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December 13-14, 2016:
APIDays Conference was about Automating IT, Business and the whole society with APIs. More than 1100 Developers, Architects and Innovation Managers from around the world gathered together in Paris to discuss the latest about API and Microservice revolution. An application-programming interface (API) is a set of programming instructions for accessing a Web-based software application. A software company releases its API to the public in order to enable other software developers design the type of products powered by its service. Lacobelli CEO of StamPlay discussed Automation of Business processes. He mentioned that both developer and non-developers can create powerful enterprise workflows with APIs and service such as Tropo. He pointed out that messaging apps are taking over and conversational interfaces are also in the process of being able to rely on channels like SMS and it is the task of Tropo to make it very easy. The next speaker explained that application programming interfaces make it easier for developers to use some technologies in building applications. She emphasized that developers need an API that reduces the cognitive load on a programmer. She mentioned that an API for file input and output gives the developer a possibility of copying a file from one location to another without the need for the developer to understand that file system operations behind the scenes.
Louvel from Restlet talked about the State of API Languages. He mentioned that
companies value API designers works and what API project managers do while we are in the digital economy era. "There are 5 traits of API project managers." He pointed out that APIs have moved into financial services, government, healthcare and retail and during the recent years, lots of companies and government institutions publish APIs in their developers’ portals and making innovation. The next speaker explained that API usage vary depending on the type of programming language involved. An API for a language such as Lua would consist of basic routines to execute code and manipulate data, but an API for an object oriented language such as Java can " provide a specification of classes". She discussed Remote APIs that developers use for manipulating the remote resources through protocols. And "the Java Database Connectivity API allows developers to query many different types of databases with the same set of functions."
Boni, Directeur Associé, Nexworld talked about using API Management for an Omni-Channel Retail Experience. He mentioned that the companies for competing they need to adapt to the continually changing market landscape and use omni-channel engagement across web, social and IoT. The next speaker discussed that An API is related to a software library and an API have multiple implementations in the form of different libraries that have the same programming interface. And the separation of the API from its implementation allows programs written in one language to use a library written in another one.
The future of Social Robots was discussed by the next speaker.
He mentioned that the social robots can recognize our voice and face and help us
planning our calendar, taking pictures of special moments, videoconference,
ordering food, reading recipes and play games. The next speaker discussed that API can specify the interface between an application and the operating system that aim to enable an application written for a specific operating system. She explained Linux as an operating systems that implement the POSIX APIs.
Build versus Buy was discussed by Boogar, Brand manager, Algolia. He explained that it is a privately held company working in algorithms, search engines and text mining. And they help users deliver the search-as-you-type experience on their websites and mobile apps. The speaker explained that the design of an API provides the tools a user expect and the design of programming interfaces is considered as an essential part of software architecture. He explained how Oracle sued Google for having distributed a new implementation of Java embedded in theAndroid operating system and Google didn't acquire any permission to reproduce the Java API and the judge ruled in that APIs cannot be copyrighted in the U.S, and that widely expanded copyright protection and allowed the "copyrighting of simple software commands." CTR Press
December 7-8, 2016:
U.S. Energy Storage Summit 2016 was organized by GTM, Greentech Media. Greentech Media was founded in 2007 and since then it has expanded cleantech community of business and professionals through online news, market research and conferences. GTM Research provides timely market analysis in the form of market research reports and consulting services. Their analyst team have various backgrounds in the energy, technology, Investment banking and consulting. The speakers and panels discussed a variety aspects of energy storage. The panel discussed storage EPC perspective discussed Working in the storage projects, Solar system and the value of solar companies. The speaker in favor of EPC mentioned that PECs stations are turn key solutions for connecting to the battery containers. They discussed battery energy storage system and battery compatibility. The speaker mentioned that the PECs delivers power to the grid when there is high demand and as the result reduces the cost by minimizing the power demand. Also it can smooth the rate of charge of power because of cloud cover. And about the load leveling he mentioned that PEC stores energy by charging batteries when there is low demand. Leyden, director of EDF Renewables pointed out that there will be more renewable with storage in the future. The speaker mentioned that the Storage companies and each region has its own rules and regulations and we should think about flexibility.
U.S. Energy Storage Summit 2016
The panel also discussed Creating value through software. They explained the latest projects, California capacity market and Human machine interface. The moderator asked the panel how AI affected storage. They discussed Virtual storage system and designing energy storage. The speaker from Enbala mentioned that it captures and aggregates energy storage and renewable energy to form a network of controlled energy resources. Loflin discussed the ways of putting the system into action and the software solutions for designing and automating. He mentioned that the suite of products creates an ecosystem where the developers can deploy advanced energy products.
In the exhibition area, the representative of Fronius explained that their primo hybrid is the storage solution for residential solar system and it can operate the PV array and the Tesla power Wall at the same time and ultimately reduces the system costs. The exhibitor from Stem explained that customer sited storage from Stem is a powerful networked resource that can deliver reliable services to the grid. NexTracker director of marketing explained that they have launched an innovative solar plus energy storage solution for USA and international markets. She mentioned that NexTracker is a solar and storage solution that integrates the latest solar tracker, battery and software technology to deliver better return to the owners of solar power plants. Mints Levin representative explained that they provide the strategic and legal guidance to the entrepreneurs, startups or large corporations. And since 2006 they have completed 300 transactions totaling $8 billion. Doosan exhibitor, Silvia, mentioned that Doosan GridTech delivers control system software and power system services that enable integration of distributed energy resources into grid. Power Electronics exhibitor explained that their PECS product line offers a modular design for energy storage projects. CTR Press
December 6, 2016:
Read My Pins
Legion of Honor
This interesting exhibition presents the Madeleine Korbel Albright collection of more than 200 pins and brooches. They are beautiful brooches that their value is not monetary but the roles they have had in conveying the social and political messages. "She used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the Press." And it has been successful. The visitors loved the exhibition and there was lots of positive feedbacks. A unique humor is hidden in each pin and this is the task of the visitors to find out. Each caption tells a story for each brooch. One pin that looks like a missile has an interesting story: Russian diplomats used to check which brooch she was wearing and on the first day of a difficult diplomatic discussion involving nuclear arms, Ivanov looked at her pin and said: "Is that one of your interceptor missiles? She replied: "Yes, and as you can see, we know how to make them very small. So you'd better be ready to negotiate." Each story has a unique wit and humor that brought smiles on the visitors' face.
Some brooches are gold and some silver and many are made by anonymous designers in the USA and some of them are gifts from other countries especially France and Italy. They are in variety of shapes: vegetables, fruits, animals, flowers, human, sun, nature and different objects. One of them shows the glass ceiling "in its ideal condition: shattered." Each pin has a purpose; a pin with the threes colors: green, white and violet signifying respectively hope, purity and dignity; its initials GWV conveying the message "give women the voice". Even some visitors were inspired to wear their brooches that have not been used for a long time. CTR Press
December 2, 2016:
Frank Stella, A Retrospective
Frank Stella is the famous American minimalist painter. He lives in Greenwich Village, New York. Stella as a minimalist artist creates abstract works characterized "by the use of repeated geometric shapes that stripped of all thematic or emotional content."
He is considered one of the most respected postwar American painters that is still
working. He is known as an abstract painter who creates "no political illusions or psychological or metaphysical references in 20th century painting. His paintings are exhibited at de Young, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The exhibition hall with Stella's paintings on its Wall gives the visitors a tranquil and peaceful and at the same time meditative feelings. A retired professor of business was discussing one of Stella's paintings with his wife and both found it very peaceful and beautiful.
Frank Stella in one of his lectures at Harvard University mentioned: " what
paintings wants in the world more than anything else is working space: space to
grow and expand into, pictorial space that is capable of direction and movement,
pictorial space that encourages unlimited orientation and extension." And this is the element the audience finds in his paintings. The visitors can feel the space and connect with it. This space is creating the tranquil feeling that connects the artist to the viewers of his art. Each of Stella's paintings had a unique way of expressing the idea of abstraction that has also resemblance to outside world objects and is beautiful.
Once Stella argued: "There is nothing wrong with abstraction being like outside the art world."
Stella's paintings seem to be simple and minimal, but they have "far reaching
implications" and meaning. This is the job of the visitors to decide about the meaning and message of each paintings. Each visitor looks differently, from different point of view that has roots in his or her personal experiences and beliefs. But one thing they all have in common and it is the tranquil feeling and mild joy they feel while observing Frank Stella paintings. CTR Press
November 29- December 1 , 2016:
Open Mobile Summit
Open Mobile Summit was organized by Open Mobile Media. The Conference gathered App & Mobile Tech, Commerce & Brands and Media & Advertising professionals from the around the world to discuss the latest innovations in the industry. Pierce discussed the reasons people using mobile devices to watch TV. He mentioned that all the people on the earth like comedy. He said: "we help them to choose the program they like, we help them to choose the content clusters for the period time that they like." He explained how to provide continuity of content and how to keep users engaged on different platforms and devices. About VR platform and VR app he pointed out that we are still waiting for the story telling elements of the VR. Bernard from USA Today Network discussed the approaches to the universal web. He explained the ways of creating positive experiences with the combination of local and national news. He discussed the ways people are engaging with the mobile device. He pointed out that Mobile web is where the audience is. He explained the new audience acquisition. He emphasized on finding what is right for each individual or each group and then building relationships with the users. "There are lots of opportunities on mobile web, but we have a very limited time to catch them." He said:" Facebook and Google apps show the need for speed when you are experiencing user engagement." He mentioned that we can make continual improvements by testing to find out what works. He discussed Universal web and leveraging the digital ecosystem, How to create content and how to be mindful of the ways of injecting the content to engage the users. "when they have good experiences with the website they will be a returning customer. Don't forget the Flexibility in technical architecture of your website." He mentioned that from design perspective create a better experience for the users and continue with interactions. "Different types of articles should be dealt differently: business content is different from entertainment articles and people who read them are very different too. People are at the center of this ecosystem."
Hyman discussed the ways of keeping the audience engaged by using creative marketing messages. He explained the global leading marketing platforms and emphasized on Humanizing the technology. He said: "Most apps only retain 10% of their customers and an average cost per each engaged user is $68." He discussed using technology to improve the user engagement. "Push notifications can be used for improvement of the engagement." He emphasized on the necessity of investing heavily on the new users and ensuring that the customers are getting value. The panel discussed the fluid app experience and how to make sure that customers are engaged and keep coming back. They emphasized on combining the devices, location based marketing to deliver a customer centric approach. The speaker pointed out that understanding the users habits is key to creating more relevant messages and delivering targeted marketing. " By creating authentic personalized messages you can engage the users."
Diaz, VP Analytics from Washington Post discussed the declining of mobile apps. She said: "We want people become subscribers and we use app for the better engagement." The panel discussed the chat bots and AI and how they will replace the apps. Vladimer emphasized that in IOT, it should not be replacement for human being , it should be enhancement and we should not taking human out of equations. Wilson introduced OfferUp. He emphasized that simplicity and trustworthiness are essential elements. He said: " we have created the simplest way for people to buy and sell locally. If you want to be a successful company, you should start simple in the complicated world. Simplicity and trustworthiness are the main elements for the success in the market. He discussed how they were successful in reducing the friction in every part of the process. "The images are central in the advertising and we should focus on the pictures."
Newton discussed bot platform. She mentioned that 2016 is the year of the bot and we are in the age of the bot by focusing on messaging and chat box. She pointed out that two third of users have not downloaded any app and Messaging apps are used more than other apps. " bot is a software application that runs automated tasks; bots perform is simple and repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human. "The success of bots may be due to the difficulty in identifying the difference between an online interaction with a bot and a human. There has been a controversy about the use of bots in an automated trading function: eBay has been to court in an attempt to suppress a third-party company from using bots to traverse their site looking for bargains." Newton mentioned that advantages of bots are: No download, No new account and No new interface. "It is quick to set up and easy to use." She mentioned that 2017 is the year of customers and in the future every brands will have a bot. Parfitt pointed out that AI helped human and it should not replace it. He mentioned that data and content are exploding."We differentiate by shifting to automated support." He explained Virtual concierge and how the consumer will be in charge. He emphasized on the process of Test & learn: when you fail you learn better. Gelfenbeyn asked the members of the audience to raise their hands if they use chat bots and only five people raised their hands. And he pointed out that for creating a good bot you need lots of data.
In the exhibition areas, representatives from different companies introducing their products and services. Segment exhibitor mentioned that they collect customers data with one API and send it to hundreds of tools for analytics, marketing and data warehousing. Blue Snap representative mentioned that they reach shoppers in 180 countries with 110 payment types, 100 currencies and 29 languages. Hyphenate exhibitor explained that their headquarter is in China and they have an office in San Francisco, it is a five month old company that powers chat in mobile apps. Apptimize representative mentioned that the Wall Street Journal is one of their customers and they help them to collect data and make rapid improvements to their app. CTR Press
November 13-18, 2016:
AIChE is considered as a home for all chemical engineers ; it has over 50,000 members in more than 100 countries. In 1968, it recognized the importance of supporting female engineers and minority that is currently called: MAC, Minority Affaires Committee. The AIChE annual meeting hosted programming from more than 20 AIChE technical divisions and forums. More than 6,000 papers were presented. It was about catalysis engineering, process development, material engineering, particle technology, pharmaceutical engineering and energy processes. The focus was on both technical innovations and professional growth. The session on 3D printing, was about 3D printing and the way it is being employed in traditional chemical engineering processes.The food- energy- water nexus topical session was about sustainable solutions for transformative technical and political change. Perspective on the impact of environmental factors on performance of metal organic frameworks was discussed. Green discussed engendering political and economic sustainability for the transportation. Future directions in applied mathematics, perspective on predictive control for stochastic systems and modeling convergence of circadian clocks and metabolism were discussed. In the session on emerging energy applications of nanoscale engineering, the panel talked about challenges to commercializations of new energy tech and carbon nanotubes in real world applications. On bionanotechnology, Baneyx discussed controlling hybrid structure assembly and inorganic mineralization with solid binding proteins. For using regional resources and sustainability, researchers from Technical University discussed renewable regional resources that are "replenished by natural income and radiation as the main source of this natural income." Also the factors such as economic and cultural parameters and the way they influence and convert renewable resources into useful products were discussed.
In MIT, engineers have developed a new device that involves mundane and inexpensive materials such as bubble wrap and the system has generated saturated steam at 100C at an efficiency of 63%. The new device relies on interfacial solar thermal conversion instead of concentrated solar thermal. Researchers from Stanford University have combined cotton and polyethylene "to create a textile that is both opaque to visible light and transparent to infrared. It could create clothing that keeps us cool on hot days and can be considered an interesting innovation for textile industry. Harvard University researchers have made the first robot that is made entirely of soft materials. It is an octopus shaped robot that is able to wave its legs. Usually robots are made of hard materials, but these robots that are called "octobot" use hydrogen peroxide as fuel and "a microfluidic logic circuit for movement control." CTR Press
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November 18, 2016:
Brand Innovators Challenger Brands
This event was organized by Brand Innovators. It was an event for brand marketers to gather together and discuss the latest in the market and share data, their views and perspectives. Marino, CMO thredup in a conversation with Spika discussed the company strategies and innovations. He mentioned that they had attracted Macy's customers to their website. They trade wardrobes clothes that are still in good condition and the clothes are for women and children. He pointed out that some customers send a bag full of cloths, then the following week they order a bag of clothes! "it shows they had to get rid of unwanted clothing in their wardrobes but they are still like shopping for more clothes." One member of audience expressed his disappointment when he visited their website and mentioned that the signup message was a factor that discouraged him to continue. Donner, the director of SocialCode discussed the power of connecting owned data with social media. He explained the ways of improving sale rates. He pointed out that we need to identify the influences with the power to unify brands. He described brand data as the way the consumers engage with your brand and social data as the way consumers behave. He emphasized that social data should lead to social listening. Rubenstein, CMO Watermelon Water discussed the marketing strategies of the company. He started his speech with this sentence: " One man's trash is another man's treasure. He said that the company turns the ugly fruits into beautiful juices. He mentioned that 800 million pounds of unused watermelons are thrown away each year and the mission of this company is to save them. They prevent the waste by creating watermelon water in plastic bottles. He explained the history of creating the company that makes Coconut water in the U.S.: the founders met two women from Brazil and asked them what they have missed the most; the reply was coconut water. And it was the start point of creating the company that makes coconut water. He mentioned that they used the power of celebrities to influence the buyers. They published Madonna pictures drinking the coconut water and then they brought Rihanna and athletes pictures drinking coconut water. Then he mentioned that they have used the same marketing strategies for Watermelon water. They encouraged Beyonce to invest in the company and appear in the media outlets advertising it. He said that they got 700 million media impressions and the handful stores presenting their products sharply increased after the advertisements into 1500 stores. Their motto was Fight Against Food Waste. He also pointed out that they have a new innovative method, but he did disclose it; he said: " We have already had the queen, now we need a princess to advertise our products." Fighting against food waste is good, but he did not mention anything about the damages that plastic bottles may have on the environment. And as one member of audience mentioned: "Why not to encourage people to eat fresh fruits." CTR Press
November 11-13, 20016:
Green Festival Expo 2016
Green Festival celebrated its 15th anniversary with a series of talks and exhibitions about organic foods and products. Its goal was increasing awareness of the environmental benefits of adopting a natural and healthy lifestyle, encouraging people to buy good organic food, non- GMO food, to use sustainable products and avoiding artificial ingredients, preservatives, and unhealthy lifestyle. Green Festival mission was introducing the latest green products and services in the market, promoting sustainability in life choices and actions, encouraging companies to adopt green and fair trade principles and focusing on organic, non-GMO and local food as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The panel discussing plastic pollution mentioned that 3 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour in the U.S. They described the present plastic pollution in the world's oceans from the North Atlantic and North Pacific gyre as alarming. The speaker pointed out that even in the remotest places, the tiny pieces of plastic have been found in the fish. The filmmaker of "plastic Paradise" mentioned that big companies who are manufacturing plastic have sued the environmental activists for defamation. The speaker compared the polluted oceans to "bathtubs without drains". One member of audience expressed her deep concern about plastic pollution and said:" I cannot understand why people keep using plastic bottles. Why do they continue to buy water in the plastic bottles? She showed her usable water bottle that she carries all the time and asked for a serious ban on plastic bottles. The speaker explained how some companies are creating building materials from trash. Then there was the screening of a movie about the massive environmental destruction and followed by questions and answers. In another session, how nutrition can affect the skin was discussed. The speaker pointed out that nutrition really matters especially to the skin. He emphasized we are what we eat: organic food with fresh and natural ingredients is essential for our wellbeing.
Cann talked about GMOs in the cosmetic products. She mentioned many ingredients in personal care come from agricultural sources. She discussed the ways to identify and avoid them. Ziff, founder of Made Safe discussed toxic elements in baby products, personal care and household products and how they cause human health harm. She mentioned that many people don't use organic products because they are expensive. She emphasized: "Use less, buy high quality and organic products." Owens pointed out that everyone should have some moments of self reflection and self care on daily basis. "We should examine our medicine cabinet and throw away the unhealthy products." Fitzgerald, journalist talked about fighting to protect the environment from the oil industry. Kurzrock talked about food waste and mentioned that more than 40% of all food grown in goes uneaten that is waste of the resources and opportunities.
In the exhibition hall, American Wild Horse Preservation representative mentioned that wild horses are "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West" ; and currently low flying helicopters drive them off public lands to make room for livestock grazing and other commercial interests. World Progress exhibitor mentioned that only 5% of plastic bottles are recycled worldwide and we should eliminate disposable plastic travel size containers. Representative of Bank Purely talked about an innovative way of banking for a better world. Environmental Voice exhibitor mentioned that nano sized aluminum compounds that are used in climate engineering are harmful to the brain and spinal cord. Representative from Caboo company was introducing their tree free products. He mentioned that unlike trees, bamboo regrow from its own roots. Harvest & Mill Organic Clothing company was exhibiting beautiful 100 % organic T shirts in natural color that were grown and sewn in the USA. CTR Press
November 8-9, 2016:
Structure Conference 2016
The Conference was all about discussing Cloud, how we are dealing with many clouds and the state of this multi-cloud world. According to the organizers of Structure Conference, current cloudscape not only comprises a handful of massively scaled public cloud options but also a large array of branded private clouds. Guthrie from Microsoft talked about the process of building a one-stop shop for business software in the cloud. He discussed container based applications and infrastructure capabilities. He also explained container based environment. The cloud vendors, use of hardware and software integration and more distributed investments were discussed. He mentioned that Amazon is number one and Microsoft, number two and Google is the third in cloud ranking. Then he gave the example of Societe Generale, one of Europe’s largest financial services groups, that has turned to the cloud software in order to enable employees work secondments overseas. It is a part of the special strategy to attract the best employees. "In the HR cloud space, US suppliers have often been led from the mid-market, but in Europe they are often focused more on enterprise-class organizations first." That is going to challenge their ability to serve multinational customers with their complexities like multiple languages, multi-country regulations, regulatory reporting and finally local law. The speaker mentioned that the good thing about cloud is: being scalable and at the same time being easier to simplify. "High-end corporate functions can be switched off for the mid-market if it doesn’t need them."
The rise of the artificially intelligent data center was discussed by the next panel. Evolution of analytics and deep learning were discussed. The speaker explained the Artificial Intelligence. He discussed deep learning and algorithms where abstract ideas are represented by multiple deep layers of graphs. Also he pointed out that classical machine learning uses algorithms that are based on statistical or other techniques for estimating functions from examples. He showed different slides and mentioned that 7% of the server market is AI severs. He emphasized that Deep learning is a method of extracting features at the multiple levels of abstraction. Deep belief Network demonstrated. He discussed Automating and biggest computational problem we are facing. He gave examples of Machine learning and Improving patient care in Penn medicine and how UPS had saved $50 million a year.
The highlight of the conference was the interesting talk by Devine from IBM. He discussed guide to the Perfect Digital Storm. He explained Growing up Lynx in data center, Watson and cognitive insight. Combining the power of cloud-based enterprise search, content analysis and cognitive solutions to connect and view data insights across silos, for better outcomes. He gave examples of different projects with international transportation where location and deed of users and the combination of data all matters. He also pointed out that
top focus of IBM is the cognitive element in utilizing cloud. He said: "we are still in the embryonic stage and the amount of data that exists today is treated like gold but it should be put in the use and its value is in its use." He pointed out that in traditional university IT and engineering department are separate but now increasingly IT and engineering are connected. When Thomson asked him about the future, he replied: "more data, more connectivity and spontaneous eco system by faster technology." Thompson mentioned that omitting human elements is really worrying but the positive element is the speed. The speaker mentioned that Cloud speed not only refers to the rate of technology advancement but also the way it is delivered. "In a continuous services delivery world, consumer expectations are moving towards cloud speed and business managers and developers should develop skills that allow them to optimize the quality of experience to the customer and delivery value to them. He talked about Vibrancy that is "pulsating with life and vigor" and by providing Data-as-a-Service, enterprises that allow an vigorous ecosystem to extend the value of the data to bring new services to life." He discussed emerging IoT trend and how the IoT ecosystem is starting to leverage "Block Chaining" to provide secure commerce.
