Wednesday, June 27, 14:50 - 15:10
WP-I1: Industrial Keynote

SPAWC 2018 will feature an industrial keynote, intented to shed light into how digital technologies can impact specific business segments. The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Gregory S. Yovanof, who is the Managing Director of "STRATEGIS - Maritime Center of Excellence." The keynote underlies Greece's strength in the shipping sector, as well as the rapid technology transformation that this sector currently undergoes, heavily based on digital systems and networks. The title and abstract of the keynote, as well as a brief bio of the Speaker can be found below. The Industrial Keynote will precede the Industrial Panel, setting the ground for an exciting debate on technology-based innovation.

"On the digital transformation of the shipping industry and clusters of innovation"

Dr. Gregory S. Yovanof

The transition to the Digital Age offers huge potential benefits for the shipping industry. Digital solutions based on new technologies such as 5G, Big Data analytics, AI, autonomous vessels and additive manufacturing, enable the shipping industry to accelerate innovation, improve processes, create value and attain sustainability in the new era. Digital Innovation Hubs and Clusters of Innovation have emerged as key instrumental mechanisms in shaping a regional strategy for smart, sustainable growth. Drawing on the global leadership of Greek Shipping, newly established maritime clusters in Greece help bolster shipping's role as a key growth engine of the Greek economy and propel it to become one of the leading powers in the Blue Economy.

Gregory S. Yovanof, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of "STRATEGIS - Maritime Center of Excellence" and a Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Athens Information Technology (AIT) in Athens, Greece. His professional career includes a twenty-year tenure in the high tech industry in the greater Asia-Pacific region, where he worked at the Research Labs of Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. He has also led the development of several award-winning ICs for the DVD market as a co-founder and executive manager at two start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Dr. Yovanof has served as member of the Board of Hellas Online. He currently offers strategy consultancy services to a number of start-up companies and clusters of innovations in the ICT, Biotech and Maritime sectors.

Contact info:
Gregory S. Yovanof, Ph.D.
Professor & Head, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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