served as Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain, where he led IBM’s semiconductor, servers, storage, and the system software business; all of IBM’s supply chain; and the company’s Global Business Partners organization. During that time, he oversaw the transformation of IBM’s Systems & Technology Group business to better address clients' higher-value, data-driven IT requirements. This included making major investments in strategic businesses and initiatives while exiting businesses that were not aligned with current and emerging client demands.

  • Jason Pontin

    Editor in Chief and Publisher of MIT Technology Review

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    Jason Pontin
    Editor in Chief and Publisher of MIT Technology Review

    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. Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.

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Featured Innovators

  • Nora Ayanian

    Gabilan Assistant Professor
    University of Southern California

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    Nora Ayanian
    Gabilan Assistant Professor
    University of Southern California

    Nora Ayanian is a Gabilan Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. She studies and develops end-to-end solutions for coordinating teams of robots, combining automation and artificial intelligence to create autonomous collaboration and control. These solutions take very high level specifications, such as simple multi-touch input from a tablet, and provide automated code delivery to all robots in the team. Her solutions are broadly applicable across all aspects of multi-robot systems and mobile sensor networks, including manufacturing, warehousing, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and emergency response. She has won several awards, including being named to the 2013 IEEE Intelligent Systems “AI's 10 to watch”, and a 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Ayanian holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Heather Bowerman

    CEO and Founder
    Dot Laboratories

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    Heather Bowerman
    CEO and Founder
    Dot Laboratories

    Heather Bowerman is the founder and CEO of Dot Laboratories, a San Francisco–based health-care technology company developing women’s health diagnostics. Previously, Bowerman was a management consultant at McKinsey and a science and technology policy associate at the White House during the first Obama administration. In the latter role, she focused on the President’s Strategy for American Innovation and the administration’s flagship innovation-focused legislation, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. By training, Bowerman is a biomedical engineer; she was the Harvard nanotechnology teaching fellow for the graduate course series and a research fellow in commercialization at Harvard Medical School. Early in her career, she worked in New York City at a private equity fund, where she handled the buyout of a portable molecular diagnostics company with key technology to combat epidemics of the H5N1 and H1N1 flu virus.

  • Adam Coates

    Director, Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab
    Baidu Research

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    Adam Coates
    Director, Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab
    Baidu Research

    Adam Coates is director of the Silicon Valley A.I. Lab at Baidu Research. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Stanford University and subsequently was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford. During his graduate career, Coates co-developed the most sophisticated autonomous helicopter in the world, capable of advanced aerobatic maneuvers. He also worked on perception systems for household robots before studying deep-learning algorithms. His thesis work investigated issues in the development of deep-learning methods, particularly the success of large neural networks trained with large data sets. He also led the development of large-scale deep-learning methods using distributed GPU clusters at Stanford. At Baidu, his team has used this same technology to train networks with billions of connections for state-of-the-art speech systems. The team’s goal is to make devices that are as easy to interact with as human beings.

  • Lisa Deluca

    Technology Strategist
    IBM Commerce

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    Lisa Deluca
    Technology Strategist & 100th Plateau Master Inventor
    IBM Commerce

    Lisa is an AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador where she increases visibility to the importance of innovation. In 2015, Lisa was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.

  • Wei Gao

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of California, Berkeley

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    Wei Gao
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of California, Berkeley

    Wei Gao was born in Xuzhou, China. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 2007 and a master's degree from Tsinghua University in 2009. As a Jacobs Fellow and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellow, he received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of California, San Diego, in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent work has focused on wearable and flexible biosensors for non-invasive physiological monitoring and clinical assessment, as well as synthetic micro/nanorobots for biomedical and environmental applications.

  • Roozbeh Ghaffari

    Cofounder and CTO
    MC10

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    Roozbeh Ghaffari
    Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer
    MC10

    Roozbeh Ghaffari is co-founder and CTO at MC10 Inc. In this role, he has shaped the technology vision and is responsible for defining and developing emerging products. These efforts have led to the development and launch of the BioStamp® and epidermal bio-electronics as the foundation of MC10's product platform. Prior to MC10 Inc., Ghaffari co-authored the business plan for and helped launch Diagnostics For All, a nonprofit organization focused on low-cost health diagnostics. He is a founding editor of the MIT Entrepreneurship Review and is a research scientist in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. His contributions in soft bioelectronics, micro/nanoscale systems, and auditory neuroscience research have been recognized with the Helen Carr Peake Ph.D. Research Prize, the MIT100K Grand Prize, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Grand Prize, and selection as one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. He has published more 45 academic papers and is inventor on more than 60 patent applications and awards. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees electrical engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology.

  • Anthony Goldbloom

    Cofounder and CEO
    Kaggle

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    Anthony Goldbloom
    Cofounder and CEO
    Kaggle

    Anthony Goldbloom is cofounder and CEO of Kaggle, a platform for machine-learning competitions. Almost 500,000 of the world's top data scientists compete on Kaggle to solve important problems for industry, government, and academia. Kaggle has catalyzed breakthroughs in areas ranging from automated essay-grading to automated disease diagnosis from medical images. Before cofounding Kaggle in 2010, Anthony was an econometrician at the Australian treasury. In 2013, MIT Technology Review named him one of its 35 Innovators Under 35.

