BENGALURU, India, January 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced the launch of the Infosys Business Assurance Store, a unique knowledge-based solution with a repository of more than 1 million test assets across various industry domains, technologies, products and packages. This solution enables clients to enhance productivity in test planning, aids continuous testing and minimizes dependency on subject matter experts.

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The Infosys Business Assurance Store is built on the experience of the Infosys validation teams, and integrates with third-party solutions like HPE Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), MS SharePoint among others. The store helps clients drive greater operational efficiencies and accelerate business agility through improved test design. This solution uses machine learning tools for traceability, knowledge clustering and optimization. Clients can access the solution through the Infosys Quality Assurance Workbench, an artificial intelligence-based platform built for supporting all leading digital technologies such as Mobile, Internet of Things, and Cloud among others.


  • Infosys’ Business Assurance Store fast forwards the testing lifecycle across industry domains – such as financial services, retail, insurance, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, telecom, energy, utilities, services and others, using technologies such as Java, .Net, MDM, Mainframe, and Middleware
  • The solution covers industry leading products and packages like VisionPLUS, Global Pay Plus (GPP), Calypso, Murex, SAP modules, Oracle EBIS, Warehouse Management System (WMS), among many others, and will provide customers starter kits for specialized testing services like security, Internet of Things, big data, and other validation services
  • The solution also has numerous test cases on various regulations and compliances which will ensure extensive risk coverage and help customers adhere to different standards across geographies

Dominique Raviart, IT Services Practice Director, NelsonHall, said, “With Infosys Business Assurance Store, Infosys has invested in a systematic approach for creating a repository of test scenarios, across industries, and across application technology. This repository is part of Infosys’ strategy to continue automating the full testing lifecycle, adding its own proprietary IP to complement commercial off the shelf solutions (COTS).”

Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infosys, said, “Testing has taken a paradigm shift from being an end-of-lifecycle activity to managing user experience in the digital landscape. This solution is about expediting testing and utilizing test cases, built through our years of experience in delivering agility to our customers’ businesses. Infosys Business Assurance Store is an endeavor to bring in transformation and fuel automation in the testing space and this solution is testimony of our deep experience of over 15 years.”

About Infosys Ltd. 

Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting. We enable clients in 45 countries to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, we help our clients find the right problems to solve, and to solve these effectively. Our team of 200,000+ innovators, across the globe, is differentiated by the imagination, knowledge and experience, across industries and technologies that we bring to every project we undertake.

Visit to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY) can help your enterprise thrive in the digital age.

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AMES, Iowa, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Up and Running Software’s Midwestern ethos offers a personal touch while yielding consistent growth.

Up and Running Software Logo | A Silicon Valley-area startup, recently praised Up and Running Software for being "nice and courteous and [having] hardworking Midwestern values." Up and Running Software's client list includes many well-known large healthcare, logistics, e-commerce, fintech and media companies, including Hearst Corp., FDLIC, Alliance Data, GE and a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company.

Up and Running Software continues to help its clients across the country by developing custom software solutions that solve problems, doing so with transparency and communication. What began as a technical services firm in 1995 has grown into a custom enterprise software provider whose products are used globally to manage prescriptions, process and protect financial data, deliver vaccines, help loved ones in their time of need, and much more.

Beginning in Michigan and now based in Ames, Iowa, Up and Running Software has Midwestern roots that run deep into the heart of its corporate identity, one that values the golden rule. This has been integral to gaining client trust and achieving consistent year-over-year growth. Customer happiness is the company’s North Star.

Up and Running Software serves clients of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 10, and in all sectors, including health care, e-commerce, manufacturing and transportation. Serving clients near its Midwestern doorstep such as Iowa Interstate Railroad, AccuQuilt and eCreamery, Up and Running Software also works with client partners on both coasts and all points in between, including Hearst Corp., FDLIC, ObEN and Metrical.

Building custom software for such a wide range of clients has yielded a diverse portfolio, applications which have been implemented in a variety of uses: e-learning, medical imaging, data analytics, nuclear inventory management, artificial intelligence and much more.

Being a virtual company allows Up and Running Software to hire the best engineering experts regardless of location, with team members in Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, California, New York and beyond. Perfected over a decade, the company’s model allows for providing exceptional value while minimizing overhead—savings which benefit the customer. This allows the company to offer top tier services at a more competitive price than its Silicon Valley-based peers.

The company’s flat hierarchy means that the owners, architects, developers and support staff are all accessible to one another and customers alike, offering a personalized service experience and quick response time.

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BERLIN, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — With its do-it-yourself tool, the explainer video pioneer simpleshow is now revolutionizing teaching and learning. More than 200,000 users already use the intelligent and user-friendly text-to-video application to create explainer videos for business, personal or educational purposes. The video creator is particularly popular with educators, who take advantage of the simple video creation process. mysimpleshow now supports them with a tailored and free offer.

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mysimpleshow “Classroom” offers the full variety of design functions in the tool and focuses on collaborative learning: up to 50 students can create joint video projects that promote their creativity and teamwork. Previously, a price tag was still attached to this comprehensive offer. The creators of simpleshow have now decided to make the “Classroom” offer available free of charge, in addition to the free basic account.

