Deborah Berebichez is the first Mexican woman to graduate from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Physics, and she uses her education and background to make complex topics approachable to a wide range of audiences. Deborah co-hosts Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show, where she uses her knowledge of physics to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also appears as an expert on the Travel Channel, the History Channel, PBS NOVA, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and numerous international media outlets.
Deborah is the Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, one of Europe’s leading research institutes. Her responsibilities include setting the research agenda for VTT’s quantum computer and for its quantum-adjacent technologies. She guides the business relationships with numerous companies who use VTT’s quantum facilities to churn out a variety of innovative products. Previously, she was Chief Data Scientist at Metis, where she directed its education programs in data literacy, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is an internationally sought-after speaker and presenter on conference panels across the world.
Deborah’s work in quantum technologies is solidified by her extraordinary academic background: her physics Ph.D. adviser at Stanford was Nobel Laureate Bob Laughlin who discovered the fractional quantum Hall effect. She also worked with Nobel Laureate Steve Chu on cooling atoms with laser light. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences where she carried out research in the area of waves and optimization. She published in the area of photonics. She also invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications whereby a cell phone user can communicate with a desired target user in a location far away.
Deborah’s work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, TED, DLD, WIRED, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and others. She is an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for her work inspiring and empowering young women to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world. Deborah has her own 3D-printed life-sized statue in the #IFTHENSHECAN exhibit park in Dallas, TX. She has delivered keynote talks to audiences of 20 to 18,000 people including at IBM, YPO, Grace Hopper Celebration (largest conference for women in tech worldwide), Morgan Stanley, Merck, Boehringer Ingelheim and Allstate. She is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a winner of the Leading Hispanics in STEM STAR Award and a recipient of the Top Latina Tech Blogger Award by the Association of Latinos in Social Media.
Deborah takes you on a trip into the future where technology is changing our lives. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and quantum computers (QC), this future offers new possibilities for personal growth, exciting business opportunities, and some unique challenges related to privacy and security. Deborah’s depth of knowledge in the space allows her the versatility to customize this talk with examples of any field which is most interesting to you and your audience. Whether you are curious about cars that can repair themselves; homes that know you better than your most intimate partner; retail applications that anticipate customer tastes; manufacturing that is innovative and agile; or cities that are welcoming and sustainable, Deborah will show you the future.
In addition to the customized journey into the future described above, Deborah can share her impactful story of how she grew up in a conservative community which discouraged girls from pursuing a career in science, technology, or engineering. In high school she was told that it would be better for her to pursue a “female” career. But she wanted to understand how the world works, so she defied her parents and friends and studied physics, becoming the first Mexican woman to graduate with a doctorate in physics from Stanford. In this part of this inspiring presentation, Deborah shares the ups and downs of her path to becoming a physicist demonstrating how we can all remove barriers and succeed.
Customer engagement has entered a new era where advanced personalized marketing and predictive sales are the common norm. These revolutionary changes are possible because of the advent of fast and reliable tools to aggregate, analyze and act upon customer information. This big data approach is already ubiquitous, and the success of companies will depend on how effective they are at reaping the benefits of big data. In this talk Debbie shows how companies can use big data to achieve a superior customer engagement.
Deborah takes us on a look into the future where data science, artificial intelligence and other technologies are changing our lives. Thanks to advances in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT), more communication and connectivity is enabled between physical devices and provides a fresh platform for customer engagement. It’s on track to not only be the next big thing in retail, but it is destined to become interwoven into the lives of consumers, setting us on a journey that will forever change the way we all interact with the world. For retailers and brands, enabling products to provide innovative services means challenging the incumbent business model. By turning products into services, retailers and brands can change customer loyalty behaviors and completely redefine their value to the customer. This future offers new possibilities for personal growth, exciting business opportunities, and some unique challenges related to privacy and security.
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