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Digital Cities Summit Speakers

Disruptive Technology & Digital Cities Summit 2018 Speakers


Digital Cities Summit Speakers

Aaron Schill

As the Director of Regional Data & Mapping at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Aaron leads the agency’s work in data analytics and visualization, including GIS. His team supports the data and mapping needs of the rest of the agency, MORPC’s 60+ member governments, and the broader Central Ohio region. Prior to joining MORPC, Aaron worked as the director of research at Foundation Center and at Community Research Partners; assistant development director for the City of Newark, Ohio; and as a planner with Stantec Consulting. Throughout all of these roles, he has advocated for open data access as a means for communities and residents to gain agency and affect change. He is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in city and regional planning.

Andrew J. Grotto

Andrew J. Grotto is a William J. Perry International Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Grotto was the Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House in both the Obama and Trump Administrations.  At the White House, he played a key role in shaping President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan and driving its implementation. He was also the principal architect of President Trump’s cybersecurity executive order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” Grotto joined the White House after serving as Senior Advisor for Technology Policy to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Grotto worked on Capitol Hill prior to the Executive Branch, as a member of the professional staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served as then-Chairman Dianne Feinstein’s lead staff overseeing cyber-related activities of the intelligence community and all aspects of NSA’s mission. Before his time on Capitol Hill, Grotto was a Senior National Security Analyst at the Center for American Progress, where his research and writing focused on U.S. policy towards nuclear weapons - how to prevent their spread, and their role in U.S. national security strategy. Grotto received his JD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Andrew Linn

Andy is Director of Cyber and General Manager for Products at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on the delivery of Cyber solutions across Federal and Commercial clients. In this role, he is responsible for the development and delivery of next generation service offerings that integrate Booz Allen’s leading Cyber, Engineering, Systems Development (e.g. Reverse Engineering), and Data Science capabilities. He regularly engages with clients across the Defense and Intelligence Community of the US Federal Government, and commercial market (retail, financial services, automotive, energy/utilities, and health care) to understand their current environment, assess the threat landscape, determine their risk posture, and deliver tailored and commercially based solutions that address their business/mission requirements. Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.

Ashby Monk

Dr. Ashby Monk is the Executive and Research Director of the Stanford Global Projects Center. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford and a Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California. Dr. Monk has a strong track record of academic and industry publications. He was named by aiCIO magazine as one of the most influential academics in the institutional investing world. His research and writing has been featured in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Reuters, Forbes, and on National Public Radio among a variety of other media. His current research focus is on the design and governance of institutional investors, with particular specialization on pension and sovereign wealth funds. He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and holds a Master's in International Economics from the Universite de Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne and a Bachelor's in Economics from Princeton University.

Atul Khanzode

Atul Khanzode leads DPR Construction’s Technology and Innovation Group. In this role Atul is responsible for the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Operations and Preconstruction Technologies, strategic technology initiatives, Innovation, Research & Development and consulting. Atul also works with project teams across the country to implement Virtual Building methods and Lean Construction processes. Atul has worked on some of the most complex healthcare, biotech and advanced technology projects for DPR Construction in the last 20 years. He has focused the last 15 years helping DPR leverage advanced technologies to improve critical business process. Atul collaborates with academia and leading research groups around the world exploring issues related to Integration, Lean Construction and  VDC in order to move the industry forward. Atul is a co-author of a book called “Integrating Project Delivery” published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2017. Atul has been instrumental in starting the Corporate Ventures Group at DPR called WND Ventures and manages the strategic investments for WND Ventures. Atul has a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, Durham NC. Atul also completed his Ph.D in Construction Engineering and Management, focused on Integrated Practice, VDC and Lean Construction, at the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University. 

Azita Martin

Azita Martin is General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer at Maana an AI-driven knowledge platform used by the largest global F500 industrial companies to accelerate digital transformation. Over the past 5 years Azita has worked in the analytics and AI space advising industrial F500 companies on how to best leverage AI and analytics to digitize operations and augment human decision making. Through her experience working with the largest industrial and energy companies in the world, Azita has first had experience on AI use cases that deliver the greatest business value. Azita has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from University of Southern California. Her career started as an aerospace engineer at McDonnell Douglas (acquired by Boeing). She has over 20 years technology and software experience at both start-ups and publicly traded companies such as SGI, Siebel and Salesforce.

Brian M. Pierce

Dr. Brian Pierce joined DARPA in 2014 and serves as the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O). Dr. Pierce has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to joining DARPA, he was a technical director in Space and Airborne Systems at the Raytheon Company. During his first tour at DARPA, he served as the deputy office director of the Strategic Technology Office from 2005 to 2010. From 2002 to 2005, he was executive director of the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California. From 1983 to 2002, he held various engineering positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon in southern California. Dr. Pierce earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. He has more than 20 U.S. patents.

Brian Sedar

Brian recently joined Stanford’s faculty from Bechtel, bringing 35 years of industry experience in EPC project controls, procurement, project development, construction, project management and operations. As a Bechtel Partner, he was Project Director for three of its signature international transport infrastructure projects:  Led project and construction management of the new $15bil Hamad International Airport in Qatar with a construction workforce that peaked at over 47,000. Headed the JV team delivering the £3.5bil London section of High Speed 1 ahead of schedule and under budget, including its meticulously refurbished St Pancras station. Director of Projects for the successful Tubelines P3 upgrade of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines, which carry 45% of London Underground’s passengers. Brian served as GM of Bechtel’s Telecoms & Industrial business, Global Procurement Manager and launched its Global Water business. Passionate about how new transport infrastructure has improved the quality of life in cities internationally and lags in the US, he teaches 3 Stanford Masters courses in Construction Management specializing in large transport Infrastructure.  He is director of Stanford’s industry-affiliated Construction Institute.