The next panel talked about how to find the next generation of cloud computing startups and it was moderated by Krazit. Explosion of data, data structure and IT operations were discussed. Wagner said that Facebook can be seen as a data center and it is its key asset that Facebook is monetizing so well. Micro services benefits and how it creates the business Refactoring and cloud applications were discussed. The speaker mentioned that SaaS model is almost uniquely suited to being able to hide complexity where it isn’t needed." There is a risk that, as cloud suppliers grow, their ability to closely serve the needs of individual customers may diminish and the more successful the cloud suppliers become, the more trying to influence the roadmap. The next panel discussed the data security. The speaker mentioned that the customers want to know how secure the data is. She mentioned as we have recently seen in Yahoo case, the breach of security not necessarily result in financially going down. The speaker talked about trading the stolen data and he mentioned that the price of medical records in the black market is considerable whereas credit card information is not that expensive because it can be easily replaced. He pointed out that always make sure that all the information is encrypted. Forrester pointed out that the future of network would be less protocols and more intelligent. The speaker from Box in response to this question: "what makes a platform successful?" mentioned that your primary audience is the developer; "you can make money if you engage them in the app." He mentioned the necessity of keeping the developers in the forefront. He emphasized that the most misunderstood thing about platform is thinking that people buy and then use, but in fact, people use, then buy! He said the customer owns the data. The speaker from Comcast asked the audience who uses Comcast and nearly half the audience raised their hands but his second question that how many of you like using it, raised only four hands. He explained the clouds that run home security systems and he discussed the future of connected home.
In the exhibition hall, representative from neo4j explained that everyone can go to neo4j.com/graphacademy and learn neo4j graph. Rackspace combines expertise, easy to use tools and customer service across AWS and OpenStack. VMware cloud Foundation is VMware's unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud. Representatives from Node Pole were discussing the cloud frontier of Europe. The Node Pole is a European data center and cloud computing hub located in the north of Sweden where Facebook's first data center outside ofU.S. is located. And this is the place that 1,400 MW green energy from hydro and wind power is turned into data networks, cloud services and cloud innovations. CTR Press
November 2-5, 2016:
ATA 57th Annual Conference
ATA 57th Annual Conference was organized by ATA, American Translators Association that is a professional association with the mission of advancing the Translation and Interpretation professions and developing the abilities of translators and interpreters. It has more than 10,000 members from 100 countries. It's annual conference gathered together international translators, interpreters, language teachers, project managers and language company owners. There were a variety of meetings, workshops, educational sessions and exhibitions. In the annual meeting of all members, the director and the boards explained what the association has accomplished and what plans for the future they have. They mentioned that the last year revenue had been over 3.1 million dollars and the net income has increased 1000% and currently there is more than $700,000 in the Investment accounts. The members of audience who were attendees from 63 countries asked questions and made comments to board members and committee chairs. Also different plans such as School Outreach Plan that aims to promote Translation industry by visiting schools and talking about translation and interpretation. Mission of ATA, public relation community and importance of human translation were pointed out by the chairmanship.
Resolution Community and submissions of resolutions by the members were discussed.
Crisper gene editing session was an interesting topic discussed by Dr Ronni. He explained the tailored gene therapy to species engineering. Dr Ronni is a specialist in genetic engineering and for the last decade he has been working as a successful medical translator. He discussed human genome and Gene therapy. He skillfully explained the complicated medical phrases in the simple way that was understandable by non specialist audience. He explained how the genetic makeup makes large personal variation among people. He mentioned that by spending 10 thousand dollars anyone can sequence human genome. He explained how Particular mutations can be either beneficial or harmful. He also explained the Genetic disorders and how
Biotechnology has made proteins therapy possible. "The patient get purified form of protein that they are missing, but the cost would be 200,000 dollars a year." He pointed out that correcting the underlying defect in patients is done in gene therapy by transduction of cells.
"How to do it? By tailoring viruses or nanoparticles. By genetic engineering we can create tailored viruses." He mentioned that in 1999 a patient died in the process of gene therapy. He discussed how the Viruses have a natural ability to enter target cells and how they can be modified by genetic engineering. "All are targeting somatic cells." Then he explained the Solid organs such as lungs and brain in in-vivo gene therapy procedures. Gene augmentation vs gene editing, Recently discovered Crisper-Cas system, Car-T cells in gene editing, Viruses injected to DNA and how It could cause cancer if any mistake happens were discussed. He explained that FDA has a special branch CBER for biological research and FDA is against commercial gene therapy products and in Europe too European medicine agency has many regulations. He also discussed the ethical issues of genetic engineering and emphasized that China has done human embryo editing but in the US and Europe it is illegal and forbidden because of the ethical issues. Then asked the member of audience who approves gene therapy and only one person, a translator from India, raised his hand. Other attendees expressed their concerns about its ethical issues.
On the Literary Translation session, the speaker who is the translator of Chekhov literary works talked about her experiences and how to approach classics and how to publish new translation of classics. She discussed Saint Petersburg festival in London Barbican center in 1999 and how people got interested in reading translations of Chekhov's short stories. She mentioned that a huge donations to Pushkin house in London was made by a rich person who had discovered Chekhov stories and was fascinated with them. She talked about different money raising events for saving Chekhov House in Yalta. The most recent one was the fundraising event in the Hempstead theatre for restoring Chekhov House. She also discussed the project of building Chekhov healing garden in the U.K. Hospital. In another session, understanding financial jargon was discussed by the speaker. In the French Translation session, Benoit discussed Palms VS Oscars: compare and contrast. She mentioned many examples of English into French translations and French into English translations too. She pointed out that if the translation is not correct, an invitation can be interpreted as an order. She discussed Mobile apps and differences in the US and France. She gave many examples of Evasive superlatives in translating from English into French. She emphasized the process of doing research by translators and considering the differences in culture. She mentioned that in the US skiing is seen as a legendary activity but in France it is just fun.
In the exhibition hall, different language and translation companies were exhibiting. MCIS representative mentioned that their mission is using the power of languages to sustain prosperous communities. Boostlingo, a one-year company based in SF provides secured and scalable interpretation services with an internet connection or phone line. Translate.com representative inviting the visitors to sign up and get immediate access to the paid tasks in their Translation Portal. National language service corps inviting the volunteers to join and respond to national or worldwide emergencies and other language professionals. DS Interpretation inc provides interpretation services for the corporations. Transperfect representative mentioned that the company has $505 million annual revenue and is considered one of the world's largest privately held language service provider. Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters exhibitor inviting the visitors to join. And ATA representative pointed out that ATA membership connects members to other 11,000 experienced translators, interpreters and language services companies. CTR Press
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October 30 - November 2, 2016:
MGMA 2016 annual conference was an interesting event that gathered the administrators, executives and physicians together. MGMA represents about "33,000 administrators and executives in 18,000 healthcare organizations in which 385,000 physicians practice." It is considered as the leading association for medical practice administrators and executives since 1926. In 1926 the first conference of clinic managers was in Madison, Wis. and 2016 is it's 90th anniversary. MGMA equips medical practice leaders with the information and tool they need; it provides the "essential education, legislative information, and data and career resources to help improve patient services and operational efficiencies." Practices of every size, type and region were represented at the conference. Graffigan, an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice actor, and author was one of the main speaker in the conference. His humor was around fatherhood, observations, and food. He regarded as a "clean" comic, because he uses little profanity in his performances. In his performance he said that something that we can control we don't want anymore! He talked about his different experiences in various countries such as his sauna experience in Finland in February. He also made fun of the habit of so much watching. He said: "we miss reading!" He compared the relationship of watchers and the TV episodes to the relationships between two humans: sometimes "it is over! Not wanted anymore!" The speaker who introduced Graffian, also talked about the Unifying power of cake and mentioned: "Bacon is the most beautiful thing on earth." She mentioned that in 2016 medical practice has been $3 Trillion practice. She explained the history of medical practice and she pointed out that Frank exchange of ideas is a necessity. She mentioned that the same problem is still remain and 90% of the physicians are unhappy with their career, and people are unhappy with the practice. She emphasized the necessity of leading a new movement in healthcare: "Bring medicine back to where it belongs."
MGMA 2016 Annual Conference
Wolf discussed different case studies where billing gone badly. He discussed the process of maximizing the benefits of third party relationships. He presented and examined a variety of court and investigative documents of physicians practice cases where billing gone badly. He pointed out that the Whistleblowers brought these cases: " 20 % of whistleblowers go directly to government and 80 percent do it internally." He mentioned that a Cardiologist in Florida received $18 million from Medicare in 2012 and investigations showed that he had done unnecessary tests and procedures just for his personal gain. One case was Ravi Sharma, a physician in Tampa, Florida who used to ask unqualified assistants or staff to perform the tests that were unnecessary and the physician prescribed the unnecessary medicines and received 25% in return. He described the billing for surgical closure procedures at higher levels. He explained how Corporate Integrity Agreement can help prevent the exclusion. He also discussed other cases of Unsupervised non physicians examined but billed as performed by physicians, Tests that were not medically necessary and finally Failure to return overpayments within 60 days that could be a false claim. He discussed the identification of overpayments and what constitute them. He pointed out that auditing and monitoring should be done by people with medical background. He also mentioned that currently the lines between the Business and the medical functions within a practice are blurred.
MGMA survey of operations in medical practices showed an increased focus on patient experience; increasingly patients have more choices such as improving wait times, appointments scheduling and financial management. The speaker discussed the ways to create a culture of patient safety and engaging staff in daily improvements and finally using patient experience to drive improvements. Then the next speaker discussed the ways to optimize the healthcare documentation process and eliminating the time consuming variables that leads to inaccurate documentation. She emphasized the necessity of creating a platform independent provider of transcription services: different platforms such as 3M Health Information System and Dolby. The panel discussed how patient experience in a consumer driven healthcare marker would be. The speaker discussed the strategic programs that can drive revenue and at the same time increasing patient satisfaction. He also emphasized the need for creating approach to priority setting and business building. The speaker discussed the complexity of procedures in the healthcare setting that created new challenges and risks. He pointed out that managing risks is necessary to maintain the wellbeing of patients and financial stability of the healthcare providers. In the session on CMS terms of payment reform, Ballou discussed 2017 innovative measures. She described population as the group defined as community that can be defined in many ways. She emphasized on finding who your population are. She also discussed patients satisfaction and patients engagement.
In the Exhibition hall a variety of companies in different sizes introduced their latest products and services. Experian introduced Passport e care that uses touchless workflow to create more productive workflows by automating manual processes; also Doug Shannon, the skillful cartoonist was busy drawing the visitors faces.Integrated healthcare strategies by analyzing the hospitals best service lines in order to achieve the desired growth. Todd Pitner introduced Medical group solutions that has created Rx savings card for patients. The card is branded with the logo of medical practice and provides savings of up to 75% on every FDA approved prescription medication. The representative explained that this new idea has already saved so many Americans over their prescription medications charges. Coverys risk management provided online continuing education library that is user- friendly and easy to access. Navicure solution reduces bad debt write offs with time of service charge authorizations and online patient payments. PCISgold booth had a special classic and dignified presentation and its representative introduced pcisgold as a single source solution that provides all clients with innovative software products. He described the patient portal for secure messages, appointment requests and lab/ test results. CTR Press
October 21-25, 2016:
AAP Conference 2016
More than 10,000 pediatricians gathered together for the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national conference and symposium. "The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults." The new policy recommendations and family resource tools and the most critical health issues facing today's children were discussed in the conference. The AAP is an organization of more than 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. The speakers on Allergy and Immunology Program discussed asthma, food allergy, primary immunological disorders and drugs and bugs. The speaker discussed the latest ways of managing Nasal allergy symptoms that can be caused by a variety of environmental allergens including indoor allergens such as dust mites and pets and also the outdoor allergens such as pollens. She mentioned that Molds that can be found indoors and outdoors, can trigger nasal allergy symptoms. She pointed out that if the child has allergy symptoms and is allergic to a pet that lives in the home, the only way would be finding the pet a new home. The speaker emphasized that allergens can be found on the followings: Dust mites that are microscopic organisms found in bedding and carpet, furnitures, pets, pests, pollen, mold and finally food and Allergy testing should be performed to determine the cause of the allergy.
In the session on the long term effects of air pollution on brains and breathing, the speaker discussed the neurological injuries caused by exposure to air pollution. She emphasized that it starts during gestation and continues in the developing child and can cause structural brain abnormalities, neurocognitive deficit. The speaker pointed out that the early neurodegenerative changes are similar to those seen in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. She also emphasized on the preventive measures for indoor air pollution especially for the pregnant women. The next speaker discussed chronic cough and how to treat it. He discussed various clinical etiologies and presentations of chronic cough that indicates pulmonary disorders and ears, nose and throat anatomic issues. Dr Newman emphasized that we should not believe everything that we read. He discussed the history and physical exam of the research studies. He mentioned that method of presenting the research results can make the treatments look better than they are likely to be in the clinical practices.
The researcher on Infant Apps and electronic toys VS traditional toys discussed that researches have shown that infant educational Media are mostly passive and can be detrimental to the cognitive development of babies. He pointed out that multiple studies support the beneficial effects of traditional toys for the young children. Two female doctors discussed various visual diagnosis techniques and recognition of child abuse. They presented a series of cases outlining the child abuse. They discussed different cases of physically and emotionally abused children. In the most cases that were presented by them, mothers had left their small children in the care of their boyfriends and even some of them denied the abuses. The session was interactive and various questions about different cases were questioned and the pediatricians in the audience replied through their phones. According to the latest news release by AAP, visits to pediatric emergency departments for headache pain in children aged 4 to 20 are on the rise and females are more likely to be admitted for headache pain than male.
In the exhibition area, different companies presenting their latest products and services. Dr Hudspeth, the editor of the International journal of play therapy talked about the twenty fifth anniversary of the journal. "Play Therapy" as a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral and emotional challenges. The Vaccine Makers representative discussed the latest projects and supported the vaccines development program. But outside the exhibition hall, there were some protesters against vaccinations; they argued that vaccines contain toxic chemicals such as aluminum that can cause brain damage and formaldehyde that can cause cancer and they mentioned that sudden infant deaths spike after vaccines. Impact representative mentioned that they provide the only FDA cleared concussion evaluation tool for ages 5-11. Ubimed representative from Los Angles described their latest product, lifenest, as the baby mattress that improve airflow and breathability. Anthony, medical recruiting coordinator for Native Americans discussed multi state license hospital system. The national survival rate for lung transplant patients in 2015 has been 86.7% , but for Stanford children hospital has been 75.0%. Representative for designing a food pharmacy mentioned that IDEO is a global design company creating disproportionate impact through human centered design. She emphasized on helping families learn how to make meals that are nutritious. Their motto is "Food as Medicine". CTR Press
October 16-19, 2016:
Cytokines event that was the 4th Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society was organized by ICIS (International Cytokine and Interferon Society). This society was formed 25 years ago to advance interferon and cytokine research by promoting the exchange of knowledge through meetings, seminars and publications. In order to accomplish this, it collaborates with leading companies that support research in the fields of "interferon, cytokine and chemokine cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and the clinical use of these biological response modifiers." Its goal was promoting interactions between scientists performing studies of the molecular mechanisms of "cytokine and interferon function, signal transduction, and gene expression in the context of health and disease." The International Cytokine and Interferon Society is a non-profit organization of 600 scientists researching in the fields of cytokine, interferon and chemokine cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and the clinical use of these biological response modifiers. Its mission is promoting an awareness with educational programs of the national and international health communities of the importance of these areas of biomedical research and for achieving these goals, the Society sponsor meetings, publications and other educational activities such as this event.
"Cytokines is a general term for a range of proteins of low molecular weight that exert a stimulating or inhibiting influence on the proliferation, differentiation and function of cells of the immune system." Cytokines include interferons. Koch from UCL talked about Cytokines regulation of metabolism. Data from Maternal IgG experiment in mice was explained. Poffenberger from Canada, discussed LKB1 haploinsufficiency in T cells and mentioned that it is sufficient to drive the development of peutzjeghers syndrome. Rethinking the role of LKB1 in immunity and cancer was emphasized in her speech. In the poster exhibition, the topic allergic asthma was explained. The allergic asthma means allergens trigger the asthma symptoms and usually allergens cause an allergic reaction because the body immune system thinks they are harmful. As the result the immune system responds by releasing a substance called immunoglobulin E (or IgE). "Too much IgE can trigger inflammation (swelling) of the airways in the lungs." This can make breathing difficult and can trigger an asthma attack. Mammalian respiratory chain in mice was discussed by the next speaker. Then the speaker discussed the potential of long term growth of T cells and other types including immature myeloid cells.
In the exhibition area, the exhibitors discussed a new pace for Alzheimer's research: they introduced the new product that run 24 independent samples and get fully analyzed data in 3 hours. It uses 95% less tissue and antibody. Also a new product was introduced that pinpoints new brain injury biomarkers. When neuroinflammatory biomarkers are released from neurons post brain injury, their presence may negatively affect brain functions as the result of increasing cytokines level that results in neural damages. Also they presented another new product that is fully automated instrument for running immunoassay using the single molecule array. The exhibitors pointed out that these new products are not approved by FDA and they are still in the research level. CTR Press
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October 6, 2016:
New York Stock Exchange
Investment perspectives, mutual funds, how the economic transition affect different sectors, tax efficiency, ETFs stack up, diversified portfolio, stock growth, investing strategies and investment goals were among those topics discussed by the experts in the events. The panel discussed the term "recency bias" that manifest itself in terms of momentum; it can convince the investors that a rising market or a stock will continue to appreciate or a declining market keeps falling. They pointed out that this bias can leads the investors to make emotional choices and subsequently to hold a stock for too long or pulling out too soon. The speaker discussed the situation that leads to dot-com bubble burst in 2000. He mentioned that rapidly appreciating stock prices made many investors to ride out the market. He concluded that by maintaining a long term investment plan the investors can stand against recency bias. The panel emphasized that the investors should have long term asset allocation targets that reflect the investment goals and risk tolerance.
Another panel discussed different ways of measuring the potential return on a bond. The speaker mentioned that yield to maturity measures the annual rate of returns that investors receive on a bond investment that is held to maturity. He also discussed the U.S. securitized bonds that include asset backed securities and collateralized mortgage backed securities. He pointed out that the investors receive payment from the interest and principal paid on the loans. The panel also discussed bond funds. The speaker mentioned that both bonds and bond funds provide income and diversification from stock. Usually the investors are drawn to the bonds because they can be a reliable source of income. She mentioned that the market value of the bond fluctuates throughout its life as the result of interest rates changes. She discussed different risks such as issuer might miss a payment or refusing to return the principal. The redeeming some bonds prior to maturity was discussed. They concluded that bond funds can help the investors to gain a steady income, face lower volatility and finally achieving greater portfolio diversification.
The next speaker discussed the tax efficiency of ETFs. He mentioned that ETFs shares usually change hands in the secondary market, from one investor to another. He pointed out that if the ETF owns bonds that pay interest, it should distribute the interest to the investors. The panel emphasized on consideration of the rating system before making any stock purchases. They pointed out that once the investor has identified a good stock to trade, he should use technical analysis to decide when to get in and what price to pay for it. The next speaker discussed the "stop order" that is an order to buy and sell a security when it reaches a set price. He pointed out that there is no guarantee that a stop order be executed at the stop price. It usually uses an algorithm that takes the market volatility into account. He mentioned that in general a trailing stop order is the best tool available to help selling at the most appropriate time. The panel concluded that because people don't like taking losses, they usually hold a position for too long. "Loss aversion is a powerful force and it is the best way to fight is having a trade plan and sticking to it."CTR Press
August & September Events:
American Marketing Association Conference 2016
The AMA conference was about reshaping marketing practice by study and research. The goal was finding "real world" problems in marketing and facilitate the understanding marketing practice. It focused on quality of research with practical outcome. The conference had special sessions on discussing the concerns of senior marketing executives. They pointed out the following problems: "Role of Marketing in the Firm and the C-Suite, the Digital Transformation of the Modern Corporation, Dealing with an Omni-Channel World, Generating and Using Insight to Shape Marketing Practice and finally Competing in Dynamic, Global Markets Balancing Incremental and Radical Innovation." For each of these problems, there was a senior marketing executive that discussed the problem and challenges and the possible solutions. The concept of the Marketing Mix that was originally coined by Neil Borden was discussed. Borden for the first time presented the elements of the marketing mix. The elements that illustrate the different factors within the marketing mix. And marketers should consider them while marketing products to the different customers. A through consideration of every element creates a balanced and interesting offering to customers, in which all elements should contribute to the success of the product or service.
The senior marketing executives expressed their concerns about the existing marketing practices and emphasized on the innovative measures for marketing in the future. They pointed out that AMA "offers differentiated content that focuses on the tension between Best Versus Next Practices." The speaker explained that any person online has been received an advertisement. Their behaviors are being tracked and ads deemed relevant to them are being published on the sites they visit and the apps they use. Consumers must know that they are being tracked. "The information that is being gathered by the invisible pixels painting the internet and how it is used is not as commonly understood. The oldest tracking technology is a cookie that is a script added to a URL to track visitor engagement with a webpage. Each visit to a website or any product browsing is tracked by a cookie, and when they leave that site or browsing session, subsequently an advertisement is served to them that related to the site or products they just viewed. Using cookies, advertisers are able to assign anonymous IDs to the consumers. " The assumptions could be about the gender of the users, their purchase behavior or any number of characteristics to narrow segmentation."
The panel discussed that when a visitor of a website provides them the personally identifying information such as a name, email or log in information, the site is able to assign a special ID to that person. "Actions that the visitor takes on that site can be tracked as first-party data." " when the customers visit a website and are logged in, the website owners can use a cookie to identify them and follow their purchase behavior. They emphasized that in the mobile world, cookies can be less useful to advertisers "because 90% of consumers’ time spent on mobile devices is in-app as opposed to the mobile web, and without a web address, there will be no cookies." That explains why the advertisers use device IDs to track and target consumers. " Device IDs differ from cookies because they don’t have to be placed by an app the way cookies are on a web page. In fact they are recorded from the device on which the user accesses an app and they are rarely reset, making them reliably consistent across many visits from the same user." One of the senior executive discussed that acquiring marketing assets in the form of brands creates firm value. He emphasized that managers should consider the nature of the resources both internally and externally. They should consider the following conditions for achieving success: a strong target with considerable brand equity, strong organizational marketing management capability in the acquiring firm and a "low level of acquirer diversification." CTR Press
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Casa Loma 2016
Casa Loma is one of the most visited attractions in Toronto. This castle has an interesting history. In 1903, Pallatt, the financier bought 25 lots from developers Kertland and Rolf and commissioned a well known architect to design Casa Loma. Its construction began in 1911. The cost was over three million dollars and 300 works was working to build it in three years. It was "given to the city by its heavily debt-laden owner only a decade after it was put up." 98 rooms covering 64,700 square feet was considered as the largest private residence in Canada. During World War II, Casa Loma was used to conceal a top secret research. According to some reports the research was on sonar and for construction of sonar devices. "Most of the work went on behind an area segregated with an "Under Repairs" sign, behind a simple sheet." So different people visited the castle dressing as workmen and pretending working on the repair project.
Casa Loma has five acre of gardens with an underground tunnel that connecting Casa Loma to the Hunting Lodge and to the stables. It has a huge oven "large enough to cook an ox". There are two secret passages. The most decorated room in the castle originally was called Napoleon Drawing Room and it was used for formal occasions. Its wood panels took three artisans three years to carve. The highly ornamented plaster ceiling was designed and made by Italian craftsmen. According to the well informed sources, the house was unoccupied for years while the city tried to decide whether to demolish it or turn it into a museum. "Finally, in 1937, the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto suggested turning Casa Loma into a tourist attraction." Currently Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and is operated by Liberty Entertainment Group and is one of Toronto’s top attractions.
