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SPEAKERS

The following is a list of confirmed speakers to date:

Larry Abbott 
Larry Abbott

Neuroscientist, Columbia University

Larry Abbott is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. He studies the brain using computational modelling and mathematical analysis of neurons and neural networks. 
Dorit Aharonov 
Dorit Aharonov

Professor, Hebrew University

Dr. Aharonov is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University in Israel. Her work is focussed on quantum computing, quantum algorithms, and quantum cryptography, as well as understanding how to do quantum computation with noisy quantum systems. Dr. Aharonov appears at the Q2C Festival courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.
Natalie Angier 
Natalie Angier

Science Reporter, New York Times

Ms. Angier is an author and a Pulitzer-Prize winning science columnist for the New York Times. She is the President's Council of Cornell Women A.D. White Professor-at-Large. Her latest book entitled "The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science" is her guide to the fundamental concepts of modern science.
Alison Armstrong 
Alison Armstrong

Unknown

Alison Armstrong was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada as a child. She is the author of several books for schoolchildren, and co-author The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk. She also co-authored the anthology Mythic Voices, which is used in schools in Canada, the United States, and Australia. A journalist and an active parent representative on educational committees, she lives in Toronto with her husband and her two teenaged children.
Michael Belfiore 
Michael Belfiore

Author and Science Writer

Michael Belfiore is a writer focused on breakthrough technologies poised to change our world and is the author of "The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs". He writes for Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Air & Space, and for emerging technology companies.
Robin Blume-Kohout 
Robin Blume-Kohout

Unknown, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Stewart Brand 
Stewart Brand

President, The Long Now Foundation

Mr. Brand is co-chairman of the board of directors for The Long Now Foundation. He is also co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network and GBN Book Club. Mr. Brand is well known for founding, editing and publishing the "Whole Earth Catalog".
Anne Broadbent 
Anne Broadbent

Research Chair in Quantum Information, Institute for Quantum Computing

Anne Broadbent is a post-doctoral researcher affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization of the University of Waterloo, and hold an NSERC fellowship. Previously, she was a graduate student at the LITQ of Université de Montréal, under the direction of Gilles Brassard and Alain Tapp. Before that, she received a B.Math in Combinatorics and Optimization from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (co-op).
Cliff Burgess 
Cliff Burgess

Unknown, McMaster University

Michael Burns 
Michael Burns

Senior Physics Teacher

Dr. Burns is a teacher and astronomer. As a two time past president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for Kitchener-Waterloo, he has given many public lectures on a variety of astronomical topics and has written papers for the Pulsar Journal on topics ranging from inflation theory to dark matter. His private observatory incorporates some of the latest software and telescopic equipment for recording and enhancing videos of solar system objects.
Sean B. Carroll 
Sean B. Carroll

Author and Biologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sean B. Carroll is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of several popular books, including the recent “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species”.
Sean M. Carroll 
Sean M. Carroll

Author and Physicist, California Institute of Technology

Sean M.Carroll is Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research includes a number of topics in theoretical physics such as cosmology, field theory, particle physics, and gravitation. He is the author of “From Eternity to Here,” a book about cosmology and the arrow of time.
Ignacio Cirac 
Ignacio Cirac

Director of the Theory Division, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Ignacio Cirac is Director of the Theory Division of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. He is a leading quantum information theorist whose research aims to characterize quantum phenomena and to develop a new theory of quantum information - work which may ultimately contribute to the development of quantum computers.
David Cory 
David Cory

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing, University of Waterloo

Dr. Cory is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and chairs the advisory committee for CIFAR’s Quantum Information Processing program. He is an experimental physicist working to develop spin-based quantum processors.
James Côté 
James Côté

Professor, University of Western Ontario

James Côté is a professor at the University of Western Ontario and the co-author of Ivory Tower Blues: A University System in Crisis. He has published numerous journal articles on student experiences with higher education. His research interests include the sociology of youth and the social psychology of identity.
Sarah Croke 
Sarah Croke

