Contributors to “Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018”
Emerging Technologies Steering Group
Mariette DiChristina, Steering Group chair, is editor in chief of Scientific American and executive vice president, Editorial and Publishing, Magazines, for the Nature Research Group of Springer Nature. From 2014 to 2016 she was vice chair of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies—one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils.
Bernard S. Meyerson, Steering Group vice chair, is chief innovation officer at IBM. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of numerous awards for work spanning physics, engineering and business. He was the 2014–2016 chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies and the 2016–2018 chair of the Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Materials.
Habiba Alsafar is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Biotechnology at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates. Her work concentrates on identifying genomic segments that predispose people to diseases that are becoming increasingly prevalent in U.A.E. communities. She has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnologies (2016–2018).
Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of chemistry and computer science at the University of Toronto and a member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He is co-founder of Zapata Computing and Kebotix and a Canada 150 Research Chair in Theoretical and Quantum Chemistry. He has participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Materials (2016–2018).
Jeff Carbeck, who has built several companies, is chief executive officer of 10EQS, which crowdsources the knowledge of experts to solve business problems. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Materials (2016–2018).
Rona Chandrawati was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists Community of 50 under age 40 in 2018 and is in the Forum’s Expert Network. She is a senior lecturer and head of the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in Australia. Her research focuses on developing bioinspired materials for drug delivery and sensing.
Cynthia H. Collins is an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she applies interdisciplinary approaches—from synthetic biology and microbial genomics to big data—to understand diverse microbiomes and engineer useful properties into microbes. She was a 2016 World Economic Forum’s Young Scientist and has served on the Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnologies (2016–2018).
Seth Fletcher is chief features editor of Scientific American.
Javier Garcia Martinez is a professor of inorganic chemistry and director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Alicante in Spain. He is a co-founder of Rive Technology (a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off commercializing nanostructured catalysts for the chemical industry), a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and part of the Forum’s Expert Network. He has published extensively on nanomaterials, catalysis and energy. His books include Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge and The Chemical Element: Chemistry’s Contribution to Our Global Future.
Hiroaki Kitano, an expert in artificial intelligence and systems biology, is president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Science Laboratories and head of the Systems Biology Institute, both in Tokyo. He has served on several Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum, including most recently the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Council (2016-2018).
Corinna E. Lathan is co-founder and chief executive officer of AnthroTronix, a biomedical engineering research and development company creating products in digital health, wearable technology, robotics and augmented reality. She is also on the board of PTC, a provider of Internet of Things and augmented-reality platforms. Lathan was named a Young Global Leader and Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and was the 2016–2018 chair of the Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Enhancement.
Geoffrey Ling, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is a professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science and at Johns Hopkins University. An expert in technology development and commercial transition, he has held leadership positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and, under President Barack Obama, in the White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Neurotechnologies (2016–2018).
Andrew Maynard is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and author of the forthcoming book Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. His work focuses on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy (2016–2018).
Elizabeth O’Day is CEO and founder of Olaris Therapeutics, a precision medicine company in Cambridge, Mass., and a past member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnologies (2016–2018). O’Day is founder of Lizzard Fashion, Proyecto Chispa, Women in Science and Technology, and PhiSB.
Sang Yup Lee, a 2016–2018 co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnologies, is Distinguished Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and dean of KAIST Institutes. He holds more than 630 patents.
G. Owen Schaefer is a research assistant professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore. He studies the ethics of developing novel biotechnologies and has written on the ethics of human enhancement, genetics, big data, assisted reproduction and in vitro meat. He was recently a fellow on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy (2016–2018).