Case Loma has a unique charm that attracts visitors and engage them in the pleasant challenge of discovering the secret passageways, picturesque towers, sweeping staircase, 800-foot tunnel, stables, five-acre garden and beautiful pool. The decorations and furniture add to its mysterious and pleasant beauty. CTR Press
July 24-26, 2016:
Bernard Shaw Festival 2016
Niagara on the Lake
Each year in the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, Shaw festival attracts hundreds of Bernard Shaw, culture and theatre fans to gather together watching Shaw's plays and some other plays by other great playwrights. This year there was a variety of interesting plays especially three amazing ones such as Uncle Vanya, Mrs Warren's Profession and the adventures of the black girl in her search for God. BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950), the great playwright, free thinker, critic and social reformer, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He attended four schools, but left his formal schooling at the age of 15. Then he developed a vast knowledge of music, art and literature under the influence of his mother who was a singer and vocal music teacher. Shaw joined the Fabian Society in 1884 and "distinguished himself as a fluent and effective public speaker and an incisive and irreverent critic of music, art and drama." He was a great admirer of Ibsen plays and "during World War I, Shaw’s anti-war pamphlets and speeches made him very unpopular as a public figure." He was a real genius, and very original one and wrote a variety of great plays such ad Heartbreak House that" he exposed the spiritual bankruptcy of the generation responsible for the carnage", Saint Joan for which led to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1925. " Widowers’ Houses, was produced privately in 1892 for the members of a progressive theatre club called the Independent Theatre Society." The The Philanderer and Mrs Warren’s Profession, Unpleasant, Arms and The Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny and You Never Can Tell. "In 1897 Shaw attained his first commercial success with the American premiere of The Devil’s Disciple, which enabled him to quit his job as a drama critic and to make his living solely as a playwright." John Bull’s Other Island , Man and Superman , Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Pygmalion and the Millionairess were other interesting plays written by Shaw. Shaw continued to write plays and essays until his death in 1950 at the age of 94. He was a real master of wit.
" In 1962, Brian Doherty of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Calvin G Rand of Buffalo created a summer festival dedicated to the work of playwright Bernard Shaw. That first season saw four performances each of Don Juan in Hell and Candida staged in the Assembly Room of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Court House. In this singular act of passion for theatre, the Shaw Festival was born." Also there was an event organized by so called international Shaw society that journalists were not allowed to attend! A brief conversation with its president revealed that their objectives are far from Bernard Shaw's principles and if, just if Bernard Shaw could come back to life, no doubt he would shout at them and would strongly express his objections to them for using his name. "In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond."
Mrs Warren's Profession was directed by Holmes. According to the director it was demonstrating a conversation between a mother and her daughter about a woman's worth. It was well directed and Nicole Underhay who played the role of Mrs Warren was very outstanding. They also added some modern elements such as taking selfie by the the players before the show that may appeal to some audience. The adventures of the black girl in her search for God was well directed by Jain. Mumba who played as the black girl was a competent player. The stage design was simple but interesting. The highlight of the festival was Uncle Vanya, adapted by American playwright, Annie Baker and very well directed by Jackie Maxwell. All the players were wonderful especially Neil Barclay who played the role of Vanya. The stage design was by Sue LePage and it was very faithful to the original play and the performances by the players were very skillful; as the result they all took the audience to the Anton Chekhov era. The audience forgot about the present time for two hours and followed the players journey to 1899 when Uncle Vanya was produced by Moscow Art Theatre. Maxwell, the director of 2016 performance of Uncle Vanya once mentioned that she chose directing Uncle Vanya as a test for her own mettle as a director. And no doubt it was a successful test and it had a deep and powerful impression on the audience.CTR Press
July 20-24, 2016:
AOFAS conference was organized by American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society was founded in 1969. It is a medical specialty society that comprised of 2,200 Orthopaedic surgeons from the US and abroad who are specialized in caring patients with injuries, diseases of the foot and ankle. The main focus of the society is research and the main focus of the conference was on sport medicine, trauma and technology. The different process of diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the "musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle, including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and skin were discussed. The surgeons explained the reconstructive procedures, treating sports injuries, and treating the trauma of the foot and ankle. Dr. Anderson who is considered one of the most well-known foot and ankle doctor in the world of sports, was the keynote speaker and talked about disability from foot and ankle injury. The panel discussed Chronic turf toe injuries, Runner injuries, lisfranc injuries and stress fractures. A "Lisfranic is often mislabeled as a midfoot sprain. A sprain is basically a ligament injury in any part of the body, but in this situation it's the midfoot. In most cases of athletes, it's not necessarily a bone injury, but a ligament injury."
They discussed the ways of preventing re injuries. According to the researchers, it's multi-factorial. It could be the shoe or the position of the player. There are more Lisfranc injuries in defensive ends because" they are trying to get around the offensive tackle. Their front of the foot is embedded in the ground, their cleats are engaged and then they twist as they are trying to get around the offensive tackle. That twisting maneuver with the extra load can cause the joints to disrupt."
The latest clinical and radiological findings was discussed by the speaker from Italy, Dr. Usuelli. Dr. Williams discussed Vitamin D levels and patients with metatarsal fractures. Vitamin D levels and patients with metatarsal fractures, Stress factor and the proper time for operating turf toe and how to fix it were discussed. The speaker pointed out that first the anatomy should be known. He explained surgical procedures and techniques and how to avoid the injury. The Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults any is characterized by impaired bone mineralization. Vitamin D "is produced endogenously when ultraviolet light triggers the production of vitamin D from cholesterol in the skin. Patients with dark pigmentation have a reduced ability to form vitamin D. Vitamin D must go through a two-step activation process."
There were more than 100 paper presentations and 200 ePosters on the program about the latest research, technologies and approaches from the experts in orthopaedic foot and ankle treatment. One of the latest studies was about obesity impacts on the results of ankle replacement procedures. And five year study on the obese patients receiving total ankle arthroplasty shows that " obesity negativity impacts the success of total ankle replacement." Another study shows that ore than 500,000 ladder related injuries required medical treatment in 2014 and more than 20,000 people received emergency care for a foot or ankle injury as the result of falling from a ladder. Most of these injuries could be prevented by simply safety be at the" top of mind before" climbing the ladder. The emphasis should be on the prevention rather than treatment, not only in the foot and ankle injuries, but also in all the areas that involves medical interventions. CTR Press
July 10-13, 2016:
OmniShoppers Conference 2016
The conference focused on discussing "how to translate shopper insights into dramatic growth opportunities for the business" and it was special emphasis on understanding of shopper behavior and their evolving expectations. The speakers discussed anticipation and prediction of the future, generating fresh insights, creating seamless and connected brand experiences along the complex shopper journey and increasing the growth in-store, mobile and online. Previously it was called the Shopper Insights in Action Conference. Kahneman discussed how people believe they make rational decisions, but the truth is that they are subject to many biases that affect the way they make decisions. He explained the two systems that drive our thinking: " System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical." He pointed out that everything in our lives from personal happiness, making purchasing decisions, and other decisions can be understood by knowing how these two systems shape the way we judge and decide. He discussed his book: “Thinking Fast and Slow". He emphasized on benefits of slow thinking. He mentioned that the problem is most of us and most of the time act automatically and without thinking and jump to conclusions. He mentioned that meetings are tremendously inefficient and emphasized on the importance of Independent thinking.
The panel discussed Technology integration and the idea of robots as buyers. The speaker pointed out that people like intuitive leaders, including those who don't like to deliberate too much. Context and association were discussed: "Confidence is a feeling and mostly we are confident even when we are wrong." One speaker from Informa talked about the Algorithm of marriage and pointed out that people increasingly are investing heavily in Silicon Valley on "not dying". The next panel discussed the variety of choices the shoppers have especially in real estates. They emphasized on creating Omani channels. "The modern customers always hit the ground running. They are connected digitally, all the time. They know what is selling." The speaker explained the process of providing seamless customer experience with true integration of all marketing channels. Seamless channels when Customer’s shave the convenience to start the purchase process in any channel and use any channels available. They emphasized on Partnership between shoppers and customers and importance of Data sharing. The speaker discussed tracking the eyes movement of consumers and EEG with eye tracking. He mentioned that by looking at the traffic pattern and analyze data that help us to know and understand the customers.
Olson from Horizon media talked about high/low tech: retail's bi directional future. He emphasized on looking at the people and culture. He also mentioned the Privacy Implications of beacons and the feeling of constantly being watched. The beacons could turn on lights in a room as soon as someone with a smartphone has entered them, or open doors or window shades. Some "store retail and offline payments are in the first wave of beacon applications. Retail outlets are adopting beacons to provide customers with product information and to speed up the checkout process with a completely contactless payments system. Half of American adults already utilize their mobile devices in stores. The barriers to wide adoption of beacon technology are customers have to turn on Bluetooth, accept location services on the relevant app and "opt-in to receive in-store or indoor notifications." He mentioned that according to the Pew analysis the reason of this obsession with social media is that people getting bored easily and go to social media. He also emphasized on Combatting the artificialness of social media. The next speaker discussed Open book story telling approach and the driving forces behind changes in shopper behavior. He discussed the way the rise of eCommerce / omnichannel mentality impacted traditional retail sales. Scott discussed the Big data interplay and how to use all these data sources and analytics. CTR Press
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June 26- July 1, 2016:
Red Hat Summit 2016
Red Hat Summit was organized by Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. A variety of tech professionals from around the world attended the summit and the main subjects discussed during the conference were as follows: New container scanning, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, open source softwares, JBoss Middleware, cloud computing, openshift, Red Hat storage, enterprise virtualization, and Red Hat training and certification. Red Hat Enterprise Linux starts with a stable foundation and adapts business changes. JBoss Middleware build connected systems bringing people, processes, and information together. Cloud Computing closes the gap between businesses needs and business deliverance. OpenShift is an open Platform-as-a-Service letting developers develop, host, scale, and deliver apps in the cloud. The storage modernizing datacenter with the open, software-defined storage. Enterprise Virtualization by streamline work flowing deliver applications quicker. In the Press conference, the speaker mentioned that the Container adoption is growing. He discussed the Stages of container adoption: adopt, expand, commit and transform. He explained the latest in the Container market evolution. He pointed out that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is "firmly established as the world’s most popular commercial distribution of Linux in the enterprise and supporting more than 1 million customers across the world. " As the world moves to a container-based delivery model for software solutions, making decision isn't difficult for commercial software vendors who look for a trusted platform partner with the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host."
Keynote speakers also discussed containers. Using Containers to run data center, Custom Linux distribution, The standardization drives, Red Hat container portfolio were discussed. The speaker emphasized on the Secure containers with new scanning capability, Security, portability, management and total solution. Fisher discussed the process of Building robots. "Today people generate data and in the future data will be generated by connected devices: connected cars, connected air planes, connected hospitals and connected factories." Big data and data science are two of the "biggest business buzzwords", and the largest companies around the globe are trying "to get ahead of the data curve." Big data roots and future is in open source technologies. Companies are sharing what they know, and that’s the way it’s going to continue in the he future. Speakers from Intel and Dell talked about OpenStack software that controls "large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard." OpenStack normally works with popular enterprises and open source technologies "making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure."
OpenNotes as a national initiative give patients access to the visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians. Physicians, nurses and two patients suffering from brain cancer were speaking and advocating "OpenNotes". They mentioned that patients have the right to read the notes their doctor or clinician writes about them "during or after their appointment." It helps the patients to have a better control of their health and health care. The physician pointed out the healthcare professionals can build better relationships with their patients and take better care of them when they share their visit notes. About the issue of privacy, he mentioned that healthy people do care about the privacy, but patients suffering from cancer don't think that way and they want to try all the possibilities because they don't have much option. "In 2010, more than 100 primary care doctors from three diverse medical institutions across the United States started to share notes online with their patients. Each site was part of a 12-month study to explore how sharing doctors’ notes may affect health care. The result from this study showed that opening up visit notes to patients may make care more efficient and improve communication." It helps patients become more actively involved with their health and health care.
The patient suffering from brain cancer talked about his personal experience in MIT. He mentioned he was denied access to the information about genome of the tumor in his brain. He described how he pursued studying medicine in order to be able to have access to those information. The audience was impressed and applauded him warmly for his determination. He explained the process of starting a movement to enable patients easily read notes written about their care, and to bring more transparency to medical records.
The keynote speaker emphasized on creating rather than consuming. He mentioned: "If your idea is unique it will be easily copied. There is no such a thing as local market if your idea is good it will be sold globally. Ward discussed the open source networking. "Target assumption: simple to deploy apps and services and stack does the right thing to manage itself." He explained VPP technology in a nutshell and he pointed out that workflow service impact analysis. He described Model driven orchestration and mentioned that Networking focused on limited dev community and applicability. He explained Cisco infrastructure and mentioned that Networking open source project partnership during the last two years had tremendous increase especially Project management with Red Hat. Loberg from Accenture talked about Power of open source innovation and Technology waves. " The "wave" of technology is common parlance for describing the wide-scale dispersal of new automation, mechanics or applied science. Technological waves are hard to predict yet often leave an indelible impact on a particular aspect of culture, industry and medicine." The next speaker mentioned that Traditional companies need help to establish open source offices and just less than %3 of companies doesn't use open source. CTR Press
June 22- 25, 2016:
The International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting was a global stem cell event to discuss the latest findings in all areas of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. San Francisco Bay Area has been " at the forefront of stem cell research and regenerative medicine." Next Gen program is a $80 million program to investigate functional genetic variation in humans by assessing cellular profiles, the surrogates for disease phenotype. In order to achieve it, researchers have derived iPS cell lines from more than 1,600 individuals with different diseases that resulted in an extensive panel of cell lines with unprecedented diversity. The speakers in this session discussed the functional genomics and disorders related to heart, lung and blood as well as whole genome sequencing data. Stem cell biologists have analyzed single cell transcript and uncovered novel cell types that revolutionized our understanding of cell states and response to stimuli. Stem cell researchers discussed the latest discoveries using single-cell technologies. The speaker discussing the role of cancer stem cells in therapy failure mentioned that the functional heterogeneity of individual tumor cells can be due to genetic diversity. The evidence shows that genetic and hierarchy models are highly integrated. Jarriault from IGBMC talked about direct cellular reprogramming. She mentioned that postmitotic somatic cellular identity is a stable feature of multicellular organisms and natural inter conversions between distinct somatic cell types have been reported in species such as mice. She pointed out that direct programming can also be induced experimentally. She discussed the reasons that some cells change their identity. She emphasized that both the micro environment and the intrinsic cellular context combine to empower a cell with the competence to transdifferentiate.
Ethical implications of genome editing technologies were discussed by the panel. There are unknown risks to human health and well being and a current socio ethical debate about the other side of genome editing that is the moral acceptability of modifying the human genome. And there are different legislation and regulations in different countries. According to the researchers harvesting the embryonic stem cells results in the destruction of the embryos from which they are harvested : that means the expiration of the very beginnings of a possible human life. "This question comes to mind whether life for those already existing should be improved at the expense of a possible human life that has just come into being and how it can be morally justified." The Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 and the public debate focused on ethical problems associated with the destruction of embryos and the creation of cloned human embryos . The embryonic stem cell researches have been controversial. The harvesting human embryonic stem cells violates the principle because it results in the destruction of human life. European Court of Justice verdict on the dispute of whether the origin of embryonic cell lines ,fertilized human eggs, means that patents cannot be granted for any techniques based on use of these and the clarification on how to interpret European biotechnology regulations. The European Court of Justice ruled that no patents can be granted for inventions based on embryonic stem cells, "even if the cell lines were established in the laboratory many years ago and the invention itself does not involve obtaining new embryonic stem cells." This decision is based on the fact that even established embryonic stem cell lines were originally derived from fertilized eggs. The legal dispute began when Greenpeace challenged a patent granted in 1999 to Professor Bruestle for a method of producing neural progenitor cells from embryonic stem cell lines. They argued that human embryonic stem cell lines originate from fertilized eggs and the patent represented a forbidden use of human embryos.
The researchers believe that Stem cells can be contrasted with "differentiated" cells and the research offers hope for medical advancement because of their ability to grow into any kind of cell: neural cells in the brain and spinal cord that have been damaged can be replaced by stem cells or in the treatment of cancer, cells destroyed by radiation or chemotherapy can be replaced with new healthy stem cells that adapt to the affected area, whether it be part of the brain, heart, liver or lungs. Dead cells of almost any kind can be replaced with new healthy cells. "There are three main sources for obtaining stem cells: adult cells, cord cells, and embryonic cells. Adult stem cells can be extracted from bone marrow or from the peripheral system and some painful destruction of the bone marrow results from this procedure. Peripheral stem cells can be extracted without damage to bones, but the process takes more time." Embryonic stem cells are extracted directly from an embryo before the embryo's cells begin to differentiate. At this stage the embryo is referred to as a "blastocyst" and there are about 100 cells in a blastocyst. "A replicating set of stem cells from a single blastocyst is called a "stem cell line" because the genetic material all comes from the same fertilized human egg that started it." Some scientists argue against such research on medical ground; they say that the embryonic stem cells stored over time create the type of chromosomal anomalies that create cancer cells. In many European countries such as France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland these researches are banned for ethical reasons. In the USA recently federal funding ban for embryonic stem cell research has been removed. In some countries there are some regulations: in the Uk, China and Japan there is no specific ban for these researches.
Brown talked about Treatment of cancer from blood to brain and discussing the Project in CAR- engineering, CAR T- Cell therapy mentioned that findings strongly suggest that CAR T-cell therapy is a useful bridge to bone marrow transplant for patients who are no longer responding to chemotherapy. Dr Biffi talked about hematopoietic stem cell based gene therapy for the treatment of lysosomal storage disorders. She discussed the enzyme delivery and brain enzyme production. Shapiro a patient suffering from sickle disease sincerely talked about her own experience and asked scientists and advocates to work together. Her speech impressed the audience. In the exhibition hall, companies such as macopharma, ixcells and bio rad were introducing their latest products. ixcells offered services for human genome editing such as DNA design and construction that starts from $1,000 and large fragment insertion that starts from $15,000. macopharma was presenting GMP products usable in clinical applications. CTR Press
June 21-23, 2016:
Pacific Coast Builders Conference gathered together 360 manufacturers, marketers, home designers, land developers and building industry professionals to discuss the latest modern architecture, operations and designs. There were various educational sessions, special workshops and exhibition. Keynote speakers talked about the digital age that we live in as "transformative as the industrial revolution." They discussed different examples in business, science and technology. The workshops were about discussing the buying process and an overview of buying psychology and customers' need for "cognitive ease in the process." They discussed the ways modern home buyers respond to different new styles and how architecture planning can be successful. The speaker on the session rethinking the box explained market condition changes and the considerable change in vision and strategy. She emphasized the need for companies to be smarter if they want to be more profitable in the modern competitive world.
The session discussion on differentiating ones brand in the digital age focused on the businesses endeavors to find their place in increasing competitive world. " Modern clients are well researched online before they reach out to a prospective professional." And it was emphasized that the businesses should create a robust online presence in order to be able to attract the digitally aware clients. The panel who discussed the future, development trends talked about the latest patterns of development and the ways the architects involve affordability and mix of uses. California builders are faced with new challenges as more codes are adopted in the state of California to meet the Zero Net Energy goal for new home construction by 2020. Also California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is challenging builders to build more safe homes in the future.
In the exhibition area, different companies exhibited their latest products and talked about their initiatives and projects. Napoleon Fireplace exhibited their outdoor and indoor products. They use the advanced burner technology and innovative design sets so realistic that it would be hard to tell the difference from a real wood burning fire. Valor provides custom made fireplaces. Creative mines provides natural stones in different shapes and styles. Whalebone craft broken rubble model was exhibited and attracted the attention of the visitors. High performance home showcase in the exhibition hall was demonstrating the ways "innovation and technology are shaping the way we live." CTR Press
June 21, 2016:
Bay Area Women's Summit 2016
Bay Area Women's Summit gathered more than 1000 attendees, mostly women, together to discuss the latest in Economic Empowerment, Workplace Benefits and Policies, Working Families and Childcare, Women in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Education. Schaaf, Mayer of Oakland started her speech with this sentence: " It is an action summit." She mentioned: "I am here to run a police department, not a frat house." Later she mentioned that she does not want to jeopardize getting the “strongest punishment allowed" for the people involved. In her last speech in the summit she explained how a new website was created for "reporting Johns" and she added that they will receive a letter of warning that they are being watched. She mentioned that this initiative is for combatting the abuse of women. She also made some pledges for improving the the state of women in the region. The keynote speaker, Ann Marie Slaughter, talked about the Competitive side and also the caring and nurturing side of people. "The essence of humanity values both sides." She mentioned: "How many women are at the top ? Very few. She emphasized that we should seek the policy that help women at the bottom not women at the top. "Because women at the top always buy their way through." She said that she did what her dad did ; so she became a strong woman. Also she mentioned that her husband is the lead parent and caring for young children at home because she is a frequent traveler. She pointed out that they are called House husband, mr mom or etc when they are involved in caring side. She emphasized that We must combat our own sexist attitude. " Paid leave is the first step." We must invest in the first five years of our children when the brain of our children shaping and make sure that they receive the development they need in order to have a better society. Also she pointed out that Investing in the ability to care for elders is very important. " I succeeded to learn how to act like a man and my father who was a lawyer taught me to be strong but I ignored the caring side; we should have balance of two."
Then the panel discussed women and the workforce. They discussed the workforce policies that are critical to gender equality in the workplace. Reisch emphasized in the necessity of ending gender based segregation. "There is persistent gap between what men and women get in wages." Blackwell, CEO PolicyLink discussed the reasons for the importance of driving policy decisions based on just and fair inclusion. She pointed out that by 2024 the majority of workforce will be people of color and it will be an extraordinary shift. She discussed Toxic inequality and emphasized on decreasing Inequality and achieving the growth. "Equity is a superior growth model." The speaker who had carried out the Food Labor Research mentioned that women of color are segregated in the lower positions in SF area. She mentioned that most of their income is based on tips in restaurants and they are subject to the sexual harassment by the customers who tip and women do it in order to be able to feed their families. Then the researcher from Stanford University discussed the studies and experiments on gender inequality. She explained that they had sent the same CV but one with male name and the other with a female name to the potential employers and the result: the female received half call back. "We unconsciously use bias in our judgments. We can't undo or eliminate bias but we can block them. Confident female are less likable and confident male are more likable." Treasurer, Rios suggested Putting women images on currency and the idea of currency redesign.
The speakers emphasized on Inclusion , “closing the gap” Klein emphasized that it will be a win-win for tech companies. "Companies that focus on diversity will succeed because hiring women and minorities makes business sense. According to the scientific research, our brains are hardwired to be biased." According to the demographic information provided of the female population in San Francisco, 150,634 or 36 percent were born outside the USA: 67 percent In Asia, 18 percent in Latin America, 11 percent in Europe and 4 percent in other countries. One third of the homeless in San Francisco are women. The Women's Foundation of California invested over $1 million in organizations that support women's economic mobility and job training in the health care industry. "Women and men continue to be segregated by occupation and women dominated fields continue to be paid less than their counterparts." CTR Press
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June 4-9 , 2016:
BIO as the largest trade association that represents biotechnology companies, academic institutions and biotech centers across the USA and more than 30 other countries gathered together researchers in "innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products" in BIO conference. More than 35000 meetings one to one business meeting were held. Biotechnology harnesses cellular and bio molecular processes to develop technologies and products. One of the main topics discussed was the drug innovation ecosystem: new innovations, entrepreneurs and investors and how they involved in the high risk search for the medical breakthroughs. According to BIO, the bio pharmaceutical industry has the highest rate of R&D reinvestment of any industry, about 20%, for researching new cures and treatments. The focus was the health sector engineering biology to address oncology, ophthalmology, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, neuroscience, rare genetic diseases, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, gastroenterology and microbiome. The process involves programming cellular genetic code with the aim of driving new functionality for next-gen therapeutics.