Bruce Bateman

Mr. Bateman previously worked for Dell, Ruckus Wireless, 2Wire, PictureTel as senior executive and director of the networking department. And he has founded or been an early team member in 9 startups. Some of them are very successful, some has been closed down and some were sold. Mr. Bateman has been working and researching in the field of telecommunication, networking, large WiFi deployments and IoT for Smart Cities and Connected Cities.  He has years of experience acting as a mentor, technical advisor, Angel Investor for startups as well. He is particularly passionate about AI and robots. Therefore, he has been devoting his time to practice how to create a better life with them. 

Bruce Cahan

Bruce Cahan is a Lecturer in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford. Bruce Cahan has advised Fortune 1000 corporations and federal technology investors, negotiated billions in finance, merger and reorganization transactions, innovated investment strategies for sharing smarter open data, and now is redesigning banking, its impacts and safety. Bruce graduated The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics & International Business 1976) and Temple Law School (J.D. 1979), and was admitted to practice law, passing the bar examinations, in California (2006), New York (1980) and Pennsylvania (1980).

Carl Piva

Carl is Vice President of Strategic Programs at TM Forum and Managing Director for its Smart City Forum. He is passionate about market and technology disruptions and about helping the TM Forum membership transform to successful actors in the emerging digital economy. He is now leading the Smart City Forum with the vision to provide the business and technology blueprint for a scalable and sustainable Smart City, underpinning the top 100 Smart Cities by 2020. As a member of the White House’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Grants Selection Committee, he awarded Smart Cities Council challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. Carl has been working 20 years in the IT and communications industries and has a background from consultancy and global software organisations. Carl holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Shanghai Academy. He is also Advisor to several smart cities around the world. Carl's online website is located here.

Colin Rooney

Colin is a Partner in the Technology and Innovation Group at the Ireland-based law firm Arthur Cox. He advises on data protection and privacy, information technology, outsourcing, cloud computing, intellectual property and e-business matters. Colin has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on commercial IT agreements. His practice also has a strong emphasis on information management issues, with his data protection and information technology practice covering all aspects of data processing across all industry sectors. Colin is a frequent speaker on data protection and freedom of information topics, including at the annual Privacy & Data Protection Conference which the firm sponsors. He is also a frequent contributor to various legal journals on the above-mentioned topics.

Craig Criddle

Craig Criddle is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Stanford Codiga Resource Recovery Center and Senior Fellow (by Courtesy) in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford.  His research interests are biotechnology for recovery of clean water, renewable energy, nutrients, and safe biomaterials.  He received his BS, BA, and MS at Utah State University, and PhD at Stanford. He began his academic career in 1989 as a faculty member at Michigan State University, returning to Stanford in 1998. Prof. Criddle has mentored 36 doctoral students and advised 15 postdoctoral researchers. He has >140 peer-reviewed publications and 12 inventions, including new methods for energy recovery from organics, nitrogen removal/energy production from wastewater; and production/recycling of bioplastics. He teaches courses in aquatic chemistry and biology, environmental biotechnology, and pathogens and disinfection.

Dr. Raymond Levitt

Dr. Raymond Levitt earned his BSCE at Witwatersrand University and his MSCE and Ph.D. at Stanford University. He served on the MIT CE faculty from 1975-80 before moving to Stanford in 1980. Ray teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive education classes in strategy, organization design and governance for development of capital facilities and other project-based endeavors. Ray's Virtual Design Team (VDT) research group has developed new organization theory and computer simulation tools to optimize the execution of complex, fast-track, projects and programs. His current research focuses on governance of private-public partnerships for development and delivery of infrastructure services. In 1988, he co-founded and was the initial Director of Stanford's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. He founded, and serves as Academic Director of, Stanford's Advanced Project Management Executive Program and The Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects. The SAPM program now has more than 2500 alumni and is recognized internationally as the premier executive program for strategic project and portfolio management. Ray has supervised dozens of dissertations, written more than 100 scholarly papers, launched two major research centers and three software companies. He was elected to the rank of Distinguished Member of ASCE in 2008. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Levitt as one of the initial commissioners for the State of California's Private Infrastructure Advisory Commission.

Francoise Gilbert

Francoise, a partner at Greenberg Traurig, is the author of the two volume treatise “Global Privacy and Security Law” (Wolters Kluwer Publishing), covering 68 countries. Her practice has focused on information privacy and security for more than 25 years. Francoise deals regularly with compliance challenges raised by connected objects, smart cities, big data, wearable devices, social media, data analytics, artificial intelligence, internet of things, autonomous vehicles and other cutting-edge developments. As a practicing attorney, she advises large and medium sized companies, emerging technology businesses and non-profit organizations, on the entire spectrum of domestic and international privacy and cyber security issues legal issues. Internationally recognized as a thought leader and expert in data privacy and cyber security, Francoise Gilbert has been continuously praised for her experience and in-depth knowledge of this area. She was named “2014 San Francisco Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for her work in information privacy and security, and a “Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in 2015. She is listed in Chambers USA and Chambers Global (since 2008), Best Lawyers in America (since 2007), and Who’s Who in Ecommerce and Internet Law (since 1998). 

