Keynote Presenters

Dr. Michael Grieves

Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director, Digital Twin Institute

Dr. Michael Grieves is an internationally renowned expert on Digital Twins, a concept he originated, and Product lifecycle Management (PLM) a discipline he wrote the seminal book for. Dr. Grieves has over five decades of executive, board, and technical experience in both global and entrepreneurial technology and manufacturing companies. He has consulted and done research at some of the top global organizations (NASA, Boeing, GM, Unilever) and has served as a senior executive and/or board member at Fortune 1000 companies, entrepreneurial organizations, and a university.

Dr. Grieves is an author of highly cited books, chapters, and papers and frequent keynote speaker globally. He was the keynote speaker for ANNSIM and the Holst Memorial Award speaker in 2022.

Academically, he has had appointments and has done research and/or taught at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and University of Iowa. He currently has an appointment at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Grieves has a BS Computer Engineering from Michigan State, and MBA from Oakland University, and his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.


Dennis Dokter, Smart Cities Lead, Nexus

Dennis Dokter, Smart Cities Lead, Nexus

Dennis works closely with our members to understand their business needs and connects them with the academic expertise, facilities and talent across the University of Leeds and the wider Leeds City Region. Dennis has a wealth experience of working in funding fields and is an expert in the field of Research Methodology, Innovation and Data. He joined Nexus from Statistics Netherlands (CBS), where he worked as Grant Development Manager. He is passionate about research and innovation, and working on cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary projects.


Dr. Carlos Toro, Senior Manager (Digital Twins) - Digital Architecture, NTT Data

Dr. Carlos Toro, Senior Manager (Digital Twins) – Digital Architecture, NTT Data

Dr. Carlos Toro, is Head of Data and Analytics at NTT DATA (Chile) and Digital Twin Coordinator for LATAM (NTT Data Global Innovation Center), he is also DTC Ambassador for the region.

Dr. Toro’s areas of expertise include Mining, Smart Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Industrial Robotics, AR/VR, M2M Communication, AI, and Composable Digital Twins.

His experience spans for more than 20 years and includes different roles in applied research in Europe, APAC (Singapore) and LATAM with a more recent focus on the consulting sector.

He has been distinguished with a Marie Curie research visitor grant funded by the EU Commission and his publications record is represented in 70+ published articles in high impact Journals and conferences.

His work is centered on developing high impact solutions for customers of different domains such as: mining, telco, healthcare and utilities with state-of-the-art Machine Learning and AI approaches.