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Showcasing Innovation at MENSUS Event


The Emerging Technologies team in the UK was invited to join the MENSUS (Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors) Industry Showcase on 11th of Oct 2016. This initiative is centred at the University of Southampton, which aims to become an international centre of excellence within 5 years [1].

The event covered 5 key themes, system characterisation, sensors & devices, energy harvesting, big data & analytics and system integration. The latter 2 fitted IBM and more specifically the Emerging Technologies team’s expertise very well.

Saritha Arunkumar, Paul Stone and I attended the event and showcased some of our key innovative technologies and assets to academics and other industries. We focused on the following 3 technologies:

  • Gaian database – a distributed federated database with minimised management [2],
  • Wimbledon Social Command Centre – a showcase of the command centre that we developed for Wimbledon journalists [3],
  • Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) – which enables computation directly on encrypted data [4].

image2We chose the above as they perform a role in analytics and big data – from accessing data in various formats, by leveraging GaianDB, to analysing data and securely performing computation on them.

image1We engaged with the academics and other attendees throughout the day and made some very good contacts. In particular, we discussed possibilities of using FHE in studies of genomes. We were also invited by another industry to showcase our technologies at their innovation event. The university of Southampton was very pleased with our contribution and we have been invited to another event since.

At ETS, we appreciate the opportunity of presenting our innovative technologies to others. We find the knowledge exchange and open collaboration inspiring and supportive of innovation.
[1] http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mensus/news/events/2016/10/11-mensus-industry-showcase.page

[2] https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=f6ce657b-f385-43b2-8350-458e6e4a344f

[3] https://ets.mybluemix.net/catalogue/demos/2016-WimbledonSocialMediaCommandCentre

[4] https://ets.mybluemix.net/catalogue/demos/fhe

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