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October 16 - 18

Global Innovation Forum 2019: Transforming Intelligence

The Global Innovation Forum (GIF) on “Transforming Intelligence” is set to explore the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on science and society from the scientific, technological, and industrial perspectives. On the premises of GIF19, some of the leading scientists and thought leaders will engage in academic discussions and visionary debates, sharing their expertise and research findings. The GIF19 will be held in an atmosphere of futurism enlivened by an immersive experience. It will act as a platform to bridge academia and industry, assembling the brightest minds and executives from both worlds to shape the future of scientific and technological transformation.


•Facilitate new discoveries both globally and locally through the exposure to state-of-the-art research

•Establish beneficial collaboration between international and local scientists industry leaders,  investors and policymakers

•Increase the outreach, exposure and impact of participants’ research, technology, and products


Tracks & Sessions

Frontiers of AI

How can AI be leveraged to produce more accurate forecasting and leave exceedingly positive impact on societies?

How far is AI from superhuman level performance in the crucial domains of our life?


•AI for Forecasting Human Behaviour

•AI in Agent-Based Systems

•AI in Education

•Computer Vision


•Enabling Technologies and AI

•Natural Language Processing

•Reinforcement Learning


Science & AI

How does AI transform the way we do science?

What promises does AI hold for disruptive discoveries in natural sciences?


•AI in Astronomy

•AI in Bioinformatics and Omics

•AI in Biomolecular Structure and Function

•AI in Chemistry

•AI in Drug Design

•AI in Materials Discovery

•AI in Medical Diagnosis

•AI in Precision Medicine

Session Types

Visionary Talk

Luminous speech geared toward addressing the role of burgeoning technologies in shaping the future of humanity and beyond.

Duration: 30 min speech followed by 15 min Q&A

Keynote Speech  

Presentation delivered by a prominent scientist or technologist with an insight on future developments of the main Forum topics.

Duration: 30 min speech followed by 15 min Q&A.

Deep Insight

Individual deep-diving talks by scientists on their research findings, conclusions and implications for further research.

Duration: 20 min speech followed by 5 min Q&A.

Industry Dialogue

Presentation and moderated panel discussion of industry related topics in the scope of the Forum topics.

Duration: 15 min speech followed by 15 min Q&A with all panelists.

Fishbowl on Smart Earth

Dialogue session with four groups of speakers sitting in a circle and rotating one after another.

Session topics are:

• Smart Globe

• Smart Nations

• Smart Armenia 2041

• Smart Cities

Duration: 90 min.

Session on Reshaping Innovation Ecosystems

The session will consist of two separate panel discussions exploring the process of reshaping innovation ecosystems from the perspectives of 1. Development finance and 2. Venture finance. Each session will last for 45 minutes with 5-6 speakers and one moderator involved in each of them.

  • Panel Discussion 1. The role of development finance in reshaping innovation ecosystems
  • Panel Discussion 2. The role of venture finance in reshaping innovation ecosystems

GIF Talks

Lectures by top speakers held at the premises of leading universities, high-tech companies & large organizations, with a purpose to ensure a broader outreach of their expertise to various stakeholders.


3-hour intensive session, where leading world experts provide training on a practical skill to a targeted group of participants.

On 29-31 October, 2018, the inaugural Global Innovation Forum gathered over 600 participants from 21 countries representing over 300 organizations. Under the umbrella of “Engineering the Evolution” the participants of GIF—cutting-edge researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world—had the opportunity to discuss the latest achievements and emerging technologies from the frontiers of biology to the future of intelligence.

Organizing Partners

Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST)


Global Innovation Forum 2019: Transforming Intelligence
Global Innovation Forum 2019: Transforming Intelligence


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    Dr. Aram Adourian

    Partner, Flagship Pioneering

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    Noubar B. Afeyan

    Co-Founder, Aurora Forum; Founder and CEO, Flagship Pioneering; Scientific Innovator; Co-author of the vision, Discussion Paper "At the Crossroads: A Time for Solutions"; Professional Entrepreneur; Philanthropist

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    Dr. Kirill Afonin

    Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte)

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    Dr. Armen Aghasaryan

    Head, Data Analytics Research Department, Bell Labs, Nokia

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    Mr. André Andonian

    Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co

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    Dr. Ani Aprahamian

    Director, A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory of Armenia; Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame

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    Dr. Grigor Arakelov

    Researcher, Senior Researcher, Senior Lecturer, Laboratory of Computational Modelling of Biological Processes, Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA; Russian-Armenian University

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    Mr. Hovhannes Avoyan

    CEO and Founder, PicsArt

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    Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates

    CTO & Professor, NTENT & Northeastern University

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    Prof. Valeri Barsegov

    Chemistry Professor, University of Massachusetts

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    Dr. Danielle Belgrave

    Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

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    Prof. Nir Ben-Tal

    Lab Head, Tel Aviv University

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    Prof. Bruce Boghosian

    Professor, Department of Mathematics, Tufts University

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    Mr. Wout Brusselaers

    CEO, Deep 6 AI

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    Mr. Arnel Casanova

    Country Representative, AECOM Philippines

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    Dr. Suren Chilingaryan

    Data Processing and Performance Expert, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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    Mr. Soumith Chintala

