Research Alumni Meeting

Knowledge in Motion: FAU Research Alumni Meeting Vancouver 2018 - The Future of Digital Innovation

In 2017, FAU successfully applied to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the realisation of a networking meeting for research alumni abroad.

The event will take place on Monday, 17 September 2018, and Tuesday, 18 September 2018 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. FAU invites its research alumni to meet each other, to swap ideas and to strengthen their affiliation with FAU – in the spirit of FAU´s motto “Knowledge in Motion”.

Aerial view of UBC Vancouver campus. (Image: Russ Heinl)

Aerial view of UBC Vancouver campus. (Image: Russ Heinl)


Monday will be characterized by “The Future of Digital Innovation”. After welcoming remarks by UBC President Dr. Santa Ono (tbc), FAU President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger and a representative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (tbc), renowned scientists and FAU-Ambassador Prof. Vijay Bhargava, member of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will open the conference on the future of digital innovation.

Please see below for the detailed programme and more information.

Please be aware that the programme can still be subject to changes.

Monday, 17th September 2018

8.00 – 8.30 am: Registration & Coffee

8.30 – 9.30 am: Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Santa Ono, UBC President (tbc)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, FAU President
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Christina Dworak, FAU Office for Marketing)
  • Prof. Chris Orvig, UBC Department of Chemistry & Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

9.15 – 9.45 am: Introductory Remarks

  • Prof. Vijay Bhargava, FAU-Ambassador & Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC: “Application of Machine Learning and Deep Learning in Wireless Communications”

9.45 – 10.45 am: Scientific Talks 1

  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Chair for Informatics 5 (Pattern Recognition) at FAU: “Medical Engineering at FAU”
  • Dr. Luciana Duranti, UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies: “A Digital Infrastructure for Transarency and Accountability”

10.45 – 11.00 am: Coffee Break

11.00 am – 12.00 pm: Scientific Talks 2

  • Prof. Gail Murphy, UBC Vice-President Research & Innovation & UBC Department of Computer Science: “Canada´s Digital Technology Supercluster”
  • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, FAU Vice-President Outreach & Chair of Value Creation and Innovation at FAU: “Making Digital Innovation Happen: The FAU Ecosystem”

12.00 – 1.00 pm: Lunch Break

1.00 – 2.00 pm: Scientific Talks 3

  • Prof. Robert Schober, Institute for Digital Communications at FAU: “How to Communicate Indside a Human Body”
  • Prof. Karen Cheung, UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering:“Digital Innovation in Biotechnology”

2.00 – 2.15 pm: Coffee Break

2.15 – 3.15 pm: Scientific Talks 4

  • Dr. rer. nat. Nadine Lang, Fraunhofer IIS: “Human Centered Digital Innovation“
  • Prof. John Madden, UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering: “Soft Materials for Wearable Sensors”

3.15 – 3.30 pm: Coffee Break

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Podium Discussion

“The research environment in North America & Germany – differences, challenges and similarities” (working title)

4.30 – 4.45 pm: Coffee Break

4.45 – 5.30 pm: Final Presentations

  • Research in Germany (Christina Dworak, FAU Office for Marketing)
  • FAU´s Alumni and Ambassador Concept (Christina Dworak, FAU Office for Marketing)

7.00 – 10.00 pm: Networking Dinner

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

10.00 am – 1.00 pm: Lab Visits

1.00 pm – 2.30 pm: Farewell Lunch

The programme is also available as pdf for download: Programme Vancouver 2018


University of British Columbia (UBC)

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. (Text: University of British Columbia (UBC))


With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics. (Text:

All guests, who are not resident in Vancouver, will be accomodated on UBC´s Vancouver Campus or Downtown.  *more information to follow*

Guests, who are not resident in Vancouver and therefore have to travel to Vancouver by plane or train and will need to stay in a hotel, are entitled to a  travelling allowance. The travelling allowance will be transferred after the event. The travelling allowance does not cover private stays in Vancouver after the event.

There are many ways how to reach UBC´s Vancouver Campus. The university provides detailed information on its transportation website.

The City of Vancouver offers a detailed overview of all public transport amenities on the following website:

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