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Innovation Transformer

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Innovation Transformer







Innovation Transformer





Organizer: HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovation at SWPS Unviersity


Conference organized under the auspices of the Mayor of Warsaw

Nowadays, innovation is not limited only to technology or production processes. Sociologists, social activists and regular citizens are interested in social innovations that would improve the lives of communities. The 2nd ‘Innovation Transformer’ conference, organized by SWPS University’s HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovation will focus on these various types of innovation in relation to the past, present and future.

Participation in the conference is free for speakers and audience. Registration required.
Language: Polish with some lectures delivered in English

November 29
9:00 - 18:15

About the Conference

Goal of the Conference

The 2nd ‘Innovation Transformer’ conference, which will focus on the history of innovation, its current status and directions for tomorrow will touch on many topics including digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, robotics, virtual reality as well as the climate change and social entrepreneurship. Speakers will include academics, researchers and business representatives from global companies, such as Facebook, Google, Linux and Orange.

Who should attend

The conference is addressed to innovators, entrepreneurs, social activists, academics, students, and members of the local community.

Full program of the conference will be available soon.

We believe that a modern university is like a transformer, or a place where different “currents” of thought converge, where various scientific data is processed, and that these processes generate innovation and change. Therefore, encouraged by the success of the first edition of the Conference last year, we have decide to continue the innititiave.

Dr. Konrad Maj, Member of the Organizing Committee



Lecture 1: When sovereignty and autonomy are at stake – reflections on ethics in the digital age

States feel that their sovereignty is threatened by a combination of rising international tensions and disruptive transformation throughout economy and society driven by digital technologies. These technologies bring much good, for society at large and for individual development and personal autonomy. They also bring much bad through cyberattacks, cybercrime and state- or commercial mass-surveillance. At the sharp edge of these developments are emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G and Internet of Things. How can we understand – and perhaps resolve - the good and the bad, the ethical dilemmas that play out at this nexus of technology, state and individual?

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Paul Timmers

Visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. His recent research is on cybersecurity, strategic autonomy and sovereignty. He is also visiting professor at Rijeka University, Senior Advisor to the European Policy Center, Chief Adviser to the European Institute of Technology/Health, and Supervisory Board member of the eGovernance Academy in Estonia. He is a former Director at the European Commission for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity, responsible for policy, legislation and innovation in cybersecurity, digital privacy, digital health and ageing, e-government, and smart cities/mobility/energy. He holds a PhD in physics from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, an MBA from Warwick University in the UK, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill and completed executive cybersecurity education at Harvard.

Lecture 2: AI horizons from the geopolitical perspective

The presentation will address major emerging and upcoming trends in artificial intelligence and machine learning from the geopolitical perspective and in the context of the so called “AI race”. The future implementation of AI is challenged by technological and social limitations. Data may not be the ultimate source of competitive advantage in the future and a lot may depend on thinking one step ahead of current paradigms. The presentation will discuss whether the AI race is a proper way of thinking about AI rollout and whether we can overcome this logic in the coming years.

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Aleksandra Przegalińska

Holds a doctoral degree in philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. She is Assistant Professor at Kozminski University and currently Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Recent visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research / Brown University in New York City (2014). In 2011, Aleksandra held a position of Chair of Media Regulation Working Party at the Council of European Union in Brussels. As a William J. Fulbright Scholar, Aleksandra also majored in Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York (2012), where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on „Second Life”. Currently, Aleksandra’s primary research interests include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere as well as wearable technologies and human/bot interactions.

Lecture 3: Active Intelligence

This introductory presentation will outline the major trends currently shaping technology visions around Artificial Intelligence drawing on examples from both startups and larger corporations to demonstrate how different types of firms are incorporating it. The growing reliance on artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous and is rapidly becoming capable of adaptive learning and forming more integrated knowledge, investments are surging and more uses are being considered. What lies ahead? A number of Artificial Intelligence tools already support our decisions but Active Intelligence systems will take care of us.

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Pietro Leo

Executive Architect, IBM Italy Chief Scientist and Research Strategist, IBM Academy of Technology Leadership, Head of IBM Italy Center of Advanced Studies

Pietro advises companies that want to embrace the new reality of data-centric and highly automated world. Together, they design interactive platforms and real-time systems that empower them and their customers to make better decisions. His expertise is the future of artificial intelligence, big data, and advanced analytics and in general, technology innovation, which blends research & business perspectives. For the last 25 years, he has worked with corporate clients as well as with many successful and exciting startups in multiple industrial domains including Public sector, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Banking, Insurance, Telco, Oil & Gas, Travel & Transportation, Media & Entertainment, acting as technical leader and data scientist in a number of projects whose overall effort size amounts to over 150 years/man, working both at the national and international levels. As IBM Italy chief scientist for Research & Business and thought leader for AI, he helped firms to implement a number mission-critical projects and implement their advanced analytics, artificial intelligence strategy and data-centric culture. As IBM Academy of Technology Leadership member and former IBM Academy of Technology Global Technical Program leading a team of 30 IBM global technical senior leaders, including IBM Fellows as well as IBM Distinguished Engineers, he provided consultancy to the IBM senior executive board members as well as IBM’s client C-Suites. He regularly teaches artificial intelligence, big data and technology innovation at top university courses in major universities in Europe and direct IBM Italy Center of Advanced Studies. I speak at corporate events and top conferences around the globe. Author and co-author of about 70 scientific/technical publications as well as co-author of two IBM books edited by IBM Redbooks. Obtained multiple degrees in Computing Science and Applied Artificial Intelligence. Recipient of numerous awards for high technical achievements from IBM.



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Date and Location

November 29, 2019
SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warszawa


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