Panel I

"How will new technologies disrupt traditional industries?"

Moderator: David Pescovitz, Boing Boing and Research Director, Institute for the Future

Prof. Jeffrey Bokor

1) When will nanotechnology become real? And when it does, what will it be?

2) How will it impact the semiconductor fabrication industry?

Prof. Ken Goldberg

1) Is United States manufacturing a lost cause?

2) When will advances in computer science produce similarly transformative effects in design and manufacturing?

3) What are the fundamental open research questions that would invigorate this sector of our economy before it's too late?

Prof. Vivek Subramanian

1) Do fabs need to cost $4billion?

2) Is semiconductor manufacturing going the way of steel?

3) What can we do to make semiconductor manufacturing more environmentally friendly?

Prof. Paul Wright

The EECS faculty has invented a number of key technologies for Smart Low-Energy Buildings (the EU PassiveHaus). Technologies that not only contribute to faster cheaper computers for the management of the building, but more advanced technologies such as embedded control, smart dust, and nano-materials for enhanced photovoltaics. What are the technological, business, and policy barriers that are preventing more rapid adoption of such technologies in the building-industry and retrofit-industry? (And with due respect, why did that now-removed graph in the Cory Hall elevators never show any energy savings despite the appeal to our collective good-intentions?)

Panel II

"What technological innovations will create new industries?"

Moderator: Adam Rogers, Senior Editor, Wired Magazine

Prof. Eric Brewer

How important is it (to EECS and in general) that technology be accessible:

1) To developing regions?

2) Across the "digital divide" in our own student population?

3) To those with physical/mental disabilities?

Prof. Stuart Russell

1) When will internet search find the information I want?

Prof. Shankar Sastry

1) What are the barriers that are slowing the adoption rate of renewable energy technologies? When will these barriers be overcome?

Prof. Avideh Zakhor

1) What new technologies will make possible the analysis and display of huge sets of data?