  • Susann Keohane

    Global Research Leader for Aging Initiative
    IBM Master Inventor

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    Susann Keohane
    Global Research Leader for Aging Initiative
    IBM Master Inventor

    Susann Keohane is responsible for building a strong global community of researchers, technologist, and clients focused on cognitive technology designed to have a positive impact on the quality of life of the world’s aging population.

  • Stephanie Lampkin

    Founder and CEO
    Blendoor

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    Stephanie Lampkin
    Founder and CEO
    Blendoor

    Stephanie Lampkin is the founder and CEO of Blendoor, merit-based matching, a mobile job-matching app that uses a blind recruiting strategy to circumvent unconscious bias and thus facilitate diversity. With a 13-year technology career that spans companies such as Lockheed, Deloitte, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor, she is all too familiar with the difficulties faced when one doesn’t look like the prototypical engineer. Through technology and data, she seeks to reduce bias and challenge the assumption that homogeneous environments are a meritocracy. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Richard Martin

    Watson Research Scientist
    IBM Watson Health

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    Richard Martin
    Watson Research Scientist
    IBM Watson Health

    Richard Martin develops software for handling and extracting greater value from chemical data; engages with clients to accelerate discovery in life sciences research.

  • Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilovic

    Data Science & Research Scientist
    IBM Fellow

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    Aleksandra (Saška) Mojsilovic
    Data Science & Research Scientist
    IBM Fellow

    Saška is an IBM Fellow and IBM Research scientist working in signal processing, predictive modeling and pattern recognition. She has applied her skills to problems in computer vision, healthcare, multimedia, business analytics, e-commerce, finance/insurance, public affairs, and economics. Saška leads the Data Science group at IBM Research, and is a founder and director of the IBM Social Good Fellowship program.

  • Hossein Rahnama

    Founder and CEO
    Flybits

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    Hossein Rahnama
    Founder and CEO
    Flybits

    Hossein Rahnama is a recognized figure in ubiquitous computing and is the founder and chief executive officer of Flybits, a context-as-a-service company, with offices in Toronto, Ontario, and Palo Alto, California. His research explores artificial intelligence, mobile human-computer interaction and the effective design of contextual services. Rahnama has written 30 publications and received 10 patents in ubiquitous computing. He currently serves on the board of Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), was a council member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and is a visiting scholar at the Human Dynamics Group at the MIT Media Lab.

  • Michael Schmidt

    Founder and Chief Technology Officer
    Nutonian Inc.

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    Michael Schmidt
    Founder and Chief Technology Officer
    Nutonian Inc.

    Michael Schmidt's research focuses on machine science, a direction in artificial-intelligence research intended to accelerate data-driven discovery. Over the past six years, he has worked on algorithms and techniques to automate knowledge discovery from data. In particular, he has published extensively on identifying mathematical relationships (such as laws of physics) in experimental data and algorithms in evolutionary computation.

    He is the creator of the Eureqa project, a popular software program for discovering hidden mathematical relations in experimental data. His research been covered in news outlets ranging from The New York Times to NPR's RadioLab to Communications of the ACM, the journal of the Association for Computing Machinery. Currently, he is CTO of Nutonian Inc., which specializes in scientific data mining and cloud computing for data analysis. In 2011, he was included among the “7 Most Powerful Data Scientists,” a list compiled by Tim O’Reilly for Forbes.

  • Saurabh Srivastava

    Researcher
    Xerox Research Centre India

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    Saurabh Srivastava
    Researcher
    Xerox Research Centre India

    Saurabh Srivastava is a HCI Researcher in Human Computation Group at Xerox Research Centre India. In Xerox, he has been focusing to build research competencies in areas like Accessible Education, Healthcare, Data Visualization, Gamification, Security, Mobile Sensing & novel Interaction technologies.

    Prior to joining Xerox in February 2015, Saurabh was associated with IBM Research - India, where he worked as Lead UX Designer & researcher for nearly five years. His personal interest is to build novel interaction systems, mostly focusing on the mobile platform and developing regions.

  • Aleksandra Vojvodic

    Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation
    University of Pennsylvania

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    Aleksandra Vojvodic
    Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation
    University of Pennsylvania

    Aleksandra Vojvodic is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on theoretical and computational-driven materials design. Her lab uses computational frameworks to obtain fundamental understanding of surface and interface properties of complex materials that can be used to develop theoretical models for chemical transformations and energy conversion. These models have, for example, been used to predict new catalyst materials for several chemical reactions that have been experimentally synthesized and tested, validating the desired properties of the computationally predicted catalyst material. Before joining UPenn, Vojvodic was a staff scientist at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, where she led a group conducting research on oxide surface reactivity. She was the Swedish Research Council postdoctoral scholar in Stanford’s Department of Chemical Engineering and at the Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Design at Technical University of Denmark. She received a Ph.D. in physics from the Department of Applied Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and her master’s degree in physics from Lund University in Sweden.