Join local leaders and industrial executives with world-renowned MIT faculty and MIT connected startups in Wuxi, to explore emerging technologies already reshaping the future of many industries. Co-hosted with the Wuxi Municipality, the 2021 MIT Wuxi Virtual Symposium will provide opportunities to engage academics, startups and global ILP member executives driving economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The symposium this year will be held on January 28 (Thursday) at 9:30 AM Beijing Time and open to ILP members only.
All times listed below are BEIJING TIME (US Eastern Standard Time +13)
MIT Corporate Relations
Dr. Rong is Director of Corporate Relations at MIT. He currently supervises a group of ILP officers who promote and manage the interactions and relationships between the research at MIT and companies worldwide, particularly in greater China and extended Asian countries, to help them stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and business practices.
Previously, Dr. Rong founded IKA, LLC. He has led corporate development and product innovation, and provided strategic advices to companies in corporate strategy, IT leadership, digital transformation, AI, enterprise content management, and customer relationship. He held senior roles in Harte-Hanks and Vignette Corporation. He held an EU postdoctoral research fellowship in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he started global collaborative research.
Dr. Rong is on the board of multiple organizations, including 128CUTE since 2005 and MIT Sloan Alumni Association of Boston from 2009 to 2012. He chaired MIT Sloan CIO Symposium from 2009-2011. He is a senior expert invited by international organizations.
Dr. Rong holds a M.B.A. in global and innovation leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Ph.D in numerical computing from University of Guelph in Canada.
Karl Koster is the Executive Director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and MIT Startup Exchange.
In that capacity, 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. 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 ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.
Koster is also the Director of Alliance Management in the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT). OSATT was launched in Fall 2019 as part of a plan to reinvent MIT’s research administration infrastructure. OSATT develops agreements that facilitate MIT projects, programs and consortia with industrial, nonprofit, and international sponsors, partners and collaborators.
He is past chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.
He graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
Chuan Tang joined the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) as Senior Industrial Liaison Officer in December 2012.
Dr. Tang comes to OCR with more than 15 years of industry experience with both multi-national corporations and start-ups in North America and China. Most recently, he spent seven years at Motorola Mobility as Senior Principal Engineer where he led broadband product development for cable service providers worldwide. Before that, Tang was Director of Engineering at Rainbow Global Semiconductor Corp in Sharon, MA. Prior to Rainbow, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Applied Micro Circuits Corp (Principal Engineer), ASIC Design Services (Director of Product Development), Agere Systems (Design Center Manager), China, and at Cableshare Interactive Technologies (Senior Design Engineer), Ontario.
Tang received his B.S., Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University in China, his M.S., Electrical Engineering at Peking University in China, and his Ph.D., Electrical Engineering at the University of Windsor in Canada.
Shuguang Zhang is at MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on designs of biological molecules, particularly proteins and peptides that are short fragment of proteins. He received his B.S from Sichuan University, China and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. He was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow and a Whitaker Foundation Investigator at MIT. He was a 2003 Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS fellow). His work of designer self-assembling peptide scaffold won 2004 R&D100 award. He won a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and spent academic sabbatical in University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. He won 2006 Wilhelm Exner Medal of Austria. He was elected to Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected to American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2011 and elected to US National Academy of Inventors in 2013. He won the 2020 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award from the Protein Society. He published >170 scientific papers that have been cited over 32,000 with a h-index 85. He is also a co-founder and board member of Molecular Frontiers Foundation. Molecular Frontiers Foundation organizes annually Molecular Frontiers Symposia in Sweden and around the world. The Foundation encourages young people to ask big and good scientific questions about nature. The selected winners will be awarded for Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize.
Structure and function studies of membrane proteins, particularly G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and multipasstransmembrane proteins, require detergents. We have devised a simple tool, the QTY code (glutamine, threonine and tyrosine), for designing hydrophobic domains to become water-soluble without detergents. The QTY code designed detergent-free chemokine receptors may be useful in many applications including designing biologics to treat cancer, autoimmune, or infectious diseases. The QTY code allows membrane proteins to be systematically designed through simple, specific amino acids substitutions. The QTY code is robust and straightforward: it is the simplest tool to carry out membrane protein design without sophisticated computer algorithms. Thus, it can be used broadly. The QTY code has implications for designing additional GPCRs and other membrane proteins, or potentially for rendering soluble water-insoluble and aggregated proteins.
