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Plenary Key-Notes & Roundtables

We are proud to announce outstanding keynotes for our plenary session. The keynotes will participate in our panel sessions Future Mobility in an Urban Environment, Future Work, Advanced Production, Digital Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship. We were able to acquire a selection of thought leading innovation managers, CEOs, scholars, politicians, and entrepreneurs in these fields. 

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, State of Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut was born in 1972 in Balingen. She studied business administration at the University of Tübingen and in 1998 completed her degree with the qualification Graduate in Business Administration. In 2001 she received her PhD from the University of Würzburg. The economics graduate began her time in London at the investment bank Morgan Stanley; after this, she worked as an analyst at Ernst & Young in London and Frankfurt. Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut has been a shareholder of Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG where she was a member of the supervisory board until her inauguration as minister. Since May 2016 she has had a seat in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg – having been elected by direct mandate by the constituency of Balingen. On 12 May 2016, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut was appointed Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing for the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Karlsruher Institut for Technology (KIT)
Textfeld:Thomas Hirth was born in Michelbach/Rastatt, Germany in 1962. He studied chemistry at Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany, one of the predecessors of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and then graduated in Karlsruhe at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. From 1992 to 2007, Thomas Hirth worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, holding different positions from postdoctoral research fellow to product manager for environmental  engineering. In December 2007, he moved to Stuttgart, to become the Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. In addition he has been a professor at the University of Stuttgart since 2008. Since 2012, Thomas Hirth has been vice-dean of the Faculty of Energy-, Process-, and  Bio-Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. In January 01, 2016, he has been Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs of KIT

Dr. Volker Nestle, Head of Corporate Research at TRUMPF / Chairman of the Board at Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft, Trumpf, GmbH & Co. KG
Textfeld: Dr. Volker Nestle has an engineering background in precision- and microtechnologies and worked many years for Festo AG & Co. KG as a research engineer. In 2010 he received his doctoral degree at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel for his research about Open Innovation processes in technology clusters.Until the end of 2016, he was head of Research Future Technology at Festo and subsequently joined TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG as head of Corporate Research up to the present. Since 2014, Dr. Nestle is also chairman of the board of Hahn-  Schickard-Gesellschaft for applied research. Beyond his activities in technology scouting, his current fields of interest are about the implications of digitalization on the manufacturing trade and the subsequent transformation in the working environment.

Mr. Jeff Burton, Co-founder of Electronic Arts
Jeff was the third employee of Atari’s International Home Computer Division, responsible for its business development throughout Europe and the Middle East. He joined former classmates as a founding team member of Electronic Arts in 1982. There he led the company’s international expansion from inception until its IPO seven years later. With the Internet and the dominating role of software development, he founded a series of software companies including License to Mail, Cardsmith, The Hive Group, and Just Arrive. For its first 3 years he served as Executive Director at SkyDeck | Berkeley, the University’s only cross-discipline startup accelerator, and today he sits on Boards and is a partner in a venture fund focusing on European Startups. He co-founded HolodeckVR in Munich, and is actively involved in ICOs for companies in Europe. Jeff obtained his undergraduate education and MBA at Stanford University.

Prof. Dr. Martin Kenney, University of California, Davis
Martin Kenney is a Distinguished Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy, and in 2017 was an Affiliated Professor at the Instituto di Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.  He as the Arthur Andersen Distinguished Visitor at the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Hitotsubashi, Kobe, Stanford, Tokyo Universities, and UC San Diego. He co-authored or edited seven books and 160 scholarly articles. More important ones to mention are Biotechnology: The University-Industrial Complex, Public Universities and Regional Growth and China’s Innovation Challenge. On Stanford University Press he edits the book series Innovation and Technological Change in the Global Economy. He is a receiving editor at the world’s premier innovation research journal, Research Policy and edits a Stanford University book series on innovation and technology.  In 2015, he received the University of California Office of the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives.  He has published articles in the American Sociological Review, California Management Review, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, and Research Policy, among others. He has given over 500 talks at universities, government agencies, and corporations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Dr. Reinhold Achatz, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of the Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at thyssenkrupp AG
Dr. Reinhold Achatz is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of the Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at thyssenkrupp AG in Essen, Germany. In this position he is globally responsible to initiate and implement future oriented projects, to identify and leverage synergies between thyssenkrupp’s businesses. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University and a Ph.D. in Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and was awarded an honorary advisory professorship from the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In 2016 he was elected as chairman of the Board of the Industrial Data Space Association (IDS).
For four years he was consulting the Science Commissioner of the European Union as member of the European Research Area Board (ERAB) and for six years he was consulting the German Government as member of the German Council for Science and Humanities (WR). Before joining thyssenkrupp he worked for Siemens in a number of management positions including as Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Siemens Energy and Automation in Atlanta. He has been honored as a “Siemens Top Innovator” for his outstanding innovations in software-based components for machine tools.

Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Founding Director & Chief Scientist, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu, is a Chief Scientist, and Founding Director, Sutarja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, & IEOR Emerging Area Professor at UC Berkeley. Dr. Sidhu received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. He is a world-class expert in “real-life” technology innovation and leadership. HE invented the technology used in Skype and other internet communications (over 60 patents). He is ademically trained, yet highly applied.  He co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies).  Developed Data-X, a holistic framework for digital transformation.  He is a member on many advisory boards.

Marek Neumann, Senior Director of Business Development within the Automated Driving Group
Marek Neumann is the Senior Director of Business Development within the Automated Driving Group, delivering products for in-vehicle experiences, cabin electronics solutions and automated driving.
He served the automotive industries in various positions over the past 25+ years building up experience in several facets of the automotive business covering software development, software quality assurance, hardware development, manufacturing technologies, systems engineering, controlling and program management. Working with customers in Europe, Asia and North America gave him insight into the richness of various cultures and the regional differences of customer requirements and customer perception of automotive products. Prior to joining Intel, Marek served as the Director of Program Management Europe and Vice President of Advanced Engineering of a major automotive Tier 1 supplier.

Pascal Stiegelmann, CEO and founder Realworld one
Company founder and CEO Pascal Stiegelmann was born in Freiburg im Breisgau. After graduating high school in the USA, he studied economics at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. In 2016, Pascal interrupted his studies to focus on building Realworld one.  
His high technical interest came apparent when he was only twelve year’s old working in the experimental workshop of the family business IKA. IKA made it possible for him to gain insight into the technical worlds of the USA, China and India. Pascal has recognized the potential of virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence for industrial enterprises. As principal shareholder of IKA, he started working in the Virtual and Augmented Reality from 2015 onwards. 40 highly motivated, efficient and creative employees today form the powerful backbone of a startup company, whose services and products are valued by many companies. 
Realworld one deals with the use of virtual and augmented reality within the manufacturing industry, as well as at research institutes and universities. In the meantime, Realworld one is in close cooperation with well-known companies.

Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman of the Board of GE Power AG
Alf Henryk Wulf was born 1962 in Kiel. After studying electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and MBA at the Ecole de Management in Lyon, he joined Alcatel in 1991, where he was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board. From 2009, Alfred Henryk Wulf sat on the board of Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG until he took over the chairmanship of the board of ALSTOM Power AG in April 2012. From 2015 he is the Chairman of the Board of Power AG. Power AG is the world leader in the manufacture of products and in the construction of power generation and transmission systems and rail infrastructure. The company has employees in over 100 countries around the world on innovative smart grid solutions, building the world's fastest train, and providing turnkey power plant services for conventional power generation and gas, water, wind, and solar power generation.
Wulf is also the Chairman of the Board of Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V.

Armin Pohl, CEO and co-owner of Mackevision Medien Design
 Armin Pohl is a visionary and mentor in data-driven imaging. His passion is high-end 3D visualization. He stands for forward-looking trends and new visualization techniques. As CEO and co-owner of Mackevision Medien Design GmbH, which is based in Stuttgart, he has led the company to become one of the world's leading providers of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). 
Since 2014, the Belgian investor GIMV has been on board as the majority owner in order to continue the ambitious growth course. Mackevision designs and produces image and film footage and interactive applications, develops imaging technology solutions, and manages the entire CGI process from data preparation to creative design to final product.

24th ICE / IEEE ITMC Conference 2018

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