WOMEN in DATA @ the ODI: Big Brother is still watching but…

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Women in Data is one of the many Meetup groups I joined. Their first event took place at the Open Data Institute with two magnificent presentations:

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IRONS in the Funding Fire – the Constant Process of Refinement and Wonderment

13 01 28 InnocentiveInnocentive is an interesting platform that brings together problem seekers with problem solvers.

I’m currently working on the challenge presented by NASA: to measure intracranial pressure on ground and in flight. Hence I am suggesting to use my software to compare and evaluate the three imaging and five other technologies they are using to collect data.

Thanks to the many meetings I go to without reporting here, I have also met Simon Dixon who founded Bank To The Future – of which he proudly says that it is run the way that people THINK banks are run! My long standing social life with meaning KNOWS about that!

My wonderment always comes from the different bases of ‘logic’ in the scientific / academic and the entrepreneurial / investment mindset. This company proudly suggests it’s only worth making money out of other people and their efforts, once they have already made a million… Continue reading

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I’VE TURNED the Mathematical Curse of Dimensionality into the Software Solution of Layering Complex Data

When I started my odyssey of ‘re-visiting mathematics through the eyes of a mature programmer’, I used Microsoft Encarta as a reference library. It did not contain the words ‘dimensional’ or ‘dimensionality’.

Wikipedia, however, which has given us an unsurpassed library with access to globalised knowledge told me this morning about the Curse of Dimensionality!

I shall now think about a video that mentions the various mathematical insights that flow from dissolving this ‘curse’ and turning it into the blessing of layering complex data.

A ‘side product’ is the re-visualisation of images and the resulting automation of image processing.

But as a patent agent told me already in 1997, theories can’t be patented; I must create vendible products.

I keep having to ask myself: what on earth will attract the funding necessary to program the next step towards Smart Knowledge Portals as ‘marketable products’?

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LET’S SPEAK Business Language

What a ‘valley of death’ or ‘cultural gap’ between the academic and the business world!

And thus I tried to say it in business speak on this site.

I guess the Universe wants me to do more in my social life with meaning before science can catch up with my professional life with zest.

However, I did also attend a women only course on Open Source Software and prepare myself for more coding – just in case…

And, today I met Prof. Philip Treleaven at UCL who practises ‘academic entrepreneurship’. So there’s hope!


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CONTRIBUTING to IBM’s Smarter Planet Concept

Instrumented – Interconnected – Intelligent: that’s what IBM’s Smarter Planet is about. SmartCamps are their way of making it happen.

Well, my 3 innovative software methods certainly need to contribute to that notion!

Hence I recorded a little video, a PowerPoint presentation that authorStream turned into this video and wrote a business plan. I just forgot to mention that I’m involved in an international collaboration that is co-ordinated by CERN, my former employer. With an application for European funding, it covers seven different imaging technologies relating to the diagnosis and therapy of rare cancers.

Here is a previously recorded 2-minute video of PowerPoint slides.

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MIGHT I become a TED Fellow and give the talk of my life for 18 minutes?

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Anybody vaguely interested in computing will have heard about TED talks [Technology, Entertainment, Design].

I recently met a  TED Fellow at a meeting of Women in Technology who said that applications for TED Fellows have opened. And thus I filled in the form. They are looking for people between 21 and 40, but do make exceptions. Let’s assume that my 3d metric software methods will be considered ‘exceptional’. I’ve now described them on a single A4 as well as a 5-page white paper.

Recently I attended a CloudCamp event where I met a developer who introduced me to Data Driven Documents, pointing out the ‘richness’ that my work has to offer instead. I always like Information is Beautiful as well.

I withdrew five patents before publication because an American IP lawyer advised me ‘patents are the game of the big boys – you are better protected by trade secrets.’  My  troubles in bridging the ‘commercialisation gap’ between invention and product, make me wonder:  Continue reading

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85% of 569 business executives and IT leaders report obstacles in managing and analysing data

This is one of the results that Global Survey: The Business Impact of Big Data produced.

It’s not surprising. In the survey’s definition, “Big Data” comprises – in descending order of sources:

  • email
  • Word documents
  • spreadsheets
  • customer databases
  • presentations
  • online portals / corporate sites
  • instant messages
  • social media news feeds
  • other
  • RSS feeds
  • Friend Contact Lists.

For me, there is a big difference between

  • numerical
  • verbal
  • and image data.

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MOBILE Image Explorer – for the Crowd to Fund and become First Time Users

The SME Innovation Alliance (SMEIA) knows full well that neither funding SMEs nor protecting their IP works. But who cares when people are ‘just doing their job’, while waiting for their pension and the finance industry is ‘self-regulating’?

Well, internet entrepreneurs who know the crowd clearly do care. Otherwise, crowdfunding would not have become a new force for the financial establishment to reckon with. Blessed be the web with its social media, once again!

So I’ve finalised my submission, asking for £12,500 to match potential funding by a software development entrepreneur. The product is a “Mobile Image Explorer” – for mobile phones or browsers – and as a general user portal, to demonstrate to companies what the potential is.

Am I speaking the right language for end users? Only their pledges will tell. Will you want to be the first by any chance?

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Data Centre Technologies Academy: a Glimpse into the Future

I could report about every event I’m attending. But who would be interested? Who cares about how I try to sell my IP?

I was excluded from the London Technology Network (LNTN) because one could not possibly be interested in all the different kinds of events that I had registered for… Now the LNTN has become victim of ‘austerity cuts’ – that are, of course, perfectly unnecessary, unless one follows one’s paymaster… But that’s another of my areas of research.

In my ‘naive’, i.e. as yet uninformed ideas about data centres, I wanted to see whether they might be interested in offering my web services to their clients who store their ‘big data’ with them.

Funnily enough, I spoke to somebody from the company who stores data for CERN! One day, they will use my software and all my troubles with my former employer will be forgiven!…

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More success with crowdfunding than the Technology Strategy Board?

My frustration with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has boiled over after attending the last workshop: sooo much effort for so many people and eventually 10 projects may get £60,000…

While I have my application for a Mobile Image Explorer sitting on the desks of their ‘independent’ assessors, I have therefore studied the crowd funding scene. There are supposed to be 44 platforms in the UK according to the global site crowdsourcing.com that comprises more than 1,800 crowd funders and publishes good industry reports.

This UK directory lists 16 sites with good details.

I wrote Mobile Image Explorer as a project for www.sponsume.com but have yet to define the rewards for supporting me. Back to the software developer, before you can support me.


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