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MIT and its Media Lab, Special Guest at this Year’s Technology Symposium

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
english language

The Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1985 as a reaction to the radical changes in information technology and society by introducing innovations and giving impulses in areas such as music, visual media, virtual worlds, digital society or smart city. The Media Lab’s focus is human-machine interaction.

Speakers

Director, Technology Licensing Office, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Abstract
The Technology Licensing Office of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a critical part of the university’s „entrepreneurial ecosystem“. In its last fiscal year, the office received almost 800 invention disclosures; had over 300 US patents issued (and many foreign counterparts); and granted over 100 licenses, of which 28 were to new licensed spinout companies. MIT spinouts are a key component of the biotechnology, energy, and other entrepreneurial clusters in the region.
This presentation will discuss the mission and strategy behind the office’s success. The mission is simple: to use patent and other intellectual property protection as an incentive for industry to invest in developing early („university stage“) inventions and discovery into products and services for the public. The emphasis is on „Impact, not Income,“ recognizing US nationwide statistics that show low and highly skewed financial returns from technology transfer, but very large impact for the public in new medicines, energy conservation, efficiency of production, and creation of jobs. The office aims to maximize the number of technologies receiving investment by industry-to maximize the impact on the economy.
Spinout companies are an important part of the strategy, since many of the patented technologies are not sufficiently developed to attract established company licensees. Angel and venture capital investors provide the early, high risk capital to enable spinouts to „ripen“ the technologies to the point where they can be partnered with large companies for production and marketing-with some spinouts ultimately producing and selling their own products.
Spinout formation is aided by internal and external „entrepreneurial ecosystems“ that advise potential entrepreneurs. Within MIT, more than a dozen entities have sprung up to provide such assistance in various guises, all involving volunteers from the local business and investment community. Externally, the region has attracted or grown venture funds emphasizing early stage investment, angel networks with experience in the technologies in which they invest, legal and accounting firms knowledgeable in entrepreneurial ventures, real estate available for short-term rentals, and a cadre of managers experienced in the management and growth of small, technology-based ventures. The internal (university) and external „entrepreneurial eco-systems“ interact synergistically for the growth of new companies and the economy of the region.
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business; Visiting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MIT - Massachusets Institute for Technology
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Architecture, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Abstract
My laboratory pursues on innovative protein engineering, particularly membrane proteins including G protein-coupled receptors, which are the notoriously difficult to study their structure and function. Using a simple but elegant code, we invented a protein engineering method that is likely applicable to almost all proteins.

The Center for Bits and Atoms and MIT Media Lab mix art and science and have in an artistically tasteful architecture, that emphasizes open space, open-access and a vibrant environment (the right soil) for all kinds of scientific and technical disciplines. It is a place where, for people, especially young people (the best seeds) to thrive. Most people are passionate about their pursuits. They, seamlessly mix work and play, thus producing countless innovative technology and services. The Media Lab has little hierarchy and young people are fully supported and fairly independent. We all share a trait in common: fearlessness and exuberance! We are not afraid to fail and take for it in stride even when some of our projects fail. Many of us generate and disseminate new scientific and technical knowledge, making significant contributions to science, technology and knowledge-based economy. For example, Joseph Jacobson invented electronic ink (E-ink) that is the basis of all ebooks; Ed Boyden is one of the inventors of optogenetics that has far reaching implications for understanding our brain; Charles Fracchia has invented a new monitoring device for tracking real time experiment tracking to reduce experimental irreproducibility, Matt Carney invents is working on robot assemblers for large scale structure assemblies; Caleb Harper invents is developing a house farm so each individual home can produce vegetables.
Chair of the Executive Board, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Cologne Chair

Lita NELSEN

Director, Technology Licensing Office, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

