Discover the emerging
technologies that will
change the world.
November 19-20, 2020
Pullman Suzhou Zhonghui

About the Event

EmTech China is hosted by MIT Technology Review, the world's oldest technology publication. MIT Technology Review finds and explains the significance of the new technologies that are disrupting existing industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society. The purpose of EmTech China is clear: the event draws a knowledge graph for those who care about the latest development of technologies.
EmTech conferences have been running for 20 years now as MIT Technology Review’s premier gathering. As the biggest EmTech conference, EmTech China covers a wide range of tech topics, from artificial intelligence to biotech, from healthcare to material sciences.


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Michael Batty
Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London
Dr. Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London (UCL) where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). His work is focussed on computer models of cities and their visualisation, and more recently how computation lies at the heart of the smart cities movement. His most recent books are The New Science of Cities (2013) and Inventing Future Cities (2018) published by MIT Press. He is the Editor of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.
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William Bao Bean
General Partner, SOSV; Managing Director, Chinaccelerator & MOX
William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #5 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2018 with US$700m+ under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange by trading volume in the world. He is also Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing mobile startups with free user acquisition. Previously William was a founding Managing Director at SingTel Innov8 Ventures, a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings and spent 11 years in equity research most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was top ranked for Internet in Asia and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia).
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Edward Boyden
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, MIT
Ed Boyden is Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the MIT McGovern Institute, and professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences, and Biological Engineering at MIT. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain. Amongst other recognitions, he has received the Canada Gairdner International Award (2018), the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2016), the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2013), and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2019).
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Jordan Brayanov
Digital Strategy Lead, Takeda
Jordan spent over a decade conducting research in Bioengineering and Computer Science with a focus on designing and building patient-oriented bio-instrumentation and measurement equipment, as well as data modeling, interpretation, and visualization. He has completed extensive work in the fields of biostatistics, quantitative data analysis, algorithm development, and signal processing and control. Jordan received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he went on to earn his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally he completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering with concentrations in Computational Neuroscience and Biomedical Systems Design from Harvard University while working as an EMT in the Greater Boston Area.
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Mary-Luc Champel
Media Coding and Delivery Standards Manager, Xiaomi
With more than 20 years of experience in standardization, Mary-Luc is now Media Coding and Delivery Standards Manager at Xiaomi, Beijing. Along these years, Mary-Luc participated and contributed to several standards development organizations such as DVB, Pro-MPEG, the video services forum (where he served in the board of directors), SMPTE, ATSC, the DASH Industry Forum, MPEG and 3GPP. Mary-Luc has generated more than 200 contributions to standards in technical areas such as video transport, forward error correction, adaptive streaming, quality of service and virtual reality and has often taken on a leadership role as a contributor, editor and chairman. Mary-Luc is an important contributor to current standardization work in MPEG about future immersive services including point cloud compression and 3GPP SA4 activities on future media codecs. In particular, today, Mary-Luc is co-chair and editor of MPEG-I architectures and MPEG-DASH part 5, co-chair of MPEG-I part 14 on Scene Description and proxy liaison officer between MPEG and 3GPP. 14:21Mary-Luc graduated from the ENSIMAG (the French national computer science and applied mathematics engineering school) in 1997 with a master degree on mathematics and network information systems. He started his career working for VIACCESS Conditional Access system and later joined Technicolor Research & Innovation in France in 1999 where he first started to work on international standardization projects.
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Gang Chen
Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering, MIT
Gang Chen is currently Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his doctoral degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley, bachelor and master’s degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was a faculty member at Duke University and UCLA before joining MIT in 2001. Professor Chen has supervised over 70 graduate students and over 60 post-docs and visiting scholars. About 50 of his former PhD students and post-docs are faculty members around the world. Prof Chen is a fellow of American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering.
