North West delegation are Boston-bound to showcase entrepreneurship and innovation

first_imgCompanies showcasing the North West region’s creative, life science, agri/food and advance manufacturing and engineering industries are travelling to Boston Massachusetts later this year as part of a joint collaboration between Councils in Donegal and Derry/Strabane.The trip is part of the region’s strategy to promote inward investment and provide local businesses access to potential export opportunity.The trip is being organised to showcase the region’s entrepreneurship and innovation and provide the companies with an opportunity to tap into the US market. Among the companies from Donegal that are travelling as part of the delegation are Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta; Algaran Teoranta; O’Donnell’s Bakery; Silver Birch Gallery; Meastoiri Domhanda Teo; Eilis Galbraith and DS Environmental Services Ltd.While AE Global (formerly Allpipe Engineering); The Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC); ActionSense Ltd; Makematic; NeuroConcise; O’Neill’s Irish International Sports Co Ltd; Troll Inc; and Type 40 Creative, from the Derry / Strabane Council area will also be taking part.The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle says the visit is part of the ongoing work being done to build on current links aimed at leading to real and long-term business and cultural links.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh speaking ahead of the visit says it presents businesses with a unique opportunity to tap into the US market and showcase their businesses to a new audience. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council says the strong collaborative working relationship between the two Councils has been very successful to date in advancing the North West of Ireland as a region for business and economic growth, physical and environment development and community, social cohesion and wellbeing.John Kelpie, Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council says that while the trip is very trade and investment focused, there will be a strong emphasis on education and further developing the strong cultural and economic linkages between the North West region and Massachusetts. Accompanying Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council will be representatives from Udaras na nGaeltachta, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, the Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the Nerve Centre, and the North West Regional College.The visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US.Seamus Neely added: “The North West is ranked in the top 10 economies in the world for ease of doing business and starting a business, and has a strong and diverse SME base that reflects the spirit of entrepreneurship and we are looking forward to reinforcing that message to the US and showcasing our local businesses.” John Kelpie says: “We can offer companies, with expansion plans the opportunity to trade within both the EU and UK regulatory environments. We can support this expansion through superfast broadband connectivity, a highly educated skills base and a competitive corporation tax base.”The trade delegation will travel to the US in mid-November.The following are the companies traveling to Boston as part of the trip.Donegal County Council Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta designs and sells Internet of Things (IOT) solutions. IOT is the new buzz word for a diverse area set for strong growth. Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta has a developed core IOT technology which is simple to use and priced to give customers their ROI.Algaran Teoranta manufactures a whole range of edible Seaweed, Seaweed Foods and Seaweed Cosmetics, all Certified Organic by Organic Trust Ltd, Licence 778 and is based in Malinmore, Glencolmcille.O’Donnell’s Bakery has been in the baking business since 1969 and operates in the retail and catering markets. O’Donnells is a traditional craft bakery with a modern twist, using only the best signature ingredients. The bakery has expanded its operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland and now has 22 employees and 8 vans covering a wide territory across the island of Ireland.Silver Birch Gallery is the home of Donegal Artist, Sharon McDaid, who works primarily in oil and mixed media. Her paintings are inspired by her native Inishowen. These distinctive works capture the immediacy and diversity of the ever changing light and shade of the Donegal Landscape.Meastoiri Domhanda Teo are international framers specialising in multi-family wood framing for large-scale projects and have framed millions of square footage of completed projects.Global Estimators is their pre-construction division specializing in detailed material lists and 3D modelling for large scale construction projects.Eilis Galbraith is a textile designer who specialises in printed textiles, designing and repeating patterns which are digitally printed for use on products including soft home furnishings.DS Environmental Services Ltd offers environmental services such as mobile sludge de-watering, cleaning and decommissioning of hazardous waste, disposal and recycling of waste oils and reservoir cleaning.Derry City and Strabane District CouncilAE Global is a small to medium enterprise operating in the mechanical and electrical contracting and construction business specialising in the fabrication of bespoke piping systems at their manufacturing plant in Derry.O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd is a customised sportswear manufacturer that supplies quality sportswear to over 7000 schools, clubs, universities and professional teams across the world.NeuroCONCISE provides affordable, high quality neurotechnology and related services for movement free diagnostics, communication and control, to address the needs of an estimated 100m people who are severely physically impaired due to disease or injury. The company is a Ulster University spinout and underpinned by two patent, algorithms and knowledge developed over 14 years.Makematic is a fast and simple way for teachers to learn new technology skills. Makematic is a Derry based company that has created short 2-3min video lessons with practical activities that make is simple for teachers to learn digital skills wherever and whenever they want.C-TRIC promotes and facilitates translational and clinical research by streamlining the process of taking developments from the laboratory to the market place. Based at the Altnagelvin hospital site, C-TRIC facilitates partnerships between academic researchers, clinical practitioners.TROLL INC are a Derry based video game studio who develop games for everything from phones, PCs and games consoles. Among the games the company have released include Seagull Swipe, Star Troll, Jellyflug and Graffiti Grinder.TYPE 40 Creative is a creative content studio that specialises in video, motion graphics and animation and have been involved in creating content for the music industry including TV ads, music videos and trailers. Among their clients are bands such as Coldplay and the Prodigy. They also make product videos and infographics for tech companies.ActionSense Ltd produces novel wearable technology to monitor and measure the angle of movement in the fingers to aid the assessment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In addition to the wearable device they design and supply the software to monitor record and interpret the data produced from the device for both users and clinicians.North West delegation are Boston-bound to showcase entrepreneurship and innovation was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bostoncouncildonegallast_img read more

