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The future – dream or reality

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Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
General Manager, Microsoft Robotics Group, Redmond Abstract
Robotics has long been a technology area that has captured the attention and expectations of many. We think robotics is poised to take off rapidly, and there are solid indications that this is true! With component hardware costs coming down and computational capabilities increasing, the robotics industry appears to have the right conditions to really grow quickly.
Despite these optimistic factors, the key applications that will propel the industry are yet to be fully formed, though there are a number of good prospects already being explored. In large part the evolution of robot applications is held back by many factors, including the fragmentation of hardware, lack of portability of code, lack of good development tools, and lack of needed support libraries and algorithms. Just putting the basic foundation in place so applications can be written takes too much effort and requires too much expertise. Therefore, like the early PC industry, the robotics business is impaired the overhead required.
Microsoft has created a new software development kit for the robotics community with the goal of supplying a software platform that can be used across a wide variety of hardware, applicable to a wide audience of users, and development of a wide variety of applications.
This talk will cover the motivations for Microsoft's recent deliver of a software platform for robotics, what it includes, and how it may support an emerging market for robots.
Generaldirektor, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk, Wien
President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Helmut LEOPOLD

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

1989 Abschluss des Studiums der Informatik als Dipl.-Ing. an der Technischen Universität Wien
1989-1994 Alcatel Austria ELIN Forschungszentrum; Forschungsingenieur auf dem Gebiet der Breitband- und Multimediakommunikation
1994-1998 Alcatel Austria AG; Leiter der Gruppe Breitbandtechnologie und Strategie
1999-2008 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.
seit 2009 Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Wien


General Manager, Microsoft Robotics Group, Redmond

 Tandy Trower has a 25-year history with new products and technology initiatives at Microsoft bringing to market new products as diverse as Microsoft Flight Simulator to Microsoft Windows. In addition, as a strong proponent of the importance of design in human-computer interaction he has contributed to the company s investment in improving its user interfaces, founding the company s first usability labs and product design roles. He continues to investigate and drive strategic new technology directions for the company and incubating new projects. He leads the new Microsoft initiative to deliver a software platform and tools for the robotics community.

Dr. Alexander WRABETZ

Generaldirektor, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk, Wien

1978-1983 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität Wien
1984-1987 Abteilung für Internationale Finanzierungen der Girozentrale und Bank der Österreichischen Sparkassen AG
1987-1992 Assistent des Vorstandsvorsitzenden der Österreichischen Industrieholding AG
1990 Generalsekretär der Austrian Industries AG/ ÖIAG
1992-1994 Geschäftsführer der VOEST Alpine Intertrading GmbH in Linz
1994-1998 Mitglied des Vorstandes der VAMED AG in Wien, Geschäftsführer der VAMED Engineering GmbH & Co KG
1998-2006 Kaufmännischer Direktor des Österreichischen Rundfunks
seit 2007 Generaldirektor des Österreichischen Rundfunks

Dr. Joachim TREUSCH

President Emeritus, Jacobs University Bremen

1970 Professur in Frankfurt
1971 Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik in Dortmund
1984-1986 Präsident der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft
seit 1987 Vorstandsmitglied der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich (KFA)
1993-1997 Vorsitzender der Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
1995-1996 Präsident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
1990-2006 Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
1999-2003 Vorsitzender des Deutschen Verbandes Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine
2000-2006 Vorsitzender des Lenkungsausschusses "Wissenschaft im Dialog"
2006-2012 Präsident der Jacobs University Bremen

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show timetable


10:00 - 23:00Presentation of the three Christian Doppler Laboratories concerning allergiesCulture
10:00 - 12:00Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Welcome addressPlenary
13:20 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Global warmingPlenary
16:30 - 18:15The frontiers of science [in cooperation with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria]Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Looking insidePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent AustriaSocial


09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 01: The risk and the new - 'risk governance'Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 02: The changing industrial landscape  challenges, opportunities, strategiesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 03: Climate change and risk governance - the role of research, science and innovationBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: New initiatives and models of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research to enhance European competitiveness - European technology platforms from the Austrian and the European points of viewBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 05: The end of IT-innovation - the growth opportunity for Europe?Breakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 06: The impact of climate change on mobility - challenges for infrastructure and private transportBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 07: Design by nature - nature's contribution to industrial progressBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 08: Smart WellbeingBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 09: The five sensesBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 10: Technology transfer in European regionsBreakout
09:00 - 14:30Working Group 11: The phenomenon of Second Life - the creation of a new world?Breakout
09:00 - 18:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
09:30 - 15:30Special event: Bulgaria and Romania as partners in EUropean science and researchBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Regions and global competitionPlenary
16:30 - 18:00The future - dream or realityPlenary
18:30 - 20:00The five sensesPlenary
20:00 - 23:30Reception hosted by the Province of Lower AustriaSocial


09:00 - 10:00What changed?Plenary
10:00 - 11:00SecurityPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2007Plenary
12:00 - 13:00Science & technology, entrepreneurship & societyPlenary
13:00 - 13:20A look back and a view aheadPlenary
13:20 - 14:30Reception hosted by Microsoft AustriaSocial