Karsten Boehrs, CEO of simpleshow, explains the idea behind this step: “We are making our contribution towards creating a better education system, one that is evolving from standardized frontal teaching to flipped classrooms and integrated learning. Every teacher, pupil, student and anyone involved in education should be able to create their own explainer videos – together, interactively and at no charge.”

The explainer video creator uses a high level of artificial intelligence to automatically create video content from text. This means that users can create efficient explainer videos in just a few minutes and personalize them using a simple process. The application can currently process English and German text input. 

About simpleshow: simpleshow is the market leader for professional explainer video production and so far has produced several thousand clips in more than 50 languages worldwide. With offices in Luxembourg, Berlin, Stuttgart, London, Zurich, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, more than 150 employees serve customers around the globe. simpleshows explain complex topics in short, entertaining and easy-to-understand videos; and its methodology is trusted by major blue-chip corporations worldwide. Today, the company offers a variety of formats, from simple online videos to innovative and interactive online courses, and its online video maker mysimpleshow.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks national experts to participate in a newly formed international standardization committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO, and the IEC, via the U.S. National Committee.

The new committee is intended to serve as the focus for ISO/IEC JTC 1’s standardization program on AI and will provide guidance to other JTC 1, IEC, and ISO committees that are developing AI applications.

“ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 is a first of its kind standardization committee looking at the full AI IT ecosystem,” said Wael William Diab, chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 and senior director at Huawei. “Artificial Intelligence is expected to play a crucial role in a number of fields from consumer to enterprise and a variety of different verticals such as Industrial IoT.”

One of the largest and most prolific technical committees in the international standardization community, ISO/IEC JTC 1 has been directly responsible for 3,000 published ISO standards, with almost 600 currently under development. Its work in standardization also encompasses 21 additional subcommittees that make a tremendous impact on the global information and communications technology industry.

“Standardization in the area of Artificial Intelligence is an important addition to the extensive work program of ISO/IEC JTC 1,” said Phil Wennblom, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1 and a senior director at Intel.  “With the formation of JTC 1/SC 42, JTC 1 is ready to lead the development of standards for this important, emerging area of information technology.”

The first meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 will be held April 18-20, 2018, in Beijing, China. Questions about SC 42 can be directed to Heather Benko, SC 42 secretary ( U.S. experts who are interested in joining the U.S. TAG to JTC 1/SC 42 should contact the TAG Administrator, INCITS (

For more information on JTC 1, see ANSI’s recent coverage: ANSI Celebrates 30 Years of ISO/IEC JTC 1 Achievements in Information and Communication Technology.

About JTC 1
Now in its 30th year, ISO/IEC JTC 1 has addressed the rapidly changing standardization requirements of the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards.

The U.S plays a leading role in JTC 1, with ANSI, the U.S. member body to ISO, serving as secretariat. Phil Wennblom of Intel chairs the committee on behalf of the United States.


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Ontario, Canada, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — LocateMotion offers families and caregivers a first-of-its-kind integrated wearable device that works “out of the box, simple to use and extremely affordable” as it is based on latest Internet of things (IoT) technology.  The LocateMotion Caregiver Solution is integrated with an iOS/Android App, and the Internet of things (IoT) GPS integrated wearable solution is designed with objective of helping families living with challenges such as Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia stay safe. The Caregiver Watch Solution is a GPS “track, talk and care” device with 3G/4G and IoT wireless connectivity which enables caregivers to monitor and quickly locate and contact loved ones like kids / toddlers and elders who might wander or need to be tracked.  The LocateMotion solution has been designed to achieve all this while still keeping the data costs extremely low.

LocateMotion has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Caregiver Solution to speed up and bring this vital healthcare solution to market faster. The goal is to encourage more people to get involved in keeping loved ones (with or without disabilities) safe and sound. For remaining days, backers can pledge (any amount $10 and above) to ensure that users such as Autistic children and Alzheimer’s seniors are found quickly when they wander.

The Problem Identified . . .

There are nearly 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s just in the United States (stats suggest that today 1.5% of world’s population has some form of dementia). Three out of five of those people will wander at some stage of their life. Research has shown that fifty percent of Alzheimer’s loved ones who wander will be seriously injured while lost if not found within 24 hours.

It is also known that nearly 50 percent of all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will wander (1 in 68 boys have some form of Autism and it is fastest growing health condition among kids). These children often wander into very dangerous situations, given their attraction to seclusion or water. With the inability to communicate effectively, it is often very challenging to find them before serious injury.

The LocateMotion Solution . . .

LocateMotion has been designed with a primary aim to keep all loved ones with Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia safe and easily locatable 24/7. But it can also be used to keep track, monitor and stay together with infants, toddlers and elders. In future, this solution will become “the find solution” not only for people but also for pets and things.

Our innovative integrated “out of box, simple and affordable”  Caregiver Watch Solution is an:

  1. IoT GPS wearable smart watch plus

  2. IoT Nano-SIM inserted to the watch and activated on arrival (Talk, SMS, Data plan)

  3. LocateMotion Application (iOS / Android) downloaded from app store

  4. LifeTime Watch Warranty with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

  5. After Sales Technical and Billing Support

The device is wearable and attractive and the solution helps loved ones with Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia feel confident and independent.

The Caregiver “Out of Box, simple and affordable” Watch Solution features includes:

  • One touch Save our Sole “SOS” & Regular Calling (receive, originate calls)

  • Built-In Camera with Remote App Accessibility via LocateMotion App

  • Location History (Track route) via LocateMotion App

  • Remote Audio Monitoring via the LocateMotion App

  • Smart Battery (2 days on a single charge)

  • Geo-Fencing

  • Voice Messaging

  • Lite-Waterproof

  • Memory Math Games

  • Pedometer and other Health features focused on activity

  • And much more to come in future

The LocateMotion Caregiver Watch Solution is paired with an iOS and Android app which caregivers can use to stay connected with loved ones or patients from anywhere, and at anytime. The IoT smart device and app is a timely and cost effective solution to very serious health issues in the Autism and Alzheimer’s community. The Caregiver Solution is available for order at a discounted introductory price. This wearable works in Canada and is currently subject to roaming in the U.S., but with funding we can roll out a device with global connectivity in the next device.

LocateMotion’s Powerful Advisory Board and Management Team

To move the LocateMotion Caregiver Watch and future IoT products to market in a powerful way, we have gathered an impressive advisory board and management team.

LocateMotion’s Advisory Board and Management Team includes CEOs, CIOs, and CCOs for leading global companies in industries like management consulting, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, and more.

Presenting Advisory Board Members:

  • Will Falk, Retired PwC Partner, North America Lead HealthCare

  • Alister Campbell, former CEO Zurich Canada and Guarantee Company of North America

  • Saliq Khan, VP Imperial Capital, IoT, Smart Home, Security

  • Dr. Imran Ahmed, Big Data, AI, Deep Learning, and Lead at Canadian Immigration

Presenting Management Team Members:

The mission to keep all loved ones connected is indeed challenging. The LocateMotion team will continue to develop, design, and bring to market innovative solutions for those living with Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia, as well as all those in their lives. They plan to extend this technology to pets and things using latest and emerging technology so we can all “stay together”.

Stay Together with your loved ones and help others stay connected by backing our Kickstarter campaign today.

About LocateMotion: LocateMotion (The Find Company) is a Canadian based company located in Toronto and a subsidiary of MarkiTech. The IoT tech startup aims to help those who care for people, pets, and things in an innovative, smart, and cost effective way. Present endeavors include the development, design, and launch of the Caregiver Watch and LocateMotion app to initially help better the daily lives of people living with Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and their caregivers primarily but can be used for other use cases like for infant, toddler and elderly parents as well.

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LONDON, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the Laureates and Finalists of the 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. One Laureate in each of the three Blavatnik Awards categories—Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry—will each receive an unrestricted prize of US$100,000; additionally, two Finalists in each category will each receive unrestricted prizes of US$30,000. The Blavatnik Awards in the UK are the largest unrestricted cash prizes available exclusively to young scientists in the UK.

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The Blavatnik Awards, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in the United States in 2007 and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, honour and support exceptional early-career scientists and engineers aged 42 years or younger. In 2018, the Awards recognise the first cohort of international honourees in the United Kingdom and in Israel. To date, the Blavatnik Awards have conferred prizes totalling US$5 million, honouring 220 outstanding young scientists and engineers.

In this inaugural year of the Blavatnik Awards in the UK, 124 nominations were received from 67 academic and research institutions across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. A distinguished jury of leading senior scientists and engineers from throughout the UK selected the Laureates and Finalists.

The inaugural Blavatnik Awards Laureates and Finalists in the UK will be honoured at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 7th March, 2018.

To follow the progress of the Blavatnik Awards, please visit the Awards’ website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@BlavatnikAwards). For media requests, please contact Kamala Murthy [; +1-212-298-3740] or Alex Pack [; +44 (0) 7469 083505].


The 2018 Blavatnik Awards UK Laureates are:

Life Sciences     

  • Dr. M. Madan Babu, Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Dr. Babu’s work has employed techniques from structural biology, genomics, and bioinformatics to reveal how G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs)—which are among the most highly variable drug targets in the human population—selectively couple to specific G-proteins. His discovery of a unique pattern, or ‘barcode’, on these proteins will aid in developing more specific, targeted pharmaceuticals in this age of personalised medicine.


  • Prof. Andrew L. Goodwin, University of Oxford. Prof. Goodwin is a world leader in the study of the chemistry and physics of functional materials, which have unique magnetic, optical, and electrical properties. His work has revealed the role of structural disorder in these materials, and how this phenomenon can explain unique material properties such asnegative thermal expansion, negative compressibility, and exotic magnetic states.

Physical Sciences & Engineering

  • Prof. Henry Snaith, University of Oxford. Prof. Snaith’s pioneering work in developing new, low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells based on metal halide perovskite materials has not only initiated a new research field now studied by scientists around the world, but also has the potential to deliver solar energy to the market at a fraction of the cost of currently used materials.