Fu-Kuo Chang

Professor Chang's primary research interest is in the areas of multi-functional materials and intelligent structures with particular emphases on structural health monitoring, intelligent self-sensing diagnostics, and integrated health management for space and aircraft structures as well safety-critical assets and medical devices. His specialties include sensors and sensor network development, built-in self-diagnostics,  integrated diagnostics and prognostics, damage tolerance and failure analysis for composite materials, and advanced multi-physics computational methods for multi-functional structures. Most of his work involves system integration and multi-disciplinary engineering in structural mechanics, electrical engineering, signal processing, and multi-scale fabrication of materials. His recent research topics include: Integrated health management for aircraft structures, bio-inspired intelligent sensory materials for fly-by-feel autonomous vehicles, active sensing diagnostics for composite structures, self-diagnostics for high-temperature materials, etc.

General George W. Casey, Jr.

General George W. Casey, Jr. served 41-years as an American soldier following his commission as a second lieutenant of Infantry from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1970. He is an accomplished leader and an authority on strategic leadership. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the US Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world’s largest and most complex organization — 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget — during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. Prior to this, from July 2004 to February 2007, he commanded the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries. General Casey guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days, driving significant change in the US Armed Forces and building the Iraqi security institutions while battling a difficult insurgency and sectarian violence. He currently serves as a Distinguished Senior Lecturer of Leadership at the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University and lectures on leadership internationally at business schools and to the leadership of numerous organizations, most notably, Coca-Cola, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola Bottling, Africa, the National Australian Bank, the states of Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, Amazon, TDAmeritrade, Pentagon Federal Credit Union and General Electric. He also teaches international relations at the Korbel School, University of Denver.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens leads Prologis’ worldwide construction and development activities as well as the company’s Sustainability initiatives that include environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs. Grant is also responsible for the Global Energy and Development initiatives that include installation of over 180 MW of solar energy installments, 233 sustainability building certificates and the retrofit of LED light fixtures in operating buildings around the world. Prior to joining Prologis, Grant worked at Hines Development for over 30 years as a development executive in numerous cities around the world. During his tenure at Hines Grant managed the development of over 22 million square feet of diverse real estate investments including commercial, retail, mixed use and residential. His professional experience includes cities across America, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and India. He has an exceptional record of recruiting, training and managing multi-national teams that cultivated collaboration and respect for the best of all cultures. Grant’s contributions to industry innovation started over 20 years ago when he participation with Ray Levitt at Stanford’s Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects. Grant earned his BA in Organizational Communications from the University of Utah and his Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University.

Herman Donner

Herman Donner is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global Projects Center. He is currently working on building a modeling platform for "what if" analysis based on data layers on commercial activities within cities. This will provide insights on consumer behavior and determinants of real estate value. Herman has researched various aspects of real estate markets and has published in leading real estate journals. His research has covered foreclosures, rent determinants, the distributional effects rent control and informational asymmetries on the housing market. Herman holds a PhD in Real Estate Economics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and has conducted research at the George Washington University and Stanford.


Ivan Stoianov

Dr. Ivan Stoianov is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Water Systems Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. His pioneering research is focused on the modelling, optimisation and control of a new generation of intelligent water supply networks which dynamically adapt their connectivity, operational conditions and application objectives. Dr Stoianov leads the InfraSense Labs research group at Imperial College London. He is also the founder and Chief Science Officer of a technology start-up, Inflowmatix Ltd ( The research and technology transfer activities led by Dr Stoianov enable the water industry to significant improve leakage and pressure management, system resilience, resource utilisation, water quality and incident response. This is achieved through the development of novel technologies for unique spatial and temporal resolution monitoring and control, and mathematical optimisation methods. The work is currently supported by Bristol Water plc, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water, Welsh Water, Cla-Val Ltd, Suez and NEC.

James Zou

James Zou is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He is also an inaugural Chan-Zuckerberg Investigator. James' group develops machine learning algorithms and theory to tackle messy data, which is ubiquitous in practice and breaks the standard statistical models. He is especially interested in applying these approaches to enable precision health and medicine.  

Jim Beddows

Jim Beddows is CEO of TDP ( and has over thirty years of intrepreneurship experience across various verticals and global 2000 corporations (including the US Air Force, General Electric, PepsiCo/KFC, Disney, Microsoft, and Xerox PARC) generating over $3 billion in new businesses and services. Jim launched the first mobile services for Disney in Tokyo in 1997. Since then, he has been at the cutting edge of digitalization, and the intersection of the physical and digital spaces, including Microsoft launching MSN Mobile in 2007 and retail location-based services with Microsoft Research, 3M, and Wendy’s International in 2011. Prior to joining TDP, Jim served as a consultant at PARC helping to develop and implement a new process to rapidly accelerate the rate of research commercialization. Combined with his multi-industry experience, Jim has lived internationally in Madrid, Hong Kong, and Tokyo allowing him to see macro trends and patterns first hand. Jim is an adjunct research assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral science at USC’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angles.  

Jim Walsh

With over 30 years of software development experience, Jim Walsh brings diverse technology management capabilities to GlobalLogic. As Chief Technology Officer, Jim is responsible for leading GlobalLogic’s horizontal technology practices, technical advisory services, and solution accelerator initiatives. Jim joined GlobalLogic from Chordiant (now PegaSystems), where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Offshore Operations. At Chordiant, Jim established and grew development centers in Bangalore, India and in Eastern Europe and led the adoption of Agile processes worldwide. Previously, he was responsible for Apple’s OS X network and web software development via the company’s acquisition of NeXT Software. During his career, Jim has led architecture and re-architecture initiatives for scores of verticals (e.g., agriculture, health care, retail and warehouse logistics, etc.), as well as more technically-oriented platforms such as web application servers, real-time decision analysis platforms, security frameworks, and IoT. Jim earned his B.A. in Physics and Math from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University. He is also a frequent speaker and blogger on technical subjects and distributed software development best practices. 

