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FICO Appoints Louise Lunn to Lead Global Analytics Delivery


As head of EMEA analytics, Lunn has led the team responsible for delivering analytics projects to customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and for bringing advances in analytics technology to customer projects. In her new role, she will oversee regional delivery teams in EMEA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and North America, as well as the company's Global Analytic Delivery Center based in Bangalore, India, applying the latest breakthroughs in analytics to solve specific customers' challenges. "FICO has been a global leader in analytics for more than 60 years, ever since it brought the first credit scoring systems to market," said Louise Lunn, vice president of Global Analytics Delivery. "The explosion in data and the increasing use of AI and machine learning have brought the power of FICO analytics to more businesses worldwide, in every industry. I'm proud to be on the front lines of this effort, and to lead a global team of data scientists addressing the specific challenges of businesses worldwide."

Riiid raises $41.8 million to expand its AI test prep apps


Riiid, a Seoul, South Korea-based startup developing AI test prep solutions, today closed a $41.8 million pre-series D financing round, bringing its total venture capital raised to date to $70.2 million. CEO YJ Jang says the funding will be used to advance Riiid's technology that offers personalized study solutions based on big data analysis, and to bolster the company's expansion across the U.S., South America, and the Middle East as it establishes an R&D lab -- Riiid Labs -- in Silicon Valley. The pandemic has forced the shutdown of schools in countries around the world; cramped indoor classrooms are seen as a major threat vector. Despite inequities with regard to internet access and the widening achievement gap, it's the belief of educators that the health pros outweigh the cons. Riiid, which offers its services exclusively online, has been a beneficiary of the shift.

Walter Candelu Joins SAFR From RealNetworks As Area Vice President


SAFR from RealNetworks, Inc., the world's premier facial recognition and computer vision platform for live video, announced the addition of Walter Candelu as Area Vice President for the Middle East. Mr. Candelu brings experience and leadership to the new SAFR office in Dubai. He will drive its growing sales and business development initiatives across the Middle East Region. Mr. Candelu will be based in Dubai, UAE and will focus on expanding the SAFR reseller channel, partner network, and regional sales and marketing programs. Prior to joining SAFR, he held senior positions with leading security companies where he successfully drove the exponential growth of their technical capabilities and revenue.

Text search tool makes finding documents easier


Based in New York, Grafiti was co-founded by former journalist Farhan Mustafa and venture advisor Akbar Dawood. Dawood is an advisor to Untethered Labs. Mustafa, who also has a background in data analytics, said he came up with the idea for while working as a consultant and producer for the Al Jazeera Media Network. Frustrated by the drudgery of combing through news stories looking for charts and graphs while reporting for Al Jazeera in the Middle East, Mustafa wanted a tool that would surface visual information onto a single page, instead of having to go into each story to see the visuals. Grafiti has a platform that does that.

Eyes in the sky: Gathering evidence with drones

Al Jazeera

Sometimes the capturing of an image or a single video can have a transformative effect. George Floyd's killing is an example. The eight-minute, 46-second video speaks for itself. That is why it sent so many Americans onto the streets. And anyone contending with state violence, whether they are in Minneapolis, Hong Kong or the Middle East, knows that sometimes all they need to prove their point - to expose illegality - is the right picture.

Global Robotic Sensors Market 2020- Technologies, Global Markets and Key Players Including Advanced Microsensors Inc., Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Cyberoptics Corp. and Electro-Sensors Inc – IAM Network


The "Sensors for Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets" report has been added to's offering This report sizes the market by technology, including sensors within the vision, touch, hearing, and movement segments. The top seven application areas are sized, forecast, and discussed in-depth. These include agriculture, appliances, automotive, healthcare, industrial, logistics, and military. In addition, the overall market and each application area are assessed on a worldwide and regional basis, including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. This report considers the economic slowdown caused by lockdown across the world owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

British treasure finders accused of piracy

Daily Mail - Science & tech

British archaeologists who discovered hundreds of artefacts from a cluster of 17th century shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea have had their cargo seized and been accused of an'illicit excavation'. Enigma Recoveries, which led an expedition into the Levantine Basin off the coast of Cyprus, found 12 shipwrecks filled with Chinese porcelain, jugs, coffee pots, peppercorns and illicit tobacco pipes. The ships and their priceless cargo, hailed as the'archaeological equivalent of finding a new planet' were recovered in ancient'shipping lanes' that served spice and silk trades from 300 BC onwards. But in a strongly-worded statement, the Cypriot government accused the company of being well known to both Cyprus and UNESCO for its'illicit underwater excavations' and its'violent extraction of objects causing destruction to their context'. Cyprus's Department of Antiquities accused the company of intending to sell the objects, as allegedly evident in documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (NASDAQ).

How AI is Changing Unified Communications - insideBIGDATA


In this special guest feature, Sam O'Brien from RingCentral, outlines how AI-driven tools and advancements are changing the face of UC for businesses. Sam is the senior website optimization and user experience manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at RingCentral. He has a passion for innovation and loves exploring ways to collaborate more with dispersed teams. The potential applications of AI are stunningly wide-ranging. There's hardly an industry, niche, or sector where the tech isn't proving to be a game changer.

Q&A: Oil and gas industry must adopt emerging tech or face extinction


The Middle East oil and gas industry faces pressure on several fronts. Enterprises around the world are deploying sustainable-energy technology designed to reduce reliance on oil in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, while geopolitical turmoil has caused oil prices to plunge, putting pressure on energy company IT budgets. Shumon Zaman is a UAE-based technology executive and consultant who most recently worked as technology vice president at Lamprell PLC, a company specializing in the oil rig construction business; in this edited Q&A he highlights the power of digital twins and other emerging tech to accelerate digitalization in oil and gas industry -- with the aim of curbing costs, optimising revenue streams and supporting sustainability initiatives. Which emerging technologies will shape the future for the oil and gas industry? Shumon Zaman is a UAE-based technology executive.

TZH 17 - Artificial intelligence helps tackle agricultural pest FAO


Fall Armyworm is spreading fast across sub-Saharan Africa, devastating crops and farmers' livelihoods. Experts fear the pest could eventually spread to the Middle East and Europe. But a new mobile phone app'Nuru', which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, offers some hope in tackling the pest problem. Allan Hruska is the Principal Technical Coordinator on the Fall Armyworm response at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).