Jeanne is the Co-founder and CEO of beingAI, the world’s first transmedia AI beings™ company creating autonomous virtual beings who build long-term engagement and trust with people anywhere, anytime, across devices and media platforms. The company aims to bring humanness into digital experiences to promote positivity and social good—to help us thrive.
Jeanne has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology marketing. She is the former CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Hanson Robotics, the creator of Sophia the Robot, and held marketing leadership roles at Dell, Cisco, Danaher, and Apple, where she was the product and business manager responsible for launching Apple’s most groundbreaking products in the region. She started her career as a Group Management Trainee at John Swire & Sons, rotating through shipping, aviation, and retail assignments.
Jeanne is active in non-profit work and is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of The Cathy Ann Hall Sphere Foundation, a social impact network addressing 12 humanitarian issues with lifestyle gamification and web3 solutions, a Founder of Nama Institute, seeking to gamify the learning wisdom, and a Volunteer of Himalayan Consensus Institute, an NGO involved in social enterprise development and climate protection. She is also an angel investor and advisor of several startups.
Jeanne has a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health, an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a certified yoga instructor and a life-long student of yoga philosophy, having completed Georg Feuerstein’s five-year Traditional Yoga Studies course.
received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2000. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and the Academic Code Administrator in the School of Graduate Studies. He was a Visiting Scholar with Harvard University in fall 2015, and was an Associate with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from September 2015 to December 2016. His research interests include multi-agent networks, distributed control, optimization, and sampled-data systems. Prof. Aghdam is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Chair of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Systems Journal, and was an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, IEEE ACCESS, IET Control Theory and Applications, and the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a member of the Technical Program Committee of a number of conferences, including the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and the IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control. He was a member of the Review Panel/Committee for the NSF, Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency, Innovation Fund Denmark Projects, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ECE Evaluation Group. He was the 2014–2015 President of IEEE Canada and Director (Region 7), IEEE, Inc., and was also a member of the IEEE Awards Board for this period. He is a recipient of the 2009 IEEE MGA Achievement Award and 2020 IEEE Canada J. M. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Dr. Aghdam was a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee for 2017–2019 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Medals Council.
Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently Vice President Publications of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is currently a Vice President of the IET and is a past President of the Engineering Professor Council, the representative body for engineering in higher education.
Guoping Lu received the B.S. degree from the Department of Applied Mathematics, Chengdu University of Science and Technology, China, in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mathematics, East China Normal University, China, in 1989 and 1998, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Nantong University, Jiangsu, China. His research interests include singular systems, multiagent systems, and networked control.
Chen Peng received the Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering from the Chinese University of Mining Technology, Xuzhou, China, in 2002.
From November 2004 to January 2005, he was a Research Associate with the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. From July 2006 to August 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. From July 2011 to August 2012, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Department Head with the Department of Automation, and a Professor with the School of Electrical and automation Engineering, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China. In 2012, he was appointed as an Eastern Scholar with the Municipal Commission of Education, Shanghai, China, and joined Shanghai University, Shanghai, where he is currently the Director with the Centre of Networked Control Systems and a Distinguished Professor. In 2018, he was appointed as an Outstanding Academic Leader with the Municipal Commission of Science and Technology, Shanghai. His current research interests include networked control systems, distributed control systems, smart grid, and intelligent control systems.
Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science heading the research Division of Distributed Systems at the TU Wien, Austria. He has an H-index of 80. He holds several honorary positions: University of California (USC) Los Angeles; Monash University in Melbourne, Shanghai University, Macquarie University in Sydney, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA.
From 1999 – 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by ProjectNetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. He is co-founder and chief scientist of Sinoaus.net, a Nanjing based R&D organization focusing on IoT and Edge Intelligence.
He is founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (ACM TIoT) as well as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, as well as on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. Dustdar is recipient of multiple awards: IEEE TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award (2018), IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2019), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009), ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021), IBM Faculty Award (2012). He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, where he is chairman of the Informatics Section, as well as an IEEE Fellow (2016), an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow (2021) and a Member of the Academy of the United Nations Sciences and Technology Organization (2021).