Meet the experts you will be working with

EPFL technology experts

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Ranked #1 for universities less than 50 years old by the Times Higher Education, EPFL is one of the two Swiss federal institutes of technology and one of the Europe's most innovative and dynamic institutes, offering exceptional resources and facilities for research. Working with top EPFL faculty and doctoral students, you will discover its innovation hub, home to more than 300 laboratories and research groups, and focus on driving innovation and technology transfer for your business.

Marc Gruber

Marc Gruber is vice president for innovation and full professor and vice president for innovation at EPFL where he holds the chair of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. His research focus is on innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. In an independent research study on the most impactful entrepreneurship scholars (Gupta et al., 2016), Marc was ranked as the worldwide #1 researcher in entrepreneurship for the 2005-2015 period. He was also the triple thought leader award winner at the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and shared #1 research position worldwide. Beyond his research work, he is currently authoring a textbook on technology commercialization and was the co-editor of a textbook on entrepreneurship as well as a regular contributor to a weekly column on entrepreneurship in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".

Program Co-Director

Marc Gruber

German

Marc Gruber

German

Full professor and Vice President for Innovation

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC), Deputy Editor at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Visiting professor at the Business School of Imperial College, Doctorate from the University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Venia legendi from the Munich School of Management (LMU)

Pierre Vandergheynst

Pierre Vandergheynst leads the institute of electrical engineering at EPFL focusing on data analytics and artificial intelligence. His research addresses the modern challenges businesses face in big data processing and exploring ways to organize this information to gain new insights on consumer preferences. He works with networks of all kinds, from social media to the human brain. His expertise also encompasses: computational harmonic analysis, inverse problems, compressive sensing and computer vision.

Program Co-Director

Pierre Vandergheynst

Belgian

Pierre Vandergheynst

Belgian

Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Computer and Communication Sciences and Vice President for Education

M.S. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in mathematical
physics from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Postdoctoral Researcher with the Signal Processing Laboratory, EPFL and EPFL’s Vice-President for Education

David Atienza Alonso

David Atienza leads the embedded systems laboratory at EPFL. He is an expert on the next-generation embedded systems for the Internet of Things, working for last 10 years on smart wearables both for humans and a wider range of other objects including cars. He focuses on how these objects can interact with each other to create new business opportunities – helping businesses be ready for these opportunities. His expertise also covers 2D/3D thermal modeling and management for multiprocessor system-on-chip, electronic design automation, wireless body sensor networks, memory optimizations, low-power hardware and software co-design.

Faculty member

David Atienza Alonso

Spanish

David Atienza Alonso

Spanish

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, and Inter-University Micro-Electronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium

Dario Floreano

Dario Floreano directs the laboratory of intelligent systems at the EPFL and the Swiss national center of competence in robotics. His research merges biology with engineering. By better understanding biological systems he is able to design future robotics systems that businesses can apply to large scale manufacture. His research encompasses flying robots/drones, soft robots, bio-inspired robots/artificial intelligence, psychophysics and neural computation. He is also a member of the Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices of the World Economic Forum. He is co-founder of the company senseFly, of the International Society for Artificial Life and founder of the popular robotics podcast series Talking Robots. 

Faculty member

Dario Floreano

Swiss, Italian

Dario Floreano

Swiss, Italian

Professor of Micro-engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics

PhD, University of Trieste, Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, member of the Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices of the World Economic Forum, co-founder of senseFly S.A., of the International Society for Artificial Life and founder of RobotsPodcast

IMD business transformation experts

Bettina Büchel

Bettina Büchel is a professor of strategy and organization at IMD whose current research topics include strategy implementation, new business development, strategic alliances and change management. Her recent work has focused on leading strategic transformation programs, working closely with CEOs to help build capabilities to drive strategic priorities. In addition to her work with multinational companies, she is currently an angel investor and works with venture capital firms to evaluate and invest in start-ups to help accelerate and scale these ventures.

Program Co-Director

Bettina Büchel

German, Swiss

Professor

Bettina Büchel

German, Swiss, Professor

PhD University of Geneva

Programs: Leading Strategic Initiatives, TransformTECH

Topics: Organizational Design, Strategy

Cyril Bouquet

Cyril Bouquet is a professor of strategy at IMD whose major interest is the interface between organizational psychology, strategy, and leadership. His teaching, research and consulting activities focus on leaders who are working with their teams to design winning competitive initiatives and action plans for running their business. He is currently examining these issues in large global organizations, where new types of competitive advantages are quickly emerging.

Faculty member

Cyril Bouquet

Canadian, French

Professor

Cyril Bouquet

Canadian, French, Professor

PhD Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Program: TransformTECH

Topic: Strategy

Jim Pulcrano

Jim Pulcrano is an independent consultant, educator and business coach specializing in entrepreneurship and start-ups. He is a core faculty member on IMD’s EMBA team. He has made a major contribution to the success of six start-ups in the US and Switzerland, as well as coaching through the IMD Start-up Competition and Venture Lab. He also acts as a jury member and teacher for Switzerland’s Venture Lab entrepreneurship program.

Contributing faculty

Jim Pulcrano

American, Swiss

Jim Pulcrano

American, Swiss

DBA at the Grenoble Ecole de Management

Visiting Professor at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, Senior Fellow of Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, Visiting Professor at the Grenoble Ecole de Management

Guest Speakers

Nicklas Bergman

Nicklas Bergman is a Swedish entrepreneur and technology investor, with 25 years of experience in business development in emerging markets focusing on nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art. A published author of the 2016 title Surviving the Tech Storm - Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty, Nicklas is also a strategic advisor to the EU Commissioner and European Innovation Council as well as a representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank.

Nicklas will deliver the opening keynote lecture for the program, titled Technology 2030.

Guest Speaker

Nicklas Bergman

Swedish

Nicklas Bergman

Swedish

Founder and CEO of Intergalactic Industries AB in Stockholm

Tej Tadi

Dr. Tej Tadi, who founded MindMaze in 2011, is an electronics engineer with advanced master’s coursework in virtual reality & computer graphics at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. During his PhD (EPFL), he set up an immersive virtual reality system in combination with state-of-the-art brain imaging technologies enabling trans-disciplinary work in cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and virtual reality.

Tej will deliver the concluding session for the program titled How the brain works, artificial intelligence and the future of ogganizations

Guest Speaker

Tej Tadi

Indian

Tej Tadi

Indian

Founder and CEO of MindMaze