Practical thinking needed to tackle global challenges — Intel

first_img Apple faces 5G modem wait AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JUL 2014 US chip funding tipped to top $150B Home Practical thinking needed to tackle global challenges — Intel Previous ArticleLocal innovation vital for mobile to change lives — ARMNext ArticleXiaomi sees strong smartphone growth in H1 Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Devices EC clears SK Hynix to acquire Intel memory assetscenter_img Author LIVE FROM THE FUTURE OF WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, CAMBRIDGE: The challenges presented by global population growth, urbanisation and a growing middle class makes it vital for the technology industry to demonstrate the benefits of new approaches, such as the Internet of Things, according to executives from Intel.Rod O’Shea (pictured), director of Intel’s embedded sales group for EMEA, said global trends are “clearly driving pressure on networks” due to the increasing demands on energy, infrastructure, public spending and education.Speaking to Mobile World Live, O’Shea said: “There are some big macro challenges — technology is a requirement to help solve these.”“One of the things that we clearly want to see is technology deployment that benefits consumers, businesses and countries,” he added.Intel recently opened IoT labs in Swindon, Stockholm, Istanbul and Munich to show what is possible and deployable. O’Shea explained that demonstrating practical applications rather than technology roadmaps is the main objective of the labs. “We’re changing our activity to focus on that,” he said.Intel is very conscious that an ecosystem approach is needed to tackle future challenges: “The discussion is now how can you deploy those benefits into the network. Intel realises these kinds of transitions need to take place with partners,” O’Shea explained.Looking at networks specifically, O’Shea told delegates that Intel’s focus is now on investing in technology that supports “flexible and agile networks”, making use of approaches such as network function virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN).Doug Pulley, CTO for Intel’s wireless and communications infrastructure division, added that heterogeneous network development will be increasingly important due to the greater variety of demands that will be placed on them.For example, the mix of small cells and big cells and different urban and rural environments “really makes a mess of terrestrial radio propagation”, he noted.As part of the heterogeneous approach, Pulley said a range of skills are needed: “You can’t innovate with one set of skills. The more skills and expertise that you have around a network or solution that you can bring together, that’s when you get innovation.”Despite Intel’s approach, O’Shea cautioned that more needs to be done: “We have these really big challenges we need to start addressing now. Technology is a major part of the solution there and clearly as an industry we need to do more.” Tags Tim Ferguson Related IntelIoTTechnologylast_img read more

Harvard faculty members discuss state of research

first_imgA panel of experts said Tuesday (March 11) that stem cell research’s biggest impact on patients’ health likely won’t come from therapies that inject stem cells or implant tissues made from them, but rather from the knowledge gained by examining diseased tissues grown from the cells.Kenneth Chien, Charles Addison and Elizabeth Ann Sanders Professor of Basic Science at Harvard Medical School, head of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Cardiovascular Program, and director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Research Center, said he expected stem cell research to transform our understanding of diseases over the next 10 years or so and lead to new drugs and treatment strategies.Stem cells’ impact on that transformation will come as scientists study diseased tissues grown from the cells of people afflicted by particular ailments. By growing cells themselves, they can watch as a disease progresses and better understand the driving forces behind it.Chien was less optimistic about stem cells’ impact on the future of cell replacement therapy — growing new cells, tissues, and even organs from stem cells to replace a patient’s diseased ones. For some ailments, he said, implanting replacement tissues grown from stem cells may turn out to be the best approach. But he also said stem cell-based therapy comes with its own complications — like the danger of an implanted cell turning cancerous — and he doesn’t see such therapy ever completely replacing pharmaceuticals and other traditional approaches.Chien made his comments during a public forum sponsored by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Tuesday evening at the Fairchild Biochemistry Building. The event, attended by about 80 people, was the third in the institute’s public forums this year, which aim to stimulate discussion of the many aspects of stem cell research, such as science, health care, ethics, and government policy.The event, “Stem Cells and Key Diseases,” was moderated by Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Kevin Eggan and featured experts in three different areas of stem cell science: diabetes, neurology, and cardiology. Joining Chien were Professor of Medicine Gordon Weir, head of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Diabetes Program and head of the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Section on Islet Transplantation and Cell Biology; and Professor of Surgery and of Neurology Jeffrey Macklis, head of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Nervous System Program and director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Nervous System Repair.Weir kicked the event off, discussing goals and progress in diabetes-focused stem cell research. The goal in such work is, he said, simple: to increase the number of insulin-producing cells. There are two main thrusts for research — one focuses on creating new cells for implantation, and the second focuses on getting the remaining cells in the pancreas to multiply.“All we want to do is replicate insulin-producing islet cells,” Weir said. “In the end, the cause of diabetes is not enough [insulin-producing] cells.”Though the goal is simple, achieving it is not. Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, where the body for some reason destroys its own cells, which complicates transplanting cells made from a person’s own tissues. Research aimed at creating new insulin-producing cells is focused on understanding the developmental steps a cell goes through to develop from a stem cell to an insulin-producing beta cell.Considerable progress has been made on this front already. In February, researchers reported that they implanted cells into mice that are precursors to beta cells. The cells went on to develop into mature beta cells. The problem, the researchers reported, is that some of the cells also became cancerous, which has to be addressed before such therapy is used in people.Macklis gave the audience a view of the complexity of the nervous system, saying its diversity presents a hurdle to any work on regenerative medicine. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of types of different neurons in the brain, he said. They function as differently as a family sedan and a jet plane. Some of the research today focuses on understanding the specific types of neurons that are attacked in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, so they can try to prevent the death of those cells, support diseased ones, and enhance regeneration.Chien drew an analogy between today’s stem cell research and heart transplantation surgery in the past, saying it took 20 years for researchers and clinicians to get it right. We’re at the beginning of a similar process with stem cells, he said, but the scientific work will eventually lead somewhere.“We have to be careful about not raising false hopes,” Chien said. “We have to let science take us there.”[email protected]last_img read more