 M.B.A. (M.S. Management Science) Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Sloan School, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
 M.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Award for First in Class, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1965-1972 Research Group Manager, Amicon Corporation, Lexington
1972-1975 Senior Consultant, Arthur D. Little, Inc. Cambridge, MA
1975-1983 Business Manager Ultrafiltration and New Ventures Manager, Millipore Corporation, Bedford
1983-1984 Vice President, Operations, Applied Biotechnology, Inc., Cambridge, MA
1984-1986 President and Chief Executive Officer, University Seminar Center, Chestnut Hill
1986-1989 Technology Licensing Officer, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
since 1986 Director, Technology Licensing Office, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1989-1992 Associate Director, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Michael SCHRAGE

Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business; Visiting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MIT - Massachusets Institute for Technology

 Research fellow, Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management
 Senior advisor, MIT's Security Studies Program
 Columnist for Harvard Business Review
 Regular contributor, The Conference Board Review
 Op-Ed contributor on national security and public policy, The Washington Post
 Top-rated Lecturer at MIT Executive Education Programs
 Contributor, CIO Magazine, MIT's Technology Review, The Los Angeles Times and ComputerWorld

Ph.D. Shuguang ZHANG

Head, Laboratory of Molecular Architecture, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1980 B.S., Biochemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
1988 Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, USA
1988-1991 American Cancer Society Postdoc Fellow with Alexander Rich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1992-1997 Research Scientist in Biology Department and Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA
1998-2012 Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
since 2012 Head, Laboratory of Molecular Architecture, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Pascale EHRENFREUND

Chair of the Executive Board, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Cologne

1983-1988 Astronomy and Biology/Genetics, University of Vienna
1988 M.S. Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Science, Institute of Molecular Biology, Salzburg
1990 Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Vienna
1999 Venia legendi in Astrochemistry, University of Vienna
2001-2003 Associate Professor at Leiden Observatory, NL
2002-2008 Adjunct Professor, Univ. Nijmegen, Institute of Astronomy, NL
2003-2004 Professor, Astrobiology, University of Amsterdam
2004-2005 Professor, Astrobiology, Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University
2005-2008 Distinguished Visiting Scientist/Consultant, JPL/Caltech, Pasadena
2006 Professor, Astrobiology, Leiden University
2008 M.A. Management & Leadership, Webster University
  Research Professor of Space Policy & International Affairs, Elliot School of International Affairs,
  George Washington University, Washington DC
since 2008 Lead Investigator: NASA Astrobiology Institute, Node Wisconsin Faculty,
2013-2015 President, Austrian Science Fund FWF, Vienna
since 2015 Chair of the Executive Board, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Cologne

Technology Symposium

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27.08.2015

10:00 - 12:30Technology BrunchSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2015Plenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI Policy TalkPlenary
14:00 - 15:30Living with the Machine in the FuturePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Cyber Physical SystemsPlenary
19:45 - 21:15Regional Debate Central Eastern EuropePlenary
21:15 - 23:30Career LoungeSocial
21:15 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial

28.08.2015

09:00 - 10:30BioeconomyPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
10:50 - 12:15Complexity SciencePlenary
12:15 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: 2015: The End of Energy RevolutionBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Bio-Economy in Action: National Bio-Economy Strategies in ComparisonBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Human Enhancement Technologies: Amplifying or Reducing InequalityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Research Promotion at the Interfaces of Risk, Creativity and MainstreamBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Market Upheavals: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: Entrepreneurship: What Can Science Contribute?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Games of InEqualityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Physical Internet: A Seismic Shift for Logistics and MobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Dynamics by Heterogeneity: How Economy and Research Profit from DiversityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Energy Transition: Same Goal - Different WaysBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: A Market Breakthrough Ahead?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: A Bright Future? Challenges and Opportunities for LED LightingBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Truth and Reality: The Importance of Models in Economy, Science and PhilosophyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 14: Virtual Learning: InEquality in Education?Breakout
20:00 - 21:30Urban Innovators Challenge - Start Up Your CompanyPartner

29.08.2015

09:00 - 10:30MIT and its Media Lab, Special Guest at this Year's Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:30 - 11:30InEquality: The New Silk RoadPlenary
11:50 - 13:15Art, Design and Architecture as a Laboratory of Digital ModernityPlenary
13:15 - 13:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial