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EmTech is your opportunity to discover future trends and to understand the technologies that will drive the new global economy.
It's where tech, business, and culture converge, and where you gain access to the most innovative people and companies in the world.
The 16th annual EmTech will examine this year’s most significant news on emerging technologies.
This Year's Themes
The Robots Among UsBreakthroughs in robotics are giving machines the skills they need to work side by side with us, and to learn from each other.
The Future of EnergyClimate change, driven in part by the ever-increasing demand for energy, is one of the greatest challenges of our time. How will emerging technologies help create and store sustainable power?
AI's Next Leap ForwardArtificial intelligence already impacts every industry: search, social media, smartphones, and personal health and finances. How will people collaborate with each other and with intelligent systems in the future?
Gene Editing for Better HealthGene editing tools like CRISPR are starting to transform health care – raising possibilities from personalized treatment to the eradication of certain diseases. What are the technological and ethical implications?
Virtual Reality: Life AugmentedNew devices are bringing virtual reality into the mainstream. How will our day-to-day experiences be augmented by these emerging technologies?
- - Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35
- - Internet Connectivity: Creating a Global Community
- - The Digital Privacy Debate
- - Encouraging Entrepreneurs to Solve Big Problems
- - From 10 Breakthrough Technologies: Power from the Air
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Technology and business leaders driving the new global economy
Partner, A.T. Kearney
Presented by RAGE FrameworksSameer is a partner at A.T. Kearney in the Operations and Performance Transformation practice. He advises clients on achieving paradigm shifts in productivity through use of analytics while helping them think through the impact of digital capabilities on their supply chain. Sameer has used advanced analytical methods and innovative approaches to drive end-to-end supply chain transformations for clients addressing challenges with inventory, manufacturing, and logistics optimization. Before joining A.T. Kearney, Sameer was in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte and the Revenue Management Group at American Airlines and Sabre, where he was awarded a U.S. patent for inventory algorithm design. He has an MBA from Chicago Booth, an MS in operations research from UNC Chapel Hill, and a BE in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Gabilan Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
2016 Innovator Under 35Nora 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 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 membership in the 2013 IEEE Intelligent Systems “AI’s 10 to Watch” and a 2016 National Science Foundation Career Award. Ayanian holds an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prize Lead, X Prize
Incentivizing Innovative Approaches & Collaboration in A.I.Amir Banifatemi is an entrepreneur, investor, and innovation strategist who currently leads the global AI X Prize. He has more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of emerging and transformative technologies and focuses on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger breakthroughs with strong economic and societal impact. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP, and the European Commission division for information society and media. He has managed two venture capital funds and continues to support and advise technology companies with an emphasis on AI, predictive systems, the Internet of things, and health care. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne, a doctorate in system design and cognitive sciences from the University Paris Descartes, and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
2016 Innovator Under 35Muyinatu Bell was recently hired as an assistant professor with joint appointments in the departments of electrical & computer engineering and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She is the founder and director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, where she leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, robotics, signal processing, and medical-device design to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that simultaneously address unmet clinical needs and significantly improve the standard of patient care. Bell obtained a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2012 and a BS in mechanical engineering (BME minor) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In addition, she spent a year abroad (2009-2010) as a Whitaker International Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the faculty, Bell was a postdoctoral fellow with the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins.
Executive Editor, MIT Technology ReviewBrian Bergstein is executive editor of MIT Technology Review, with responsibility for stories in the print magazine and on the website. He has covered computing, telecommunications, and the Web since 2000, when he became the Silicon Valley correspondent for The Associated Press. He was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT in 2004-2005, and from 2008 to 2010 he was the AP’s technology editor, before joining MIT Technology Review. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Founder, Intellia Therapeutics
The Potential for Genome Editing Technology to Transform MedicineNessan Bermingham is the entrepreneur and life sciences investor whose vision and drive made Intellia “one of the top 10 biotech start-ups in 2014,” according to Nature Biotechnology. Nessan has more than 15 years of experience investing in life sciences through venture, public, and secondary markets, focusing on technologies including small molecules, biologics, medical devices, and diagnostics. As a partner at Atlas Venture and Omega Funds, and founding partner of Bio Equity Capital, he successfully managed multiple investments across the United States and Europe. Nessan has cofounded a number of health-care and biotech startups and was previously the CEO of Tal Medical, a medical device company spun out of Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he was a venture partner at Atlas Venture, and he currently serves on Intellia’s board of directors. He received his PhD in molecular biology from Imperial College London and was a Howard Hughes Associate Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine.
Postdoctoral Associate, MIT CSAIL
2016 Innovator Under 35Dinesh Bharadia joined CSAIL after completing his PhD at Stanford University, where he was advised by Professor Sachin Katti. His research interests include advancing the theory and design of modern wireless communication systems, sensor networks, and data-center networks. From 2013 to 2015, he was a principal scientist for Kumu Networks, where he worked to commercialize his research in practical full-duplex communication systems. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 2010 and was awarded a gold medal for graduating at the top of his class in electrical engineering.
CEO & Founder, Dot Laboratories
2016 Innovator Under 35Heather 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 under the first Obama administration. While at the White House, she focused on the Strategy for American Innovation and the administration’s flagship innovation-focused legislation, the 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 H5N1 and H1N1.
Chief Operating Officer, MIT Technology ReviewElizabeth 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.
Principal VR Filmmaker, Google
Virtual Reality as a Creative MediumJessica Brillhart is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab, where she spearheaded numerous award-winning shorts and documentaries before joining the VR team in 2015. Since directing World Tour, the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem, Brillhart has continued traveling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emerging medium.
Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
2016 Innovator Under 35Qing Cao received his BSc in chemistry from Nanjing University in 2004 and his PhD in Materials chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He then joined IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center as a postdoctoral scientist in the Thin-Film Photovoltaic Science & Technology Group. Currently, he works as a research staff member in the Nanoscale Science & Technology Group. His research interests include functional nanomaterials for unconventional electronic systems, high-performance logic devices, and low-cost energy harvesting. Dr. Cao is a recipient of the IBM Research Division Award (2016), the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering award from the National Academy of Engineering (2016), IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (2015), Forbes magazine's "Top 30 under 30" award in science (2012), Forbes’s "30 under 30" All-Star Alumni Award (2016), IBM’s Invention Achievement Award (11 times), the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2009), and the MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (2008).
Director, Clinical Innovations, InnAccel
2016 Innovator Under 35Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is an ENT surgeon trained at St. John’s Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore (2009-2011). Since 2010, he has co-invented and developed numerous affordable medical devices addressing the unmet needs in the Indian health-care system, many of which have been taken over by indigenous companies or been developed and commercialized by startups. Dr. Chaturvedi is currently director of clinical innovations and partnerships at InnAccel Acceleration Services. He was a Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellow in 2012 and holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and hospital management (NIBM, 2013). He continues his clinical career by running his private evening ENT clinic in Bangalore.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Computer Science, Harvard University
Building Computer Vision Systems Inspired by the BrainDavid Cox is an assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and of computer science, as well as a member of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. He completed his PhD in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT with a specialization in computational neuroscience. Before joining MCB/CBS, he was a junior fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, a multidisciplinary institute focused on high-risk, high-reward scientific research at the boundaries of traditional fields. His laboratory seeks to understand the computational underpinnings of high-level visual processing through concerted efforts in both reverse and forward engineering. To this end, his group employs a wide range of experimental techniques (ranging from microelectrode recordings in living brains to visual psychophysics in humans) to probe natural systems, while at the same time actively developing practical computer vision systems based on what is learned about the brain.
President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology & Management, Babson College
Presented by RAGE FrameworksTom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics, fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He teaches analytics/big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School and School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School. Davenport pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article and 2007 book. His most recent book (with Julia Kirby) is Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. He wrote or edited 17 other books and over 100 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He has been named one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting News, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis, and one of the world’s top 50 business school professors by Fortune magazine.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Automobili Lamborghini
Presented by the Italian Trade AgencyStefano Domenicali is chief executive officer of Automobili Lamborghini. He began his professional career in 1991 with Ferrari and held several important roles before becoming head of the Ferrari Direzione Sportiva F1 in 2004. In 2008 he was team principal of Scuderia Ferrari F1, which won the Constructors’ World Championship that year. From 2009 to 2014 Domenicali represented Ferrari in the FIA World Motor Sport Council, and he still belongs to that body. He is currently president of the FIA Single Seater Commission. He was vice president for new business initiatives at Audi AG from November 2014 until taking over his current role at Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
The Technology Driving Gene DrivesKevin Esvelt is an assistant professor of the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Sculpting Evolution Group. An evolutionary engineer, Esvelt received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010 for inventing a synthetic microbial ecosystem for rapidly evolving useful biomolecules. He helped pioneer the development CRISPR genome engineering and regulation. The first to identify the potential for CRISPR-based gene drives to alter wild populations of many different organisms, Esvelt is an outspoken advocate of open science to accelerate progress and improve safety. In addition to collaborations aiming to use it to eradicate malaria and schistosomiasis, the Sculpting Evolution Group is pioneering a community-guided effort to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by altering white-footed mice, the primary reservoir. Other projects seek to direct the evolution of molecules and microbes, to predict the behavior of gene-drive systems, and to prevent animal suffering.
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
2016 Innovator Under 35Vivian Ferry is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on understanding nanoscale light-matter interactions and optical metamaterials, for application in solar energy conversion and nanophotonic devices. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago and her PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2016 Innovator Under 35Wei 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 HHMI International Student Research Fellow, he received a PhD 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.
Artificial Intelligence At WorkBefore cofounding Vicarious, Dileep was CTO of Numenta, an AI company he cofounded with Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Before Numenta, he was a research fellow at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute. Dileep has authored 22 patents and several influential papers on the mathematics of brain circuits. His research on hierarchical models of the brain earned him a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He earned his MS in EE from Stanford and his BS from IIT in Bombay.
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Power from the AirShyam Gollakota is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the technical innovations required to accelerate the deployment of Internet of things by providing power to devices without batteries. Shyam is a member of the 2014 edition of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 list. He received his PhD in EECS at MIT and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering at IIT Madras.
Read more on his 2014 Innovators Under 35 honor.
Read about his work on one of MIT Technology Review's 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016, Power From The Air.
2016 Innovator Under 35Meron Gribetz studied computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, where he became convinced that the only way to unlock the true potential of technology is to replace the mouse, keyboard, and even touch screen with a new interface that removes the barriers between our tools and our minds. In 2012 he built his first prototype of an augmented-reality headset with an oven-heated knife, a hot glue gun, and the best components he could get his hands on. Just a year later, Meta entered the marketplace with the first see-through glasses that allowed wearers to move and manipulate 3-D content—or holograms—using natural, intuitive hand gestures. Meron introduced Meta 2, a development kit designed to build a new generation of “natural machines,” to a standing ovation at TED 2016. Under his leadership, Meta has quickly established itself as the pioneering leader in augmented reality, partnering with forward-thinking organizations and academics around the globe to create mind-blowing applications. Meron has been named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 Technology list and Wired’s list of 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business.