Joe Distefano

Joe is Principal and Co-Founder of Calthorpe Analytics. He leverages 20+ years of experience in urban planning and design in leading the development and deployment of UrbanFootprint, a new web-based software platform built to address the challenges of sustainable urban planning. Intuitive features and streamlined workflows eliminate the constraints planners face daily—outdated tools, disorganized data, inadequate analytics, inefficient processes, and ineffective reporting. UrbanFootprint serves the planning practitioner with actionable data, tools, and cutting edge models that bring critical information to land use planning decisions, energy and water resource choices, and the environmental, public health, and social equity challenges of our times. 

John Taylor

John is the inaugural Frederick Law Olmsted Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Taylor received his PhD in 2006 from Stanford University on the topic of innovation in networks and his research continues to explore such network dynamics. At Georgia Tech he is the founder and Director of the Network Dynamics Lab, which examines industrial and societal dynamics associated with a range of dynamics, including energy conservation in and across buildings in cities to meet urban sustainability goals, and mobility-based studies of urban resilience to disasters. Dr. Taylor’s research has received over $6 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Earth Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and other public and private funding sources. Dr. Taylor's teaching focuses on developing problem solving skills required for a dynamic and changing industry. He recently launched two new courses at Georgia Tech; Smart and Sustainable Cities and Virtually Remaking Cities. Prior to entering academia Dr. Taylor worked in industry and was the founder of two technology startups in the civil engineering field. Still engaged in entrepreneurship, Dr. Taylor serves on the Advisory Board for three technology startups.

Justin Lewis-Weber

Justin is currently studying Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford and is a peer-reviewed and published author on Wireless Power Transmission. He previously worked on the underlying control algorithms that power multicopters and is the founder of the world's first multicopter aerial imaging company. Empower Earth develops wirelessly powered large scale unmanned aircraft that fly for extremely long periods of time. The first application of these aircraft is to capture high resolution images of an entire city once per second, and use these images to create insight products for our government and corporate customers. 


Kaine Thompson

Kaine is Head at the Office of the Chief Executive, Wellington City Council. He joined Wellington City Council in 2012 to develop Wellington’s response to whether the structures of local government in the region should be changed.  Following that, he was appointed to lead the Office of the Chief Executive. He has worked as a senior political advisor between 2003 and 2008, then as a consultant until joining the Ministry of Justice as Operations Manager for Special Jurisdictions leading 32 specialist tribunals. Then, he developed the New Zealand real estate industry’s first Continuing Professional Education platform. In 2016, he was appointed to the United Nations Development Programme Parliamentary Democracy Expert Panel.

Kaushik Venkatadri

Kaushik "KV" leads the Blockchain Centre of Excellence at RBC. He has a Masters in Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in the IT industry since 1998, starting as a developer. He spent a number of years working with Wall Street banks in New York City before moving to Toronto. His current role allows him to combine his two passions of financial technology and distributed systems. In his free time he likes to read literature and write short stories.

Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman is Chief Strategy Officer at the Tesla Foundation, a science and technology think tank focused on all things autonomous. An entrepreneur and activist in the field of governmental affairs, Keith’s role drives strategy that examines the collaborative nexus between policy and innovation. His responsibilities include shaping a software and educational mentorship narrative that invents and utilizes combinations of data and education to supercharge human potential for invention. He serves as the LA County representative on the Executive Council for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership of Southern California (AMP SoCal): a federal U.S. Department of Commerce Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain initiative co-led by the City of Los Angeles and USC. He also serves on a statewide Automation Advisory Council focusing on nine colleges in Orange County aligning multiple career pathways with automation jobs. Keith received a BA in Economics from Stanford University and studied at Stanford-in-Oxford/Magdalen College. He is a member of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs (SA&E).


Kenji Suzuki

Kenji is a Senior Managing Officer responsible for Vehicle Information Technology at AISIN AW Co., Ltd. His career started as a development engineer for automatic transmission control units. When he was Deputy Chief Officer in Engineering Division, he was responsible for starting mass-production of hybrid-electric vehicle control units, Aisin AW’s first. He subsequently held prominent positions focused on “Work Style Innovation” and established an innovative new building for the new technical center. He has also led the corporate IT department at AISIN AW. Currently, he is in charge of developing new information technology and service businesses based on in-vehicle systems using GPS.

Kim Wikström

Kim Wikström is professor (chair) in Industrial Management, with a specific focus on project business and industrial marketing at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University. He is also founder of PBI Research Institute. Before returning to academia 1992, he worked in engineering and construction companies responsible for developing and implementing project management and governance processes in large projects. He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, USA, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and Tallinn Technical University, Estonia and visiting researcher at Norwegian University of Technology, Norway and Linköping University, Sweden. His and his research groups areas of research and expertise are: 1) value creation and industrial logic and business models (strategies, offering, modularization, integration mechanisms and services) in industrial investments and project-based firms and 2) organizational design (capabilities / competencies, risk and uncertainty, organizational structures) in large projects. His present focus is on boundary-spanning business models including collaboration mechanisms in industrial eco-systems within energy and transportation. He is involved in and manage several international research and development projects involving multinational project firms. He is board member in several companies and foundations and has published over 170 articles, reports and books.

Lothar Determann

Lothar practices and teaches international technology, commercial and intellectual property law. At Baker & McKenzie LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compliance and taking products, business models, intellectual property and contracts international. He is admitted to practice in California and Germany. He has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright Attorneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco & Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others. For more information see Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin, UC Berkeley School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, Stanford Law School and University of San Francisco School of Law.

