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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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PD Dr. Alexander Ilic

Executive Director and a co-founder of the ETH AI Center

PD Dr. Alexander Ilic is the Executive Director and a co-founder of the ETH AI Center. He completed his habilitation at University of St. Gallen (HSG), holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, and a MSc from TU Munich. Alex is a Swiss-German deep tech entrepreneur, researcher, and investor. He co-founded the computer vision start-up Dacuda which he successfully sold to the Augmented Reality pioneer Magic Leap in 2017. He served as head of Magic Leap Switzerland from Feb 2017 to August 2020 where he built up the R&D Center of Excellence for Computer Vision & Deep Learning in Zurich and a R&D Center of Excellence for Advanced Photonics in Lausanne. He was named twice “Entrepreneur of the Year” (2011 by HSG, 2012 by EY) and won several entrepreneurship prizes including the Swiss Economic Award.


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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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Lars Mallien

IBM Data and AI specialist

Lars  Mallien is an IBM Data and AI specialist with a focus on helping companies to modernize how they collect, organize and analyze data and infuse AI throughout their organizations.

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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. He has served as head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research since 2019. This year, Guy Parmelin is also president of the Swiss Confederation.

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Lonneke van der Plas

Head of the Computation, Cognition and Language group at the Idiap research institute in Martigny

Lonneke van der Plas is head of the Computation, Cognition and Language group at the Idiap research institute in Martigny, and Associate Professor in Language Technology, in affiliation with the University of Malta. She previously held a junior-professorship at the University of Stuttgart, and a postdoc position at the University of Geneva. She earned a PhD from the University of Groningen and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She has been leading several research projects under H2020, Erasmus+, and the German Research Foundation, and was a visiting fellow at the University of Zurich, the University of Melbourne, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She has over 50 publications in the field of natural language processing, more in particular on the following topics: multi-lingual natural language processing, vector-based semantics, and computational creativity.

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Daniel Scheiber

Group Head of Conversational AI at CREALOGIX

Daniel Scheiber is Group Head of Conversational AI at CREALOGIX, a digital banking software provider. In his role he drives said strategic business unit forward on a global scale. Having held various positions in CREALOGIX, he has a wide understanding of key stakeholders such as Sales and Product Management. Daniel has an extensive knowledge and many years of experience in the IT industry and digitalization.

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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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Dr. Noam Slonim

Project Debater, Principal Investigator and Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research (Haifa)

Noam Slonim is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research AI. He received his doctorate from the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation at the Hebrew University and held a post-doc position at the Genomics Institute at Princeton University. During his PhD, Noam received the best paper award in UAI and ECIR, and the best presentation award at SIGIR. Noam joined IBM Research – Haifa in 2007, and in 2011 he proposed to develop Project Debater. He has been serving as the Principal Investigator of the project since then. Noam published around 60 peer reviewed articles, focusing on the last few years on advancing the emerging field of Computational Argumentation. Finally, Noam used to have a secondary career as a TV script writer. Coincidentally, or not, in a sitcom he co-created back in 1998, the last episode was focused on competitive debates.

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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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Dr. Anika Schumann

Research Manager Artificial Intelligence for Industries at IBM Research

Dr. Anika Schumann is an internationally recognized expert for Artificial Intelligence Diagnosis and a member of the OECD expert group on task automatability.  At IBM Research –Zurich she leads IBM’s internal and external Artificial Intelligence Research partnerships in Europe.

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Immanuel Schweizer

Global Head of Data & Analytics Architecture, Merck

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