World tech experts for Intelligent Systems Summit at Magee campus

Highlighting the forthcoming Intelligent Systems Science Festival 2013 are Mr Peter Devine, Head of Business Development (ISRC) and Professor Martin McGinnity, Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at the University of Ulster. They are pictured here on Derry's Peace Bridge.

Highlighting the forthcoming Intelligent Systems Science Festival 2013 are Mr Peter Devine, Head of Business Development (ISRC) and Professor Martin McGinnity, Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at the University of Ulster. They are pictured here on Derry's Peace Bridge.

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World renowned experts in cyber security, robotics, brain science and energy efficiency will be in Derry next week for an international conference hosted by the University of Ulster.

Keynote speakers confirmed to address the Intelligent Systems Summit 2013 include Martin G Curley, vice president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe and Dr Oliver Verscheure, Senior Research Manager, Big Data Analytics&Systems, IBM.

The conference, hosted by University of Ulster in association with the Sunday Business Post, takes place at the City Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday next.

The general theme of the summit is ‘Creating IT Systems of the Future’. Professor Martin McGinnity, Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) at the University’s Magee campus, explained the thinking behind the event.

“Intelligent Systems are becoming more and more pervasive and are impacting across many sectors - everything from health care innovations, intelligent energy systems, manufacturing industries, cognitive robotics and high performance computing,” he said.

“Future IT systems will incorporate more and more intelligent techniques, in a wide range of applications, taking inspiration from the extremely efficient and low power information processing paradigms of biological systems.

“The summit will provide an excellent opportunity for anyone working with new technologies to hear first hand how the latest developments in Intelligent Systems could affect them.”

Contributors will range from major business leaders representing a broad spectrum of industries to government officials, senior decision makers to internationally recognised academic experts in the area of Intelligent Systems.

Professor McGinnity continued: “Mobile, social, cloud and big data technologies are converging, creating an explosion of information access and usage. Other speakers lined up for the event are Derek O’Carroll, Symantec, VP, Security Business Practice EMEA; Information security expert Dave Whipple, Director and CTO Security, General Dynamics IT, USA; Zoe Webseter, head of technology at Technology Strategy Board; Steve Cousins, President and CEO Willow Garage Robotics, USA; Professor Scott Kelso, Florida Atlantic University, USA and Visiting Professor at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Magee; and Simon McDowell, Chief Operating Officer EMEA, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Technologies. Peter Devine, Head of Business Development at the ISRC, said the summit will provide an exclusive business-to-business platform for anyone working with new technologies to share, network and engage in a focused interactive environment with other IT professionals. The programme reflects the important role of intelligent systems and should be of interest to a wide audience.”