Plenary Speakers

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.

New for IMSH 2019: Live Plenary - Tali Sharot

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Tali Sharot


Tali Sharot is a Professor of cognitive Neuroscience at University College London where she directs the Affective Brain Lab. She combines research in psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions and beliefs. 

Dr. Sharot is the author of “The Influential Mind” and “The Optimism Bias”. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science and Nature Neuroscience. This work has been the subject of features in many outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC and others. She has also written essays for Time (cover story), The New York Times, the Guardian among others. She received her Ph.D from New York University.

View her Ted Talk,The Optimism Bias and her Talks at Google, "The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power [...]".

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Monday, January 28, 8:30 a.m.

Lou Oberndorf Lecture on Innovation in Healthcare Simulation

Sir Ken Robinson


An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a NewYork Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011.

Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

Learn more about Sir Ken Robinson and see videos of his presentations on his website and YouTube channel

Tuesday, January 29, 8:30 a.m.

Michael S. Gordon Center Lecture on Medical Education

Joel Selanikio, Award-winning Physician


A practicing physician, technologist, emergency responder, TED speaker, and entrepreneur, Joel Selanikio bridges the worlds of healthcare, global health and technology to illustrate opportunities in the application of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, and mobile technology to health, healthcare, and social challenges.

A former CDC outbreak investigator and Ebola clinic director, he also frequently speaks about the challenges of providing clinical services in “the hot zone”, and the role that technology can play in those environments.

A recognized innovator in global health, technology, and social enterprise, his broad career has allowed him to observe and leverage the great technological changes of our time – including the worldwide shift from personal computers to mobile, the adoption of cloud technologies, and the growing application of big data to healthcare – as few others have done.  Named in 2009 as one of Forbes’ “most powerful innovators”, he is a recipient of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare for his work in healthcare technology.

A TED speaker, he has spoken at or provided consultation to organizations including the Royal Society of Medicine, Harvard, Stanford School of Business, DARPA, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and Google – and been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Economist, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC, among others.

Selanikio is a graduate of Haverford College and the Brown University School of Medicine, and he continues to practice pediatrics at Georgetown University.

Learn more about Dr. Joel Selanikio and see videos of his presentations on his website and at Magpi.

Wednesday, January 30, 11:45 a.m.

Closing Plenary Session

Michael Tschanz, Director, Technology and Analysis, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products

Director of Technology and Analysis, a department within Design and Engineering at Walt Disney World®, Michael leads a 100+ member multidiscipline team who develops detailed mathematical and physics models for transportation, ride and animatronic systems. The responsibilities for this team also include the development of optimization algorithms, servo controllers, interactive/immersive experiences, and material process solutions. Michael’s rich and diverse background includes designs of numerous attractions at various Disney theme parks including: Test Track® Attraction; Mission: SPACE® Attraction; Toy Story Mania!® Attraction and  Expedition Everest® Attraction.  Michael also designed all the velocity profiles at our worldwide locations of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.  Prior to joining the Disney team, Michael developed precision guidance algorithms and aerospace sensor simulations for Texas Instruments.  He is also a professional musician and a music director at Peace United Methodist Church along with being a freelance accompanist.

Michael earned his BSEE from Ohio Northern University and a MSEE from the University of Texas Arlington.  Further studies included a preparatory scholarship for the Cleveland Institute of Music. Michael also studied both classical and jazz piano at the University of North Texas.

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