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

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Monday, 17th September 2018

8.00 – 8.30 am: Registration & Coffee

8.30 – 9.15 am: Welcoming Remarks

  • Prof. Robert Rohling, UBC Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)
  • Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein, FAU Vice President Outreach
  • Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein, FAU Vice President Outreach, on behalf of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Prof. Chris Orvig, UBC Department of Chemistry & Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

9.15 – 9.45 am: Introductory Remarks

  • Prof. Lutz Lampe, UBC Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering: “A Bottom-Up Approach to Smart Grid Monitoring”

9.45 – 10.45 am: Scientific Talks 1

  • Prof. Robert Rohling, The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) at UBC: “Computational Medical Imaging”
  • Dr. Luciana Duranti, UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies: “A Digital Infrastructure for Transparency 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”

4.30 – 4.45 pm: Coffee Break

4.45 – 5.15 pm: Final Presentations

  • Research and Research Funding Opportunities in Germany (Prof. Robert Schober, FAU Institute for Digital Communications, on behalf of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
  • FAU´s Alumni and Ambassador Concept (Christina Dworak, FAU Office for Marketing)

7.30 – 10.00 pm: Networking Dinner

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

10.00 am – 12.30 pm: Lab Visits

1.00 pm – 2.30 pm: Farewell Lunch

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

Conference “The Future of Digital Innovation”

The conference on Monday, 17 September 2018, will take place in the Board Room of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS).The Institute is located on the Main Mall of the UBC Campus. Please see Wayfinding at UBC Vancouver: Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems/Computer Science (ICICS/CS) for detailed information.

Networking Dinner (17 September 2018) and Farewell Lunch (18 September 2018)

The Networking Dinner as well as the Farewell Lunch will take place at Sage Bistro on UBC Campus (6331 Crescent Rd).

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:

Hotels on-campus and off-campus

Guests are more than welcome to book rooms at hotels on-campus, for example at Carey Centre. You will find a list of on-campus accommodation on UBC´s homepage.

Furthermore, there is a large number of hotels in Downtown Vancouver as well. The Metro Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a list of hotels on its website.

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 is intended as a subsidy to your travel expenses and will be transferred after the event. The travelling allowance does not cover private stays in Vancouver before or 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:

Should you have any questions regarding the FAU Research Alumni Meeting, you are more than welcome to contact Ms. Christina Dworak or Ms. Imke Zottnick-Linster:

Christina Dworak, M.A.

Room: Room Medical Valley Center, Haus 6, 2. OG
Besucher: Henkestraße 91
91052 Erlangen

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