Juejun (JJ) Hu received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, China, in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2009, both in materials science and engineering. He is currently the Merton C. Flemings Career Development Associate Professor at MITs Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His primary research interest is enhanced photonmatter interactions in nanophotonic structures, with an emphasis on on-chip spectroscopy and chemical sensing applications using novel infrared glasses. Prior to joining MIT, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware from 2010 to 2014., Hu has authored and coauthored more than 60 refereed journal publications since 2006 and has been awarded six U.S. patents. He has been recognized with the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award, the Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award, the University of Delaware College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Member, the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.,Dr. Hu is currently the Deputy Editor of the OSA journal Optical Materials Express, and he is a Member on technical program committees for conferences including MRS, CLEO, OSA Congress, ACerS GOMD, ICG, and others. (Based on document published on 13 September 2016)
Humans are visual beings and therefore optical elements—lenses, mirrors, gratings, optical fibers, etc.—have been playing a pivotal role in almost all aspects of the human society. Conventional optics are however bulky, complicated, and sensitive even to tiny misalignment. Micro-optics promise to overcome these limitations by leveraging standard high-volume microfabrication technologies to realize chip-scale, rugged and low-cost counterparts of conventional optics while delivering comparable or even superior performance. In this talk, Prof. Hu will discuss several new micro-optics innovations we have pioneered in recent years with direct applications to optical spectroscopy, chemical analysis, biomedical imaging, 3-D depth sensing, and AR/VR.
Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange
Dr. Rebecca Xiong joined Corporate Relations as Program Director, Startup Exchange in October 2018.
Dr. Xiong comes to Corporate Relations with more than 15 years of experience in the MIT Startup Ecosystem, having co-founded and worked at multiple MIT startups. Most recently, as Co-founder and Chief Scientist at SocMetrics, she leads product management, data science, and machine learning for SocMetric’s personalization and marketing campaign products. Before SocMetrics, Xiong co-founded Going.com. Going.com connected people via local events to enhance their offline social life, and through Rebecca’s leadership grew to 1M members, tens of millions of monthly pageviews, and finally its acquisition by AOL. Before these two entrepreneurial endeavors, Xiong held positions as Product Marketing Manager (DataPower, acquired by IBM), Senior Program Manager (Performaworks, acquired by Workscape), and Team Lead (Akamai Technologies). She also has research experience at Microsoft, Silicon Graphics, and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Dr. Xiong earned her B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Media Lab at MIT with her thesis “Visualizing Information Spaces to Enhance Social Interaction." She was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship Recipient. She holds multiple patents and is very involved in the community, as the Lead Organizer of the Cambridge Parent Summit.
Industrial & digital:
Jack Baron co-founded Sweetwater Energy as Chairman and CEO in March of 2009, and now serves as the company’s President. Prior to Sweetwater, Mr. Baron served as President of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN), one of the largest national telecom carriers. Mr. Baron co-founded PAETEC in 1998 with Arunas Chesonis.
Mr. Baron currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sweetwater Energy and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Onestream Network Services. Mr. Baron is an active volunteer with a number of youth groups and schools, including BSA, Greentopia and Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Baron is an active musician in the Rochester, NY area, playing guitar and singing in his rock band, “Don’t Know Jack”.
PhD in Electrical Engineering at Brown University focused on semiconductor devices for sensing and energy generation. Currently at Columbia University working to commercialize gas sensing technology at Lelantos.
