Impressions from the Networking Friday 2018

February 16th 2018
Best Overall Concept: Herbst Kinsky Voucher worth 5,000€ & participation in the IECT Summer School  (1500€)  
Winner: MultiSphere
 

The organ-on-a-chip technology was described by the World Economic Forum in 2016 as one of Top 10 "emerging technologies". To meet the growing need to improve the predictive power of toxicological, pharmaceutical and preclinical studies, the MultiSphere project builds on the advancement of a novel organ-on-a-chip technology that establishes, cultivates and supports a wide variety of multicellular spheroids (3D cell aggregates). The MultiSphere project thus closes an important technological gap, enabling rapid and easy production of spheroids of defined cell types. With the help of our biochip, each cell type (primary, cancer or stem cell) can now be established, treated and analyzed as a high-throughput in vitro human organ model. Since the present spheroid biochip technology is compatible with standard cell biology measurement techniques (e.g., microscopy, spectroscopy, etc.), the MultiSphere platform enables cost-effective and time-saving monitoring of 3D cell cultures in a standardized and reproducible manner.

Commercial Viability Award: Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia  
Winner: Artificial Researcher
 

The Artificial Researcher automatically retrieves the publications based upon the user request, and narrow down to the specific text segments that are defined by the users' information needs. AR-Science also provides users with the background research in terms of argumentative zoning, and comparative documentation summarisation, and thereby reduce the time spent on searching and reviewing related work. By providing the users with a unified platform, which supports the complete research activity, we reduce the time-consumption for each user concerning search and reviewing scientific publications. At the same time, we provide libraries and other information providers with essential information for future support of research activities and a purchase strategy for obtaining scientific literature.

i²c Award: i²c scholarship worth 5000€ incl. Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace and incubation in the TUW i²ncubator  
Winner: Turbulence Solutions
 

We develop innovative concepts for aircrafts to counteract effects of in-flight turbulence. By means of a new approach for flight control, which makes use of highly dynamic wing deformation, adverse acceleration effects are drastically reduced. Turbulence prediction, which combines sensor and turbulence modell data, further enhances the flight control allowing for proactive countermeasures. The overall solution is targeted to provide independence of current weather conditions. This improves availability, predictability, and reliability for flight operators - from UAV to airliner - as well as passengers and costumers.

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Innovation Award (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)  
Winners: Simple-AI
 

At Simple-AI we develop new machine learning technologies for real-life applications such as smart predictive maintenance platforms for industrial robots as well as brains for self-driving cars.
We create smart and energy efficient agents to automatically monitor the health-status of industrial machineries to prevent catastrophic break downs. Our platform collects rich unsupervised features form sensory data fully autonomous. Its performance is superior over many other state-of-the-art approaches for the health monitoring and prognostic of machine bearings.

Startup300 Award (Factory 300 Membership worth 1,440€)   
Winner: Simple-AI
 

At Simple-AI we develop new machine learning technologies for real-life applications such as smart predictive maintenance platforms for industrial robots as well as brains for self-driving cars.
We create smart and energy efficient agents to automatically monitor the health-status of industrial machineries to prevent catastrophic break downs. Our platform collects rich unsupervised features form sensory data fully autonomous. Its performance is superior over many other state-of-the-art approaches for the health monitoring and prognostic of machine bearings.

>Public Prize (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)   
Winner: Block Ninjas
 

The blockchain technology, especially Bitcoin (BTC) has received much attention during the past 2 years. Up to now in most of this research machine learning has been excluded. But particular attention should be paid to analyzing the blockchain with neural networks (NN), i.e. Recurrent NN (RNN) or Convolutional NN (ConvNet). The reason for this is that RNNs provide the ability for processing sequences and Bitcoin transactions are fully linked where money is transferred. This is one of the base cases in analyzing the blockchain.

                  

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