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2018 MIT Japan Conference

January 26, 2018
 
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John Guttag
Dugald C Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
From January of 1999 through August of 2004, Professor Guttag served as Head of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He served as Associate Department Head from Computer Science from 1993 to 1998. EECS, with approximately 1800 students and 125 faculty members, is the largest department at MIT.

Professor Guttag currently co-heads the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Networks and Mobile Systems Group. This group studies issues related to computer networks, applications of networked and mobile systems, and advanced software-based medical instrumentation and decision systems.

Professor Guttag has also done research, published, and lectured in the areas of software engineering, mechanical theorem proving, hardware verification, compilation, and software radios.

In addition to his academic activities, Professor Guttag has had long-term consulting relationships with a number of industrial research and advanced development organizations. He has also worked for many years as a consultant specializing in the analysis of information systems related business opportunities and risks. He currently serves on the technical advisory boards of Vanu, Inc., on the Board of Directors of Empirix, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the ACM.

Professor Guttag earned an A.B. in English and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
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Ali Jadbabaie
JR East Adjunct Professor of Engineering
Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)
Director, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC)
MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
Ali Jadbabaie is Director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Jadbabaie will also serve as interim associate director designate of a new organization at MIT devoted to understanding and managing complex societal and technical systems, and to new programs in 21st-century statistics. He is a recognized expert in the fields of network science, decision and control theory, and multi-agent coordination.

Through his highly-cited and influential research, Jadbabaie has made fundamental contributions in optimization-based control, multi-agent coordination and consensus, network science, and network economics. He has won several prestigious awards, and his students and postdoctoral scholars have become professors within electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering departments in top universities and in eminent business schools.

Jadbabaie received his B.S. from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University before joining the faculty at Penn, where he is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Network Science in the department of electrical and systems engineering, in July 2002. He has secondary appointments in computer and information science and operations and information management in the Wharton School.

A member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab at Penn, Jadbabaie is also the cofounder and director of the Raj and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS), a new undergraduate interdisciplinary degree program focused on network science and engineering, operations research, computer science, and social sciences. He is also a faculty member of the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences at Penn and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at Penn's law school. He is a lead of a Department of Defense-funded Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) titled, The Evolution of Cultural Norms and Dynamics of Sociopolitical Change, which involves MIT faculty from LIDS and the departments of Political Science and Economics, as well as faculty from Penn, Stanford, and Cornell.

Jadbabaie is the inaugural editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, a new interdisciplinary journal sponsored by several IEEE societies. He is a recipient of an National Science Foundation Career Award, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council, and the George S. Axelby Best Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is an IEEE Fellow.

His current research interests include the interplay of dynamic systems and networks with specific emphasis on multi-agent coordination and control, distributed optimization, network science, and network economics.
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Cory Kidd
CEO and Founder, Catalia Health
Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a patient care management company. The company develops a hardware and software platform that uses a combination of psychology and artificial intelligence to engage patients through interactive conversations. These conversations happen through mobile, web, and interactive robotic interfaces; together these interfaces create a relationship that can reach patients at any time they need support. The data reported back through the system gives Catalia Health’s customers valuable information to understand the daily activities and needs of their patients.

Dr. Kidd is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction and his B.S. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:15
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 served 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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Rony Kubat
Co-Founder, Tulip Interfaces
Rony Kubat is the cofounder and a PhD graduate from MIT with a research focus on applied machine learning. He was the first employee at Bluefin (acquired by Twitter). Before graduate studies, Rony was a science and technology advisor for Hollywood film productions. Rony has been described by Wired Magazine as having a “steady low voice that could pacify a riot.” He is a playwright and is a member of the Junkyard Wars team, the Geeks (3rd Place, US Season three).
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Matteo Lai
Co-founder and CEO
Empatica
Matteo Lai is the co-founder and CEO of Empatica, a company focused on wearable computing for the medical space, based in Cambridge, MA and Milan, Italy. Matteo studied Engineering and trained as an Architect, holds a Double MSc degree in Architecture and a Master in Innovation Management.
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Wojciech Matusik
Esther and Harold E Edgerton Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Wojciech Matusik is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where he leads the Computational Fabrication Group. Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich. He studied computer graphics at MIT and received his PhD in 2003. He also received a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and MS in EECS from MIT in 2001. His research interests are in direct digital manufacturing and computer graphics. In 2004, he was named one of the world's top 100 young innovators by MIT's Technology Review Magazine. In 2009, he received the Significant New Researcher Award from ACM Siggraph. In 2012, Matusik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and he was named a Sloan Research Fellow.
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Kit McDonnell
Special Projects Manager, Ginkgo Bioworks
Kit McDonnell is a member of the Creative Team at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company using the most advanced technology on the planet–biology–to grow products instead of manufacturing them. At Ginkgo Bioworks, she specializes in marketing, corporate strategy, and futures-driven business development to create sustainable opportunities for innovation and novel technologies, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial biotechnologies and global creative industries.