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Cheryl Cui
Co-Founder & CEO, Bota Bio
Cheryl Cui is a co-founder and CEO of Bota Biosciences, a synthetic biology company that program and build biological systems to enables clean and efficient bio-manufacturing. Bota aims to build an integrated synthetic biology platform for rapid discovery of products that can serve various industries including industry chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture. Cheryl earned her joint PhD degree in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from MIT and Harvard Medical School. Her research in building synthetic gene circuits and molecular systems have led to publications in Science and Nature journals. In 2019, Cheryl was awarded as one of the US Forbes 30 under 30s in the field of healthcare.
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Greg Cross
Co-Founder, Soul Machines
Greg is one of the original tech nomads and has spent his career travelling to and living in every major technology market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage. Most recently, PowerbyProxi, a company he co-founded, was sold to Apple in 2017. In 2016, Greg teamed up with Dr. Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines to focus on humanizing Artificial Intelligence and exploring the future of human machine cooperation. With global corporations like Autodesk, Mercedes Benz and Royal Bank of Scotland as early customers, Soul Machines is re-imagining what is possible in the delivery and underlying economics of highly personalized customer experiences and specialized knowledge. Greg is also the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.
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Michael Cusumano
Deputy Dean, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Michael A. Cusumano is the SMR Distinguished Professor and Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Cusumano specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in software, automobiles, and consumer electronics. At MIT, he has recently taught Software & Internet Entrepreneurship as well as Strategy and the CEO. He has published 14 books and more than 120 articles. His latest books are The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power (2019, with A. Gawer and D. Yoffie) and Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (2015, with D. Yoffie, translated into 18 languages).
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Qionghai Dai
Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering; Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University
Prof. Qionghai Dai is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Dean of the School of Information, Tsinghua University, Dean of the Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology, and the Director of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI). He was a recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2005, appointed as a Distinguished Professor of the "Changjiang Scholar Award Program" by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in 2009, and winner of the 2017 National Innovation Competition Award. Prof Dai’s research mainly focus on artificial intelligence (stereovision) and computational photography, and has long been devoted to the theoretical and technological innovation in these fields. He was the principal scientist of several national major grants including The Major State Basic Research Development Program of China (973 program) from Ministry of Science and Technology, Special Fund for Research on National Major Research from the NSFC. He has developed a video rate Real-time Ultra large Scale High resolution macroscope (RUSH), which is expected to advance the progress of brain science and tumor metastasis. He won the second prize of The State Scientific and Technological Progress Award in 2016, the first prize of The State Technological Invention Award in 2012 and the second prize of The State Technological Invention Award in 2008.
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Wenyuan Dai
Founder & CEO, 4Paradigm
To be Updated.
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Jennifer Gao
Vice President, AInnovation
Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience in B2B marketing, public relations, and technology research and development. Before joining AInnovation, she served for SAP for 10 years where she is the head of SAP Greater China industry market and innovative products. Prior to that, she served as market leader and spokesperson for UFIDA, the largest domestic management software manufacturer.
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Taylor Guo
Chief Scientific Officer, I-MAB Biopharma
Taylor Guo, Chief Scientific Officer, Ph.D. in Immunology from Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine. Dr. Guo has a decade of discovery and early development experience in neuroimmunology, immuno-oncology and neurodegeneration at I-Mab Biopharma and GSK, with extensive experience in developing facile and robust translatable in vitro and PD assays. He published more than 35 papers.
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Wanqing He
Head, Alibaba Cloud High Performance Computing Product
Dr. Wanqing He is currently the head of Alibaba Cloud High Performance Computing product and a senior technical expert, leading the R&D and business support for Alibaba Cloud's Elastic High Performance Computing and other products. Dr. He has been focusing on HPC since 2005, and has led Intel China HPC engineering team, focusing on parallel application optimization, parallel file system and heterogeneous computing customer support in China and Asia Pacific region, supporting the construction of domestic supercomputing and optimization of a large number of applications such as Numerical weather simulaiton, Oil&Gas meteorology, life sciences, manufacturing simulation and digital content creation, including the development of the Tianhe-2 supercomputing system. He is regarded as distinguished Expert in HPC ecosystem. Dr. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the CCF High Commission, a former Vice President of the CCF YOCSEF and a member of the CCF Council.
