October 31 – November 1, 2018Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN

2017 Keynotes

Free for all pass holders! This year's keynote lineup offers an insightful presentation each day. Don’t miss two thought-provoking discussions on how our neural processes can lead to innovation and the impacts creating artificial intelligence.

"The Keys to Innovation: Priming Your Brain to Percolate Brilliant Ideas"

Ransom Stephens — Physicist, Engineer & Best-Selling Author

Ransom Stephens will examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness: the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you're aware of them. Ransom will also discuss how to balance stress, confidence, and concentration, as well as the neuroaesthetics behind what makes things good, bad, and valuable.

"Artificial Intelligence: What Will the Future Be?"

Maria Gini — Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota

Intelligent systems and robots will one day help us with routine tasks, handle dangerous jobs, and keep us company. But they could also make decisions that violate our ethical principles, take control of our lives, and disrupt society. In this talk, Maria Gini — accompanied by her AI-enabled humanoid robot — will explore state-of-the-art intelligent systems and discuss future developments and challenges.

Speaker Biographies

Ransom Stephens has written two novels and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from signal integrity to quantum physics to parenting teens. His new book, "The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs," is an irreverent look at the neuroscience of innovation in technology, art, and science. A pioneer in jitter analysis, Ransom has also invented new methods for extracting signals from noise and has served on several high data rate standards. He has given thousands of speeches across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Maria Gini is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She studies the decision making of autonomous agents for robot exploration, distributed methods for task allocation, and teamwork for search and rescue. She is the editor-in-chief at Robotics and Autonomous Systems and is on the editorial board of several journals covering artificial intelligence and robotics. She is also a fellow at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the winner of numerous university awards.

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