Developing vaccines, Toxicology, Infectious diseases, Medical countermeasure in developing drugs and the technical and financial failures in the manufacturing processing were discussed. The panel explained how pathogens or infectious agents as the biological agents that cause diseases or illnesses to their hosts are used in the experiments. "The human body contains many natural defenses against some of common pathogens in the form of the human immune system.Some pathogens have been found to be responsible for massive amounts of casualties and have had numerous effects on afflicted groups; while many medical advances have been made to safeguard against infection by pathogens, through the use of vaccination, antibiotics and fungicide, pathogens continue to threaten human life." Food safety, hygiene, and water treatment have considerably reduced the threat from some pathogens. AI and robotics, Modulating molecules and New modulation against resistant bacteria were discussed by the panel. In the session changing landscape for bio manufacturing, the processes of de risking by big pharmaceutical were explained. The speaker pointed out that the "biopharmaceutical market continues to grow at double the rate of the small molecule market." He explained how new technologies, advances in cell line development and targeted therapeutics have created a challenging biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment. "The shift towards more targeted therapeutics has caused a shift in the required capacity for bio manufacturing." Tax and IP strategies have driven changes on where biopharmaceutical companies manufacture their products.
The panel discussing Brain behavior mentioned that the root causes of conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and many other neuropsychiatric illnesses is still unknown. The researchers have found ties between bacteria, viruses and these diseases. They discussed the latest findings on the microbial world and its relationship to brain and behavior. The speaker pointed out that the opportunities for the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics and other approaches should be aimed at helping the patients to manage their disease. The human micro iota is the aggregate of a microbiome that resides on the layers of skin, in saliva and conjunctiva. They include bacteria, fungi and archaea. The human microbiome refers to their genomes. Stanford university professor of psychiatry and Korlach who supported commercial development of the PacBio RS II system and researching for new applications for SMRT technology were talking in the panel. They emphasized on the importance of sequencing and sampling microbiome and finding the origin of these conditions. They also pointed out that the biggest issue is the acquisition of data.
Chief scientist from Johnson & Johnson talked about Alzheimer's and mentioned that dementia can affect 45 million people in the world. "Still there is neither treatment nor cure for Alzheimer’s disease and clinical trials resulted in failure. He mentioned that currently there are many projects on different countries working by running adaptive clinical trials that is" a first in Alzheimer’s research." "In adaptive trials, multiple treatments are tested at the same time and the results analyzed continuously." He mentioned that the clinical trials of 110 drugs for Alzheimer's during the last decades resulted in failure because of the lack of understanding of the disease. "Data sharing is very important for higher efficiency in trial conducts. Clinical trials in the US and Europe working more collaboratively." The speaker from university of Oxford talked about European approach to Alzheimer's. He mentioned that the cost of treating the Alzheimer's disease is more than any other disease such as cancer and in the last four years the costs have been billion of dollars and most of the trials failed. "Secondary prevention of Alzheimer's disease is the 20 years period trial." He also pointed out that there are lots of volunteers in the clinical studies to find a prevention studies: 50000 research participants. He mentioned that the animals in the Oxford labs are kept in pathogens free environment, "so it is a good idea to keep the animal in pathogens filled environments as human live and see what is going to happen." The experts believe that Alzheimer's is a "result of complex interactions among multiple factors, including age, genetics, environment and lifestyle, and coexisting medical conditions." Regular physical and mental exercise is beneficial strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. Researchers believe exercise can benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow. Snyder from Alzheimer's Association mentioned that there are more than 200 clinical trials in the US. She discussed Bio marker signature and challenges with dementia trials.
The next panel discussed Brain injury in sports especially in football. Ruiz , a journalist talked about her own experience sustaining a concussion as a collegiate football player. The panel mentioned that each year more than 300,000 sports( mainly football)related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), especially concussions, and especially among people aged 15 - 24 years occur in the United States. They discussed the abnormalities in Brain functions as the result of head injuries. " Symptoms of concussion can last for days, weeks, or longer. According to the new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury the evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former football players examined. The findings show a more than double increase in the number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. "Researchers examined the brain tissue of 128 football players who, before their deaths, played the game professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school. Of that sample, 101 players, or just under 80 percent, tested positive for CTE." CTE is a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. "The brain of an individual who suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy gradually deteriorates and will over time end up losing mass." Symptoms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy include "loss of memory, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression and difficult with balance."
Brain Injury Research Institute doctors Bennet I. Omalu, M.D. and Julian Bailes, M.D. were the first to diagnose CTE in a professional football player in 2002. " The condition has so far only been diagnosable through the post-mortem examination of the brain of an individual suspected of suffering from CTE." According to the reports the NFL initially attacked the claims that concussions suffered while playing football could cause CTE. The larger the number of concussions suffered, the greater are the chances that the individuals will develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy. When the brain tissue degenerates, a protein called tau protein begins to accumulate. The symptoms of CTE may take years or even decades to develop. With all these reports about serious damages to the brain in the process of playing football, people still continue playing; it can be somehow compared to the smoking, people know it cause cancer, but they still smoke and put their health and other people' health at risk.
Keynote speakers talked about the pressures on bio technology from different parts of society and mentioned that profound misunderstanding and 90percent failure risk in drug research are their biggest challenges. Then Will Smith and Dr Bennet Omalu had interesting talks about their experiences. The audience really liked them. Will Smith talked about his movie, Concussion, and said: "I sat with Dr Bennet during the autopsy and they looked like a doctor with a patient in the transition to the next life." Dr Bennet talked about life after football and numerous blows to the head and the psychiatric symptoms after football. He mentioned that for him Science and faith, Science and humanity cannot be separated. He emphasized that we as human are part of another; we all belong to the common humanity. He was the first scientist who identified CTE and mentioned football players forty times more suffer from CTE. He several times repeated the importance of enhancing the common humanity, faith and Purity of thought. He said the truth is empowering. He pointed out that Alzheimer's may be is not a disease itself but the combination of different diseases. Will Smith also mentioned success is not about money or reaching at the top, but contributing to the humanity and to improve life is the success. Dr Bennet said the Bennet foundation helps those talented young that are not part of establishment to have the opportunity to grow. The audience erupted in applause.
A panel discussed Market and Political pressure on biopharma deal in 2016 and called it a challenging year. They talked about the pressure on "biopharma companies to recoup their investments and a volatile stock market." The moderator of the panel mentioned that the result of presidential election doesn't affect bio market and mentioned that deals are very hard to get and market is down. There is also the other side to bio technology and it is the opponents of biotech. "Not all critics want to stop biotechnology; some just want to increase testing and regulations. But the opponents believe that no benefit could outweigh the risk of genetic pollution from transferring genes between species." The critics say that biotechnology won't decrease hunger in the world because it "already produces enough food but the poor can't afford to buy it." And the farmers "have to buy expensive biotech seeds every year, making them dependent on multinational companies or driving them off their land if they cannot afford the costs." According to Schofield, police from the public prosecutor's office in Paris searched ANSM premises as part of the judicial investigation into the phase I trial that resulted in the death of a volunteer and the hospitalization of several more with neurological damage in the clinical trials.
In the exhibition area, biotech companies and academic research institutions from different parts of the world presenting their products. Swiss Biotech was organizing networking events during the Show. Spain bio presented its products in health biotechnology, Agrifood biotechnology and industrial biotechnology. Italian Pavilion introducing the Italian biotech sector with 490 companies active in biotech field. Bio lab from Brazil that is one of 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in Brazil and is active in global markets was exhibiting. French companies from different regions of France exhibited: Lyon and Provenance Alpes côté d'Azur were the most active ones. 300 public research institutes attached to o' regional universities. The representatives from Turkish companies such as Zade were actively explaining their latest innovations. And Michael J Fox Foundation that was founded in 2000 in the USA is considered as the world's' largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's disease and has supported 77 clinical trials. CTR Press
June 7-8, 2016:
The TV of Tomorrow 2016
TVOT is the global conference for the interactive and multi platform TV industry. The conference was about discussing the current topics "that concern TV industry decision makers." Its focus was on the delivery of advanced TV on multiple platforms. And according to the organizers, it is one of the few conferences and trade shows that selects speakers just for their expertise and not because their companies have paid speakers' fees. It brought together the executives, technologists and other TV industry specialists from variety of countries to discuss the latest in the industry. In the session on the FCC's Proposal to "Unlock the Set-Top Box", the panel discussed the FCC's new proposal to "unlock the set-top box." The discussion's style was the classic Oxford Union format: the chairman first introduced the topic for the discussion and then two teams of two speakers presented their arguments. Bergmayer and Zinn from the pro-FCC proposal team talked in favor of the proposal; then Reinsdorf and Singer that were speakers for the opposing team talked against the proposal. Then the audience made comments and asked questions. And finally a vote was taken via a show of hands. Singer mentioned that Google wants to aggregate contents and he discussed the content creation problems. He pointed out that the customers pay for content and he explained the variations of usage in economy. Zinn argued that the consumers have choice of the device and they should be able to have access to the content and have choice of interface. He discussed the maintains control issues and emphasized that device manufacturers think about the device not contents. Bergmayer discussed the FCC regulations and emphasized on the necessity of exercising control. The result of the vote was in favor of FCC proposal.
The next panel discussed the TV Technologies of Tomorrow.Seth Haberman was the moderator and skillfully kept the panel's focus on the subject of discussion. He asked them to express their views on the technologies that will have a major impact on the television business in the future and each determine whether it is revolutionary or evolutionary. They discussed Automatic Content Recognition (ACR), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. They discussed the implications of these technologies for the broadcasters, advertisers and "stakeholders who will be in charge of using them to implement the TV viewing experiences and monetization strategies" of future. Lusk from Sorenson Media talked about TV vs Internet and discussed the dramatic shift. Field from Cisco mentioned that people come to Cisco for content and in his opinion, it is all about contents and distributing contents. Romano from Ericsson talked about machine learning and how content owners worrying about technology. She mentioned that the business model changes lots of personalization. Haberman mentioned that turning TV to web takes time and he discussed that the process is different. He said that for an example, the best art works by Picasso were created when he was young; while the best works by Van Gogh were created during his mature age. CTR Press
June 3, 2016:
Change The Game Summit
Change The Game event was organized by Google Cloud Platform. The aim was to explore the most powerful platforms for the games. "With more smartphones connecting to cloud, game developers have a global audience with billions of potential players." Donovan from Google started his speech with this sentence: "we try to win hearts and minds of people." He talked about cloud featuring Pocket Gems, the analytic tool behind Google game engine. Tzou from Google talked about TAR, the revenge of the Jedi. He discussed games in the early days. He explained the most immersive games features such as community and identity, in-game economy and deep players VS players. He pointed out that nowadays there is a different era for gaming. He described his personal experience with Rainbow 6. He mentioned that in 2014, 2.5 billion had access to gaming device and in 2020 it will be doubled. He emphasized on client and cloud as a single platform. Lots of components in cloud computing, Firebase and cloud functions, fully managed serve less analytics (BigQuery, Data flow) and fully managed gaming analytics solution were discussed.
Piliotis from Marvel was the guest speaker. He discussed gaming partnership with Google. He is a lead analyst and he fully explained Kabam. He discussed BI system at launch and Drinking from a fire hose! He pointed out that BigQuery has become a very viable alternative to traditional solutions. He discussed BigQuery VS custom Hadoop. He emphasized on the tool that can process large amount of data. "Data: 1.8 billion rows per day." He mentioned that for commonly used data, create daily aggregates. He also explained the annoying caveats such as 1000 tables per query. He mentioned that tableau adoption for gaming companies is high. Finally currency economy & flows, fraud tracking and payment fraud were discussed. CTR Press
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June 1-3, 2016:
Clean Energy Ministerial 2016
The Clean Energy Ministerial, CEM, is a forum of the world's largest countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. It was launched in 2010 with the aim of engaging energy ministers to drive "faster deployment of clean energy policy and technology." The meeting of energy ministers is held annually. Kenber talked about the regulatory barriers, energy efficiency and investing in key energy. He emphasized on the importance of following energy management policy by the corporates. "The goal is doubling energy efficiency." Carr, minister, natural resources Canada talked about national and international campaign for energy management and government partnerships. He mentioned that Canada is working with US and Mexico for managing clean energy. He said that they had allocated the special budget to double their spending for clean energy in the next five years. Representative from UN mentioned that Switzerland has supported clean energy for more than twenty years. Representative from PG&E talked about energy efficiency commitment. "The goal is to reduce the energy consumption in commercial buildings. We believe in clean energy and also we think about our shareholders."
The panel discussed partnering to drive faster deployment of renewables through corporate procurement emphasized on the necessity of the main companies to join in the plan and buy 100 percent renewables. They mentioned the idea of directors' actions for corporate access to renewable energy. Amin started his talk with explaining how he was impressed by the positive attitudes of companies in California towards renewable energy. He mentioned that he sat on the Google bicycle and asked for an internship place for his daughter in the company. He discussed the Paris outcome. Herdan from Germany talked about the business model and companies demands. He explained how they brought the price down in Germany. Woolard from Google talked about the energy challenges and the necessity of changing the system and he discussed their initiatives to renewables procurement. Grimbert from EDF, talked about the constraints in the corporate. Bernard from Microsoft pointed out the importance of transparency in business and the transformation process.
In the CEM7 Press Conference, the energy ministers from the United States, Norway, Canada, Mexico and European Commission attended. The minister from China was supposed to attend but his seat was empty. Moniz, Secretary of Energy talked about the tremendous increase in efficiency and increase in air conditioning. He mentioned that San Francisco as a location was chosen because of innovations in Silicon Valley and Women in clean energy in Stanford university. He mentioned that 100 technologist from around of world attending in clean energy. In a response to the question about potentials for lowering costs,minister from Canada replied the solution should be in the partnership between private and public sectors. They discussed the Multi trillion dollars renewable energy. EC representative pointed out that innovation is not just about technology. "Linking private and public sectors is very important." Minister from Mexico mentioned that in Mexico they had reached the lowest price in energy and they have had development in the wind energy investment.
Paris climate agreement in April 2016 and commitment to strong emissions reduction target were discussed by different panels. The case study they talk about Swaziland that is largely dependent on regional fossil fuel imports to meet power needs with 70% of the country lacking electricity. Representatives from Cleantech Finland , Nordic countries and Honeywell were among the companies present at the exhibition. Representative from Honeywell explained that HFCs under pressure for global reduction and these are not only ozone depleting but also are considerable contributors to the climate change. CTR Press
June 1, 2016:
The Last Five Years
"The Last Five Years" was an interesting two-character musical about the process of union and split. The performance was in the historic Geary theater in San Francisco. It was presented by American Conservatory Theater that "nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions." This musical was written by Jason Robert Brown and it had a unique and interesting technique of storytelling: the two characters, a couple that meet, marry and finally separate, rarely interact on the stage and each sings a solo one after another. They tell the audience their stories in the reverse: Jamie, a rising writer tells his story in the chronological order starting with when the couple first met, on the other hand, Cathy, a struggling actress tells her story in reverse starting with describing the end of marriage. The characters were young and sang energetically and throughout their performances shared the story of their emotional lives with the audience. As the writer of the musical has described the characters: they are twenty something couple in 1990 New York City and they are from "different ethnic and financial background": "Cathy's Celtic roots peek through the texture of her songs" and "Jamie's Jewish DNA is coded into several of his pieces." Because of the unique way of storytelling by the characters, the audience know from the beginning that this relationship will end in the breakup. The strength of the story emotionally involves the audience in the process and they share the feelings of happiness, sympathy and despair with the characters. The director of The Last Five Years, Michael Berresse once said: " For me, The Last Five Years is an opportunity to say, at the end of the day, how lucky we are to find each other at all." The writer himself had experiended an unhappy marriage in his twenties and a successful one in his forties. The audience was impressed by the characters and in their discussions after the show described them as talented. One of the audience mentioned that she would prefer to see the characters interact more and to sing together. Yes, it would be more pleasant to watch them to sing together, but it will be less realistic too, because the main theme of the show was demonstrating the complexity of the modern relationship. The reverse storytellings by the two characters and their solo songs were powerful means to show this complexity of the communication and relationship. CTR Press
May 22-28, 2016:
International Microwave Symposium 2016
The IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium was an international meeting for technologists who are involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice and they gathered together to discuss the latest innovations. Different technical paper presentations by academics and technologists from around the world, workshops, panel discussions and exhibition involved the attendees in different aspects of the conference. In the Recent developments and applications in wave guiding and radiating structures session Nicolas Fil from France talked about threshold sensitivity to total electron emission yield in parallel plate waveguide. He explained that multipactor effect depends on material electron emissions. He concluded his presentation with mentioning that multipactor power threshold highly depends on total electron emission for incident electron energies. Ceccuzzi from Italy talked about use of corrugations in mode filters for oversized rectangular waveguides. He pointed out that oversized rectangular waveguides are used for high power long distance transmissions but it requires junction based mode filters to face spurious modes. Another speaker discussed Phase tailoring using geometry and explained Geometry for desired phase amplitude combination and Geometry for maximum transmission. He mentioned Near field measurement: lens aperture at 27.5GHz and
Desired phase distribution approximated by unit cells. "Full wave result based on unit cell stimulation." In the technical session about the advances in passive and active RF nanotechnology applications the speaker from university of Limoges discussed carbon nanotube based wireless on chip interconnects. Rahimi discussed magnetically tunable nano super lattice meta conductors for RF applications. He mentioned 700% tunability using a 0-600 Oe magnetic field is achieved using the magnetically conductors. In the exhibition area a variety of companies exhibited their latest products. The representative of Saint Gobain that makes films and tapes for extreme conditions of high frequency electronics explained the company's latest products. Parrott, CEO of Vida products explained her company initiatives. Charmers university of Technology representative was introducing the field of Microwave engineering for potential graduate students.
The health hazards of exposing to microwave and RF has not been discussed. According to the Electromagnetic (cell phone tower or microwave) radiation hazards, electromagnetic radiations Critics have expressed their concerns that public has not been informed about the real dangers of microwave radiation from cell phones, WiFi and other high-frequency-radiation emitting devices and antennas. There have been numerous confirmed cases of deformities in animals and plants near cell phone towers. According to the researchers in University of California, the cell phone industry makes hundreds of billions dollars in profits and they have the money and the power to influence politicians, the media, and even the researchers; some researchers receive considerable funding from the cell phone industry and are pressured to tell the public that it's safe while the researchers who declare its dangers have had their funding cut."when
In the closing session, Dr Truchard talked about software role in next generation 5G RF and microwave systems. He explained advancement of software during the last five decades. He discussed Evolution of instrumentation and Convergence of physical world and wireless. He pointed out that with one platform we can do many types of system level test. He discussed the role of platform that revolutionized our approach to solutions and how Hybrid approach combine graphical and textual. He emphasized on growth of ecosystem and software and hardware platform and creating a platform for the entire design cycle. Professor Jan Rabaey talked about the human intranet, where swarms and humans meet. He discussed the necessity of creating capabilities that we don't have at the moment. He emphasized that the early adopters: arts, sports and health are driving technology. "Boost human input and output performance". "Brain and machine interfaces come in different formats." In the Q&A following his speech, an attendee asked about the future of job and those who won't have access to the advanced technology in the future. Prof Rabaey replied: " Always it has been two sides in every technology: good and bad sides...there will be social tensions between haves and have-nots. We have to find a solution. But I am an optimist."
May 23-26, 2016:
Informatica World 2016
Informatica World conference brought together the specialists from around the world to discuss Cloud innovations , the latest in Deep Dive and data security management. The panels and speakers discussed Informatica products, data as service, how to deliver business value with a real time data warehouse, data quality, mastering big data, analytic modernization for business agility and DaaS. On the subject of capitalizing on big data, the speaker mentioned that incomplete, ungoverned and inconsistent data is not an asset for the company, but a "liability". Traditional approaches for analyzing big data is too time consuming and may not lead to the business value. He pointed out that big data management needs a proper strategy in the areas such as big data integration, big data governance, big data quality and big data security. The cloud challenges were discussed by the panel. They explained the biggest barriers to "effective cloud adoption" such as connection, synchronization and the processes between cloud and on premise systems. The speaker from Ireland discussed the latest in data and service. He explained DUNS number lookup and mentioned that DUNS number is like a social security number for a business and is key to all business data enrichment services. He pointed out that for accessing all the companies details you need DUNS number to find out the detailed company profile. He emphasized on data as a service and adding new services over time. The speaker from Texas health and human services discussed HHSC and mentioned that it oversees the operation of the health and human services system and how it manages data governing. He mentioned the stages in data governing: Denial, anger, depression, bargaining and finally acceptance stage. He gave some examples of Challenges of analyzing data in Texas health. The speaker discussing "who owns data and data governance" pointed out that Businesses own data. " Data collection and use require lots of costly steps, from conceptualization to maintenance." The speaker emphasized that each agency has its own culture in data governing. He explained Data governance model and How to improve efficiency. Ownership of data is a sensitive issue, and consumers need to understand what their rights are. "When the patients go to the doctor and have the examination done, in the past the doctor would hand write a note, or dictate a note, into patients' chart. But nowadays the doctor can type an entry into the patients' electronic records, which can be viewed online. Under federal and state laws, patients have legal privacy security and accuracy rights related to their health information. But once the information is entered into the system, the doctor becomes the legal custodian of the patients' records. If a copy of the medical record is provided to the patient, they may delete that copy, but the master record with the doctor cannot be deleted." "If you get insurance coverage through your employer, it is the employer who has the rights to that claims data."
In the health insurance, the consumers should ensure privacy and control their data. But when they switch from one insurance carrier to another how they will be able to keep the claims from their previous carrier? The new issues with data control and privacy who owns the data? "Is it the employer, who is paying for the corporate program? Is it the device manufacturer? Is it the consumer? Is it the insurance company?" The reasonable answer is the consumer, as the prime owner of any health data. CTR Press
May 23-24, 2016:
EmTech Digital 2016
EmTech Digital was an interesting event organized by MIT Technology Review. The focus of the conference was on Artificial Intelligence that has already had notable impact on different industry, social media and tracking personal health and finances. The speakers were from different countries and companies such as Tesla, IBM and Allen Institute for AI discussed the latest in AI. Etzioni, the CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence discussed the necessity of labeling data. He said: "Everywhere is data, but there's no label that which is right and which is wrong. We need to label data." Ng from Baidu, China dominant Internet company talked about deep learning and speech recognition. Deep learning is a field of AI that involves training large stimulated neural networks to recognize patterns in data. Companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are using deep learning for new applications such as training computers "to hold a conversation while migrating older applications from conventional machine learning to deep learning. When Ng was asked about the future of jobs and massive unemployment as the result of AI. He replied that it will be a huge unemployment and job loss, but "new jobs will be created", "we will tell them what to do!" Hammond, professor of journalism and computer science talked about AI in the 90s, Narrative science and Semantics. He said that journalists hate AI. He discussed that AI is the future but we must make sure it communicates with us. "To make sense of data we need AI as a partner." He pointed out that AI is a choice and is not inevitable. He explained the process of visualization based on data, insight and finally actions. Experts believe that computers can't handle any process that completely integrates information. And according to Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the ability of integrating information is a key feature of consciousness that AI lacks. Marcus, cofounder of Geometric Intelligence mentioned that the goal should be redefining the boundaries of machine learning through innovative techniques that learn more efficiently from less data. He showed a variety of pictures that computers generated captains for them; one of them showed that computer program mistook a street sign for a refrigerator and wrote the following caption for the street sign: " a refrigerator filled with lots of food and drinks." He also mentioned a quote from Chomsky: " semantically-annotated data is hard to find and expensive."
