BIG DATA AND COGNITIVE COMPUTING IN HEALTHCARE: WEATHERING THE PERFECT STORM

by gmichael

The IEEE Cyprus Section is organizing a lecture for:

“BIG DATA AND COGNITIVE COMPUTING IN HEALTHCARE: WEATHERING THE PERFECT STORM”

Distinguished Lecturer: Professor M. Reumann – IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory
Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 18:30-20:00, University of Cyprus, Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions).

The lecture is under the auspices of the Cyprus Medical Association

Cyprus Medical Association

Abstract: Big data in healthcare is experiencing the perfect storm: The volume is increasing exponentially with accelerating speed, the variety of data ranges from multi-omics information to lifestyle measures with the help of mobile devices backed by cloud infrastructures. State of the art analytical methods are generally limited by computational approaches. Furthermore, the convergence of data analytics, sophisticated modelling approaches and cognitive computing gives promise to solve the big data challenges in healthcare and lifescience. Data analytics especially in todays ‘omics era yield results of large volumes given computational challenges are overcome. Sieving through the results requires expert and translational knowledge. Cognitive computing can play a significant role in making transparent results. Cognitive computing tools can be used to create hypotheses to guide experimental studies but also as prior knowledge that drives data analytics. The increasing amount of data requires a larger amount of computation that can at some point only be tackled using supercomputers. In biophysical modelling we have already shown how the computational challenge can be overcome using high performance computing systems. The sophistication of computer modelling of biophysical processes has made the transition from basic research to translational science and medicine. It is feasible today that data in healthcare will be augmented by simulation of biophysical models tailored to each patient. Cognitive computing is a promising path to make the analytical results transparent. The IBM WatsonTM technology allows analysis results to be represented within a global context of accumulated knowledge of published literature. To view data and analysis in that global context will not only enable verification of results, but also helps accelerate discovery and identification of, for example, new targets in drug discovery. The combination of data-driven and knowledge-based analytics in a cognitive computing environment becomes a powerful way to create hypothesis and to limit the search space so that it can efficiently be tested using traditional laboratory methods. The IBM WatsonTM technology allows one to find “the needle in the haystack” of today’s big data challenge. Hence, the power of big data can only be unleashed by embracing new approaches in data-driven analysis within a cognitive computing environment. This creates a holistic view that places big data analytics into the context of the accumulated knowledge of the scientific community.

A short biography of the speaker:

Matthias Reumann

Matthias Reumann – Biography Matthias Reumann (1978) received the Masters of Engineering in Electronics with the Tripartite Diploma from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2003 and continued his PhD studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with Prof. Olaf Doessel at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH). Reumann focused on translational research in cardiac models and his PhD with summa cum laude in 2007. The research was awarded with two prestigious research awards by both clinical and biomedical professional societies. Reumann continued research in multi-scale systems biology at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. His work focused on creating high resolution heart models that scale on supercomputers that yielded several high profile publications in Science Translational Medicine, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Supercomputing. He expanded his research interest to Genomics in 2010 at the IBM Research Collaboartory for Lifesciences – Melbourne, investigating higher order interaction of single nucleotide polymorphisms in breast and prostate cancer in collaboration with Prof. John Hopper. In 2011, Reumann build up and the healthcare research team at the IBM Research – Australia laboratory with focus areas in healthcare analytics, medical image processing and genomics. The goal in genomics was to bring next generation sequencing into a production environment in a public health microbiology diagnostic unit. Reumann moved back to Europe in December 2013 and joined the IBM Research – Zurich laboratory where his research focusses on sustainable, resilient health systems research to bridge the divide from bench to bedside to society. Reumann is associate editor of the IEEE Journal on Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, Senior Member of the IEEE and has served on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society from 2009 – 2013 as well as on the IEEE Technical Advisory Board form 2011 – 2012. His research is mentioned in editorials and reviews and has received numerous awards.