Lynn Hildemann

Lynn's current research areas include the sources and dispersion of indoor aerosols, the physicochemical properties of organic aerosols, and assessment of human exposure to PM. Prof. Hildemann received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in environmental engineering science from the California Institute of Technology. She is an author on >80 peer-reviewed publications, including three with over 700 citations each, and another 16 with over 100 citations each. She has been honored with Young Investigator Awards from NSF and ONR, the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the AAAR (1998), and Stanford's Gores Award for Teaching Excellence (2013); she also was a co-recipient of Atmospheric Environment’s Haagen-Smit Outstanding Paper Award (2001). She has served on advisory committees for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and for the California Air Resources Board. She has been an Associate Editor for Environmental Science & Technology, and Aerosol Science and Technology. She currently is on the advisory board for the journal Environmental Science & Technology. At Stanford, Prof. Hildemann is currently chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. She has chaired the School of Engineering Library Committee and the University Committee on Judicial Affairs, and serves as an elected member of the University Faculty Senate.

Mahesh Prakriya

Mahesh is the Group Product Manager for Microsoft Dynamics responsible for Data Integration. His interest in smart cities dates back to his years shipping 3D maps of cities in Bing. Additionally his background includes 21 years at Microsoft shipping key industry changing platform software such as Windows, SQL Server, .net, Visual Studio and Dynamics. He also initiated open source development practices at Microsoft shipping IronPython, IronRuby and others. Before Microsoft, Mahesh developed telecommunications software for Bell Atlantic. He has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

Marco Pavone

Dr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. His main research interests are in the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on autonomous aerospace vehicles and large-scale robotic networks. He is a recipient of a PECASE Award, an ONR YIP Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a NASA Early Career Faculty Award, a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, and was named NASA NIAC Fellow in 2011. His work has been recognized with best paper nominations or awards at the Field and Service Robotics Conference (2015), at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (2014), and at NASA symposia (2015).  

Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property law at DLA Piper. DLA Piper has over 4200 lawyers in more than 30 countries and 80 cities. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Radcliffe’s practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. He has worked with many companies on their IoT matters, from traditional software companies to insurance companies and other non-technology companies. He is the Co-Chair of the IoT Group. DLA Piper’s global platform is particularly well suited to assist in developing and marketing IoT products and services because DLA Piper has the international reach and the different legal specialties needed in IoT. He has been at the forefront of new legal issues for over 20 years. He designed the domain dispute resolution system in 1994 for Network Solutions, Inc. which continues to be the basis for the current domain dispute resolution system. And he assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. He was the Chair of Committee C for the Free Software Foundation in reviewing GPLv3 and was the lead drafter for Project Harmony. And in 2012, he became outside general counsel of the Open Stack Foundation and drafted their corporate formation documents.

Martha G. Russell

Martha G. Russell is Senior Research Scholar in Stanford's Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research (H*STAR) Institute and Executive Director of mediaX at Stanford University. With a focus on shared vision from interdisciplinary insights, Martha has developed technology-based consortia programs and planning/evaluation systems for ecosystem transformation – in the US and abroad. Using data-driven visualizations, her recent studies have taken innovation’s pulse and tracked the evolution of innovation ecosystems in ICT, digital media, learning technologies, urban communities and after school programs, and green tech  She has applied insights about relational capital and decision analytics to corporate, regional and national challenges. Martha has a doctoral degree in Policy Analysis focused on Technology Transfer from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She serves on the advisory boards of the Journal of Technology Forecasting and Social Change and the Journal of Enterprise Transformation; she advises several startup companies.

Martin Bartlam

Martin is the International Group Head of Finance and Projects at DLA Piper. He advises on international structured deals and in particular the application of FinTech and new financing techniques to businesses, including, ICO's, securitisation, capital markets products and derivatives. Martin Bartlam is recognised as one of the world's leading FinTech lawyers applying technology solutions to traditional funding structures. Martin is at the forefront of alternative investment strategies and products including applying new financing techniques to suit the development of smart infrastructure and real estate development. Martin has helped clients to build and fund many new platforms involving digital solutions for real estate infrastructure, in the UK and cross-border. Martin is advising a number of businesses on Initial Coin Offerings and related financial structures including addressing regulatory and practical issues in raising funding and issuing tokens and presents a masterclass on blockchain and ICO issues and has presented to industry bodies such as the LMA, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, Insurance industry groups, the Global ABS conference and at various other finance industry events.

Matt Harrison

Dr. Harrison is Metawave’s first AI Engineer, tasked with the charter to develop the architecture of AI engine powering radar for autonomous driving. Matt holds a doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics with extensive hands-on experience with both writing deep neural network codes from scratch and using open-source software libraries like TensorFlow. Writing code originated out of necessity to interpret large data sets of nanoscale surface patterns caused by ion bombardment. Matt’s unique background and skillset provide him with particular affinity for distilling complex, data driven systems and tackling challenging quantitative problems in the radar space. For his PhD, Matt also wrote numerical integration software in Python for simulating partial differential equations and nanoscale physical systems using the exponential time differencing and Galerkin methods. Recently, he led projects implementing CNNs, cGANs, dense neural networks, and clustering algorithms using Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform resources. Beyond building and training Metawave’s deep neural net, Matt is also building 3D radar models and simulation tools. Matt obtained his PhD from Colorado State University, and B.A in Pure Physics from the University of Oregon.

Michael Lepech

Professor Lepech's research focuses on the integration of sustainability indicators into engineering design, ranging from materials design, structural design, system design, to operations management. Such sustainability indicators include a comprehensive set of environmental, economic, and social costs. Recently his research has focused on the design of sustainable high performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCCs) and fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs), the impacts of sustainable materials on building and infrastructure design and operation, and the development of new life cycle assessment (LCA) applications for building systems, transportation systems, water systems, consumer products. Along with this he is studying the effects that slowly diffusing sustainable civil engineering innovations, and the social networks they diffuse through, can have on achieving long term sustainability goals.

