Advanced Technologies – Accelerating Digitalization

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, and the world is becoming increasingly dependent on it, whether for communication or commerce. However, as these advanced technologies become integrated into our daily lives, concerns have arisen about the potential risks and ethical issues they bring. Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks, governments and organizations need to equip themselves with the necessary tools and strategies to effectively mitigate these risks. In addition, the emergence of the metaverse has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world, but also raises questions about the long-term impact it will have on our daily lives. It is therefore important to consider how we can balance the benefits of these new technologies with ethical concerns and ensure that they are developed and used responsibly.

At the Global Female Leaders Summit 2023, we will discuss these issues in depth. Get a sneak peek in this article.

One Robot for Any Task

Keynote Presentation – Tuesday 25th April 2023

How can we accelerate the creation of machines customized to specific tasks? Where are the gaps that we need to address in order to advance the bodies and brains of machines? How can we develop scalable and trustworthy reasoning engines? This keynote highlights recent developments, focusing on computational design and fabrication of custom robots.

The digitization of practically everything coupled with advances in machine learning, the automation of knowledge work, and advanced robotics promises a future with democratized use of machines and wide-spread use of AI, robots, and customization. While the last 60 years have defined the field of industrial robots and empowered hard bodied robots to execute complex assembly tasks in constrained industrial settings, the next 60 years could be ushering in our time with Pervasive robots that come in a diversity of forms and materials, helping people with physical and cognitive tasks. However, the pervasive use of machines remains a hard problem. How can we accelerate the creation of machines customized to specific tasks? Where are the gaps that we need to address in order to advance the bodies and brains of machines? How can we develop scalable and trustworthy reasoning engines? In this talk I will discuss recent developments in machine learning and robotics, focusing on computational design and fabrication for making custom robots.

Speaker Daniela Rus

Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) | Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT, USA

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Harnessing Technologies to help us Re-Imagine the Growth Ethic

Executive Panel Discussion – Tuesday 25th April 2023

Join this lively conversation about both the socio-technological challenges associated with earning trust in AI and the opportunities that next generation Conversational AI presents to us.

In a world where technology is advancing rapidly, it is more important than ever to understand its potential to help us grow our businesses and reshape our economic landscape. It is also important to ensure that the proper safeguard rails are in place to ensure both sustainable and equitable outcomes. Join our lively conversation about both the socio-technological challenges associated with earning trust in AI and the opportunities that next generation Conversational AI presents to us.

Join our Executive Panel Discussion! We look forward to our panellists:

Phaedra Boinodiris | Consulting Global Leader for Trustworthy AI | IBM | USA
Seda Röder | Founder & Managing Partner | The Mindshift.Global | Austria
Katrin Suder | Senior Advisor, Board Member, Social Entrepreneur | Germany

Moderated by Melinda Crane

Speaker Phaedra Boinodiris

Consulting Global Leader for Trustworthy AI | IBM, USA

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Speaker Seda Röder

Founder & Managing Partner | The Mindshift.Global, Austria

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A Human-Centric Metaverse: How XR will impact People’s Lives

Spotlight – Tuesday 25th April 2023

XR technology, also referred to as mixed reality or The Metaverse, is often misunderstood and can even trigger dystopian fears. The world has seen this sector go through numerous hype cycles and troughs. Steadily in the background, the technology, tools, and content that power XR continue to advance, bringing this evolution in computing closer and closer. In this talk, Christina Heller explores a more human centric perspective on how XR can improve people’s lives. With 10 years of experience working across a vast set of verticals and use cases through leading her companies VR Playhouse and Metastage, Christina will share the moments where she feels she has seen the future, and what we can expect as 3D displays become commonplace. Looking at XR breakthrough moments and case studies through a technical and cultural lens will hint at what is yet to come.  This presentation will present the biggest challenges both technologically and culturally that XR will need to surpass in order to reach higher levels of adoption.

Speaker Amy Peck

Founder and CEO | EndeavorXR, USA

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Megatrend Security – Rethinking the Concept of Corporate Security

Spotlight – Tuesday 25th April 2023

The past two decades have been described as a, in both, quantity and quality, slowly ascending sequence of global crises, negatively influencing the overall security situation.  Arising from current conditions, the question we are facing is how prepared we really are to reliably cope with multiplex challenges of the 21st century. COVID 19, deepened geopolitical conflicts, the threat of global terror, organized crime and the rise of antidemocratic sub-cultures, climate change and resulting natural disasters, environmental crimes and weaponized digital technology are shaking up our global immune system. In metaphorical terms, weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable, even to minor infections/events. This, on an entrepreneurial level, is further complicated by financial instability, demographic change, skills shortage and new concepts of education, work, and leadership.

