List of Speakers

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Speaker Organization: 
Stream Systems Ltd.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2016 Startup
Area of Expertise: 
Emerging Operating Technology / Advanced Simulation
Presentation Topics: 

1. Emerging Trends in Operating Technology, Software and Simulation
2. System and Network Thinking
3. Innovation Bridging Several Sectors

Short Bio: 

I imagine a world where industry is optimized, where large capital projects operate perfectly after they are built; where cross-functional teams collaborate seamlessly because they see each other's point of view; and where assets and industrial systems are fully utilized. In this world, money, energy, time and the environment are saved. I've spent my career in industry, and I know how difficult it is to make optimal decisions in environments with multiple dynamic variables interacting. That's why I've been driven to create software that makes decision making for industry easy.

Speaker Location: 
AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Manz Engineering Ltd.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2011 Societal Impact
Area of Expertise: 
Corporate Social Responsibility — Safe Drinking Water
Presentation Topics: 

1. Challenges providing water treatment for disadvantaged communities.
2. BioSand Water Filter
3. Commercialization and marketing of water treatment technology.

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Short Bio: 

Because I know how to provide safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities worldwide I am driven to pursue this objective.  Because I can do it I must do it.  
My work matters because the provision of safe drinking water (potable water in general) saves lives and improves lives.
There are millions of BioSand water filters (my technology - freely given) being used world wide.   It is probable that a thousand or more are being constructed every day - providing improving the lives of several thousand people every day. 

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Founder & President, 4Front Robotics
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2014 Applied Technology
Area of Expertise: 
Applied Technology: Unmanned Aerial Drones and Ground Vehicles
Presentation Topics: 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Present and Future)
Commercial Applications of Drones

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Calgary and a driving force behind 4Front Robotics. For the past 15 years, his lab at U of C has researched the design and control of unmanned vehicle systems for complex environments. In 2012 Dr. Ramirez-Serrano founded 4Front Robotics, a Canadian UVS company developing fully autonomous highly maneuverable unmanned systems for confined environments applied to civilian commercial use such as mining, oil and gas, search and rescue and urban policing. Environments might include collapsed buildings, urban canyons and beneath tree cover.

Dr. Ramirez-Serrano has a strong technical background supported by a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, two Masters degrees and a Doctoral degree.

The work of Dr. Ramirez-Serrano is important because it provides tools to solve problems the current technologies cannot, reduce the cost of performing tasks in complex environments and reduce the time to accomplish the job.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
University of Calgary
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 ICT
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

Body Universes: How computer games change the way we do science
A Flight Simulator for the Human Body: Replaying the "Fantastic Voyage"
How far has computational physiology come?

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Short Bio: 

I am passionate about illustrating the fascinating "Body Universes" of human anatomy and physiology with the help of the latest in computer technology. My research team uses 3D virtual reality and augmented reality environments together with computer game engines to build stunning immersive worlds inside and around the human body. One of our key projects is the LINDSAY Virtual Human (lindsayvirtualhuman.org), which we always like to show in action. We work on computational physiology, with aspirations for virtual drug testing and on innovative teaching and learning environments.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
University of Saskatchewan
ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2015 Oil Sands
Area of Expertise: 
Oil Sands Research
Presentation Topics: 

Thermodynamics, Energy and Environment
Mathematical Modelling of the Behaviour of Petroleum Systems

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

My expertise is in the applied thermodynamics. My research is driven by my pursuit of excellence with a view to serve the human kind and conserve the environment. By sharing my knowledge with the researchers in academic and industrial sectors, I have made significant impact on the quality of life through environmental and economical benefits to our society.

Speaker Location: 
Saskatoon , SK
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Lipid Chemistry Group, University of Alberta
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 Applied Technology
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Geographic Areas: 
Edmonton area
Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Professor of Ecology and ACA Chair in Fisheries & Wildlife, University of Alberta
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2014 Science
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

Canada's Energy Policy: the Urgent Need for Science
Managing Moose by Citizen Science (Moose Survey app)
Trophy Hunting in Alberta?

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

I am a wildlife biologist with keen interest in conservation. My research in mostly in Alberta with recent projects on grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk, moose and sage grouse.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
University of Calgary
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2016 Technology
Area of Expertise: 
Medicine: Acute Stroke
Presentation Topics: 

1. Evidence-based Medicine: How it Works
2. Acute Stroke: Recent Advances
3. Changing Acute Stroke: A Journey

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Short Bio: 

Dr. Mayank Goyal is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. He is the Director of Imaging and Endovascular treatment at the Calgary Stroke Program. He is also the Medical Director of the Seaman Family MR Research Centre.

Dr. Goyal's passion and main research interest is acute stroke imaging, workflow and intervention. He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is one of the Principal Investigators in two global trials. He is world renowned for his ground-breaking work in efficiency and workflow in acute stroke intervention and has travelled extensively to share his expertise. Mayank is also an innovator and always thinking of solutions to problems including the new way of imaging in acute stroke called multiphase CT angiography. This technique became the basis of the PROVE IT study and was implemented globally as part of the ESCAPE study.Initial results and feedback suggest that on average this technique saves 20 minutes in acute stroke treatment.

Dr. Goyal is an integral part of changing stroke care across the world, impacting thousands of patients to have a better outcome from this devastating disease.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
University of Calgary, Calgary Stroke Team
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 Societal Impact
Area of Expertise: 
Science
Presentation Topics: 

Stroke Neurology
Biomedical
Drug Development
Advances in Brain Imaging

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

Dr. Michael Hill is a Professor for the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Medicine and Radiology at the University of Calgary. He is also Director of the Stroke Unit for the Calgary Stroke Program, Alberta Health Services.

Dr. Hill’s research interests include stroke thrombolysis, stroke epidemiology, and surveillance and clinical trials. He is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and holds the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut professorship in Stroke Research. He holds and has held operating and clinical trials grants from the CIHR, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut and from various industry partners as well as NIH (NINDS). Dr. Hill has also received a number of awards, including the Barnett, The Pessin Award and the ARP merit award and the Performance Recognition award for his role in research and his outstanding publication record.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Research Scientist (PhD), Kalium Research
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2013 Oil Sands
Area of Expertise: 
Oil Sands Research
Presentation Topics: 

The History and Future of Oil Sands Tailings Management
Oil Sands Environmental Challenges

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Short Bio: 

Randy Mikula is the former team leader of the department of Natural Resources research effort on oil sands tailings. Over 30 years in oil sands extraction and tailings research has bred a passion for environmental issues associated with the development of Canada’s oil sands resource. The polarization that has developed between environmental and industry interests often leaves the public with misconceptions about the consequences of oil sands development.

Dr. Mikula is currently principal scientist at Kalium Research, a new company devoted to responsible development of Canada’s oil sands resource, and is uniquely positioned to present an unbiased and non-judgmental view about the state of the industry.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada

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