Cofounder, Ling Robotics
2016 Innovator Under 35Jiawei Gu, the cofounder of Ling Robotics, was formerly the principal architect leading the human-computer interaction team at Baidu Research’s Institute of Deep Learning. His experience and interests lie at the intersection between user-centered design and applied research. Currently he is responsible for directing a team to design, prototype, and create novel digital experience, industrial design, and natural user interfaces for intelligent systems including wearable devices, intelligent transportation, home automation, robotics, and the Internet of things. His projects, which use the technologies of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and big data, include BaiduEye, DuBike, DuLight, and FaceYou. Previously he worked in Microsoft Research, mainly focusing on I/O interfaces for next-generation Microsoft products, including Windows Surface, Xbox Kinect, and Windows 10. He has been awarded 22 U.S. invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents.
Managing Director, 1776
Incubating Technical Solutions with Global ImpactRachel Haot is a managing director for New York City on the 1776 senior executive team. Previously, Rachel served as chief digital officer and deputy secretary for technology of New York State as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive chamber for two years, from January 2014 to December 2015. During her time in this role, landmark technology initiatives included Governor Cuomo’s historic $1 billion universal broadband plan, the $2 billion Smart School bond act to modernize education, and the relaunch of the state’s official website NY.gov, the first update in 15 years. Rachel also served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chief digital officer for the City of New York for three years, from 2011 through the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in 2013.
Member of Research Staff, PARC
2016 Innovator Under 35Alex Hegyi is an inventor and researcher in the realm of photonics and photonic systems. He is currently on the research staff at PARC, a Xerox company (formerly Xerox PARC), where he leads the development of multiple photonic technologies, including his own hyperspectral imager. Dr. Hegyi graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a BS in physics, with honors and distinction. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2013, advised by Professor Eli Yablonovitch, and supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. He is also a recipient of the Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize for his thesis work on nanodiamond imaging.
Cofounder, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Spark Therapeutics
Gene Therapy: A New Era of MedicineKatherine High, a world renowned hematologist, began her career studying the molecular basis of blood coagulation and the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of bleeding disorders. Her pioneering bench-to-bedside studies of gene therapy for hemophilia led to a series of studies that characterized the human immune response to adeno-associated virus vectors in a variety of target tissues. High’s work has evolved to encompass clinical translation of genetic therapies for multiple inherited disorders. As the director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, High assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists and researchers working to discover new gene and cell therapies for genetic diseases and to facilitate rapid translation of preclinical discoveries into clinical application. High served a five-year term on the FDA Advisory Committee on Cell, Tissue and Gene Therapies and is a past president of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy. She received her A.B. in chemistry from Harvard University, an M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, business certification from the UNC Business School Management Institute for Hospital Administrators, and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO, Imprint Energy, Inc.
2016 Innovator Under 35Dr. Christine Ho is a cofounder and chief executive officer of Imprint Energy, a UC Berkeley spinoff commercializing a revolutionary printed battery technology of which she is the principal inventor. Imprint Energy, based in Alameda, California, is developing technology to enable long-lasting, low-cost, rechargeable batteries composed of earth-abundant materials for today’s and tomorrow’s electronic devices. Dr. Ho received her PhD in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley.
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
2016 Innovator Under 35M. Ehsan Hoque is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is interested in developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are "written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all." Ehsan received his PhD in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis "Computers to Help with Conversations: Affective Framework to Enhance Human Nonverbal Skills" was the first of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to learn and improve their social skills by interacting with a conversational system. Ehsan's work has been recognized through the Best Paper award at the ACM Ubiquitous Computing conference (UbiComp 2013) and Best Paper nominations at the IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference (FG 2011) and ACM Intelligent Virtual Agents conference (IVA 2006).
Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Addressing the Effects of Climate ChangeSolomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where he founded and directs the Global Policy Laboratory. The lab uses data science and mathematical models to answer fundamental questions regarding climate change, economic development, war and violence, global health, natural disasters, human migration, food security, black markets, and ecosystem management. His research has been published in Nature, Science, and PNAS, and he is a leader in applying econometric analysis to quantify the global economic and social cost of climate change. His recent work uncovered the effect of global temperature on global economic growth, the underpinnings of gang violence in Mexico, and the effect of legal ivory sales on global elephant poaching. Hsiang received BS degrees from MIT in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science and in urban studies and regional planning; he received a PhD in sustainable development from Columbia and completed postdoctoral work at Princeton.
CEO and Cofounder, nuTonomy
Intelligent Machines: Autonomous CarsKarl Iagnemma is CEO and cofounder of nuTonomy, an MIT spinoff company focused on developing state-of-the-art software for autonomous urban driving. Karl is also a principal research scientist at MIT, where he directs the Robotic Mobility Group. He has coauthored more than 150 technical papers, patents, and books, including volumes on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenge autonomous-vehicle races. His technical work has been cited more than 5,000 times in the robotics and automotive research literature. Karl is also a published author of fiction whose work has been translated into eight languages. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and an MS and PhD from MIT. He has performed postdoctoral research at MIT and has been a visiting researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece).
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Robots at WorkSangbae Kim is the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. His research focuses on advanced legged mobility inspired by principles from complex biological systems. Kim’s achievements on bio-inspired robot development include a climbing robot, Stickybot, that utilizes a synthetic directional adhesive inspired by gecko lizards to climb smooth surfaces. Another high-profile project is the MIT Cheetah, which achieves stable outdoor running at up to 13 miles per hour and autonomously jumps over obstacles by employing biomechanical principles from studies of the best runners in nature.
CTO, Opus 12
2016 Innovator Under 35Dr. Kendra Kuhl has committed the last eight years to studying the conversion of carbon dioxide into higher-value chemicals and fuels, a technology with the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In 2006 Kendra entered the PhD program at Stanford University, where her research laid the groundwork for discovery of catalysts used in carbon dioxide conversion. After graduating in 2013, Kendra continued her research as a postdoctoral fellow at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Her work there on changing the catalyst morphology demonstrated that it is possible to increase the energy efficiency and selectivity of the reaction, two key improvements. These discoveries led to the founding of Opus 12, a startup company focused on commercializing technology for carbon dioxide conversion.
