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Ted Meeuwsen

Ted Meeuwsen

Department of Defense
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Ted Meeuwsen

Department of Defense

Lieutenant Colonel drs. Ted Meeuwsen, M.Sc. sPTO is deputy commander of the Center for Man in Aviation of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and is head of the Aerospace Physiology Department – scientific research. As a graduate in the mid-nineties at the Free University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, before he entered the RNLAF in 2000 and started a military career, he worked at the Research and Development Department of the Netherlands Aerospace Medical Centre in co-operation with other research facilities, universities and organizations such as NASA, ESA, TNO human factors.

LtCol Meeuwsen has a solid background and experience in scientific research, aerospace physiology, exercise physiology, psychology and aerospace medicine. He published more than 80 scientific research papers and he gave more than 120 lectures, presentations and speeches. His main areas of interest as a scientific researcher were the reaction of the body during stagnant hypoxia, various aspects of the adaptation of the human body to normobaric or hypobaric environments and spatial disorientation. Through his research he is a strong advocate of flying with oxygen even at low operational altitudes in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft in order to prevent mishaps. He has the fundamental aim of encouraging safety and survival through technical excellence by encouraging and stimulating dialogue between subject matter experts, professional agencies, specialist equipment producers and the worldwide user community. He is responsible for the (program)content of the only 6 Degrees of Freedom simulator in the world: DESDEMONA.

LtCol Meeuwsen has recently launched two initiatives, European F-35 Pilot Readiness Center and AEOLUS human performance innovation. With R&D, Aeolus wants to improve human performance in real and virtual environments and to get human factors innovation to the next level.

Ted gives an inspirational talk about the tension between technological developments and humans. What role do humans play in implementing technological developments? And what are the differences between the role of humans in the Netherlands and abroad?

Dan Barry

Dan Barry

NASA, Denbar Robotics
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Dan Barry

NASA, Denbar Robotics

Dr. Dan Barry is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space flights, four spacewalks and two trips to the International Space Station. He retired from NASA in 2005 and started his own company, Denbar Robotics that creates robotic assistants for home and commercial use, concentrating on assistive devices for people with disabilities.

Dan has received numerous honors. A few of them are the following: 2000 and 2002 NASA Exceptional Service Medals, 2001 Top 10 in the world career spacewalk hours, 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century, Harvard Medical School Paul J. Corcoran Award and honorary doctoral degrees from Beloit College and St. Louis University.

Dan’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1980; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982. He has seven patents, over 50 articles in scientific journals and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards. He has film and television experience as well, including roles in two documentary films and as a cast member in season 12 of CBS Survivor. He is a founding faculty member for Singularity University, where he co-chaired the AI & Robotics.

Dan will take us to the moon and back and discuss the impact of the robotics revolution, artificial intelligence and the element of trust.

Alexander von Frankenberg

Alexander von Frankenberg

High-Tech Gründerfonds
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Alexander von Frankenberg

High-Tech Gründerfonds

Alexander von Frankenberg is the managing director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, the biggest seed stage investor in Germany. We are happy to announce him as a speaker at The Future of High Tech. Alexander obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Mannheim and continued to pursue his MBA in Austin, Texas. In 1995 he returned to Mannheim to receive his doctorate in the field of the establishment of technology standards. During his successful career, Alexander von Frankenberg focussed primarily on IT and innovation. His various employers, such as an IT-startup, Siemens and Andersen Consulting, offered him diverse perspectives on the challenges businesses and entrepreneurs face in the field of technology. Alexander von Frankenberg has been active in the venture capital and startup business for 17 years and has managed the High-Tech Gründerfonds since 2005. 

Alexander takes us into the story of disruptive technology: how can disruptive innovation be recognized in advance and what are the disruptive innovations of the future?

Carolien Nijhuis

Carolien Nijhuis

KPN - Internet of Things
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Carolien Nijhuis

KPN - Internet of Things

Carolien Nijhuis is managing director Internet of Things for KPN, the biggest ICT provider of the Netherlands. She holds a master degree at the University of Twente. She has a broad area of expertise in senior management positions in Security services, IT solutions,  Data services and Telecom Operations in both national and international roles. Carolien created with her team several new innovative divisions and vertical solutions with KPN, e.g. Health, Safety and Education. She is known for her Customer focus and ability to use a broad variety of technologies in order to create customer value and business opportunities.

As Director Internet of Things at KPN, she is responsible for the national and international Internet of Things Connectivity and End to End Services. Her team created over 70 innovative proof of concepts in diverse areas and recently introduced KPN Things, a rich IoT platform, enabling customers to easy deploy IoT supporting their core business. By using methods as Lean Startup, Agile and Open innovation, the team has been able to accelerate business speed dramatically.

Carolien will talk about creating new business opportunities for Smart Industries by combining Internet of Things and Data Services, by sharing some impactful use cases as well as taking you through the challenges of bringing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in a corporate organization.

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