COFES Russia 2013 Keynote Speakers Announced

--Yurii Udaltsov, Rusnano Board Member, and Jack Byers, CEO of VMI, will keynote the international design and engineering software event in Peterhof, Russia--


BETHESDA, MD, May 24, 2013 – Cyon Research today announced keynote speakers for COFES Russia 2013, held May 30-June 1 in Peterhof, Russia at the New Peterhof Hotel. Jack Byers, chief executive officer of VMI (, will give the Friday keynote address and Yurii Udaltsov, board member and director of innovation-based development at the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano), will give the Saturday keynote address. This event is the first multi-day COFES to be held outside of the United States. The focus of COFES Russia 2013 is the intersection of global trends and the potential for those trends to impact business in Russia.

Jack Byers will present the “Past, Present, and Future of Engineering Software.” His Friday keynote address will discuss how the next big developments will fuel subsequent generations and present opportunities for Russia and beyond.

Yurii Udaltsov will present “Investing in Technologies for Innovation.” His Saturday keynote will discuss Rusnano’s experience in material-based high-tech investment and the role of IT technologies as an enabler of high-tech innovations. In addition to a discussion of relevant and interesting Rusnano projects, Udaltsov’s keynote will focus on integration into the global innovation process, as well as developments in Russia as a potential source of engineering, IT and R&D source for innovation start-ups.

COFES Russia 2013 will follow the format of its parent event, the annual COFES in Arizona. For COFES Russia, the conversation will be bi-lingual (English and Russian with simultaneous translation), focusing on discussions at varying scales.  There are two key themes for COFES Russia 2013:

  • An exploration of major global trends that will have a big impact on the business of design and engineering and the software that supports design and engineering.
  • How these trends are likely to affect design and engineering in Russia and the impact these trends may have on software.

About Jack Byers
Jack Byers has a long history with Russia. During the 1980's, he was General Manager of an investment fund targeted for Russia: JV Dialogue (JVD), the 2nd Soviet-American Joint Venture, specializing in information technology. He later became general manager of Summit Systems, a joint venture in Belarus between JVD and Chips & Technologies. Byers was the American partner on the ground in both Moscow and Belarus, working with Soviet partners from The Academy of Science, Moscow State University, Kamaz, VDNKh, and Aeroflot. During his tenure at JVD, the company localized MS-DOS and Microsoft Works for the Russian language and became Russia's exclusive distributor of Microsoft products. Jack also helped develop commercial opportunities for Russian products and alliances in the West, such as those between top mathematicians from the Academy of Sciences with SPSS.

Today Byers is the CEO of VMI, the company he founded after leaving JVD. Through VMI, he provides strategic advice on emerging technology services to the world’s largest firms. He specializes in the exploration and design of new markets and growth opportunities by finding and leveraging new technologies and business models. His recent projects have focused on autonomous systems and emerging technologies, including human cognition, visualization, situational understanding, big data analytics, and human-machine interfaces. Current clients include Boeing, Allergan, Oshkosh, L-3, Raytheon and Intel.

About Yurii Udalstov
As the director of innovation-based development at RUSNANO, Udaltsov helps drive the creation of a legislative base and infrastructure of innovation. In 1984, he graduated from the department of Applied Mathematics and Economics at the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute. After graduating, he worked in the computing center of the USSR Academy of Science (later the Russian Academy of Science). Next he held the position of a Director of the Moscow branch of the Carana Corporation. He has also been a member of the administration and leader of the control center for UES of Russia. Udaltsov holds a PhD in Physics and Mathematical Sciences.

About COFES Russia:
COFES Russia attendees include top managers and experts from leading providers in the fields of BIM/CAD/CAE/DP/PLM, manufacturing, construction and industrial organizations, in addition to analyst, media, and representatives from academia and government. Like all COFES events, COFES Russia is by invitation-only and the number of participants is limited. Interested parties may apply for an invitation to this and future COFES events at (English) or (Russian). 
About COFES:
Now in its 14th year, COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software) is the annual, invitation-only event for the design and engineering software industry. Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES gathers design and engineering software leaders (vendors, users, press, and analysts) together to discuss the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business. COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that provide a new perspective to the future of the industry. COFES is a Cyon Research event.

About Cyon Research:
Cyon Research is a think-tank covering analysis of the engineering technology and software markets. Cyon Research provides key information, research, analysis, brainstorming, and consulting to its clients worldwide. Their focus is on the tools, processes, and procedures used in design and manufacturing, construction, and management.

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