Taylor discussed Machine intelligence in Finance and mentioned that companies are requiring machine intelligence in Finance. He explained 1873 panic , 2008 crisis and Systemic risks. He pointed out that Wall Street and machine intelligence watch market behavior to anticipate the risks by Democratizing machine intelligence. Parris, VP of GE software research talked about Digital industrial transformation. He explained the model creation process by different companies such as Google and Amazon. " Amazon gathers data of what we bought and what we intend to buy." " They create a model of one. We create digital twin with the same approach: gather data and from model of one we use analytics." He explained Digital twin business outcome, Automated anomaly detection classification and using deep learning to impute the data. "Data are all related and we find the joint distribution." He explained using Drones in places that it is dangerous for people to reach and Robots as a massive data gathering platform. Packer, director of engineering for Facebook's language technology explained neural networks that are able to produce more natural-sounding translations than statistical machine translation. Also he talked about the face recognition software, Face recognition algorithm, the process of finding the specific picture among thousands of images, Categorizing images and Searching unstructured data and video. John Kelly talked about IBM Watson. He mentioned that IBM research started 2006 working on artificial intelligence and dealing with unstructured data. He explained working on natural language and revolutionizing entire industry, including health care. He pointed out that 80% of data is unstructured especially in medical data. Kelly mentioned that IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. He explained the process of converting the technology to business. He pointed out the decision making in health care and the fact that the third leading cause of death in the US is medical errors and misdiagnosis. "Watson understand natural language and read the images and medical records. The advances in medical imaging makes lots of unstructured data and Watson scans the images and tells doctors which image they look by bringing the summary of the huge unstructured data to the attention of physicians, especially when there is the time constraints." In healthcare, Watson's natural language, and evidence-based learning capabilities allow it to function as a clinical decision aid system for use by medical professionals.
According to Knight, the automation process and the ratio of robots to workers varies in different countries: in South Korea, there are 479 robots per 10000 workers; in Japan the figure is 315; in Germany, 294; in the USA it is 164 and in China is 35. According to Bengio, a prominent AI researcher, in an interview with MIT Technology Review, the main challenges and unsolved problems of AI are: " misuse of AI", " manipulating people through really smart advertising", the social impact, like many people losing their jobs", " we have to tell the computer what is an image, even at the pixel level...it's not how human learn...we're missing something big" and " natural language understanding...it's still not at the level where we would say the machine understands. That would be when we could read a paragraph and then ask any question about it and the machine would basically answer in a reasonable way, as a human would. We are still far from that." CTR Press
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May 13-18, 2016:
American Thoracic Society International Conference 2016
American Thoracic Society International Conference was a productive international conference. More than 16000 researchers, clinicians and educators from a variety of disciplines and continents gathered together to discuss the latest in the fields of pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders. More than 800 speakers in 500 sessions discussed the latest developments in the diagnosis and management of lung diseases. The American Thoracic Society goal is improving global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. It was founded in 1905 to combat TB and it has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung diseases, acute respiratory distress, and sleep disorders. Patino, MD from Argentina talked about epidemiology and implementation science targeting chronic respiratory disease in developing countries. She discussed MECOR Latin American program and the Asthma patients in Latin America. Gordon, MD presentation was about Ethics, language and challenges of researchers in Malawi. He talked about Queen Elizabeth hospital and HIV patients and mentioned almost all of the young people in Malawi are infected. Researchers from Welcome Trust laboratories with £65m grants for research group are engaging in the experiments and Clinical researches in the hospital. Dr Shea from Portland talked about Circadian rhythms in lung physiology and sleep. "Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism's environment." He discussed Lung and gene clock. "Clock genes are sets of instructions that code for clock proteins. The genes and proteins interact with each other to produce daily fluctuations in protein levels." Dr Loudon discussion was about Lung epithelial clock, Molecular clock and inflammatory response. He mentioned that local clocks are critical to tissue functions. He discussed Loss of gated cytokines response, Disabling the clock, the constitutive nuclear hormone repressor and Anti inflammatory in macrophages. Dr Gamble explained the health effects of sleep deprivation and circadian disruption. She discussed Relationships between brain clock and lung clock. She pointed out how day shift and night shift differences and lack of sleep affects the clock controlled gene transcription and results in medical errors. "Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. They have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia." Our biological clocks drive our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are important in determining human sleep patterns.
The session about health effects of inhaled toxins with a global perspective discussed the recent global events that are putting at risk the local populations following mass inhalational events. These events have caused short or long-term pulmonary and systematic effects, increased susceptibility to infections and development of restrictive lung diseases. Dr Frederic J Baud, one of the best speaker in the conference, talked about managing chemical disasters. He is a toxicologist from Paris and talked with a doctor without borders perspective. He emphasized in the awareness of MSF (médecins sans frontières ) about the involvement in chemical disasters. He explained the high degree of pollution, exposure and contamination in the large cities. He mentioned that from 2013 to 2016, there have been more than 162 chemical attacks in Syria and he showed some videos of the victims in distressing situations; watching the child victims was very upsetting. He explained the early signs that are common to all chemicals such as eyes irritations, irritation of nose, throat and upper airways. He discussed the laryngitis, bronchial and alveolar damages caused by Chlorine. One of the attendees asked this question: "who does make these chemicals?" And the speaker replied: "it is politics, not science." The speaker from Stanford university talked about lung development and working to recellularize human lungs. He discussed Importance of genetic saturation, Reconstructing development program by single cell RNA seq and Reconstructing the full alveolar program by single cell. The cellular and molecular program was discussed. He explained how they are populating matrix fragments with iPS cells to determine how iPS cells can optimally be made to differentiate into various types of lung cells. In 2013 for the first time, scientists have succeeded to transform human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance had significant potential for "modeling lung disease, screening drugs, studying human lung development, and, ultimately, generating lung tissue for transplantation."
One of the main topics in the conference was about COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There are three kinds of chronic lung disease: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, and non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease (NTM). Lareau talked about Pulmonary rehabilitation. And Egbert who was a patient suffering from COPD talked about her own experience as a patient. A person with COPD may have emphysema or bronchitis, but most of the patients have both. Some people with COPD may also have symptoms similar to asthma. In chronic bronchitis the damage is in the breathing tubes (bronchial tubes). The bronchial tubes become inflamed and swollen, and as the result large amounts of mucus are produced and making it very difficult to get air in and out of the lungs. In emphysema there is damage to the walls of the air sacs in the lungs, as the result they not able to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. According to a new study presented at the conference, exacerbation in COPD patients hasten lung function loss. Investigators analyzed data from 2,861 patients in the COPDGene 5 year follow up study. Exacerbations were defined as acute respiratory symptoms. 37% of the patients reported at least one exacerbation respiratory. In patients with COPD, each exacerbation was associated with excess loss of lung function. In another research the body electrolyte composition of 36 patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and without complications or medications and the influence of body sodium or potassium was studied. From these values and serum sodium and potassium levels, the intracellular water, intracellular concentrations of sodium and potassium, were calculated. The patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease showed a slower rate of potassium exchange than the control subjects, requiring at least 48 hours. There was an increase in residual sodium composed of intracellular sodium and exchangeable bone sodium. A study about the complications of lung transplantation has shown that acute fibrinous and organizing pneumonia following lung transplantation is associated with severe allograft dysfunction and poor outcome.
In the exhibition area of the conference different pharmaceutical companies from different countries exhibiting their latest products. Some of the prescription medicines were very new, less than three months old. All the prescription medicines have serious allergic reactions that can happen to any patient. In the patient information leaflet, the pharmaceutical companies are legally obliged to disclose the side effects that are ranging from the breathing problems to death of patients. The ATS journals cover the entire spectrum of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. It is a journal for clinicians, clinical researchers and medical educators. CTR Press
May 12, 2016:
Brand Innovtors Social Media Summit
Digital media is transforming the way brands communicate and interact with the consumers. Online video and mobile advertising, location based marketing and social media are creating new methods for connecting with consumers. Brand Innovators Social Media Summit was about brand marketing and how brands are leveraging electronic media. The brand marketers discussed the ways they benefit using digital media. They explained their strategies and tactics for creating the social media campaigns that persuade people to purchase and ultimately increase their revenue. Measuring and analyzing data, and how much of the marketing budget should be allocated to interactive media were discussed. The speakers pointed out that those brands that know how to unlock the ROI in “real time marketing” will be in the winning position. DiMercurio from Autodesk that works in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, pointed out that people are done to be sold, they don't want to be disrupted by advertisements anymore. "Know your customers and what inspires them." He mentioned that challenges in Autodesk is prioritizing and content creation that depends on the audience. He emphasized on Content marketing and Measurement metrics and how to drive people by content. Wung mentioned that she is working on Artificial intelligence and messaging App and she discussed building the right infrastructure by setting the right vision. She emphasized on the necessity to have different content pipelines. Musbach talked about building relationships with partnership and explained the recent partnership with MOMA. He emphasized on brand awareness and building trust. The panel discussed the ways of making meaningful emotional connections with content and the secrets that makes consumers attracted to the content and sharing it. Taketa talked about the crisis in Chipotle, the Mexican grill and how E. Coli outbreak hits Chipotle and the ways Chipotle regained consumer faith using social analytics. "Analyzing Chipotle followers: if you know the type of music they like you can give the concert tickets away and gain their support." Beckerman as the keynote speaker talked about Cross channel marketing and mentioned that more than $2 trillion will be spent on media worldwide in 2019! "Marketing technology spent will rise from $12 billion in 2015, to $120 billion in 2025." He pointed out that media such as Time, Forbes and NY Times are becoming content creators. The next panel discussion was about the next wave of brand experience. They discussed the ways brands encouraging consumers to continue to post on social media. Stiglitz emphasized on Authenticity and trust and mentioned that 90% of people believe word of mouths. Williams was overexcited about LinkedIn where she works, and mentioned the unique thing in LinkedIn: using other platforms. She said that NASA was hiring astronauts and LinkedIn provided them with the data that help them to find people qualified to be astronauts. Cantu from Google talked about Integrating social media with other campaigns and then said: " I tell my supervisors in Google what they want to hear." The panel discussed the intersection of social and data and how top tier brands use a combination of paid and earned media to increase their revenue. Jeff Lesser from Twitter talked about Customer service, brand and Customer service opportunities. He discussed the anticipating, diffusing and resolving situations that arise on social media. He talked about the process of Shaming the brand on Twitter and providing the opportunity for the businesses to respond to the customer feedbacks. He emphasized on the human element in customer experience and pointed out that automation must be limited and always it should be a human to respond to the customers. CTR Press
May 10-11, 2016:
Redis Conference was organized by Redis Labs that is the open source provider of Redis, a database benchmarked as the world’s fastest. Redis Labs' software and service solutions power cutting edge applications with blazing fast enterprise-class Redis. These solutions enhance "real-time analytics, fast high-volume transactions, in-app social functionality, application job management, queuing and caching." It has more than 46000 customers and over 100,000 databases created in the cloud. Volk in the breakout session talked about a Hacker's guide to a new era in Redis. He discussed String DMA that uses Redis strings as the raw memory. He explained the low level API that uses iterators. An object is an iterator when it knows how to access items from a collection one at a time, while keeping track of its current position within that sequence. He also showed demos and discussed reading Iterators values. "Redis Labs enterprise cluster enables scaling Rediscover for higher throughput and lower latencies by creating additional database instances, with no downtime." Leonard talked about Redis as a Message Bus. He explained Resque that is a Redis-backed Ruby library for creating background jobs, placing them on multiple queues, and processing them later. He discussed Profile App and rating calculation as well as Task App and rating model then he mentioned that Redis functions as a bridge that communicate between these two. Fraud App and rating reaction and Applications Subsystems were discussed. He emphasized on event in other queue such as "Bus Driver". Haber talked about New Redis capabilities. He discussed different commands in Redis and his inspiration from GitHub. GitHub is a web based Git repository hosting service that offers all the distributed revision control and SCM functionality. Also it provides a web based graphical interface and access control and also several features such as bug tracking and task management. Tadayon presentation was about SSH I/O streaming via Redis based persistent message queue. He discussed the ways of building a message queue with Redis. He showed some demos and explained Design decisions and request/ response, Authorization steps and the code in the browser and how the messages are formatted. "Retrieve persisted messages and publisher in building a persistent message queue." He pointed out that first set up a live listener and then publish. He also explained the Lookup by session ID and Lookup by host name. " Use a zest with time stamp as score." He showed how to wrap each message in a transaction and how to protect against excessive memory usage. He emphasized that key and channel names are very important. The next speaker discussed Redis Cluster goals. "Redis Cluster is a distributed implementation of Redis with the following goals: High performance and linear scalability, Acceptable degree of write safety: the system tries to retain all the writes originating from clients connected with the majority of the master nodes. And finally Availability: Redis Cluster is able to survive partitions." He emphasized that Redis is a high performance key-value datastore which differs from other solutions because it handles values. Instead of storing values as simple strings, it recognizes multiple specific data types. " Each data type has its own set of features to manipulate the data it contains in an atomic manner, making it an ideal tool for highly distributed system where concurrency is a potential issue." CTR Press
May 3-7, 2016:
Heart Rhythm Conference 2016
Heart Rhythm 2016 conference was organized by Heart Rhythm Society. HRS is an organization that gathers together clinicians, scientists, researchers and health professionals from around the world to discuss the possible ways to end death and suffering from heart rhythm disorders. It is considered a leading resource on cardiac pacing and electrophysiology and it represents medical, allied health, and science professionals from about 70 countries who specialize in cardiac rhythm disorders. The Heart Rhythm Society’s 37th Annual Scientific Sessions brought together the clinicians, scientists, researchers and innovators in the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. The educational sessions covered topic such as pacing, defibrillation, clinical arrhythmia management, ablation, pharmacology, genetics, basic science, and health policy. In the session identification and management of patients at high risk of stroke, the AF & Renal Dysfunction and US guidelines, Pivotal Randomized AF Trials comparison,US prescribing information for stroke, prevention in AF and Weight and age factors were discussed. The science behind the sudden death investigation gathered together medical examiners from different countries to discuss sudden death investigation in general and in specific, the sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is "the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have diagnosed with heart disease.The time and mode of death are unexpected and usually it occurs instantly or shortly after symptoms appear." A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest and sudden death and it doesn't mean the same thing. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage that stops blood flow to the heart. A heart attack refers to death of heart muscle tissue because of the loss of blood supply, not always resulting in the death of the heart attack victim. The speaker from the UK, mentioned that England is the "autopsies nation" in the world. He discussed the unexpected sudden death and underestimation of mortality. "Total referral for autopsies sharply increasing." He explained the roles of Expert pathology and coroners. "How can molecular autopsies help? There are some pitfalls." Then Skinner talked about the Sudden death in Asia Pacific region, Australia and NZ. He discussed the sudden death in the young adults and Who leads investigation in the age group 1 to 40 years old sudden death. He pointed out that GPs should not be involved in this process: "It is between coroners and cardiologists." Then the highlight presentation of the conference was the interesting speech by Sam Gulino, MD. The audience's feedback was very positive. Gulino discussed Coroners VS Medical Examiners. He mentioned that the origin of coroners is from Medieval England that coroners were elected or appointed tax officials. Then they were exported to the New World. He explained that today in the USA, most of the coroners are not physicians. The Gulino said that the origin of the medical examiners is the late 19th century, northeastern of the USA. "They are physicians and were appointed to assist the coroners. In 1969, forensic path became a medical specialty and today in the US, they are physicians trained in forensic pathology." He mentioned that the autopsies rate has sharply declined from 60% in pre 1970s to 5% in 2008. He showed a map of the death investigation system and mentioned half of the US population lives in the place that served by coroners. He emphasized that the solution is the abolishment of the corner system and replacing it by medical examiner system.Then Gulino mentioned that most of the emphasis has been on public safety whereas the public health has been in the shadow. Gulino concluded his speech by this:" we should focus on public health as much as we focus on public safety." Manaris discussed the Incident and impact of device infection and mentioned that it has been 5per cent increase in mortality and 50 percent increase in the cost. He explained the Risk factor for development of CIED and mentioned that the infections vary by device type. How to communicate via social media and mainstream media in order to allow for a better understanding of heart rhythm disturbances was discussed in a session on media and communications for health professionals. It was about the ways that health professionals can learn effective communication and engagement with their peers and patients in order to improve patient care and outcomes. Gross talked about the largest professional network for US physicians that more than 60% of doctors are members. He mentioned that as a physician you can have new opportunity to leverage social media and mobile technologies to improve care and build your career. Also HeartRhythm that is the official journal of HRS serves the electrophysiology community from basic to clinical academic researchers, and the industry. It's focus is on the original research and therapy of heart rhythm disorders, including mechanisms and electrophysiology, both clinical and experimental and also genetics. CTR Press
Art Market San Francisco 2016
Art Market San Francisco 2016 presented a variety of contemporary and modern artworks from different Art Market exhibitors. This year was its sixth edition. Art Market San Francisco is in partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Jay Kelly works of art were attracting visitors attention. His works as a notable fine artist with his unique figurative collages created from books, photos and magazines displaying graceful mixture of classic and modern art. Dixon painting, Still Life with Blue Envelope had minimalistic style and it was beautiful. Ebtekar painting: "under every deep a lower deep opens"(Hafez) was interesting and philosophical; some visitors gathered and were engaged in the discussion about its meaning. Masllorens painting that was acrylic and bleach on paper and was presented by Pigment gallery from Barcelona added more beauty to the pleasant atmosphere of the exhibition. Among exhibitors the representative of Art Dealer Association and MoAD were explaining their latest works. Art Market Productions has produced a new type of art fair since 2011. It focuses on creating high quality exhibition by connecting collectors with dealers in the optimal setting and expanding networks of connection. And de Young museum the partner current exhibition displaying Oscar de la Renta works. There was a lecture about his uniquely graceful design style. His style was focused on the late 60s and 70s. The late '60s and early '70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers tried to be taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta defined American style. The speaker explained that Oscar was from a well connected family and was very close to his mother as the only son. From his childhood he wanted to become a painter and he studied where Picasso and Salvador Dali studied. De la Renta's specialty was evening wear, and he also was known for chic daytime suits. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors. On a late November night during 1973, five American fashion designers including Oscar gathered at the Palace of Versailles to show against the five French designers considered the best in the world including Yves Saint Laurent. Also in the discussion presented by Fine Arts Museums of SF, the panel explained the idea of the way art containing text is not just "pictures of words", but a "sophisticated visual construct built from formal pictorial elements including letters and wording." CTR Press
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April 26-28, 2016:
Mobile + Web Developer Conference 2016
April 20-21, 2016:
Marketing Innovation Summit For B2B 2016
Marketing Innovation Summit for B2B was organized by Demandbase, "the leader in Account-Based Marketing" that recently launched a next generation ABM solution for Oracle Marketing Cloud. Demandbase ABM makes it easier to deliver customer experiences and facilitates demonstrating marketing's impacts. Demandbase B2B marketing cloud is subscription-based ad targeting that enables the marketers connect their campaign to revenue. Golec in his keynote speech mentioned: "ABM is the strategy that is bringing marketing and sales team together to better compete and win customers." Eyal, the author of the book: How to build habit-forming products started his speech with this question: "How did Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media companies change the life of the people so tremendously?" Then he explained the process of forming the habit from psychological point of view and mentioned: "Habit is the behavior done without conscious thought." He discussed the four basic steps of hook by creating habits: the first step is the triggers, external triggers and internal triggers. He pointed out that negative emotions lead to action and people suffering from depression use social media more, check their email more often than the rest of people. " In fact they use products to change mood without thought. When they are unsure about something they go to Google, when they are lonely they go to Facebook." He explained the psychological need of using. Then he asked one member of audience about his last post in Instagram and he replied "it was a plate of food." Nir Eyal mentioned that Instagram solves the pain of losing moment and it is following what Kodak did in the past by adding more internal triggers of social interaction to it. "The second step is action and looking for immediate rewards." He said that for any behavior to occur we need Motivation, Ability and Trigger: B=M+A+T. "Brain cycle and software development, the more difficult to understand, the less people use." " The third step is reward." He discussed the Connection between reward and using products. " Habit forming products are developed by use but wear and tear affects physical products and decrease their value." He discussed the concept of creating monopoly of mind that changes the consumers preferences and brains. " The fourth step is investment. We must understand the mind of users. Shirazi talked about the ways that Predictive analytics accelerate B2B marketing success. He explained that collecting data is not enough and DIY solution is not very good for predictive analytics. He discussed the challenges that marketers facing, and how using predictive analytics to acquire new accounts and leverage data insight across the funnel and finally increase the revenue. He explained how Account based marketing can increase the revenue. He described Predictive as using the past data to predict outcomes. He explained Smart segmentation, prospect sourcing, contact engagement and customer scoring. Uncertainty across the funnel was discussed. "Having predictive solution is the Key in scoring customer." Rowley talked about Social Selling for the B2B marketer. She emphasized on social selling: using social networks to build the relationships that drive revenue. She mentioned that the buyers have changed tremendously during the past 10 years and the extent of change is considerably more comparing to the changes of the last 100 years. She didn't mention that this change has been for better or worse. "Customers don't trust logos but they trust other people's voices." " Modern buyer is digitally driven." She said that no longer calling and emailing for marketing purposes work; they are ignored and deleted. "Not word of mouth but world of mouth." She mentioned that Sales and marketing are continuously integrated and We need to know more about customers by using social networks and your network is your net worth. She said: "A fool with a tool is still a fool." She emphasized that Social selling has direct impact on revenue and doing research about buyers through LinkedIn and Twitter. The panel discussed the ABM tech stack. They discussed the technology that is needed to power the strategy. The panel was moderated by Isaacson. Each member of the panel explained the technology they use to make their ABM strategy to be successful. Then Sander Arts had an interesting and lively speech about account-based marketing as a key differentiator in a commoditized market. He mentioned that by 2018, 50% of the Internet of things solutions will be provided by the startups that are less than two years old and we are not able to conceive most of the things that will exist in 2018 because it has not been invented yet. He explained how to change a marketing strategy from good to great. "Great marketing involves online engagement marketing, multi customer approach, integrated multi channel approach and creating ROI. Then a stand-up comedian, Nanjiani came to the stage and struggled to make the audience laugh. He started reading from notes that is not usual for comedians. But thanks to the collective mood of the attendees, his tasteless remarks received some laughter. In exhibition area, Farina from AnalyticsPros, a certified partner of Google analytics, explained B2B marketing with Google Analytics. He explained that the New York Times uses Google analytics but Washington Post uses its rival that is Adobe analytics. CTR Press