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Weizhi Ji
Director, Institute of Primate Translational Medicine, Kunming University of Science and Technology
Prof. Weizhi Ji currently is Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor and Director of Institute of Primate Translational Medicine, Kunming University of Science and Technology /Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research, President of Chinese Society for Stem Cell Research (2019-2022). Prof. Ji has been engaged in primate reproductive and developmental biology for over 3 decades. His research focuses on mechanism in early embryo development regulation, stem cell pluripotency and nonhuman primate animal models for human diseases. His lab has set up a chain of systems and platforms from in vitro fertilization, early embryonic development, gene editing, stem cell lines that makes his lab a unique and leading institute in nonhuman primate research in the world. His lab reported the first gene-modified rhesus and cynomolgus monkeys via Cas9/RNA-mediated gene targeting in 2014, first proved the feasibility of generate chimeric monkeys using ESCs in 2015 and succeeded in the extended in vitro culture for both monkey and human early embryos in 2019 that gives a rare glimpse into the developmental events of gastrulation in primates and offers insights into the new discoveries of fundamental theories in embryonic development, stem cells and diseases study.
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Kenny Chien
Founder & CEO, Emotibot Technologies Limited
Emotibot was founded in 2015 by Mr. Kenny Chien, the former Partner Director of Engineering at Microsoft, who possesses extensive experience in Conversational AI and Search Technology in multiple languages and led the Xiaoice and Asian Cortanta Product development, a pioneer in new AI chatbot. He is committed to developing technologies and systems on Natural Language Understanding, Automatic Speech Recognition, Computer Vision, and Multimodal Interaction with Emotional Understanding, by which to a build a better life for society and empower enterprises to innovate and develop.
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Robert Langer
David H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT; Co-Founder, Moderna
Robert Langer is one of 13 Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. He has written over 1,500 articles, which have been cited over 320,000 times; his h-index of 278 is the highest of any engineer in history and tied for the 6th highest of any individual in history (behind Sigmund Freud and a few others). He has more than 1,400 issued and pending patents worldwide. His patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 400 companies. He served as Chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999-2002, and has won over 220 awards.
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Zicai Liang
Founder & CEO, Suzhou Ribo Life Science Co. Ltd.
Zicai Liang was trained as a biologist at Nankai University where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees and then as a Molecular Biologist at Uppsala University where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1995. He then spent 3 years in Yale University as a postdoc working on Drosophilia molecular genetics. In end of 1998 he moved to Karolinska Institute, Sweden to start his own group working on Genomics technologies as an Assistant Professor. He has also served as director of the Karolinska Institute DNA chip core facility (KICHIP). He also served as a founder and director of several biotech companies in Sweden. In 2004, he was awarded the title of associated professor (docent) at Karolinska Institute. He has alo been a visiting professor at Chinese Human Genome Center North since 2003. He is now a Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Nucleic Acid Technology at Institute of Molecular Medicine, Peking University (IMM/PKU). He also serves as Chairman of the Education Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Academic Committee of IMM at PKU and Vice-Chairman of Diploma Committee in Biology Science of PKU. In 2010, he was selected Vice Chairman of Nucleic Acid Sub-committee of the Chinese Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Currently, Prof. Liang’s research interests include application of siRNA and other nucleic acid tools in biomedical research and translational applications among which is in vivo application of siRNA for drug target validation and siRNA drug development.
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Jonathan Liu
SVP, Bio-Manufacturing, BeiGene
