Speakers and presentations 2015

Key note speaker profiles and presentations

Maarten Steinbuch, Professor of Control Systems Technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology Eindhoven


Maarten Steinbuch (1960) received his M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology, in 1984 and 1989 resp. And started his career at Philips Research and Philips CFT. Since 1999 he fulfills his professorship at Eindhoven University of Technology, obtaining the ‘Best-Teacher’ award of his faculty in 4 years. In 2008 as well as in 2014 his research group obtained the QANU excellence rating [5555]. His research interests are design and control of motion systems, robotics, automotive powertrains and fusion plasmas. In 2013 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor at TU/e. In 2015 Maarten received the KIVI Academic Society Award.

Prof. Arjan van Timmeren, Professor of Environmental Technology & Design at the faculty of Architecture at the University of Technology Delft

Arjan van Timmeren (1969) graduated cum laude at Delft University of Technology. Over the years Van Timmeren has played a significant role in the integration of the concept of sustainable development in the field of architecture, building technology and urbanism in both practice and academia. His research focuses on environmental technology (urban metabolism), industrial ecology, sustainable area development and self-sufficiency. With both his office and research group at the TU Delft he is involved in many projects in and outside the Netherlands. He received several (inter)national awards for his work.

Prof. Dr. Wan Biyu, Vice-Chairman of ISO/TC268 SC1 (Smart Community Infrastructure), Chief Scientist of Chinese Society for Urban Studies National Smart City Joint Lab MOHURD (Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC)


Wan Biyu studied in Japan from 1996 and obtained his Doctor degree at Kobe University. He was mainly engaged in spatial information technology, artificial intelligence, technology of the Internet of Things and urban science. He was the director of the overseas division in Japan Dawn Group, a researcher in Kobe University, and was awarded with Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Mr. Biyu serves as the Vice-Chairman in the International Standards Organization, is the leader in the International Standards Organization IEC SEG1 WG2&WG3, and a member of expert of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). In addition he is an adjunct professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, a visiting lecturer of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Executive Chief Editor of “Smart City” and “Modern Smart City” Magazine, and one of the core research and management experts of China Smart City.

Reinier de Graaf, Director of Research Studio AMO & partner OMA


Reinier de Graaf is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he is responsible for building and master planning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. He also heads the work of OMA’s think-tank AMO, leading various projects to demonstrate the relevance of architectural thinking beyond building. De Graaf teaches at UPenn and has been involved in the founding and curriculum development of The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, where he has led AMO’s research on the Megacity. He frequently publishes on both online as well as printed news outlets, coining in 2011 the term Megalopoli(tic)s©. De Graaf is currently working on his forthcoming book entitled: ‘The Century that Never Happened’. 

Prof. Klaus Beckmann President of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Germany


Mr. Beckmann studied civil engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig and worked as a research assistant and postgraduate at the Institute of Transportation and Urban Engineering.
At the University of Karlsruhe (today: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) he obtained a professorship for „Social and technical infrastructure in towns and cities“. Mr. Beckmann served as head of the planning and building department of the city of Braunschweig. Till 2006 he was a professor for „Transport and Town Planning“ at the RWTH Aachen University. Recently Beckmann served as a Scientific Director and Managing Director oft the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu).

Prof. LI Qing, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University


LI Qing, PhD, is a professor of the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, P.R. China. He received his bachelor, master and doctor’s degrees from Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He has taught at Tsinghua University since 2000 with major research interests in system architecture, enterprise modelling and system performance  evaluation. He has published six books and more than 100 papers in esteemed magazines in China and abroad.

Rogier van der Heide, Chief Design and Marketing ZumTobel Lighting

Rogier van der Heide is a wellknown designer in the public and commercial realm. Until August 2014 Rogier was Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting.

Rogier focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions. He has 20 years of experience in engaging, inspiring, three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world.

Until 2010, Rogier van der Heide was Director with Arup and the Global Leader of Arup Lighting. Rogier has received over 20 individual design awards, and his design team at Philips got accoladed over 35 times with iF Awards and Reddot Awards, the leading global industry prizes for innovative design. Rogier’s work is widely recognised as leading in the field.

Liesbeth van der Pol, Partner Dok Architects and former Chief Government Architect


Liesbeth van der Pol graduated with honours from the Technical University Delft in 1988. Before and during her studies she was employed at various Dutch and foreign architectural practices. After her graduation she established herself as an independent architect in combination with Herman Zeinstra and Onno van den Berg and later she set up Atelier Zeinstra van der Pol jointly with her partner Herman Zeinstra. 

In 2007 she was one of the founders of Dok architecten. She took the post of Chief Government Architect, first Advisor to Minister of Spatial Planning in August 2008. Her appointment was for a period of three years until 2011.

Dr. Alexey Ershov, Vice President Smarter Cities Europe, IBM Corporation

Dr. Alexey Ershov is the Vice President at IBM responsible for Smarter Cities business in Europe. Since joining IBM in 2004, Alexey has been based in New York, Moscow, Shanghai, and Madrid. Prior to joining IBM, Alexey was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and a research scientist at Harvard University. Alexey received a Bachelor’s degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1996 and a Ph.D. degree in Elementary Particle Physics from Harvard University in 2001.

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Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital

Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University.

Willem Jonker’s industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICTresearch in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer and advisor.

Diego Pavia CEO KIC-InnoEnergy

Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.

In SchlumbergerSema, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of 650M$. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for Spain and South America, about 9.000 employees, and an annual turnover of EUR 450 million.

Bernard van Ee, CEO Climate-KIC

As CEO of Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Bernard van Ee is responsible for continuing to expand Climate-KIC’s work supporting climate innovators in Europe by growing its world-class network of partners, strengthening ties with academics, innovators, entrepreneurs and the public sector. Prior to this role Van Ee was chairman and CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV, an independent, international engineering consultancy in The Netherlands. Van Ee also serves as President of the Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI), a member of Engineering Academies in Europe (Euro-Case) and globally (CAETS). Van Ee started his career at Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm headquartered in the US.