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
2016 Innovator Under 35Maithilee Kunda is an assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she worked as a research scientist in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Her work in artificial intelligence, in the area of cognitive systems, looks at how visual thinking contributes to learning and intelligent behavior with a focus on applications for individuals on the autism spectrum. She holds a B.S. in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech, and she currently directs the laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems.
Founder & CEO, Blendoor
2016 Innovator Under 35Stephanie 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 career in tech spanning companies like 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 BS in management science and engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
2016 Innovator Under 35Desmond Loke is an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research involves the nanoscale biological design of novel computing-system models, materials, and devices. He completed his BS at the National University of Singapore in 2008, and did his PhD at the NUS and University of Cambridge between 2008 and 2012. In 2013, he was awarded a research fellowship from the SUTD and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to start his independent research work. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Singapore TKK Young Inventors’ Award, Asia MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award, etc. His research has been highlighted in global news outlets such as Science Daily, Yahoo News, and the International Business Times. He has been first author on papers published in Advanced Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Science, and other journals.
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
2016 Innovator Under 35Evan Macosko is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and attending psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Rockefeller University in the lab of Cori Bargmann, and an M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2010. He completed a residency in psychiatry at MGH and McLean Hospital in 2014, while simultaneously pursuing postdoctoral training with Steven McCarroll at Harvard Medical School. There, he developed a method, Drop-seq, to profile gene expression at single-cell resolution across whole brain tissues. In the fall of 2016, he will start his own lab at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, where he plans to continue to use novel molecular approaches to more deeply understand how brain function is disrupted in major psychiatric diseases.
Engineering Director, Facebook Connectivity Lab
Expanding the Global Impact of Internet ConnectivityYael Maguire is an engineering director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab. He is cofounder of Plum Labs, an early-stage mobile innovation lab, and cofounder and former CTO of ThingMagic, a market leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. In his work at ThingMagic, acquired by Trimble Navigation, he co-developed a new technology to let computers and machines “see” the world in a completely new way, which now find uses in Ford trucks and Lexmark printers. Maguire completed his PhD at the MIT Media Laboratory in the area of near-field electromagnetic measurement, inventing a new type of NMR geometry for molecular detection using NMR. He also holds a master’s in media arts and sciences from MIT for his work towards scaling NMR quantum computing to table-top systems, and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University, Canada, in engineering physics. While still a graduate student, he cofounded Design that Matters (DtM), a course at MIT that was designed to bring together engineering students to work on technical challenges posed by NGOs and governments in order to improve the quality of life for people in underserved communities. The DtM course has been adopted by other educational institutions around the world, and its spirit flourishes in a NPO of the same name. Maguire’s contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wired, Science, and Nature. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009-2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” in 2005.
SVP, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, RAGE Frameworks
Presented by RAGE FrameworksVikram heads up the semantic intelligence business at RAGE Frameworks. He is responsible for establishing go-to-market strategy, building strategic relationships, shaping products, and managing P&L for the business. He is passionate about solving big business transformation problems using semantic intelligence, big data, machine learning, analytics, and automation. Prior to joining RAGE Frameworks, Vikram was a director at Deloitte.
Director of Cellular Immunotherapy, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
The Promise of Cancer ImmunotherapyMarcela Maus is the director of cellular immunotherapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, a member of the Center for Cancer Immunology and the Department of Medicine at MGH, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her laboratory is generating new forms of chimeric antigen receptors directed to new targets and bringing them to the clinical setting to treat patients with hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. Maus trained in internal medicine at U. Penn and at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a hematologist and medical oncologist. In postdoctoral works with Michel Sadelain and Carl June, she designed early-phase trials of T-cell therapies for multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and glioblastoma.
Chief Revenue Officer, LendingPoint
Presented by RAGE FrameworksHouman Motaharian is chief revenue officer of LendingPoint, a balance sheet lender widely recognized as a leading fin-tech innovator with its proprietary scoring model, next-generation technology, and quick loan approval process, serving consumers with credit scores between 600 and 700. At LendingPoint, he is focused on optimizing revenue across all departments and implementing next-generation data and lending solutions during a time of significant growth for the company; he leads risk, product, and data strategy. Houman believes the key to success is to listen to and understand customer needs in this underserved market and through use of best-in-class data to enable products that meet customer needs. Before joining LendingPoint, he was head of global commercial lending at American Express, chief credit officer for its Small Business Cards Division, and senior vice president of enterprise growth risk and information management. As an entrepreneur, he was the cofounder and CFO of DJ Air Group, a low-cost startup airline.
Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology ReviewAs 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.
Director, MIT Media Lab Camera Culture Group
Presented by Lemelson-MITRamesh Raskar, PhD, is a pioneer in the fields of vision technologies and social innovation. His novel imaging platforms offer an understanding of the world that far exceeds human ability. Raskar co-created Femto-photography, an advanced form of photography allowing cameras to see around corners. The technology uses ultra-fast imaging to capture light at one-trillion frames per second, allowing the camera to create slow motion videos of light in motion. Raskar is director of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and associate professor of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT. He is also the co-founder of EyeNetra, an inexpensive, eye-care platform and founder of the Emerging Worlds initiative, a year-found effort focused on solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Raskar won the 2016 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions.
Senior Editor, Biomedicine, MIT Technology ReviewAntonio Regalado is the senior editor for biomedicine for MIT Technology Review. He looks for stories about how technology is changing medicine and biomedical research. Before joining MIT Technology Review in July 2011, he lived in São Paulo, Brazil, where he wrote about science, technology, and politics in Latin America for Science and other publications. From 2000 to 2009, he was the science reporter at the Wall Street Journal and later a foreign correspondent.