“In the spirit of the United Kingdom’s tradition of scientific excellence and pursuit of knowledge, we are pleased to recognise and support these inaugural Blavatnik Awards Laureates and Finalists as they pursue their careers in advancing their respected fields,” said Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. “Through the promise that they have already demonstrated, we are confident they will continue pushing the boundaries of discovery and innovation.”

“The community of previous Blavatnik Awards honourees is an incredible group of the smartest scientific minds. We are extremely proud to bring the Blavatnik Awards programme to the United Kingdom, recognising outstanding young scientists leading their respective fields,” said Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences and Chair of the Awards’ Scientific Advisory Council. “In its first year, we witnessed terrific enthusiasm from the UK’s scientific community and hope to see even more institutions nominate their top Faculty-level scientists in the coming years.”

2018 Blavatnik Awards UK Finalists

The following scientists have been named Finalists:

Life Sciences                                                                     

  • Prof. Timothy Behrens, University of Oxford; honorary Principal Investigator, University College London (UCL). Prof. Behrens investigates the biology of the brain that underlies human behaviour. By combining mathematical models with behavioural experiments and neural recordings, he has uncovered at a cellular level how the brain stores abstract information about relationships between things in the world, and how we use this mental map in decision-making. His discoveries have applications in neural network computing and artificial intelligence, but also on our understanding of cognition and mental health.
  • Dr. John Briggs, Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Prof. Briggs uses cryo-electron tomography combined with fluorescence imaging and other techniques to visualise the molecular assembly processes of viral particles such as HIV at unprecedented resolution. His work provides detailed insight into the mechanisms of action of viruses, which stands to have a broad impact on drug development and our understanding of disease.


  • Dr. Robert Hilton, Durham University. Dr. Hilton’s research has provided new insights into Earth’s long-term carbon cycle and the natural processes that transfer carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and rocks. His research has uncovered how erosion of land in the form of earthquakes and resulting landslides, weathering of organic carbon in rocks, and the export of carbon by rivers can have an impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration.
  • Prof. Philipp Kukura, University of Oxford. Prof. Kukura is a physical chemist recognised for pioneering efforts in single-molecule scale microscopy and spectroscopy that enable the study of native, unlabelled molecules in real time. His particular focus is on biological macromolecules such as proteins as they interact with drugs or self-assemble with each other.

Physical Sciences & Engineering             

  • Dr. Claudia de Rham, Imperial College London. Dr. de Rham’s work has revolutionised our understanding of the nature of gravity, founding a new field of study that connects cosmology with particle physics and the nature of spacetime itself. The implications of her work are extremely wide-ranging, from our understanding of the fundamental evolution of the universe to the quantum nature of gravity.
  • Prof. Andrew Levan, University of Warwick. Prof. Levan is a leader in the field of extragalactic research, primarily aimed at understanding extreme transient events such as gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and their roles as cosmological probes. He studies events such as the most-distant gamma-ray bursts, which unveil details of the earliest galaxies, and was the first to identify the signature of a star destroyed through a close encounter with a supermassive black hole.

About the 2018 Blavatnik Awards UK Laureates

Dr. M. Madan Babu
2018 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Laureate in Life Sciences

Programme Leader, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Scientist, National Institutes of Health, USA
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, UK
B. Tech., Anna University, India

Prof. Babu’s multi-disciplinary work brings together techniques from structural biology, genomics, and bioinformatics to analyse biological systems at many levels. In one achievement using this approach, Prof. Babu has uncovered mechanistic details of a class of proteins called G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs). These proteins are implicated in over a hundred human disorders, and drugs targeting GPCRs represent nearly 30% of all drug sales. Prof. Babu and his team identified key aspects of GPCR biology that will aid in developing more specific, targeted pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Prof. Babu has shown that many GPCRs targeted by common drugs are highly variable in the human population, such that patients with different variants are likely to have different responses to the same drug. This work represents a significant contribution to the relatively new field of personalised medicine.

In a parallel body of work, Prof. Babu has also made fundamental discoveries regarding protein structure. About 40% of human proteins have a region that is unstructured compared to normal proteins—these so-called intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) have puzzled structural biologists for decades. Through a combination of computational approaches, big-data analysis, machine learning, and experimental validation, Prof. Babu and his team helped to establish the roles of IDRs in health and disease. Together, these studies shed light on key classes of proteins that are integral to human health.

Prof. Andrew Goodwin
2018 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Laureate in Chemistry

Professor of Materials Chemistry, Inorganic & Solid-State Chemistry University of Oxford
Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK

Ph.D., Mineral Physics, University of Cambridge, UK
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Sydney, Australia
B.Sc., Chemistry & Pure Mathematics, University of Sydney, Australia

Prof. Goodwin is considered a world leader in probing, investigating, and quantifying the effects of disorder and flexibility in materials that are traditionally thought of as highly ordered and uniform at an atomic scale. His laboratory utilizes advanced diffraction and modelling techniques to probe disordered materials and subsequently produce new, tailored materials that display unique properties.