Jonathan Liu joined BeiGene in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Bio-Manufacturing. He joined BeiGene from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) where he held the position of Head of China Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing Sciences (PDMS), responsible for PDMS operations of biologicals, small molecule drugs and vaccine development in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining J&J Dr. Liu spent more than 20 years in the industry and has led many drug development projects in CMC, manufacturing, R&D and production facility management, and has contributed to the successful launch, clinical studies and/or other major milestones for ReFacto®,BENEFIX®,FluMist®, ACAM2000® and 20 other drug products for Pfizer, Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Novartis. His ACAM project team completed the entire drug development cycle from discovery to commercialization and national strategic stockpiling in less than five years. In addition, he is a co-author of Quality by Design for Vaccine, a white paper to the U.S. FDA on behalf of the vaccine industry. He has authored or co-authored prolifically, on subjects including the highest volumetric vaccine manufacturing process, and more than 150 scientific book chapters, lectures, journal articles in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and has more than 20 inventions patented in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and other countries. Dr. Liu holds Ph.D. and DVM degrees from Queen’s University in Canada, and from the Hunan Agricultural University in China, respectively. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Harvard Medical School. He has been a member of Advisory Board or board of directors for the United States National Center of Therapeutics Manufacturing, investment firms, biotech companies, various trade organizations and scientific journal review boards.
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Jason Lu
Senior Vice President & China General Manager, Graphcore
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Dawei Ma
Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Research Professor, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Dawei Ma received his PhD in 1989 from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), and did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Mayo Clinic. He returned to SIOC in 1994, and was appointed as research professor in 1995. His research interests currently focus on the development of new synthetic methodologies, the total synthesis of complex natural products and their SAR and action mode studies, as well as the discovery of small modulators for target proteins and special biological processes.
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Azalia Mirhoseini
Senior Research Scientist, Google Brain
Azalia is the co-founder/tech-lead of the Machine Learning for Systems Team in Google Brain where they focus on deep reinforcement learning based approaches to solve problems in computer systems and metalearning. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. She has received a number of awards, including the MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 award, the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award at Rice and a Gold Medal in the National Math Olympiad in Iran. Her work has been covered in various media outlets including MIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, and Wired.
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Miguel Nicolelis
Professor, Duke University
Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is the Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology and Neuroscience, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. He is founder and Scientific Director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal; and founder of the Walk Again Project, an international consortium of scientists/engineers, dedicated to developing an exoskeleton device to assist paralyzed patients in regaining their mobility. As a world-renowned leader in understanding the physiological principles that govern mammalian brain circuits, their dynamics and plastic potential in freely behaving animals, Dr. Nicolelis worked to integrate this knowledge with a variety of engineering and computer science tools to create a new paradigm - brain-machine interfaces - which launched the field of neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis led the creation of a new generation of neuroprosthetic devices which will likely change the future face of clinical neurology and neurosurgery.
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Nancy Qiu
Partner and Chief Technology Officer, WaterDrop
Nancy has served as WaterDrop’s Partner and CTO since August 2020, and is in charge of proprietary technology development and its application in insurance and big health market. Prior to joining WaterDrop, Nancy served as CTO at Uxin Group (NASDAQ: UXIN) from 2014 to 2019, where she participated in the incubation of Uxin Used Car. Nancy set up UXIN's production and research team of nearly a thousand people from scratch, and took the lead in making the transaction and service network of used cars data-based, digitalized and intelligent. Prior to that, Nancy served as a director at 360 Security Technology Inc. (601360.SS), and a manager at Tencent (0700.HK). Nancy received a master’s degree in computer science from School of Software, Peking University.
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Mohamad Sawan
Chair Professor in Westlake University; Fellow, the Engineering Institutes of Canada
Mohamad Sawan is Chair Professor in Westlake University, Hangzhou, China, and Emeritus Professor in University of Montreal, Canada. He is founder and director of the Cutting-Edge Net of Biomedical Research And INnovation (CenBRAIN) in Westlake University. He received the Ph.D. degree Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. He is Co-Founder, Associate Editor and was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (2016-2019). He is founder of the International IEEE-NEWCAS Conference and of the Polystim Neurotech Laboratory, and Co-Founder of the International IEEE-BioCAS Conference. He was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Smart Medical Devices (2001-2015), and was leading the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec, Canada (1999-2018). Dr. Sawan published more than 800 peer reviewed papers, two books, 10 book chapters, and 12 patents. He received several awards, among them the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Shanghai City Mayor Award for International Collaboration, the Qianjiang Friendship Ambassador Award, and the medal of merit from the President of Lebanon. Dr. Sawan is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institutes of Canada, and “Officer” of the National Order of Quebec.
