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Malong Technologies Announces Winners of the CVPR 2019 iMaterialist Challenge on Product Recognition

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Artificial intelligence leader Malong Technologies today announced the results of the 2019 iMaterialist Challenge on Product Recognition at the Sixth Annual Workshop on Fine-Grained Visual Categorization (FGVC6) at CVPR 2019.

Malong organized the first product recognition challenge ever at CVPR and created the dataset, which is the largest in history in terms of size and scale of product diversity, with more than one million images, more than two thousand stock-keeping units (SKUs) and more than 200 images per SKU.

96 AI teams from around the world participated in the Challenge, submitting a total of 1600 entries from April 1 to the conclusion of the event, June 2, 2019. Winners of the 2019 iMaterialist Challenge are as follows:

  • 1st place: JD AI Research
  • 2nd place: MTDP-VIC
  • 3rd place: EB Lab

“Congratulations to the winners of the iMaterialist Challenge on Product Recognition, and our thanks to everyone who competed,” said Matt Scott, co-founder and chief technology officer, Malong Technologies. “Our hope is the challenge will introduce the task of product recognition to the global computer vision research community, helping raise interest, awareness and inspire more research in algorithms to advance progress in our field.”

More information on the Challenge is available here:

As computer vision systems become more prevalent in industry, especially in retail, they must recognize products based on images at the SKU level accurately, in real-time and at large-scale. However, the degree of difficulty keeps increasing along with a growing number of SKUs and a shrinking of subtle differences among SKUs – as, for example, different flavors of a soft drink might look the same, or images of a product or SKU look different under different lighting conditions or perspectives. Product photos that a consumer might post online – known as user-generated content, or UGC – can vary greatly cross domain; that is, from photos of the same product taken by a professional (professional-generated content, or PGC).

About Malong Technologies:
Malong Technologies is a global thought leader in AI for product recognition. Since its founding in 2014, the company has focused on advanced deep learning research and development in product recognition for retail applications, with numerous scientific achievements along the way; including inventing the CurriculumNet weakly supervised learning algorithm which won the inaugural WebVision Challenge of CVPR17 by a large margin (relative error rate of nearly 50% between first and second place). Malong Technologies is on a mission to help the retail industry transform with AI to increase efficiency, quality and safety. It maintains strategic alliances with Accenture and Microsoft, among many partnerships with global technology leaders, and it was recently named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and a Gartner Cool Vendor for AI in Computer Vision. For more information on Malong Technologies, visit

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QuickLogic EOS S3 Voice and Sensor Processing Platform Powers Infineon "IAS" Security IoT Reference Design

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), a developer of ultra-low power multi-core voice-enabled SoCs, embedded FPGA IP, and Endpoint AI solutions, today announced that Infineon has selected its EOS™ S3 Voice and Sensor Processing Platform to enable a new ultra-low power Integrated Alarm System (IAS) reference design utilizing the Infineon XENSIV™ MEMS Microphone and Digital Barometric pressure sensor.

This design takes advantage of QuickLogic’s integrated Low Power Sound Detection (LPSD) block, Sensor Manager and Flexible Fusion Engine (FFE) on the EOS S3 to significantly reduce the computation power consumption by a factor of ten. These blocks enable the ARM M4-F core in EOS S3 to be asleep for the majority of the time, only running Infineon’s own sensor fusion based glass break algorithm when significant events occur. The Infineon cutting edge sensor fusion software synchronizes the information from the microphone and pressure sensor to optimize the system’s performance and reduce false alarms. Existing glass break alarm systems on the market can react to numerous sounds, pets or movie background noises for example. With the Infineon patent pending concept of combining audio with pressure information, Infineon’s Alarm System only acts when a real event is detected, significantly reducing the number of false alarm calls.

The IAS reference design is targeted to customers in the home IoT space. The design can be integrated with a stand-alone product, or added to an existing home, commercial and industrial products such as light sockets, smoke detectors, motion sensors, and cameras to enable event detection such as an intruder breaking a window. A variety of well-known consumer product developers are currently adopting or investigating the IAS reference design solution for integration into their products.

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“Infineon’s reference design represents an excellent use case for the EOS S3 Voice and Sensor Processing Platform,” said Scott Haylock, director of product management at QuickLogic Corporation. “Through the use of our platform’s integrated features such as LPSD and FFE, they are able to deliver a very sophisticated solution at the ultra-low levels of power consumption required by IoT battery-powered applications.”