As an example of his approach, most materials will expand upon heating and shrink when compressed; however, Prof. Goodwin has discovered that by careful control of the disorder within the structure of a substance, the opposite can occur—a material can be made that will shrink upon heating (negative thermal expansion) and expand when compressed (negative linear compressibility). These counterintuitive processes can be exploited in the design of heat-resistant materials, advanced pressure sensors, artificial muscles, and even body armour. Additionally, Prof. Goodwin has played a key role in the structural analysis of amorphous materials, which, in the case of amorphous calcium carbonate, the key structural component in bones and shell, led to a complete understanding of the ability of organisms to nucleate different crystalline structures from the same biomineral precursor.

Prof. Henry Snaith
2018 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Laureate in Physical Sciences & Engineering

Professor of Physics; Group Leader, Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group, Department of Physics
University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Cambridge, UK
Ph.D., Physics, University of Cambridge, UK
M.Sci., Physics, University of Bristol, UK
Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Snaith’s research has striven to develop new, low-cost photovoltaic technologies based on easily processed materials, which promise to deliver solar energy at a fraction of the cost of current solar technologies. Since 2012, his research has transformed research in the photovoltaics community. He found that metal halide perovskite materials, which had been overlooked for decades because of their very low solar energy conversion efficiency, can be employed in a previously overlooked configuration to create highly efficient solar cells. He has since raised the energy conversion efficiency of the perovskite materials to over 22% when used alone in solar cells, and more recently to 25% by combining perovskites with crystalline silicon cells. Potentially, the perovskite-on-silicon combined cells may deliver a photovoltaic technology capable of surpassing the 30% efficiency mark, making them very promising for industrial applications.

Another huge benefit of these perovskite solar cells is their low cost, thanks to the fact they can be processed from solution and that the solar cells are simple layered devices. In addition, Prof. Snaith has significantly improved the long-term stability of perovskite solar cells and significantly advanced our fundamental understanding of the physics of these perovskite semiconductors, which has helped broaden the application range of these materials to include light emission as well as radiation detection, memory, and sensing. Prof. Snaith’s work has led in a short period to a very promising new sustainable energy generation option that could quickly surpass our existing solar-cell technologies.

About the Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of many leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. Recipients of Foundation support include Oxford University, Harvard University, Yale University, Tel Aviv University, Stanford University, New York University, the New York Academy of Sciences, Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House, the Hermitage Museum, Lincoln Center, Jewish charitable organizations, and countless other philanthropic institutions. The Foundation is headed by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, a major American and British entrepreneur and philanthropist. Sir Leonard is the Founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global strategic interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, venture capital, and real estate. For more detailed information, please visit:

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been driving innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. Throughout its history, the Academy’s Membership has featured thinkers and innovators from all walks of life, including U.S. Presidents Jefferson and Monroe, Thomas Edison, Lord Kelvin, Charles Darwin, Margaret Mead, Louis Pasteur, and over 130 Nobel Laureates. Today, the Academy numbers over 20,000 Members in 100+ countries, with a President’s Council that includes 37 Nobel Laureates, and a distinguished Board of Governors comprised of leaders from business, academia, and philanthropy. It is also young and dynamic with nearly 10,000 post-doctoral, post-graduate, undergraduate, and gifted high school student Members. Through collective action, the Academy is partnering with the United Nations to address the Global Goals, advising national leaders, and organizing public-private partnerships to address the grand challenges of the planet. Please visit us online at and follow us on Twitter at @NYASciences.


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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Colovore, the Bay Area’s leading provider of high-performance colocation services, today announced that it has begun construction on Phase 3, adding another 2 MW of capacity to its Santa Clara data center. Since launching in 2014, Colovore has grown rapidly by providing unrivalled power densities in Bay Area colocation, exceptional uptime and service quality, and a cost-effective, pay-by-the-kW pricing model. As with Phase 2, all cabinets in Phase 3 will support 35 kW of critical load. The additional capacity is expected to be delivered in early Q3 and Colovore is now marketing Phase 3, adding much-needed high-density capacity to the tight Bay Area colocation marketplace.

Colovore's data center features modern liquid cooling and power densities of 35 kW per rack, driving the lowest TCO and highest footprint efficiency in Bay Area colocation.

Highlights / Key Facts

  • Customers utilize Colovore to host their high-performance (HPC) and Big Data infrastructure, private/hybrid cloud deployments, and internal lab environments
  • With power densities of 35 kW per rack, Colovore provides the highest footprint efficiency and lowest TCO in Bay Area colocation; customers can pack their racks full of servers and operate in a much smaller, cost-effective footprint than legacy colos
  • Colovore’s pay-by-the-kW pricing model allows customers to match their costs directly to their IT requirements as they go, providing significant cost savings and easy scalability– 1 kW at a time
  • With 9 MW of total power available at its facility, Colovore has plenty of capacity for future expansion beyond this 2 MW Phase 3

“We are clearly seeing increasing rollout of power-hungry, computing platforms supporting a number of fast-growing HPC applications,” stated Sean Holzknecht, President and Co-Founder of Colovore. “Artificial intelligence, Big Data, self-driving cars, and the Internet of Things are exploding and customers need data centers with next-generation power and cooling capabilities to support the underlying IT infrastructure. That is our specialty at Colovore.”