Jake Deitchler expected to return as Minnesota begins with Bison Open

first_imgJake Deitchler expected to return as Minnesota begins with Bison OpenMinnesota will look to re-establish itself after losing head assistant coach Joe Russell.Jules Ameel, Daily File PhotoSenior Zach Sanders Drew ClaussenNovember 10, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter finishing seventh in the NCAA championships last year, the No. 4 GophersâÄô wrestling team will try to rise back to the top of the college wrestling world.Four returning All-Americans, a promising collection of youngsters and the potential return of former phenom Jake Deitchler may help achieve that.âÄúThis is a hard year to predict,âÄù assistant head coach Brandon Eggum said. âÄúWeâÄôve got a lot of young guys that are very talented that we expect big things from.âÄùEggum was promoted to his new post this offseason after serving as an assistant coach for 10 seasons. The departure of Joe Russell, who is now the head coach at George Mason University, vacated the position.âÄúAs far as losing Joe, heâÄôs a guy that has been a big part of this program so that always hurts,âÄù Eggum said. âÄúBut the rest of us have been together of a long time, so weâÄôve got a lot of maturity on this staff.âÄùMinnesota returns four All-Americans from last yearâÄôs team: seniors Zach Sanders (125 pounds) and Sonny Yohn (197) and sophomores Kevin Steinhaus (184) and Tony Nelson (heavyweight). The quartet will also serve as captains for this yearâÄôs squad.âÄúThose guys are obviously going to be our leaders,âÄù Eggum said. âÄúBut we have a number of freshmen who are hoping to make the team, so itâÄôs kind of unknown âÄî weâÄôve got to wait and see what these guys can do.âÄùOne early test for the Gophers will be two road matches against No. 5 Cornell on Nov. 18 and No. 1 Penn State on Nov. 20.âÄúWeâÄôre trying to not make a big deal out of it âÄî really, weâÄôre looking at it as just another dual,âÄù Eggum said. âÄúItâÄôs a little early to start off with such a tough dual. We donâÄôt do that very often, but it worked out this season where we thought it was the right thing to do.âÄùSanders will anchor the 125-pound spot for the Gophers this season after finishing fifth at the NCAA championships last spring. The three-time All-American has a career record of 102-23 with 28 pins.He said his goal is to win an NCAA title this year after coming up short in years past. He also wasnâÄôt shy about his teamâÄôs aspirations. âÄúI think itâÄôs doable for us to win a championship if we do everything right,âÄù Sanders said.David Thorn and Chris Dardanes will compete for the 133-pound slot. Thorn went 16-13 last season at the weight.Another weight that will have multiple wrestlers competing for playing time is 141. Bart Reiter, who moved up from 133, Nick Dardanes and Seth Lange are all potential fits for the spot. All three had double-digit wins last year.Dylan Ness (149) appears to be all but assured a starting spot. The redshirt freshman went 16-1 in open meets last year.Jake Deitchler (157) looks to make a comeback after missing last season with concussions. Deitchler represented Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was an elite recruit out of high school.âÄúJakeâÄôs doing good, heâÄôs wrestled live since our first official practice,âÄù Eggum said. âÄúHeâÄôs done real well, weâÄôre expecting him to compete at 157 at the Bison [Open].âÄùDanny Zilverberg will also compete at 157 after going 19-15 last season.Cody Yohn (165) returns after going 28-13 last season, finishing fourth at the Big Ten championships.The biggest question for the Gophers will be 174, which features a battle between senior Kaleb Young and true freshman Logan Storley. Young has a record of 44-38 for the Gophers but did not compete last season. Storley was a six-time state champion in South Dakota.The GophersâÄô final three weight classes will be their strength with three All-Americans in Steinhaus, Yohn and Nelson.last_img read more