About EOS S3 Sensor Processing Platform
The EOS S3 Voice and Sensor Processing Platform is an ultra-low power SoC that combines always-on/always listening voice processing with fast, efficient and sophisticated sensor processing capabilities. It includes a proprietary, patent-pending uDSP-like Flexible Fusion Engine (FFE) that handles the bulk of the sensor algorithm processing, which minimizes the processing load for the floating point MCU. The multi-core design of EOS S3 enables it to be used as a host processor as well as a companion co-processor. Power consumption in the always-listening mode is minimized by its hardware integrated Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD).  System-level power consumption is further optimized by the EOS S3’s dynamic power management technology.

The Infineon Integrated Alarm System (IAT) security IoT reference design is available now. For more information, visit The EOS S3 platform is  available now from QuickLogic Corporation. For more information, please visit

About QuickLogic
QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops low power, multi-core semiconductor platforms and Intellectual Property (IP) for Artificial Intelligence (AI), voice and sensor processing. The solutions include embedded FPGA IP (eFPGA) for hardware acceleration and pre-processing, and heterogeneous multi-core SoCs that integrate eFPGA with other processors and peripherals. The Analytics Toolkit from our recently acquired wholly-owned subsidiary, SensiML Corporation, completes the ‘full stack’ end-to-end solution with accurate sensor algorithms using AI technology. The full range of platforms, software tools and eFPGA IP enables the practical and efficient adoption of AI, voice and sensor processing across mobile, wearable, hearable, consumer, industrial, edge and endpoint IoT. For more information, visit and

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Artprice (New York) – Thierry Ehrmann: Patrick Drahi’s Acquisition of Sotheby’s Confirms the Art Market’s Entry Into the Digital Era of the 21st Century

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Thierry Ehrmann: “Patrick Drahi’s acquisition of Sotheby’s confirms the Art Market’s entry into the digital era of the 21st century. Artprice has always argued that the global Art Market — weighing roughly 90 billion dollars — was several decades behind in terms of digital culture and Internet.

Fine Art auction turnover for the world two major auction houses: Christie’s and Sotheby’s (PRNewsfoto/

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“So it’s great news for the Art Market and Artprice to see Sotheby’s – the only listed auction operator — being acquired by Patrick Drahi, a 55-year-old global entrepreneur with a portfolio of telecommunications, media and digital companies. The offer price, which represents a premium of 61% to Sotheby’s closing price on June 14, 2019, and a 56% premium to the company’s 30 trading-day volume weighted average share price, reflects Patrick Drahi’s genuine confidence in Sotheby’s capacity for exponential development via a digital mutation.”

Artprice: “Since 2000, the Art Market has enjoyed a period of distinctly virtuous growth, becoming an efficient market with a return on investment of almost 7% per year and a volume growth of 450%. For much of this period, the backdrop to this growth has been a savings environment of zero or even negative interest rates in the eurozone. Meanwhile, the market itself has evolved from roughly 500,000 art collectors after WWII to nearly 90 million Art Consumers today, the vast majority of whom are completely at ease with new technologies.”

Thierry Ehrmann: “The soft power of the world’ major powers is a powerful geopolitical driver for the growth and development of the Museum Industry®. Artprice was one of the first players to appreciate and conceptualize the global importance of this industry. As we analysed in an earlier study, more museums opened between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2014 than during the previous two centuries. Every year approximately 700 new museums with international standing – each holding a minimum of 4,500 artworks – open their doors on five continents, representing one of the primary sustainable drivers of the global Art Market.

For 21 years, Artprice – the global leader in Art Market information and a dedicated digital pioneer – has contributed to the Art Market’s evolution into the digital era. Its databanks are today an absolute worldwide reference in terms of exhaustivity, indices and Art Market statistics. Remember that Artprice, via external growth and R&D, was the first global player to produce algorithm indices, using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence based on the observation of billions of connections to our databanks in strict compliance with existing data protection laws around the world.

In his statement, the position of Sotheby’s CEO, Tad Smith, is perfectly lucid: he openly welcomes Patrick Drahi into the Sotheby’s family: “Known for his commitment to innovation and ingenuity. He has a long-term view with a proven track record in the field of telecommunications, media and digital companies and I strongly believe that the company will be in excellent hands for decades to come with Patrick as our owner.”

Likewise, Domenico De Sole, chairman of the Sotheby’s board of directors, welcomes the move: “Following a comprehensive review, the Board enthusiastically supports Mr. Drahi’s offer, which delivers a significant premium to market for our shareholders.