Board Member & Past President, Federmacchine
Presented by the Italian Trade AgencyAlberto Maria Sacchi, president and CEO of Mecctek Group, was born in Milan in 1959. After achieving a law degree, in 1989, he earned a master in business administration at SDA Bocconi. From 2000 to 2005, he was president of ACIMIT, the Italian association of textile machinery manufacturers. From 2000 to 2004, he was vice president of Cematex, the European committee of textile machinery manufacturers. From 2006 to 2011 he was president of Federmacchine (the federation of Confindustria, who represent Italian manufacturers of capital goods). In addition to his responsibilities and duties for the federation, he currently is president of Mecctek.
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Providing Power for a Growing Global PopulationProfessor Sadoway’s research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. This spans engineering applications and the supportive fundamental science. As the energy sector struggles globally to provide sustainable sources of electricity for a growing population, one of the most important areas of research is in advanced batteries that will succeed lithium-ion batteries. Professor Sadoway has been at the forefront of researching new approaches to storing energy from intermittent renewable sources, such as wind and solar, and integrating it into the grid.
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
The Promise and Limitations of Machine LearningRuslan Salakhutdinov received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2009. After spending two postdoctoral years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab, he joined the University of Toronto as an assistant professor in the Departments of Statistics and Computer Science. In 2016 he joined the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University as an associate professor. Ruslan's primary interests lie in deep learning, machine learning, and large-scale optimization. His main research goal is to understand the computational and statistical principles required for discovering structure in large amounts of data. He is an action editor of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and served on the senior program committee of several learning conferences, including NIPS and ICML. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow, a Canada Research Chair in Statistical Machine Learning, a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a recipient of the Early Researcher Award, Connaught New Researcher Award, Google Faculty Award, and Nvidia's Pioneers of AI award.
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
2016 Innovator Under 35Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders is an assistant professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory, and market intervention, with particular emphasis on reducing the environmental impacts of providing energy and water services. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. In 2012, Sanders was recognized in Forbes’s “30 under 30” list for her contributions to the energy field. Her research has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg, and Scientific American. Sanders earned her master’s degree and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin’s departments of mechanical engineering and civil, architectural, and environmental engineering, respectively.
President, Italian Trade Agency
Presented by the Italian Trade AgencyMichele Scannavini has managed businesses and organizations in various industrial sectors, particularly the luxury sector. He graduated in economics from the Bocconi University in 1984 and spent the first phase of his career in marketing and sales in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Galbani, and Ferrari, where he served as director of marketing and sales from 1992 to 1998. In 1999 he landed at FILA (sportswear) as CEO. In 2002 he left Italy and joined Coty, a leader in the perfume and cosmetic industry, based in Paris and New York. Scannavini served as president of Coty Prestige, the luxury division of the group, and in 2012 he was appointed CEO of Coty Group. In 2013, he guided Coty to its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Currently, he is also a member of the board of directors of the Tod's group.
Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation Group, Deloitte
Presented by RAGE FrameworksVijay is a managing director with Deloitte's Strategy and Innovation Group with extensive experience in developing business strategy and stabilizing business operations for high-tech and consumer-oriented businesses. In his current role he leads product development within Deloitte's innovation group, specifically focused on cultivating and owning relationships with startups to develop and deliver market-facing digital products. Recently, his time has been spent on building enterprise applications grounded in semantic intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain-based technologies.
Founder, CEO, and Chairman, RAGE Frameworks
Presented by RAGE FrameworksDr. Venkat Srinivasan is a serial entrepreneur who successfully built and exited eCredit and Corporate Fundamentals and is now the CEO of Rage Frameworks, whose AI platform is pioneering the creation of intelligent machines in a wide range of industries and for a broad range of use cases. These machines are in use today in several global corporations. With a rich academic background in finance and technology, Venkat is an expert in knowledge-based systems architectures, computational linguistics, and natural language processing. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and two edited volumes to his credit. His research has appeared in a number of prestigious academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Management Science, Financial Management, the European Journal of Operations Research, and others, as well as business and news publications such as the Wall Street Journal. He holds several patents related to flexible technology architectures and is the author of a forthcoming book titled The Intelligent Enterprise in the Era of Big Data, to be published by Wiley.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Brown University
10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Robots That Teach Each OtherStefanie Tellex is an assistant professor in the computer science department at Brown University. The aim of her research program is to construct robots that seamlessly use natural language to communicate with humans. As machines become more powerful and more autonomous, it is critical to develop methods for enabling people to tell them what to do. Robots that can communicate with people using language can respond appropriately to commands given by humans, ask questions when they are confused, and request help when they get stuck. Tellex completed her PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2010. Her postdoctoral work at MIT CSAIL focused on creating robots that understand natural language. Read about her work on one of MIT Technology Review's 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016, Robots That Teach Each Other.
CEO, Hand Talk
2016 Innovator Under 35A marketeer and strategic communication specialist with 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, Ronaldo Tenorio is the cofounder and CEO of the Brazilian startup Hand Talk, chosen by the UN as the “Best Social App in the World.” In 2014, he was selected by Folha de São Paulo as the most promising Brazilian social entrepreneur. In 2016, he was selected by Forbes as one of the most promising young people of Brazil and by MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 Innovators Under 35.
PhD Student, Prion Scientist, Broad Institute
2016 Innovator Under 35In 2010, Sonia Vallabh watched her 52-year-old mother die of a rapid, mysterious, undiagnosed neurodegenerative disease. One year later, Sonia learned that her mother had died of genetic prion disease and that she herself had inherited the causal mutation, meaning she would very likely suffer the same fate in 20 years’ time. There was no prevention, treatment, or cure available. Despite having no prior training in biology, Sonia and her husband Eric Minikel set out to retrain themselves as scientists and devote their lives to searching for a treatment or cure for her disease. They enrolled in night classes, traded their jobs in consulting for positions in research labs, and eventually began their PhDs in biology at Harvard Medical School. They are now based in Stuart Schreiber’s laboratory at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where they have launched a new therapeutic initiative to discover drugs for her disease.