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SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Neo Capital Management Group Co., Ltd. (“Neo Capital” or the “Group”) recently held its 2018 Finance Summit with the theme of “New Era & New Wealth.” Present at the summit were many famous economists, scholars and entrepreneurs from China and abroad, including Thomas Sargent, the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Fan Gang, a famous research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shen Minggao, Shao Bingren, Yu Yongding and Dan Bin, as well as the top executives of Neo Capital and Neo New Wealth, who shared the economic trends of 2018 and investment insights with several hundred investors.

Thomas Sargent Spoke at Neo Finance Summit

At the summit, Thomas Sargent gave a keynote speech titled “How Do Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Create New Opportunities and Challenges”, and stated repeatedly that artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain would be promising in the future. According to him, blockchain is a reliable technique for the financial system, since it is a very stable system that is not randomly formed, but based on all the previous e-signatures created. It provides good technical support for the overall financial system, and is an exciting technology for investors. “China currently is a gathering place for talented people, especially young people proficient in statistics and computers. I believe that AI will gain a foothold and achieve integrated development in different companies and organizations,” Sargent said.

Regarding the issue of how to do well in asset allocation according to the economic trends in 2018, Fan Gang claimed: “Globalization won’t stop; foreign exchange risks should arouse attention while Chinese enterprises are going global, and so is personal capital. In the long term, exchange controls will be loosened step by step, and the exchange rate will fluctuate greatly.” Fan Gang continued: “As for asset allocation, our focus shouldn’t be on the trends of the RMB exchange rate, but on other currencies. Only in this way can our market develop better in a more open way. As it will definitely be more open in future, it is suggested to look at asset allocation from a global perspective.”

Regarding investment opportunities in 2018, Qiu Sisheng, the chief economist at Neo Capital and Vice President of Neo New Wealth, pointed out that the coming year would be the best time for China. Wealth would be redistributed in the next five years, not in the real estate market, but rather in the equity market. “It has been said that Chinese real estate market will no longer be the place for wealth creation, while the equity market will be. Why? When urbanization attains a certain height, real estate will no longer bring about high profits, but equity will still be vibrant, so equity allocation will be very important in the future,” Qiu Sisheng said.

In recent years, driven by the real economy and financial markets, the number of high-net-worth individuals has been increasing in China year by year, bringing about enormous demand for wealth management. In addition, according to market data, an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals that usually make big investments are making decisions with advice from investment institutions. Over 70% of the investors that make investments of over 3 million yuan cooperate with professional institutions. As their demands are increasingly diversified and integrated, high-net-worth individuals are seeking increasingly professional financial services. According to Qiu Sisheng, professional institutions will surely cut a conspicuous figure in China’s wealth market. Especially as high-end investors put forward diversified, integrated and individualized demands for investment, third-party wealth management organizations that aim to meet customers’ financial demands have a brilliant future.

Board Chairman of Neo Capital Peng Tie pointed out that Neo Capital has grown from a young innovative financial company into a comprehensive Fintech group that specializes in wealth management, investment management, Fintech and combines industry and finance. In the next five years, Neo will keep innovating with a focus on financial innovation, sci-tech innovation and model innovation to actively build a sci-tech innovation platform with capital value, to develop more advanced Fintech tools that can help the group to consistently provide higher-efficiency financial products and services worldwide.

About Neo Capital

Neo Capital Management Group Limited, founded in 2012, is based in Shenzhen and has four management centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, with business in Australia, London, New York, other international financial centers, as well as Silicon Valley. Neo Capital is a comprehensive Fintech group that specializes in wealth management, investment management, Fintech and combines industry and finance. With the mission of “offering equal financial services to everybody,” the group specializes in combining industry and finance, serving the real economy, and committing itself to providing the public with comprehensive, professional household financial services, to promote household finance in China. Currently, Neo Capital has 286 branches and serves more than 8 million customers worldwide. Specifically, its Internet finance platform has more than 5 million registered users and more than 11,000 employees.

About Neo New Wealth

Neo New Wealth is a wholly-owned wealth management company of Neo Capital Management Group, and offers customers healthy, pluralistic financial services worldwide according to customer demand, with the aim of building a smart wealth management platform with global asset allocation at the core.

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HONG KONG, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Across the globe, the internet finance industry is developing rapidly with the rise of technologies like Electronic Payments, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Block Chain and Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, these technologies are still in their infancy in Hong Kong and the broader Asia Pacific region. In light of this, Mr. Tin Mok, founder and CEO of Trend Lab, has gathered talents from various leading internet technology companies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With its official establishment, the new AI FinTech startup Trend Lab will focus on developments in Big Data and AI to provide high-end technologies for FinTech industries across Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, Trend Lab will also become a strategic technology partner of EFT Solutions (HKSE: 8062) and 18 Financial Group Limited. Working with the latest AI technologies, Trend Lab will promote the development of the finance industry in the region, working together with traditional financial practices to build a new industry system with reduced operational costs that will increase corporate financial value with enhanced capital efficiency.