Several key facts and figures concerning Sotheby’s and the Fine Art auction market:

Sotheby’s is the world’s number two Fine Art auction operator with a total turnover of $3,93 billion in 2018, behind Christie’s with $5 billion. Together, the two Anglo-Saxon giants account for over half of the planet’s Fine Art auction turnover: Christie’s for 32.3% and Sotheby’s for 25.4%. Their respective strengths are based on global coverage of the Art Market.

Sotheby’s 2018 Fine Art auction turnover by location

New York: $2 billion (51%)
London: $1.1 billion (28%)
Hong Kong: $554 million (14%)
Paris: $188 million (5%)
Milan: $32 million (0.8%)
Melbourne: $24 million (0.6%)
Mumbai: $8 million (0.2%)
Zurich: $7 million (0.2%)

Despite 275 years of existence, Sotheby’s has experienced a number of relatively close  strategy changes:

  • 2015: Tad Smith became CEO and the firm terminated sales in mainland China (Beijing) and the Middle East (Doha)
  • 2016: 13.5% of Sotheby’s was acquired by the Chinese insurance company Taikang Life Insurance, whose CEO is the founder of the Chinese auction operator, China Guardian
  • 2017: the firm eliminated buyers’ fees from online sales
  • 2018: buyers’ fees were re-established for online sales

Sales growth at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s has been around 400% since 2000, comparable to the 450% growth of the global Art Market over the same period.

After the announcement of Sotheby’s H1 2018 results, Sotheby’s share price dropped 10%. Despite rising sales, the company’s profits fell by 23%, a contraction that Sotheby’s blamed on its own guarantee strategy. Apparently the sale of Modigliani’s Nu Couché (sur le côté gauche) (1917-18) for $157 million – an absolute record for Sotheby’s – was not the best financial transaction of the year for the world’s second largest auction operator.

Artprice: “The world’s top two auction houses, with no rivals to date, are now both owned by French investors and collectors: François Pinault acquired Christie’s in 1998 and now Patrick Drahi effectively owns Sotheby’s since 17 June 2019.”

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Artprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 700,000 artists. Artprice Images® gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 126 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice’s art historians.

Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications.

For its 4,500,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art. Artprice is preparing its blockchain for the Art Market. It is BPI-labelled (scientific national French label) Artprice’s Global Art Market Annual Report for 2018 published last March 2019:

Artprice is associated with Artron Group the Chinese leader in the Art Market, its solid institutional partner.

About the Artron Group:

Artron Art Group (Artron), a comprehensive cultural industrial group founded in 1993 by Wan jie, is committed to inheriting, enhancing and spreading art value. Based on abundant art data, Artron provides art industry and art fans with professional service and experience of quality products by integrated application of IT, advanced digital science and innovative crafts and materials.

Having produced more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues, Artron is the world’s largest art book printer with a total print volume of 300 million a year. It has more than 3 million professional members in the arts sector and an average of 15 million daily visits, making it the world’s leading art website.

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VirtualAdvisor by CampusLogic Sets New Standards for Financial Aid Artificial Intelligence

PHOENIX, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ –CampusLogic, higher education’s leading student financial success platform, today announced that VirtualAdvisor will debut at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference. A centerpiece of the CampusLogic platform, VirtualAdvisor uses artificial intelligence (AI) to orchestrate activities and automate workflows across the financial aid lifecycle. VirtualAdvisor includes a dynamic chatbot powered by Microsoft’s® Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) AI engine. VirtualAdvisor engages students in conversations that answer complex financial aid questions, decreasing staffing strain and freeing up time for staff to spend on high-needs counseling—all while machine learning continually improves responses and conversations.

“We believe it’s time to flip the financial aid office upside down,” said Chris Chumley, COO at CampusLogic. “Too much time is spent answering the same questions over and over again, and not enough time is spent actually providing students the personalized advising they need. VirtualAdvisor takes routine work off the table, allowing financial aid professionals to focus on personalized advising—the life-changing work that truly drives student success.”

Nearly 3 million students drop out of higher education every year for reasons related to finances. The financial aid process is hard, comprehension of the gravity of financial commitment is low, and debt without a degree is on the rise. Billions are spent on innovating academic and career resources to drive student success—but financial success has been sorely overlooked. “VirtualAdvisor is our next step in solving the student financial success problem,” said Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic. “Improving advising capabilities for higher education aligns perfectly with our efforts to build the most comprehensive student financial success platform.”

