Alexandre Heeren

Chercheur en psychologie (UCL)

“The digital revolution has started to infiltrate clinical psychology. From using computerized treatments to alleviate mental disorders, to understanding them via computational modelling, Dr. Alexandre Heeren will talk about the way clinical psychologists are getting off the couch.” (talk en anglais)

Alexandre is a Professor of psychology and FNRS Research Associate at UCLouvain. An enduring theme across his research is the study of the mechanisms of anxiety disorders. Current research includes the application of computational network approach to mental health and several therapeutic agendas.

Daniel Goddemeyer & Dominikus Baur

Researcher & designer, data visualization developer

“Increasing access to our personal data raises profound questions around ownership, ethics and the resulting cultural changes in our everyday lives. In the years to come, our own data will increasingly be analyzed and repurposed by more and more complex algorithms and machine learning systems. Our increasing reliance on these black-boxed algorithms starts to become problematic once they’re no longer tasked with only sorting our vacation photos or finding the next restaurant but become deeply embedded into the more consequential decisions of our everyday lives. This talk is the first of a kind that transforms this theory into practice by making these systems not only visible but experiential in a live, interactive experience involving the audience.” (talk en anglais)

Daniel Goddemeyer is a researcher & designer who creates award-winning interactions with technology (specifically data) through products, services and interactive experiences. He is currently the principal of the New York City based research and design studio OFFC, that works with global brands, research institutions and start-ups to explore new product applications for their emerging technologies. With his own research and his MFA class at the School of Visual Arts he explores how the hidden, ethical implications of these technologies will impact our future everyday lives. For his work he has received several distinctions from the Red Dot award, Fast Company’s ‘World Changing Ideas’ award, the German Design Price and the Industrial Designer Society of America.

Dr. Dominikus Baur works as a freelance data visualization developer. His award-winning projects for clients like Google, the OECD or Microsoft Research make large datasets accessible, understandable, and usable. His work covers the whole spectrum from mobile apps, to websites, to large, touch-controlled installations – always focused on the people using them. As a computer scientist, he sees his work in the larger context of technological and societal developments and doesn’t shy away from asking critical questions.

Giovanna di Rosario

PhD in Digital Culture

“What happens to literature in the digital world? In this talk we will briefly explore digital literature, a literature that mixes text (linguistics), images, and sound, that is interactive, where words and letters can even move and where the machine can create. We will determine some new rhetorical figures, delineate some characteristics of digital story, and define a new literary aesthetic and a digital rhetoric.” (talk en anglais)

Giovanna Di Rosario teaches Digital Culture at the Polytechnic of Milan. She is the associate director of Hermeneia Group – Literary Studies and Digital Technologies – at the University of Barcelona. Previously, she worked in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland. She has been invited lecturer in several countries worldwide and published books and articles about Digital Literature.

Marie-Bernard Guillaume

Headhunter & business coach

“Si hier le leader était un fin stratège et gestionnaire, le leader 4.0 sera doté d’un Quotient Emotionnel élevé et s’appuiera sur l’Intelligence Collective pour répondre avec agilité aux multiples défis de son environnement. Ce talk vous propose un outil de développement de votre Intelligence Emotionnelle.” (talk en français)

Depuis 18 ans, Marie-Bernard a évalué, recruté ou coaché plus de 1000 CxO et décideurs divers. Elle est convaincue que le succès d’une entreprise dépend principalement des qualités et compétences de ses leaders. La philosophie est une de ses sources d’inspiration.

Nathan Uyttendaele


“Le mathématicien Jacob Bernoulli, né en 1654, était sans doute quelqu’un de chiant et dépressif. Entre deux séances d’automutilation, il laisse pourtant derrière lui une découverte majeure qui a changé à tout jamais notre vision des jeux de hasard. Retour sur sa *loi des grands nombres*.” (talk en français)

Nathan Uyttendaele est l’un des statisticiens les plus populaires du pays. Avec Laura Maugeri et Gwenaël Grisi, il a fondé “La statistique expliquée à mon chat”, une chaîne YouTube comptant 150000 abonnés. Ancien chercheur, Nathan occupe aujourd’hui son temps entre vulgarisation et enseignement.

Nicolas d'Alessandro

Entrepreneur & musicien

“Et si les nouvelles technologies pouvaient nous rendre plus humain ? Et si cela dépendait autant de nous, de notre regard, de la manière dont nous exerçons notre intelligence, que de toutes ces innovations qui nous entourent ? Par la performance musicale, nous explorerons la créativité à l’ère du numérique.” (talk en français)

Nicolas d’Alessandro est entrepreneur, ingénieur, ancien chercheur, musicien et designer. À l’intersection de ces différentes vies, il a inventé, il y a quelques années, un instrument de musique unique capable d’imiter la voix chantée : le HandSketch. Il est le co-fondateur de la startup Hovertone.

Pierre De Muelenaere

PhD in Applied Science & entrepreneur

“Creating a successful company in small Belgium, especially in the 80’s and in the tech field, is no easy task. But this is the challenge that Pierre De Muelenaere took up and has now shared in “The IRIS book”. The talk looks back to this 33 years story to identify the issues at stake for young entrepreneurs and help them succeed in their goals” (talk en anglais)

Pierre De Muelenaere is engineer and entrepreneur. He founded the University spin-off IRIS in 1987, after he receided his PhD in Applied Science from the Université catholique de Louvain. He has been President and CEO of IRIS until 2015, a few years after the company had been acquired by the Canon Group. Today, he shares his experience in entrepreneurship and innovation through his regular columns in “L’Echo” and is advisor for young entrepreneurs in the start-up “Yncubator” in Louvain-la-Neuve.

Pieter Colpaert

Researcher & Open Data enthusiast

“Knowledge that creates power for the many, not the few. How can we lower the costs, so that robots can really answer any question with the datasets we publish? Instead of giving only a few companies the means to answer any question on top of public datasets, we are going to put this power in the hands of the many.” (talk en anglais)

Pieter Colpaert is Technology coordinator at Smart Flanders and researcher at Ghent University, leading the ‘Linked Open Data Interfaces’ team of the Internet and Data lab. His research focuses on enabling route planning on large scale with Linked Connections.

Soufiane Amzur

High school math teacher

“Why Artificial Intelligence will never replace human teachers and why teachers need AI to upgrade their classes. This talk is a journey in a teacher’s everyday life.” (talk en anglais)

Soufiane is a young high school math teacher. Fond of computer science, he strongly believes digital technology will shape tomorrow’s society. He considers that more energy needs to be invested for a more accurate understanding and a smarter implementation.

Yves Deville

Professeur d'informatique (UCL)

“Le numérique bouleverse le monde de la formation. Les MOOCs remplaceront-ils demain les cours universitaires ? Quel sera le rôle des professeurs ? Le campus universitaire a-t-il encore un sens ? Une chose est certaine : le statu quo n’est pas une option. Mais quelle université numérique voulons-nous ?” (talk en français)

Yves Deville est professeur d’informatique à l’Université catholique de Louvain (École Polytechnique). Ses recherches portent sur l’intelligence artificielle et l’optimisation. Depuis septembre 2014, il est Conseiller du Recteur pour l’Université Numérique.