Αδειοδότηση Λογισμικού Ανοικτού Κώδικα

by gmichael
Αδειοδότηση Λογισμικού Ανοικτού Κώδικα

Ο Όμιλος Πληροφορικής Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου σε συνεργασία με τον Όμιλο Νομικής Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου και την υποστήριξη του Κυπριακού Τομέα IEEE και Κυπριακού Σύνδεσμου Πληροφορικής σας προσκαλούν στην εκδήλωση με τίτλο “Αδειοδότηση Λογισμικού Ανοικτού Κώδικα”.

Τις παρουσιάσεις* θα πραγματοποιήσουν:

  • κα. Γεωργία Χαραλάμπους – Researching assosiate at SEIT Lab of Computer Science Department
  • κα. Αθανασίου Γεωργία – Φοιτήτρια Τμήμα Νομικής
  • κα. Τζαγκαράκη Ιωάννα – Φοιτήτρια Τμήμα Νομικής

ΠΕΡΙΓΡΑΦΗ: Το σεμινάριο αυτό έχει ως στόχο την ενημέρωση του κοινού τόσο στον τομέα της πληροφορικής όσο και στο τομέα της νομικής για την αδειοδότηση λογισμικού ανοιχτού κώδικα (Open Source Software Licensing). Συνοπτικά, θα παρουσιαστούν τα οφέλη και πλεονεκτήματα της χρήσης των αδειών αυτών, θα προβληθούν οι πιό γνωστές άδειες MIT, GPL, LGPL κλπ. ενώ παράλληλα θα δοθεί μια νομική επισκόπηση όσο αφορά τις GPL v2 & v3. Οι παρουσιάσεις θα γίνουν από μέλη ερευνητικών ομάδων του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου, των τμημάτων πληροφορικής και νομικής.

* Η συζήτηση θα γίνει στα Ελληνικά και η συμμετοχή είναι δωρεάν

ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΑ ΔΙΕΞΑΓΩΓΗΣ: Τρίτη, 12/04/2016 | ώρα 18:15-19:30

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΣΙΑ: ΚΟΔ03 Αίθουσα 101, Πανεπιστημιούπολη Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου, Αγλαντζιά. (Link)

Αδειοδότηση Λογισμικού Ανοικτού Κώδικα

“Funding startups, an investor’s perspective” – IEEE Cypus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) Meeting

EN meeting

You are invited to the new event organised by the IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN), that is going to be held on March 17th 2016, between 16:00-17:30, at the Events Hall of Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber in Nicosia.

16:00 – 16:15: Introduction by Anastasia Georgouli, Founder & Chair of IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) and self-employed Electrical Engineer Consulant at JYA Engineering

16:15 – 16:30: Networking Exercise

16:30 – 17:10: Speech by Phanos Pitiris, Experienced International Business Executive & Startup Advisor, under the subject “Funding startups, an investor’s perspective”

The speech is going to be held in English.

17:10 – 17:30: Q&A, More Networking

 

IEEE Cyprus EN Annual Elections – EXCOM 2016 – 2017

by gmichael

Dear EN members and friends,

IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) was established in January 2013 and is a voluntary effort that aims to trigger entrepreneurship in Cyprus and help people interested in it to get networked and find valuable team members in order to create technological start-ups.

More specifically it intends to bring together IEEE members and other professionals (non-members who are working or who are educated in an IEEE designated field – which are all fields of Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law and Policy) in order to cooperate with electrical or electronic engineers in Cyprus and abroad, so that they come up with an innovative product or service that can be exploited commercially.

Every January the elections for EN’s Executive Committee (EXCOM) take place. The composition of EN’s EXCOM is the following: Chair, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Program Director. Any additional EN volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in the EXCOM’s meetings and help as much actively as they wish in order to meet EN’s goals and to implement the organisation of our events and initiatives. You can refer in this link: http://linkd.in/1nHUUlx to see in detail EN’s goals and objectives.

Therefore, I would like to announce the annual elections for EN’s Executive Committee (EXCOM). You can send an e-mail at cyprusen@ieee.org with your declarations of interest for the elections together with a .pdf form of your CV by January 29, 2016.

In order for EN’s goals and activities to be fulfilled there need to be several volunteers who contribute in our efforts.

