Jean François Clervoy
French astronaut Jean Francois Clervoy is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA), has traveled to space twice on board the space shuttles Atlantis and Discovery, spending 675 hours in space. In his lecture, he will show the everyday work of the missions he has accomplished. In 1991, he trained in Star City, Moscow, on the Soyuz and Mir systems. In 1992, he joined the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Astronaut Center EAC in Cologne. Clervoy was stationed at the NASA Johnson Space Center/Houston in August 1992 to gain the Space Shuttle mission specialist qualifications. Clervoy has three Space Flight Medals and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, among others. In his lecture, he showed the everyday work of the missions he has accomplished.
Stuart Clark is one of the UK’s most widely read astronomy journalists. His career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the general public. Stuart holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. He is a former editor of Astronomy Now magazine. Currently he spends most of his time writing books, punctuating this with work for the European Space Agency, New Scientist, BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night. Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers. In his lecture, entitled “The greatest mysteries of the Universe”, Stuart Clark talk about the 20 biggest mysteries facing astronomers.
Professor in Ilmenau and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT. He is known for his major contributions to the development of MP3, the compression algorithm that has changed the history of music. Although he applied for the first patent in 1986 it wasn’t until 1995 that Brandenburg and his colleagues first used the extension .mp3 for computer files containing music in the format MPEG-Audio Layer-3. The MP3 format became the standard used for high quality audio streaming and audio compression..Using this method, the final size of the file could end up occupying 12 or even 15 times less than the original uncompressed file. It was the first compression format for audio files made popular thanks to the Internet. It is still the standard for the exchange of music files.
Rasmus Lerdorf was born in Greenland and grew up in Denmark and Canada. He is a systems design engineer by the University of Waterloo. The Lerdorf became known world wide when he became the first creator of PHP language. What originated as a tool to obtain statistics about who accessed his personal web page, ended up being, thanks to the contributions from the Open Source community, an essential language for the Internet. Lerdorf has contributed as well, to numerous open code projects over the last few years and has worked as an engineer for Yahoo.
It may be risky to “redefine everything” as Ben Hammersley editor of Wired UK proposes. But if there is anyone willing to try, it is definitely he. Hammersley, whose contributions include coining the term podcast in an article for The Guardian, he is author of various technical books and one of the most influential people in the European web. As a journalist he has covered the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan; currently you can follow his ideas and activities on his personal web page (http://benhammersley.com/).
Partner and Creative Director of IDEO, a global leader consultancy company focused on the design, usability and innovation. IDEO is considered one of the most innovative companies in the world. Bennett's work covers all fields of creativity based on the user experience to deliver to his customers the products and services that their consumers want. His vision of design and innovation has led him to become a sought-after speaker and has expressed his views on creative economy through articles for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times and the BBC. His talk is about the journey that design has taken from solving detail problems to defining and addressing some fundamental questions of our businesses, countries and societies. Using examples from IDEO’s work as a global innovation consultancy, he illustrated how design thinking - applied at the right point in the process - can create tremendous impact for companies, change industries and improve people’s lives.
Toni Segarra Alegre has a degree in Hispanic Philology and started his career in advertising at Vinizius, and later moved on to Vizeversa and Contrapunto. In 1991 he became one of the founding members of Casadevall Pedreño SPR and was appointed as head of the creative department for Delvico Bates. In 1996 he founded SCPF… together with Luis Cuesta, Félix Fernández de Castro and Ignasi Puig. He has achieved 12 Lions in Cannes and over 80 awards in San Sebastián (5 Important Awards), various EFI awards (advertising effectiveness) and LAUS (graphic design). In 2000 the Magazine Anuncios (Advertisements), through a questionnaire carried out amongst professionals in the sector and advertisers, voted him as the best creative professional of the century. In 2007 the British company Shots selected him as one of the “100 top creative minds” in the world.
This presentation explored the ancient human need of storytelling, and how it has evolved over the centuries, advancing hand in hand with art and science with particular focus on movies and digital processes. Visual effects are nowadays a fundamental part of the movie making process and many of the digital techniques originated for this purpose have (and still are) radically transforming the ways in which movies (and the stories around them) are built, told and experienced. Avatar is a very important milestone in that path and this talk will explore examples from it to better understand the significance of technologies to the storytelling process. While fascinating and sometimes obscure, this field relies heavily on techniques and methods very familiar to most science students and researchers, and will try to shine some light on the process of turning science into dreams. Sebastian Sylwan is currently Head of Research and Development at Weta Digital. In this role, he is helping to bring structure and continued impetus to Weta Digital's long tradition of Innovation in VFX. Before joining Weta, Sebastian served as Autodesk's Senior Film Industry Manager. In this role he helped set the strategy for Autodesk's products in the global film market, including the first steps into stereoscopic 3D.
Tomás Palacios joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of MIT in September of 2006 as an Assistant Professor and a member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratory. He is a Telecommunication Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 2001 and he got his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California - Santa Barbara in 2004 and 2006, respectively. At Campus Party Europe he analyzed some of the main challenges that future microprocessors face to keep improving the performance of computers.
Inventor of the Vegetable Garden, a patent of his own making, with which this botanic investigator who works for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS National Centre of Scientific Research) looks for the return to nature of the urban environment. His novel works have revolutionised the world of architecture and landscaping: they can be found in Paris, Qatar, India or Kuala Lumpur, among other places. The vegetable wall that Patrick Blanc constructs is made of artificial materials that allow the plants to take root vertically and they obtain their nutrients through gravity and a system also invented by him. It is capable of transforming the entrances of a real tunnel into an authentic “vertical forest” that counteracts the CO2 emissions.