Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


Edward C. Zimmermann

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A transdisciplinary technologist with a broad education and diverse interests, Ed has worn many hats throughout his career including that of a national economist, market/social researcher, cybernetician, computer scientist and entrepreneur. Often these hats were interchangeable (and overlaid). In computer networking his experience reaches back to the early days of the ARPAnet when he found himself as a teen with a shared office in UCLA's Boelter Hall. Fast forward to the early 1990s and he founded of one of the first ISPs in Germany and was one of the earliest contributors to the WWW.

A dominant focus of Ed's R&D over the past 20+ years has been text retrieval, metadata, data mining, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition, NLP and machine learning. He has been a part of many publically funded projects, worked with German, EU and UN organizations and collaborated with a number of research institutes and national scientific agencies. His name is also associated with a large number of open source software packages.

Since 2022 he has been a founding board member of the ExoDAO Network Association (Zurich). Based around the SPH of ETH Zurich the aim of the association is to create a crowd alternative to Big Tech search and empower the digital commons.


Title Day Room Track Start End
Fortify AI against regulation, litigation and lobotomies
Sunday UB2.252A (Lameere) AI and Machine Learning devroom 15:00 15:30