Lecturer, Perimeter Institute

Dr Croke is a post-doctoral researcher at Perimeter Institute. She is interested in both theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum information processing, as well as quantum optics. She received her PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2007.
Jody Culham 
Jody Culham

Psychologist, University of Western Ontario

Jody Culham is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of Western Ontario.  Her research uses brain imaging experiments (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to investigate visual perception and visually guided actions in humans, including patients with unusual visual disorders.  She teaches Biologically Oriented Introductory Psychology.
Wilson da Silva 
Wilson da Silva

Editor

Mr. da Silva is a science journalist and a founder of COSMOS. He is a former on-air reporter and producer for ‘Quantum’ on Australia’s ABC TV, has been a foreign correspondent for the global newswire Reuters, and is a past president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He is also the winner of many journalism and film awards.
Peter Diamandis 
Peter Diamandis

Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation

Dr. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit initiative focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes, such as the Google Lunar X PRIZE, to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Cory Doctorow 
Cory Doctorow

Blogger

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger - the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of the bestselling novel "Little Brother." He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.
Mike Dover 
Mike Dover

Vice President, nGenera Insight

Mr. Dover is a vice president of nGenera Insight and Advisory Services and the program director of the Talent 2.0 research program. He has investigated the role of IT in business for 13 years, spending the past several at New Paradigm and nGenera examining customer capital and business model innovations. Dedicated to business education, he was named one of the top five mentors to young professionals in Ontario and contributed to the eBusiness.
Nadia El-Awady 
Nadia El-Awady

President WFSJ, Freelance Science Journalist

Nadia El-Awady is a freelance journalist, lecturer of online journalism at the Al-Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, and a coordinator for a World Federation of Science Journalists training program of science journalists. She co-founded the Arab Science Journalists Association and was its first president, and is now the President of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Richard Epp 
Richard Epp

Scientific Outreach Manager, Perimeter Institute

Dr. Epp is the Manager of Scientific Outreach at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. With a background in both engineering and theoretical physics, he is knowledgeable about the entire spectrum of physics, and enjoys introducing people of all ages to the mysteries and wonders of our amazing universe.
Dan Falk 
Dan Falk

Science Journalist

Dan Falk is an award winning freelance writer and broadcaster specializing in science stories, with a particular focus on physics, astronomy, and cosmology. He has written for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Walrus, COSMOS, Astronomy, and New Scientist.  His latest book is "In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension."
Katherine Freese 
Katherine Freese

Physicist, University of Michigan

Katherine Freese is the George Eugene Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, and the Associate Director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang.
S. James Gates Jr. 
S. James Gates Jr.

John S. Toll Professor & Director of Center for String & Particle Theory, University of Maryland

S. James Gates Jr., the Toll Physics Professor and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, serves on the Maryland State Board of Education and the US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and Superstring/M-Theory.
Ralf Gellert 
Ralf Gellert

Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Ralf Gellert, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, is the lead scientist for the Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on board the Mars Exploration Rovers and of the improved APXS for the next rover in 2011. Together with international scientists his team in Guelph supports the ongoing Rover exploration on Mars and analyzes the returned chemical data.
Neil Gershenfeld 
Neil Gershenfeld

Professor, MIT

Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, and has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology. He is a pioneer at the boundary between computer science and physical science, from early quantum computations to virtuosic musical instruments to field "fab labs".
Mark Gerstein 
Mark Gerstein

Associate Professor, Yale University

Mark Gerstein is the Albert Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Computer Science at Yale University. His research involves applying quantitative approaches such as data mining and simulation to problems in molecular biology. He is specifically interested in human genome annotation, molecular networks, and macromolecular geometry.
Pallab Ghosh 
Pallab Ghosh

Science Reporter, BBC

Pallab Ghosh is a science correspondent for BBC News. Prior to joining the BBC he worked for New Scientist as Science News Editor. This year Pallab was part of a BBC News team that won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke award for its coverage of space stories. He is the immediate past president and on the Executive board of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Daniel Gottesman 
Daniel Gottesman

