Top Healthcare Innovators Share AI Developments at GTC

Healthcare is under the microscope this year like never before. Hospitals are being asked to do more with less, and researchers are working around the clock to answer pressing questions. NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference brings everything you need to know about the future of AI and HPC in healthcare together in one place. Innovators across Read article >

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Top Healthcare Innovators Share AI Developments at GTC

Healthcare is under the microscope this year like never before. Hospitals are being asked to do more with less, and researchers are working around the clock to answer pressing questions.

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference brings everything you need to know about the future of AI and HPC in healthcare together in one place.

Innovators across healthcare will come together at the event to share how they are using AI and GPUs to supercharge their medical devices and biomedical research.

Scores of on-demand talks and hands-on training sessions will focus on AI in medical imaging, genomics, drug discovery, medical instruments and smart hospitals.

And advancements powered by GPU acceleration in fields such as imaging, genomics and drug discovery, which are playing a vital role in COVID-19 research, will take center stage at the conference.

There are over 120 healthcare sessions taking place at GTC, which will feature amazing demos, hands-on training, breakthrough research and more from October 5-9.

Turning Months into Minutes for Drug Discovery

AI and HPC are improving speed, accuracy and scalability for drug discovery. Companies and researchers are turning to AI to enhance current methods in the field. Molecular simulation like docking, free energy pertubation (FEP) and molecular dynamics requires a huge amount of computing power. At every phase of drug discovery, researchers are incorporating AI methods to accelerate the process.

Here are some drug discovery sessions you won’t want to miss:

Architecting the Next Generation of Hospitals

AI can greatly improve hospital efficiency and prevent costs from ballooning. Autonomous robots can help with surgeries, deliver blankets to patients’ rooms and perform automatic check-ins. AI systems can search patient records, monitor blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels, flag thoracic radiology images that show pneumonia, take patient temperatures and notify staff immediately of changes.

Here are some sessions on smart hospitals you won’t want to miss:

Training AI for Medical Imaging

AI models are being developed at a rapid pace to optimize medical imaging analysis for both radiology and pathology. Get exposure to cutting-edge use cases for AI in medical imaging and how developers can use the NVIDIA Clara Imaging application framework to deploy their own AI applications.

Building robust AI requires massive amounts of data. In the past, hospitals and medical institutions have struggled to share and combine their local knowledge without compromising patient privacy, but federated learning is making this possible. The learning paradigm enables different clients to securely collaborate, train and contribute to a global model. Register for this session to learn more about federated learning and its use on AI COVID-19 model development from a panel of experts.

Must-see medical imaging sessions include:

Accelerating Genomic Analysis

Genomic data is foundational in making precision medicine a reality. As next-generation sequencing becomes more routine, large genomic datasets are becoming more prevalent. Transforming the sequencing data into genetic information is just the first step in a complicated, data-intensive workflow. With high performance computing, genomic analysis is being streamlined and accelerated to enable novel discoveries about the human genome.

Genomic sessions you won’t want to miss include:

The Best of MICCAI at GTC

This year’s GTC is also bringing to attendees the best of MICCAI, a conference focused on cutting-edge deep learning medical imaging research. Developers will have the opportunity to dive into the papers presented, connect with the researchers at a variety of networking opportunities, and watch on-demand trainings from the first ever MONAI Bootcamp hosted at MICCAI.

Game-Changing Healthcare Startups

Over 70 healthcare AI startups from the NVIDIA Inception program will showcase their latest breakthroughs at GTC. Get inspired by the AI- and HPC-powered technologies these startups are developing for personalized medicine and next-generation clinics.

Here are some Inception member-led talks not to miss:

Make New Connections, Share Ideas

GTC will have new ways to connect with fellow attendees who are blazing the trail for healthcare and biomedical innovation. Join a Dinner with Strangers conversation to network with peers on topics spanning drug discovery, medical imaging, genomics and intelligent instrument development. Or, book a Braindate to have a knowledge-sharing conversation on a topic of your choice with a small group or one-on-one.

Learn more about networking opportunities at GTC.

Brilliant Minds Never Turn Off

GTC will showcase the hard work and groundbreaking discoveries of developers, researchers, engineers, business leaders and technologists from around the world. Nowhere else can you access five days of continuous programming with regionally tailored content. This international event will unveil the future of healthcare technology, all in one place.

Check out the full healthcare session lineup at GTC, including talks from over 80 startups using AI to transform healthcare, and register for the event today.

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Intel Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020 – Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share ($1.32 per share on an annual basis) on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on Dec. 1, 2020, to stockholders of record on Nov. 7, 2020.

