Nov 30

Geneva
17:15
Opening
  • Yves Flückiger, Rector, UNIGE
  • Bertrand Meyer, Doyen, Constructor Group
  • Alberto Di Meglio, Head of innovation,
  • Information Technology department, CERN
  • Mauro Poggia, President of the Geneva State council
  • Guy Parmelin, Federal councillor
17:45
Introduction note by Jean-Marc Triscone (UNIGE)
17:50
Introduction of Geneva Quantum Center by Alberto Morpurgo (UNIGE)
17:55
“Future intelligent materials” by Konstantin Novoselov (Nobel prize winner, University of Manchester, National University of Singapore)
18:20
“Challenges in quantum communication” by Wolfgang Tittel (UNIGE-SIT)
18:35
“When quantum rush will be” by Serg Bell (SIT)
18:50
Panel 'Quantum tech entrepreneurship across the globe'
Introduction note by Nicolas Gisin (SIT)
18:55
Panel discussions with leading quantum entrepreneurs
  • John Jost, Enlightra (CH)
  • Gregoire Ribordy, IDQ (CH)
  • Brenno Broer, Pasqal (FR)
  • Flavia Tomarchio, QDTI (US)
  • Shai Machnes, Qruise (DE)
  • Alex Keesling, QuEra (US)
  • Patrick Maletinsky, Qnami (Swiss)

Nov 28

Bremen
09:00 - 09:05
Opening by conference host Natalie Strauss
09:05 – 09:25
Prof. Fabio Pammolli "Constructor University: The Way Ahead"
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Prof. Fabio Pammolli

President of JUB University

09:25 – 09:55
Dr Serg Bell "New Horizon in Science and Technology by Constructor Approach"
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Dr Serg Bell

Founder & Chairman of the Board of SIT, Chairman of the Board of Governors of JUB and Founder and Chief Research Officer of Acronis

10:00 - 10:30
Prof. Rino Rappuoli "The Era of Digital Vaccines"
In the fight of the immune system against viruses and cancer, recognition occurs on the micro- and nanometer scale. Understanding these recognition events and modifying these nanoscale materials is crucial to the design of vaccines and therapies. For this discovery process, and for bringing its fruits to the market, the creative approach of academic research groups is essential. I will showcase two examples.
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Prof. Rino Rappuoli

Bio-technopole Siena

10:30 - 10:45
Prof. Sebastian Springer "Immunobiotechnology in Vaccination, Diagnosis, and Therapy"

In the fight of the immune system against viruses and cancer, recognition occurs on the micro- and nanometer scale. Understanding these recognition events and modifying these nanoscale materials is crucial to the design of vaccines and therapies. For this discovery process, and for bringing its fruits to the market, the creative approach of academic research groups is essential. I will showcase two examples.

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Prof. Sebastian Springer

Prof. of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Constructor University

10:45 - 11:00
Dr Vasily Kazey "Development of the vaccine to treat cancer"
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Dr Vasily Kazey

Senior Scientist & Manager, ChemDiv

11:00 - 11:30
Prof. Arben Merkoci "Sustainable and Democratized: Nanotech-Based Diagnostics Devices”

Health care systems as well as environment worldwide are facing several challenges. Aging of the population, chronic disease, spending on health, pandemics, environmental pollution request a novel generation of diagnostic platforms. While conventional labs and their clinical analysis instruments are quite important given their sensitivity, information capability, including their suitability for basic research, they still suffer from issues such as their high costs, being time consuming, requesting sophisticated equipment, trained users, certain facilities, etc. Point of care devices (POC) are a great alternative to face overall urgent needs but also for our everyday health care and environment control. The development of POCs is one of the most important R&D in the areas of health diagnostics, environment control, and safety/security control of food. The demand to develop innovative, cost effective & sustainable devices and fabrication technologies with interest for health and environment care is increasing day by day. The development of such devices is strongly related to new materials and technologies being nanomaterials and nanotechnology of special role. These devices should be REASSURED: Real-time connectivity, Ease of specimen collection, Affordable, Sensitive, Specific, User-friendly, Rapid, Robust, Equipment-free, Delivered to those who need it. How to design simple plastic/paper-based biosensor architectures including wearables through printing or stamping? How to tune their analytical performance upon demand? How can one couple nanomaterials with paper/plastics and what is the benefit?   Which are the perspectives to link these simple platforms and detection technologies with mobile communication? I will try to give responses to these questions through various interesting examples with particular interest for clinical and environment emergency applications that include important biomarkers (ex. cancer cells, virus, etc.) as well as highly toxic compounds in environment (heavy metals, pesticides). These devices and corresponding technologies are related to ubiquitous fabrication methods that would be quite important for democratizing diagnosis and improving healthcare coverage as well as environment monitoring industry.

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Prof. Arben Merkoci

Group Leader Nanobioelectronics, ICN2, ICREA

11:30 - 11:45
Dr John Pena "Biomedical Diagnostics Applications with Quantum Technology"
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Dr John Pena

CEO of QDTI 

12:05 - 12:35
Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster "Large Neural Language Model: Super Parrots or Deep Understanding"

Today large neural language models are becoming more capable than ever before. They are helpful to realize scalable human-computer dialogue systems in open-domains for conversational assistance and metaverse applications. Google’s recent PaLM system with up to 540 billion model parameters was built by fine-tuning Transformer-based neural language models trained on 6144 Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips as ASICs for the acceleration of extremely parallel machine learning,

But systems like BERT, GPT-3, LaMDA, and PaLM don’t yet achieve human-like language understanding and behave more like super parrots, since they have no explicit representation of the communicative intent of their utterances, have only a very limited grounding of the meaning in the real world and are not able to deal meta-dialogues, since their introspection ability is very limited.

