Keynote speakers

Professor wsr Jacob Friis Sherson

Director and Founder of the ScienceAtHome project and Center for Hybrid Intelligence

Department of Management

Aarhus University

Keynote title: Human design, creativity and entrepreneurship in the digital future

Through large scale online games Prof. Sherson and his Center for Hybrid Intelligence investigate and assess human cognition and creativity and use this data source for novel insights into a broad range of sociological phenomena like entrepreneurship and risk willingness. In addition, he investigate how synergetic forms of human-computer collaboration can be the key to redefining sectors that are currently being transformed and disrupted by AI.

Jacob Sherson holds a joint professorship at the departments of Management, Physics and Cognitive Science at Aarhus University. He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Hybrid Intelligence and the game-based citizen science platform ScienceAtHome with more than 300,000 contributors. In his interdisciplinary Center both human and algorithmic problem solving is investigated through the lense of machine optimization, psychology, cognitive science and behavioral economics. Apart from natural and social science games, he is also investigating large-scale game-based assessment of both basic cognitive skills and 21st century skills like creativity.

Professor Paul Steffens

Adelaide Business School

Director of The Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC)

University of Adelaide

Keynote title: The entrepreneurial university

Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship Director of ECIC at The University of Adelaide. His core areas of research are start-up processes and firm growth. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD 1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

University of Adelaide is an interesting case for the phenomenon of an entrepreneurial university. It was the first university in the world to obtain the ECEEU accreditation, it has a successful entrepreneurship center ECIC, a Pro Vice Chancellor of Entrepreneurship, and other interesting initiatives such as Thinclab and eChallenge, together with an international outlook. Paul will in his keynote reflect and discuss ‘the entrepreneurial university’ in general, but also bring in experiences from University of Adelaide.