Ashraf Tantawy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Dr. Tantawy's research focuses on AI-Enabled Cyber Physical Human Systems (CPHS), Cyber Security, and Reinforcement Learning.

Modeling and Simulation Model-Based Design Safety & Security of Cyber Physical Systems Embedded Computing Cyber Physical Systems

Erica Frantz

Assistant professor of political science · Michigan State University

Expert in dictatorships, autocratic rule, authoritarian politics, world conflict

Development Democratization Authoritarian Politics Conflict

Dr Lola Canamero

Reader in Adaptive Systems and Head of the Embodied Emotion Cognition and (inter-) action Lab · University of Hertfordshire

Lola’s work explores the emotions between humans and robots, particularly when robots are used to provide therapy or learning opportunities.

Human-Robot Interaction Artificial Intelligence Robots Robots as Therapy

John E. Speich, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Engineering and program development expert with research focused on bladder biomechanics and robotics

Expert Witness Cooperative Education Engineering Education Mechanical Engineering Robotics

Heike Schroeder

Professor of Environmental Governance · University of East Anglia

She examines the international politics of climate change at global, national and regional levels.

Carbon Emissions International Politics of Climate Change Climate Change Climate Change Governance International Development

Robert Lindeman

Sleep Consultant · Robert Lindeman Sleep Consultant

Robert Lindeman is a Lay Leader at his Synagogue, Congregation Kehillath Israel.

Community Religion Volunteering Sailing Acapella

Nils Vesk

Innovation Architect · Future Thread

Innovation Architecture: Nils Vesk

Innovation Creativity Stress Marketing Ideation

Sue Metzger

Professor of the Practice, Information Systems; Faculty Director, VU Women in Tech | Villanova School of Business · Villanova University

Sue Metzger, MS, is an expert in advancing women in technology, mobile app development and entrepreneurship, and enterprise computing.

Business Advancing Women in Technology Mobile Application Development and Entrepreneurship Enterprise Computing Including the Cloud Collaborative Media

Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt

Adjunct Faculty - School of Leadership Studies · Fielding Graduate University

Humanities scholar, award-winning filmmaker and best-selling National Geographic author

Music Theory Comparative Religious Studies Disruptive Technology Organizational Innovation Academic Writing

Bob Hoell

Associate Professor · Georgia Southern University

Bob Hoell is an expert in labor relations and human capital management.

Labor Relations Human Capital Management Human Resource Information Systems

Avi Savar

Founding Partner · Big Fuel

Founder and Chairman of Big Fuel. Inaugural Cannes Lions Branded Content Jury President. Sought-after industry spokesperson and author.

Branded Content Original Programming for Broadcast & Web Brand Strategy Marketing and Content Creation Social Media & Branding

Pamela Usukumah

Associate · Weil Gotshal and Manges

Business Professional in Boston, Massachusetts with interests in pro bono work, world travel, and international business.

Politics Editing Leadership Management Nonprofits

Douglas Schmidt

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science · Vanderbilt University

Expert in mobile cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, information technology and data privacy.

Computer Science Risk and Reliability Big Data Digital Learning Cyber-Physical Systems

Alicia Walf

Senior Lecturer, Cognitive Science · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Neuroscientist with extensive research into body, brain, and mind relationships related to brain health, social cognition and emotions.

Brain Health Emotion Memory Neuroplasticity Well-Being

Hans M. Hirschi

Founder & Partner · Yāree AB

Exceptional personality with a passion for communication, leadership, learning & development across cultures

Common Sense Communication Cross-Cultural Learning Development

Shawn Basler

Principal · Perkins Eastman

Internationally recognized design authority, speaker whose unique vision translates business objectives into luxurious guest experiences

Hospitality Design Guest Experience Hotels and Resorts

Ilia Anastassov

Founder · Reflenz

Founder at Reflenz

Architectural Design Architectural Production Design and Illustration for Marketing Visual Communication Photography

Kathryn Libal, Ph.D.

Director, Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor, Social Work & Human Rights · University of Connecticut

Professor Libal researches human rights norms and practices, including the ability to secure adequate food and housing.

Asylum Seekers Women's Rights Refugees and resettlement Social Mobilization Refugees

Scott Hansen

Professor of Engineering Technology · Southern Utah University

Specializing in 3D drafting, engineering technology, CAD software, ​and vocational education

Industrial Technology Education for K-12 Electro-Mechanical Drafting 3D Drafting Autocad Engineering Technology

Mitra Fakhrashrafi

Curator and Mixed Media Artist · Middlebrook Prize Winners

Mitra Fakhrashrafi (she/her) is an independent curator and mixed media artist indebted to border abolition organizing.

Borderlands Placemaking Geography Street Art Curation