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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 Chair
Geschäftsfeld Technologiepolitik, ARC systems research GmbH, Seibersdorf Coordination

Univ.-Prof., Chief Scientist Dr. Joseph ALCAMO

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

 Ph.D., Civil-Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis; atmospheric science and systems analysis
1982-1991 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.
1992-1996 Project Leader, National Institute of the Environment, The Netherlands. Led development of IMAGE 2 Model, the first spatially-resolved integrated model of global change.
since 1996 Director and Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel. Leading the development of earth system models of the global water cycle and global land use change. Developing new methods for environmental scenario analysis.

Prof. Dr. Daniel ANDLER

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

1973 Université Paris 7
1974 Chargé d'enseignement, Université Paris-Nord
1976 maître assistant, Université Paris 7
1985 maître de conférences, Université Paris 7
1989 professeur, Dpt. of philosophy, Université de Lille III
1993 Université de Paris X-Nanterre
1999 Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
2001-2005 Founder and director, Dpt. of cognitive studies, Ecole normale supérieure

Scientific Officer Ph.D. Ralph DUM

Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels

 M.Sc., Ph.D. in Physics, University of Innsbruck
1994-2000 Researcher, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
since 2001 Scientific Officer, European Commission, Brussels

Prof. PhD David P. LANE

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

1981-1983 Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Duke University
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology, McGill University
1990 Visiting Professor, Statistics, Bocconi University
since 1992 External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
1992-2003 Professor of Statistics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
2003-2006 Professor of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Univ.-Prof. 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

1984-1986 Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA
1986-1991 Leader, The Dynamics of Technological Project, IIASA
1986-1991 Acting Leader, Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA
1991-2000 Leader, Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA
1993-1995 Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
1993-1998 Director, Global Energy Perspectives, WEC - World Energy Council
1993-2003 Guest Professor, Technical University of Graz
1997-2000 Coordinating Lead Author, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, IPCC
1998-2000 Convening Lead Author, WEA - World Energy Assessment
1998-2001 Lead Author, Third Assessment Report of the IPCC
2003-2005 Coordinating Lead Author, MEA - Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
2003-2007 Co-Leader, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program, IIASA
2000-2008 Leader, Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA
since 2003 University Professor of Energy Economics, VUT - Vienna University of Technology
since 2005 Director, GEA - Global Energy Assessment
since 2009 Deputy Director, IIASA
since 2010 Lead Author, Fifth Assessment Report, IPCC

Univ.Doz. Dr. Peter SCHALLER

Strategisches Risikomanagement, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Wien

 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.
1995 risk management department of Creditanstalt in Vienna, where he developed a Value at Risk based market risk management system, which was successfully implemented in the entire Bank Austria-Creditanstalt group.
 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

1993 MA Politikwissenschaften (Universität Stuttgart)
1993-2000 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Forschungsgruppenleiter am Institute for Prospective Technological Studies IPTS der Europäischen Kommission in Sevilla (E) und Ispra (I)
1998 Dr.rer.pol. Volkswirtschaftslehre (Universität Stuttgart)
  Forschungsaufenthalte an den Universitäten Manchester und Sydney
seit 2001 Leiter Geschäftsfeld FTI-Politik, AIT
seit 2003 Lehrbeauftragter an der WU Wien
2005-2008 Co-Geschäftsführer der ARGE Innovationsorientierte nachhaltige Regionalentwicklung zwischen der Stadt Wien und AIT

MinR Mag. Ingolf SCHÄDLER

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

1978-1979 Studium, Internationale Politik, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Universität, Bologna
1979-1980 Forschungsassistent, Wiener Institut für Entwicklungsfragen, Wien
1981 Eintritt in den öffentlichen Dienst, Referent, Bundeskanzleramt, Wien
1993 Leiter, Abteilung für Technologiepolitik und -programme, Bundesministerium für öffentliche Wirtschaft und Verkehr, Wien
2003 Leiter, Bereich Innovation; stellvertretender Sektionsleiter, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Wien
2010 Übernahme des Vorsitzes, EU-Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe

Technology Forum

show timetable

24.08.2006

08:00 - 10:00Technology Brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
09:00 - 20:00Presentation CD-Laboratory “Biomechanics in skiing”Culture
11:00 - 11:30Welcome by the OrganisersPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Welcome StatementsPlenary
12:00 - 13:00OriginsPlenary
13:30 - 15:30Competition for TalentPlenary
17:00 - 18:15Research at the Cutting EdgePlenary
18:15 - 19:30Science and Research Models and Best PracticePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening Reception sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial

25.08.2006

07:00 - 13:00Working Group 01: Science and Technology in Sport: Challenge for Industry and Benefit for PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 02: Technology Transfer: the Motor for Developing LocationsBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 03: Convergence and Complexity in TechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 04: Convergence and Excellence in ScienceBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 05: Innovative Telematics Systems in Intermodal TransportBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 06: Changes in Technology and Natural Sciences – Is Our Tertiary Education System Still Up to Date?Breakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 07: High-performance Materials from Nature as an Opportunity for Economic GrowthBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 08: The Reassuring HabitatBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Working Group 09: Energy Security – the Case of Hydro CarbonsBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior AlpbachBreakout
14:00 - 15:15Convergence and Complexity in Science and TechnologyPlenary
15:15 - 16:00Faith and SciencePlenary
17:00 - 18:00Atom and Eve – an Alpbach MinioperaCulture
18:00 - 21:30Reception sponsored by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial

26.08.2006

07:00 - 08:00Energy and SecurityPlenary
08:00 - 08:30Alpbach 2006 – Resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Science and DemocracyPlenary
10:30 - 11:30The Universe is a Strange PlacePlenary
11:30 - 12:30Farewell Reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial