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Best Ways to Think Next

Speakers

Meet the speakers of Best Ways to Think Next! An inspiring fast -paced presentation of technology, innovation and art. Thought provoking, novel ideas and demos that will encourage you to open your mind and Think Next.

  • Hod Lipson
    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Computing & Information Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

    Hod Lipson
    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Computing & Information Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

    Hod Lipson directs the Creative Machines Lab, which focuses on novel ways for automatic design, fabrication and adaptation of virtual and physical machines. He has led work in areas such as evolutionary robotics, multi-material functional rapid prototyping, machine self-replication and programmable self-assembly. Lipson received his Ph.D. from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1998, and continued to a postdoc at Brandeis University and MIT. His research focuses primarily on biologically-inspired approaches, as they bring new ideas to engineering and new engineering insights into biology. For more information visit Hod's website.

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  • JP Wollersheim
    Group Product Manager, Kinect for Windows

    JP Wollersheim
    Group Product Manager, Kinect for Windows

    JP joined Microsoft in 2002 to drive consumer product management and business development for imaging across several Microsoft products including Windows, Windows Live and Windows Phone.
    Prior to Microsoft, JP spent 5 years at Hewlett Packard and another 5 in consumer start-up companies in Canada, the Bay Area and Europe.
    JP received his BsC in Computer Science from the University of Lethbridge and MBA from McMaster University. He sits on the I3A cameraphone image quality standards committee and has published papers on Human Computer Interaction.

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  • Gurdeep Singh Pall
    Corporate Vice President, Information Platform & Experience

    Gurdeep Singh Pall
    Corporate Vice President, Information Platform & Experience

    Gurdeep Singh Pall is the corporate vice president for the Information Platform & Experience team at Microsoft Corp., and is part of the Online Services Division's senior leadership team. He is responsible for vision, product strategy and R&D for the Bing services and platform that includes mobile, mapping, and speech.
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  • Marc Davis
    Partner Architect

    Marc Davis
    Partner Architect

    Marc Davis invents mobile, social, media, and personal data technologies that connect people, the web, and the world. With a twenty year career of technology research and development spanning the MIT Media Lab, Interval Research, UC Berkeley, Yahoo!, Invention Arts, and Microsoft, he has done pioneering work in context-aware computing, computer vision, mobile media metadata, social media, social search, mobile and social advertising, and personal data technologies and applications. He has transformed his ideas into over 150 patent applications, as well as numerous research prototypes, products, and publications. Marc Davis is a Partner Architect at Microsoft working on the vision and technology strategy for Microsoft’s Online Services Division. Based on prototypes from Marc’s team, Bing recently shipped Bing Linked Pages described by ReadWriteWeb as “what Google+ should have been.” Marc Davis is also a member of the Steering Board for the World Economic Forum’s Rethinking Personal Data Project and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Information and Communications Technologies.

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  • Reginald Hutcherson
    Sr. Director of Windows Phone Developer Outreach At Nokia

    Reginald Hutcherson
    Sr. Director of Windows Phone Developer Outreach At Nokia

    Reggie is the current Sr. Director of Windows Phone Developer Outreach At Nokia driving all the global developer interaction for the Lumia platform. Prior to working at Nokia, he was the Sr. Director, Developer Outreach & Evangelism at Sun Microsystem building a 5.5M developer network for the Solaris and Java platforms.
    He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S in Computer Science and MBA degrees, and matriculated at Stanford University in the M.S program for Computer Science.

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  • Liat Segal
    Artist

    Liat Segal
    Artist

    In the last two years I run Sweet Tech Studio, where I focus on physical interaction projects that include the development of both hardware and software. I aim to make connections between physical and virtual media, low and high tech, design and people.
    Prior to establishing Sweet Tech Studio, I worked at the Microsoft Innovation Labs and taught at the Bezalel School of Arts and Design at the Hebrew University and at the Holon Institute of Technology's Interaction Lab. I finished my M.Sc. studies at Tel Aviv University in the field of bioinformatics and machine learning and graduated the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence.

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Keynote Speakers 2012