Alibaba chief scientist joins stellar CeBIT Australia lineup

22 March 2018

Xiaofeng Ren, Alibaba Group

Chief Scientist and Associate Dean for Machine Intelligence and Technology at Chinese multinational Alibaba Group, Xiaofeng Ren, has been announced as a keynote international speaker for CeBIT Australia in May.

Mr Ren is who Alibaba founder Jack Ma enlisted to help realise a 20-year plan to ‘become the fifth largest economy in the world, serving two billion consumers, creating 100 million jobs and helping ten million companies profit’.

Mr Ren, formerly the Senior Principal Scientist at Amazon Go, will attend CeBIT to share insights behind China’s artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem and talk about emerging technologies being developed at Alibaba, and how they will impact its future and the global retail landscape.

'The growth of AI technology is reshaping the future of business and our economy.

'At Alibaba, we have a vision to become the world’s fifth largest economy within the next 20 years, an ambitious feat that will only be possible with long-term investment in advanced technological research and development.

'AI applications have the power to transform business, enabling consumers and businesses to improve productivity and efficiency.

'At Alibaba’s DAMO Academy we are proud to be focused on discovery, adventure, momentum and outlook, and it is innovations driven by these values that I look forward to sharing at CeBIT Australia,' Mr Ren said.

Joining Mr Ren at CeBIT will be Jez Frampton, former Global Chief Executive Officer for Interbrand and a global expert on the impact of business automation on brands.

Mr Frampton will share what the future of brands in an automated world will look like over the next 5- 10 years.

He will focus on the impact AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will have on the human elements of business, cultural identity and how brands are built and perceived.

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the CeBIT speaker and conference program continued to gather strength in the lead up to May ensuring strong learning opportunities for attending businesses and individuals.

'CeBIT Australia will not only be the Asia Pacific’s biggest exhibition and marketplace for the latest business technologies but will be the international platform for the latest thought leadership,' Mr Blair said.

Mr Ren and Mr Frampton join a stellar line up of previously announced international keynote speakers including:

  • Greg Clark, CEO, Symantec
  • Rob Wainwright, Executive Director, Europol
  • Tamara McCleary, CEO, Thulium
  • Liesl Yearsley, CEO, Akin.com
  • Hiroshi Saijou, CEO & Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, Silicon Valley.

The NSW Government is principal sponsor of CeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology conference in the Asia Pacific.

It will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney at Darling Harbour from 15-17 May.

For further information visit www.cebit.com.au