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Concept and reality of the Internet

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Associate Professor, School of Communications, Department of Film, Video and Interactive Media, Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Director of Engineering, Google Switzerland GmbH, Zurich
Geschäftsführer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz Chair

Ph.D. Alexander HALAVAIS

Associate Professor, School of Communications, Department of Film, Video and Interactive Media, Quinnipiac University, Hamden

1993 BA Political Science, University of California, Irvine
1998 MA Communications, University of Washington, Seattle
1998-2000 Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
2000-2001 Lecturer, University of Washington
2000-2001 Adjunct Professor, Seattle University, Department of Communication
2001 Ph.D. Communications, University of Washington, Seattle
2001-2006 Assistant Professor of Communication & Graduate Director of Informatics, University at Buffalo (SUNY), School of Informatics
since 2006 Assistant Professor of Interactive Communications, Quinnipiac University

Dr. Thomas HOFMANN

Director of Engineering, Google Switzerland GmbH, Zurich

 Received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bonn in 1997 and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at MIT and at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute.
1999-2004 Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University.
2004-2006 Held a position as a Professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, while also serving as the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Publication and Information Systems. He is also co-founder and former Chief Scientist of Recommind Inc, a privately owned company focusing on enterprise search.
since 2006 Director of Engineering at Google and one of the site leads of Google's engineering center in Zurich, Switzerland. His scientific interests are in machine learning, information retrieval, and computer vision.

Dr. Bernhard PELZL

Geschäftsführer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

 Studium der Sprachwissenschaften, Orientalistik, Geschichte und Philosophie (Wissenschaftstheorie) an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1971-1979 Forschungs- und Lehrtätigkeit an den Universitäten Graz, Hamburg und Münster/Westfalen, dazwischen Verlagslektor und Buchhändler
1979-1997 Beim ORF Österreichischer Rundfunk, zuletzt Leiter der Ö1-Reihe "Dimensionen", Wien
  Honorar-Professor für Medienwissenschaften (Ästhetik, Semiotik, Rhetorik) an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
  Consultant für Managementberatung und Marketing
seit 1997 Wissenschaftlicher Direktor der JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz

Technology Forum

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch of Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:10Welcome statementPlenary
13:10 - 13:30Opening of the Alpbach Technology Forum 2010Plenary
13:30 - 14:30Opening speechesPlenary
14:30 - 15:20Engineering Biomolecules for Basic Science and Biotechnological ApplicationsPlenary
15:40 - 17:10New ways of innovationPlenary
17:10 - 18:00Energy independence and the availability of resourcesPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Robotics - new technologies for an ageing societyPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Career Lounge Evening event with a buffet dinner for students, graduate scientists and young professionals, hosted by the organisers of the Alpbach Technology ForumSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening reception hosted by Forschung AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Special Event: Opportunities and challenges - ERA-Nets as drivers of international cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Technology Workshop: Innovative Internet technologies for intelligent, sustainable and integrative growthBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 01: Electromobility - from vision to realityBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 02: Innovation for social changes - equal opportunities in a digital eraBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 03: Finally - intelligent, sustainable, sensual! Climate protection: an opportunity for man, communities and the economyBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 04: Excellent research through excellent management. The importance of leadership and management in cooperative researchBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 05: Mechatronics - the silent revolutionBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 06: Tribology - different aspects of friction and wear and tearBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 07: Digital vs. real worlds - limitations of computer models?Breakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 08: From idea to innovationBreakout
09:00 - 15:30Working Group 09: Why do we need an RTI-strategy and what is the output?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
16:30 - 17:45Genomic research and the future of cancer medicinePlenary
18:15 - 19:30The digital generationPlenary


09:30 - 10:50Concept and reality of the InternetPlenary
11:00 - 12:10Opportunities and risks of key technologiesPlenary
12:10 - 13:10James Bond and what physics has got to do with itPlenary
13:10 - 13:15Closing statementPlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack receptionSocial