Qian Peng wins the Falling Walls Lab Shanghai 2016

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) hosted its first Lab in Shanghai, China with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, SAP, A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Fest (Global Partner) on 28 September 2016.

17 talented academics and entrepreneurs presented their research projects, business models and initiatives in front of an interdisciplinary jury and the public.

The jury selected the most intriguing presentation based on the breakthrough factor, impact and performance. The winner of the Shanghai Lab will travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November as one of 100 finalists from accross the world. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference where some of the world's most prominent scientists present their current breakthrough research on 9 November 2016.


Meet the winner:

Qian Peng     China     Fudan University     Breaking the Wall of Artificial Models and the Human Brain

Despite the successful application of Artificial Intelligence models, it is unknown whether there is any connection between the behavior of artificial models for human cognition and the signals of the real brain. Qian Peng and her team establish a framework of analysing model behaviors using a data-driven method. By training 'dry brain' models in parallel with cognitive experiments, Qian explores their connection in a mapping paradigm.


Meet the jury:

Halldor Berg, Support Officer, EURAXES Links China

Dr. Piyada Charoensirisomboom, Vice President, Advanced Materials and Systems Innovation Campus Shanghai, BASF Advanced Chemical 

Prof. Han Zheng, goetzpartners Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tongji University

Jens Hirschgänger, President, TRUMPF (China)

Calvin Huang, Director, TechCode of SME Services

Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President, Global Head of SAP Labs Network, SAP China

Peter Rothen, Consul General of Germany in Shanghai

Dr. Johannes Velling, Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy of Germany

Dr. Zhang Zhigang, CEO, Shanghai neoBay Venture Capital

Prof. Zhao Xu, Executive Director of the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


The winners ceremony of the Shanghai Lab 2016.


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