Governments, corporates, societies, and many other system-relevant actors, are in demand to withstand those global challenges and turning them into opportunities. This is also true for corporate security organizations, often shaped by conservative thinking and action patterns.  Mandated to protect and secure people, assets and reputation, corporate security organizations are caught between traditionally established structures and a world that is characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). What do corporate security organizations have to do to encounter the much debated new normal and how do they expand their strengths? Without question, confronting the new normal requires comprehensive and holistic strategies, bold ideas, the courage to take a new course and, just as importantly, joint forces. Security can only be understood as a common task for which interdisciplinarity, increased networking, modified recruiting and suitable promotion is key

Speaker Julia Vincke

Vice President Security | BASF Group, Germany

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Female Health Matters: Crash Test Dummies and other Stories

Executive Panel Discussion – Tuesday 25th April 2023

There is more than just the “little difference” between women and men. For a long time, it was believed that cardiovascular diseases mainly affected men. However, heart disease is the most common cause of death among women – and one of the most avoidable. Sex-specific characteristics have a major impact on cardiovascular diseases. Women differ from men in many ways, and their hearts are also anything but the same: on average, women’s hearts are smaller and beat faster. This is especially obvious in the case of heart attacks. Because heart attack is considered typically a man’s disease and women are less likely to describe symptoms less suggestive of a diagnosis of heart attack, women die more often from heart attacks.

Women express the same symptoms of a heart attack in a completely different way. If men describe chest pains radiating into the left arm in a very impressive way, women tend to talk about feeling unwell with dizziness and nausea – although both have chest pains and feel unwell. It is very important to know the gender-specific differences of diseases, otherwise complaints cannot be interpreted correctly and the right diagnosis may not be made.

Unawareness of the differences in symptom presentation can have life-threatening consequences. Women have a much higher risk of not surviving a heart attack than men. Valuable time is lost before women receive adequate medical care. On Average, women arrive at the emergency room half an hour later than men from the onset of symptoms until they are admitted to hospital. This delays the start of treatment, because every minute counts in a heart attack.

Doctors need to be more aware of the small differences between women and men to avoid life-threatening consequences. The good news is that not only doctors but also women can do something for their heart health. Healthy eating, adequate activity, stress reduction and quitting smoking play a key role in women’s heart health.

How are occupant safety in the event of a crash assessed today and what is needed to make it inclusive?

Today, 2023, occupant safety of the occupant of a car is done using a model of an average male.

How did we get there and what are the steps needed to be taken to address the whole adult population in the assessment of vehicle occupant safety? And why is it important (in addition to that women exists)?

These questions will be addressed together with a description of the latest development in the assessment of crash safety. The results of a recent finished EU-funded project, VIRTUAL, that contain both open-source virtual and physical models representing us in the event of a crash, will be presented.

Join our Executive Panel Discussion! We look forward to our panellists:

Jennifer H. Mieres | SVP, Center for Equity of Care, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Northwell Health, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell | USA
Enise Lauterbach | Co-Founder and CEO | LEMOA medical | Germany
Astrid Linder | Professor of Traffic Safety | vti | Sweden

Moderated by Melinda Crane

Speaker Jennifer Mieres

Northwell Health, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, USA

Speaker Enise Lauterbach

LEMOA medical GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Speaker Astrid Lindner

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Sweden

Data, AI & Emerging Tech: Opportunities, Challenges and Pathways

Think Tank – Tuesday 25th April 2023

The recent advancement of AI technologies has spurred an information glut. The discourse on AI ranges from excitement about its disruptive potential to fears around machine intelligence and sentience. But AI’s potential for businesses and its ethical concerns lie between these extremes. How can we sift through the hype to make sense of AI’s benefits? How do we wade through the noise to discern its risks?

In this session, we will take stock of AI technologies’ future prospects. We will discuss AI principles and ethics as well as the policy and regulatory landscape that will determine its progress. Finally, we will consider how we, as business leaders, can initiate responsible AI innovation and adoption.

Speaker Anum Malkani

Financial Services Policy Lead, Asia Pacific | Amazon Web Services, United Arab Emirates

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