Fachkonferenz Technik, Architektur und Life Sciences (FTAL)

Industrial Applied Data Science

About

    October 18 and 19, 2018,  Lugano Convention Center

    Hosted by SUPSI
    University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
    Department of Innovative Technologies

    Topics

    • Industry, Production and Logistics
    • Energy and Environment
    • Life Science and Healthcare 

    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, organises a scientific conference on applied research activities of their member schools in this field. The first joint research event will focus on industrial applied research outcomes in this highly topical subject, especially in view of the enhanced offer in the following joint Master programs: Since autumn 2017 the MSc Life Sciences offers the new option “Applied Computational Life Sciences“ and starting in autumn 2018 the MSc Engineering will propose the new option “Data Science”.

    The research event is designed for Master students, scientists and professors as well as industrial partners.
    The goal of FTAL2018 is to show UAS’s research and applied activities in Data Science, is to increase knowledge transfer within the FTAL «Research Community» and to act as a networking event between researchers, MSE / MLS students, industrial and international institutions.

    Participating Universities of Applied Sciences
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    Keynote Speakers

    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.

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    Tentative Program

    • Two international plenary speakers from ICT and Life Science
    • Poster section and oral paper presentations
    • Best Poster Award: The best poster will be voted on by the conference participants.
    • DataScience@UAS Section and a panel about foundation of a FTAL research community in Data Science

    First Day, 18 October

    Time Description
    11.30-13.00 Registration

    13.00-14.00
     
     
    Plenary session, Alessandro Curioni – Director IBM Research Zurich
    "Making the Impossible Possible with AI"
    14.00-15.00 Data Science @FTAL
    Presentation of 3 UAS (3x 15 min+ 5 min questions)
    15.00-16.30 Poster sessions and coffee break on:
    • Industry, production and logistics
    • Energy and environment
    • Life science and healthcare
    • Finance, ecommerce and block-chain
    16.30-18.00 Data Science @FTAL
    Presentation of 4 UAS (4x 15 min+ 5 min questions)
    18.00-18.30 Panel: Foundation of a FTAL Research Community in Data Science
    18.30-20.00 Aperitif, networking and posters

    Second Day, 19 October

    Time Description
    9.00-10.00

    Plenary session, Christian Lovis -  Professor and chairman Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
    "Big Data in Health: Hopes and Challenges"

     
    10.00-10.30 Coffee break
    10.30-12.30 Parallel Applied Projects presentations on:
    • Industry, production and logistics
    • Energy and environment
    • Life science and healthcare
    • Finance, ecommerce and block-chain
    12.30 Best student Poster Award and closure
    12.35 Networking lunch

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    Registration

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    Registration for the FTAL Conference 2018 includes the aperitif, coffee breaks and a lunch.

    Fees
     

      Early-bird (by 31 July)            Late
    Student CHF 150 CHF 180
    Non-student        CHF 250 CHF 280

    Registration fees: payment by bank transfer upon paper invoice.
     

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    Organisation

    Steering 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
     


    Scientific Committee

    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
     
     
    Organizing Committee

    Andrea Degiorgi -  SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
    Christine Menghini – FTAL Association of Swiss Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences
    Giorgia Mosimann – SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
     
     

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    Venue

    The Conference will take place at the Lugano Convention Center (Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano), from the 18th of October 2018 to the 19th of Obtober 2018.

    By train
    You can check the train schedule and make the booking at www.sbb.ch. Lugano has direct train connections departing from:
    Zurich HB: Very frequent, travel time approximately 2 hours.
    Luzern: Travel time approximately 2 hours.
    Basel SBB: Travel time less than 3,5 hours.

    By car
    Coming from Zurich: You can take the A2 motorway in the direction of San Gottardo-Chiasso-Italy. Advised exit: Lugano Nord.
     

    Accomodation

    Lugano is a small, liveable city that offers all necessary services in a restricted space. The majority of hotels available to participants are situated within a range of 2 km from the conference centre. Many structures are walking distance from the Congress Centre (Palazzo dei Congressi).
    You will find some hotels near Lugano center and Lugano train station designated/suggested for the conference participants.
    In order to book one of these hotels, please contact (by phone or e-mail) Amiconi consulting, at the following e-mail address:
    info@amiconiconsulting.ch
    Please note that the hotel reservation has to be arranged directly by the participant and that the price of accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

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    Contact

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    Different sponsorship possibilities as presented in the following document or upon request.
     

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