    Engineer, PyTorch

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    Dr. Ryan Coffee

    Senior Staff Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford

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    Prof. Marco Cuturi

    Research Scientist, Professor, Google Brain / ENSAE-CREST

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    Prof. Arnak Dalalyan

    Professor, École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique (ENSAE)/Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST)

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    Mr. Rem Darbinyan

    Founder, SmartClick

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    Dr. Nikolay Dokholyan

    G. Thomas Passananti Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Penn University

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    Alfred Eisaian

    CEO, IntelinAir

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    Dr. S. M. Ali Eslami

    Senior Research Scientist, Google DeepMind

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    Dr. John Fisher

    Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Prof. Sergei Gleyzer

    Professor, University of Alabama

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    Mr. Harry Glorikian

    General Partner, New Ventures Funds

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    Mr. Hovakim Grabski

    PhD researcher/student, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Institute of Biomedicine and Pharmacy, Russian-Armenian University

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    Dr. Alex Graves

    Research Scientist, DeepMind

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    Mr. Erik Grigoryan

    Minister of Environment, RA Ministry of Environment

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    Dr. Anna Harutyunyan

    Research Scientist, DeepMind

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    Dr. Irina Higgins

    Senior Research Scientist, DeepMind

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    Dr. Vasant Honavar

    Edward Frymoyer Endowed Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University

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    Prof. Naira Hovakimyan

    W.Grafton & Lillian B.Wilkins Professor, Head of Advanced Controls Research Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    Prof. Su- Huai Wei

    Chair Professor and Head of the Materials and Energy Division, Beijing Computational Science Research Center

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    Ms. Paula Ingabire

    Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

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    Dr. Hasmik Keshishian

    Group Leader, Senior Research Scientist, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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    Ms. Anusha Khan

    Regional Advisor, East and Asia Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation

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    Dr. Dima Kozakov

    Associate Professor, Stonybrook

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    Mr. Raffi Krikorian

    Managing Director, Emerson Collective

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    Dr. Alex Lazarian

    Professor of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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    Ms. Julie Lenzer

    Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland

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    Mr. Marvin Liao

    Partner, 500 Startups

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    Dr. Zorayr Manukyan

    Chief Scientific Officer, ClinsStatDevice LLC

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    Dr. Marios Mattheakis

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard John A

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    Dr. Philipp Mertins

    Group Leader, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

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    Mr. Tigran Mkhoyan

    PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Structures and Materials Department, Delft University of Technology

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    Dr. Iga Muradyan

    Instructor, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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    Dr. Samuel Myers

    Research Scientist, Broad Institute

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    Prof. Artem Oganov

    Professor, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)

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    Dr. José Onuchic

    Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Physics Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Biosciences, and Co-Director Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) and Department of Physics, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Biosciences Rice University

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    Dr. Armen Orujyan

    Founding CEO, FAST

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    Prof. Garegin Papoian

    Monroe Martin Professor, The University of Maryland at College Park

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    Dr. Ashot Papoyan

    CEO and Co-Founder, Elm Tree Research

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    Dr. Aalpen Patel

    Chair, Department of Radiology, Geisinger Health System

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    Prof. Luciano Pietronero

    Professor, Sapienza University and ISC-CNR, Rome (Italy) and IFC-World Bank, Washington (USA)

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    Dr. Grigory Sapunov

    CTO Intento

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    Prof. Lev Sarkisov

    Professor, Chair of Molecular Thermodynamics, Director of the Discipline for Chemical Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

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    Mr. Asher Siddiqui

    Head of Technology Investments, ADFG

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    Dr. Vahan Simonyan

    Professor, Chief Scientist George Washington University, WHISE-Embleema , DNA-HIVE

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    Dr. Jeffrey Skolnick

    Director, Center for the Study of Systems Biology, Mary and Maisie Gibson Chair & GRA Eminent Scholar in Computational Systems Biology Professor, School of Biological Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology

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    Prof. Dave Thirumalai

    Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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    Dr. Alexander Tropsha

    Associate Dean for Pharmacoinformatics and Data Science, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Dr. Namrata Udeshi

    Senior Group Leader, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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    Dr. Michal Valko

    Staff Research Scientist, DeepMind

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    Dr. Wim Van Hecke

    CEO, Icometrix

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    Ruben Vardanyan

    Co-Founder, Aurora Forum; Co-author, Discussion Paper “At the Crossroads: A Time for Solutions” Entrepreneur, Impact Investor; Venture Philanthropist

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    Pekka Viljakainen

    Senior Adviser to the President, Skolkovo Foundation

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    Prof. Martin Wainwright

    Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley

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    Mr. Leonard Wossnig

    CEO, Rahko Ltd.

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    Prof. Victor Yakovenko

    Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Maryland

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    Dr. David Yang

    Founder and Chairman of the Board, ABBYY

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Aurora Dialogues: Humanitarianism in Education Conference

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Conference on Issues of Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Gyumri: Friendship and Gratitude Day The Anthology of Blues, Part 2, Concert by Vladimir Avetissyan & D’Black Blues Orchestra

Gate to Heaven, a film by Jivan Avetisyan: movie premiere

Visit to Genocide Memorial and Tree Planting by 2018 Aurora Laureate

The Culture and Morality of Gratitude: Lecture by Professor Armen Darbinyan, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia

All Events

October 16 - 18

Dvin Hotel Complex, 40 Paronyan Street, Yerevan 0015, Armenia

Organizing Partners

Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST)


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Armenia to Host an Ambitious International Forum in October 2019

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