Dr Phillip Alvelda

Dr. Phillip Alvelda is the founding CEO of Cortical.ai, a U.S. based developer of anthropomorphic AI and machine learning tools, digital twins, and synthetic personalities.  Prior to Cortical, Dr. Alvelda was a Program Manager at DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office where he developed national scale R&D programs and technologies at the intersection of engineering and biology. Most notably, he catalysed the nascent brain-machine interface industry by creating the $60m Neural Engineering System Design program and Industry group.

Prior to DARPA, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, which launched the world’s first live television service over mobile networks. MobiTV’s service has grown since its launch in 2003 to over 18 million subscribers across all of the major North and Latin American and UK mobile networks. Dr. Alvelda was awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Motion Pictures, selected by Fast Company as the US’s 15th most influential high-tech entrepreneur, and has received numerous other industry awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Mobile Entertainment (one of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), and Red Herring for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media, telecom, and education industry events, including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2007.

Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda founded The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of miniature displays for low cost HDTVs and VR headsets. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and new neural computing architectures at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 30 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Watch Dr. Alvelda’s MIT presentation on NESD.

Session: Augmenting Human Capabilities


Prof Genevieve Bell

Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Prof Bell joined the ANU in February 2017, after having spent 18 years in Silicon Valley, helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.

Prof Bell now heads the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, tasked with building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Prof Bell is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, named in honour Australia’s first female electrical engineer, which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society. Prof Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she interrogated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.

Prof Bell completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.

Session: Keynote: Is The Future Already Here Yet? Making Technology and Culture

@feraldata | @3ainstitute

Mark Billinghurst

Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 400 papers in topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces. Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory. His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Session: Augmenting Human Capabilities


André Noël Chaker

André Noël Chaker is one of Finland’s leading business speakers and writers. He was voted Speaker of the Year 2012 by the customers of Speakers Forum Finland and Speaker, Moderator and Coach of the Year at the Finnish Evento Awards in 2014. In 2015 he received the Business Moderator of the Year award by the customers of Speakers Forum. For the past four years André has spoken at over 400 business events in Finland and abroad.

His books The Finnish Miracle (2011) and The Finnish Miracle – One Hundred Years of Success (2017) are among the most sold business books in the history of AlmaTalent, one of Finland’s largest and most established business book publishing companies. His books and his talks have been praised for their fresh and helpful Nordic insights into achieving sustainable business and personal success.

André is a speaker, a writer, a performer, an entrepreneur and a business executive all rolled into one person. He is a law graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the New York Bar and the Finnish Lawyer’s association. He also holds an MBA in Finance & IT from Aalto University.

As an entrepreneur, André has been a leading force in many science, technology, gaming and sports related start-up ventures. He has worked with some of the world’s largest IT companies including Nokia, Microsoft, IBM and CGI. At a young age he led two major global scientific organisations in sports (ICSSPE, ECSS). He later served as Director of Entertainment & Digital products and Senior Advisor of the CEO at the Finnish National Lottery, Veikkaus Oy, for nine years.

Session: Keynote: Escape from Stadis Kuo – Insights from the Finnish Miracle


Dr Nick Falkner

Dr Nick Falkner is inaugural Director of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart Cities Consortium, which brings together more than 50 academics from each faculty across the University. The Consortium is working with state and local government, industry, and entrepreneurs, to address many of the challenges of the modern city. An award-winning computer science academic, Associate Professor Falkner, took the long road to academia, with more than a decade spent in the computing industry and as a professional winemaker before returning to university and completing his PhD in Computer Science. He now conducts research into computer network design and development, network security, privacy preservation, the Internet of Things and educational research.

Session: Machines That Think/Autonomous Machines


Dr Alice Gorman

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. She is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, where she teaches the Archaeology of Modern Society. Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, rocket launch pads and antennas. Her current project is investigating culture on board the International Space Station. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Director on the Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Her writing regularly appears in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology, and 2017 she won the Bragg Prize for Science Writing. She tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.

Session: New Possibilities in Space


Alex Grant

Prior to co-founding Myriota in 2015, Dr Grant was a Professor, and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. He is a principal inventor on Myriota’s foundation intellectual property.

Myriota is Dr Grant’s second startup. In 2004, he co-founded Cohda Wireless, the world’s leading developer of Safe Vehicle and Connected Vehicle design solutions and services for automotive M2M communications.

Dr Grant is the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award from the Pearcey Foundation, the 2008 IREE Neville Thiele Award from Engineers Australia, and the 2004 Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

Dr Grant is an internationally renowned wireless communications researcher. He has published a book and over 150 technical papers. He holds many issued patents in the area of intelligent transport and wireless communications. He has previously served as an Associate Editor for two prestigious journals, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Dr Grant is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Session: New Possibilities in Space

Flavia Tata Nardini

Flavia Tata Nardini began her career at the European Space Agency as a Propulsion Test Engineer. She then joined TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research to work on advanced space propulsion projects. In 2015, Flavia co-founded Fleet, a connectivity company set to maximise the resource efficiency of human civilisation through low cost, low power remote massive IoT. Fleet will launch the first of over 100 planned nanosatellites in 2018, enabling the next industrial revolution with a free, ubiquitous connectivity platform.

Session: New Possibilities in Space


Dr Paddy Neumann

After reading a lot of science fiction growing up in WA, Paddy decided to explore the limits of science fact by studying aerospace engineering and plasma physics as a student at the University of Sydney. After spotting something interesting in the lab, he began adapting a machine that works kind of like an arc welder into a motor for spacecraft. His honours, master’s and PhD research were focussed on this project, and finished up by showing that a pulsed cathodic thruster is more fuel efficient than any flight-rated system. He then co-founded Neumann Space to develop and commercialise the system and is now settled into Adelaide’s burgeoning space ecosystem.

Session: New Possibilities in Space

@NeumannPaddy | @NeumannSpace

Robert Tercek

Mr Robert Tercek is a digital pioneer and one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans media, telecommunications and software. The author of Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World, Robert is a sought after creative strategist, speaker and innovation expert. Digital Media Wire named him one of ‘25 Executives to Watch’ in 2009, and Variety dubbed him one of the ‘Digital Dozen’ most influential players in new media.

Los Angeles-based Robert will lead presentation of the industry events at Hybrid World Adelaide in October.

Sessions: Keynote: Five Technologies That Will Shape Your Future