Tin Mok, Trend Lab CEO

Leading Internet Finance into 4.0 era by acquiring own AI FinTech capabilities

Mr. Tin Mok, founder and CEO of Trend Lab is ambitious about developing Big Data and AI systems: “The application of AI technology in the FinTech industry across the Asia-Pacific region is still in its embryonic stage, and most technologies – including smart customer service, Big Data analysis, customer relations management, enterprise resource planning, business acquisitions, electronic payments, corporate credit rating systems and more – require a high degree of integration to unleash their full corporate value. Of these, Big Data, Block Chain and AI are integral to a successful and progressive FinTech industry, allowing for the analysis of huge amount of information, for example, hard data like consumers’ income and soft data like consumers’ behaviour, to provide credible insights that will, in turn, optimise the value chain. With more data and increased computing efficiency, AI technology can establish new and more accurate monetary and financial systems for corporates to better understand consumers’ needs, as well as more efficient services for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Instead of financial informatisation, we target to translate current financial systems into smart systems, exploring the unseen values and opportunities for businesses. We are poised to witness a revolution of the financial industry, which will integrate the segregated front, middle and back office vertically, leading the financial industry into a new, 4.0 era of rapid development growth.”

Hitting unicorn mark with the highest angel round valuation in Hong Kong in 86 days

Mr. Tin Mok continues: “The establishment of Trend Lab was incredibly smooth and took just 86 days. We are honoured to have recruited talents with experience in Big Data, AI technologies and internet finance, with a core team of professionals from leading technology companies like Tencent, 360 and DJI, all of whom possess mature AI computing knowledge and Big Data analysis experience, as well as a thirst for innovation. Under the lead of former LeEco management executives and professional talents, it is believed that Trend Lab will first develop its own Big Data and AI technologies, and, together with the application of block chain, cloud systems and SaaS in the financial industry in Asia-Pacific, a new internet finance system will be built.”

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Insight by Lauren Kindzierski, HGS Vice President, Solutions and Capabilities

CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Feature Article — The customer service industry will experience the biggest digital shift yet in 2018 as customer experience (CX) brand leaders seek to expand channels, leverage analytics, adopt automation, and integrate the front office with back office operations. CX pioneers should prepare for a surge in the adoption of disrupter technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), digital self-service, and bot tools as well as the need to hire data scientists to improve business intelligence and better enable consumers to get the right answer fast. These digital capabilities will help some businesses, with the right unified engagement strategy and delivery expertise, to unlock a treasure trove of transformational potential for optimizing customer experience — balancing the cost of service with frictionless engagement. In this report, we will cover those digital innovation and customer engagement operational trends that will assist CX leaders in planning their transformation projects in 2018-19. To read about HGS’s top 10 customer experience trends in 2018 in more detail, click here to download our full whitepaper:

1. Digital channels finally overtake voice.
We will finally witness the tipping point where digital channels — email, chat, social, text, messaging — overtake voice in the contact center. Mobile driven interaction management —in-app messaging, chat, SMS, and social — have become foundational components of an omnichannel strategy. According to Dimension Data’s global contact center benchmarking report, digital interactions accounted for over 42% of all interactions taking place inside the contact center in the beginning of 2017. At that current rate, digital was expected to overtake voice in 2018. It’s already happening with some of our clients. One consumer packaged goods client being serviced out of the UK receives 71% of all customer interactions from digital channels, and only 29% from voice. Included in these statistics are messaging via What’s App, which currently accounts for approximately 10% of the client’s volume. Instant communication will become the standard for exceptional customer service in 2018. Messaging is the new channel of choice, according to Twilio research, which states 89% of consumers want to use messaging to communicate with a business. There are multiple benefits to messaging such as the ability to send photos or videos between agents and customers, faster and more timely communications, and the ability to stop, start, and continue with the conversation at the customer’s convenience.

2. Investments in advanced analytics tools drive customer experience transformation.
Advanced data analytics tools can help businesses uncover business-critical insights and gain a competitive edge. According to Gartner, “By 2018 50% of agent interactions will be influenced by real-time analytics.” As customer experience analytics matures, it is becoming increasingly predictive and focused on personalization. A sophisticated data analytics tool can make predictions, or generate recommendations based on information gathered, thus giving contact center agents and bots more background and context on each individual customer they are servicing. In addition, analytics plays a significant role in increasing productivity. As one case in point, speech analytics can detect non-value adds, such as long conversational pauses or points in the conversation when the customer has to repeat responses.

3. Smartphone video camera support changes the game for customer support.
Gone are the days of customers struggling to explain technical product issues to an agent by phone. With smartphone video camera support, 3-4 minutes of triage can be accomplished in seconds. By texting customers a simple link, brands can now activate the video camera on a customer’s mobile device to see what they are looking at. It’s that simple. Smartphone video camera support, in combination with messaging or voice support, can accelerate time-to-resolution while boosting customer satisfaction.

