The Future of Technology to be Discussed at EmTech Asia 2017

The Future of Technology to be Discussed at EmTech Asia 2017
An exceptional line-up of speakers plus two new events to be held in the lead-up to the conference

 Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review and Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) discusses the impact of innovation at EmTech Asia 2016

18 January 2017, SINGAPORE – The hottest topics in emerging technology will be discussed at EmTech Asia 2017, including Computing and Cybersecurity, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Agile Manufacturing and New Materials, Bio-Engineering, Urban Sustainability and Space 4.0. EmTech Asia attracts some of the world’s most visionary leaders and innovators to lead the discussion about what is set to change the way we live, work and interact with each other. This year, EmTech Asia is partnering two new events in the lead up to the conference; MIT Hacking Medicine and MIT Solve Strategy Workshop. The fourth edition of EmTech Asia will be held 14 – 15 February 2017 at the Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

“The constant exploration of technology will drive Smart Nation, transforming the way we live, work and play. IMDA is glad to support EmTech Asia in advancing collaboration across the innovation ecosystem, bringing researchers, engineers and businesses together to tackle pressing challenges facing all of us,” said Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). IMDA is the Host Partner for EmTech Asia 2017.

Organized by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd and MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia 2017 is expected to draw over 700 participants from more than 20 countries. More than 40 visionary speakers will come together to participate including:

Space 4.0
·  Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator, NASA
·  David Oh, Project Systems Engineer & Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
·  Matt Bold, Principle Researcher, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
·  Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO, Astroscale
·  Kay Soon Low, Professor/Director of Satellite Technology and Research (STAR) Centre, National University of Singapore
·  Daniel E. Hastings, CEO, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Former Chief Scientist, US Air Force 
Computing and Cybersecurity
·  Walter O’Brien, Executive Producer, Scorpion (CBS-TV series)
·  Morgan Marquis-Boire, Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto
·  Thomas Sohmers, Chief Executive Officer, REX Computing
·  Marek Michalewicz, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw
·  Alexander Ling, Principal Investigator, Quantum Optics, National University of Singapore 
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
·  Chia-Peng Day, General Manager - Automation Technology Development Committee, Foxconn
·  Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA
·  Samay Kohli, CEO and Cofounder, GreyOrange 
Agile Manufacturing and New Materials
·  Julia R. Greer, Professor, Materials Science and Mechanics, California Institute of Technology
·  Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu, Applied Materials, Inc. and Applied Ventures, LLC
·  Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR 
Virtual and Augmented Reality
·  Adrian David Cheok, Director, Imagineering Institute Chair, City University of London
·  Anders Ynnerman, Director, Norrköping Visualization Center 
Brave New (Bio-Engineered) World
·  Daniela Rhodes, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
·  Jun Wang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iCarbonX
·  Le Cong, Postdoctoral Fellow. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard 
Entrepreneurs and Visionaries
·  Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, Shanghai, GGV Capital
·  Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV
·  Mike North, Host, Prototype This!, Discovery Channel
·  Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate 
EmTech Asia 2017 also features the MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators under 35’, which recognizes Asia’s most outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The 10 honourees selected for 2017, come from Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and will each present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia about their innovations, which typically attracts investment in their work.

The 10 innovators under 35 are:
1.     Zhi Wei She, Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
2.     Angela Wu, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) & Founding Member, Agenovir Corporation
3.     Dhesi Raja, Cofounder Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME)
4.     Simon Gross, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University
5.     Yong Lin Kong, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
6.     Gang Wang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
7.     John Ho, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)
8.     Prateek Saxena, Dean's Chair Assistant Professor, School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS)
9.     Sumeet Walia, Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
10.  Dawn Tan, Assistant Professor, Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
New events leading up to EmTech Asia
Sponsored by SGInnovate, the MIT Hacking Medicine hackathon takes place from 10 – 12 February 2017. The event aims to stimulate the merge of cutting-edge robotics with healthcare. At the hackathon, teams will create social robotic platforms capable of perception and engagement that could impact a wide range of patients, including autistic and Alzheimer patients, and the elderly. Teams will work with on platforms including Google, and 5 Segway Social Robots with full Software Developer Kits (SDK). The winning teams will present their solutions at EmTech Asia during a special panel.

The MIT Solve Strategy Workshop will be held on the 13 February 2017 and will focus on solving the most pressing challenges within the education arena. Solve is open to innovators and thought leaders from Southeast Asia’s technology and education sectors. At EmTech Asia, they are set to brainstorm and discuss the topic: In a world where Google knows everything and machines think, which new competencies and knowledge should students and adults learn?

Key sponsors and partners of EmTech Asia 2017 include: Host Partner, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Diamond Sponsor, Accenture, Disruptive Innovation Partner, SGInnovate, Innovation Partner, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Cybersecurity Partner, Analog Devices. Sponsors and partners include L’Oréal Research and Innovation, SAP, MIT Professional Education and Workforce Singapore (WSG). Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and The Institution of Engineers are the Technology Showcase Partners.

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