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July 22–23, 2014
London, England

field trip
July 24, 2014
British Museum

Library Selection

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in
the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace




 



 

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MONDAY, JULY 21
6:30 PM
First Timers Pre-Reception Welcome
7:00 PM
Reception / Dinner (Dinner at 7:30 pm)

TUESDAY, JULY 22
8:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM
Conference Welcome
Len Kleinrock, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
9:20 AM
Conference Overview
Steven Cherry, Director, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
9:30 AM
Gary Atkinson, Director, Emerging Technologies, ARM
Can Technology Save Us From Ourselves?
As a human race, we are putting tremendous pressure on ourselves and our resources as our population continues to grow and we strive for an improved way of life. Growing and raising food, providing clean water, addressing lifestyle induced healthcare issues—these are all big challenges that cannot be fixed with a revolutionary breakthrough. It is going to need lots of "little data" from sensors to help us make better decisions and improve crop yields, detect water leaks and protect those with a chronic disease from an acute episode. The technology is now cheap enough, low power enough and small enough to address these challenges – so what can we do about it?
10:10 AM
Dave Hughes, Managing Director, Decision Concepts Ltd, and Manager, Solution Development, The Interactive Institute
The Virtual Autopsy: How Visualisation Can Unlock Invisible Secrets, From Ancient Mummies to Martian meteorites
Virtual Autopsy tables are already being used to compliment forensic and clinical analysis in conventional autopsies. Based on medical and 3-D visualisation research pioneered in Sweden, life-size interactive touch screens and high performance graphics are now used to explore the human body beforehand. These techniques have now been adapted to tap into hitherto unexplored museum collections in store rooms and galleries around the world, enabling fresh exploration of a wide range of subjects including ancient mummies, fossils, and creatures of the deep. Not only are museum scientists making new discoveries, public visitors can directly explore breakthrough science for themselves using the same 3-D data. This live-demo session will interactively reveal a wide cornucopia of subjects and explore the broader implications for both science discovery and public engagement.
10:50 AM
Break
11:20 AM

Hélène Mialet, Visiting Professor in Science and Technology Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, UC Davis, and Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
Stephen Hawking: The Mind-Machine Nexus
Stephen Hawking incarnates the mythical figure of the lone genius whose mind, "roams the cosmos from the confines of a wheelchair." This talk will investigate the human, material, and machine-based networks that enable Hawking to live and work in order to move beyond the notion of the lone genius to describe the elements constitutive of a creative mind. Based on extensive ethnographic research and a series of over one hundred interviews with Hawking, his assistants, his nurses, his graduate students, his colleagues, journalists, filmmakers, archivists, artists, computer programmers and hardware developers for the disabled, Hawking's unique case is also shown as a means to address larger questions having to do with genius, creativity, expertise, distributed agency, socio-technical networks, scientific practice, cognition, and the frontiers of humanity.

11:55 AM
Julian Ranger, Founder and Chairman, SocialSafe
Big Data is Wrong ……. For the Individual
We've lost control of our personal data, are unable to benefit from that data, and have prejudiced our privacy. There are ways, though, that we can restore our ownership of our own data. Our data can be held in private libraries in an aggregated, normalized, and fused form. Finally, we can benefit from giving permissioned access to our data to businesses and reap monetary rewards or increased convenience and improved service. Permissioned Access overcomes the limitation of big data when applied to individuals, in that instead of an imperfect slice of an individual, businesses can access a perfect whole, a complete fused library of data with zero friction—and do so whilst respecting user privacy.
12:30 PM
Andrew Wolstenholme, OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Crossrail Ltd
The Challenges of Large-Scale Engineering
Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project. Programmes of this scale—42 kilometres of new rail tunnels and nine stations, under a two thousand-year-old city, weaving its way through electrical lines, unmapped water utilities, telecommunications, and 700 year burial pits from the Black Death—come along very rarely. Whether it's training thousands of new miners in a skill that was almost lost to the UK, usefully disposing of the millions of tons of soil displaced by the project, or threading their 1000 ton boring machines through the oldest Underground transport metro in the world, Crossrail has time and again had to solve problems that no one has previously encountered, leaving a lasting legacy for future mega-projects.
1:05 PM
Members' Working Lunch
2:10 PM
Guy Hoffman, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
From Robotic Teammates to Robotic Companions
Within decades, personal robots will enter our homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and commercial spaces. For these robots to function as true teammates and companions, we need to solve a host of technological, psychological, and design challenges, as well as consider societal and ethical issues—we need, in short, to develop personal robots that can work smoothly, intuitively, and fluently with everyday people.
2:40 PM
David Peto, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aframe
Video Crazy: Taking TV- and Movie-Making Into the Cloud
David Peto and his company, Aframe, are attempting to persuade the most conservative, paranoid industry on the planet, television and film studios, to move their work and their data to the cloud—62 exabytes worth in just the next 12 months, in more than 2,300 variations of video formats, none of which talk to each other.
3:10 PM
Eric Kuhne, Founding Principal, CivicArts
Architecting Innovation
In 2010, Eric Kuhne described for TTI/Vanguard how Paul Baran's network diagrams of the first internets are remarkably similar to designs that create villages and network them to build vibrant, interactive cities. With newer projects, such as Silvertown Quays, we get a sense of how architecture—offices, buildings, neighborhoods, and eventually entire cities—can spur innovation.
3:45 PM
Break
4:15 PM
Naomi E. Chayen, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, Elspeth Garman, Director of the Systems Biology Programme at the Doctoral Training Centre Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, and Dr. Lata Govada, Research Associate, Imperial College London
Can We Make Complexity Crystal Clear?
Why do we need crystals of proteins and biological materials? How do we go about obtaining crystals? What do we do with the crystals once we have them? This session will include a live demonstration of growing protein crystals.
5:00 PM
Reflections
5:30 PM
End of First Day
7:00 PM