If customers are uncomfortable leveraging video, the alternative option is to send a simple picture via SMS so that companies are able to get a better view and understanding of a product issue and communicate more effectively with customers — for example, annotating photos to indicate product issues. Real outcomes are cost-containment, better average handle time (AHT), lower product return rates, and improved CSAT.

4. Emojis make digital conversations measurably more emotional and expressive.
As digital conversations overtake voice in 2018 and tone of voice becomes absent from interactions, the customer care industry will need to find new ways to gauge and measure emotion and sentiment. The answer lies in technology. The emoji became accepted and praised as part of the customer care communication mainstream in 2017 and this will expand in 2018 — as a means to add lightheartedness or a personal touch and show humor and happiness. Another way to measure and gauge emotion is by embedding text analytics in digital channels, such as text or chat. Analytical dashboards can run behind the scenes as agents engage with customers to detect the level of sentiment in conversations. If the analysis detects a high negative sentiment score, the conversation can be flagged for a supervisor to review. Lastly, the same text analytics approach should be applied when using bots. Today, talking to a bot can be more and more akin to connecting with a human. However, there should always be an option for a customer to escalate to a human agent when necessary.

5. Artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionizes the customer service industry.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing industries across the globe, including customer service. Thanks to the rise of digital channels and the advancement of AI and machine learning technology, we now have the ability to predict (with a high level of confidence) the right answer to a customer’s inquiry in any digital channel — email, SMS, chat, or social. This advancement in technology will make our agents much more efficient. No more looking up answers, spell checking, tagging or categorizing conversations. The only action agents will have to take is to hit “approve” or “personalize” on the predicted responses. These new customer care solutions will bring together the empathy of agents with the efficiency of bots, for AI-assisted conversations that present the facts of a product or brand while adding the personalization of a human touch. AI technology will even be able to automatically tag and categorize posts, saving agents more time.

6. The customer care industry seeks outside expertise to build and optimize chatbot experiences.
As the hottest topic in 2017, customer service professionals had some high expectations chatbots were going to be a game changer. But apparently, chatbots still have a lot to learn. Early in 2017, Facebook announced it was “refocusing” its use of AI after its bots hit a failure rate of 70%, meaning bots could only get to 30% of requests without some sort of human intervention. There are a few reasons most chatbots fail. One, organizations fail to clearly define the bots’ purpose. Two, most organizations launch well before they are ready and fail to do the necessary amount of testing. Lastly, organizations did not have the in-house expertise to optimize and train a machine learning, natural language processing AI model. Chatbots are only as good as the data that feeds them. If chatbots start to learn something inaccurately or are fed false data to start, they will produce false results and humans will need to reset and intervene.

7. Smart Bots&Brains™ strategy is at the heart of CX transformation.
In 2018, the winning customer service formula will be a strategic “bots-brains” approach, leaning on intelligent automation to create optimized CX, intelligently integrating people at key moments of truth.

Whether front-end bot or bot-assisted agent, tomorrow’s businesses will employ automation where it adds value through reduced customer effort (improving CSAT by guiding customers to the right answer fast), cost-containment, or revenue generation. Bot deployment frees up human labor for higher-minded, more emotional, and complex decision making. According to a recent report by Horses for Sources, automation is making way for strong growth of high- and medium-skilled personnel—with highly skilled positions in the service provider industry increasing by 56%, and medium-skilled by 8%. However, low-skilled, routine jobs drop 30% as many of these roles get phased out over the next five years.

8. More customer care professionals budget for and hire data scientists/analysts and invest in text and speech analytics.
Delivering voice of the customer data is undoubtedly both art and science. Customer service teams live in a world of “unstructured” data including phone calls, chat transcripts, social transcripts, text transcripts, etc. Teams need analytics tools and data scientists to help make sense of the data and ultimately learn what customers are saying, requesting, complaining about, praising, and questioning. With the rise in digital conversations, hiring the right data professionals is going to become critical in 2018 if they want to execute their digital strategies flawlessly and remain competitive.

9. Robotic process automation (RPA), transforms both the back office and front office.
In the next two years, RPA will be recognized for its front-office potential as well. Automation will provide agents assistance to enhance productivity, by allowing team members to focus on helping customers and less time on navigating systems or post-contact wrap up. Additionally, automation at the desktop, will also improve quality by decreasing errors of manual data entry, reducing rework, and decreasing complaints. Reducing manual tasks allows for a better focus on listening to the customer, empathizing, and providing a frictionless experience. In 2018, we’ll see better collaboration between the front- and back office, for ROI that covers the advantages of both RPA types.

10. Work-at-home solutions grow and provide millennials the flexible jobs they seek.
Over the past decade, telecommuting has increased by 115%—that’s almost 3% of the U.S. workforce, as reported by Global Workforce Analytics and FlexJobs. With hiring, staffing, and attrition being some of the biggest obstacles in the customer care industry, this is one trend that will continue to grow in the next couple of years. There are many advantages to having a remote, at-home workforce. For one, many work-at-home-teams will have much lower attrition and absenteeism rates. Two, it expands the talent pool significantly making it much easier to hire for seasonal work. Three, the need to overstaff for the “just-in-case” is greatly reduced, thus saving cost.

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