April 15, 2016:
Container Camp 2016
Container Camp event was one day of discussing different aspects of Containers. Containers are isolated, resource controlled, and portable operating environments. A container is an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system and the system does not affect the application. In fact, Containers can be considered the next evolution in virtualization. To Docker a Windows Server Container can be managed in the same way as any other container. Marks talked about what's new in Docker. He explained the Docker's latest releases. He mentioned that Docker has been powering through it's open source releases. He discussed launching Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows. He described the MultiCPU architectures. Philips talked about Container standards and interfaces. He explained distributable container formats like App Container (appc) images and Docker images, and "container networking plugin Design in Container Networking Interface (CNI) and Container Network Model (CNM)." He also discussed its influence on the ecosystem. Container image format specification requirements, Running containers, Docker image format, App Container and Apps image in a nutshell were discussed. He explained how to create connectivity with two containers and Connectivity for pod. Ways of networking containers together and allocating IP addresses from a fixed block were explained. He later emphasized that Containers can join multiple networks. Hockin talked about Kubernetes that is a very fast-paced project. He talked about challenge of keeping track of all the new features. Kubernetes was first announced by Google in 2014. Its development is heavily influenced by Google's Borg system. It offered Kubernetes as a seed technology. He explained Kubernetes v1.0 that was released in 2015. Labels and replication controller, Services, Configuration Maps and HTTP balancing were discussed. Different companies such as Triton were exhibiting. Triton Infrastructure Containers deliver the highest possible performance by eliminating layers of virtualization and running on bare metal. By fully leveraging OS virtualization, it eliminates the need for virtual machine hosts. Also it provides an exclusive suite of real time introspection and postmortem debugging tools that provide visibility into each container. CTR Press
April 11-13, 2016:
Subscribed 2016 was organized by Zuora, an enterprise software company that designs and sells SaaS applications for different companies with subscription models. Its applications are designed to automate billing and finance operations. Subscribed conference gathered together "visionaries, disruptors and industry leaders" who are seeking to turn customers into subscribers. The variety of speakers and sessions discussed how to be successful in the subscription economy. They discussed the processes and challenges of turning customers into subscribers. They explained the challenges and opportunities inherent in connecting cross-departmental organizational structures that change how businesses operate. They pointed out that transformation from a perpetual business to a subscription business is the key to success. Representatives from IBM and Time customer service president discussed their experiences. Jacobsen mentioned that Time has 45 million subscribers around the world and he discussed the Advertising revenues and the strategies. Then the speakers from Zuora announced Zuora 17, the latest release of its Relationship Business Management (RBM) solution that is the only enterprise with multi-entity solution that facilitates businesses transition to "subscriber-centric, digitally-enabled business models." This has the insights that enable rapid product innovation and a pricing engine that supports different monetization models. He mentioned that Zuora 17 monetize anything without burdening the back office. He
emphasized on the importance of deeply understanding your customers and be the business value architect. He explained the process of bringing agility to every team and combining data to find real insight. "Group together different customers with the same behavior: for example their engagement score." Always bear in mind that customers behavior change through the time and Moments is every second customers behavior. "We are seeing a once in a century shift happening where digital transformation is giving rise to a whole new set of subscription based business models," said the CEO. " He emphasized on delivering new sources of value for customers, and pointed out that the "winners are those who can pair digital innovation with subscriber centric business models and hyper agile business practices." "We help you bill for anything." "New monetization systems are required for the digital economy, and we have developed a software platform that is agile and flexible enough to support multiple industries." The highlight of the conference was Scott Kelly speech, an engineer and retired American astronaut. He commanded the International Space Station on Expeditions 26, 45 and 46. He talked about his experience of spending one year in space and being the first one to do it. He mentioned that he felt very strongly about it even from the time of being a kid. He explained the environmental control system in space station. "NASA is all about redundancy." He described how they watched different movies about the space in space station: "Matt Damon knows as much about space as George Clooney does." He explained how they kept the social connections from space station and they had telephone system and email for contacting people on earth. He also talked about the hazards of radiation and electronic from outside that can be very dangerous in space station. He described how he missed the wind and sun and rain over his face. And how he could not take shower for one year because there was no water in the space station. He explained how he managed to be productive and happy. "Food was not great and first thing I ate on earth was bananas, " said Kelly. He also talked about his struggle in school and college. And how one day he found a book in the shelf in a bookstore and it was the start and he was captivated by the book: it was the starting point of leap from poor student to being the best astronaut. He thanked his mother for the artistic ability and nature that he got from her. He showed very beautiful pictures: Bahamas, USA, Europe and Middle East that were taken from space. He mentioned that because of terrible pollution in India and China, it was not possible to take any picture: it was just the smoke. He showed pictures of his colleagues in the space station that were from different countries such as Russia, Italy and Kazakistan. He described how he got the sense of empathy and mentioned if the politicians from different countries to be sent to the space station together, they would get the sense of empathy and learn how to coexist peacefully. CTR Press
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April 3-6, 2016:
Predictive Analytics World 2016
Predictive Analytics World (a part of Data Driven Business) was a "cross-vendor event for predictive analytics professionals and managers and commercial practitioners." It aimed at strengthening the impact of predictive analytics deployment, establishing new opportunities in data science and leveraging bigger data for prediction. It involved different sectors such as banking, financial services, e-commerce, government, healthcare, manufacturing, high technology, insurance and publishing. There was a variety of presentations and speeches discussing new ways to apply predictive analytics, analyzing different companies strategies in predictive analytics, finding the best solutions, explaining the challenges and the available resources. Siegel talked about Uplift Modeling: Optimizing for Influence and Persuading by the Numbers. He mentioned that the only way to optimize influence is to predict it. "The analytical method to do this is called uplift modeling." He explained that uplift modeling is very different from standard predictive models, which predict customer behavior. He emphasized that uplift models predict the influence "on an individual's behavior gained by choosing one treatment over another." To predict not the outcome but the influence of the outcome and the goal for analytical modeling is to predict the influence. He discussed quantum physics and how it applies to human behavior and the ways of predicting influence if it can't be perceived. He asked the question: does response modeling predict the wrong thing? And then he explained when the marketing really works. "Response modeling doesn't drive us to make decision and reach positive outcome." He discussed the case study, U.S. bank and pointed out that Uplift modeling empowers the organizations. He also discussed the ways of creating the positive responses from customers. He mentioned that persuasion modeling is uplift modeling. Then he explained Retention with churn modeling and the Psychological perspective, Treatment and control and finally How to influence people to purchase. The session discussing the predictive workforce analytics journey at Hoffmann and La Roche, was focused on explaining Operationalization. The speaker discussed the cost when the individuals leaving the company, Controlled experiments and Natural language processing. He mentioned: " Data scientists' time spent: 80% on cleaning the data and 20% on complaining about it." He explained the value of analytics and discussed Data and privacy law in Europe. "Don't only decrease failure but increase success." Then he explained diversity and inclusion in workforce. Ramirez talked about tracking satisfaction via social media and how to know the customers. He mentioned that data driven segmentation can help in acquiring new customers. "As organizations compete on the basis of customer experience, analyzing the customer lifecycle becomes the key element." He explained how predictive analytics can uncover customer complaints in social media and how to improve negative customer experiences. He emphasized on using the advanced analytics, analyzing complaints and applying social media analytics. He mentioned that data is valuable only if the action is taken. He discussed the ways of building a predictive analytics strategy for customer service and expanding it. "We looked at words and phrases and their frequencies." "Look at the standard deviation and it is outside of range, Look at the customer complaints." He discussed the process of creating Strategy, analytics, insights and finally action. Cowan talked about network security and Predicting the extent and cost of online attacks that helps selling the security softwares. He discussed the predictive modes developed to calculate the "probability and associated downtime cost of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks" a company may experience. He explained how these models were transformed into a web-based application, which enabled the software customers to answer a few simple questions and receive a projection of their level of risk of an attack. "DDoS attacks aim at serious disruption. It is not like access attacks that penetrate security perimeters to steal information, it attacks to paralyze Internet systems by overwhelming servers, network links, and network devices with bogus traffic." He emphasized that the cost for the DDoS attack especially for e-commerce institutions would be remarkable. "It is easy to get lost with data." He explained how evaluating models is so important and showed how the model is implemented. John Elder had an interesting presentation and talked about "doing space age analytics with our hunter gatherer brains." He mentioned that Predictive Analytics is very powerful and has low risk and amazing return. He discussed three serious challenges: Convincing experts that their ways can be improved, Discovering new breakthroughs, and Getting users to change the way they work. He mentioned that having a mental model of human brain help us to anticipate and predict better. "It is very hard to think analytically and to act on the changes required." "Multinational oil and gas companies want to predict which project going to fail so they need data in oil and gas exploration." He talked about his high school teachers, and that one of them had five masters degrees: one in psychology and she was experimenting on the students. He argued that Soft issues are more dangerous than hard in data science. He mentioned his experience on working on the soft issues that 93% solutions implemented and 7% failure that was on oil field. He emphasized on the key issues: Clear thinking , analytical thinking and trust. He recommended reading the book Thinking Fast and Slow. He explained Model of Two systems in our thinking: 95% fast that is unconscious and doesn't need thinking and the rest 5% slow that is analytical and requires thinking. He pointed out on "horrible conforming, people always go with the majority without thinking". He discussed Whether they are willing to change or not. " Instituting change is very hard." "Marketers are lying". "People often do the easiest job not what is right." He mentioned that Culture of a company is very important whether it accepts changes or not. He emphasized on involving the developers and stakeholders: "use the power of stories because it stands in the mind. Story is data point." CTR Press
March 30- April 1, 2016:
RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016
RightsCon was organized by Access Now. Access Now is an international human rights organization that defends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. It works at the intersection of human rights and technology and its mission is developing and promoting rights-respecting practices and policies. They seek to advance laws and global norms to effect long-term systemic change in the area of "digital rights and online security, developing insightful, rights-based, and well-researched policy guidance to governments, corporations, and civil society." There were a variety of speech and panel discussions on the different subjects such as: freedom of expression; human rights, trade and business; Internet governance and digital inclusion; network discrimination and connectivity and privacy and digital security. One of the topic discussed by the panel was "the right to be forgotten” that came to the fore with the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Google Spain case of 2014. The case was involving a Spanish man, who challenged Google to take down links to an old newspaper article about him, which he said that it had been out of date and unfairly damaging. Google argued that it’s the messenger, not the content provider, and for it to take down individual links like that would be censorship. The speaker from Google said that since the ruling was announced they have received thousands of requests that is very time consuming and costly to deal with. Those cases includes the scandal-hit politicians, persons convicted of possessing images of child abuse and doctors who wanted negative reviews of their practice removed. Since the ECJ ruling was announced scholars, politicians and journalists have been divided on "whether it marks a victory for individuals’ right to privacy or a catastrophic setback for freedom of expression and public access to information." But usually Politicians are in favor of the right and the journalists are against it. UN’s former special rapporteur on freedom of expression and Assistant Director General for Communication and Information at UNESCO, Frank La Rue mentioned that digitalization of data and history is the future and the print materials and written history is going to be erased, so people must have access to the information because it is part of history. The right to be forgotten will be a dangerous tool in the hand of a corrupt politician. Other speakers also categorized the “right to be forgotten” as a blow against free speech, but the speaker from India supported it as a practical tool that helps individuals such as himself to control the information circulated about them. Recently Google announced that it would de-list search results from all domains accessed from the EU. Then the panel discussed what and whom should the Internet forget and who should decide and whether the search engines can be trusted as the guardians and censors of the online world. In the session Whoever controls the future of the Internet controls the future of world, the panel talked about the intensification of stakeholders who want to have a role in governing the internet and why there has been such a marked interest in internet governance and who the key players in conversation are. The panel discussing the Internet freedom and UN human rights mechanism talked about the circumstances that advocates can appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur or a Working Group for assistance, and what information should they communicate to the Rapporteur’s office. Kaye explained the unique challenges that technology and human rights issues pose to civil society engagement with UN mechanisms. The speaker mentioned that violence against female journalists is considered a double attack against journalism and gender. Puddephatt mentioned the issue of the Politicization of the UN and that people are not looking at UN as a solution but the independent rapporteurs. The panel emphasized that access to the information in UN is not easy and they are distant and lack the credibility. In the media attention session, Aaron from Free Press and Knappenberger from Luminant Media discussed the ways to reach reporters and producers with compelling pitches, visuals and validators, and how to generate a discussion of lessons learned with concrete examples from recent digital rights campaigns. Aaron mentioned that there is no objective journalism, journalists are subjective when looking for the stories in deeper level. Knappenberger talked about his new film that is about power and abuse of power and he emphasized on engaging in the personal human stories. The next panel discussed "Building Digital Safety for Journalism”: the major digital threats to journalists and media on Internet, the gaps in knowledge and practices for protecting digital safety of journalists and "initiative for digital safety globally, regionally, nationally and locally." Another panel discussion was about the digital divide and language divide. They mentioned that language divides present a barrier to reaching global communication and information awareness. "While in theory the world can connect with each other across borders, in practice the internet we see and interact with is limited to the language we speak." CTR Press
March 31, 2016:
Global Tech Symposium 2016
There were a variety of speakers in the Tech symposium. Eustace, an engineer talked about Stratospheric Exploring. He showed a demo about his personal experience of Stratospheric Exploring. He showed how he strapped into a harness beneath a giant helium balloon and lifted off to new heights in the upper stratosphere. Then he reached an altitude of 135,908 feet with a black sky overhead and a visibly-round planet beneath. He severed his connection to the balloon with a small explosive charge, and fell to Earth. He explained that there were forty people involved on the day. He described his experience in the high altitude that there were no sound and atmosphere was changing colors. " what I was expecting was different from what I experienced: there was no star, you cannot see any star", he explained. He also emphasized that Google paid part of the huge cost, but he didn't do it for marketing Google. The next speaker talked about lifelong learning. She mentioned that after a life changing sabbatical, she tried change the world through education. She explained how her team had developed relationships with over 2,000 of the experts in EQ topics. She discussed what inspired her from childhood. "We are very different inside and outside." Then she explained her 800 hours yoga practice that she made and building relationships. "We have unlimited access to the data and information through technology: classes from Top universities are free online." Renvoise had a lively presentation about Neuromarketing: The Science of Human Decision. He started his speech by mentioning his passion for marketing and brain. He mentioned that customers don’t know what they want! Traditional research methods won’t help us find what triggers decisions in our brains because "they are based on self reports." "We need a scientific approach to capture insights which predicts why our customers will choose to buy from us." He explained Facial imaging techniques,Voice analysis techniques and Biometrics techniques. He emphasized that the companies increasingly are using EEG and eye tracking techniques for marketing. He also mentioned using FMRI as technique for marketing. He explained how he has conducted neuromarketing research for over a decade. "To show what motivates the customers, we use neuromarketing techniques such as facial imaging , layered voice analysis, eye tracking, EEG, and biometrics collected from the skin, the breath and the heart." He emphasizes that they use any technique possible to encourage the customers to buy. CTR Press
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March 21-22, 2016:
Customer Success Summit 2016
Customer Success Summit was organized by Totango. There were more than 80 speakers and a variety of sessions to discuss the latest tools to master the business of customer success. The focus was on designing customer success for the team involved, mastering customers success and aligning customer success to optimize with all members of the company. The cloud businesses have huge data on customers and it results in opening up new opportunities and innovative ways to understand and engage with the customers in order to maximize the revenue.The emphasis was understanding the customers and delivering recurring value. Blackmore talked about the new way of managing customer relationships. She mentioned that Customer Success has emerged as a new department and profession."Support, Services, and even traditional Account Management, Customer Success Management is changing rapidly." She discussed the increasing demands of customers for greater personalization. She emphasized that companies should be ready for the age of the Modern CSM. "There are mind blowing data. Hire people who know how to make escalations." She said that in the age of customer success technology, creating Customer Success team is a must. Also she mentioned many companies are overwhelmed by data and they should focus how to make the proper data-driven decisions. The next speaker asked this question: Should we need to have customer success team? He mentioned that different CEO have different notion of customer success and Customer Success is a mindset. "CS leader needs to keep the customer lens focused on every part of company." He explained the process of customer optimizing and mentioned companies cannot afford not to know and unstructured conversations with the customers don't go anywhere, it should be structured. On the workshop on Monetizing customer success two approaches had been discussed: one approach that is in favor of monetizing and the second one that believes the process of monetizing may result in loosing the original customers. "How can we define customer success and monetization?" Driving revenue directly from customer success was discussed. The speaker mentioned that the focus should be on the right customer that generate more revenue. Martin from Salesforce discussed the importance of an effective customer success program in a subscription-based model. He mentioned that renewal revenue is real money, but success organizations are typically viewed as a cost centers and they are asked to do more with less. He emphasized that building a scalable success program is a top priority. "We should use experimentation with different technologies, tactics, and engagement strategies to help our customers succeed at scale." Sears talked about building a profile for customer health by understanding them. He talked about his company that started with little knowledge about their customers and faced with the challenge of merging together sources of information from multiple acquisitions and product lines, but finally was able to streamline those disparate data sources into actionable information. He discussed the importance of managing Product feedbacks properly. He gave example of Uber that people rate the drivers and the drivers rate customers! He emphasized on market segmentation strategies that are used to identify and further define the target customers, and provide supporting data for marketing plan elements such as positioning to achieve certain marketing plan objectives. In the workshop on being strategic and proactive to build customer success, the speaker mentioned that they surveyed more than 700 CSMs and the result was that time management had been the most frustrating part of their day. Aly from Google for work talked about the culture of innovation at Google and how they think about success. She mentioned that there are 3.5 billion search per day and 61000 Googlers. She mentioned that the focus is on "user freedom". Then she said: " Google users are spoiled!" One of the attendees mentioned: " in fact it's the other way around, Google users are used by Google while their data being tracked and used for increasing the company revenue." The speaker mentioned the word: "Googley" and added: " it means how they know to work in Google environment". She later mentioned that every Thursday the leadership speaks to 61000 employees and gave them confidential reports about successes and failures of the week. She talked about innovative measures in Google and said that the idea of creating the driverless cars was the result of one innovator in Google observed that human errors are responsible for 90% of car accidents so he thought: "what about taking human out!" The next speaker, Frank from Global sale, LinkedIn talked about culture and values in data driven sales. He mentioned that culture is what unite us together and values are what drive our decisions. He discussed social selling. Then a data scientist in Salesforce discussed customer usage data and patterns. He emphasized on the necessity of the predictive analytics projects than analyzes customers behaviors and tell the companies in advance which customer is going to leave. He discussed EWS: early warning system and how to collect and analyze data and keep the customers. He introduced a new platform "wave". "Don't believe in Statistics, trust human judgement." CTR Press
March 17-18, 2016:
Droidcon SF 2016
Droidcon is a global developer conference series and a network focusing on the best of Android. The droidcon conferences around the world support the Android platform and create a global network for developers and companies. In Droidcon San Francisco all parts of the Android ecosystem, core development, embedded solutions augmented reality, business solutions and games were discussed. Romain Guy from Google talked about Vulkan, the Vulkan specification 1.0 that was released last month. There are Vulkan SDKs available for Android, Linux and Windows. Still in beta, AMD and Nvidia released drivers that support Vulkan. He discussed System applications. About AOT he mentioned that they changed the meaning to "all of time".
