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Keynote Speakers


Caterina Biscari and Salvador Ferrer

Caterina Biscari  Salvador Ferrer

Caterina Biscari (Modica, Italy, 1957) is the director of the ALBA Synchrotron since 2012. She is an experimental physicist with recognition for key contributions in design, construction, operation in accelerator physics. Graduated in physics at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and Doctor in physics at the Università degli Studi of Naples (Italy). She has spent her scientific career at different research laboratories in Europe, namely CERN, LNF-INF, CNAO, and lately the ALBA Synchrotron, the Spanish 3rd generation light source facility.

Salvador Ferrer was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1951 and graduated in physics at the Universitat de Barcelona. He got the PhD in solid state physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He has worked at the European Synchrotron (ESRF) for more than 16 years as principal beamline scientist, and from 2004 at the Synchrotron ALBA as scientific director during the design, construction, commissioning and operation. Today he is scientific advisor to the Director of ALBA combined with his long carrier in materials science research.

Monday Oct 9th Keynotes:

"Evolution of Photon Sources"

The powerful matter probing capacities of photon beams has driven the development of electron accelerator based photon sources, starting from the parasitic usage of particle physics accelerators, to a wide variety of facilities all around the world, including synchrotrons and FELs.
The main characteristics, the evolution of these sources and the expected developments will be presented, with a special highlight on the ALBA synchrotron.

Michael Ossmann

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Michael Ossmann is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware for hackers. Best known for the open source HackRF, Ubertooth, and GreatFET projects, he founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.

Tuesday Oct 10th 2017 Keynote:

"Your Ideas Are Worthless"

As the owner of an open source hardware company, I frequently encounter people who tell me why my business cannot possibly succeed. After six years of continuous growth, I would like to share my thoughts about why those people are wrong and how the mythology of invention affects perception. I'll share lessons from my background as a hacker, researcher, open source developer, and business owner and discuss the past, present, and future of science, technology, and the value of ideas.

 Carles Gelpí

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Carles Gelpí is an architect, professor of Structure Calculations at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is member of several associations, such as the Catalonian Architects, Structure Consultants and the Forensic Expert Architects Association.

Carles manages his own architecture office since 1993 and he is also one of the directors, founding partners and project manager of 2BMFG arquitectes S.L.P, an Architecture Office located in Barcelona with more than 30 years of professional experience counting several notorious renowned projects such as the “Olympic Stadium and Olympic Ring” Barcelona 1992, or the Sagrada Familia’s Expiatory Temple, in Barcelona, at the moment under construction.

2BMFGaquitectes counts more than sixty publications and it has received more than twenty national and International awards.

Wednesday Oct 11th 2017 Keynote

"The Sagrada Familia basilica by Antoni Gaudí"

From 1882 until 1926, the architect Antoni Gaudí projected the building that is being built and is expected to end in 2026.
How have geometry, materials and tools changed to make it possible?
One of the teams that works there for more than 30 years will explain it to you.

Gregorio Ameyugo

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Dr. Gregorio Ameyugo (Ferrol, Spain, 1982) is Deputy Director of CEA LIST in charge of European and International development.

An Aerospace Engineer by training (Defence Academy of the United Kingdom), Gregorio received an Engineering Doctorate from Cranfield University, specializing in Aerospace Propulsion and Technology Strategy (diffusion of disruptive innovations).

From Rolls-Royce to Indra, Airbus Helicopters, Airbus R&T and Emerging Technologies and Concepts, and finally the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, Gregorio has found himself working systematically on disruptive projects ranging from propulsion systems to intuitive cockpits, air taxis, rapid prototyping, collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence, giving him a unique perspective on disruptive innovations and technology transfer.
Gregorio joined CEA LIST in 2012 as Head of Industrial R&D Partnerships for Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Systems. In this capacity, he led the launch of collaborative R&D and technology transfer activities in robotics, augmented and virtual reality, IoT and artificial intelligence with French and international partners in a wide range of sectors.

Gregorio is particularly active in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. A member of the Manufuture High-Level Group and EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association), he has been involved in the launch of the platform FactoryLab, by the French “Alliance Industrie du Futur”. Gregorio has also led the deployment of an open innovation platform for Flexible Production Systems (FFLOR: Future Factory@Lorraine) located within the PSA factory at Tremery, in the East of France.

Gregorio intervenes as an expert in robotics and automation for Factory of the Future initiatives by French regional governments, he is a member of the Board of ASTech (Paris Region Aerospace cluster), and a co-author of the book “Innovation in Aeronautics” (2012).

Thursday Oct 12th 2017 Keynote:

"More than particles: how accelerators can speed up Advanced Manufacturing… and what’s next"

Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, once said «We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom, but the truth is that they are the result of the experience through outside contact”.

The ever-accelerating pace of progress in digital technologies is leading to a transformation of the manufacturing industry. With initiatives at regional, national (think Industria Conectada 4.0, Industrie du Futur, Industrie 4.0…) and international level, seizing the opportunity created by these technologies has become a priority for most developed economies.

In France, CEA is one of the leading actors in this 4th industrial revolution, developing new digital and robotics technologies, and working together with industry to accelerate their deployment.

In his talk, Greg Ameyugo will show how progress in Advanced Manufacturing can be and is already being inspired by Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems, the current and emerging technology trends in manufacturing, and the changes they can bring about for industry.

Eugenio Coccia

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Prof. Eugenio Coccia (San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, 1956) is the founder of the School of Advanced Studies GSSI (Gran Sasso Science Institute) and its Rector since 2016. He is a physicist with expertise on astroparticle physics, with a focus on gravitational wave experiments. He is recognized for the development of cryogenic detectors of gravitational waves and is one of the authors of the recent discovery of gravitational waves and of the first observation of Black Holes.

He has been Full Professor at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata (2000-2016), Chair of the INFN Scientific Committee on Astroparticle Physics (2002-2003), Director of the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory (2003-2009), President of the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics (2000-2004), Chair of the Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC) (2011-2015), among other responsibilities.

He has given lectures and seminars in Universities and research centers all over the world and is the author of about 300 scientific articles in international journals and editor of six books in the field of astroparticle physics. He is member of the Academia Europaea, honoris causa, and Fellow of the European Physical Society.

Friday Oct 13th Keynote:

"The birth of the gravitational wave astronomy"

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