Kartik Venkataraman is CEO of Akasha Imaging, a computational imaging and deep learning startup in Palo Alto, California that is focused on robotic automation in manufacturing and inspection. His interests lie in commercializing deep technology in the areas of computer vision and imaging with specific focus on business development, product management, and strategic planning. He was previously CTO and Founder of Pelican Imaging that focused on computational array cameras for the mobile imaging market and which was later acquired by Xperi Corporation. Prior to founding Pelican, Kartik headed the Computational Camera group at Micron Imaging (Aptina), and held senior research roles at Intel in 3D and medical imaging where he worked on joint programs with Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Institute for Systems Science in Singapore. He is a recognized thought leader in the imaging field and holds more than 50 patents in the areas connected to computational imaging. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Cruz, MS in Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and B.Tech (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Jennifer is an 18-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in blockchain since 2014 with passion to drive open banking. Before she co-founded BlockTEST with MIT research scientists in 2018, she’d led at global and regional leadership roles at JPMorgan and previously at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, across investment banking and global capital markets. Currently Jennifer also serves as a senior advisor at Harvard CAM Lab and advisor committee of ID2020, a global alliance committed to digital identity. Jennifer holds an M. Sc in Management of Technology from MIT, an MBA from McGill University and a Bachelor in Statistics from Renmin University of China.
Andrew A. Radin is cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of twoXAR, a company dedicated to transforming how large biological datasets are harnessed to accelerate the identification and validation of new medicines. Radin developed the company's proprietary algorithm and leads product development. Prior to co-founding twoXAR, Radin held Chief Technology Officer roles at several early stage companies where he managed teams as large as a hundred technologists distributed around the world. Radin studied biomedical informatics in Stanford University's SCPD graduate program and holds an MS and BS in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Anne Kim is cofounder and CEO of Secure AI Labs, which is based on her Media Lab graduate work at MIT with Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland of the Human Dynamics Group. Secure AI offers a federated learning and blockchain solution for accessing siloed data from genomic and clinical trial data to corporate databases. Kim's experience in computer science and molecular biology include genome-wide association studies, natural language processing for EHR, machine learning, and cyberbiosecurity work with the EFF, ACLU, and DEFCON. She sees accessibility to healthcare as a right, and believes that the interface between biology, healthcare policy, and technology is a promising way to achieve that mission.
Thanos Kosmidis received his MEng in Computing from Imperial College (UK), his MS in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and has been an Advanced Study Fellow at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (USA).
He has 20 years of experience in the technical and commercial divisions of high-tech companies in USA and Europe. His last post, which he left to build CareAcross, was that of deputy director at a large telecommunications' firm strategic commercial planning department.
He has solid experience in managing multiple local and remote teams, including growing a team of 5 to reach 180 people across three countries and five timezones. He has led multimillion dollar projects from inception to delivery, and is experienced in the full lifecycle of products and services.
Mr. Kosmidis is an active member of the international Health 2.0 organisation promoting the application of technology in healthcare, and a frequently invited speaker and presenter at international conferences in digital health.
Finally, Mr. Kosmidis is serving as an Assembly Member for the European Commission’s “Mission on Cancer”, and as a technology expert for the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC), and the Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG) in particular.
Alexander Slocum is the Walter and Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has 130+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”. He has helped start several successful precision manufacturing equipment companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics. For the past decade his prime focus has been on renewable energy systems.
This presentation will provide an introduction to key new technologies for production of a green future. As the world emerges from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and seeks to rebuild its economy, if a resurgence in demand for energy is met by hydrocarbons, an accelerated climate change crisis will dwarf the damage caused by COVID-19; a massive opportunity to stop global warming will be lost. Distributed production and trade with good logistics and connections between countries are critical and can be improved with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and a commitment to creating a green future. As the network for transporting goods and services between peoples is made ever better, factories can be set up at nodes along the network on land and sea for the good of all.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nicholas X. Fang received his BS and MS in physics from Nanjing University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He is currently professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2010. Professor Fang’s areas of research look at nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His recognitions include the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2013); the ICO prize from the International Commission of Optics (2011); an invited participant of the Frontiers of Engineering Conference by National Academies in 2010; the NSF CAREER Award (2009) and MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award (2008).
Advanced manufacturing has become the powerhouse that trigger innovation of intelligent, flexible, customer-oriented product development and new business models in the industrial ecosystem worldwide. According to the 2019 report of World Economic Forum, manufacturing industries account for 64% of global R&D spending. In the meantime, the rapid emergence of ecological constraints calls for integrated functional products and manufacturing solutions that meet the critical societal challenges such as energy efficiency, carbon emission, worker safety, and environmental regulations at large scale. The scientific breakthroughs of data and interconnectivity driven manufacturing may lead to a paradigm shift of meta-manufacturing, that is, design and processing multifunctional elements at unprecedented precision and heterogeneity.