In this talk, we will show that a human-like dialogue system must not only understand and represent the user’s input, but also its own output. We argue that only the combined muscle of data-driven deep learning and model-based deep understanding approaches will ultimately lead to human-like dialogue systems, since language understanding is AI-complete. We introduce DFKI’s recent projects on large language models for all European Language languages like openGPT-X.

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Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster

Founding Director and CEO, DFKI 

12:35 - 12:50
Dr Rafael Wampfler "Digital Character AI – Making Einstein Alive Again"

Digital characters are increasingly used in different areas such as learning and healthcare. Digital characters can be used at various locations like classrooms, museums, and historical monuments to deliver learning content. In psychiatry and mental health counseling, digital avatars have been demonstrated to significantly reduce psychological distress, support open communication, and facilitate positive behavioral changes.

In this talk, the possibilities of digital characters will be demonstrated based on an interactive platform developed by ETH Zurich, where the user can talk to a digital Albert Einstein character. Future trends in improving communication with digital characters, such as large language models and voice synthesis, will also be discussed.

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Dr Rafael Wampfler

Computer Science Dep., ETH Zurich

12:50 - 13:05
Sergey Markov "Programming Language Processing (PLP) in the Age of the Foundation Models: How Deep Neural Networks Will Change the Area of Software Development"
«PLP — Programming language processing (similar to NLP — natural language processing) is a hot research topic in the field of software engineering; it has also aroused a growing interest in the machine intelligence community.
The revolution of Transformers in 2017 led to rapid progress in NLP and then to expanding the use of transformer models to all areas related to the processing of text-like sequences including computer programs. The fast development of the new generation of PLP instruments based on foundation models — like Copilot (Codex) or AlphaCode — tends to shift the mainstream paradigm of software development and to disrupt the whole software industry. The speech will provide a quick helicopter view of the current advances in this area».
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Dr Sergey Markov

SaluteDevices

14:20 - 15:25
Focus Plenary Session ‘Insights’ | chaired by Maja Feldt
14:25 - 14:55
Prof. Werner Nau "Going Forward with University’s Research Agenda" including highlight talk by Andrey Ivanov
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Prof. Werner Nau

Dean, Constructor University

14:55 -15:10
Dr Stanislav Protassov "The Need for Sizable Software Teams in Scientific Ventures"
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Dr Stanislav Protassov

Co-Funder & Technology President, Acronis

15:10 – 15:25
Vassili Philippov "VR/AR in Education"
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Vassili Philippov

MEL Science

15:30 – 16:00
Prof. Mikhail Lukin "New Frontier of Quantum Information and Quantum Computing"
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Prof. Mikhail Lukin

Prof. Quantum Optics, Harvard University

16:00 – 16:30
Prof. Renato Renner "Quantum Cryptography: The Ultimate Physical Limits of Privacy"
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Prof. Renato Renner

Prof. Of Physics, ETH Zurich

16:30 – 17:00
Prof. Tommaso Calarco "Scaling Up Quantum Technologies"
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Prof. Tommaso Calarco

Director, Institute for Quantum Control, Forschungszentrum Jülich

17:20 – 17:50
Prof. Serguei Netessine "Business Model Innovation and Digital Disruption"
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Prof. Serguei Netessine

Senior Vice-Dean, Wharton School & SAB member Constructor Group

17:50 – 18:05
Dr. Jacob-Orry Fierer "Academic Technology Transfer: Fundamentals and Challenges"
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Dr Jacob-Orry Fierer

Director Business development, YEDA Weizmann Institute of Science

18:05 – 18:20
Prof. Yuri Levin "Building a Customer-centric Organization"
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Prof. Yuri Levin

Founding CEO, SIT Learning

18:20 – 18:25
Official Closure

Feb 22

Schaffhausen
18:00 - 18:05
Opening by Bertrand Meyer
18:05 – 18:50
Introduction talk #1
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Serg Bell

Founder & Chairman of the Board of SIT, Chairman of the Board of Governors of JUB, Founder & CRO of Acronis

18:50 – 19:10
Introduction talk #2
Fabio-Pammolli

Fabio Pamolli

President & Chairman of the Executive Committee of JUB, Member of the SIT Strategic Advisory Board, Member of the Investment Committee of EFSI at EIB, Chairperson of the Investment Committee Permanent Member (InvestEU)

19:10 – 20:00
Keynote of the day by Alain Aspect
20:00 – 21:00
Networking in the exhibition area

Feb 22

Singapore
10:00 - 10:05
Opening by Daria Andreeva-Baumler
10:05 - 10:50
Introduction talk #1
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Serg Bell

Founder & Chairman of the Board of SIT, Chairman of the Board of Governors of JUB, Founder & CRO of Acronis

10:55 - 11:25
Introduction talk #2
Fabio-Pammolli

Fabio Pamolli

President & Chairman of the Executive Committee of JUB, Member of the SIT Strategic Advisory Board, Member of the Investment Committee of EFSI at EIB, Chairperson of the Investment Committee Permanent Member (InvestEU)

11:30 - 12:45
Keynote of the day by Andre Geim
12:45 – 14:00
Networking in the exhibition area: Lunch & Eco-system champion talks
14:00 – 14:30
Invited talk #1 - Anthony Cheetham
14:30 – 15:00
Invited talk #2 - Denis Bandurin
15:00 – 15:30
Invited talk #3
15:30 – 16:30
Round table moderated by Olga Bubnova, editor of Nature Nanotechnology
16:30 – 17:30
Networking and reception