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03: Convergence and Complexity in Technology

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Our experience in today s world is characterized by increasing complexity. The strong dynamics of our globalized and mechanized society and its fragmentation make it increasingly hard to control. An ever growing amount of information coming faster and faster forms the basis of individual decisions triggering global developments in societies. Without knowing the long-term consequences, we are profoundly changing natural global processes, and we become more and more aware that these changes are irreversible and unpredictable. We are all part of the system, we are changing and are being changed at the same time.
By focusing on concrete examples, like innovation systems, financial markets or climate change, we will discuss the chances of influencing these processes. The methods and results of complexity research enhance our understanding of these processes and show us when it becomes necessary to intervene, as for example in the case of convergence of research fields (bio- and nanotechnology) or technological applications (multifunctional electronic devices).
Will we be able to control these processes or is chaos the final consequence? Is technology part of the problem or its solution? This working group will try to answer those questions and deals with complexity in industry and society. The results may decisively influence political and entrepreneurial strategic processes.

Director and Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel
Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV); Director, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris
Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels
Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute (USA)
Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
Strategisches Risikomanagement, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Wien
Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
Deputy Director General for Innovation and Telecommunication; Head of Directorate for Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna
Geschäftsfeld Technologiepolitik, ARC systems research GmbH, Seibersdorf

Dr. Joseph ALCAMO

Director and Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel

Project Engineer, Hydroscience Inc., USA Research Scholar, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria. Co-developer of the RAINS model and of the methodology of integrated modeling of the environment. Project Leader, National Institute of the Environment, The Netherlands. Led development of IMAGE 2 Model, the first spatially-resolved integrated model of global change.
 Ph.D., Civil-Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis; atmospheric science and systems analysis
1975-1981
1982-1991
1992-1996

Dr. Daniel ANDLER

Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV); Director, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris

Assistant, Dpt. of mathematics, Faculté des sciences d'Orsay Université Paris 7 Chargé d'enseignement, Université Paris-Nord maître assistant, Université Paris 7 maître de conférences, Université Paris 7 professeur, Dpt. of philosophy, Université de Lille III Université de Paris X-Nanterre Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
1967
1973
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1976
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1989
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1999

Ph.D. Ralph DUM

Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels

Ph.D. Thesis and Research Assistant at Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics, Colorado Researcher, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
 M.Sc., Ph.D. in Physics, University of Innsbruck
1990-1994
1994-2000

PhD David P. LANE

Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute (USA)

Professor of Statistics, University of Minnesota Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Duke University Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology, McGill University Visiting Professor, Statistics, Bocconi University External Professor, Santa Fe Institute Professor of Statistics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
1975-1994
1981-1983
1986-1987
1990
since 1992
1992-2003

Dr. Nebojsa NAKICENOVIC

Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

Research Scholar, Energy Systems Program, IIASA Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA Leader, The Dynamics of Technological Project, IIASA Acting Leader, Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA Leader, Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Director, Global Energy Perspectives, WEC - World Energy Council Guest Professor, Technical University of Graz Coordinating Lead Author, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, IPCC Convening Lead Author, WEA - World Energy Assessment Lead Author, Third Assessment Report of the IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, MEA - Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Co-Leader, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program, IIASA Leader, Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA University Professor of Energy Economics, VUT - Vienna University of Technology Director, GEA - Global Energy Assessment Deputy Director, IIASA
1973-1984
1984-1986
1986-1991
1986-1991
1991-2000
1993-1995
1993-1998
1993-2003
1997-2000
1998-2000
1998-2001
2003-2005
2003-2007
2000-2008
since 2003
since 2005
since 2009

Dr. Peter SCHALLER

Strategisches Risikomanagement, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Wien

worked as assistant professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Technical University of Vienna.
 After finishing his PhD in theoretical physics at the Technical University of Vienna in June 1986 he held research positions at physics institutes of the Technical University in Karlsruhe and the Queen Mary College in London.
1990-1995
 Gives lectures on theoretical physics as well as on financial risk management at Universities in Vienna. He is a regular speaker at scientific and commercial conferences on strategic risk management.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. MA Matthias WEBER

Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Verfahrenstechnik (Universität Stuttgart) MA Politikwissenschaften (Universität Stuttgart) wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Forschungsgruppenleiter am Institute for Prospective Technological Studies IPTS der Europäischen Kommission in Sevilla (E) und Ispra (I) Dr.rer.pol. Volkswirtschaftslehre (Universität Stuttgart) Leiter Geschäftsfeld FTI-Politik, AIT Lehrbeauftragter an der WU Wien
1992
1993
1993-2000
  Forschungsaufenthalte an den Universitäten Manchester und Sydney
1998
seit 2001
seit 2003

Mag. Ingolf SCHÄDLER

Deputy Director General for Innovation and Telecommunication; Head of Directorate for Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

Studienabschluss, Volkswirtschaft, Universität Wien Studium, Internationale Politik, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Universität, Bologna Forschungsassistent, Wiener Institut für Entwicklungsfragen, Wien Eintritt in den öffentlichen Dienst, Referent, Bundeskanzleramt, Wien Leiter, Abteilung für Technologiepolitik und -programme, Bundesministerium für öffentliche Wirtschaft und Verkehr, Wien Leiter, Bereich Innovation; stellvertretender Sektionsleiter, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Wien
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2003

Technology Forum

show timetable

24.08.2006

08:00 - 10:00 Technology Brunch sponsored by Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung Social
09:00 - 20:00 Presentation CD-Laboratory “Biomechanics in skiing” Culture
11:00 - 11:30 Welcome by the Organisers Plenary
11:30 - 12:00 Welcome Statements Plenary
12:00 - 13:00 Origins Plenary
13:30 - 15:30 Competition for Talent Plenary
17:00 - 18:15 Research at the Cutting Edge Plenary
18:15 - 19:30 Science and Research Models and Best Practice Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Evening Reception sponsored by Alcatel Austria Social

25.08.2006

07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 06: Changes in Technology and Natural Sciences – Is Our Tertiary Education System Still Up to Date? Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 04: Convergence and Excellence in Science Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 05: Innovative Telematics Systems in Intermodal Transport Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 08: The Reassuring Habitat Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 03: Convergence and Complexity in Technology Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 07: High-performance Materials from Nature as an Opportunity for Economic Growth Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 01: Science and Technology in Sport: Challenge for Industry and Benefit for People Breakout
07:00 - 16:00 Junior Alpbach Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 09: Energy Security – the Case of Hydro Carbons Breakout
07:00 - 13:00 Working Group 02: Technology Transfer: the Motor for Developing Locations Breakout
14:00 - 15:15 Convergence and Complexity in Science and Technology Plenary
15:15 - 16:00 Faith and Science Plenary
17:00 - 18:00 Atom and Eve – an Alpbach Miniopera Culture
18:00 - 21:30 Reception sponsored by the Province of Lower Austria Social

26.08.2006

07:00 - 08:00 Energy and Security Plenary
08:00 - 08:30 Alpbach 2006 – Resumée Junior Alpbach Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Science and Democracy Plenary
10:30 - 11:30 The Universe is a Strange Place Plenary
11:30 - 12:30 Farewell Reception sponsored by Microsoft Austria Social