Hod Lipson, PhD
Author Entrepreneur, and Professor of Engineering and Data Science - Columbia University
Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”, and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead”, by MIT Press (translated into 7 languages). Before joining Columbia University in 2015, Hod spent 14 years as a professor at Cornell University. He received his PhD in 1999 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, followed by a postdoc at Brandeis University and MIT. Hod Lipson’s work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread media coverage. He has also pioneered open-source 3D printing, as well as electronics 3D printing, bio-printing and food printing. Lipson has co-authored over 300 publications that received over 14,000 citations to date. He has co-founded four companies, and is frequent keynoter both in industry and academic events. His TED Talk on self-aware machines is one of the most viewed presentations on AI and robotics. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.
Dave Warner, MD PhD
Medical Neuroscientist, Dir. Medical Intelligence - MindTel
Dave Warner, a medical neuroscientist with an MD/PhD from Loma Linda University, gained international recognition for pioneering new methods of physiologically based human-computer interaction. Dr. Warner's research efforts focused on advanced instrumentation and new methods of analysis applied to evaluating various aspects of human function as it relates to human-computer interaction. His research efforts identify methods and techniques that optimize information flow between conscious intelligent humans performing purposeful, complex, time critical, tasks and interactive computers systems using AI and deep learning. Dr. Warner's work has indicated an optimal mapping of interactive interface technologies to the human nervous system's capacity to transduce, assimilate, and respond intelligently to information in an integrative-multisensory interaction and will fundamentally change the way that humans interact with information systems. Application areas for this work include quantitative assessment of human performance, augmentative communication systems, environmental controls for the disabled, medical communications and integrated interactive educational systems. Dr. Warner is particularly active in technology transfer of aerospace and other defense derived technologies to the fields of health care and education. Specific areas of interest are: advanced instrumentation for the acquisition and analysis of medically relevant biological signals; intelligent informatic systems, which augment both the general flow of medical information and provide decision support for the health care professional; public accesses health information databases designed to empower the average citizen to become more involved in their own health care; and advanced training technologies that adaptively optimize interactive educational systems to the capacity of the user.
Over the past decade Dr. Warner's research efforts have expanded to focus on innovative uses of information and communication technologies to support civil/military interaction in disaster response and post conflict environments. Much of his recent work has been in military/civilian operations supporting cross-domain information sharing and open communications capabilities in very difficult settings such as refugee camps, disaster areas, and post conflict stability operations.
From 2006 to the present Dr. Warner has been directing an ongoing operational experimentation effort in eastern Afghanistan focused on demonstrating that incentivized information sharing is vital to complex operations. Environments conducive to information sharing benefits coalition partners, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) along with the local community. Current efforts include exploring the use of open internet, social media and crowdsourcing as a force multiplier in civilian support to ongoing stability operations along the eastern border region of Afghanistan.
Alejandro Adam, Ph.D
Albany Medical College
Business Development Officer - Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA
John B Henry Professor of Experimental Pathology and Department Chair, Pathology - Upstate Medical University
Cornelis J. Drost
President & CEO - Transonic Systems
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP
Director of Operations - CNY Biotech Accelerator
David Hyndman, PhD
Assistant Director - Industry Partnerships
Senior Project Manager, LSS Master Black Belt - TDO
Director, Industry Partnerships & Innovation Park, VP Research Portfolio, - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
SVP, Research, Policy & Planning - CenterState CEO
Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D
Associate VP for Innovation & Commercialization - University of Central Florida
Dr. O’Neal currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Research and Commercialization at UCF, Vice President of the UCF Research Foundation, Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP), Executive Director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL), and the Executive Director of I-Corps at UCF, Florida’s first I-Corps site.
His pioneering work in business incubation and entrepreneurial ecosystems has helped build Central Florida’s innovation-based economy, which in turn has become an internationally-recognized model for economic development being used across the globe today.
Dr. O’Neal’s international recognition as an expert in research, engineering, technology transfer, business incubation, and economic development has led to presentations and instructional engagements on five continents. He has presented or taught at 18 international conferences, 35 national conferences, and 178 conferences throughout the State of Florida. His expertise has resulted in requests for consultations from government, academic and private industry leadership across international and national levels. He has been engaged by 20 international organizations and 13 national organizations, and helped them create entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance their community’s economic prosperity.
Dr. O’Neal currently serves on multiple international and local boards that advocate for research, commercialization, and entrepreneurism. These include the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC), Florida Business Incubation Association (FBIA), The Corridor (formerly the Florida High Tech Corridor Council), and FireSpring Fund, and the Florida Research Consortium, among many others.
Chief Executive Officer - Quadrant Biosciences