St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway 
Queens, NY 11439
Aug 1-4, 2018 (Wed – Sat)

Keynote Speakers

DR. Mun Choi

President of the University of Missouri System

Some information from About the President

Dr. Mun Y. Choi  is the 24th president in the history of the University of Missouri System on November 2, 2016. The former provost and executive vice president of the University of Connecticut (UConn), Dr. Choi succeeded Interim President Michael Middleton on March 1, 2017.

Prior to serving as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Choi was dean of engineering at UConn from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he was department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008) and assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Sangbae Kim

Director of Biomimetic Robotics Lab in MIT

Sangbae Kim is the Director of Biomimetic Robotics Lab and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on the bio-inspired robot design by extracting principles from animals. Dr. Kim’s achievements on bio-inspired robot development include the world’s first directional adhesive inspired from gecko lizards and a climbing robot, Stickybot, which utilizes the directional adhesives to climb smooth surfaces featured in TIME’s best inventions in 2006. His recent achievement includes the development of the MIT Cheetah capable of stable outdoor running up to 13mph and autonomous jumping over obstacles at an efficiency of animals. This achievement was covered by 300+ media articles.


DR. Daniel Lee

Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech and Executive Vice President for Samsung Research

Dr. Daniel Dongyuel Lee is currently Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech and Executive Vice President for Samsung Research. Until this past year, he was the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. After completing his studies, he was a researcher at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories in the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAI and has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Lindback award for distinguished teaching. He was also a fellow of the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, an affiliate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and organized the US-Japan National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium and Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference.

His research focuses on understanding general computational principles in biological systems, and on applying that knowledge to build intelligent robotic systems that can learn from experience.

Tech Talks

Woohyeon(Brian) Cheong

Seoul Ethereum Meetup, Acecom, Inc.

Woohyeon Cheong is the founder of Seoul Ethereum meetup and CEO of Acecom, Inc. Since 2014, he has focused almost exclusively on the Ethereum blockchain and decentralized application development. He has founded or assisted in the launch of several leading online cryptocurrency and blockchain communities and offline meetups in Korea. Within these communities, he has worked to facilitate and inform discussions on the technical backgrounds of blockchains, the core principles of cryptoeconomics, smart contract programming, the socioeconomic implications of decentralized applications, and business strategies for the development and deployment of decentralized applications.

Prior to this engagement, Woohyeon founded ResellerBid, Inc. which developed a business to business global e-marketplace for the computer component industry and worked as CEO for Geogan, Inc., an ecommerce solution company. 

Woohyeon received his B.A. and M.A in communications at Seoul National University. He subsequently conducted socio-economic research on internet and telecommunications business during his graduate study in Telecommunications Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rocky E. Fikki

St. Louis Ethereum Meetup Organizer & SafeCommerce, Inc.

Rocky Fikki has been a technology entrepreneur for decades, he was one of the primary Java programming language evangelist 
during the early Java years. He was the founder of JARS – Java Application Review Service catering to the global developer community. He was nominated by Sun Microsystems and IBM as the President of the Java Developer Alliance.  Rocky is an Internet project visionary and evangelist with substantial business, technical and promotional experience. His organization has built a variety of functional software solutions. Some products include JVMI(Java Virtual Machine Invoker), DigitalKey, JSNTP, Jftp, mapme and gifcanvas. In more recent times He has been at the forefront of the blockchain revolution, specifically in the ethereum universe. He currently is at work on his start-up SafeCommerce which is an incentivized payment guarantee service on the blockchain. Rocky also is the founder and manages the Ethereum Saint Louis Meetups. He very active as a software developer and proponent in the ethereum community.

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