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Chunhua Shen
Full Professor of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Professor Shen has been a Full Professor of Computer Science at The University of Adelaide since 2014, and Founding Director of the Machine Learning Theory theme at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning. His research mainly focuses on Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He was recognised as a top 5 researcher for Engineering and Computer Sciences as part of The Australian’s Life time Achievement Leaderboard (Sept. 2020,, an exceptional achievement that demonstrates his sustained and exceptional research performance which enhances the research reputation of The University of Adelaide. Professor Shen demonstrates innovative approaches to translate research for economic and societal gain. A recent example is the work he did with a leading mobile phone company on the development of image parsing techniques for AI driven photography – which was successfully deployed to over 30 million mobile phones in 2018. His student alumni include two Australian Research Council DECRA fellows and additional graduates who are now in tenured or tenure track roles in Universities including the University of Adelaide, Sydney University, Monash University, Wollongong University, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and a few other universities in China. Besides, 3 of Prof. Shen’s PhD students won the prestigious Google PhD Fellowships.
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Yichen Shen
Co-Founder & CEO, Lightelligence
Yichen Shen is a co-founder and CEO of Lightelligence. He received his PhD degree in Physics from MIT in 2016, where his research focused on nanophotonics and artificial intelligence. Through his PhD, Yichen has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers and has filed 10 US patents, including first authored papers in Science, Nature Photonics, and ICML (the top machine learning conference). In 2017, Yichen received Forbes 30 under 30 Global and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35 (TR35) China.
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Yue Sun
Co-Founder & CTO, Codemao
To be Updated.
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Fiona Tan
Global Head of Customer and Supplier Technology, Wayfair
Fiona Tan drives the continued growth of Wayfair’s world-class Engineering organization while setting the vision and strategy for the development of systems and technologies that shape customer and supplier experiences. Prior to Wayfair, Fiona served as senior vice president of U.S. Technology at Walmart where she was responsible for innovation and engineering execution spanning its site, mobile app and all associate and merchant-facing technology across its e-commerce and stores business in the U.S. Her prior roles at Walmart include senior vice president of Customer Technology and vice president of Engineering. Prior to Walmart, Fiona served in a number of leadership roles at Ariba, where she led a global engineering organization responsible for the strategy, lifecycle, and delivery of the Ariba Commerce Network, as well as TIBCO Software. Fiona has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.
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Matthew Wang
CTO, We-Doctor Group; CEO, We-Doctor Cloud
Dr. Matthew Wang holds PH.D in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and MBA degree from George Washington University. In 1998, Dr. Wang joined IBM as the Chief Architect of IBM's global supply chain for personal computer . He has also served as Director of IBM Global Service Department, Assistant President of Global R&D Center, Director of Silicon Valley Development Center, General Manager of Sales at Asia Pacific Headquarters. In 2008, he became the Global Vice President of IBM, responsible for the development of strategic platforms such as big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. In 2016, Dr. Wang joined Cybernaut as President of Cybernaut Investment Group and Chairman of Cybernaut International. In 2020, Dr. Wang joined We-Doctor as CTO of We-Doctor Group and CEO of We-Doctor Cloud, leading the construction and operation of We-Doctor technology and We-Doctor international platform. In China, Dr. Wang is Vice Chairman of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), Vice Director of China National Big Data Expert Committee, Vice Director of China National Cloud Computing Expert Committee, Director of the European and American Alumni Association, Director of China Enterprise Confederation, Executive Dean of Zhejiang University Innovation Institute International, Professor of Practice for ZJU-SMU DBA , Visiting Professor of Zhejiang University ,Tsinghua University, China Europe International Business School and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.
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Zhonglin Wang
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Zhong Lin Wang is the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering and Regents’ Professor at Georgia Tech, and founding director and chief scientist of the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Wang’s discovery and breakthroughs in developing nanogenerators establish the principle and technological road map for harvesting mechanical energy from environment and biological systems for powering a personal electronics. His research on self-powered nanosystems has inspired the worldwide effort in academia and industry for studying energy for micro-nano-systems. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics. From SCI database, Wang’s entire publications have been cited for over 135,000 times with an h-index of 180, ranking No. 1 in Google Scholar public profiles in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience in total citations and h-index impacts.
