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Built In Chicago's 50 Startups to Watch in 2020


Technology is Chicago's fastest-growing industry sector, having grown more 270 percent over the last decade, according to World Business Chicago. And 2019 was a model year that not only encapsulated the growth of technology in the city but also positioned Chicago for further success in 2020 and beyond. Influential leaders in tech launched Chicago's Plan for 2033, or P33, to enhance the city's viability as a global tech hub with a strong and diverse workforce through the next decade. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said on Chicago Tech Day that 15 local tech companies have added or will be adding 2,000 jobs through 2020. Uber announced it would be bringing that same number of jobs to Chicago over the next three years and spending more than $200 million annually on the city. But it isn't just major initiatives and companies with household names that will be bringing continued success to Chicago tech. Smaller startups entering the city's tech scene are shaping everything from mental health care to cryptocurrency trading to vehicle leasing. We found 50 such companies -- all less than three years old -- that are poised for growth in the coming year. Brett Quillen contributed in writing this report. Interested in Chicago tech?See all open roles on Built In CHI Arturo wants to take property risk management to the skies by using drones and satellite, aerial and ground imagery to assess residential and commercial property characteristics. The data it collects is powered by predictive analytics to give clients that lend, insure or invest in properties the ability to minimize risk and determine market patterns.

Ping An Leads Investment in Riverain Technologies to Advance AI in Healthcare


Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter "Ping An" or the "Group", HKEX: 2318; SSE: 601318) is pleased to announce Ping An Global Voyager Fund is leading an investment of US$15 Million in Riverain Technologies, a leading provider of clinical artificial intelligence software used to efficiently detect lung disease at its earliest stages. Riverain Technologies markets advanced artificial intelligence imaging software used by leading hospitals around the world. The software significantly improves a clinician's ability to accurately and efficiently detect cancer and other cell anomalies in thoracic CT and X-ray images. The company's suite of patented ClearReadTM software tools are FDA-cleared, deployable in the clinic or in the cloud, and powered by the most advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning methods available to the medical imaging market. Its products are relied upon by leading healthcare institutions, including Duke University, Mayo Clinic, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Where does active travel fit within local community narratives of mobility space and place? Machine Learning

Encouraging sustainable mobility patterns is at the forefront of policymaking at all scales of governance as the collective consciousness surrounding climate change continues to expand. Not every community, however, possesses the necessary economic or socio-cultural capital to encourage modal shifts away from private motorized vehicles towards active modes. The current literature on `soft' policy emphasizes the importance of tailoring behavior change campaigns to individual or geographic context. Yet, there is a lack of insight and appropriate tools to promote active mobility and overcome transport disadvantage from the local community perspective. The current study investigates the promotion of walking and cycling adoption using a series of focus groups with local residents in two geographic communities, namely Chicago's (1) Humboldt Park neighborhood and (2) suburb of Evanston. The research approach combines traditional qualitative discourse analysis with quantitative text-mining tools, namely topic modeling and sentiment analysis. The analysis uncovers the local mobility culture, embedded norms and values associated with acceptance of active travel modes in different communities. We observe that underserved populations within diverse communities view active mobility simultaneously as a necessity and as a symbol of privilege that is sometimes at odds with the local culture. The mixed methods approach to analyzing community member discourses is translated into policy findings that are either tailored to local context or broadly applicable to curbing automobile dominance. Overall, residents of both Humboldt Park and Evanston envision a society in which multimodalism replaces car-centrism, but differences in the local physical and social environments would and should influence the manner in which overarching policy objectives are met.

AI technique can identify alcohol misuse among trauma patients, study shows: Researchers from Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago used an artificial intelligence technique to identify alcohol misuse among trauma patients.


Researchers from Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago used an artificial intelligence technique to identify alcohol misuse among trauma patients. The technique was able to differentiate between trauma patients who misused alcohol and those who did not in 78 percent of cases. Researchers published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. One in three trauma patients misuse alcohol, and many trauma cases are alcohol-related, according to the study. These records included 91,405 EHR clinician notes.

How to Feed Global Demand for Seafood--Without Harming the Ocean


"You really can't justify tuna in Chicago as a source of sustenance." That's according to Dr. Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Society Explorer who was the first female chief scientist at NOAA. She came to the Good Food Institute's Good Food Conference to deliver a call to action around global food security, agriculture, environmental protection, and the future of consumer choice. It seems like all options should be on the table to feed an exploding population threatened by climate change. But Dr. Earle, who is faculty at Singularity University, drew a sharp distinction between seafood for sustenance versus seafood as a choice.