Some of the responsibilities that an EXCOM member / volunteer in EN might undertake are the following:

• Creating and editing videos of events or promotional videos,
• Updating EN’s websites with content relevant to the interests of its members,
• Promoting EN through Social Media,
• Finding suitable programmes that are announced in IEEE’s website that could be implemented by EN,
• Attending EN’s meetings, taking photos, capturing video.

Please note that only IEEE members with renewed membership state (either student or professional) for 2016 will be eligible to participate in the EXCOM’s elections, thus I need you to send together with your CV also your membership renewal to IEEE.

To see how you can join IEEE and the consequent benefits, click here: http://bit.ly/1pGPVS9.

I would like to remind you here about the EN membership, which has a cost of €10 per year. With this membership IEEE Cyprus EN members enjoy the benefit of joining a national IEEE entrepreneurs’ network. This network provides its members with the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs / future entrepreneurs on a national level. In addition, members have access to information on entrepreneur members’ goals, pursuits, activities and contact details. Finally, they benefit from discounts or free entrance / participation to IEEE Cyprus EN events. For more information on how to become an IEEE Cyprus EN member please contact us at: cyprusen@ieee.org.

The rest of professionals who want to participate in EN’s newsletter and receive notifications about EN’s events can also send us an e-mail at: cyprusen@ieee.org.

Please, keep in mind that the deadline for declarations of candidacy for EN EXCOM is 12 pm on January 29, 2016.

Yours sincerely,
Anastasia Georgouli
• IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) Founder & Chair
• Electrical Engineer Consultant JYA Engineering
• IEEE Cyprus Industrial Ambassador
• IEEE Cyprus Consultants’ Network (CN) Founder & Temporary Chair

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the IEEE CYPRUS SECTION

Dear Members

The Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Cyprus Section will take place on Thursday, 11th of February 2016, 16:00-18:00, at the European University Cyprus, (room 102), in Nicosia.

The agenda of the meeting includes:

. Past Chairman’s review of the activities of the section for 2014-2015
. Past Treasurer’s presentation of the Accounts for 2014-2015
. Presentation of the new Executive Committee 2016-2017 and the program and activities for 2015-2016 by the New Chairman.
. General discussion of the program and the activities for 2015-2016.
. MELECON 2016.

The new IEEE CYPRUS SECTION Executive Committee for 2016-2017 is:

CHAIR Nicos Michaelides
VICE CHAIR Elias Kyriakides
VICE CHAIR Constandinos Mavromoustakis
SECRETARY Katerina Papanicolaou
TREASURER Nicholas Flourentzou
MEMBER Haris Pavlides
MEMBER Vasos Vassiliou
MEMBER Stavros Iezekiel
MEMBER Soulla Louca
MEMBER George Michael
MEMBER Michalis Michaelides
MEMBER Anastasia Georgouli
MEMBER Agathoklis Papadopoulos

Coffee and snacks will be offered.

Regards,

PES – UCY Student Chapter

by gmichael

The University of Cyprus Power & Energy Society Student Chapter comprises a UCY student annex of the international community of IEEE that is active in the area of Electric Power. The organization and operation of the annex is performed in volunteer basis and its primary objective is the active participation of the student community to the local (and consequently to the international) developments in the area of Electric Power.
The UCY PES Student Chapter has a Facebook page.

Activities on IEEE Day

The PES Chapter participated in the dissemination and new member attraction activities on IEEE Day. PES Chapter members visited several classes at four universities in Cyprus and gave presentations for IEEE and custom-made flyers about the benefits of joining IEEE. The event was co-organized with the IEEE Cyprus Section and the Student Branches at the universities.

Active participation in the organization of the MELECON 2016 conference

The Chapter is very active in the organization of the flagship Region 8 conference MELECON 2016 which will be held in Limassol, Cyprus in April 2016. The Cyprus Chapter Chair acts as the Conference General Co-Chair, while members of the Chapter are involved as Technical Program Committee members and in the local organizing committee. Based on the submissions received, half of the conference papers are in the area of power systems and renewable energy sources.

Power & Energy Society Cyprus Chapter

by gmichael

Welcome to the Cyprus Section Chapter, PE31 section website for the members of the IEEE. Here you will find important announcements, calendar of events, information on officers, other units and useful links. Please use the navigation menu to browse the pages.