He discussed Audio Latency, Render script, Open GL ES3.2, ICU4J, Support library and Security. The next speaker talked about Rebound that is a library that was developed at Facebook for bringing lifelike animation to Android. He talked about simple techniques that help to build fluid, and lively interfaces on Android; he developed a simple framework (Rebound) and philosophy for coordinating user interfaces with physics and his ideas with others through open source. Then Lew talked about the Common RXJava mistakes and Software description: RxJava – Reactive Extensions for the JVM – a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences for the Java VM (Java). About Cache vs replay he mentioned that Cache doesn't have much options and it is not very smart, but Replay on the other hand gives you lots of flexibility. "There are observers and subscribers. Observer is an interface." He explained the memory leaks in subscriptions, RX Lifecycle and error handling and Focusing on unexpected expectations. Ferrer Camacho from Twitter talked about Android development. Android SDK has been changed considerably since its first version. Every new version comes with new APIs and there is no perfect API, some do too much under the hood, others couple the class to the context. He discussed how to make the app scalable, and code clean, the performance optimized and the UI neat. He discussed the pragmatic ways and the pros and cons of using certain Android APIs, strategies and libraries. He explained Architecture Test, Fragments pros: reusable and Many activities with reusable views. He also discussed MVP : model view presenter. A Web page or Web Part in a SharePoint application that contains controls for displaying application data and each user can modify the data and submit the changes. "The Web Part retrieves the data, handles user events, alters other controls and submits the changed data. It includes the code that performs the functions in the Web Part and it makes them difficult to maintain and test." He discussed the Clean architecture benefits and how it may lead to over engineering and be considered as an disadvantage. The speaker from Facebook talked about Developing mobile experience in Facebook. Facebook serves 1.39 billion mobile monthly active users. It's usage has grown considerably and engineers developing Android applications to dozens of product and infrastructure teams and contributing to the mobile codebases. "The focus is developing methods that facilitate the distributed development across dozens of different teams". She talked about the general lifecycle for releasing features weekly on Android at Facebook. She described different tools and architectural patterns that are useful for ensuring code stability and encouraging code reuse across multiple teams. She emphasized that they want to make sure to build user experience for everyone and explained Network connection class. Eric Lafortune, CEO guardsquare, talked about Jack and Jill build system. The Jack and Jill compilers for Android apps, introduced by Google last year. He discussed the usage and advantages of the compilers in the development process of an application, and explained the underlying technology of the build system. He discussed the implications for developers and the ways of using the compilers. He mentioned the advantages and disadvantages. He discussed the underlying technology, such as the Gradle build process and the new Jayce byte code that may impact the Android ecosystem more profoundly. He said: "I am not affiliated with Google." He discussed Java 8 closures, Implementation of closures, OpenJDK, Build performance and optimization, Application runtime performance and DexGuard process byte code that can get the better result and optimization. CTR Press
March 14-18, 2016:
GDC 2016 was the 30th edition of the Game Developers Conference and attracted about 26,000 attendees. It was one week of summits, tutorials, lectures, expo and VRDC. Virtual reality developers conference focused on developing for games and entertainment applications. In Thinking and writing in different languages session, the panel who were from different countries discussed the issue of language and communication and cultural barriers in developing games. Rautalahti from Finland talked about the Finnish company with international staff and the fact that their works cannot be just in Finnish. He emphasized that the content of story will be affected when you change the language. He discussed how language and cultural issues interfere with the process of developing games. "Language issues are easier to solve than cultural issues." Protasio from Brazil talked about the localization for different games. He mentioned that game industry speak English and we are not going to suppress our natural culture and language. "The main challenge for a writer is communicating ideas and concepts and giving the data a soul." Adam from Germany talked about Game design. He said: " In Germany everything gets dubbed. There is nothing in original language." He mentioned that there are lots of words that only exist in German. He showed a demo of some German words that are too long and almost impossible to be translated and mentioned in game translation and localization there would be some problems. Sayin from Turkey talked about Spider-Man in Istanbul and how they hate the spider man. He gave the example of Mayk Hammer that was popular in Turkey, but the Turkish translator kamal Tahir made some serious changes and made a left wing story of the right wing original. He also discussed the cultural differences such as Knight that in Turkish culture is villain. Miechowski from Poland mentioned that they make their games in English and discussed some dos and don'ts in game writing. He gave the example of creating a game in Poland with some English characters in the game that was well received the in the UK and it worked but not in the US market the response was not positive. He mentioned that this case gave them a lesson to avoid any specific cultural bonds and connotations. He mentioned that Wheelchair game is very polish and has references to polish characters that is not understandable for people from other cultures. Wver from Denmark mentioned that they created games for Mexico and Native Americans. "Game on spin age to blend in a language culture that you are not part of it." Voll talked about Brain on VR. She discussed the psychology of doing VR right. She talked about Real world vs Virtual world. She said there are many dark sides to it. She asked the attendees to raise their index finger and shake it and then shake their head. Lots of attendees followed her instructions and did it! Later she mentioned that the brain is "super gullible.""We can actually trick the brain into seeing a lot of interesting things without those things actually being there, which turns out is also helpful in games, VR, and entertainment." She mentioned that developers need to consider all these if they want to complete the illusion of virtual reality and achieve an enduring sense of presence in their games. "While it might not be real, it's sure as heck real enough," she mentioned that the potential for real psychological trauma is there. "Physical trauma as well, people walking into walls, or scaring people to the point they have a heart attack. We don't know yet how this is going to go, but we have to be careful. We have to be mindful of this. Our players place their trust in us when they place themselves in the rig. If you take nothing away from this talk, take that away this". She compared People in VR with those singing in Karaoke. She pointed out that when the wow factor wears off, it is psychologically damaging trauma in it especially in scary games. "And it is not cool that I have seen so many people getting upset in VR." "You cannot take brain out of VR." She mentioned that publishing the affects of VR on people would be a Marketing nightmare because so many people mentioning that they don't like VR, "VR makes them sick." On Making compelling story at 90 FPS, Planck discussed story development and prototyping. He said: "We are new to VR coming from Film industry." He explained Real time tools and Technical constraints and mentioned that every millisecond is precious. He discussed the ways of creating images. "Using design to deal with technical restraint and Creative constraints." He said: "Choice is the enemy of performance. Make less choices." He emphasized that most of people are not ready for the virtual reality. "People are not able to follow the story. In VR you should forget that you're human!" He mentioned that VR is the medium for telling stories and discussed the story telling in movies, theatre and VR. "How can you grieve for a character in VR?" He explained that it isn't happening because of the element of desensitization and dehumanitization of VR. Desiderio talked about composing music for VR game. He discussed Music localization techniques in 3D and mentioned: "Binaural sound processing adds 3D in headphones." He explained binaural processing limitations. He discussed different processes of changing emotions with music mix. In expo halls, companies of different sizes and styles from around the world introducing their products and services: KiteTeam, the video game localization company with the offices in Spain, Mexico and Brazil and the mission of making every player feel the story has the in-house team to audit the whole localization of the game. "Translation and audio quality are ensured by resources who have not been involved in the process of translating or recording but have a deep knowledge of the project and accurate tools to assess the work on a constant basis." Enzyme company has 15 years of experience in supporting game companies in translation and localization and it is based in Québec, Canada. VMC company is based in Québec too. It offers terminology services, glossary and style guide creation and internationalization for game and app developers. Representative of game industry in Scotland mentioned that the game sector in Scotland employs 65,000 people and Scotland is a country known internationally for the quality of its game development courses. The Italian Game Industry Association was presenting 12 Italian gaming companies such as Balzo that means "leap" in Italian, it develops casual games, puzzles for mobile devices and provides videos, animations, music and sound design. CTR Press
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March 10-11, 2016:
Erlang Factory 2016
Erlang Factory 2016 was an interesting event that discussed the latest processes in Erlang by a diversity of speakers and specialists from around the world. Processes are the primary means to structure an Erlang application. They are neither operating system processes nor operating system threads, but lightweight processes. They don't share any state with each other. The estimated minimal overhead for each is 300 words. And also many processes can be created without degrading performance. A benchmark with approximately 20 million processes has been successfully performed. Erlang has supported symmetric multiprocessing since release R11B of May 2006. Czaplicki talked about about Elm and making the web functional. He explained Elm Architecture. Lundin talked about the latest news from OTP team- Roadmap. He has been working with SW development since the late 70s. He talked about working together with IEUG and Issue tracker. He explained the process of replacing the Erlang bugs mailing list and Moving rebar3 to Erlang on Github. He discussed the Planned releases and mentioned that OPT 19.0 will be released in May. He explained the Validation callback for heart and Code path cache that was incompatible and removed. He discussed the SSL application that DES cipher was removed. Then he explained some highlights such as gen_statem a new state, Ssh optimization and machine behavior. Fred Hebert had an interesting speech about the history of Time. He started his speech with this self made sentence: "I would die in the wild!" He pointed out that he is not a historian. He discussed some of the various time and calendar systems humanity has used since its infancy based on observations of the real world, and the problems that arose from these. Then he elaborated on time handling in the world of computers, and explained concepts such as logical time (lamport, vector, and interval tree clocks, hybrid clocks, and so on) and finally he showed how they apply to distributed systems. "Software that can be used for time representations.Time based on the location." Mahdavi mentioned that at WhatsApp they have a somewhat unique take on running a reliable service, and there are some similarities between the Erlang language and how they think about and run the WhatsApp service. He explained how they develop their server components and deployment processes, and how they monitor, alert, and repair the inevitable failures that may happen in a service running at billion-user scale. He explained how WhatsApp has been able to reach billion-user scale with a very small server team. He added that the same ideas that Erlang embodies helped them a lot. He explained Erlang based philosophy for service reliability and Working on media delivery. He mentioned that WhatsApp bought by Facebook in 2014. He emphasized on minimal approach and explained that they always keep everything simple: minimal footprint. " We use only the software we absolutely need." He explained working with data center, Investigating every bug, Benefits of Erlang and Compact code base. "We have one common share library. And it is reliable." Orsini talked about Machine learning, Game of war and M-N Topology. He explained that he used Erlang for its platform compatibility. He discussed Message queuing system and recommended always take time to write proper benchmarks. He also talked about Test failure scenarios under load, MZ high performance And Pitfalls and solutions. Since the open source release, Erlang has been used by several firms including Nortel and T mobile. Erlang was basically designed to fill a niche and has remained an obscure language for most of its existence. Now its popularity is growing because of increasing demand for concurrent services. Erlang has found some use in fielding MMORPG servers.The next speaker talked about pipelined tasks . How do we change data faster? He talked about Expected and observed performance and M process to N process in message passing. He pointed out: "Don't create too many processes and don't stop processes frequently." Alvaro Videla talked about distributed systems and his presentation was one of the best in the conference. He explained that distributed systems algorithms can be classified according to different kinds of attributes such as: the timing model; the kind of interprocess communication used; the failure model assumed for the algorithm; and many others. He explained the asynchronous model where components can take steps in whatever order they choose and they do not offer any guarantee. He pointed out that a problem with this model is that while it is simple to describe and closer to reality, it doesn’t reflect it properly. "A process might take infinitely long to respond to a request, but in a real project, we would probably impose a timeout on said request, and once the timeout expires we will abort the request." He emphasized that we can use a message passing algorithm to build a distributed shared memory object. He also explained queues and stacks, which are used by some authors to describe consistency properties such as linearizability. He also mentioned the failure modes where processes fail to receive or send messages. Then he explained Quorums that are tools used for designing fault-tolerant distributed systems. "Quorums refer to intersecting sets of processes that can be used to understand the characteristic of a system when some processes might fail." "Understanding time and its consequences is one of the biggest problems in distributed systems." The next speaker talked about building high performance Erlang clients using Shackle. He talked about buying ads in the real time, Communication at socket and Architecture of shackle: shackles: pool, backlog, server and queue. Then he explained Implementing shackle user behavior and Arithmetic service. Erlang solution has many years of experience in designing, optimizing and implementing instant messaging solutions. CTR Press
March 9-10, 2016:
Structure Data 2016
Structure Data conference was about the future of data, artificial intelligence and machine learning and how they affect our lives. The conference attendees were computer scientists, software executive and business users. They gathered together to discuss the future of data. The speakers discussed different subjects such as the ways of managing data to increase the revenue, how Internet of things affects the building of products, data security, open source and cloud computing, building brands around data and data analysis and machine learning APIs. Andrews, data scientist from Pinterest talked about how data helped increasing revenue and users satisfaction. She discussed Pros and cons of building infrastructure, Specific building infrastructure and the cost of undoing the decision and going the other way. She explained that Pinterest as a design focused company facilities data scientists and designers cooperation. "Design is intuitive based." Wills from Slack emphasized the human element in data by saying: "I am human and have feeling and I want the involvement of human element in data." He later discussed Deep learning and machine learning and what team of analysts do. The panel pointed out that everything will be automated. Then CEO of Brainspace mentioned that they have the only analytics platform with a brain. He explained that Discovery 5 is the industry's most advanced, large scale machine learning platform. "It rapidly ingests millions of pages of unstructured text, dynamically learning without taxonomy or ontology. It is surfaced through advanced, interactive visualization, give the full power to the user." He explained that it is used in e-discovery, investigations, intelligence and Pharma R&D. Ng talked about deep learning and AI and how deep learning, more data, more computing power and better algorithms have changed the image of AI. "Deep learning in reality is very different; we exploit huge amount of data comparing to the five years ago." He talked about Google brain project and Super computing shift in deep learning. He mentioned:"it is good for advertisers and it is good for us!" Economically significant speech recognition and self driving car in deep learning and Commercializing self driving car in the next three years were discussed. "If the train hits your pet, it is not train's fault , so the same for the self driving car! It is safer than human driving car." When Derrick Harris asked him about the future of the job, Ng replied: "There will be massive unemployment as the result of automation." Later he emphasized that We make huge amount of money in deep learning. One member of the audience said: " "we"! he means top executives in deep learning." The next speaker, Rahman talked about the startup providing data on privately held companies that makes its search engine smarter with deep learning. He discussed Traditional text search, Elastic search and Investment management platform. Grewal mentioned that Airbnb’s data science team has doubled the ratio of female employees last year. She mentioned that Tech is very male and very white and Airbnb decided to develop diversity by employing more women. She mentioned that Employment satisfaction score is measured quarterly. The next panel talked about tech innovation and how the corporate and academic worlds are coming together to create the next big things. Franklin talked about Open source and data analytics academic research vs commercial research that also was discussed by the other speaker from Microsoft. Combination of open source technologies and how to bring them to the customers and Big data were discussed. "People are still experimenting with open source models." Then the speaker from Netflix talked about how it keeps up with the big data demands. It has more than 75 million members that generate massive data on viewing habits, streaming video performance, and trends in media consumption. This huge amount of data is available to be analyzed. She discussed the strategies of Netflix and Compression of data storage layer. She emphasized that their engineers use Spark and Amazon storage service is the game changer. Operational monitoring management and security and analyzing the users behaviors were discussed. "We want to share in the community." The variety of subjects were discussed by many speakers from different companies, subjects such as: data analytics in 21st century business, data access in healthcare, the latest in measuring the data, AI needs human elements and building Google from search engine to AI poster child. Dean in previous presentations demonstrated the system images from 11 million randomly selected YouTube videos. One simulated neuron in the software model fixated on images of cats and others focused on human faces, yellow flowers, and other objects. It showed that deep learning made the system to identify these discrete objects even though no humans had ever defined or labeled them. CTR Press
February 29- March 4, 2016:
RSA Conference 2016
RSA conference was about the measures to secure and safeguard the data and delivering superior detections and protections from the potential advanced malware. It's mission was connecting people and insights that empowering them to stay ahead of cyber threats. This year more than 40,000 people from around the world attended the conference. There were a variety of seminars and educational sessions discussing different aspects of cyber threats. The speaker on cyber security and challenges mentioned that the way organizations respond to the cyber threats has been transformed considerably and new platforms have been created to respond to security incidents and vulnerabilities. The manual and informal processes have been replaced by a proven platform. According to the ESG, 90% of the IT team have expressed the burden of manual process as the main reason for the limited efficiency. And 75% of the cyber security professionals have said that informal processes at their organizations is the main reason. Nowadays more and more organizations invest heavily in identifying security vulnerabilities by choosing the operations that include cloud based applications such as security incidents responses and vulnerability responses. The next speaker pointed out that a smarter approach needed to go beyond the static malware analysis and find advanced malware that sandboxes cannot see. He discussed Stealing people's data, Safety and security and the Vulnerable websites. He mentioned that the developers are not trained in security and they may not be aware of the Dark net and other sources of attacks. He referred to the case that just by three clicks 2000 users of Canberra were deleted permanently. He emphasized on the necessity of Constantly scanning and explained the Authorized users vs unknown users and malicious users. He mentioned that almost 100% of victims had firewalls and he explained how EPPM works. Fink talked about the radical new approaches to the cyber security. He emphasized on the necessity of protecting every single layers. "Our digital world is rapidly changing. Our security funding is nearly 4 billion dollars but we are not safer and cyber crime is increasing.
February 25, 2016:
We have to protect everything from tablet to the largest data center. Our financial records, our health records are attacked." He mentioned that the attackers have access to tax returns. In Sony case they attacked the hardware and damage was considerable. He emphasized that the first step is prevention, then detection and finally response. "We have to build security in every single element. How do you verify every step and processes? Just securing infrastructure is not enough we should secure our data." He pointed out that one solution is making the stolen data useless.
Then he talked about the Ultimate Big Data problem. He explained Real time monitoring of critical business data. He pointed out that we should use deception to confuse the attackers. He explained the Challenges of dealing with big data, Base rate fallacy and Collect DNS reports and DNS clusters. " We need to build some intelligent Packard and develop analytics." He explained DNS malware analytics in Hewlett Packard and mentioned that the HP labs introduced the powerful machine:
Infinite memory machine. "Machine takes us to the whole new level. We need to build security to every part and detect the threat and response on machine level, not human level." Bostrom talked about safety issues in Advanced AI. He mentioned the defeat of Kasparov by computer in chess game showed that machine can beat human. He pointed out that AI in 2016 is different from AI in 60s: "now the focus of AI is on machine learning program. He also explained different games and "Go" game with robots in China. He also talked about the labor market impact of automation and said that by 2075, 90% of AI goals will be achieved. And he asked this question what would be happened if AI succeeded? He said the year 1956 was the start date of AI. He explained the strategic behavior including deception by AI and the risk of value misspecification: "if some parameters of human values are omitted, an optimal policy sets those parameters to extreme values." Roesch talked about Ascending the path to better security. He emphasized that we need a better detection and better response and Complexity is the enemy of security. The next speaker mentioned that the Office of Personnel Management announced in June that the data from personnel records of 4.2 million current and former employees had been breached and also background check records of 22 million people were affected and many believe that the hackers backed by China. McLaughlin talked about the inevitable decline of the digital age. The next speaker talked about changing the password and using a tool that designed to predict changes, the researchers could predict how users would change their passwords for 41 percent of the accounts in less than three seconds using a relatively low-powered computer. "The researchers also determined passwords for 17 percent of the accounts in fewer than five guesses and researchers at Carleton University noted that in some cases, an attacker installed software that spies on users as they type. So changing a password in this case may not have any benefit. "The attacker will just be able to scoop up the new password the next time they log in." None of these means changing passwords is always a bad idea. He noted a number of reasons why mixing it up could be a good thing. He said that in the cases that you think your password has been stolen, if you're reusing passwords across different services, or even if your password is just weak; "it's not clear that forcing users to change passwords on a regular basis actually makes sense for all workplaces. A better idea may be for employers to explore log-in options that go beyond passwords such as biometrics or two-factor methods that require users to also prove who they are by plugging unique codes sent via text for each log-in." Polyakov talked about Cyber security for oil and gas industries: he explained IT and OT, SAP examples and discussed Collecting data from different sources and Vulnerability of operation systems. "Hackers can create fake servers and attack." He showed a demo how the attackers can use vulnerabilities and steal oils. He mentioned that 75 percent of oil production is managed by SAP system. "How to secure that?" We need to secure the enterprise application, Review all connections and secure them especially when many users have administrative access. "It is easy to ride the back door." He discussed the Code security and application platform security. The next speaker showed live demos of the hackers attacks and showed the tools of stealing user banking. He explained Malware adoption, Qbot aka and a worm that spreads via network shares. He talked about Anti Sandbox features, Qbot commands and communications:decryption of data. Harvesting banking credentials via session spy was discussed. "Using infected pcs to operate paid proxying services for other crime groups. Building their own private cloud and Stock fabric control panel." He asked the question: Who were the victims? 1 million banking customers. He emphasized on the necessity of Filtering by bad sender and deleting the emails and also avoiding the infected browsers that injected with malicious. The next speaker on Human element talked about the behavioral psychology and science of habit to change user behavior. He started by telling the story of Eugene Pauly's Brain that could not retain any new knowledge in his mind and he did not know the location of fridge and couldn't describe the place but when he wanted to drink he automatically went there but later he couldn't remember but doing as a matter of habit. He explained How to build a new habit? He talked about the Science behind marketing strategies is creating the habit. The marketers use the High level of algorithm for creating habits. He explained Trigger, routine and rewards stages for creating habits. Creating craves make habits stay. How to change a habit? Old habits never die. He mentioned the Coca Cola advertising shows when you are happy and smiling you drink it, but the Alcoholic companies advertising when you are happy, sad or bored you need an alcoholic drink. He mentioned that they are Creating craving and making it stick. The last speaker of the conference was Sean Penn. He revised his previous quote that when people leave the theater they feel less alone or more alone and he wants to make them less alone and added "Anybody who has the courage to be alone" He mentioned that institutionalized freedom is different from freedom of thought and talked about the Self censorship level in the recent years and political challenges. About pursuing politics he mentioned a quote from an Irish writer: "Politics! I cannot because I have only one face." He also mentioned that the journalists cannot do 24 hours journalism. In response to the question that if you weren't an actor what would you do he replied: " I remembered Chauncey Gardiner: I want to watch." Then he mentioned "I have two extraordinary children and I want to be an extraordinary father. I want them to be independent." Different companies in the exhibition area was providing new softwares and services to protect the digital identities of all the users including employees, IT admins, partners and customers. With 500 times more data stored on a single device than a decade ago, data security has become the main focus. Encryption of data at the endpoint, in transit and at rest can be a solution for keeping encryption keys behind the firewall in public, private or hybrid deployments. Regular archived data health checks ensure the files can be recovered years after backup. CTR Press
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Business and Technology Forum To Combat Human Trafficking 2016
Business and Technology Forum To Combat Human Trafficking 2016 was organized by United Way Worldwide. United Way is engaged in 1,800 communities across 40 countries worldwide. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, they aim to create solutions to build stronger communities. Their mission is to improve education, financial stability and to make communities healthier with the help of 2.6 million volunteers and 9.6 million donors across the world. They try to advance community-based and community-led solutions and bring people and organizations together with partnership and cooperation with nonprofits, faith organizations, educators, labor, health providers, community leaders. They target the world's toughest issues such as trafficking. Gallagher from United way worldwide talked about looking for opportunities and introduced Generation Freedom Campaign that will start to ask the presidential candidate for 3 billion fund to combat trafficking.