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Dongkun Xia
Vice President, Galactic Energy Aerospace Technology Co., LTD.
Dr. Xia Dongkun, vice president of Galactic Energy Aerospace Technology CO., LTD, had worked in China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technolog and CASC. More than 10 years experience of aerospace model research and strategic planning management. Dr. Xia Dongkun owns enterprise management innovation award for national defense science and technology industry, advanced individual award of CASC , technical improvement and rationalization recommendation award of China academy of launch vehicle technology, in addition, Hsia owns more than 10 national invention patents.
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Chao Xie
Vice President, Terminus
To be updated.
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Wayne Shiong
Partner, China Growth Capital
Wayne Shiong is a Partner at China Growth Capital, a Beijing-based early stage technology investor since 2006. Wayne leads frontier technologies sector at the firm with investments like WeRide (a.k.a JingChi), DeePhi (sold to NASDAQ: XLNX), Mech Mind, HealthBio, Sobot, Landscape Aerospace etc. He was a Partner at Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI) with led investments like iClick (NASDAQ: ICLK), Mogujie (NYSE: MOGU), Douban and domob (sold to BlueFocus SZSE 300058) etc. Prior to BAI, Wayne was a Partner with WI Harper Group, a cross border early stage investor in technology and healthcare where he worked on Maxthon, Go Mobile (NASDAQ: GOMO), Mapbar (sold to NASDAQ: RENN), ChIVD (sold to Actis), Edan Instrument (Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 300206) and Innovation Works. Wayne started his investment career as Consultant to Piper Jaffray's Internet equity research team. Prior to Piper Jaffray, he was a co-founder of a Bluetooth start-up funded by Mobile Internet (Asia). Wayne grew up in Beijing with a B.A. in Economics from Peking University. China Growth Capital is a Beijing-based early stage technology investor since 2006, managing $1B to back companies from seed stage to early growth. Notable portfolio companies include SMZDM, Wish, Miss Fresh, 2Dfire, RippleLabs, PingCAP, WeRide, Tongdun etc.
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Pengfei Yuan
Chief Technology Officer, EdiGene
Dr. Pengfei Yuan has nearly ten years of experience in gene editing technology development and application transformation. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at EdiGene. Dr. Yuan is part of the earliest group of Chinese scholars exposed to genome editing technologies. He has made many valuable contributions to improve and develop genome editing technologies. His research results have been published in Nature, Cell, Nature Biotechnology and other top science publications. Dr. Yuan was also the former executive director of many key projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. His personal honors include being selected as Beijing Science and Technology New Star, Zhongguancun Young Eagle Talent, and winning the first prize of Beijing Youth Excellent Science and Technology Paper.Dr. Yuan holds a double bachelor's degree and doctorate degree from Peking University. During his PhD and postdoctoral studies, he studied under Professor Wei Wensheng, a well-known expert in the gene editing field. He also has the title of Associate Researcher in the Beijing Natural Science Research Series.
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Gleb Yushin
Co-Founder & CTO, Sila Nanotechnologies; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Gleb Yushin is a Co-Founder & CTO of Sila Nanotechnologies. He is also a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and an Editor-in-Chief for Materials Today. Gleb has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 patents. For his contributions to the development of energy storage materials, Gleb has received numerous awards and was recognized as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by the Electrochemical Society. Gleb holds BS and MS degrees in Physics from Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from North Carolina State University.
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Weijie Zhang
GM, Haier Smart Manufacturing; Executive Director, Haier Institute of Industrial Intelligence
To be updated.
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Alex Zhavoronkov
Founder & CEO, Insilico Medicine
Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine (, a leader in next-generation artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery and biomarker development. Under his leadership Insilico raised over $52 million in multiple rounds from expert investors, opened R&D centers in 6 countries and regions, and partnered with multiple pharmaceutical companies achieving millions in immediate revenue and over a billion in potential future milestones and royalties. He is also the founder of Deep Longevity, a company applying deep learning technologies for prediction of human biological age using multiple data types. Since 2015 he invented critical technologies in the field of generative adversarial networks (GANs) and reinforcement learning (RL) for generation of the novel molecular structures with the desired properties and generation of synthetic patient data. Since 2012 he published over 130 peer-reviewed research papers, and 2 books. He is the adjunct professor of artificial intelligence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.


