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New ways of innovation

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Professor and Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Abstract Key Note
Mind and Body. Software and Hardware. Computer Science and Physical Science. Bits and Atoms. Academia and industry consider these to be distinct, but nature doesn't. I will explore the implications of eliminating these divisions in areas including computing, communications, manufacturing, energy, and education, and discuss applications that promise to improve not just the performance but also the relevance of these technologies.
President, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna
Senior Director, Industrial Affairs, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach Chair


Professor and Director, The Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

 Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He has a BA in Physics with High Honors and an honorary Doctor of Science from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.
 Research advances by Dr. Gershenfeld and his students and colleagues working at the boundary between physical science and computer science include: one of the first complete quantum computations, using nuclear spins in molecules; microfluidic bubble logic, with bits that transport materials as well as information; physical one-way cryptographic functions, implemented by mesoscopic light scattering; noise-locked loops that entrain on codes, which led to analog logic integrated circuits that use continuous device dynamics to solve digital problems; Internet 0 for interdevice internetworking; microslot probes for ultra-small-sample structural studies; integrated 6-axis inertial measurement based on the dynamics of trapped particles; and charge source tomography for electric field imaging.
 He's the originator of the growing global network of field fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy, the associated program for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication

Mag. Georg KAPSCH

President, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

1981 Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Abschluss, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1982-1985 Marketing Konsumgüter, Kapsch AG
1986-1989 Marketing Investitionsgüter, Kapsch AG
seit 1989 Vorstandsmitglied, Kapsch AG, (Mitgliedschaft)
1987 Mitglied des Vorstandes der Landesgruppe Wien der Industriellenvereinigung
1988-1992 Vorsitzender von 1031 - Gruppe der jungen Unternehmer und Führungskräfte - Vereinigung der Österreichischen Industrie
seit 1996 Mitglied des IV-Bundesvorstandes
2000-2012 Stv. Obmann, Fachverband der Elektro- und Elektronikindustrie
seit 2001 CEO Kapsch-Gruppe
2002-2012 Obmann, Fachhochschule Technikum Wien
seit 2002 Vorstandsvorsitzender, Kapsch TrafficCom AG
2002-2012 Vorsitzender, Elektronik-Verband
2003-2008 Vizepräsident, Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik
2008-2012 Präsident, Landesgruppe Wien der Industriellenvereinigung
seit 2012 Präsident, Industriellenvereinigung

Mag. Dr. h.c. Monika KIRCHER

Senior Director, Industrial Affairs, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

1981-1998 Managing Director, Regional Department, ÖIE - Austrian Information Service for Development and Growth Policy, Carinthia
1988-1991 Freelance Consultant and Lecturer, University of Klagenfurt
1991-2000 Vice Mayor, City of Villach
2001-2007 Chief Financial Officer, Finance, Research & Development and Human Resources, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach
2007-2014 Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach
since 2014 Senior Director and, Industrial Affairs, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach and "Head of committee for Research, technology and innovation of the Austrian Industrial Association"

Technology Forum

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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