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International and national speakers from science, economy and politics will give a speech at AiCon2021.
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Andreas Barraud

Member of the Government of Canton Schwyz

Andreas Barraud is Member of the Government of Canton Schwyz and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs.

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Pascal Kaufmann

Founder of Starmind, President of the Mindfire Foundation

Pascal is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur pushing the limits of the unknown, devoted to the creation of human level Artificial Intelligence for empowering humans. Having received his Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (USA), he continued more in-depth studies at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Working at the interface between brains and machines he tackles the secrets of neural networks and brain activity. Pascal is one of the Founders of Starmind, a tech company connecting employees and turning them into powerful problem-solving networks. In 2017, Kaufmann initiated the non-profit Mindfire foundation dedicated to progressing AI openly, responsibly and ethically. Ultimately, to use the power of human level AI to solve our most pressing global challenges.

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Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Guy Parmelin has been a Member of the Federal Council since 2016. Guy Parmelin has served as head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research since 2019.

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Philipp Schmid

Head Research and Business Development Industry 4.0 & Machine Learning, CSEM

Philipp Schmid is Head Research and Business Development for Industry 4.0 & Machine Learning at CSEM Regional Centers. He holds an engineering degree in Microtechnology (Dipl. Ing. FH) focused in Mechatronics, Automation and Robotics and a MAS in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH Zürich. Before joining the CSEM in 2006 he worked in several industrial companies including Roche and spent one year as research fellow at the ICT Robotics group (QCAT/CSIRO) in Australia. From his experience as Senior R&D engineer and project manager he gained a profound expertise in delivery of advanced solutions in robotics and machine learning to industry. Now he manages the research, development and industrialization of new technologies for automation applications.

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Stephan Sigrist

Founder and Head of W.I.R.E.

The founder and head of the W.I.R.E. think tank has spent many years analysing interdisciplinary developments in business and society, focusing on the implications of digitisation in the life sciences, financial services, media, infrastructure and mobility. He is the publisher of the ABSTRAKT book series, author of a number of publications and a keynote speaker at international conferences. With W.I.R.E., he advises desicion-makers on the development of long-term strategies, innovation projects and supports companies in the redesign of future-oriented spaces for employees and the exchange with clients. After studying biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, he initially joined Hoffman-La Roche’s medical research team. He subsequently went on to work at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a management consultant and at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Stephan is a member of the Governing Board of the aha! Swiss Allergy Centre and was member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the federal agency concerned with promoting science-based innovation.

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Carmen Walker Späh

Government Councillor of Canton Zurich

In 2015, Carmen Walker Späh was elected into the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich. In the 2019 elections, she was confirmed for another term. She has been Head of the Department for Economic Affairs since taking office.

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