Organizing Committees

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Programme Committee

REINHARD SCHOLL
Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Dr. Reinhard Scholl is Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) since September 2002. Previously he has been with Siemens in Munich, Germany and with ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). He has also served on the ICANN Board. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, USA.

FREDERIC WERNER
Head, Strategic Engagement Division, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
AMIR BANIFATEMI
General Manager, Innovation and Growth
XPRIZE

My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market.

I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships.

I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements.

I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.

Committee Advisors

VICKI HANSON
CEO
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Vicki Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), globally serving computing professionals and students. She was President of ACM from 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018.

Vicki was a Distinguished Professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (2013 – 2018), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and Lancaster University in England. A former Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, she has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013.

She has served on research advisory boards and agenda setting committees in both the US and the UK.   Her research focus is on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics.  At RIT, she, along with Matt Huenerfauth and Kristen Shinohara direct the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR).

THOMAS WIEGAND
FG-AI4H Chair, Professor, and Executive Director
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Thomas Wiegand is a German electrical engineer who substantially contributed to the creation of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/MPEG-H HEVC video coding standards. For H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Wiegand was one of the chairmen of the Joint Video Team (JVT) standardization committee that created the standard and was the chief editor of the standard itself. He was also an active technical contributor to both standards. Wiegand also holds a chairmanship position in the ITU-T VCEG and previously in ISO/IEC MPEG standardization organizations. In July 2006, the video coding work of the ITU-T jointly led by Gary J. Sullivan and Wiegand for the preceding six years was voted as the most influential area of the standardization work of the CCITT and ITU-T in their 50-year history.

Wiegand is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and executive director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. He heads research teams working on : Video processing and coding, Multimedia transmission, Machine learning, Mobile Communications (management) and Computer Vision (management).

Outreach Committee

FREDERIC WERNER
Head, Strategic Engagement Division, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)