Reception and Dinner (Dinner at 7:30 pm)


WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
8:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM
TTI/Vanguard Announcements
9:15 AM
Reflections
Bob Lucky, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
9:30 AM
Michael Best, Associate Professor and Director the Technologies and International Development Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
Nigeria's Facebook Generation
They describe themselves as the Facebook Generation of Nigeria. They are young, network enabled, and demanding of change. They use social media for everything from celebrating their favorite Nollywood film star to calling for fair elections and political transparency. In June a research team crowdsourced reports from social media combined with real-time observer data as it monitored the Ekiti State election. In February 2015 the team will be at it again as the entire nation votes for its next President. In the next five years the network-enabled youth across Africa will more than double in population, a demographic trend that will effect political change of one form or another—either to enliven civic dialogue and action and to enable good governance and strong growth, or to commoditize political engagement into a series of consumerist acts of "liking." Ultimately it will be up to this Facebook Generation to decide which path to take.
10:10 AM
Oliver Harrison, Senior Vice President, Healthways International
Managing Health, Millions at a Time
Mobile technology is opening up ways to look at health that are both ancient and radically new. Healthcare has traditionally focused on people who come to see the doctor. But nowadays the biggest killers are often silent killers, with few, if any, symptoms until it's too late. Fortunately, we have in our hands the key to Nature's way of dealing with complexity: a focus that stretches beyond physical health to the ideal of well-being, via a 21st-century, data-driven version of personalized healthcare.
10:40 AM
Break
11:10 AM

Dusko Ilic, Reader in Women's Health, King's College, London and Director of Research and Development
at StemLifeLine, Inc.
Stem Cells: What They Are and What We Can Do With Them
Are stem cell therapies indeed on the verge of curing blindness, blood cancers, and multiple sclerosis or they are decades away? It's time for a sober discussion of the myths and reality of stem cells as a therapeutic option and as a drug discovery tool. Opportunities abound, but there are important obstacles that must be overcome before the full potential of stem cells can be realized.

11:40 AM
Jon Callas, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Silent Circle
Blackphone
12:10 PM
Beth Coleman, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature and Co-director, Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo
Open City
If we want to design smarter cities, we need better data. Will industry open its own data? Perhaps with open government data as an incentive, it will. But that's not enough—we need to open up the very process of redesigning our cities to citizens themselves. And smartphones and other mobile devices have the potential to take citizen participation to the next level—not just voting, but helping to design their own cities to create new efficiencies in transportation, trash, and energy use.
12:45 PM
Members' Working Lunch
2:00 PM

Martin Keen, Founder/Designer/CEO, Focal Upright
Innovating from Personal Experience
Martin Keen designs practical things, things that are useful and solve a problem he has perceived. Form follows function and the beauty of a design is in its simple practicality. While he did not intend to become a shoe designer, his so-ugly-it's-beautiful Keen Footwear, introduced in 2003, is now sold worldwide. Keen's latest venture, Focal Upright hopes to revolutionize the workplace one cubicle at a time. Focal's raison d'etre is an unusual upright "leaning" seat that Keen claims is a much healthier alternative to the office chair. "Humans evolved to be upright," he says. "Why do we continue to impose this unhealthy posture on ourselves for the bulk of our waking hours?"

2:30 PM

Adam Fudakowski, Director of Operations, Nanoclave Technologies, and Founder, Crowd Projects Ltd.
Crowdfunding Strategies for Corporations

3:00 PM
Michael T. Wright, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Imperial College, London
Antikythera: The World's Oldest Known Complex Geared Mechanism—and Oldest Computer?
The Antikythera Mechanism is an astonishingly elaborate mechanical instrument of bronze, found in a 2000-year-old shipwreck. It had been widely regarded as an extraordinary archaeological enigma, but, working on a small budget and with home-made measuring instruments and additions to simple X-ray equipment, it was determined that it was a sophisticated planetarium, incorporating the mathematical astronomy of its time and presenting us with an unique insight into the previously-unsuspected ability of ancient Greeks to design and construct "clockwork." It has also been possible to build working reconstructions of the Mechanism in a home workshop.
3:30 PM
Conference Reflections
Bob Lucky, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
4:00 PM
End of Conference
6:00 PM

Dinner


THURSDAY, JULY 24
7:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM
Field trip to British Museum
12:00 PM
Box Lunch and Departure for airport and return to hotel

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