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Artificial intelligence (AI) might soon become one of the biggest competitive differentiators for these businesses. Within the oil and gas industry, AI and machine learning are already being used for processing high volume data and to achieve operational efficiency, said Arunkumar Ranganathan, associate vice president and head of the domain and process consulting groups for energy, utilities, and services at technology consulting firm Infosys. "AI techniques are yet to be applied [for] interpreting geophysical and geological functions and in other core business functions," Ranganathan said. For example, AI is being used to optimize the drilling process and improve operational efficiency, leading to a reduction in drilling costs.

Making Sense of IIoT Analytics


Beyond specific domain expertise, newcomers might also have an edge working with Big Data technologies that are essential for applying analytics to IIoT data at scale, says Tara Prakriya, chief product officer at Maana, an IIoT analytics company focused primarily on the industrial and oil and gas sectors. Maana employs patented semantic search capabilities, advanced algorithms, deep learning and something it calls a knowledge graph to extract information from time series data silos as well as domain experts, applications, data warehouses and Big Data stores to deliver predictive--and, more significantly, prescriptive--insights that can help manufacturers maximize plant floor productivity or stoke profitability. GE is also adding to its analytics coffers through acquisition--its most recent being Bit Stew, which employs machine intelligence and Big Data technologies like NoSQL to tackle the IIoT data integration problem at scale. He says Siemens' MindSphere platform as a service (PaaS) provides the device management, connectivity, data storage and infrastructure capabilities that will enable manufacturers to scale IIoT analytics beyond manufacturing use cases to next-generation business.

Researchers use Kinect to scan T. rex skull

MIT News

Upon discovering that their high-resolution dental scanners couldn't handle a jaw as big as a tyrannosaur's, they contacted the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab, which had recently made headlines with a prototype system for producing high-resolution 3-D scans. The prototype wasn't ready for a job that big, however, so Camera Culture researchers used $150 in hardware and some free software to rig up a system that has since produced a 3-D scan of the entire five-foot-long T. rex skull, which a team of researchers -- including dentists, anthropologists, veterinarians, and paleontologists -- is using to analyze the holes. Free software called MeshLab analyzes the point cloud and infers the shape of the surfaces that produced it. In ongoing work, Das, Murmann, Cohrn, Raskar, and a team of collaborators including the Wisconsin paleontologists, are looking at fragmentation patterns at the edges of the holes and at the holes' depths and diameters, to see if they can infer anything about the shape, hardness, and velocity of whatever object might have caused them.

Please Don't Hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer


For these companies, investment in AI may help solve real business problems but will not become part of customer facing products. As with earlier technologies, we are now hearing advice about "AI strategies" and how companies should hire Chief AI Officers. This well-educated, well-paid, and highly motivated individual will comb your organization looking for places to apply AI technologies, effectively making the goal to use AI rather than to solve real problems. Specific technologies provide specific functions and have specific data requirements.

Machine Learning Goes Viral In Oil Patch


Using historical data from compressors with maintenance problems, the software pinpointed patterns and put online a system to inform the operator when there would be problems, Beck said. The technology has been used by a large oil and gas company to gain insight about the drillbit downhole. That's where column analytics--software tools that meld predictive models with collected data--come into play. Looking at the investor presentation slide decks of some of industry's large independents and integrated oil companies, Beck said companies are talking about how they are using data analytics to improve efficiency in the oil field, including in the Permian Basin.

Some Image and Video Processing: Motion Estimation with Block-Matching in Videos, Noisy and Motion-blurred Image Restoration with Inverse Filter in Python and OpenCV


The following figure shows how the quality of the transformed image decreases when compared to the original image, when an nxn LPF is applied and how the quality (measured in terms of PSNR) degrades as n (LPF kernel width) increases. As we go on increasing the kernel size, the quality fo the final image obtained by down/up sampling the original image decreases as n increases, as shown in the following figure. The first one is the video of some students working on a university corridor, as shown below (obtained from youtube), extract some consecutive frames, mark a face in one image and use that image to mark all thew faces om the remaining frames that are consecutive to each other, thereby mark the entire video and estimate the motion using the simple block matching technique only. The following figure shows the frame with the face marked, now we shall use this image and block matching technique to estimate the motion of the student in the video, by marking his face in all the consecutive frames and reconstructing the video, as shown below.. As can be seen from the following figure, the optimal median filter size is 5 5, which generates the highest quality output, when compared to the original image.

How to build a highly effective AI team


"In our experience, we found that an AI group needs at least three distinct roles: a data engineer to organize the data, a data scientist to investigate the data and a software engineer to implement applications." "In our approach to AI, we currently see three parts: generating information, interpreting information and making judgment about that information," says Martin Fiore, EY Americas tax talent leader. In the past year, EY has hired over 20 professionals focused on automation and AI. "In my view, AI is the new UI," explains Elliott Yama, assistant vice president of machine learning at software provider Apttus.

IoT, AI and drones in the future of enterprise asset management


David Widegren, Head of Asset & Maintenance Management at CERN, which manages the life cycle of each of the organization's millions of components and devices, explains that operational insight and data from each component is critical, in what is effectively a self-contained IoT: This combination of asset management with connected equipment, and the data we capture from the assets, is really the way forward. Smart Cities monitor the conditions of all critical infrastructure, including bridges, streets, water, and electric systems, and more. To qualify as a Smart City, a city must adopt five of the eight smart principles -- smart energy, smart building, smart mobility, smart healthcare, smart infrastructure, smart technology, smart governance and smart education/smart citizen. Some of these vantage points include large production structures, like oil refineries and offshore oil drilling platforms, railroad beds and bridges, and airplanes and cargo ships.

BP invests $20m into AI startup Beyond Limits to transform oil and gas exploration ZDNet


Developed in the labs of NASA's Caltech deep space program, Beyond Limits' AI software is 20 years in the making. "Whereas many popularized cognitive computing solutions in the marketplace are focused on deep machine learning applied to sensor fusion and computer vision, our cognitive computing focuses on human thinking and automates human decision processes," Abdallat said. Abdallat said the new funding will be used to hire cognitive scientists, data scientists, software engineers, and sales staff to keep pace with the market demand. While the Predix platform did receive some criticism from research firm Lux Research, which said the platform had yet to live up to its potential and faced stiff competition from the likes of Cisco's Jasper, C3 IoT, and Aeris, GE Digital CEO Bill Ruh told ZDNet last year that the Predix developer community, as well as its customers and partners, serve as "proof points" of its success.