Kit's most formative years were spent among the 30 million specimens in the collections of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. She received her B.S. in Biology from Tufts University, where she founded TEDxTufts and the Tufts Venture Lab, a co-working space and accelerator. Kit has conducted research on myriad organisms, from the microbiomes of Vermont cheeses and Costa Rican ants, malaria in Neotropical birds, to Chinese pu-erh tea, hermit crabs, and Malawian mammal phylogenentics. She caught the biodesign bug during her time studying at The University of Hong Kong and hasn’t looked back.
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Jonah Myerberg
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Desktop Metal
Jonah Myerberg is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. As CTO, Myerberg is responsible for leading the vision and direction of Desktop Metal’s 3D printing solutions. His duties include translating the technology behind the company’s metal 3D printing systems into reliable parts for customers, and identifying opportunities to expand manufacturing capabilities through additive manufacturing.

Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2015, Myerberg held senior positions with a variety of organizations focused on battery development and performance, including Renovo Motors and Boston Impact, which he founded, and A123Systems. At A123Systems, Myerberg established a new business unit focused on the development of high performance batteries. His team designed a new high performance cell for Formula One, as well as number of automotive partners. Additionally, he helped launch Gradiant Corp., where he managed the deployment and operation of large scale water desalination plants that converted fracking water into fresh water. Myerberg also held engineering and product development roles at both Bose and Black & Decker.

Myerberg earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Johns Hopkins University.

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David Odell
Director, Business Development
NetVirta
David Odell is the Director of Business Development at NetVirta, a mobile app based 3D scanning company facilitating the adoption of personalization and mass customization. David holds a Master and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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Tom Okada
Executive Director, Business Development - Automotive, Japan
Tom Okada is an experienced executive with expertise in building and managing global teams and global accounts in the technology industry. His career includes leadership roles in engineering and business development, EV automotive electronics, mobile devices, hardware, semiconductors, and embedded application software. Tom has a strong global business network in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan.

Tom served as a board member of Motorola Japan, Aplix IP Holdings Corporation in Japan and Ecrio Inc. in Silicon Valley. He has managed R&D teams in mobile handset and technology development, and subsequently led business development and sales with major telecom operators, OEMs, and automotive carmakers and Tier1 suppliers.

Tom is now responsible for business development for Japan and western US region for WiTricity, primarily focused on enabling wireless charging for Electric Vehicles and Industrial automation.

Tom has been involved in various technology communities in Silicon Valley, such as robotics, AI, and automotive applications, which makes him best suited for driving WiTricity’s EV wireless charging solutions. WiTricity technology is an essential part of the future of autonomy.

Tom serves as a mentor for startup companies through Japan’s NEDO TCP program and Next Innovator program sponsored by Japan’s METI. Tom holds B.S. Electrical Engineering Degree from Arizona State University and holds 4 US patents in wireless communication and logic design. Born and raised in Japan and later educated in the US, he lives with his family in San Francisco Bay area.
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Gregory Ornatowski
Senior Associate Director, Corporate Relations
Director, MIT Japan Office
Closing Remarks
Day 1, 5:20
Dr. Ornatowski is currently a Senior Associate Director in the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) at MIT and the Director, MIT-ILP, Japan. He works with various companies in the automotive, electronics and materials industries. Prior to joining MIT, he worked as a consultant in the Boston area with Standard and Poor's DRI and Harbor Research.

Previously he spent nine years with General Electric, where he held various management positions in business development, strategic planning and marketing in the U.S. and Asia and worked with several of GE's technology-focused businesses. Dr. Ornatowski began his professional career as a management consultant working with the Tokyo office of the Boston Consulting Group.