Manhattan District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Security & Privacy in the Connected EraCyrus R. Vance Jr. was first sworn in as the District Attorney of New York County on January 1, 2010, and quickly established the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a national leader in the fight against cybercrime and identity theft. His achievements include the dismantling of domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft rings, intelligence-driven prosecutions of violent street gangs, the first convictions of individuals on state terrorism charges, and the recovery of close to $12 billion in criminal forfeiture from financial institutions for violating U.S. sanctions. Each year, more than one-quarter of the cases handled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are cyber-related, and the number of cases involving malicious computer activity continues to grow. Since 2014, District Attorney Vance has also emerged as one of the nation’s leading voices on ensuring lawful access to criminal evidence on smartphones.
Research Scientist, Google DeepMind
2016 Innovator Under 35Oriol Vinyals is a staff research scientist at Google DeepMind, working in deep learning. Before joining DeepMind, Oriol was part of the Google Brain team. He holds a PhD in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. He is a recipient of the 2011 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. He was an early figure in the new deep-learning wave at Berkeley, and in his thesis he focused on non-convex optimization and recurrent neural networks. At Google DeepMind he continues working in his areas of interest, which include artificial intelligence with particular emphasis on machine learning, language, and vision.
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
2016 Innovator Under 35Aleksandra Vojvodic is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on theoretical and computational-driven materials design, using computational frameworks to understand surface and interface properties of complex materials and develop theoretical models for chemical transformation and energy conversion. These models have, for example, been used to predict new catalyst materials for several chemical reactions. Before joining U Penn she was a staff scientist at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where she led a group conducting research on oxide surface reactivity. She was the Swedish Research Council postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and at the Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Design at Technical University of Denmark. She received her PhD in physics from the Department of Applied Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and her MS in physics from Lund University in Sweden.
Imagining Clean, Connected TransportationPadmasree Warrior is chief executive officer of NextEV, U.S. She also serves as chief development officer of NextEV and is a member of its board of directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NextEV’s autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. As chief technology and strategy officer for Cisco until September 2015, Warrior was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola, which under her leadership was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology. Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. Warrior holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a master of science in chemical engineering from Cornell University. In addition to NextEV’s board, Warrior serves on the board of Microsoft. She previously served on the board of Gap and Box.
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2016 Innovator Under 35Jean Yang is an assistant professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Jean’s research interests are in programming language design and software verification: the goal of her work is to help people write the programs they intended to write. For her PhD she developed a programming model makes the machine, rather than the programmer, responsible for enforcing information flow policies for security and privacy. During the 2015-2016 academic year, visiting at Harvard Medical School, she developed tools for creating and understanding program-based models of protein signaling. Moving forward, she hopes to make deeper connections between reasoning about software systems and reasoning about physical systems. To improve the impact of academic research, Jean is also interested in science communication, bridging gaps between academia and industry, and promoting diversity in STEM.
Associate Professor, Tsinghua University
2016 Innovator Under 35Yihui Zhang is an associate professor of engineering mechanics at Tsinghua University. His research interests include mechanically guided 3-D assembly, bio-inspired soft materials/structures, and stretchable electronics. He has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including multidisciplinary journals (Science, Cell, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS) and journals in mechanics, materials, physics, and nanotechnology. His recent work has been reported widely in the media and highlighted by many professional organizations. His recent awards include MIT TR35 in 2016, Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award in 2016, and Thousand Young Talents Plan of China in 2015.
Professor, Nanjing University
2016 Innovator Under 35Dr. Jia Zhu is a professor at Nanjing University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research group is dedicated to tailoring nanomaterials for solar energy conversion, including photovoltaics and solar desalination. Dr. Zhu obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics from Nanjing University and his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society (2011) and the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2009).
EmTech 2016 Schedule
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:00Registration & Breakfast
A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief and publisher, our EmTech emcee.Jason Pontin Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
9:15Connecting for Greater Opportunity: Defining the Digital Era
Ambitious projects are under way to connect the billions of people around the world who remain offline. What is the best approach, and how can we make good on the Internet’s promise to create greater opportunities?Yael Maguire Engineering Director, Facebook Connectivity Lab
Expanding the Global Impact of Internet Connectivity
9:45Innovators Under 35 IntroductionBrian Bergstein Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review
10:00Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Stephanie Lampkin Founder & CEO, Blendoor
2016 Innovator Under 35Ehsan Hoque Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
2016 Innovator Under 35Ronaldo Tenorio CEO, Hand Talk
2016 Innovator Under 35Kelly Sanders Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
2016 Innovator Under 35
10:30Break & Networking
11:00Gene Therapy- A New Era of Medicine
Researchers are turning gene-therapy experiments into real treatments. Cures for hemophilia and a form of blindness could be among the first to reach patients.Nessan Bermingham Chief Executive Officer, President and Founder, Intellia Therapeutics
The Potential for Genome Editing Technology to Transform MedicineMarcela Maus Director of Cellular Immunotherapy, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
The Promise of Cancer ImmunotherapyKatherine High Cofounder, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Spark Therapeutics
Gene Therapy: A New Era of MedicineAntonio Regalado Senior Editor, Biomedicine, MIT Technology Review
12:00Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Jagdish Chaturvedi Director, Clinical Innovations, InnAccel
2016 Innovator Under 35Wei Gao Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2016 Innovator Under 35Muyinatu Bell Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
2016 Innovator Under 35Heather Bowerman CEO & Founder, Dot Laboratories
2016 Innovator Under 35
12:30Lunch & Networking
Lunchtime Programming: Advanced Manufacturing: Through Collaboration Comes Innovation.
