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Science and Technology Convergence Conference

The Conference is a unique opportunity to bring together representatives of academia and the tech industry, government representatives, the international donor community, and other major stakeholders to address the issues that are essential for the progress of scientific research and technology transfer activities. STCC is co-organized by the IIAP of National Academy of Science of Armenia and Catalyst Foundation.

STCC22

The conference featured more than 80 speakers, 40+ research posters, and had over 400 attendees. The discussion topics included:

  • Industry and academia collaboration to build capacity and enable Armenia to grow a sustainable talent pipeline;

  • Armenia’s digital transformation agenda and opportunities, and the perspectives of research universities in Armenia;

  • Tech opportunities, science funding initiatives, and rebuilding the science in Armenia;

  • Drug Discovery with Physics-Informed Machine Learning, and automation and simulation capabilities;

  • The future of hardware engineering and autonomy research in Armenia;

  • Space research vision for Armenia, commercial space tech and opportunities for small nations like Armenia, and emerging space research programs;

  • Building a Biotech R&D presence in Armenia, Bioinformatics as the catalyst for life science R&D in Armenia, and ​Diaspora resources and what the local ground needs.

RESEARCH POSTERS

Science and Technology Convergence Conference also serves as a platform for researchers who would like to present their research works on applied research topics. In particular, in addition to a series of presentations and panel discussions, during the conference it is also planned to have a poster session, where relevant individuals/groups will be able to present their research works on the following topics:

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Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Autonomy Research

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Computational Biology and Healthcare

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Physics, Engineering and Space

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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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STCC19

The conference brought over 50 speakers and more than 800 participants together in one platform and facilitated discussions on:

  • Creating a roadmap towards the establishment of a robust Machine Learning Ph.D. program in Armenia;

  • Involving postdocs from leading universities to Armenia and discussing avenues for potential repatriation;

  • Establishing joint research labs with the collaboration of US and European universities, and local established tech companies;

  • Establishing effective cooperation with European and US university labs.

 

The conference included:

  • 20 individual presentations given by keynote speakers; 

  • 7-panel discussions;

  • Two poster sessions, where emerging local deep-tech startups presented their ideas for in-depth technical discussions.

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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MICHAEL KASS

Distinguished Engineer at NVIDIA, PhD Stanford University

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GAREGIN PAPOIAN

Founder & CEO at Biosim Monroe Martin Professor, University of Maryland

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SOS AGAIAN

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the City University of New York (CUNY)

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NAIRA HOVAKIMYAN

Grafton and Wilkins Professor at UIUC, Co-founder & CS at IntelinAir

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KAREN EGIAZAIRIAN

Professor at Tampere University of Technology

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ARA MARKOSIAN

Head of Armenia Operations at Xilinx

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ARAM ADOURIAN

Partner at Flagship

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OGSEN GABRIELYAN

Principal Scientist Bioinformatics at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma

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AL EISAIAN

CEO and Board Member at Conaize, Co-Founder at Intelinair

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BAGHER BABAALI

Assistant Professor at the University of Tehran

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WILL ZENG

Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University, initiator of Unitary Fund

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ANTHONY MILLER

Managing Partner at Verify Markets

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SERGEY KUPRIENKO

General Manager of Research at Ring

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JOVAN STOJANOVIC

CEO at ELOON, lead of Belgrade AI

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CHRISTOPHE ZOGHBI

AI Consultant at Ticketless, lead of Beirut AI

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SHEILA CHRISTIANSEN

CEO at SpaceTech denMACH

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GEVORG MANTASHYAN

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First Deputy Minister at the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of the RA