Michelle Lee

The Hon. Michelle K. Lee is a former chief executive of a $3.4 billion organization, a digital transformation strategist, an MIT-trained engineer, a Silicon Valley veteran experienced in scaling fast-growing companies with disruptive technologies, and one of the top intellectual property experts in the world. Ms. Lee has spent most of her professional career advising some of the country’s most innovative companies. Most recently, Ms. Lee served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she led one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world with annual revenues of over $3 billion and 13,000 employees. Prior to public service, Ms. Lee was an executive at Google, a partner at Fenwick & West and a computer scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence and HP Research Labs. Ms. Lee’s experiences in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. make her a powerful advisor to companies with disruptive technologies and business models, particularly those with a need to navigate complex legal and regulatory landscapes. She is the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Law at Stanford Law School where she teaches a course on disruptive technologies and their impact on laws and regulations. Ms. Lee holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, where she wrote her graduate thesis on artificial intelligence at the MIT AI Lab. She also holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Mike Steep

Michael Steep is Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Stanford Global Projects Center's Digital Cities Program. Michael is also  former Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations for the PARC innovation center in Palo Alto, California. He has over two decades of operating experience managing global P&L's, sales, digital marketing, strategy, business development, and strategic alliances for Microsoft, Lexmark (IBM), Apple, and HP. Mr. Steep’s team at Apple launched the first digital camera. Today, he works with commercial clients on transforming their industry and company business models by leveraging emerging technologies - big data, predictive analytics, cloud, mobile, and privacy. He also serves on the Smart City London Board and is Contributing Editor for Forbes writing articles on digital cities, disruptive technologies, and executive leadership. Mr. Steep’s passion is corporate transformation through effective leadership and practical approaches to innovation. He has worked extensively at Microsoft and PARC with executives from companies crossing multiple industries including Aerospace, Healthcare, Pharma, and Automotive. He works with the top Innovation and R&D executives from companies including Airbus, BMW, Google, Merck, BP, and Booz Allen. Mr. Steep’s MBA is from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and he has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Digital Business at Imperial College London.

Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His work on advanced robotics focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics including humanoid control architectures, human motion synthesis, interactive dynamic simulation, haptics, and human- friendly robot design. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as the Chair or Co-chair of numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). Professor Khatib is a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development. In 2010 he received the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation for his fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field. Professor Khatib received the 2013 IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his vision and leadership for the Robotics and Automation Society, in establishing and sustaining conferences in robotics and related areas, publishing influential monographs and handbooks and training and mentoring the next generation of leaders in robotics education and research. In 2014, Professor Khatib received the 2014 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.

Patrick Johnson

Patrick is a VP at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in San Francisco where he partners with venture-backed startups and their investors by providing targeted financial services, market insights, strategic solutions and expertise to help founders build their businesses and accelerate growth. Previously, Patrick was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton based out of Washington, DC, Singapore and San Francisco where he led diverse projects for Fortune 500s, public-sector and non-profit clients around the world. Patrick also spent four years serving as a strategic advisor to the CIO at the OECD in Paris, FR, which included related policy work to help governments expand access to finance, launch technology development zones and increase entrepreneurship.

Peter Burggräf

Peter is Professor and Chair Holder for International Production Engineering and Management at the University of Siegen, Germany and Joint Manager of the Department of Factory Planning at the Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering of RWTH Aachen University.His research focuses on International Factory Planning, Industry 4.0 for Horizontal Networking of Production Facilities, Urban Production and Cyber ​​Production Management Systems. Consulting focuses on business processes and ERP systems, development and implementation of production systems, factory planning as well as general lean consulting and lean training.On top on his university duties, Peter also is initiator and board member of e.GO Mobile AG (e-mobility pioneer, building fun, practical and affordable electric cars) and CEO of StreetScooter Research Corporation, a consultancy firm that emerged from a cooperation between the university and the industry developing electric vehicles. He is initiator of different congresses, industrial working groups and research clusters as well as founder of the Smart Demonstration Factory at the University of Siegen. Furthermore, Peter is in charge of a very close and successful cooperation with China.

Peter Marcotullio

With more than 20 years of business development experience, Peter Marcotullio directs commercial sector business development for SRI International. Focusing on strategic, long-term partnerships with clients, he directs market research and analysis, intellectual property management, commercialization and business strategy development, new venture creation, and marketing. His prior management experience includes various venture, business development, and merger-and-acquisition positions with Thermo Electron's Ventures Group, Primex Technologies and Olin Corporation. Marcotullio holds five patents, and he led the creation of several SRI venture companies. Before joining SRI, Marcotullio was a venture manager with Thermo Technology Ventures based in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he participated in the founding and financing of more than a dozen new companies. 

Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor is the Chief Strategy Officer for Lyft, as well as the Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division. A seasoned entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran, Raj also serves as a board advisor for ClassPass, and a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund. Prior to Lyft, he co-founded Snapfish, where he spent six years as CEO, leading the online photo services pioneer as they amassed more than 100 million users, and a 2005 acquirement by HP. After Snapfish, Raj joined Mayfield Fund where he led Lyft’s Series A round of funding and served as a board member. In 2013, he co-founded and was CEO of Fitmob, which combined with ClassPass to create the largest global fitness marketplace. Raj holds a bachelor’s of science degree  in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ricardo Sanchez Gomez

Ricardo Sanchez holds a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). He has over 15 years experience in transportation engineering focused on analyzing traffic and revenue for toll road projects. Since 2002 he has worked with Cintra initially as responsible for managing the preparation of traffic and revenue forecasts for existing and new projects pursued by the company worldwide. From March 2007 he has been leading Cintra’s North American Technical Department. He manages a team of highly qualified professionals preparing feasibility analysis for new toll roads in the US and Canada, and provides support to Cintra Toll road projects in North America on Operations and Maintenance, Design and Construction, Pricing, Traffic and Revenue. He has been an integral part of the teams developing all of Cintra’s managed lanes projects from procurement to implementation to operations. He is married with 2 children and resides in Austin, Texas.

