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IT Pro 20/20: Understanding our complicated relationship with AI


Welcome to issue 16 of IT Pro 20/20. This time we look at our strained, confusing, and often contentious relationship with artificial intelligence, and how that is shaping development. We've addressed some of the more concerning issues surrounding the eager rollout of the technology, including whether AI has the potential to make us lazy, and whether it will make spying on employees a simple matter of flicking a switch. As a special bonus, we've also spoken to some of the leading figures behind Lithuania's campaign to become Europe's fintech capital - ousting the UK in the process. The next IT Pro 20/20 will be available on 31 May – previous issues can be found here.

ProteinGAN: A generative adversarial network that generates functional protein sequences


Proteins are large, highly complex and naturally occurring molecules can be found in all living organisms. These unique substances, which consist of amino acids joined together by peptide bonds to form long chains, can have a variety of functions and properties. The specific order in which different amino acids are arranged to form a given protein ultimately determines the protein's 3D structure, physicochemical properties and molecular function. While scientists have been studying proteins for decades, designing proteins that elicit specific chemical reactions has so far proved to be highly challenging. Researchers at Biomatter Designs, Vilnius University in Lithuania, and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have recently developed ProteinGAN, a generative adversarial network (GAN) that can process and'learn' different natural protein sequences.

Lithuania – a global leader in artificial intelligence. Is it possible?


The following article was written by Gediminas Pekšys, CEO and Co-Founder at Oxipit. The original was published at "Verslo žinios". The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is growing exponentially. AI innovations are expected to contribute a significant share of the future global economy. The USA, China and the EU are fiercely competing for the global leadership in this field.

Visiting the "Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Vocational Education and Training (VET)" project


At the end of the week I had a chance to give a guest input at the kick-off meeting of the new Erasmus Plus project "Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Vocational Education and Training (VET)". The partners come from Greece, Italy, Lithuania and the United Kingdom/Wales. All partners are known to us from previous European cooperation activities, so the project team was in a good position to have a rapid start. My role as a visitor was to give an overview of some predecessor projects and their recent/ongoing work. In addition I had a surprise input to deliver on top of my presentation.

Improving benchmarks for autonomous vehicles testing using synthetically generated images Machine Learning

Nowadays autonomous technologies are a very heavily explored area and particularly computer vision as the main component of vehicle perception. The quality of the whole vision system based on neural networks relies on the dataset it was trained on. It is extremely difficult to find traffic sign datasets from most of the counties of the world. Meaning autonomous vehicle from the USA will not be able to drive though Lithuania recognizing all road signs on the way. In this paper, we propose a solution on how to update model using a small dataset from the country vehicle will be used in. It is important to mention that is not panacea, rather small upgrade which can boost autonomous car development in countries with limited data access. We achieved about 10 percent quality raise and expect even better results during future experiments.

Vilnius's Applied Artificial Intelligence Community


Vilnius AI gatherings are quarterly, 2 hour events for Artificial Intelligence practitioners focusing on lessons learned applying AI. Check out our next Vilnius AI speakers. Peer-to-Peer sessions on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision to connect with new and leading practitioners in your technology realm. Join to increase your network. Clinic sessions for practitioners to share their specific challenge applying AI gathering initial feedback from industry peers and fellow practitioners.

ISE 2018 News: AdMobilize to Bring Artificial Intelligence Audience and Crowd Analytics Solutions to Europe


Following on the heels of the North American introduction of its Audience & Crowd Analytics solutions at InfoComm 2017, AdMobilize, the artificial intelligence and computer vision company, has announced that it will bring the same technology to European customers at ISE 2018 at Booth #8-R330 in the RAI Center (February 6-9, 2018). According to AdMobilize co-founder and CEO Rodolfo Saccoman, the ISE debut will mark the start of the company's next phase of market expansion and is timed to leverage the power and reach of its international partnerships with commercial AV and DOOH advertising market leaders that include Signagelive (UK), avt (Australia), Ayuda Media Systems (Canada), PersonifAI (Lithuania), Invian (Peru), MediaEdge (Japan), UBI Communications (Canada), Grupo EDM (Mexico), SmartLink Systems (USA), and NanoLumens (USA). "Integrators throughout the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East are about to experience what forward-looking companies in North America are swiftly embracing," Saccoman said today. "The era of robust, reliable, easy-to-install and maintain audience and crowd analytics is at hand and this era promises to make channel-specific visualization solutions much more effective customer engagement solutions." According to Saccoman, the AdMobilize Crowd Analytics solution empowers customers to quantify any space anywhere by utilizing customized audience measurement, report aggregation and audience triggers in distinct environments like retail, shopping malls, airports, other transportation centers, arenas, as well as in outdoor public spaces.

CLARIN-PLUS workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources", Kaunas 2017


With the increasing volume and impact of communication on social media, social media analysis has become one of the most trending topics in natural language research, which can be observed in a growing number of workshops and conferences dedicated to this topic, projects funded, and research centers established. As a result, a number of social media resources containing chats, online commentaries, reviews, blogs, emails, forums, etc., as well as audio and video recordings, have been accumulated in the repositories of CLARIN centers. What is more, due to their distinct communicative characteristics, they pose new technical challenges for the standard natural language processing tools as well as new legal and ethical challenges for the dissemination of such resources, which has also been addressed by CLARIN, making the available infrastructure an important means for attracting new users to the CLARIN community.

Videos from the 4th CLARIN-PLUS workshop are now online!


The aims of the CLARIN-PLUS workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources" are: to demonstrate the possibilities of social media resources and natural language processing tools for researchers with a diverse research background who are interested in empirical research of language and social practices in computer-mediated communication; to promote interdisciplinary cooperation possibilities; to initiate a discussion on the various approaches to social media data collection and processing.