This panel discussion will focus on the best practices for collaboration with Italian companies in the area of advanced manufacturing, emphasizing advanced research centers such as the one Lamborghini has in the state of Washington, which has collaborated with Boeing to spur the carbon fiber industry there.
Location: Samberg Conference CenterStefano Domenicali Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Automobili Lamborghini
Presented by the Italian Trade AgencyAlberto Maria Sacchi Board Member & Past President, Federmacchine
Presented by the Italian Trade AgencyMichele Scannavini President, Italian Trade Agency
Presented by the Italian Trade Agency
2:00The Robots Among Us
Breakthroughs in robotics are giving machines the skills they need to work side by side with us, and to learn from each other.Stefanie Tellex Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Brown University
10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Robots That Teach Each OtherSangbae Kim Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Robots at WorkKarl Iagnemma CEO and Cofounder, nuTonomy
Intelligent Machines: Autonomous Cars
3:00Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Jiawei Gu Cofounder, Ling Robotics
2016 Innovator Under 35Nora Ayanian Gabilan Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
2016 Innovator Under 35Maithilee Kunda Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
2016 Innovator Under 35Oriol Vinyals Research Scientist, Google DeepMind
2016 Innovator Under 35
3:30Break & Networking
4:00A.I.'s Next Leap Forward
The commercialization of artificial intelligence has implications for every industry. A.I. is already woven into our daily lives through search, social media, smartphones, and personal health and finance. How will we collaborate with each other and intelligent systems in the future?David Cox Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Computer Science, Harvard University
Building Computer Vision Systems Inspired by the BrainRuslan Salakhutdinov Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
The Promise and Limitations of Machine LearningAmir Banifatemi Prize Lead, X Prize
Incentivizing Innovative Approaches & Collaboration in A.I.Dileep George Cofounder, Vicarious
Artificial Intelligence At Work
5:00Lemelson-MIT Prize Honors & Reception
Ramesh Raskar, winner of the 2016 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize and director of the MIT Media Lab Camera Culture Group, will discuss his commitment to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions. A short Q&A will follow.Ramesh Raskar Director, MIT Media Lab Camera Culture Group
Presented by Lemelson-MIT
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8:00Registration & Breakfast
A welcome from MIT Technology Review’s editor in chief and publisher, our EmTech emcee.Jason Pontin Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
9:10Global View: Clean, Connected Transportation
In a fireside chat, industry veteran Padmasree Warrior discusses the potential for electric vehicles and the promise of technical innovation in addressing the biggest challenges of our day.Padmasree Warrior CEO, NextEV
Imagining Clean, Connected Transportation
9:40Technology Spotlight: Power from the Air
A spotlight on one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Power from the Air.Shyam Gollakota Assistant Professor, University of Washington
10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Power from the Air
10:00Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Kendra Kuhl CTO, Opus 12
2016 Innovator Under 35Christine Ho CEO, Imprint Energy, Inc.
2016 Innovator Under 35Jia Zhu Professor, Nanjing University
2016 Innovator Under 35Aleksandra Vojvodic Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
2016 Innovator Under 35Vivian Ferry Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
2016 Innovator Under 35
10:30Break & Networking
11:00The Future of Energy
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Providing a sustainable energy supply for our growing global population is a critical area of focus as we work to combat the effects of global warming on our environment and economy. How will emerging technologies help create and store sustainable power?Solomon Hsiang Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Addressing the Effects of Climate ChangeDon Sadoway Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Providing Power for a Growing Global Population
12:00Lunch & Networking
Lunchtime Programming: Intelligence in Action: A.I. Technologies At Work.
Expectations for artificial-intelligence technologies are high as organizations in every industry evaluate their potential. How real are these solutions today? Vikram Mahidhar, SVP of artificial intelligence solutions with RAGE Frameworks, will lead an interactive discussion on the state of the industry with Tom Davenport. Tom is a world-renowned thought leader in this area and has recently authored a book, Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. Where are the most promising commercial opportunities emerging today, and what insights can organizations large and small take away from the early successes in applied A.I.?
Location: Samberg Conference CenterTom Davenport President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology & Management, Babson College
Presented by RAGE FrameworksVikram Mahidhar SVP, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, RAGE Frameworks
Presented by RAGE Frameworks
1:30The Digital Privacy Debate
One of the pressing questions of our day is how to balance optimal computer security (encryption) and the transparency that is required for a successful democracy. How much transparency is too little, and how will we determine how much is too much?Cyrus Vance Jr. Manhattan District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Security & Privacy in the Connected Era
2:00Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Sonia Vallabh PhD Student, Prion Scientist, Broad Institute
2016 Innovator Under 35Desmond Loke Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
2016 Innovator Under 35Evan Macosko Instructor, Harvard Medical School
2016 Innovator Under 35Yihui Zhang Associate Professor, Tsinghua University
2016 Innovator Under 35
2:15Gene Editing for Better Health
Gene editing tools like CRISPR are starting to transform health care – raising possibilities from personalized treatment to the eradication of certain diseases. What are the technological and ethical implications?Kevin Esvelt Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
The Technology Driving Gene Drives
2:30Innovation at Scale
As we celebrate the 2016 Innovators Under 35, we’ll examine how to encourage entrepreneurs to take on the most important challenges of our time. Rachel Haot, former chief digital officer of New York, will discuss a new approach to incubating solutions designed to take on the most daunting problems facing our cities and society at large.Rachel Haot Managing Director, 1776
Incubating Technical Solutions with Global Impact
3:00Break & Networking
3:30Meet the 2016 Innovators Under 35Jean Yang Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2016 Innovator Under 35Alex Hegyi Member of Research Staff, PARC
2016 Innovator Under 35Dinesh Bharadia Postdoctoral Associate, MIT CSAIL
2016 Innovator Under 35Qing Cao Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
2016 Innovator Under 35Meron Gribetz CEO, Meta
2016 Innovator Under 35
4:00Virtual Reality: Life Augmented
New devices are bringing virtual reality into the mainstream. How will our day-to-day experiences be augmented by these emerging technologies?Jessica Brillhart Principal VR Filmmaker, Google
Virtual Reality as a Creative MediumMeron Gribetz CEO, Meta
2016 Innovator Under 35
4:452016 Innovators Under 35 Awards & Reception