Faculty, Perimeter Institute

Daniel Gottesman, a faculty member at Perimeter Institute, has spent over 10 years working in the field of quantum information and is widely regarded as a world expert on techniques for preventing errors in quantum computing. A former student of John Preskill, he has worked at Los Alamos, Microsoft Research, and UC Berkeley.
John Grant 
John Grant

Geologist, Smithsonian Institution

John Grantjoined the Smithsonian in the fall of 2000 as a Geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. He has been a member of the Science Team for the Mars Exploration Rovers since 2002, and is co-leader of the process to select the landing site for NASA's next Mars rover, the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory.
Michael Griffin 
Michael Griffin

King-McDonald Eminent Scholar and Professor, University of Alabama

Dr. Griffin is an Eminent Scholar and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From 2005-09 he was the Administrator of NASA. Prior to this he was the Space Department Head at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Chris Hadfield 
Chris Hadfield

Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, engineer, and pilot. He has made two space flights - one in 1995 and one in 2001. On his second trip, he completed two spacewalks and became the first Canadian to walk in space. He is currently training for a future stay on the International Space Station.
Stephen Hawking 
Stephen Hawking

Emeritus Lucasian Professor for Mathematics, University of Cambridge (DAMTP)

Stephen Hawking is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and a Distinguished Research Chair at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is known for his many contributions to the fields of cosmology, black holes and quantum gravity. **Note: Dr. Hawking will be providing his talks as recorded sessions.**
Tara Hunt 
Tara Hunt

Author and Marketing Consultant

Tara 'missrogue' Hunt has spent the past fifteen years living her life online. From the first wave of online marketing as it emerged in the late 90’s while in Canada all the way to being a pioneer of new marketing in Silicon Valley in 2005, leading the wave into Web 2.0: the participatory web. She understands how this participatory web is changing all of our relationships: B2C, B2B and C2C. She doesn’t believe in pushing messages or creating strong brands, only in the power of building relationships. She is the author of The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business.
Cheryl Jackson 
Cheryl Jackson

Host and Co-Producer of Your Voice, TVO

Cheryl Jackson has a decade of experience as a journalist in television and radio. She won the Canadian Investigative Journalism Award for a three-part documentary on health care, and was named best writer by the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association for a Rough Cuts documentary on family farming.
Leo Kadanoff 
Leo Kadanoff

Professor of Physics and Math, University of Chicago

Dr. Kadanoff is a professor emeritus of the University of Chicago and a past President of the American Physical Society (APS). He is widely acknowledged for his contributions to statistical physics, chaos theory, and theoretical condensed matter physics.
Craig Kaplan 
Craig Kaplan

University of Waterloo

Craig S. Kaplan is an associate professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is interested in applications of computer graphics in art, architecture and design, and makes occasional forays into human-computer interaction and computational geometry.
Lawrence Krauss 
Lawrence Krauss

Director of Origins Initiative, Arizona State University

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and author of several bestselling books including “The Physics of Star Trek ” His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He writes regularly for various newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on radio and television.
Raymond Laflamme 
Raymond Laflamme

Director, University of Waterloo/IQC

Raymond Laflamme is Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and an Associate Faculty at Perimeter Institute. His most important scientific contributions include theoretical and experimental methods to robustly control quantum information processors and a radically new approach to quantum computing using linear optics.
Jaron Lanier 
Jaron Lanier

Computer Scientist, Author, Berkeley University

Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in, and coined the term, Virtual Reality (VR). He received a Lifetime Career award from the IEEE in 2009. His day job is with Microsoft, and he is also the Interdisciplinary Scholar in Residence, CET, UC Berkeley. His book You Are Not a Gadget will be published in January 2010.
Mike Lazaridis 
Mike Lazaridis

Board Chair, Research in Motion (RIM) Limited

Mike Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He is the recipient of many awards, including Canada's most prestigious innovation prize - The Ernest C. Manning Principal Award. He was listed on the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was named to the Order of Ontario and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous philanthropic gifts made possible by his success in business.
Hod Lipson 
Hod Lipson

