||Bannockburn, IL — Peter Diamandis, M.D., has been selected through a vote of electronics industry professionals to present the opening keynote at IPC APEX EXPO® on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Diamandis, whose personal motto is, "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself," is chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, which designs and launches large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He is also co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University (SU), a Silicon Valley-based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia that focuses on exponentially growing technologies.
Through his work, Diamandis has proven the transformational power that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments and humanity, as well as on "do-it-yourself" technologists and small companies that can now achieve what only governments or large corporations could do before.
In his keynote presentation, Diamandis will share how artificial intelligence, nanomaterials, 3-D printing, robotics and digital medicine will transform life and business over the next 20 years. He will explain how human society has evolved from "local and linear" to "global and exponential," and how this change has not only spawned the creation of new billion-dollar start-ups out of nowhere, but also led to the demise of 50-year-old billion-dollar companies overnight.
An expert in a wide range of scientific disciplines, Diamandis attended MIT, where he received degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
In another keynote address, roboticist and inventor James McLurkin will share his research and insights into the future of multi-robot systems or "swarm robotics" during his keynote session on Wednesday, March 26.
In his presentation, McLurkin will explore how multi-robot systems can serve humanity by handling dangerous, dirty and dull jobs for which humans are inherently ill-suited. He will also provide an entertaining look at how his childhood obsessions with LEGO bricks and Star Wars fueled his passion for engineering.
Inspired by the complex group behaviors found in ants and bees, McLurkin's work focuses on developing software and programming techniques for teams of autonomous robots with populations ranging from 10 to 10,000. His research group at Rice University has one of the largest collections of robots in the world.
"My goal is to understand where intelligence comes from, how it works and how to construct artificial intelligence in real robots," says McLurkin.
A sought-after speaker, McLurkin lectures extensively to diverse audiences ranging from elementary school students to professional engineers at leading companies. He has degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and University of California, Berkeley, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. In addition to serving as assistant professor in Rice University's computer science department, McLurkin consults on mechanical and engineering projects, and has worked with clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Sensable Technologies and MicroDisplay Corp.