Inspiration unlocks the future

09:30 - 16:30

Intelligent robots, autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality, quantum computing, cylindrical passenger trains that are fired through near-vacuum tubes… all you need to do these days is read the news to see how quickly technology is moving.

The Fast Forward Conference is a one-day event that will shine a light on technologies such as these: ideas that have the potential to disrupt and change the way we do things, through a series of innovative and insightful talks.

Fast Forward will inspire current and future generations by showcasing the global achievements and impact engineering has on the world, whilst looking to the future and discussing how the world is predicted to develop.

The event is free to attend and open to everyone who ever wondered what the future looks like.

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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

Author of the bestselling Stuff Matters and presenter of shows including Materials and Chef vs. Science

Professor of Materials and Society, UCL

Mark is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group.

Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK.

For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science.

This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials.


Sabine Hauert

Sabine Hauert

Designer of swarms of nanobots for biomedical applications

Assistant Professor in Robotics, University of Bristol

Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK.

Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm).

Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences.

Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.

Sabine is also President and Co-founder of, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.


Mischa Dohler

Mischa Dohler

Wireless Communications expert, cross-disciplinary innovator, smart city pioneer, pianist and composer

Professor in Wireless Communications, King’s College London

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts.

He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.


Ali Parsa

Ali Parsa

Engineer and a serial healthcare entrepreneur on a mission to transform healthcare for everyone on earth

Founder and CEO, Babylon Health

Ali is an entrepreneur and engineer. He built Circle to become Europe’s largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200M in annual revenue, 3,000 employees and a successful IPO, all during an economic recession.

He was named by the Times as among the 100 global people to watch, and was the recipient of the Royal Award for young entrepreneurs for founding V&G earlier in his career.

Ali is UK Cabinet Office Ambassador and has a PhD in engineering Physics.


Ali Parsa

Haiyan Zhang

Innovation director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, designer, technologist, inventor and maker of things

Haiyan Zhang is a designer, technologist and maker of things. She is Innovation Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Inventing cutting-edge technology to enable new "Connected Play" experiences. She is also an inventor appearing in the BBC documentary, Big Life Fix.

In her 18-year career in the Technology sector, Haiyan has worked hands-on in software engineering, user experience, hardware R&D, service design, Cloud platforms, design thinking and blue-sky envisioning.

She continues to push on the boundaries where technology can transform people's lives for the better.

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