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Intel’s Biggest Water Facility Hits a Milestone: 1 Billion Gallons Recycled

Picture Niagara Falls, one of the great waterfalls on Earth. Now keep your eyes on that thundering cascade for a full 26 minutes. That amount of water — 1 billion gallons — is the basis of a new Intel milestone. The new water recycling plant at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, recently surpassed the billion-gallon mark, underscoring the company’s global efforts to reuse the water it needs for advanced computer chip manufacturing. Once recycled, the water goes into scrubbers, cooling towers and other equipment, creating a huge loop of reclaim and reuse.

The Oregon facility is a low-slung but highly complex 12-acre network of piping (15 miles’ worth), electrical conduit (102 miles’ worth) and settling tanks (the largest is bigger than three Olympic-size swimming pools). To ensure it runs efficiently, the company built the plant to produce a firehose of information — its 24/7 operation is monitored by nearly 40,000 real-time data sensors. Intel’s Hillsboro water recycling plant is the company’s largest in the world now operating — the only other one of comparable size is in Ocotillo, Arizona, which is still in its startup phase.

Intel’s billion-gallon milestone in Oregon precedes events focused on the climate currently underway at the U.N. General Assembly. The U.N. reports that water – its availability or scarcity – “is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change.”

“Organizations small and large must come together and implement innovative ways to conserve water, one of our most precious resources,” says Suzanne Fallender, Intel’s director of Corporate Responsibility. “Individual action to tackle the world’s biggest challenges, like climate change, isn’t enough.”

Intel’s global commitment to wise water use — through a combination of reuse and recycling, conservation and community-based restoration — is a key element of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals. The company has committed to “be a global leader in sustainability and enable our customers and other to reduce their environmental impact through our actions and technology.”

Over the past decade, Intel beat its previous goal to reduce its 2020 water use to below 2010 levels. Over that 10-year timeframe, the company’s global water conservation and related efforts saved an estimated 44 billion gallons of water. That figure dwarfs even the recent Oregon plant milestone and translates to a savings of 19 hours of water pouring over Niagara Falls.

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“Insanely Fast,” “Biggest Generational Leap” “New High-End Gaming Champion”: Reviewers Rave for GeForce RTX 3080

Reviewers have just finished testing NVIDIA’s new flagship GPU — the NVIDIA RTX 3080 — and the raves are rolling in. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang promised “a giant step into the future,” when he revealed NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs on Sept. 1. The NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, introduced in May, has already stormed Read article >

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“Insanely Fast,” “Biggest Generational Leap” “New High-End Gaming Champion”: Reviewers Rave for GeForce RTX 3080

Reviewers have just finished testing NVIDIA’s new flagship GPU — the NVIDIA RTX 3080 — and the raves are rolling in.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang promised “a giant step into the future,” when he revealed NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs on Sept. 1.

The NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, introduced in May, has already stormed through supercomputing and hyperscale data centers.

But no one knew for sure what the new architecture would be capable of when unleashed on gaming.

Now they do:

The GeForce RTX 30 Series, NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX GPUs, deliver up to 2x the performance and up to 1.9x the power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs.

This leap in performance will deliver incredible performance in upcoming games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Watch Dogs: Legion, currently bundled with select GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards at participating retailers.

In addition to the trio of new GPUs — the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the “ferocious” GeForce RTX 3090 — gamers get a slate of new tools.

They include NVIDIA Reflex — which makes competitive gamers quicker; NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima — for those using real-time computer graphics engines to create movies; and NVIDIA Broadcast — which harnesses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers.

And new 2nd Gen Ray Tracing Cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores make ray-traced and DLSS-accelerated experiences even faster.

GeForce RTX 3080 will be out from NVIDIA and our partners Sept. 17.

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Intel Foundation in ‘Million Girls Moonshot’ for STEM Diversity

Intel Million Girls Moosnhot

What’s New: The Intel Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund (legacy organization of the Robert N. Noyce Foundation), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation are joining forces to launch the Million Girls Moonshot movement. Together with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s after-school networks, Million Girls Moonshot aims to transform engineering and computer science learning opportunities for girls and their families.

“Girls are the future innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs. They have the potential to change the world. The Million Girls Moonshot will provide opportunities to ignite a lifelong passion for STEM. By investing in girls, we empower them to become the innovators our society needs, and we’re proud to be a leader in this movement.”
–Pia Wilson-Body, president, Intel Foundation

Why It Matters: For more than two decades, the percentage of women receiving undergraduate degrees in engineering has remained relatively flat, between 18% and 21%, and declined in computer science from 28% to 19%. Million Girls Moonshot is a transformative nationwide movement that will help spark the next generation of scientists, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. Over the next five years, the movement aims to close the gender gap by inspiring girls to dream big and pursue engineering and computer science careers.