These multifunctional elements can be exemplified by the emerging architectured metamaterials with integrated functions that are desirable for a broad array of applications in confined spaces, including impact absorption, thermal management and chemical processing, optical transparency, structural morphing, as well as real time monitoring and repair. The control of spatial arrangements with functional printable materials determines the mass transport and energy transfer within architected microreactors, which are significant for many emerging applications, including use in catalytic, biological, battery, or photochemical reactors. In this talk we shall review the state-of-the-art of research in the development of some of the most advanced digital manufactured functional microreactors. We then the outline major challenges in the field and provide our perspectives on future research and development directions.
Yossi Sheffi is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management. He is author of a text book and four award-winning management books. His latest book is “The New Abnormal,” came out on October 1, 2020
Under his leadership, MIT CTL has launched many educational, research, and industry/government outreach programs, including the MIT SCALE network involving six academic centers round the world. In 2015, CTL has launched the on-line Micromaster’s program, enrolling 350,000 students in 196 countries.
Outside the institute, Dr. Sheffi has consulted with numerous organizations. He has also founded or co-founded five successful companies, all acquired by large enterprises.
Dr. Sheffi has been recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and won dozens of awards.
He obtained his B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel in 1975, and Ph.D. from MIT in 1978.
For more information visit: http://sheffi.mit.edu/
In October 1, 2020 Professor Sheffi’s new book: The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19 was published on Amazon. In the book he maps how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted business, supply chains, and society. The book exposes the critical role supply chains play in helping people, governments, and companies to manage the crisis. Sheffi draws on executive interviews, pandemic media coverage, and historical analyses. Professor Sheffi also builds on themes from his previous books on risk and resilience: The Resilient Enterprise (2005) and The Power of Resilience (2015) to enrich the narrative. The book paints a picture of how the Covid-19 virus is changing many facets of human life and what our post-pandemic world might look like. The intent is that this book will help companies to redefine their business models and adjust to a fast-evolving economic landscape.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kamal Youcef-Toumi joined the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1985. He earned his advanced degrees (M.S. 1981 and Sc.D. 1985) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His undergraduate degree (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded in 1979) is from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Youcef-Toumi's research has focused primarily on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and control theory. The applications have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology. He teaches courses in the fields of dynamic systems; robotics; precision machine design and automatic control systems. Professor Youcef-Toumi was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator "in recognition of research and teaching accomplishments and academic potential." He served as a member on several professional committees of The National Science Foundation, Chairman of the Information Technology program within The Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Member of the review committee for European Union funded Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems, Member of the Scientific Committee for Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, Head of the Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics Area in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, Member of the MIT Council for International Programs, and Research and Strategy Advisor for Qatar Computing Research Institute. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy and Co-Director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at MIT. Professor Youcef-Toumi has served as a consultant for a several companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, EDO Corporation, Varian Radiation Division, Gillette Corp., Delta Search Laboratories, Jentek Sensors, Morgan Stanley Co., General Electric, TEKES - National Technology Agency of Finland, Jordan Hospital, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Penn State University-College of Medicine - Cancer Institute, and Saudi Aramco. He is a member of IEEE and an ASME Fellow. He served as Chairman of the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division Robotics Panel. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Controls, the International Program Committee Chairman for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and an Associate editor of the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. He has served as Editor of several symposia/conference proceedings. Professor Youcef-Toumi is the author of over 320 publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds over 48 registered/pending patents. Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 180 seminars at companies, research centers and universities throughout the world.
In 2018 alone, the digital transformation spending was more than $1trillion. Industries that adopted digital technologies and IR4.0 concepts prospered. Their important benefits include enhanced competitiveness and better positioning in the global value chain. These are due to a greater operational effectiveness, cost reduction, superior flexibility and automation in production, improved worker safety, along with digital services and business management. Modern organizations that embraced such digital transformation are forward-thinking, adapt to diverse business environments, innovate in technology and beyond, refine the art of collaboration, and adjust to the changing generation of workers, talent and customers. The presentation will cover some industry practices along with some results illustrating advancements in computing, intelligent robotic systems, and machine intelligence.