New date for China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

As was already announced in this news section, GraphicsMedia.net's newest member, CGAII (www.cgaii.com), planned to host its annual China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference on September 16 in Zhuhai, China. However, precisely during the conference date, a major typhoon, Mangkhut (a class 5 typhoon), crossed Zhuhai and the region, including Hong Kong and Macau. Hence, although with a heavy heart, the organizers decided to postpone the conference but the safety of the conference attendees (approx. 1.000 registered) was paramount.

The new date for the conference is now established; it will be held on November 15 and 16 this year. More information about the event at conference.cgaii.com.
 
As Jürgen Bund, GraphicsMedia.net's Managing Director, and Dr. Walter Olthoff, DFKI's CFO, had already travelled to Zhuhai, several bilateral meetings that were already scheduled in the context of the conference, could still be held anyway.
 
So, on September 14, a business lunch took place at Zhuhai Hi-tech Zone, an infrastructure dedicated to the provision of office and lab space for Chinese start-ups and tech companies, where CGAII is also located. Mr. Haobo Yan, Secretary of the Party Committee of the High-tech Zone, Mr. Hu Su, its Director, and several other representatives participated, along with Prof. Yan Cui, CGAII's President, and Mrs. Kuan Zheng, its Managing Director. During the lunch, an overview of the progress of the cooperation between CGAII, DFKI and GraphicsMedia.net was presented.

 
On the next day, Saturday, another meeting was held, at Wuyi University, in the city of Jiangmen. The CGAII delegation and Jürgen Bund were received by Prof. Zhang Kun, Secretary of the Party Committee of Wuyi University, Prof. Zhang Yunhua, the university's President, and Prof. Li Ting, its Vice-President. The meeting was very informal and pleasant; among others, Jürgen Bund was introduced in the Chinese way of preparing tea. Again, the cooperation between CGAII and its European partners was the focus of the meeting, along with a short presentation of Wuyi University, its technical background, strength, mission and faculties.

 

Jürgen Bund's visit to CGAII was rounded up with a demo tour through the insitute which was quite impressive, having into account the relatively short time in which CGAII is active. Yan Cui also explained CGAII's business strategy in which 4dage (www.4dage.com), a commercial start-up, plays a pivotal role. Both also used the time to discuss in detail a series of possible new cooperation models and specific projects between CGAII/4dage, GraphicsMedia.net and its European members.
 
Overall, Jürgen Bund was quite impressed with the density and quality of the infra-structure for tech companies in Zhuhai and Jiangmen, two epicenters in the Guangdong province, China's version of "Silicon Valley", which is strategically well chosen, being in very close proximity of Hong Kong.

GraphicsMedia.net workshop in Berlin, Germany

On September 3 and 4, GraphicsMedia.net held its annual workshop, this time at the premises of its member Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in Berlin. 19 junior and senior researchers and other high-ranking officials from all GraphicsMedia.net members except Mivtech participated in the event.

Like in the previous year's edition, the workshop was splitted into 3 blocks. In a preparatory session on the morning of day 1, the participating researchers presented their ongoing research activities and projects. After that they were briefed by GraphicsMedia.net's Managing Director, Jürgen Bund, on upcoming and open H2020 calls for proposals as well as other funding opportunities that match the network members' profile. Last but not least, Prof. Jürgen Döllner from Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) in Potsdam talked about his experience with the first series of GraphicsMedia.net Research Retreats, specifically with regard to "PhD acceleration".

During the afternoon the researchers were split into 2 working groups, in order to discuss and develop joint project proposal ideas and initiatives that would match one or more of the calls that were presented in the moring. The day terminated with tapas and some beer and wine at a very nice Spanish restaurant.

On the morning of day 2 both groups presented their ideas in the plenary session. In total, 10 project initiatives for H2020 projects had been developed, plus a series of smaller projects for non-H2020 funding programmes. This represents a significant increase over the results of last years' workshop in which 6 project ideas had been produced, and reflects the satisfaction and motivation of the participating researchers to make use of the excellence that is available in the network.

It was also decided to realize the 2019 edition of the workshop already in May, and to, optionally, invite representatives from selected external entities. Furthermore, another GraphicsMedia.net Research Retreat with a different shape was decided: a seminar in which the participants will present their ongoing R&D, grouped around a specific topic to be identified. The results will then be compiled and published as GraphicsMedia.net Proceedings.

 

GraphicsMedia.net participants in HHI's showroom

Toward more effective dose control in electronic brachytherapy

A dosimetric reference was developed to more effectively control doses administered to breast cancer patients receiving electronic brachytherapy treatment.

The use of intraoperative electronic brachytherapy to treat breast cancer is on the rise. The treatment presents a number of benefits, especially in terms of patient comfort and cost. The INTRABEAM® system by Zeiss is the only system used in France, where it is available in around a dozen hospitals.

The system uses low-energy X-rays generated by miniature tubes whose ends are fitted with sphere-shaped applicators sized to fit the surgical cavity left after the tumor is removed. The device delivers targeted, localized radiation.

On the recommendation of the French National Authority for Health, LNHB, France's national metrology laboratory for ionizing radiation and a laboratory of GraphicsMedia.net member CEA-LIST, established a dosimetric reference for the INTRABEAM® system independent of the reference provided by the manufacturer. The researchers used a conventional X-ray generator to reproduce the beam emitted by the system's source associated with a sphere-shaped applicator. The dose delivered by the beam was measured, and it can now be used to calibrate detectors, in turn enabling hospital staff to calibrate the source used in treatment.

The reference established must now be compared with the reference of another metrology lab for validation. This new method for controlling the dose administered to patients could then be used for other existing intraoperative radiotherapy systems (Xoft Axxent System, Esteya, SRT-100 TM, Papillon, etc.).

3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference (CGAIC)

CGAIC will bring together the best of AI industry in Zhuhai

The 3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference (CGAIC) is about to take place on 15-17 September 2018 in Zhuhai, China. The conference will bring together German and Chinese representatives from industry, academia, media, public authorities as well as investors to explore and discuss opportunities and challenges related to smart robots, big data, machine vision and smart manufacturing. At the conference, many valuable tech start-ups will present their brands, get media coverage and the opportunity to attract investment. Furthermore, the conference will be covered by 250 newspapers, magazines, radios, TV programs and websites across the world.

An important objective of this conference is to offer networking opportunities and foster debate among the participants. It is an annual event jointly hosted by 4DAGE Technology and China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Institute (CGAII), GraphicsMedia.net's newest member, under the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy of Germany and the Zhuhai government. Looking back on last two years, the first and second CGAIC have received very positive response, with more than 1.000 attendees. The upcoming 3rd CGAIC is expected to join even more attendees, serving as a leading platform for entrepreneurs and researchers from China, Germany and other western countries to join forces and push the limits of AI even further.

One of the key conference highlights will be the opening plenary session. It will host the signing ceremony for the establishment of the National Association of AI Unicorns and the launch of the White Paper on the Development of AI Industry in China. Attendees will be able to listen to speakers’ economic, political and commercial perspectives on AI. This year the conference will invite dozens of AI unicorns to share their views and introduce their technologies and products.

For more details, please visit conference.cgaii.com.