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InEquality: The New Silk Road

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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For more than 1000 years the legendary silk road brought together European and Asian cultures leading to a flourishing trading and knowledge transfer. Currently China is investing heavily again in the former silk road in order to revitalize the legendary trade route. At the same time Europe and the US primarily rely on trade agreements. What can trade routes offer in the age of the world wide web?

Speakers

Professor and Head of Division, Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, National University of Singapore; Executive Director, Institute for Engineering Leadership, Singapore Abstract
Being a small country at the crossroad of East and West in Asia and with English as the main language for business and industry, Singapore has capitalized on the advantages associated with the above uniqueness to rapidly develop its knowledge-based economy. Building mission-oriented science and engineering research capabilities and capacity has been a major government initiative since 1991. Successful strategies in Singapore’s research journey over the last 25 years include 1) being a global innovation partner of multi-national companies; 2) research talent attraction and retention and 3) continuing upgrading of indigenous local enterprises. In future, Singapore will need to extend its research journey more explicitly towards Innovation and Entrepreneurship. New strategies under consideration include a) equipping research scientists and engineers with skills in Management of Technology; b) promoting a dual-use strategy to create system-level innovations and c) developing new innovation strategies unique to Singapore which is located in high-growth Asia markets at the crossroad of advanced and emerging economies.
Former Executive Director, Joint Undertaking ENIAC and ECSEL, Munich
Founding Partner, Atelier Team Minus; Chair and Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing Abstract
In the past few decades, China may have been known to the world for its rapid urbanisation of an unprecedented scale. Dramatic increase of urban population, break-neck rise in dwelling density, and soaring demands for resources in cities are making the whole process less and less sustainable. There is now a consensus that without a convincing upgrade of its vast countryside, China will not be able continue the economic success so far.
Working for a better rural China is not only a challenge to scientists and technicians, given its huge social and cultural implications, it is actually an even greater challenge to architects and planners.
Only recently have we witnessed in China a promising trend, with designers taking rural China seriously and making inspiring experiments. All of these experiments are aimed at implementing 21st century sustainability in rural China. All of them advocate renewable energy and renewed, recycled or reused building materials. They present design interventions in rural China through four main approaches: [1] upgrade of infrastructure at the village level; [2] mending of local cultural continuity; [3] blending of rural-urban environments; [4] individual resettling of urban inhabitants in the rural villages.
In Alpbach, cases of these four approaches, either completed in the last five years or still on drawing boards, will be shown and discussed.
Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach Chair

Chang-Chieh HANG

Professor and Head of Division, Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, National University of Singapore; Executive Director, Institute for Engineering Leadership, Singapore

1973 Ph.D, Control Engineering, University of Warwick
1974-1977 Computer and Systems Technologist, Shell Eastern Petroleum Company, Singapore; Computer and Systems Technologist, Shell International Petroleum Company, Netherlands
since 1977 Vice-Dean, Faculty of Engineering, and Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore
1991-1999 Deputy Chairman, National Science & Technology Board
1994-2000 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, National University of Singapore
2001-2003 Executive Deputy Chairman, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
2001-2009 Founding Chairman, IPOS - Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
since 2004 Executive Director, Institute for Engineering Leadership, and Head, Division of Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, National Science & Technology Board

Dr. Andreas WILD

Former Executive Director, Joint Undertaking ENIAC and ECSEL, Munich

 Dr. Andreas Wild retired from the position of Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership on nanoelectronics, embedded software and smart system integration established as an autonomous European Union body, following the ENIAC JU. Before working in European institutions, he has been the European R&D Director for Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, and managed Motorola R&D laboratories in U.S.A. and Latin America. He has an MS degree from the University "Politehnica" Bucharest, and a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Atomic Physics in Bucharest, Romania, authored 28 patents and more than 50 technical publications. He is now consulting.

M.A.Arch Li ZHANG

Founding Partner, Atelier Team Minus; Chair and Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2005 Founding Partner, Atelier TeamMinus
since 2007 Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
2012 Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
since 2013 Editor-in-Chief, World Architecture Magazine Publications
since 2014 Director, Planning and Technology Department, Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee

DI Dr. MBA Sabine HERLITSCHKA

Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

1990 Forscherin, Dissertantin und Post Doctoral Research bei Immuno AG
1996 Referatsleiterin und stv. Direktorin des BIT-Büros für Internationale Forschungs- und Technologiekooperation
2003 Praktika bei der U.S. National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science und Kooperation mit dem Wissenschaftsberater im U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
2003 Vizerektorin für Forschungsmanagement und Internationale Kooperationen an der Medizinischen Universität Graz
2006 Bereichsleiterin Europäische und Internationale Programme der FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft, Wien
2010 Fulbright Scholar an der George Washington University und Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC
2011 Vorstandsmitglied der Infineon Technologies Austria AG
seit 2012 Vorstand für Technik und Innovation der Infineon Technologies Austria AG
seit 2014 Vorstandsvorsitzende der Infineon Technologies Austria AG

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