Impulse Speakers 2018
Professor of Computer Science @ Augsburg University
Elisabeth André is Full Professor of Computer Science, Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Augsburg University since 2001. As a leading expert in "Intelligent User Interfaces", "Virtual Agents" and "Social Computing", André researches aspects and new technical methods of interaction between humans and computers with the aim of simplifying the handling of technical devices for humans.
Chief Scientist @ Dolby Laboratories
Dr. Poppy Crum is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. Poppy is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, leading the company's integration of neuroscience and sensory data science into its entertainment, communication and future technologies. She is also adjunct professor at Stanford University.
Professor of Communications @ Goldsmiths University of London
James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written or edited 21 books about the media, including most recently the co-authored Misunderstanding the Internet (2nd edition, Routledge 2016), Power Without Responsibility (8th edition, Routledge, 2018) and Culture Wars (2nd edition, Routledge, 2018).
Research and Analysis Director, TV, Consumer Electronics and Devices @ IHS Markit
Paul is a Principal Analyst/Researcher within the IHS Technology group since 2014, when IHS acquired DisplaySearch, a leader in primary research on the global display market, where Paul served as director of European research. He has more than 20 years of experience in market intelligence, marketing and product management.
Robin D. Hanson
Associate Professor of Economics @ George Mason University
Robin is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has pioneered prediction markets, also known as information markets and idea futures, since 1988.
Director Innovations & Standards in Technology at Sky Germany
Stephan has been working at Sky Deutschland since July 2002. He has significantly been involved in the launch of technical innovations including Sky+, Sky HD and Sky 3D. Since 2011 Stephan’s major focus is on Ultra HD and he serves as chairman of a respective working group in that regard. On European level he is co-chair of a similar working group of FAME.
Vice President, Strategic Programs @ HERE
Christof Hellmis is Vice President of Strategic Programs in the Technology Office in HERE. He has a track record of more than 15 years in mobile and internet software and services product management and development, consulting, general management and investing in media technology and software areas.
Stephan G. Humer
Professor and Head of Research and Department of Internet Sociology @ Fresenius University Berlin
Stephan G. Humer (sociologist and computer scientist) is the founder of the first department of Internet sociology in Germany. His work is dedicated to analysing the digitization of our society in all its socio-technical facets. He was probably one of the first in the German-speaking world to devote himself to the Internet and society.
Avast Security Ambassador and former world chess champion
Since Garry Kasparov’s legendary chess matches against IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer in 1996 and 1997, Kasparov has been deeply engaged with artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, and human rights issues. With the rise of intelligent technologies, questions of ethics and responsibility in online privacy gain a new level. At the IFA+ Summit, Kasparov will share his views on the challenges arising from the proliferation of AI, and what can be done by regulators and industry to assure that ethical standards and privacy protections are a part of this exciting technology.
Co-Founder and Managing Director @ GESTALT robotics
Jens Lambrecht is professor of industry-grade clouds and networks at TU Berlin. He also is managing director of GESTALT Robotics GmbH since 2016. The Berlin based startup provides extensive expert knowledge in the fields of robotics, computer vision, interaction and VR/AR tackling service automation problems from intuitive user interfaces to building own robotic hardware.
Assistant Professor @ Freie Universität Berlin
Tim Landgraf received his PhD in Biorobotics from the Freie Universität Berlin under the mentorship of the well-known neuroscientist Randolf Menzel and the AI specialist Raúl Rojas. Tim co-founded the Dahlem Center for Machine Learning and Robotics and is currently researching artificial and collective intelligence at FU Berlin.
Kyu C. Lee
Senior Vice President @ Sonictier
Kyu C. Lee is a 10-year studio veteran out of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lee oversaw titles ranging from Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems that include Spider-man, Casino Royale and The Da Vinci Code. Lee also spearheaded the acquisition of the Korean War blockbuster, Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War in 2004, the first Korean film to be theatrically released in the US.
Futures Studies & Ideation @ Daimler AG
Alexander's field of activity is "formative futurology" at Daimler AG. His work focuses on identifying and implementing social and technical innovations for tomorrow's mobility. Among other things, he uses Daimler's worldwide and diverse creative network for this purpose.
Founder @ BigchainDB & Ocean Protocol
Trent McConaghy did AI research for two decades, including machine creativity and AI to help drive Moore's Law, via two startups (both acquired) and a PhD. Now he focuses on AI blockchain, via Ocean to democratize AI data, and BigchainDB decentralized database. His hobbies include Token Engineering and advising governments on AI blockchain.
Research Director | Consumer, Displays, Media, Security & Telecoms @ IHS Markit
Tom Morrod has been an analyst for 12 years and has been a research director at IHS Markit for the past 6 years responsible for Consumer Electronics & Telecoms research before taking a wider role covering Building Technology, Displays, Media and Security research in 2016.
Storyteller from the Future
Karen Palmer is The Storyteller from the Future and she has come back to enable you to survive what is to come. She creates immersive film experiences that combine the genres of film, A.I. technology, gaming, art, behavioural psychology and even the parkour philosophy of moving through fear to raise the participant’s awareness.
Associate Professor @ University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology
Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is an Associate Professor at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology in Canada. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, a book which explores how wearable and implantable technologies ought to be strategized for the future that they imply
Interaction Designer @ Designworks, a BMW Group Company
Yedan is an interaction designer, media artist and technologist. Her interest is to transform how we perceive, understand and engage by augmenting the environment and our body. Yedan’s work explores interesting narratives with the use of physical computation, VR and AR.
Artist and cyborg activist
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her feet that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. Her talk is about the union between our species and technology, the extension of the human senses through cybernetics, using the internet as a sense and cyborg art.
Senior Analyst, Healthcare Technology @ IHS Markit
Roeen Roashan is a Senior Analyst in the Healthcare Technology research team. His specific area of coverage is digital health, where he has developed an industry-leading intelligence service on topics such as consumer medical devices, virtual healthcare and wearable technologies.
Founder and Managing Director @ QualiFictionGmbH
QualiFiction develops an intelligent software that predicts bestselling books - based on artificial intelligence. This makes QualiFiction a pioneer in Germany, using AI for German manuscripts and texts. Gesa is originally a cultural scientist and bookseller. She has already helped set up and launch two startups on the German market.
VR/AR Faculty @ Singularity University California
As AR/VR Faculty at Singularity University, Rachel helps Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs worldwide ramp into exponential mindsets and strategically deploy immersive technology. Formerly a VP at Leap Motion (the company that allows people to interact in the digital world with their bare hands) Rachel led go-to-market efforts to bring physical interaction to augmented and virtual reality.
CEO @ Voom Flights
Uma is the CEO of Voom. Uma is an aerospace enthusiast, who is particularly passionate about urban air mobility and the promise of using the skies to relieve urban congestion and traffic - today. Uma is a firm believer that urban air mobility should be affordable and accessible to commuters in the world’s most congested cities and is dedicated to realizing Voom’s vision of enriching people’s daily lives by elevating their daily commute.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer & CTO @ Avast
Ondrej Vlcek serves as EVP and GM for the Consumer business & CTO leading the largest business at Avast. Through his strategies and vision, Mr. Vlcek has architected a cloud based security network for the newly announced IoT security solutions and has led his team to dramatic growth by re-inventing how we protect people online.
The Hastings Center & Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar. His latest book, a primer on emerging technologies, is entitled, A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control. In addition, he co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.
Coventry University and University of Reading
Kevin Warwick is Emeritus Professor at Reading and Coventry University. His research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication.
Jillian C. York
Director @ Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work examines the impact of technology on our societal and cultural values. Based in Berlin, she is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina.
IFA+ Summit 2017: PlugInspiration
The 2017 edition of IFA⁺ Summit gave many opportunities to get new insights into the future. Check out our recap video to get a glimpse of what happened last year.
Cyborg Anthropologist at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, USA
Cyborg anthropologist at Harvard University and the MIT shows how technology influences and changes us humans - and how it needs to be designed to be more of a help than a hindrance: “We are all cyborgs now.”
Neuroscientist and VP Product at EMOTIV Inc., San Francisco, USA
Erica is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur and educator passionate about applying the science of the brain to solve real world problems. As VP Product at EMOTIV, she is thrilled to work with some of the most exciting technology in the field, making the inner workings of the brain accessible for self-improvement, business, research and play.
Research Director at Demos, London, UK
Carl, the Research Director of Britain’s leading cross-party think tank is interested in how social media is changing society and politics, and how it can be used to transform decisions. Carl writes on social media and the 2015 General Election for the Sunday Times, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London.
CEO at Deep Inc., Toronto, Canada
In addition to producing innovative cross-media features for television, Thomas has written and directed eight award-winning, including two Emmy Awards, documentaries that have been broadcasted in more than 30 countries. He is a leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives and he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream.
Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality, and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots.
Innovation Director at Design People Aarhus, Denmark
Klaus is partner and strategic innovation director at design-people, an award winning Scandinavian innovation- and design consultancy with clients like Microsoft and LG Electronics. Applying a research based “inspired by women” toolbox for tech innovation and marketing has given Klaus a reputation of a thought leader in customer centric business development - with special attention to the female consumer segment.
Policy Officer, Privacy International, London
Frederike is a privacy expert with a focus on emerging technologies. At Privacy International she leads the organisations' programme on data exploitation in the private sector. Frederike regularly speaks at tech, policy and art conferences and comments on emerging technologies in the British and international press.
VP of Global MKT & Sales Center - Qihan Technology Co, LTD
Lennic has worked all over the world. Lennic first worked for Huawei in several positions in Switzerland China, Luxembourg and the US. After 6 years at Huawei, Lennic moved back to Shenzhen, China. He became the Vice President and Head of Sales for the Harxon Corporation before becoming the VP of Global MKT & Sales Center for QIHAN Technologies in Shenzhen.