A look ahead with the 2016 Innovators Under 35.Jason Pontin Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
Brian Bergstein Executive Editor, MIT Technology Review
Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:30Registration & Breakfast
9:30Applied A.I.: Intelligent Machines in the Enterprise
This workshop will bring together a panel of thought leaders and leading executives who have adopted A.I. in their businesses. Followed by an interactive session, it will offer attendees practical insights from successful applications of intelligent machines in industries including finance, retail, logistics, professional services, and others. The lessons shared will provide a benchmark for what’s working in deployment of intelligent machines, as well as a look ahead at strategies that are expected to drive the next wave of innovation in A.I. EmTech partner Rage Frameworks, an A.I. technology company, will host a panel discussion and engage the audience in interactive sessions to discuss how to take a practical approach to A.I. in their own organizations.Vikram Mahidhar SVP, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, RAGE Frameworks
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11:00Kendall Square & Media Lab Tours
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October 18-20, 2016
MIT Media Lab
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Conference Location: Entire 6th floor of Building E14
Attendee Registration: Lobby on 1st floor of Building E14
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Explore historic Cambridge from the modern comfort and convenience of the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Located steps away from the popular Kendall Square, our hotel is situated next to the city's top shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, and offers superb access to world-class institutions like Harvard University and MIT. Upon arrival, guests will be checked-in to their spacious guest rooms and suites, all of which feature thoughtful details like plush bedding, high-speed Internet access, and 32-inch LCD TVs. Take time to visit our on-site fitness center and indoor pool facility before heading to our lobby Starbucks® for a morning coffee, or dine with us at Champions, our signature American restaurant.
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MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, MA, USA. The campus is within three miles of two major interstate highways and less than six miles from a major international airport; it is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT is a 30-40 minute walk from Harvard University, which is located just up the river from MIT.
Via Public Transportation
MBTA ("The T") Subway — Take the Red Line subway to the Kendall/MIT Station.
The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. You can transfer to the Red Line without additional fees from any other subway line at the appropriate station. Please check the subway map at your boarding point for more detailed information.
At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed right (west) to the first traffic light. This is the intersection of Main Street and Ames Street, with Legal Seafoods on the corner. Turn left onto Ames Street. The Media Lab is about halfway down the block, the second building on the left at 20 Ames Street. It is a large, contemporary, whitetiled building. Adjacent and connected to E15 is the new Media Lab expansion building (E14); its address is 75 Amherst Street. For information on Boston's public transportation system, including maps and schedules for bus, subway, and commuter rail service, please consult the MBTA.
From Logan Airport
By Taxi — Taxi fare from the airport is about $20$25. During nonrush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.
By Subway — From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). Under normal conditions the ride will take about 30 minutes; the fare is $2.00.
By Car — Leaving the airport, follow the signs to the Sumner Tunnel. Enter the tunnel and stay in the right lane. At the end of the tunnel, continue to stay in the right lane, start down an incline and bear to the right immediately at the sign for Storrow Drive. Take Exit 26 for Cambridge/Somerville. Follow the signs for Back Bay/Cambridge (do not take the exit for Cambridge/Somerville). Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for Storrow Drive Westbound. After you pass under the pedestrian walkbridges, change to the left lane and take the exit for 2A North. Turn right and cross the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue).
From the Massachusetts Turnpike — Exit at "Brighton/Cambridge." Follow signs to Cambridge. The Doubletree Hotel will be on your right. Go straight over the bridge into Cambridge (on River Street) and take your first right onto Memorial Drive. The Charles River will be on your right. Go straight on Memorial Drive, staying to the left and going over the overpass at the Boston University (B.U.) Bridge (past MicroCenter). Staying in the left lane, pass under the next bridge, which is the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.
From Logan Airport — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). The Media Lab will be on your left about a block and a half down Ames Street. Logan International Airport's Web site provides uptotheminute information on weather, construction, and traffic.
To Logan Airport — Drive away from the river on Ames Street, and make the first right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to the Longfellow Bridge; proceed over the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, there will be signage directing you to Route 93 South. Follow Route 93 South to the Airport exit. From Route I93: From I93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Memorial Drive. The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street—but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. The Media Lab is at 75 Amherst Street (E14) and 20 Ames Street (E15), at the corner where Amherst Street ends at Ames Street.
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Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (which made its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2014), the Huracán Spyder, and the LP 580-2 rear-wheel-drive version released in 2015 are the successors to the iconic Gallardo. With their innovative technology and exceptional performance, they redefine the driving experience of luxury super-sportscars. The Coupe and Roadster versions of the Aventador LP 700-4 and the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce are the new benchmarks in the world of luxury super-sportscars with V12 engines. With 135 dealerships throughout the world, Automobili Lamborghini has created a continuous series of dream cars over half a century that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, and Murciélago, as well as limited editions such as the Reventón, Sesto Elemento, and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupe, Egoista, and Veneno Roadster were produced to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in 2013, and the Centenario is commemorating the 100th anniversary in 2016 of the birth of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.
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3DP+ publishes world-class research in additive manufacturing and related technologies. The peer-reviewed journal explores emerging challenges and opportunities, including developments of processes and materials, simulation and design tools, and informative applications and case studies. Novel applications in medicine, education, bio-printing, and art and architecture are also encouraged. Learn more at www.liebertpub.com/3DP.
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