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Geoscientists aim to magnify specialized Web searching

first_imgOver the next 2 years, Wiebe and colleagues will build computer programs that can extract information from AGU conference abstracts, NSF awards, and geoscience data repositories and then digitally connect these resources in ways that make them more accessible to scientists. A pilot project that concluded this year, known as OceanLink, has already developed some of the underlying design. If the new project garners sufficient community interest, the researchers could eventually turn it into a comprehensive one-stop search hub for the geosciences, says computer scientist Tom Narock of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, another principal investigator on the project.Projects like GeoLink are part of a growing effort by the scientific community to make literature reviews more efficient by leveraging the increasing ability of computers to process texts—a much needed service as millions of new papers come out every year. A similar initiative from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle, Washington, is developing an intelligent academic search engine for computer science. Called Semantic Scholar, it is expected to be fully released by the end of 2015. Eventually, the institute plans to expand Semantic Scholar’s coverage to include other subjects, says AI2 Chief Executive Officer Oren Etzioni.Existing academic search engines boast extensive coverage of scientific literature. (Google Scholar alone indexes about 160 million documents by some calculations.) Their reliance on keyword searches, however, often means users get more junk than treasure. That frustrates scientists such as Wiebe, who wants to find papers related to specific research questions such as “growth of plankton in the Red Sea.” Search engines also don’t typically include raw data sets.In contrast, GeoLink and Semantic Scholar attempt to build fine-grained, niche search engines catered to specific subject areas, by tapping into deeper semantic processing that helps computers establish scientifically meaningful connections between publications. When a scientist types in “plankton in the Red Sea,” for example, the search engine would not only understand it as a string of characters that show up on papers, but also know the researchers who investigated the topic, the cruises they took, the instruments they used, and the data sets and papers they published. Google has applied similar techniques to improve its main search engine, but projects like GeoLink benefit from input from scientists with extensive knowledge in the subject area, who identify meaningful links that computer scientists then translate into code.The potential of these projects goes beyond helping scientists find the right papers quickly, says computer scientist C. Lee Giles of Pennsylvania State University, University Park. By extracting information on methods and results from a paper and pooling the data together, search engines like Semantic Scholar could automate the process of literature review and comparison.For example, Etzioni says, it would take a talented computer science graduate student weeks of extensive reading to gain an overview of techniques used in the last 5 years to perform dependent parsing (a task in natural language processing), the data sets produced, and the accuracy rates. And they’d probably miss a few things. In contrast, Semantic Scholar could potentially compile the techniques and results into a neat table within seconds. “We are imagining techniques that go way beyond just paper recommendation, to the point where we are really generating novel insights.”Such instant overview would especially benefit junior scientists and interdisciplinary scientists who are entering a new field of study, says computer scientist Christina Lioma of the University of Copenhagen. It would also enable scientists to identify emerging trends in a field and adjust their directions accordingly, Giles says.Realizing the technology’s potential, however, partially depends on having publicly accessible, text-minable literature for computers to read. Although governments are increasingly pushing for such open access, allowing machines to mine the full texts of papers held behind journal paywalls remains a contentious issue. For now, the GeoLink project will mine only publicly available abstracts of studies. (Semantic Scholar receives its papers from CiteSeerx, a digital library co-founded by Giles that covers 4 million open-access computer science papers.)Computer scientists still have a lot of work to do to improve the accuracy of text processing, Giles says. For example, machines still trip up over tasks like identifying that “P. Wiebe” and “Peter Wiebe” refer to the same person.Nonetheless, Giles believes that the semantic Web approach “is the Web of the future.” When oceanographer Peter Wiebe sat down recently to write a paper on findings from his January cruise to the Red Sea, he wanted to examine all data sets on plankton in the region. He knew other researchers have been sampling the organisms for years, but there was a problem: He didn’t know where to find those data sets.“These data centers are kind of black holes,” says Wiebe, who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. “The data go in, but it’s very hard to figure out what’s in there and to get it out.”That could soon change. Wiebe is working with a group of computer scientists to lay the groundwork for a smarter academic search engine that would help geoscientists find the exact data sets and publications they want in the blink of an eye, instead of spending hours scrolling through pages of irrelevant results on Google Scholar. The group officially kicked off their project, called GeoLink, yesterday at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco, California. 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