IBM Business Connect in Copenhagen focused on Cognitive Computing

posted Oct 28, 2016, 12:36 AM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 12:56 AM ]
Yesterday Safepark attended IBM Business Connect 2016 (#IBMBCDK) at the Tivoli Hotel &Congress Center in Copenhagen. We there partly due to Niels Jensen's involvemen with Lyle the Patient Support Group for Lymphoma, Leukemia and MDS in Copenhagen and partly due to our involvement with a intelligent operator support system being developed in collaboration between a research group at DTU and a Norwegian company involved in off-shore platform control system development. It turned out to be well worth our time.

Earllier this year IBM's CEO announced at the World Health Care Congress a partnership between IBM and American Cancer Society to provide personalized support for cancer patients and their relatives using the capabilities of IBM Watson (read the announcement here.). We would dearly want Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Danish Cancer Society) enter into a similar collaboration with IBM Denmark. Unfortunately this requries Watson to speak Danish, and this is currently not one of IBM Watson's capabilities. However, thanks to GapGemini in Norway we know know, that it took about 4 months for IBM Watson to learn Norwegian, and if the recently announced IBM Innovation Center in Copenhagen is to be a success, then IBM Watson must speak the local language - I think. Well, that was a sidestep.

Already the opening keynote feature two presentations from IBM customers in Denmark, who are already using the cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson in the businesses. The first were Novo Nordisk who in the new world of IoTT have to cope with data not from 1000 or 2000 patients involved in a clinical trial, but in near future with data from millions of connected diabetic patients. These data most be handled securely, and the data most be turned into insight to help the patients. The second were ISS, who wont to use IoTT to provide facility management for building. As an introductory case and - I guess - a demonstration windows the company's headquarters in Copenhagen have been transformed using IoTT. As an example can the cafeteria manager in real time monitor how many clean plates are left, and a reservation of a meeting room in which no movement is detected can automatically be chancelled a certain time after the meeting should have started.

Following the keynote there were two times two parallel sessions. One was about product development, when data are the new co-worker. In this session a CBS professor talked about their involvement with the Roskilde Festival and how they used data from mobile phones to plan logistics of everyting, from when to be ready to serve 2000 pork sandwiches an hour to when to empty toilet containers. In the same session another company explained how they used wheather data to close sewer lines during major rainstorms to avoid sewer water in basements. This technology was originally developed for single family phones, but are now being adapted to apartment buildings. Other sessions during this part of the day focussed on cognitive technology as a catalysator, 2. generation digitalisation and technology & innovation.

The afternoon featured 2 tracks of up to nine parallel sessions. One was cognitive business of which a large part was health care. Here we learned about a recent partnership between IBM and Tekes in Finland to apply the IBM Watson technology to completely change health care in that country over the next few years. We asked if IBM Watson had been used to evaluate medical images, such as X-ray scans, CT-scans and MRI-scans, and got a rather weak answer. After the session we learned from another IBM co-worker, that IBM Watson is being trained to evaluate X-ray scan, which are simpler than the other types of medical images. We also attended a session hosted by BP3 Global on Smarter Process in which they cleverly had create a complaint handling system with the aid of IBM Watson in order to get us started thinking about the ethical issues and legal issues in employing cognitive technology.

The afternoon ended by a talk by Cyborg Neil Harbisson, who has an antenna connected to his brain. The implant convert colors to frequencies of different sounds.The technology actually allows him to perceive both infrared and ultraviolet areas of the spectrum.The day was wrapped up by wrap-upper Per Vers with a ten minute tour de force of what we had experienced during the day.