Director of CCSL, Cornell University

Dr. Lipson is the Director of Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research focuses on evolutionary robotics, design automation, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and creating ‘self-aware’ robots that can demonstrate some aspects of human creativity.
Fotini Markopoulou 
Fotini Markopoulou

Faculty, Perimeter Institute

Fotini Markopoulou works on the problem of quantum gravity. Her work explores the microscopic structure of spacetime and the role of causality at very high energies. Born in Athens, Greece, she received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Imperial College, London. She moved to Canada in 2001 as a founding member and faculty at the Perimeter Institute.
Chris McKay 
Chris McKay

Planetary Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

Chris McKay is a planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames.  His research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life.  He is playing a significant role in the planning of the MSL mission for 2011 and is also the deputy program scientist for Constellation - the NASA program for future human exploration of the Moon and Mars.
Robert McNees 
Robert McNees

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Robert McNees is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, working on problems in General Relativity, Cosmology, and String Theory. He is an alumnus of the Perimeter Institute, where he spent two years as an associate postdoctoral researcher.
Jordan Morelli 
Jordan Morelli

Assistant Professor, Queens University

Dr Morelli is currently an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in the Department of Physics.  He collaborates extensively with the University of Saskatchewan’s Plasma Physics Laboratory; home of Canada’s only tokamak fusion reactor.  His expertise lies in the area of tokamak plasma parameter control; in 2003, he successfully demonstrated the world’s first tokamak reactor application of fuzzy logic based controllers.
Véronique Morin 
Véronique Morin

Science Writer/Producer, Canadian Science Writers' Association (CSWA/ACRS)

Véronique Morin is a freelance science journalist for television, radio and magazines. She is currently developing a new documentary and series of articles under the prestigious fellowship “CIHR Science journalism award”, as well as pursuing other freelance projects, and working as science journalist for the science magazine program Le Code Chastenay on the public network Tele- Quebec. Veronique Morin was president of the Canadian Science Writers' Association (CSWA) from 2001-2005. She was elected the first president of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) from 2002-2004.
Michele Mosca 
Michele Mosca

Deputy Director, University of Waterloo/IQC

Dr. Mosca is co-founder and Deputy Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing and an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter Institute. His principal research concerns the design of quantum algorithms, and he is known for his early work on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He is a Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) program in Quantum Information.
Julie Mueller 
Julie Mueller

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Julie Mueller is an assistant professor with the Faculty of Education at WLU. She was an elementary educator in the Waterloo Region for eight years before returning to school to complete graduate work and begin research in the area of computers in education. Her research interests include teacher integration of computers in the classroom, the impact of computer technology on students as learners, and early literacy instruction with and without technology.
Kathryn O'Hara 
Kathryn O'Hara

CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism

Kathryn O'Hara holds the CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has worked over twenty-five years in radio and television as a host, reporter, producer and researcher mainly in public broadcasting. Ms. O'Hara is president of the Canadian Science Writers' Association.
Gordon Osinski 
Gordon Osinski

Assistant Professor - Planetary Geology / Earth and Planetary Materials, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on understanding planetary surfaces through comparative planetology and the use of terrestrial analogues, in particular impact cratering and cold-climate processes. He has published over 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the past 8 years and has received numerous awards including the Governor General's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies, a Canadian Space Agency Fellowship in Space Science, and the 2009 Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society.
Jennifer Ouellette 
Jennifer Ouellette

Freelance

Jennifer Ouellette stumbled into science writing quite by accident, and has been avidly exploring her inner geek ever since. She is the author of "Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics" and "The Physics of the Buffyverse". She is program director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a new initiative of the National Academy of Sciences.
Steve Paikin 
Steve Paikin

Host, TVO

Steve Paikin's distinguished career in journalism includes twelve years as co-host of TVO's Studio 2, host of TVO's weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, and host of TVO's provincial affairs program Fourth Reading. Steve Paikin is the author of four books: "The New Game"; "Public Triumph", "Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts" and "The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life."
Damian Pope 
Damian Pope

Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach, Perimeter Institute

Dr. Pope is the Senior Manager,Scientific Outreach at Perimeter Institute. In this role, he combines his background as a researcher in quantum information theory and quantum foundations with a passion for communicating scientific ideas to create and coordinate educational content for students, teachers and the general public.
Andrew Revkin 
Andrew Revkin

Environment Reporter, New York Times

Mr. Revkin has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole. He is the author of several books, and writes a blog, "Dot Earth", about efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits.
Robert Richards 
Robert Richards

Founder and CEO, Odyssey Moon Ltd.

Dr. Richards is the Founder and CEO of Odyssey Moon Ltd., a commercial lunar enterprise based in the Isle of Man, and the first official registrant in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. He is also the Director of Space Technology at Optech Incorporated of Canada, where he presided over the first commercial lidar scanner flown in space.
Karl Schroeder 
Karl Schroeder

Unknown

Karl Schroeder is a science fiction author of several popular books, including The Sunless Countries: Book Four of Virga.
Gino Segrè 
Gino Segrè

Author and Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Gino Segrè is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at MIT and Oxford, and was chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe" and "Faust in Copenhagen: A struggle for the soul of physics."
Ivan Semeniuk 
Ivan Semeniuk

Science Reporter

Mr. Semeniuk has worked as a science journalist in both print and broadcast media. He was US bureau chief for New Scientist and a columnist and field producer for Discovery Channel's science show Daily Planet. In 2007 he was named a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT. He holds degrees in science journalism and astronomy and physics.
Donna Shirley 
Donna Shirley

Aerospace Engineer and Author

Donna Shirleyis a former manager of Mars Exploration at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the author of the book “Managing Martians”. She directed the team that built the Rover 'Sojourner Truth', which was landed on the surface of Mars by the highly successful Mars Pathfinder project in 1997. Asteroid "5649donnashirley" is named in her honor.
Peter Shor 
Peter Shor

Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics

Peter Shor is a professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT. He is most famous for his work on quantum computation, in particular for devising Shor's algorithm, a quantum algorithm for factoring exponentially faster than the best currently-known algorithm running on a classical computer. He was awarded the Nevanlinna Prize in 1998. Dr.Shor appears at the Q2C Festival courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.
Vaclav Smil 
Vaclav Smil

Author and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

Vaclav Smil is the author of 30 books, most recently “The Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years.” His interdisciplinary research encompasses energy, environment, food, population, economics, history and public policy studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has lectured widely in North America, Europe and Asia.
Lee Smolin 
Lee Smolin

Faculty, Perimeter Institute

Lee Smolin is a faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the author of "Life of the Cosmos", "Three Roads to Quantum Gravity", and "The Trouble with Physics." He is known for devising several different approaches to quantum gravity, in particular, loop quantum gravity. His research interests include cosmology, elementary particle theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, and theoretical biology.
Margaret Somerville 
Margaret Somerville

Founding Director, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law

Margaret Somerville is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University. Among many honours and awards, she holds the Order of Australia, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, delivered the 2006 CBC Massey Lectures, and in 2003 won the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.
Robert Spekkens 
Robert Spekkens

Faculty, Perimeter Institute

Sabine Stanley 
Sabine Stanley

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Stanley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. Her research projects are in planetary magnetic fields and dynamo theory. She completed her PhD in Geophysics at Harvard University in 2004, then worked at Harvard and MIT before moving to Toronto.
Kári Stefánsson 
Kári Stefánsson

CEO, deCODE Genetics

Kári Stefánsson is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of deCODE genetics, based in Iceland. Dr. Stefánsson has been a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University and Director of Neuropathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was named one of the Time 100 most influential people in 2007.
Neal Stephenson 
Neal Stephenson

Author

Neal Stephensonis the author of the three-volume epic “The Baroque Cycle” (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels "Cryptonomicon", "The Diamond Age", "Snow Crash", and "Zodiac." His most recent book is "Anathem." He lives in Seattle, Washington.
David Tong 
David Tong

Professor of Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University

David Tong is a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge. His research applies the techniques of quantum field theory and string theory to understand a variety of different systems, from early universe cosmology to particle physics to pure mathematics. He was recently awarded the Adams prize in mathematics.
Mark Tovey 
Mark Tovey

Unknown, WorldChanging Canada

Mark Tovey, editor of WorldChanging Canada, is a cognitive scientist who studies human response to change, and how to accelerate and catalyze societal change. He recently edited the book “Collective Intelligence”, which deals with how mass collaboration can be used to gain traction on global problems.
Neil Turok 
Neil Turok

Director, Perimeter Institute, Perimeter Institute

Dr. Turok is the Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has worked in a number of areas of theoretical physics and cosmology, focusing on developing fundamental theories and new observational tests. With Stephen Hawking, he developed the Hawking-Turok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes, and with Paul Steinhardt developed a cyclic theory of the universe.
Andrew White 
Andrew White

Professor of Physics, University of Queensland

Andrew White is a professor of physics at the University of Queensland and the Director of the Quantum Technology Laboratory. In 2003 he and his colleagues produced the first entangling quantum-logic gate. His research interests include quantum information, quantum optics—all aspects of quantum weirdness really—and biophysics. Dr. White appears at the Q2C Festival courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.
Avi Wigderson 
Avi Wigderson

Computer Scientist, Institute for Advanced Study

Avi Wigderson is a Professor at the School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His research interests include randomness and computation, quantum computation and communication, and cryptography. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Nevanlinna Prize.
Stuart Wolf 
Stuart Wolf

Director, University of Virginia

Stuart Wolf is the Director of the University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) as well as a Professor in both the Materials Science and Engineering and the Physics departments. He is known for continuing to push the frontiers in spintronics and quantum information science. Dr. Wolf appears at the Q2C Festival courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.
Alice in Wonderland 
Alice in Wonderland

Outreach, Perimeter Institute

Alice is the newest member of PI’s Outreach team. She brings a lovable if not precocious personality and is always brimming with curiosity. Why is it dark at night? What keeps us stuck to the Earth? Why can’t we walk through walls? Alice seeks answers in sixty seconds or less and shares her wonder for discovery with everyone she meets. Aside from Q2C, Alice spends her time on YouTube and, occasionally, in the Black Hole Bistro.
Bob in Wonderland 
Bob in Wonderland

Outreach, Perimeter Institute

Bob is Alice’s slightly older brother. He’s boyishly lanky and fun loving. Despite having more education than Alice, he doesn’t look at life too deeply and tends to seek easy answers. Bob needs to think more outside the box - something his little sister challenges him to do. Bob shows potential, but unless he uses more imagination, his sixty seconds of fame at PI may soon be up.
William Wootters 
William Wootters

Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy, Williams College

Bill Wootters, a professor of physics at Williams College and a visitor this fall at Perimeter Institute, does research in quantum information theory and foundations of quantum mechanics.  He is one of the authors of the 1993 paper pointing out the theoretical possibility of quantum teleportation.      
Eliezer Yudkowsky 
Eliezer Yudkowsky

Research Fellow

Eliezer Yudkowsky is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) theorist who also writes on the topic of human rationality. He cofounded the Singularity Institute for AI, devoted to research and advocacy on the topics of Artificial General Intelligence, self-improving AI, and superintelligence. Mr. Yudkowsky was one of the founding directors of the World Transhumanist Association.
Anton Zeilinger 
Anton Zeilinger

Professor, University of Vienna

Anton Zeilinger is a professor of physics at the University of Vienna and the Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.In 1997, he and his colleagues confirmed aspects of quantum teleportation by teleporting light particles. He has received more than 20 awards and honours for his work, including the Isaac Newton medal. Dr. Zeilinger appears at the Q2C Festival courtesy of Institute for Quantum Computing.