How It Works: Organizations partnering with Million Girls Moonshot will strive to reach 1 million girls through:

  • Engaging, equity-focused STEM programs and mentorships that create pathways to inspire and support girls pursuing STEM in high school and beyond.
  • Grant funding and in-kind resources through the Mott Foundation’s robust network of after-school and out-of-school programs across the U.S. to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences. Resources include technical assistance, educational resources, special curriculum from NASA, and access to Intel’s She Will Connect program partners and employee volunteers.
  • A scalable and collective impact approach designed to reach girls living in underserved communities who can benefit the most from this movement and build on existing community strengths. Million Girls Moonshot will scale Intel Foundation’s efforts and leverage a diverse group of cross-sector funding and program partners to deepen its impact.

More Context: Read the full release on the Million Girls Moonshot website.

Intel Girls in Stem infographic

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More Space, Less Jam: Transportation Agency Uses NVIDIA DRIVE for Federal Highway Pilot

It could be just a fender bender or an unforeseen rain shower, but a few seconds of disruption can translate to extra minutes or even hours of mind-numbing highway traffic. But how much of this congestion could be avoided with AI at the wheel? That’s what the Contra Costa Transportation Authority is working to determine Read article >

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More Space, Less Jam: Transportation Agency Uses NVIDIA DRIVE for Federal Highway Pilot

It could be just a fender bender or an unforeseen rain shower, but a few seconds of disruption can translate to extra minutes or even hours of mind-numbing highway traffic.

But how much of this congestion could be avoided with AI at the wheel?

That’s what the Contra Costa Transportation Authority is working to determine in one of three federally funded automated driving system pilots in the next few years. Using vehicles retrofitted with the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus platform, the agency will estimate just how much intelligent transportation can improve the efficiency of everyday commutes.

“As the population grows, there are more demands on roadways and continuing to widen them is just not sustainable,” said Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the CCTA. “We need to find better ways to move people, and autonomous vehicle technology is one way to do that.”

The CCTA was one of eight awardees – and the only local agency – of the Automated Driving System Demonstration Grants Program from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which aims to test the safe integration of self-driving cars into U.S. roads.

The Bay Area agency is using the funds for the highway pilot, as well as two other projects to develop robotaxis equipped with self-docking wheelchair technology and test autonomous shuttles for a local retirement community.

A More Intelligent Interstate

From the 101 to the 405, California is known for its constantly congested highways. In Contra Costa, Interstate 680 is one of those high-traffic corridors, funneling many of the area’s 120,000 daily commuters. This pilot will explore how the Highway Capacity Manual – which sets assumptions for modeling freeway capacity – can be updated to incorporate future automated vehicle technology.

Iwasaki estimates that half of California’s congestion is recurrent, meaning demand for roadways is higher than supply.  The other half is non-recurrent and can be attributed to things like weather events, special events — such as concerts or parades — and accidents. By eliminating human driver error, which has been estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be the cause of 94 percent of traffic accidents, the system becomes more efficient and reliable.

Autonomous vehicles don’t get distracted or drowsy, which are two of the biggest causes of human error while driving. They also use redundant and diverse sensors as well as high-definition maps to detect and plan the road ahead much farther than a human driver can.

These attributes make it easier to maintain constant speeds as well as space for vehicles to merge in and out of traffic for a smoother daily commute.

Driving Confidence

The CCTA will be using a fleet of autonomous test vehicles retrofitted with sensors and NVIDIA DRIVE AGX to gauge how much this technology can improve highway capacity.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus AI compute platform uses the power of two Xavier systems-on-a-chip and two NVIDIA Turing architecture GPUs to achieve an unprecedented 320 trillion operations per second of supercomputing performance. The platform is designed and built for Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous systems, including robotaxis.

NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus

Iwasaki said the agency tapped NVIDIA for this pilot because the company’s vision matches its own: to solve real problems that haven’t been solved before, using proactive safety measures every step of the way.

With half of adult drivers reporting they’re fearful of self-driving technology, this approach to autonomous vehicles is critical to gaining public acceptance, he said.

“We need to get the word out that this technology is safer and let them know who’s behind making sure it’s safer,” Iwasaki said.

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AI From the Sky: Stealth Entrepreneur’s Drone Platform Sees into Mines

Christian Sanz isn’t above trying disguises to sneak into places. He once put on a hard hat, vest and steel-toed boots to get onto the construction site of the San Francisco 49ers football stadium to explore applications for his drone startup. That bold move scored his first deal. For the entrepreneur who popularized drones in Read article >

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