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10: Converging technologies

Alpbacher Hauptschule
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 ICT (information and communications technology) is responsible for half of the productivity growth in modern economics, Vivian Reding, EU Commissioner for the Information Society. Is Austria taking advantage of the chances of this growth as an ICT business location or is Austria being overrun by this development?
The information society was envisaged a decade ago but it has not actually appeared. If one looks at technological development today, the use of new technologies and the development of convergence in industries, a fundamental development is suddenly taking place, whose impact on society, industries and location development cannot yet be fully recognized. What is certain is that in our direct environment nothing will remain as it is now or as it was five years ago.

Senior Scientist, Interactive Systems Group, Microsoft Research Lab, Cambridge
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna
Researcher, Accenture Technology Labs, Sophia Antipolis
Leiter Asset Management, Prokurist Styria Medien AG, Graz
Fachbereichsleiter "Forschung und Wissenstransfer" sowie "internationale Kooperationen", Institut für Jugendkulturforschung und Kulturvermittlung, Wien
Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
Telekom Austria AG, Wien

PhD Richard HARPER

Senior Scientist, Interactive Systems Group, Microsoft Research Lab, Cambridge

 Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. He has spent twenty years developing tools and techniques for understanding user behaviour in workplaces, mobile settings and the home.
 Prior to joining MSR Richard was director of various technology innovation companies, including The Appliance Studio and Social Shaping Research. In 2000 he was appointed the UK s first Professor or Socio-Digital Systems, at the University of Surrey, England. He completed his Phd at Manchester in 1989, prior to joining Xerox EuroPARC in 1992.
 Amongst his professional activities, Richard is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer-Kluwer series on CSCW, member of the Colleges of Reviewers for the EPSRC and the ESRC, as well as on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Personal Technologies and the Journal of CSCW.

Dr. Hannes LEO

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna

Ph.D., Business Economics and Economics of Trade, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna Researcher, Deputy Director, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, WIFO, Vienna Director, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn Director, leoon Consulting, Vienna / Brussels

M.Sc. Marion MESNAGE

Researcher, Accenture Technology Labs, Sophia Antipolis

 Has been a researcher at Accenture Technology Labs (The technological R&D organization of Accenture) for 5 years. She is graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in France. Marion conducts applied research projects exploring applications of emerging ICT and their implications on Accenture s Clients. These projects include the development of IT prototypes illustrating concretely these applications.
 Relevant projects:
 Intelligent Home Services:
 Research Initiative aiming at understanding how Information Technologies can help elderly stay at home
 Study on the general context: problematic and existing products and technology services
 Development of a Intelligent Home Services vision, including 8 prototypes under 3 main applications areas: sensing, connecting, supporting.
 Activity Monitoring:
 With cheap sensors such as cameras distributed around the house, and relatively basic intelligence, it is possible to continuously trace the occupants, to understand their actions and derive important information about their health and well-being. This project explores the potential of using camera-based tracking technologies with an older person at home to improve their quality of life and help their family and caregivers provide better care and services.
 Connective Tables:
 Because the elderly gradually lose their ability to visit remote places and people, aging populations in western countries will certainly create a strong demand for technologies allowing them to stay in touch with society from their homes in a natural and immersive way. The Connective Tables project is one example of such technologies. It consists of a table augmented with sensory and display capabilities that allows the elderly to participate in social activities as if their remote interlocutors were sitting around the table next to them.


Leiter Asset Management, Prokurist Styria Medien AG, Graz

Studium der Betriebswirtschaft, Graz Vertriebsleiter, Anzeigenleiter, Marketingleiter, Verlagsleiter bei der Tageszeitung "Kleine Zeitung" Geschäftsführer der Styria-Druckereien Geschäftsführer der Styria-Buchhandlungen, Fusion mit Morawa Beteiligungsmanagement Styria Geschäftsführer der Tageszeitung "Die Presse", Wien
  und verbundenen Betrieben

MMag. Manfred ZENTNER

Fachbereichsleiter "Forschung und Wissenstransfer" sowie "internationale Kooperationen", Institut für Jugendkulturforschung und Kulturvermittlung, Wien

Studium der Mathematik an der naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien, Österreich Unterrichtspraktikant für Mathematik und Psychologie, Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule Wien XV Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Österreichisches Institut für Jugendforschung Koordination wissenschaftlicher Forschungsprojekte im Österreichischen Institut für Jugendforschung Leiter qualitative Marktforschung, tfactory Trendagentur GesmbH, Markt- und Meinungsforschung Leitung Seminare / Forschungskooperationen, Institut für Jugendkulturforschung und
  Lehramtsstudium in PPP und Mathematik an der philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Wien, Österreich
  freier wissenschaftlicher Projekt-Mitarbeiter, Österreichische Jugend-Wertestudie
seit 1999
seit 2001

Dipl.-Ing. Helmut LEOPOLD

Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

Abschluss des Studiums der Informatik als Dipl.-Ing. an der Technischen Universität Wien Alcatel Austria ELIN Forschungszentrum; Forschungsingenieur auf dem Gebiet der Breitband- und Multimediakommunikation Alcatel Austria AG; Leiter der Gruppe Breitbandtechnologie und Strategie In verschiedenen Managementpositionen bei Telekom Austria; In dieser Zeit verantwortete er die Realisierung eines umfassenden Product Life Cycle Prozesses, in dem heute das Gesamtportfolio der Festnetzprodukte der Telekom Austria gesteuert wird.

Technology Forum

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08:00 - 10:00Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 12:00OpeningPlenary
12:00 - 13:30Our futurePlenary
14:00 - 16:00Location of science and research – a global shift?Plenary
18:00 - 19:00SecurityPlenary
19:30 - 21:45Evening reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


07:00 - 13:00Working Group 04: Security of energy supplyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 10: Converging technologiesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 05: NanotechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 02: Electronic carBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 08: European strategies for international research cooperationBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 01: Technology and location strategies for enterprisesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 06: From scientific journal to breaking news: science and the mediaBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 07: Fuel cells and hydrogen – the future of transport?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 09: Excellence – a question of genderBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 03: Science of everyday productsBreakout
14:00 - 14:45University/industry interaction – The Atlantic picturePlenary
14:45 - 15:30University/industry interaction – The Austrian solutionPlenary
15:30 - 16:00University/industry interaction – Political ConclusionsPlenary
16:00 - 18:00Reception sponsored by Province of Lower AustriaSocial
18:00 - 19:00The science of saving VenicePlenary


Junior AlpbachBreakout


07:00 - 08:30Politics and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Science at the cutting edgePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Alpbach 2005 – Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
10:15 - 11:00Reflections and PerspectivesPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial