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2017 MIT – Fundación Ramón Areces International Symposium

Designing the future: Innovation and technology for businesses. Opportunities and challenges.
November 30,2017
 
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Federico Casalegno
Associate Professor of the Practice
Director, MIT Mobile Experience Lab
MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Federico Casalegno, Associate Professor of the Practice, is the Founder and Director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SHASS, program in Comparative Media Studies.

He has been awarded honorary professorships by the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and the Jiangnan University School of Design in Wuxi, China.

A social scientist with an interest in the impact of networked digital technologies on human behavior and society, Prof. Casalegno both teaches and leads advanced research at MIT, and designs interactive media to foster connections between people, information and physical places using cutting-edge information technology.

Between 2004 and 2011, he had a position as Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab Smart Cities group and from 2006 until 2011 co-directed the MIT Design Lab with Prof. William J. Mitchell.

From 2004 to 2007, he worked at Motorola, Inc. as a Technology and Product Innovation Analyst, designing pioneering products, experiences and services for mobile devices. Previously, from 1994 to 2000, he worked at Philips Design on connected communities and new media environments to inform design and product experience planning.

Dr. Casalegno holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Communication from the Sorbonne University, Paris V, with a focus on mediated communication and social interaction in networked communities and wired cities.

He has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, books and articles. For the Living Memory connected community project he was awarded the Best Concept prize by the American Leading Industrial Designers I.D. Magazine, and the Silver Prize Design Concept by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
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Michael Casey
Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities, Digital Currency Initiative (DCI)
MIT Media Laboratory
Michael Casey is a senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. He and his colleagues are seeking to build awareness around digital currencies and their underlying blockchain technology, helping shape scholarship around the topic and exploring dedicated research projects that use this emerging technology to achieve social impact goals.

Before joining MIT, Michael was a senior columnist covering global finance at The Wall Street Journal. In a two-decade career spanning five continents, he covered currencies, bonds, equities, and economic policy for The Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, and various other media outlets. He also hosted online TV shows for WSJ Live and frequently appeared on various networks as a commentator, including CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, and the BBC.

In 2013, Michael and colleague Paul Vigna founded the Bitbeat column, a regular survey of developments in digital currencies and blockchain innovation published on WSJ's Moneybeat blog. The pair went on to co-author a book on the same theme. Titled The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order, it was published to critical acclaim in January 2015. Michael has also collaborated with documentary filmmakers on the same topic and is frequently called on to speak about these issues at conferences and other public events.

Michael has written two other books: The Unfair Trade: How our Broken Global Financial System Destroys the Middle Class, an analysis the global dimensions of the recent financial crisis, and Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image, about the famous photo of Ernesto "Che" Guevara by Alberto Korda.
A native of Perth, Australia, he is a graduate of the University of Western in Australia and has higher degrees from Cornell University and Curtin University.
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617-253-0439

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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Bienvenida e Introduccion
Day 1, 9:15 - 9:30
Conclusiones y Cierre
Day 1, 17:45 - 18:00
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Corporate Relations. The MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra
Director, Ramón Areces Foundation
Bienvenida e Introduccion
Day 1, 9:15 - 9:30
Conclusiones y Cierre
Day 1, 17:45 - 18:00
Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra has been director of the Ramón Areces Foundation since 2008. A Law graduate from the Complutense University in Madrid, he joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1976.

Until he joined the Ramón Areces Foundation, his professional career was in Public Administration, where he held the positions of adviser at the Spanish Permanent Delegation to the United Nations; economic and trade adviser at the Spanish Embassy in France; Head of Protocol in the Spanish Prime Minister's Office, with the rank of director-general; executive chairman of the Organising Committee for the Spanish Presidency of the European Union Council, with the rank of under-secretary; Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organisations based in Geneva; chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has served as Spanish Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEC), with the rank of ambassador.
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Georgia Perakis
William F Pounds Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management
Management Faculty Co-Director, Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) and Systems Design and Management (SDM) Program
MIT Sloan School of Management
Georgia Perakis is currently a Full Professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She has been on the faculty at Sloan since 1998. She received an M.S. degree and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. In the Spring of 2006 she visited for her sabbatical Columbia University. Since September 2009 Perakis holds the William f. Pounds chair from MIT Sloan.

Georgia Perakis' research interests include applications of optimization and equilibrium in revenue management, pricing, competitive supply chain management and transportation. She has widely published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research and Mathematical Programming among others. She has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and subsequently the PECASE award from the office of the President on Science and Technology. She has also received an honorable mention in the TSL Best Paper Award, the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, the Sloan Career Development Chair and subsequently the J. Spencer Standish Career Development Chair. Perakis has passion supervising her students and builds lifelong relationships with them. So far she has graduated nine PhD and eleven Masters students.

Perakis has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Management Science and currently for the journals Operations Research and Naval Logistics Research. She is a Senior Editor in the journal of Flexible Services and Manufacturing, an Area Editor in the area of Supply Chain Management and Services for the journal Networks and Spatial Economics and America's editor for the journal of Pricing and Revenue Management. In 2008, Perakis served as the chair of the George Nicholson Best Student Paper in Operations Research and Management Science Competition by INFORMS. Perakis has served as a member of the INFORMS Council and served as the chair of the Pricing and Revenue Management Section of INFORMS for two years. She has been the co-chair and co-organizer of the Annual Conference of the INFORMS Section on Pricing and Revenue Management for several years and the chair of the cluster on the same topics for the annual INFORMS conference for several years.
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Luis Perez-Breva
Director, MIT Innovation Teams
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Luis Perez-Breva, PhD, is the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong (The MIT Press, 2017). He is an expert in technology innovation, venture labs, taking deep tech to impact, and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems. Dr. Perez-Breva is based in the MIT School of Engineering and is Faculty Director of Innovation Teams, its flagship joint enterprise with MIT Sloan to put the Institute’s deep tech advances to work to solve real-world problems. Through iTeams, he has helped 170+ MIT technologies find a path forward to impact.

Dr. Perez-Breva has taught innovating as a skill worldwide in academia and industry to professionals and students from all disciplines, and has propelled them to start innovating anywhere from a hunch to a market insight to research breakthroughs. He has collaborated with and helped lead MIT’s innovation initiatives in Portugal, Singapore, Russia, and Abu Dhabi.

A serial innovator and entrepreneur himself, Dr. Perez-Breva is drawn to “impossible” projects and has enjoyed success with inventions in security, telecom, finance, and genetics. He has also developed several non-profit organizations, including helping to build a new university centered on innovation. He has numerous stories to share from his own trial-and-error adventures in conceiving AI technologies that tackle real-world problems and drive them to market.

Dr. Perez-Breva holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from MIT and degrees in chemical engineering, physics, and business from leading universities in Spain (Institut Quimic de Sarrià), France (Ecole Normale Supérieure), and the United States (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In 2011, the Spanish government recognized his career achievements by awarding him the Order of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain.


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Abel Sanchez
Research Scientist
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Future of the Web
Day 1, 10:15 - 11:30
Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Executive Director of MIT's Geospatial Data Center, architect of "The Internet of Things" global network, and architect of data analytics platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Altria. In cyber security, Dr. Sanchez architected impact analysis of large-scale cyber attacks designing Cyber Ranges for the Department of Defense (DOD). In password security, Dr. Sanchez led the design of a password firewall (negative authentication) for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) agency. In machine learning, addressing fraud detection, Dr. Sanchez designed a situational awareness framework that exploits different perspectives of the same data and assigns risk scores to entities for Accenture. He led the design of a global data infrastructure simulator, modeling follow-the-sun engineering, to evaluate the impact of competing architectures on the performance, availability and reliability of the system for Ford Motor Company. He has been involved in developing E-Educational software for Microsoft via their I- Campus Program and with establishing the Accenture Technology Academy, an online resource for over 200,000 employees. He has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in America, Asia, and Europe. He teaches MIT courses on cybersecurity, engineering computation, and data science and has produced over 150 educational videos.
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617-253-2939

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George Westerman
Research Scientist
Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT Sloan School of Management
George Westerman is an award-winning author and a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching focus on digital transformation, technology leadership, and the changing demand for skills in the digital economy.
He has written three award-winning books for senior executives, and he contributes regularly to publications such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and The Wall Street Journal.
George joined the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2002 after earning a doctorate from Harvard Business School. Prior to that, he gained more than a dozen years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Technology Business Management Council, as co-Chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, and as Faculty Director for the Workplace Learning Collaborative in the MIT Jameel World Education Laboratory. A leading voice on digital leadership and innovation, he works regularly with senior leadership teams around the world.

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617-253-7201

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John Williams
Professor of Information Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT Geospatial Data Center
Director, MIT Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Future of the Web
Day 1, 10:15 - 11:30
Professor Williams holds a B.A. in physics from Oxford University, a M.S. in physics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in numerical methods from Swansea University. His area of specialty is large scale computer analysis applied to both physical systems and to information.

Williams is internationally recognized in the field of computational algorithms for large-scale particle simulators and has authored two books and over 100 publications. For the past eight years, his research has focused on architecting of large scale distributed simulation systems. He teaches graduate courses on Modern Software Development and on Web System Architecting.

Additional areas of interest relate to the simulation of deformable, fracturable and granula media. Of most interest is the development of integrated techniques for simulating solids and liquids together to model important geotechnical phenomena like sanding, bore hole stability and hydrofracturing.
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617-324-8462

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Matthias Winkenbach
Research Associate
Director, MIT Megacity Logistics Lab
Center for Transportation and Logistics
Matthias Winkenbach is the Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab and a Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. His current research focuses on multi-tier distribution network design in the context of urban logistics and last-mile delivery, urban freight policy and infrastructure design, as well as data analytics and visualization in an urban logistics context. Dr. Winkenbach received his Ph.D. in Logistics and his Masters in Business with specializations in Finance and Economics at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He also studied at NYU Stern School of Business in New York as well as at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montréal, Canada. His doctoral studies focused on the optimal design of multi-tier urban delivery networks with mixed fleets. His work was closely linked to a research project with the French national postal operator La Poste.

During and after his doctoral studies, he spent several months at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Winkenbach’s previous professional work includes working with Volkswagen in South Africa on local sourcing and cost optimization, with Deutsche Telekom in Germany on co-investment models for network infrastructure expansions, with McKinsey & Company in the United States, and in Germany on organizational redesign in the automotive industry and on innovative delivery models in the postal and express logistics sector, as well as various other projects in the mining, shipbuilding, consulting and logistics industries.

Dr. Winkenbach won the Science Award for Supply Chain Management of the German Logistics Association (BVL) in 2014, was amongst the finalists for the 2015 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, and recently published academic papers in Transportation Science, and Interfaces, as well as some practitioner oriented pieces in the Wall Street Journal and the Sloan Management Review.
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