Charendoff from Sabre talked about Modern world slavery. He mentioned that Passport to Freedom launched by Sabre to enable education and scholarship for trafficking survivors to reintegrate into society. "Technology can help to combat human trafficking." He mentioned that trafficking statistics are shocking and Technology can be the key to the sustainable improvement. Richmond as a council in human trafficking prosecution unit talked about some of the current trends in the USA and worldwide. He mentioned that there are many myths about human trafficking: Myth 1 is that slavery is history; myth 2 that human trafficking is hate;
Myth 3 is foreigners must be involved; myth 4, it is about movement and boarders;Myth 5 that trafficking is just body exploitation trafficking , it is also about labor, cheap labor; myth 6 that all victims are minors; Myth 7 victims self identify; Myth 8 animal can be trafficked; Myth 9 the victims want to be rescued and finally myth 10 criminal prosecution is not needed. He emphasized that Human trafficking is a crime motivated by money and it is a big business. He mentioned that the policy makers want numbers and figures. He said that Pimp directed body exploitation trafficking is no 1 in the USA. And they are involved with Force, fraud and coercion. He showed the picture of a man called Patel originally from India who was convicted in New Orleans for body exploitation Trafficking. He mentioned we should combat the demand too Traffickers constantly use technology to recruit people. Then the panel talked about using technology innovations to combat body exploitation and labor trafficking: Cordua from Thorn that works on child exploitation and child abuse mentioned the necessity of creating army of technologists to combat the trafficking. Levine from Polaris that gather data mentioned that the Ecosystem of anti human trafficking has been changed during the last two years. Knox from Palantir technologies, a mission driven company that aims to recruit the best talent to integrate and analyze the data mentioned that we don't want to victimize the victims twice. On Fighting against human slavery, the next speaker mentioned that disrupting the financial flows of trafficking networking should be the aim. Lorenzo from Western Union talked about anti money laundering, Crime about money and crime about data. He mentioned that that they educate their employees by teaching them to understand the nature of transactions and assess the risk of each transaction. There are 35 transactions every second in real time. He talked about the Link analysis of the transactions and use of algorithm to deny the transaction in the real time. Saar, Public policy council, Google mentioned the case that a girl was burned alive in human trafficking. She pointed out that slave trade of 21 century lies on our ignorance. She emphasized the need to combat trafficking in demand side. She mentioned some cases that the buyers of the children were not arrested. She emphasized on demanding the political will and Naming the buyers as criminals. She talked about Racial justice and civil rights too. The next speaker talked about AnnieCannons cooperation with human rights Stanford university, Preventing and then prosecuting the traffickers and Giving opportunities and voices to those who are deprived. She mentioned the partnership with aftercare organizations, such as rehabilitation shelters, who already provide counseling and treatment for trauma to their residents. She talked about the psychiatric and women’s health treatment from Stanford Hospital and Medical School volunteers and first pilot relationships with trafficking rehabilitation shelters and aftercare organizations in the Bay Area, Romania and Myanmar. "Aftercare entities do the hard work of bringing Survivors back into society at a reasonable pace with everything from nutrition to housing to personal security." Paterson mentioned that over the last 12 months, IST Research has begun working with a large group of stakeholders to understand how technology can be used to assist the fight against human trafficking. "Gradually as our engagement intensified we have begun to bring to bear the entire technical portfolio of the company to aid in the fight and Mapping labor trafficking in 12 countries. Dillon talked about Made in a free world and how they try to change behavior, FRDM website. He mentioned that Made In A Free World believes the marketplace has the power to protect freedom. "It’s a tool that helps businesses look for and protect against forced labor worldwide. It’s brand new. It’s revolutionary." CTR Press
February 17-24, 2016:
Developers Week Conference 2016
the successful transformation, outlining the successes, challenges, and lessons learned in the process of creating a startup. He also talked about reporting bugs for the open source and the subject of Community building. Then the panel talked about the ways to create and deliver content that provides thought leadership to derive technology forward in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and New York. CTR Press
February 18, 2016:
Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference 2016
Mobile Developer Conference was organized by Yahoo and its main focus was Flurry, Flurry's way of measuring actions, and the foundation for understanding what the customers do in the app and monetization. The message was what Flurry is about: tracking every menu tap, level completion, and purchasing to optimize the customer experience. Going one level deeper and capture even more detail, such as purchasing type or quantity with Event Parameters and diving deeper with User Paths, Funnels, and Segments. Mayer mentioned that 500+ Apps added on Flurry each day. She explained what was the situation in Super bowl and how mobile connections affected the process. She said that Smart phone market has become flat, but by using Mobile engagement techniques the future of Mobil will be engaging more audience. She mentioned that the goal is finding ways to improve monetization. "Yahoo guide more than 1 billion users and growth, retaining the users and monetization are the goals." The next keynote speaker was Khalaf and he showed interesting demos and mentioned that since the beginning of the mobile revolution, over 170,000 developers have trusted Flurry to track over 540,000 apps. Integrating Flurry Analytics in five minutes can get basic insights into the users and app performance. By setting up advanced analysis of complex events, we can get a deep understanding of everything the users are doing. From initial launch to the top of the charts, Flurry Analytics is free at any scale and available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and mobile. He mentioned that eight years ago was very different from now in every segment of the industry. He discussed the mobile addiction issue and pointed out that mobile addiction continues to rise. " It is far more than just addicting, they are glued to their device." He showed different slides about the rate of mobile addicts in different countries: mobile addicts compared to the world population ranked the eight in 2014, but it jumped to the fourth in 2015. He mentioned that Gaming time has been declined, but messaging and social media involvement increased in 2015. "Entertainment shifted from TV to the mobile device." "According to Tumblr analysts, the TV industry is in the crisis." He discussed Mobile ads and app purchases revenue. He mentioned that currently the growth rate is declining, but he has a strong confidence of growth after one year of pause in 2016. "Phablets will be at the top and will create a boom in the industry ." He discussed the Content creation, connectivity to productivity and the prospect of $800 billion market. "When egos goes down the productivity goes up." Graham, the Product management at yahoo, Flurry mentioned that Analytics predict that China will be the top mobile market for monetizing. Then Flurry analytics was discussed by Jones and he said: "Your analytic tools should bend to your needs, not you bend to the analytics tools. In Flurry you can filter it in different ways: age and gender." The next speaker talked about iOS created by Apple, iOS app analytics and
yahoo app publishing. Lundell talked about monetization by understanding audience behavior. Analyze the monetization strategy and track the users and analyze the data.Target advertising and how to maximize revenue was discussed by the next speaker. He mentioned that there are 250,000 developers, 800,000 Apps and 10 billion daily sessions in the mobile movement. CTR Press
February 14-18, 2016:
IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging 2016
International Symposium on Electronic Imaging was organized by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T). IS & T is an international non-profit society with the mission of keeping members and other imaging professionals apprised of the latest developments in the field through conferences, educational programs and publications. IS & T covers all aspects of imaging. It has particular emphasis on digital printing, electronic imaging, color science, sensors, virtual reality, photofinishing, image preservation, and hybrid imaging systems. There was a variety of interesting conference groupings. Human perception and cognition for emerging technologies group discussed human visual, auditory and tactile perception and the cognition related to the electronic imaging algorithms. Psychophysiological measures of image quality and visual aesthetics in electronic media were discussed. Foxe talked about neural model of multi-sensory integration in human neocortex. He discussed the issue of the brain damage and the images of brain in the left hemisphere of the brain and also the multi sensors and speech signals. Olfactory and color perception and food perception were explained. He discussed how sight, sound, and touch are knitted together in the brain. "Children with autism often have difficulty processing sensory information and the resulting overload may contribute to the repetitive behaviors and the other problems that individuals with this condition experience." He mentioned that he focused on autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Peterzell talked about study of simple mirror approach in psychophysical investigation and visual feedback for phantom limb pain. He also discussed VA phantom limb pain project that studies people who have lost limbs. And he explained the effects of mirror and creating the visual illusion and how getting the illusional image of the missed limb subsequently alleviate the pain. Watson from NASA talked about the Pyramid of visibility. He referred to the Paper by de Lang in 1958 and talked about high frequencies, Temporal CSF and Spacial CSF. He also mentioned Papers by Van Nes and Bouman in 1976 and discussed the parameters. He explained modelFest and Ferry Porter Law and the linearity relations and explained how special and temporal acuity are related. He focused on the Window of visibility. In the image reproduction and material appearance group, the applications of color hard and soft copy and quality evaluation of 2.5D and 3D soft and hard copy reproductions were discussed. Valpereda from Italy talked about 3D scanner characterization for open design. He explained the Open source design with low cost technology. He focused on 3D print and scan for all. He mentioned using cheap scanner without gnome. He analyzed the influence of different factors on scanner accuracy. Scanner practical limitations and Initial calibration procedure of the device were discussed. He mentioned that it is almost impossible to scan blue color objects. Skaff talked about learning optimal incident illumination using BRDF image. She explained material based angle selection and different numbers of selected illuminations. The Boher from ELDIM company in France talked about multi spectral BRDF measurements on anisotropic surface. He explained the visual sensitivity of human eyes, BRDF measurements and its definition. He discussed the accurate measurement of angular characteristics in terms of luminance, color coordinates. He showed colorful slides and mentioned that OLED displays exhibit luminance fluctuations and color shifts that can be sensitive to human eye in particular conditions. By viewing angle and imaging multispectral measurements "we show that color shifts are generally related to the multilayered structure of each sub-pixel. Interference fringes result in angular variations while thickness variations result in surface non-uniformities." In image and video processing, quality and systems group, microarray imaging, electronic cinema, image and video compression and segmentation and recognition were discussed. Ulichney talked about the effects on Fourier peaks used for periodic pattern detection. Then 3D movie rarities and how 3D archives created were discussed. He talked about the restoration of 3D movies such as "Bubble" and "Gog". Then he showed a lively 3D movie. In visual information processing and communication, the speaker from Intel talked about RealSense hardware and software modules and 3D sensing hardware. He talked about adding human like sensing to computing devices and showed a video demonstrating a frog staring at an iPhone and jumping in front of it and finally biting the finger of iPhone owner! He mentioned that the facial recognition software will be used instead of password in the future. He talked about scanning 3D models of people. He said: "There is a special cooperation between Google project Tango and Intel that I should not say in public." He showed the video of Drones that see the world in 3D and the Magic mirror that shows a person with different cloths on. In document recognition and retrieval group, languages and modalities, pattern discovery, clustering, media forensics, authentication, biometric and user identification were discussed . Garz from university of Switzerland talked about geometrical descriptors for writer identification. She mentioned that handwriting is a biometric feature and is used for identification and it is unique to each person. She discussed its applications for forensic purposes, Identifying a writer by their recurrent patterns and unconscious practices. She explained the Geometric relationship and angular relationship. "How we write the location of the interest point changes." She explained Multi scale detectors, X=number of scales and Y=number of angles. She pointed out that Different languages have different clusters. Atanasiu talked about cuckoo among each person data as a quality control method to retrieve mislabeled writer identities from handwriting datasets. He compared each one to different animals and mentioned that it will be a swan when people writing beautifully. "Handwriting is a kind of sport and it is difficult to have no variability." He analyzed different scripts and talked about artificial cuckoo and natural cuckoo and Detecting forgeries. Bauer talked about intelligent pen and tracing the handwriting. He discussed the competing lines, Intelligent pen and intelligent scissors. He explained the Cost function and the amplification of difference between handwriting and background. David Hébert from France talked about language identification in document images. He explained Writing type identification and language identification and using OCR ( optical character recognition) for language identification. He mentioned that we don't have 100 percent OCR accurate. He discussed Maurdor dataset and Google Language identification plug in. "There are two basic types of core OCR algorithm, which may produce a ranked list of candidate characters." CTR Press
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February 11, 2016:
Stock Market: Surviving the Next Bubble
This trading event was organized by Schwab Trading Services. First the panelists talked about the present situation of stock market and different trading strategies. Frederick mentioned that the labor market has been very stable and this will have positive impact on the stock market. He discussed the momentum and value stocks. He mentioned that the Utilities stocks have been very good to invest and they pay good dividend. "But be aware that the good dividend stocks, sometimes there is the risk of the price going down." Benefits of the low oil price needs time to show. He emphasized that the rate of unemployment is falling and we think that we are at the end of the bear market. He pointed out that in 2009, market declined 40 percent and then followed by seven years of bull market and now it may be just two years of bear market. "As long as there is volatility in oil price, the market will not be stable. Mercer talked about stock mania and crashes. He mentioned that bubble conversations are everywhere. "What will the next one be?" He explained the Tulip Bubble that introduced to the Dutch in 1593: they invested in bulbs and the price continued to rise. People sold houses to invest and gain profits. Then prices started to slide and many lost their life savings. What went wrong? "Get rich quick mentality and over investing in speculative product and also irrational exuberance." He also talked about 1929 crash that resulted in 40% market decline and 12 years of depression. It took 25 years to return to pre crash peak. He explained the situation in 1987 crash that there was 22.6% drop in a single day. He discussed the dot com bubble in 2002 that there was 78% loss in NASDAQ composite from peak to bottom. He advised the investors to stay calm and focus on making progress toward the long term trading and investing goals. "If speculating, adjust investment size and risk management strategy appropriately." He emphasized on avoiding not to miss out attitude and blindly following others. " When they are asked why are you selling that stock? They reply because everyone else does!" He emphasized on having the personal financial plans that meets each person specific situation. Then Romer, Economist shared her knowledge of the Federal Reserve and how monetary and fiscal policy affect the economy and capital markets. She explained the Stimulus package in 2008 and where the economy headed. She mentioned that the Collapse of Lehman was the trigger for financial crisis. She said that she doesn't dare to comment on Fed policy. "Fed job of mopping up after bubble burst is not easy or appropriate." Handling the crisis by the balanced approach of lowering interest rates may results in the struggling economy. She emphasized on the importance of the Education spending. During Q&A, Mercer gave some tips for managing exposure and risk during the future bubbles. CTR Press
February 6, 2016:
Scholarly lecture on Pierre Bonnard's Paintings
The special opening of the exhibition, Pierre Bonnard, Painting Arcadia Legion of Honor hosted an interesting program featured a scholarly lecture, live chamber music Society of San Francisco that performed favorites by French composers Satie, Debussy and the most popular one Ravel. Also there were different art-making activities for all ages. Bell who specializes in 17th- and 18th-century European painting and is currently curator of European painting, drawing, and sculpture talked about Pierre Bonnard, a French painter and a founding member of the post impressionist group of avant grade painters Les Nabis. She mentioned that Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. She described him as "one of the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great painters", and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than "voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit." She said that Bonnard had unique use of color and very complex imagery. As Smith mentioned "It’s not just the colors that radiate in a Bonnard's painting but there’s the heat of mixed emotions, rubbed into smoothness, shrouded in chromatic veils and intensified by unexpected spatial conundrums and by elusive, uneasy figures." She showed different slides of his colorful paintings and pointed out that Bonnard was known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brush marks and close values. She showed his painting: "man and woman" and mentioned that it shows complex relationship between man and woman and he portrayed an invisible separation between them. She called his paintings "the most thoughtful". Bonnard used to stay just two months each year in Paris and he preferred to stay in the south of France that was not much noise or distraction. His complex compositions specially those of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family are both narrative and autobiographical. The exhibition focus was on the radiant late interiors and still life of Pierre Bonnard. The paintings, drawings, and watercolors on display dated from the artist's later years, when he centered his painting activity in his pink stucco house overlooking the Mediterranean in the village of Le Cannet. He used to work in a converted upstairs bedroom, he transformed the rooms and objects that surrounded him into iridescent subjects, remarkable in color, light, and vision. She mentioned that the specific metaphors for a range of sensations, his late paintings convey a disquieting effect. It is these interiors that define Bonnard's modernism and prompt a "reappraisal of his reputation in the history of twentieth century art."
January 19-22, 2016:
Design the Future
Design the Future conference was organized by O’Reilly Media. In O’Reilly Design Conference, the interaction designers, UX designers, user researchers, product designers, product managers, and entrepreneurs gathered together to explore new ways of designing. The conference was focused on providing designers with the full stack of skills they need to remain competitive and create the next generation of products. The latest tools, techniques, and technologies for creating innovative products and services, insights and inspirations were discussed. Dill from Airbnb explained the ways of designing for a journey over time and how to identify the right time of owning the experience and enabling it. She talked about the process of awareness of the tool and mentioned that community based services such as uber has changed the human relations. She mentioned that she may know the name of the driver in uber service but she doesn't know the name of the taxi driver. About Airbnb she answered this question: "How do you bring order to the chaos?" She explained the digital and physical part of experience ; the digital platform helps the process. She pointed out that Happiness=reality_expectations, she recommended to forget about the flaws of Airbnb and Keep it real. She showed some photoshopped pictures of the places where places were shining and people were beaming. The audience reaction was that it could not be real and some people discussed the photoshopped pictures. She mentioned that the customers have profiles and are verified. She again emphasized that people should see the other half of the glass that is full! "Understanding the community through customers feedback is important; Open up to the community." Fadell ,the founder of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm was the next speaker that discussed the art of noticing the world around us and making it better with O'Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Media. He explained how to think about the future as a designer. He mentioned that designers change the people and the world. "People are different from 20 years ago." "The community moves with you when you make the changes." They discussed the implications of the on-demand economy, AI, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. On the subject of collaboration and how to make all the people together Fadell mentioned that the process was very secretive. He explained the changing strategies and what he wants to accomplish in Nest. He talked about the cellphone hardwares and how he thinks about design that was born from frustration. "Design is understanding frustration and solve it and bring clarity." "First notice and then clarify." O'Reilly mentioned that uber is redesigning the taxi and changing the business model. They discussed the ways to change the business model, design ethics and our responsibility. How to design differently? How to remove the screen that blocks us from the reality and talk to each other. They also talked about Trust and privacy and how people are worried about them. He mentioned that we have to gain the trust by remodeling the design. Then the panel talked about the design and venture capital. They discussed the ways they approach investment decisions, what life is like as a designer in a VC firm, and what should be done for launching and building a successful company. Veen mentioned that the fundamental quality of a designer is understanding how audience react and empathy element. Who is in charge of prioritizing in the company: what we do now and what we do later. "I should build stuff otherwise I would not be happy." Kuniavsky in his lively presentation discussed the challenges of creating embedded intelligent systems and offers UX design approaches for addressing these challenges. He talked about designing for predictive machine learning for the IoT. He mentioned that Amazon model is loosing money to keep people stuck to their devices. He discussed Predictive behavior enabled by machine learning and mentioned that increasingly predictive machine learning drives the consumer to Internet of Things. Cloud-based algorithms collect data from thousands of connected devices and then create models that aim to predict what behavior will create the most positive outcome. But how should the human user interact with these algorithms? How? "Predicting future by looking at past." "They modeled you to predict what is good for you." He discussed the Issues with the UX of predictive behavior. He mentioned that the financial institutions using it to take our money for years. "How smart devices set the expectations." He discussed the issue of Uncertainty and control. He explained the Extremely complex relationship between people and computers, Sharing control and responsibility with algorithm. He mentioned it is like your dog, but " do you let your dog drive your car?" On the issue of building and maintaining trust, he said :"We trust what is more human, not what wants to dominate us." The audience reaction to his speech was highly positive. Roman talked about the importance of story and story telling. He mentioned that consciously or unconsciously when we look at the world, we see stories. From people and objects to landscapes, everything makes sense to us because we know there’s a story behind them. Some stories are more compelling than others. The more aware we are of what makes stories captivating, the better we can be at telling our own stories."Finding the story is the key." He told story of shahrazad from 1001 nights and the power of story, how shahrazad stories changed the fate of kingdom. "Story has beginning, middle and end." He showed a demo of Story cubes: throw the dices and tell the story based on the shapes. He showed a beautiful and emotional video that made some audience in tears but they liked it. How to be human and balancing the art and science of product design was discussed by the next panel. They talked about the art and science of product design and exploring how to build a product that hits all the aggressive growth goals but still feels human.
Tong compared Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and mentioned that Facebook is about the activities in the past, Twitter is about activities in the present and Pinterest is about activities in the future. Johnson from LinkedIn talked about the great products that begin with great culture. He mentioned that if you want to hire someone first think about perspective and diversity. He emphasized on the importance designed around diverse perspectives and inclusion. CTR Press
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January 20, 2016:
Cyber Security and Privacy in the Internet of Things
January 17-19, 2016:
Winter Fancy Food Show 2016
Winter Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty food trade event on the West Coast was organized by the Specialty Food Association that is a community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs whose mission is bringing craft, care and joy to the foods they sell. It was established in 1952 in New York and is a not-for-profit trade association that provides its members in the U.S. and abroad the knowledge and connections to nurture their companies. This event brought specialty food's top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together for three days and featured more than 80,000 products, 19,000 buyers, and 1,400 exhibitors.The Winter Fancy Food Show also presented various educational seminars discussing how to grow a sustainable specialty food business. The marketing, selling, pricing, and distribution, as well as innovations, trends, and the future of food were discussed. 1500 exhibitors from around the world exhibited the latest specialties in foods and beverages. They were showcasing dozens of niche and artisanal specialties. Specialty cheese companies from California and other states and also from Italy, France, Spain and other countries were offering different types of cheese to the visitors to taste and compare. There were lots of new flavored cheese that during the last five years have outperformed unflavored cheese in both volume and dollar sales. They were high quality cheese that were awarded the gold medals; different cheeses such as different types of Blue cheese, Feta, French cheese, Gouda, Mozzarella and other world class natural cheese were exhibited by variety of companies such as Sartori. Olive oils and vinegars were exhibited by different companies such as "Boschetto", from Tuscany, Italy. Boschetto fruit flavored vinegars and musts, specially the peach one was so aromatic and fresh that fascinated many visitors. Different roasted nuts were exhibited by Santé from Santa Clara. Boulart company with the moto: "saying NO is a good thing" attracted visitors' attention. They provided a wide range of Non-GMO project verified breads. Their representative mentioned that they do not conform to the industry standards, they set new ones. Their breads have no genetically modified products, no preservatives, no additives, no color, no chemicals and no added sugar. They add different natural ingredients such as olive, raisin, walnut, hazelnut and honey. Other companies such as Wasa also provided Non-GMO snacks. Spanish company, Chiquilin exhibited organic saffron. Comté cheese company provided different food recipes with cheese and fruits, different herb omelet and walnut biscotti. Star Kay White exhibited vanilla extract, 100% Grade 1 Madagascan beans. Another Spain based company: seawater for life, provided 100% natural and purified Mediterranean seawater. They use unique filtering process that retains the minerals in seawater. A Dutch company celebrating its artists was exhibiting different products and cheese named after Rembrandt, Vermeer and the most popular ones called Vincent. It had a large picture of Vincent Van Gogh on it that added a tasty artistic flavor to the Specialty Food Show. CTR Press
January 12, 2016:
Tomorrowland: Tech and Medical Treatment in 2020
Tomorrowland: Tech and medical treatment in 2020 event was organized by La French TECH in San Francisco. The panel discussion was about the future of digital health, the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health care and society. They talked about the digital health that is empowering people to better track, manage, and improve their health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society. "It’s also helping to reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine more personalized and precise." They discussed the digital technology and health care and how medicine is becoming more personalized by more targeted treatment and more patients involvements. Chambon from New Leaf Venture Partners talked about the information technology and healthcare and remote controlling the patients that is a revolution itself and what is going to happen in the next twenty years. "We should rethink about drug re pricing." Nicolas, the VP of diabetes integrated care within Sanofi, mentioned that with these advances in digital technology, the role of pharmaceuticals is changing. "The business model is going to change. We are experiencing different business models; in the future , digital technology provides access of the real time data and solution on mobile platforms for the patients. Real time coaching will be fully personalized. Remote tele medicine too provide patient cares." He said that deploy, learn and improve is the rule. Pierre Leurent, CEO and founder of Voluntis, mentioned that the role of physicians is changing; healthcare spending and hospitalization costs and developing softwares can provide advanced doctors & patients cooperations. He talked about the role of technology in helping healthcare team to provide right care for the right patient at the right time. He also talked about managing side effects of the drugs. He said that France wants to have experiments in different regions and changes the ways doctors manage the patients. He talked about the huge difference in funding between USA and Europe. Valencia, VP Qualcomm Life, talked about monitoring patients and cooperation of tech companies and healthcare. He emphasized on providing healthcare at homes. "Our focus is to identify and digitalize the data and network technology of the future that affects our today decisions. Data itself becomes a therapy." He also discussed the drug approval processes . The panel talked about the connecting technologies in order to have more real time data about the patients. They emphasized that better understanding of the patient needs should be the aim. The real-time telehealth, a telecommunications link that allows instantaneous interaction. Videoconferencing equipment that is one of the most common forms of real-time telemedicine. The Peripheral devices that can be attached to computers or the video-conferencing equipment which can aid the interactive examination. "The availability of better and cheaper communication channels, direct two-way audio and video streaming between centers through computers lead to lower costs." The audience asked about the connectivity barriers and how to overcome them and the issue of Cyber security challenge and the patients data. The panel mentioned that capturing data in a very secure way is the aim, but it is almost impossible to create 100% secure way.The digital healthcare is concerned about the development of interconnected health systems so as to improve the use of computational technologies, smart devices, computational analysis techniques and communication media in order to help healthcare professionals and patients to manage the illnesses and health risks, as well as to improve health and wellbeing. Telehealth adds a new paradigm in healthcare, where the patient is monitored. This has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalizations and visits to the Emergency Room, while improving patient's quality of life. Telehealth also benefits patients where traditional delivery of health services are affected by distance and lack of local specialist clinicians to deliver services. The other side of the digital advancement that can result in the massive job loss of the health care personnel had not been discussed.
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January 7, 2016:
Social Media 2016
Social media and ethics rules event was organized by the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust section of San Francisco Bar Association. It was an interesting event for discussing legal aspects of the popular social media. The speakers Kohlmann and DeLeo talked about the problems have arisen for attorneys using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media. They discussed the general ethical issues when using social media and they recommended the best practices tips for being a social media savvy attorney. Antonchuk mentioned that over one billion people use social media. They explained that lawyers should be familiar with the ethical rules in their jurisdiction, including rules as they relate to advertising, solicitation, and communication about the lawyer or law firm’s services. But many lawyers seem to forget these rules or don’t apply them to their online activities, including their interaction on social networking platforms. They explained how the ethical breaches occur as a result of headings or settings that the lawyer or law firm has no control over because they are set by the social media platform. But this fact that the lawyer cannot control the setting doesn’t necessarily mean that the lawyer is safe. DeLeo talked about great and terrible internet. She mentioned that the more connections you have with other on the social media, you make them more able to reach your data. She mentioned that Facebook privacy options is changed on the regular basis and users are not aware of the details. She discussed the privacy concerns about Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn. "90% internet users use social media". She discussed the cases of blog posts and how can it violates the rules. "Even articles on family laws could be a problem as an attorney." She also mentioned the variety of the audience on social media that could go to one or one million. She also discussed the problem with endorsement in LinkedIn that can be a violation. "Attorney is responsible for monitoring the posts in social media." Kohlmann explained many tech words and their meanings that applies to blogs, social networks and content communities. He discussed LinkedIn privacy issues that have access to your content and YouTube flaws. He explained the social media lawyer ethics and how to respond to online negative posts and how to use social media to search opposing parties. He mentioned the lawyers do "blawgging"instead of blogging. He talked about the communication restrictions on social media, advertising rules and restrictions. "Blogging can be masked but other social media doesn't have this". He discussed the case studies: websites and rules on business and professions codes. He mentioned the following sentence: "Another great victory, now who wants to be the next?" "Who wants to be next?" is a problem because guarantees the outcome and that can mislead the public."Even Facebook's friending could be a problem". "Fake profiles are also problem." Facebooking with clients could be problem if we look from the old school point of views. He mentioned that in the case of Facebooking with the judges, you need to disconnect if you appear before them in the court during the trial duration. He said don't post anything that is not considered nice about others; but if you really want to mention something that is not nice, don't do it online. On LinkedIn in addition to the individual profiles, law firms can create Company Pages for their firms to showcase firm-wide information and provide Updates, information about employees. When completing the “About” section on a LinkedIn Company Page, users will see an option to list the firm’s Specialties. Firms should use caution when completing this section, and be sure that doing so will not be a considered a violation of ethical rules. Law firms are advised not to list specialties on their LinkedIn Company Page. The opinion notes that while firms are permitted to list their areas of practice, they may not do so under a “Specialties” heading, even where the firm has no control over the heading and is not able change it. Also simply listing the attorney’s areas of practice under this section would be akin to listing areas of practice on an attorney’s website, but making any further representations regarding the level of proficiency in any particular area is not allowed. The attorneys should avoid placing anything on a LinkedIn profile that might be considered ‘false or misleading.’ They mentioned that social media use is governed by regulations ."Think about how you use Twitter, or Facebook whether these fall within the rule? If so, you may use these channels to solicit clients, motivated by gain and the people you’re chatting with. In the case that communications with prospective clients aren’t realtime, consider if your posts to particular social media platforms should conform to the rules that might include labeling the communication with the words that are not allowed and considered as the violations." Finally they concluded that with all these rules and regulations may be it is better not to use the social media or if you have to, use it limited. CTR Press