Meet our keynotes
Early-bird registration is now open for the Acceleration Consortium’s (AC) first annual conference in Toronto, August 30–September 2, 2022. Based at the University of Toronto, the AC is a global community of academia, government, and industry who are accelerating the discovery of new materials and molecules needed for a sustainable future.
With the Acceleration Consortium’s first annual Accelerate Conference just two months away, we are excited to announce our first two keynote speakers: Lilo D. Pozzo (University of Washington) and Christoph Brabec (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg).
From August 30 to September 2, 2022 in Toronto, Accelerate will bring together researchers from academia, industry and government to explore how self-driving labs are transforming materials and molecular discovery through the power of AI, automation, and advanced computing. It will be a meeting place for those keen to be at the forefront of accelerated discovery, to exchange ideas, advance research and explore opportunities for collaboration. Learn more: accelerateconf.utoronto.ca
More keynote and session speakers will be announced very shortly. Be sure to take advantage of early-bird prices, available until July 31, 2022.
To participate in our call for posters, review the complete guidelines: accelerateconf.utoronto.ca/abstracts. Submission deadline: July 17.
Learn about our speakers
Lilo D. Pozzo’s research interests are in the area of colloids, polymers, and nanoparticulate systems, with particular emphasis on implementing AI-accelerated approaches for soft matter research. Her research group focuses on controlling and manipulating materials structure for applications in health, alternative energy and separations. Her group also develops and utilizes new advanced measurement techniques based on neutron and x-ray scattering. Prof. Pozzo obtained her B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA. She also worked in the NIST Center for Neutron Research as a post-doctoral fellow and is currently the Boeing-Roundhill Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW) where she has served since 2007. Since 2021, she also chairs the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UW. In addition to her research activities, she is also dedicated to improving engineering education with course development in areas of entrepreneurship, open science, and service-oriented global engagement.
Christoph J. Brabec holds the Chair “materials for electronics and energy technology (i-MEET)” at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He is also the scientific director of the Erlangen division of the Bavarian research institute for renewable energy (ZAE Bayern, Erlangen), board member of the ZAE Bavaria and board member of the Energy Campus Nurnberg. His research interests include: organic and hybrid semiconductors, photophysics, solution processed solar cells, optoelectronic devices for renewable energy applications, and combinatorial and high throughput methods for the discovery of energy materials and energy devices. He received his PhD (1995) in physical chemistry from Linz university, joined the group of Prof Alan Heeger at UCSB for a sabbatical, and continued to work on all aspects of organic semiconductor spectroscopy as assistant professor at Linz university with Prof. Serdar Sariciftci. He joined the SIEMENS research labs as project leader for organic semiconductor devices in 2001, finished his habilitation in physical chemistry in 2003 at Linz university and joined Konarka in 2004, where he held the position of the CTO. He is author and co-author of more than 300 papers and nearly 100 patents and patent applications and has a Hirsch index of > 70.