Agenda

The impact of AI and automation technology on jobs, skills, and wages is far-reaching and increasingly disruptive. Robotics, natural language processing, neural networks, and deep learning are among the forces to be reckoned with; changing industries, commerce and consumers in unexpected ways. While emerging technologies might displace some jobs, they also promise to create new lines of work and opportunities, many not yet imagined. We will examine AI-related technologies, use-case scenarios and see how thought leaders, researchers, and application experts address the potential of AI to polarize or propel society forward.

The future of digitalized healthcare can mean many things. But the unifying theme is likely to be about improving health through the transformational use of data and technology.

From genomics to targeted therapeutic intervention for disease management, advances in healthcare are increasingly dependent on leveraging patient data and smart analysis.

These technology developments open up a future of tailor-made treatment, early detection, prevention and more. We will examine the concept of ‘engineering better health’ as the augmentation of physical and mental capabilities, and review emerging research-to-market technology applications toward extending longevity and the promise of personalized medicine.

Empowered by data and advanced algorithms, the cities of the future can make informed decisions and facilitate feedback between humans and the built environment in ways that have previously not been possible. And as the urban population is set to increase by 63% over the next 30 years, smart cities and sustainable cities are increasingly becoming the answer to the challenges and opportunities created by rapid urbanization and technological progress. In this track, we will explore the limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies, AI and data on the city and the built environment.

The boundaries between the physical and digital space are disappearing at pace. Immersive technologies such as AR & VR, along with mass deployment of 5G, are increasingly enabling a digitally enhanced version of our physical environment, promising to transform every facet of our lives. Through a mix of data science, AI, and the arts, the new immersive environments offer the opportunity to practice, learn and train in a safe, virtual environment.

The rising evidence of climate change has failed to launch the response necessary to mitigate the risks. The challenge remains unsolved, and the reality is simple – we have yet to the development of a sustainable source of energy to power a growing global population. And as the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly visible on a global level, now is the time to act and rethink our an optimal approach to a sustainable future. We will examine the role of science, technology and engineering in identifying and developing the emerging technologies that has the potential to solve the most urgent challenges; which technological innovations are showing the most promise, and how is technology leading us to new climate change solutions?

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

  • 08:00
    8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Refreshments
  • 09:00
    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
  • 09:15
    9:15 – 10:05 Technology & Creativity Shaping the Future
    Art and technology are now more intertwined than ever before, with technology being a fundamental force in the evolution of art, and a driver of creativity. As we are moving towards a future of AI driven creativity, the ways in which we consume and produce culture will be wholly transformed. But whether art imitates life, or life imitates art, in this opening session we will look at the growing impact of technology on the culture and creativity.

    Art, culture, creativity, and tech – trends for the future (Keynote)

    Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi

    Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
    United Arab Emirates

    Art + Technology, the equation to a better world

    Alberto Levy

    Innovation Evangelist & Associate Professor
    IE Business School, Spain

    Moderated by:

    Abdulsalam Haykal

    CEO, Haykal Group

    Q&A Session
  • 10:05
    10:05 – 10:55 Computer Created Reality
    The boundaries between the physical and digital space are disappearing at pace. Immersive technologies such as AR & VR, along with mass deployment of 5G, are increasingly enabling a digitally enhanced version of our physical environment, promising to transform every facet of our lives. This session will look at the opportunities presented by the convergence of the physical and digital world for our personal and professional lives.

    Moderated by:

    Gideon Lichfield

    Editor-in-Chief, MIT Technology Review

     

    Super-Sight: The Future of Spatial Computing

    David Rose

    Professor, MIT Media Lab

    Virtual Reality Ready for Takeoff. In Conversation with

    Professor Marius Swoboda

    Head of Physical Science and Capability, Rolls-Royce

    Q&A Session
  • 10:55
    10:55 – 11:25 Networking Break & Refreshments
  • 11:25
    11:25 – 11:40 Sponsor Session – DEWA
  • 11:40
    11:40 – 12:50 Technology for Impact
    Technology has changed the way people live and work. Historically, organizations have looked to technology primarily to increase efficiency and cut back on expenses. While there is still value in using technology for purpose, we now also have a different opportunity: to use technology for impact.

    HH Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan: Achieving environmental sustainability through innovation and engagement

    HH Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

    Founder & CEO
    Alliances for Global Sustainability

     

    Radical Collaborative Innovation: Public Private Partnerships and The Future of R&D

    Solomon Assefa

    VP Africa & Emerging Market Solution, IBM Research & The Gates Foundation

    Blockchain: Unlocking The Power & Potential

    Brian Behlendorf

    Executive Director – Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation

    Q&A Session
  • 12:50
    12:50 – 13:00 Sponsor Session – Microsoft
  • 13:00
    13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
  • 14:00
    14:00 – 14:25 Meet The Innovators Under 35 Part 1
  • 14:25
    14:25 – 15:40 AI & The Future of Work Part I
    The world is changing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key driver in transforming the way we live and work. The use of AI in industry and business is on the rise, but the technology promises to transform more than just the ways industries operate. As the technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, we ask what the impact will be and what are the challenges?

