Track / Overview

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robots, globalization, global warming, gig economy… The world of work is being disrupted.

Considering that a significant part of the current workforce has been educated before the turn of the century, when most technologies, ubiquitous today, did not exist, it is clear that only few workers are prepared to surf the wave of technological change. And yet, too often, companies – driven by competition and innovation -  initiate digital transformation plans or launch AI-driven projects without sufficient consideration on the impact that such business shift might have the future organization’s skills’ needs. As a result, employers struggle to find the talents they need and the skills gap is increasing.

In this track, we will address the growing skills gap, the re-and up-skilling needs, and we will discuss the new forms of work and new ways to identify the skills that we need to develop today to thrive tomorrow.

Track / Schedule

Welcome & Introduction

With Marcel Salathé & Isabelle Chappuis

The Organizational Value of Training Managers in Data Science Methods

With Kenneth Younge

Upskilling in practice

With Christian Scharff

Education for Data-Driven Business

With Guillermo Barrenetxea

The Future NOW of Work: how AI is transforming the Perfume and Taste industry

With Mieke Van de Capelle



Talk by Isabelle Chappuis and Marcel Salathé - Title TBA

With Marcel Salathé & Isabelle Chappuis

From "gut feeling" to "data-driven" decision making

With Mara Pasquali

Learner experience and professional benefits from Applied Data Science: Machine Learning program (EPFL Extensions School)

With Frédéric Baffou

Education in the 21st century

With Pierre Vandergheynst


Track / Speakers

Marcel Salathé

Professor, EPFL

Isabelle Chappuis

Executive Director, Future Skills LAB, HEC Lausanne | UNIL

Pierre Vandergheynst

Vice-President for Education, EPFL

Mieke Van de Capelle

Chief HR Officer, Firmenich

Christian Scharff

Partner, PwC

Frédéric Baffou

Senior Lead Consultant Digital Strategy, Antaes Consulting

Guillermo Barrenetxea

Open Innovation Director Data, Analytics & AI at Swisscom

Mara Pasquali

Chief Marketing Officer

Kenneth Younge

Associate Professor, EPFL

Track / Co-organizers

Marcel Salathé

Professor, EPFL

Isabelle Chappuis

Executive Director, Future Skills LAB, HEC Lausanne | UNIL

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