Keynote Speakers


The evolution of Smart Connected Products (SCP) & IoT are
changing the way Companies Design, Operate and Service
Ziv Belfer, PTC, Israel
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Ziv Belfer, is Senior VP, CAD product development at PTC, leading a worldwide development
organization developing PTC CAD/CAM applications.
Mr. Belfer is also the General Manager of PTC Israeli R&D center, the largest PTC R&D center
in Europe and one the three main R&D centers worldwide. In the past 20 years, Mr. Belfer has lead the development of many advanced CAD/CAM/PLM technologies, starting with the early days of Pro/Engineer and until today, with a broad suit of Creo applications, these design and manufacturing applications are used by tenth of thousands of customers to create and service products. Mr. Belfer received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master degree in CAD/CAM, Mechanical engineering from the Technion.


Precious data: Automating discovery in small datasets
Hod Lipson, Columbia University, New York
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 Abstract:  Can machines discover scientific laws automatically? Despite the prevalence of big data, the process of distilling data into scientific laws has resisted automation. Particularly challenging are situations with small amounts of data that is difficult or expensive to collect. This talk will outline a series of recent research projects, starting with self-reflecting robotic systems, and ending with machines that can formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret the results, to discover new scientific laws. We will see examples from psychology to cosmology, from classical physics to modern physics, from big science to small science.

Hod Lipson, is a professor of engineering at Columbia University in New York City. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, and the automation of scientific discovery, has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit http;//


Research Using Behavioral Big Data: A Tour and Why Mechanical Engineers Should Care
Galit Shmueli , National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
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Galit Shmueli is the Tsing Hua Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Service Science, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She is Director of the Center for Service Innovation & Analytics at NTHU’s College of Technology Management. Prof. Shmueli received her PhD from the Israel Institute of Technology in 2000. She was Associate Professor at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business until 2012. Prof. Shmueli then joined the Indian School of Business as the SRITNE Chaired Professor of Data Analytics and Associate Professor of Statistics & Information Systems. She joined NTHU in 2014. Dr. Shmueli’s research focuses on statistical and data mining methodology with applications in information systems and healthcare. She authors multiple books and textbooks, including the popular textbook Data Mining for Business Analytics, and has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. Her most well-known work is “To Explain or To Predict?” on the difference between analytics for causal explanation vs. prediction.


2016 IoT Trends
Eran Shlomo , Intel Partnership program mentor & tech lead, Israel
Mr. Eran Shlomo

Eran Shlomo main expertise include compute expert, client and cloud with focus on data science and security.
Is the Co-founders of the IoT ignition lab in intel Haifa, Entreprenuer & Maker.