    The Human Side of AI

    Greg Cross

    Co-Founder, Soul Machines

    Automating Data Analysis with AI

    Kevin Hu

    Researcher, MIT Media Lab

    The world’s first decision making AI

    Vishal Chatrath

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Prowler

    Q&A Session
  • 15:40
    15:40 – 15:50 Sponsored Session: Re-imagining the Future of Workforce
    We are living through a fundamental transformation. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people; our employees need to be ahead. We believe that new skills and greater experiences and are needed to be ready for the future age.
    Speakers:

    Stephen Anderson, Global Advisory Market Leader, PWC

    Stephen Kickham, Middle East Digital Upskilling Manager, PWC

    Diego Calix, Middle East EmTech Lab Lead, PWC

  • 15:50
    15:50 – 16:10 Networking Break
  • 16:10
    16:10 – 17:00 AI & The Future of Work Part II
    Robotics and AI are driving work place revolution and impacting jobs in all industries. In the next 10 to 20 years, the workforce is expected to be made up of both human employees and intelligent machines. In this session we will examine the technology behind these trends and what this means for the future of work.

    Moderated by:

    Khalifa Al Qama

    Head of Future Platforms at Dubai Future Foundation

    The big debate – Should Robots be taxed? 

    Ryan Abbott

    Professor
    University of Surrey Law School

     

    The world’s first decision making AI

    Vishal Chatrath

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Prowler

     

    Q&A Session
  • 17:00
    17:00 – 17:10 Sponsored Session: How the IoT is melding IT and OT cybersecurity Risks
    Speakers:

    Rida Hamza

    Vice President, Global Business Development
    Parsons Federal – Critical Infrastructure Protection

     

  • 17:10
    17:10 – 17:35 Innovators Under 35 Part II 
  • 17:35
    17:35 – 17:40 Closing Remarks

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

  • 08:00
    8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Refreshments
  • 09:00
    9:00 – 9:05 Welcome
  • 09:05
    9:05 – 10:20 Rewriting Life
    From genomics to targeted therapeutic intervention for disease management, advances in healthcare are increasingly dependent on leveraging patient data and smart analysis. These technology developments open up a future of tailor-made treatment, early detection, prevention and more.

    Moderated by:

    Dia Haykal

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review Arabia

     

    Emmanuel Fombu

    MD, Physician, Author: The Future of Healthcare

    Democratizing Clinical Trials with AI

    Kosmas Kretsos

    Senior Director – R&D, Pfizer

    Building Emotional Strength

    Jason Kahn

    Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, Mightier

    Q&A Session
  • 10:20
    10:20 – 10:35 UAE Regulations Lab Update

    Abdulla Bin Touq

    Secretary General, UAE Cabinet

  • 10:35
    10:35 – 10:45 Sponsor Session – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • 10:45
    10:45 – 11:15 Networking Break
  • 11:15
    11:15 – 12:25 Future Cities I
    Empowered by data and advanced algorithms, the cities of the future can make informed decisions and facilitate feedback between humans and the built environment in ways that have previously not been possible. We will explore the limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies, AI and data on the city and the built environment

    Moderated by:

    Gideon Lichfield

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

     

    Smart Cities, Sustainable Cities

    Thani Al Zeyoudi

    UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment

     

    The Eyes of The City

    Carlo Ratti

    Director, MIT Senseable City Lab

    Artificial Intelligence Aesthetic as New Phenomena for Social Interactions in Smart Cities

    Predrag K. Nikolic

    Associate Professor, Shantou University

    Q&A Session
  • 12:25
    12:25 – 12:35 Sponsor Session – Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance
  • 12:35
    12:35 – 13:35 Networking Lunch
  • 13:35
    13:35 – 14:00 Meet The Innovators Under 35 Part III
  • 14:00
    14:00 – 15:15 Future Cities II

    Smart city Technology that converts footsteps into energy

    Laurence Kemball-Cook

    CEO, Pavegen

     

    Leveraging wastewater analytics for community health

    Newsha Ghaeli

    Co-Founder & President, BioBot

    The Office of The Future

    Ramzi Jaber

    Co-Founder, E-Construct & Visualizing Impact

    Q&A Session
  • 15:15
    15:15 – 15:25 Sponsor Session – ENOC
  • 15:25
    15:25 – 15:45 Networking Break
  • 15:45
    15:45 – 17:00 The Future of Energy & Sustainability
    Climate change is the defining issue of our time. As the effects of global warming is becoming increasingly visible, a new wave of technological innovation is furthering our knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, and at the same giving us new solutions. In this session we will look at some of the pioneering technologies that promises to tackle some of the most urgent challenges.

    Moderated by:

    Dia Haykal

    Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review Arabia

    Steel Production without Co2 Emissions

    Professor Donald Sadoway

    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT

    Deep Decarbonization: The Role of Carbon Capture and Negative Emissions

    Howard Herzog

    Senior Research Engineer, MIT Energy Initiative​

    A step change in Automotive Technology

    Hugo Spowers

    Chief Engineer & Founder, Riversimple

    Q&A Session
  • 17:00
    17:00 – 17:25 Meet The Innovators Under 35 Part IV
  • 17:25
    17:25- 17:30 Chairperson’s closing presentation and close of the conference

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