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and entertainment industries, VR and AI are taking massive strides in the health and well-being markets through initiatives like the Patient’s Virtual Guide, and AR app that guides children through the hospi- tal environment prior to admit- tance to reduce anxiety. Viarama is using VR to bring the immersive sights of the world to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.


COMPANY GET MARKET FIT


Reducing demand for illicit goods through data analytics. Unlike brand protection solutions, who operate by identifying infringe- ments and taking down sellers who then typically pop straight back up again, Get Market Fit flags up the potential risk directly to the consumer so they can make their own, informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase. The technology will be delivered as enterprise Sofware-as-a-Service (SaaS).


PERSON RORY FITZPATRICK


CTO, Orca Money. Previous roles have meant recognition internally rather than externally. His new role will allow others to see his capabilities and he will be involved in pushing forward all things FinTech.


COMPANY STREAMBA


Streamba are working away in Glasgow on AI/ML products with global brands to improve their supply chain. Small team with their heads down producing world-class work and ‘really punching above their weight’.


TECHNOLOGY


QUANTUM & AUTOMATION


‘Being cheeky, I have two. One is the big scale and relates to the Quantum centre the University is building in collaboration with our


partners. As an example of the next big thing at scale I think it’s a brilliant example of creating the environment for collaboration across disciplines and sectors. At a smaller scale, I think we will see an explosion in the use of automation – bots, AI and machine learning - to speed up and simplify processes in organisations like Glasgow Uni- versity to drive improvement in a different and hopefully faster way than the traditional process analy- sis, lean manufacturing approach,’ predicts Christopher Green, Chief Transformation Officer, University of Glasgow.


COMPANY AMIQUS


A purpose-driven business, the team at Amiqus is focused on developing digital tools that makes civil justice accessible. Developing their digital platform around the recent Anti-Money Laundering regulation changes, they are sup- porting organisations across many professions – legal, accountancy, recruitment etc to transform their diligence processes, resulting in compliance with the latest regula- tions and legislation. But any busi- ness is only as successful as their team, and through their founder, Amiqus’s success can be traced directly to their team who are passionately focused on making a better society through the services they produce.


With thanks to FutureScot panelists: Alisdair Gunn, Director, Framewire; Evelyn McDonald, CEO, Scottish Edge; Ian Reid, CEO, CENSIS; Lynne Cadenhead, Chair, Women’s Enterprise Scotland; Alistair Hann, Chief Technology Officer, NES NDS; Eileen McLaren, COO, Cognitive Geology; Michael Hayes, Founder, RookieOven; Donald McLaughlin, Digital Skills Chairman, Skills Development Scotland; Calum Forsyth, CEO, Seedhaus; Christopher Green, Chief Transformation Officer, University of Glasgow; Rachel Jones, founder and CEO SnapDragon; Hilde Frydnes, Head of Product, Mallzee; Brian Corcoran, CEO Turing Fest.


Graph analytics techniques could supercharge next generation of high performance computers


BY KEVIN O’SULLIVAN


A researcher at the Univer- sity of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics is working with US tech giant Intel on a new kind of high performance computer that could revolutionise pro- cessing speeds. Graph analytics techniques


can be used to look for causal relationships between vast data sets to identify the po- tential ‘needle in a haystack’, says Boris Grot, an academic based based at the School, who is working as part of an Intel team as it bids to win a competition launched by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Bound by a non-disclosure


agreement (NDA), Grot is un- able to describe the methodol- ogy but can say that the race to design a prototype graph analytics based high perfor- mance computer (HPC) could lead to much faster processing speeds and help alleviate prob- lems currently faced by chip manufacturers. “When I look at the world


I see two trends, two huge disruptive trends that are really on a collision course,” says Grot. “One of these trends is data volumes are growing really fast, it’s an exploding volume of data. Te separate side of the story is technology. Te problem is that tradition- ally computers have been getting faster and faster but in the last decade things have really slowed down. Today’s computers are thousands of times more powerful than the earliest computers because we can cram so much processing capacity onto a chip. But now


Boris Grot is working with an Intel team to develop a specialised graph analytics computer


transistors have gotten so small that it’s really hard to minitu- arise them further – so we’re really up against some really hard physical barriers.” Grot – who was approached


via the Alan Turing Institute for his expertise in graph analy- sis – is working with Intel as it competes with Qualcomm to secure the contract to develop the specialised computer. He said a graph analytics computer works differently to traditional “number crunch” supercomput- ers. “Tis is a problem we call data movement. We need to find the data and we need to link the data – it’s not really computing, it’s communicating between the data points,” he adds. Grot said the potential for


graph analytics to solve real- life problems is enormous; he said the techniques could help investigators analyse suspi- cious financial transaction, for example in terrorist networks, to spotting cybersecurity risk and improving human speech processing. “It can be applied to any problem which is naturally expressed as a graph,” he says.


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