In addition to his corporate experience, Dr. Ornatowski has taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston University, and Trinity College. He has also published articles in the Sloan Management Review, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He is fluent in Japanese, having lived and worked in Japan a total of 12 years, and has worked extensively with Asian and European companies as well.
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John Polo
Chief Operating Officer, Founder and Board Member of Top Flight Technologies
John Polo, Chief Operating Officer, Founder and Board Member of Top Flight Technologies, is responsible for the operational leadership with Top Flight’s organizational structure and all company policies to support its employees, investors and clients. He has solid, hands-on business leadership from numerous senior management and IT leadership positions at $400m to $31b manufacturing, consumer products, and IT management consulting/product companies worldwide. John has 35 years of expertise leading companies such as Gartner Group, Kraft Foods North America and Perkin-Elmer (The Hubble Space Telescope), including strategic management consulting and mergers & acquisition roles. In addition he has been instrumental leading 8 investor-led IT and high-tech global start-ups as President, COO, VP/Business Strategy, Board Member and Founder, bringing each organization through business/product strategy, funding, market introduction, and a liquidity event. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and IT from the University of Connecticut.
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Jennifer Rupp
Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Jennifer Rupp is the Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Electrochemical Materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Before she came to MIT, Prof. Rupp was a non-tenure-track assistant professor at ETH Zurich Switzerland where she held two prestigious, externally-funded career grants: an ERC Starting Grant (SNSF) and a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) professorship from 2012 on.

She previously was a visiting and senior scientist at MIT (2011-2012) and at the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba Japan (2011), and worked as a postdoc at ETH Zurich (2006-2010). Professor Rupp team's current research interests are on solid-state material design and tuning of structure-property relations for novel energy and information devices and operation schemes. This ranges from alternative energy storage via batteries or catalytic convertor systems processed by smart material design for solar light and CO2 to renewable synthetic fuels, or novel types of neuromorphic memories and computing logic entities for data storage and transfer beyond transistors. Her team at MIT works on material design, creating novel processing techniques, and making ceramics, cermets, and glass-type ceramic structures. Her team also works on device prototypes, specifically their operation and characteristics.

She has published more than 70 papers, holds 4 patents, and enjoys actively discussing material tech trends on the theme of energy with the public, economists and policy makers. She is a frequent speaker and member of the World Economic Forum (2015-2017), and contirbutes to CNN and other television programs.

Professor Rupp and her team received several honors and awards such as the keynote lecture at the Nature Energy Conference 2016, "Top 40 international scientist under the age of 40" by World Economic Forum in 2015, Spark Award for the most innovative and economically important invention of the year at ETH Zurich, and Gordon Research lecture in 2014, the Kepler award for “new materials in energy technology” by the European Academy of Science in 2012, and the Young Scientist Award by the Solid State Ionic Society.
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Michael Short
Norman Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering
Michael Short joined the faculty in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering in July, 2013. He brings 15 years of research experience in the field of nuclear materials, microstructural characterization, and alloy development. His group’s research is a mixture of large-scale experiments, micro/nanoscale characterization, and multiphysics modeling & simulation. The main areas of Short’s research focus on 1) Non-contact, non-destructive measurement of irradiated material properties using transient grating spectroscopy (TGS) more, 2) Preventing the deposition of deleterious phases, such as CRUD in nuclear reactors, as fouling deposits in energy systems more, and 3) Quantification of radiation damage by stored energy fingerprints more. This last project was recently selected for an NSF CAREER award.
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Timothy Swager
John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry
Timothy M. Swager is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry the Department of Chemistry at MIT and the Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. In this latter role, Professor Swager works with the Center’s Executive Director to define the Center’s strategy for fostering innovation, assists with the commercialization of MIT technologies, and plays a key role in the grant selection process. Professor Swager also serves as the Center’s liaison to the MIT academic community, and senior leadership, sitting on faculty and academic committees. Following Professor Swager’s postdoctoral appointment at MIT, he joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, returning to MIT in 1996 as a Professor of Chemistry, and served as the Head of Chemistry from 2005-2010. Professor Swager’s research interests are in design, synthesis, and study of organic-based electronic, sensory, high-strength and liquid crystalline materials. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and more than 80 issued/pending patents. Professor Swager is the founder of four companies (DyNuPol, Iptyx, PolyJoule, and C2Sense) and has served on a number of corporate and government boards.He received a B.S. from Montana State University in 1983 and a Ph.D., from the California Institute of Technology in 1988.
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Kai Thomenius
Research Scientist
MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Dr. Thomenius is currently a Research Scientist in the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. Previously he has held senior R&D leadership positions in industry, most recently as the Chief Technologist and a Coolidge Fellow at General Electric’s Global Research facility in New York. Dr. Thomenius’ research focus is in medical imaging in general and medical ultrasound in particular. Currently he is working at MIT on problems involving wave propagation in heterogeneous media and the impact such challenges have on image formation and, perhaps more importantly, how such variations can be used for diagnostic purposes. Previously Dr. Thomenius’ has focused on the potential of acoustic bioeffects, methods of ultrasound beamformation, and the miniaturization of ultrasound scanners.

Dr. Thomenius’ academic background is in electrical engineering and physiology. His degrees are from Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and its current recipient of the Joseph H. Holmes Pioneer Award.
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