Confirmed keynote speakers include world renowned experts Genevieve Bell, Jennifer Chayes, Leslie Greengard, Tony Hey, Yannis Kevrekidis, Steve Oberlin, Michele Parrinello, Jonathan Schaeffer, Steve Scott, Ed Seidel, and Thomas Wiegand. The scientific keynotes are complemented by a historical keynote by Horst Zuse and welcome addresses by scientific and political leaders. 

Historical Keynote:

  • Horst Zuse is the son of the computer pioneer Konrad Zuse and a German computer scientist. He worked as a professor in Germany and the United States. Besides software engineering he concentrated on the history of computer science.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Genevieve Bell (Intel) is an Australian anthropologist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technological innovation. She is currently a Vice President at Intel where she acts as director of User Interaction and Experience in Intel Labs.
  • Jennifer Chayes (Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge and in New York City) is one of the world's experts in random, dynamically growing graphs used to model the Internet, the World Wide Web, social networks, and networks in computational biology.
  • Leslie Greengard (Courant Institute, NYU and Founding Director, Simons Center for Data Analysis) is an American mathematician, physician and computer scientist. He is co-inventor of the fast multipole method, recognized as one of the top-ten algorithms of computing.
  • Tony Hey (Chief Data Scientist, Science and Technology Facilities Council) is an English physicist known as one of the prophets of data-intensive scientific discovery. He co-invented the Message Passing Interface (MPI) which became a de facto open standard for parallel scientific computing.
  • Yannis Kevrekidis (Princeton U) is a Greek mathematician and chemical engineer. He invented the equation-free concept in scientific computation for complex systems and is now revolutionizing data science.
  • Steve Oberlin (Vice President and CTO, NVIDIA) is an evangelist for massively parallel processing. He directed the early architecture research leading to the launch of Cray's MPP project, was the chief architect of the Cray’s parallel supercomputer systems, and is now CTO for NVIDIAs Tesla GPU roadmap.
  • Michele Parrinello (ETH Zürich / USI Lugano) is an Italian physicist. He co-invented the Car-Parrinello method that revolutionized molecular dynamics and famous for his citation impact index which is one of the highest among all scientists.
  • Jonathan Schaeffer (U Alberta and the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence) is a Canadian mathematician best known for his construction of the first computer program to win the world champion title in a competition against humans (checkers). He is now developing intelligent computer poker systems.
  • Steve Scott (Senior Vice President and CTO, Cray Inc.) is guiding the roadmap in high-performance computing, storage and big data analytics. He was Chief Architect of several generations of parallel vector and massively parallel supercomputer systems and interconnects at Cray.
  • Ed Seidel (NCSA) is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and acts as the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in the US.
  • Thomas Wiegand (TU Berlin, Executive Director of Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute) is a German electrical engineer, best known as the main contributor to the MPEG video coding and multimedia transmission standards.

On May 11, 1941, Konrad Zuse presented the first fully functional digital computer, his Z3, in Berlin and the Digital Age began.

On May 11, 2016 we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of this event. We are organizing a conference

The Digital Future

75 years Zuse Z3 and The Digital Revolution

with more than 1000 participants in which the computer as an instrument, computing, and digital science in general will be presented in many of its fascinating aspects. 

The presentations during the conference will be organized in five sessions:

    1. Simulation, Optimization, Visualization
    2. Data Analysis, Big Data and Security/Privacy
    3. The Future of Computing
    4. Networks and Mobility
    5. Communication, Digital Society and Gaming 

Yours sincerely 

Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte
President Zuse Institute Berlin


Karl-Marx-Allee 131a
10243 Berlin 

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