Richard G. Luthy

Professor Luthy is the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), a four-university consortium that seeks more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges in the arid west. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with applications to water reuse, stormwater use, and systems-level analysis of our urban water challenges. His research addresses management of persistent organic contaminants and contaminants of emerging concern in natural systems that are engineered to improve water quality and protect the environment and human health. Professor Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He chaired the NRC's Committee on the Beneficial Use of Stormwater and Graywater. He is a registered professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Robert Kupstas

Robert Kupstas is an entrepreneur and technology consultant with over eight years experience in the infrastructure and agriculture sectors. Specializing in energy policy and economic analysis, Robert has led research assignments and consulting engagements with leading global institutions including the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Singapore Energy Studies Institute, U.S. Department of State and the Queensland Investment Corporation. In addition to research and consulting, Robert is a co-founder of Pure Harvest Smart Farms--a leading high-tech agribusiness startup venture founded by Stanford University alumni in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Robert holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Economics from The New College of Florida. 

Robert Wilhelm Siegfried Ruhlandt

Robert is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, advised by Professor Ray Levitt. Robert’s research focuses on big urban data and digital technologies in cities. He is passionate about innovative ways to address organizational, strategic and technical challenges in the urban environment. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Robert worked as a consultant at Bain & Company. Robert is a Fondahl Stanford Graduate Student Fellow and holds an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford, as well as an M.S. and B.S. in industrial engineering and management from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Ronald S Diamond

Ronald S Diamond is Chairman and CEO at Diamond Wealth Strategies. Diamond Wealth Strategies is a full service boutique advisory firm catering exclusively to the many unique needs of 85 Single Family Offices ranging in size from $250 million to $15 billion. Mr. Diamond graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Economics.  Following graduation, Mr. Diamond worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert working in high yield, investment banking, and money management. Following Drexel Burnham, Diamond became a Managing Director at Bear Stearns managing over $ 1 billion for high net worth individuals. After Bear Stearns, Diamond launched a $250 million hedge fund  utilizing his proprietary trading strategy.   He successfully ran the hedge fund for 10 years, beating the S & P index each year,  and ultimately sold it to an institutional investment firm. Mr. Diamond is a frequent speaker at Family Office conferences, has published numerous articles about various aspects of Family Offices and is in the process of completing a book on Family Offices. He also sits on several Boards in both the private sector as well as the not for profit sector.  

Ross Israel

Ross co-founded Global Infrastructure (GI) in early 2006. He provides overall leadership to the team and has oversight of all the team’s investment. Ross is a member of the GI Investment Committee; the Clients, Investments and Assets Committee, and Operating Committee. As well as his Global Infrastructure responsibilities, Ross is a member of QIC’s Executive Committee. He has more than 24 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, capital raisings and M&A. He is currently a director of CampusParc (Ohio State University Car Parking), and an alternate director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and Port of Brisbane. Ross holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Ryan Prestel

Ryan is a lifelong entrepreneur with an affinity for using technology to solve complex business problems. Ryan has product development and sustainability experience gained through leadership roles within the Fortune 1000 and high-growth startups. Ryan developed a passion for sustainability while at Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE: SMG), where he was on the core team responsible for developing the first corporate sustainability plan. He has a proven track record of leading product and software teams from concept through acquisition and integration. Currently a co-founder and CEO of JadeTrack, Ryan and his team are using their cloud-based analytics platform to help companies maximize the value of their sustainability programs. 

Samuel Bertram

Sam Bertram is the Co-Founder and CEO of OnePointOne (OPO). He possesses a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. Robotics from Santa Clara University. His company OPO is developing revolutionary cultivation techniques to address rising populations, urbanization and growing demand for nutritious food. Harnessing robotic automation, aeroponics and deep-learning, OPO's production techniques surpass farms in almost every cultivation parameter. Urban food production allows for customizable delivery of nutritious, fresh foods to dense urban populations, seamlessly integrating into Digital Cities of the future and providing value that is unattainable for current farming methods.

Shameek Ganguly

Shameek is a third year Mechanical Engineering (ME) PhD candidate with the Stanford Robotics Lab. Under the supervision of Prof. Oussama Khatib, he is investigating the accuracy and computational aspects of physics-based interaction models used to simulate robots and their environments. His broader interests span automation in unstructured workspaces, and shared autonomy between human experts and robots. Before joining the Robotics Lab, he worked at Apple Inc. for two years where he was involved in the development of the Apple Watch, and other mobile devices that employ motion sensors to analyze user movement. He holds a MS degree in ME (2013) also from Stanford University, and a BTech degree in ME from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (2011).

Silvio Savarese

Silvio Savarese is an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Computer Science at Stanford University and director of the SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research at Stanford. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2005 and was a Beckman Institute Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2005–2008. He joined Stanford in 2013 after being Assistant and then Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 2008 to 2013. His research interests include computer vision, robotic perception and machine learning. He is recipient of several awards including a Best Student Paper Award at CVPR 2016, the James R. Croes Medal in 2013, a TRW Automotive Endowed Research Award in 2012, an NSF Career Award in 2011 and Google Research Award in 2010. In 2002 he was awarded the Walker von Brimer Award for outstanding research initiative.

