Industrial Applied Data Science
October 18 and 19, 2018, Lugano Convention Center
Joint FTAL Research Conference
Hosted by SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
- Industry, Production and Logistics
- Energy and Environment
- Life Science and Healthcare
- Finance, eCommerce, Blockchain
FTAL Conference 2018: a great success
The conference organised by the Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences (FTAL) was held on 18 and 19 October in Ticino at the Lugano Convention Center. The event involved academics and industrial partners in a discussion on the topic “Industrial Applied Data Science”
In order to address the growing influence of Data Science on many aspects of our lives, FTAL, the Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences, organised a scientific conference on applied research activities of their member schools in this field. The first joint research event focussed on industrial applied research outcomes in this highly topical subject, especially in view of the enhanced offer in the joint Master programs MSc Life Sciences with the option “Applied Computational Life Sciences“ and MSc Engineering with the option “Data Science”.
Hosted by the Department of Innovative Technologies of the Swiss University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the FTAL conference 2018 involved approximately 115 researchers, 70 master students and 20 industry partners from Switzerland.
The main goal of the conference was the strengthening of the cooperation between the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences in order to develop a solid network in both the education and the applied research field. The participants had the opportunity to take part to the plenary sessions and workshops focused on different macro-areas: Industry, Production and Logistics; Energy and Environment; Life Science and Healthcare; Finance, E-Commerce and Block-chain.
Students and researchers appreciated the opportunity to interact and discuss possible collaborations between the different schools and research institutes.
Alessandro Curioni - Director IBM Research Zurich
Dr. Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, vice president of Europe and director of the IBM Research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to leading the IBM Research activities in Europe, he is also responsible for the global research in IoT and Security.
Dr. Curioni is a world recognized leader in the area of high performance computing and computational science where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015.
Dr. Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. He started at IBM Research - Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. His most recent position has been the head of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.
In 2017 he was named a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Making the Impossible Possible with AI
After decades of experiencing a slow burn, artificial intelligence innovation has caught fire to become the hottest item on the agendas of the world's top technology firms. The fuel for this fire? Necessity. Faced with a constant onslaught of data, we needed a new type of system that learns and adapts, and we now have that with AI. What was deemed impossible a few years ago is not only becoming possible, it’s very quickly becoming necessary and expected.
As a result there is a race to develop AI solutions that can provide competitive advantage by augmenting human intelligence and they are based on a formula that includes the advent of small data, more efficient deep learning models, deep reasoning, new AI hardware and progress toward unsupervised learning.
Christian Lovis - Professor and chairman HUG Division of Medical Information Sciences
Christian Lovis is professor of clinical informatics at the university of Geneva and chairman of the division of medical information sciences at the university hospitals of Geneva. He is a medical doctor, board certified in Internal Medicine with special emphasis on emergency medicine. He holds a master in public health from the University of Washington. In parallel to medicine, he studied biomedical informatics at the University of Geneva, focusing on clinical information systems, clinical data interoperability. He is member of the executive board of the Swiss Personalized Health network and president of the European Society of Medical Informatics. Christian is editorial board member of several peer reviewed journals such as PLOS One and has founded four start-up’s. He is the president of the European federation of medical informatics. Christian has participated to several start-ups.
Big data in health: Hopes and challenges
Personalized and precision medicine, data driven science, artificial intelligence, these last years have seen an impressive raise of approaches that are about to deeply change the healthcare system. However, beside the hype effect, there is still a long way from the lab to the patients and the citizens. And, besides all human factors, societal, legal aspects, from a pure scientific point of view, the success of bridging the gaps will depend a lot on our capacity to address important challenges around data, information and knowledge.
FTAL18 - Industrial Applied Data Science
Detailed Program and Proceedings (Download PDF)
Thursday 18 October
Opening and WelcomeProf. Olivier Naef, FTAL President
IntroductionProf. Emanuele Carpanzano, Chairman of the Steering Committee
Alessandro Curioni – Director IBM Research Zurich
Coffee break and Poster Session
Introduction of Data Science @FTALThe different UAS will present their activities related to Data Science domain.
Panel: Foundation of a FTAL Research Community in Data Science
Friday 19 October
Prof. Dr. Luca Maria Gambardella, Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Best Student Poster AwardFTAL Scientific Committe
Emanuele Carpanzano (chair) – FTAL Committee - SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Olivier Naef - FTAL President – HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Viktor Sigrist - FTAL Committee - HSLU Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Falko Schlottig - FTAL Committee - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Dominique Brodbeck - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Marcel Burkhard - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
André Csillaghy - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Roger Filliger - BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences
Luca Gambardella (chair) - SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Geiger Melanie - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Martin Melchior - FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Elena Mugellini - HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Andres Perez-Uribe - HEIG-VD School of Management and Engineering Vaud
Philippe Passeraub - HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Michael Schreiner - NTB The Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology Buchs
Philipp Schütz - HSLU Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Thilo Stadelmann - ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Andrea Degiorgi (Head) – SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Matteo Cremaschi (Communication) – SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Christine Menghini (FTAL office) – FTAL Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences
The Conference took place at the Lugano Convention Center (Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano) from 18 to19 October 2018.
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