EmTech China is your opportunity to discover future trends and to understand the technologies that will drive the new global economy. It's where tech, business, and culture converge, and where you gain access to the most innovative people and companies in the world.
Leading with Innovation
What is the new normal? And how will technology help or hinder the rebuilding of the global economy, supply chains and the workforce? With worldwide markets experiencing near collapses, what does economic recovery look like for China? Can one country truly recover without the economic rebound of other nations?
AI Life
Have we reached the point of diminishing returns on activating deep learning AI strategies? Deep learning has greatly advanced the field of study with its enormous appetite for data and processing power. But deep learning has not translated into deep understanding. What techniques and algorithms are most likely to fuel the next major advancements?
Building Blocks Toward a Sustainable Future
A new generation of powerful materials, combined with advanced sensor technologies and advanced Artificial Intelligence applications are poised to disrupt industries from Energy to Agriculture and Aerospace, as the dynamics of energy storage and distribution promises a more sustainable future.
A Connected World
The recent surge in internet usage is driving a major upgrade. What are the challenges to ensuring a robust, reliable and high-performance infrastructure? Keeping people connected to data – and to each other is a lynchpin vital to remote work, online learning, daily and emergency communications, healthcare and much more.
Transforming Health: Biomedicine
Investment in biomedical research, innovation and collaboration are the keys to understanding and beating infectious disease, cancer and chronic conditions. Scientists have the capacity to discern genetic, molecular, and cellular structures of disease, transforming medicine from diagnostics to post-care treatment. How are biomedical leaders applying lessons learned to challenges today.
To date, the scale of actual digital adoption in the healthcare sector has been disappointing, tempered by questions of return-on-investment and a general reticence toward change. The speed of adoption is changing by sheer force of necessity and digital transformation is coming of age in healthcare practice and delivery.
Cross-industry Innovation
Sessions in this track include presentation recordings from world-experts who are impacting industries and moving traditional sectors toward digital transformation. This includes innovation in chip design, smart city initiatives, advances in new materials applictications, advances in Artificial Intelligence and more. Find out what the brightest minds in research and business are doing on a global stage.