Stephen Ciesinski

As president of SRI, Stephen jointly develops SRI strategy with the CEO and ensures that corporate resources and talent are aligned with supporting SRI’s research needs. Ciesinski also serves as president of Global Partnerships at SRI. His organization has overall responsibility for identifying and securing SRI’s business opportunities in domestic and international commercial markets; U.S. and foreign government agencies; and R&D-based universities. In addition, Ciesinski is a member of SRI’s strategy committee, new venture committee, and technology investment committee. Ciesinski has held executive management positions with Applied Materials, a global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, a worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, Inc., the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also was a venture capitalist with Earlybird Ventures. He is an active international angel investor, and assists several private companies and VC firms as an advisor and board member. Ciesinski is also a faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship. He received an MBA from Stanford University. 

Steve Hoover

Steve is the chief technology officer for Xerox Corporation. He was appointed a senior vice president of the corporation and to this position effective Jan. 1, 2017. Steve is responsible for the global research, development, and engineering organizations that deliver Xerox’s award-winning products and services to the market. In this role, Steve is committed to driving innovation across the company, enabling expansion into new growth markets, and creating more value for Xerox’s customers and partners. Previously Steve was the CEO of PARC, A Xerox Company, where he helped broaden the research and innovation agenda to support an ever-changing technology landscape including advancements in IoT, analytics, healthcare, transportation, energy and digital manufacturing. As PARC CEO for six years, Steve helped PARC not only develop highly relevant innovations for Xerox, but also transitioned PARC to be a leader in open innovation while creating multiple strategic innovation partnerships and collaborations. Steve earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Science from Carnegie Mellon University as an AT&T Bell Labs fellow and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He has seven patents.  

Steve Riano

Steve Riano is Bechtel’s Global Airport Design Technical Expert based in the company’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA, USA. Mr. Riano previously served as Bechtel’s Aviation Practice Leader where he managed a technical support group of airport planners, architects and engineers. Mr. Riano has served as strategic planning manager for Gatwick Airport in London, UK and the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita, Japan; master plan manager for Sharjah International Airport in Sharjah, UAE and Perth International Airport in Perth, Australia; and passenger terminal concept design manager for Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru and Curacao International Airport in Curacao, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Riano also worked with the Government of Brazil to develop a long-range development strategy for the nation’s aviation infrastructure. 

Susan Salkind

Susan works at the intersection of innovation and regulation to help diverse collaborators spur adoption of best-in-class technology and delivery models to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of the legal system. She is recognized for her visionary approach to moving legal and risk management service delivery up the maturity curve and engaging leadership of trusted practitioner communities with emerging models such as market-networks. Her interests include defining QoS standards for computational law technologies as they are developed, deployed, and scaled within the IoT/Smart Cities global buildout, and the mainstreaming of computational-based legal service delivery systems to improve citizen access and engagement.

Tara Prakriya

Tara is a General Manager in Microsoft’s Business AI division focused on ambient computing. She rejoins Microsoft after a fun ride as CPO of a startup in enterprise AI, Maana, from seed to just before the close of series C. Prior to that she worked at Microsoft cumulatively for 15 years in Windows, and Bing. She also had roles at Merck and Scantron. In these roles she has tackled machine learning, enterprise AI, big data analytics, content management, handwriting recognition, ink / touch and new hardware, educational LMS systems, and online advertising. She’s an AI pragmatist and believes the most important part of any solution is identifying and decomposing the right question.

Thiago Ramos

Thiago Ramos dos Santos is the Executive Director of Brazil’s National Transportation Agency, CNT, in Europe. He was director of the SENAI Institute of Innovation in Embedded Systems, in Brazil, focused on the development of software, hardware and user interaction alternatives for the creation of smart devices and solutions, and he was previously director of three different regional and national innovation facilities in the manufacturing sector of Brazil. He has been recognized by HEC Paris for his development of novel business model models. He has a Ph.D. in computer- assisted medical surgery from University of Heidelberg and has an MBA in financial management.

Thomas Kenny

Thomas Kenny is a Richard W. Weiland Professor and Senior Associate Dean for student affairs in the School of Engineering. Kenny's group is researching fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures. These devices are usually fabricated from silicon wafers using integrated circuit fabrication tools. Using these techniques, the group builds sensitive accelerometers, infrared detectors, and force-sensing cantilevers. This research has many applications, including integrated packaging, inertial navigation, fundamental force measurements, experiments on bio-molecules, device cooling, bio-analytical instruments, and small robots. Because this research field is multidisciplinary in nature, work in this group is characterized by strong collaborations with other departments, as well as with local industry.

William Rudnick

Bill counsels and represents entrepreneurial clients, advising on legal and business issues, including capital structure and deal structure, capital formation, recapitalization and workout, transaction strategy, growth strategy, corporate governance, litigation strategy, and strategic planning, and technology. Bill serves clients across various sectors, including Real Estate, Financial Services, Entertainment and Media, Technology, Construction, Energy and Clean Tech, and Healthcare. Bill has served in numerous leadership roles at the firm, including Managing Partner of the Chicago office, and a member of the firm's Executive and Policy Committees. He has led DLA Piper's Strategic Planning and Real Estate Strategy Committees. He has also led a number of firm-wide initiatives. Currently Bill is the partner champion of the firm's Alternative Fee Arrangements initiative.

Xiao Wang

Founder & CEO of AeoShape. Graduated from Peking University and holding an MBA degree from R.H Smith Business School of U. Maryland. He founded the company in 2013 which is dedicated for services in Smart City and Smart Community field. Xiao has 10+ years consulting experiences in business and IT. He worked for Accenture and Federal government as program manager before, and successfully managed multi-million dollar projects for emerging technology applications.