November 19th, 2020


Opening Remarks

Landy ZhangDeputy Publisher, MIT Technology Review China
Gideon LichfieldEditor-in-Chief, MIT Technology Review (Video)
Mike LewisChief Innovation Officer, NanoRacks (Video)
Viral ShahCo-Creator, Julia; Co-Founder and CEO, Julia Computing (Video)
Weizhi JiDirector, Institute of Primate Translational Medicine, Kunming University of Science and Technology
Qionghai DaiMember, Chinese Academy of Engineering; Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University (Video)
Government Officials

Leading with Innovation

Dawei Ma Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Research Professor, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Michael CusumanoDeputy Dean, Sloan School of Management, MIT (Video)

TR50 Introduction


TR50 Awarding Ceremony

November 20th, 2020


AI Life

Wanqing HeHead, Alibaba Cloud High Performance Computing Product
Wenyuan DaiFounder & CEO, 4Paradigm
Nancy QiuPartner and Chief Technology Officer, WaterDrop
Chao XieVice President, Terminus

Building Blocks toward a Suatainable Future

Weijie ZhangGM, Haier Smart Manufacturing; Executive Director, Haier Institute of Industrial Intelligence
Yichen ShenCo-Founder & CEO, Lightelligence
Cheryl CuiFounder & CEO, Bota Bio
Jennifer GaoVice President, AInnovation
Jason LuSenior Vice President & China General Manager, Graphcore
Dongkun XiaVice President, Galactic Energy Aerospace Technology Co., LTD.
Wayne Shiong Partner, China Growth Capital

A Connected World

Yue SunCo-Founder & CTO, Codemao
William Bao BeanGeneral Partner, SOSV; Managing Director, Chinaccelerator & MOX
Mary-Luc ChampelMedia Coding and Delivery Standards Manager, Xiaomi

Transforming Health: Biomedicine

Robert LangerDavid H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT; Co-Founder, Moderna (Video)
Jonathan LiuSVP, Bio-Manufacturing, BeiGene
Zicai LiangFounder & CEO, Suzhou Ribo Life Science Co. Ltd.
Taylor GuoChief Scientific Officer, I-MAB Biopharma
Wayne ShiongPartner, China Growth Capital
Pengfei YuanChief Technology Officer, EdiGene


Mohamad SawanChair Professor in Westlake University; Fellow, the Engineering Institutes of Canada
Alex ZhavoronkovFounder & CEO, Insilico Medicine
Matthew WangCTO, We-Doctor Group; CEO, We-Doctor Cloud
Miguel NicolelisProfessor, Duke University (Video)

November 21st, 2020

EmTech China Virtual Conference


Cross-industry Innovation

Azalia MirhoseiniSenior Research Scientist, Google Brain
Gleb YushinCo-Founder & CTO, Sila Nanotechnologies; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Greg CrossCo-Founder, Soul Machines
Fiona TanGlobal Head of Customer and Supplier Technology, Wayfair
Edward BoydenY. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, MIT
Jordan Brayanov Digital Strategy Lead, Takeda
Zhonglin WangProfessor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Gang ChenCarl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering, MIT
Chunhua ShenFull Professor of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Michael Batty Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London
Kenny Chien Founder & CEO, Emotibot Technologies Limited


The TR50 first ran in 2010 as the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Since then, the annual list has been one our most popular and widely read features. In 2014, it was renamed to the “50 Smartest Companies” to better define the types of companies we’re looking for: smart in finding and using new technologies, and smart in understanding their markets and business opportunities.

In November 2018, the "50 smartest companies" of MIT Technology Review was officially launched in China. In addition to being open to local companies, the selection also focus on multinational companies with major business operation in China.

In November 2020, the 50 selected companies will be announced and presented in EmTech China 2020.

·Time:Afternoon of the 19th of November, 2020

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Pullman Suzhou Zhonghui
Pullman Suzhou Zhonghui is opened on 29 September, 2019. It is located in the CBD of Xiangcheng District, the convenient transportation hub for easy access to major business centers and tourist attractions in Suzhou. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is aboout 90 minutes' drive away, while Shuofang International Airport is about 40 minutes by taxi. And Suzhou Railway Station is about a 20-minute drive from the hotel.




-How much it costs for this event?

MIT Technology Review celebrates EmTech’s 20th anniversary in 2020. To show our sincere thanks to our supporters and attendees we are offering a complimentary ticket to EmTech China 2020 to the first 500 people who register. This is a ¥999 value.

-How do I get my ticket (s)?
Your registration will be reviewed and once approved, you will receive a QR code for the event. You will need the QR code on-site to get your badge for admittance to EmTech China.
-What does my ticket include?
As part of your complementary registration, you can participate in all related conference activities during the one and a half days' event event (no on-site lunch included).

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