Chatbots can deflect and resolve up to 80% of routine questions, providing answers on the seeker’s schedule rather than the institution’s. Virtual advising uses technology as a bridge, connecting the student with the information he or she seeks in that moment. Today’s non-traditional learner population often works during the day, tackles financial aid and college at night, and is raising a family. All students expect custom, personalized advising, 24/7/365 flexibility, quick resolution, and consistent responses.

VirtualAdvisor is multi-lingual, available through text and social media messaging, can advise and suggest next steps, and connects to other CampusLogic products to provide individualized answers to students. Today’s student expects custom, personalized advising, 24/7/365 flexibility, quick resolution, and consistent responses—VirtualAdvisor delivers. It’s the only chatbot raised on financial aid and grounded in student financial success. Later phases will add case management and scheduling system functionality.

“VirtualAdvisor will debut at NASFAA and we invite everyone to join us on Wed. June 26 at 10:15 a.m.,” said Scoresby, named Higher Education Technology Leader in the 2019 EdTech Awards. “With our established track record in delivering transformative technology solutions, no one is as uniquely positioned as CampusLogic to redefine the possibilities of financial aid artificial intelligence—we’re excited at the potential for this new technology to further help schools change lives.”

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CampusLogic transforms the way higher education delivers student financial success with the first—and only—integrated platform that includes a net price calculator, online scholarship management, digital award letters, simplified financial aid verification, and instant financial aid insights. CampusLogic’s innovative software removes financial barriers to improve student access, inform borrowing decisions, and increase student completion in higher education. Over 500 schools serving 3 million students simplify the student finance journey, resulting in higher enrollment, streamlined processes, and improved retention with CampusLogic. For more information, visit


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Dell Technologies Simplifies Customers’ Path to Innovation with AI and High Performance Computing

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ISC

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News summary:

  • Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI adds Deep Learning with Intel to simplify the path to AI insights
  • New reference designs make it easier to deploy HPC for digital manufacturing
  • Dell Technologies Services offers broad AI and HPC project support
  • Dell EMC customer collaborations and partnerships fuel innovation worldwide

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At ISC High Performance 2019, Dell Technologies is announcing details of new solutions, reference designs, customer collaborations and partnerships designed to advance and simplify the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL) and high performance computing (HPC).

According to HPC analyst and research firm, Hyperion Research, 2018 was another high growth year for HPC, with global industry revenues reaching $27.7 billion and Dell EMC growing at 13% over the past five years—more than double the industry rate.1 Big data, AI, DL, and machine learning (ML) are expected to bring new opportunities for organizations, especially as HPC and AI continue to converge for many HPC users.

“Organizations are increasingly using HPC and AI technology as tools to gain greater insight and value from their data,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of HPC at Dell EMC. “Getting started and using these technologies can be complex, so we’re focused on making it simpler for organizations of all sizes. We’ve engineered Dell EMC Ready Solutions as tested and validated configurations that help our customers more easily and quickly benefit from HPC and AI technologies to reach their ultimate goals.”

Dell EMC expands Ready Solutions for AI portfolio

Dell EMC has expanded its portfolio of Ready Solutions for AI to include Deep Learning with Intel. This new Dell EMC Ready Solution, co-developed with Intel, helps enable organizations to deliver on the combined needs of their data science and IT teams, and benefit from deep learning.

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI help customers accelerate time to insights by providing pre-designed and pre-validated solutions ideal for ML and DL. The Deep Learning with Intel design can reduce total cost of ownership by up to 24% over a three-year period while providing double the compute time and 10 times the storage capacity than running the same workload on a leading public cloud AI service, according to research and analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group2. It is the first industry solution with Nauta software, an Intel-led open source initiative for distributed deep learning using Kubernetes. Once deployed, users gain a simplified path to AI-powered applications with an easy-to-set-up solution that lets them focus on building models that generate value instead of constructing IT infrastructure.

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI are powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerSwitch networking, and Isilon scale-out NAS storage. Deep Learning with Intel also benefits from the newest AI capabilities of the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Nauta Enterprise software. With its scalable approach, customers can grow their deep learning environments as needed. It is available to customers today, pre-configured with the open source TensorFlow distributed deep learning framework and libraries for data modeling.

New reference designs make HPC Digital Manufacturing easier

Dell EMC is expanding its Ready Solutions for HPC Digital Manufacturing with new and updated designs for Altair HyperWorks™, ANSYS Fluent®, ANSYS® Mechanical™, Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA®, LSTC LS-DYNA® and Siemens’ Simcenter™ STAR-CCM+™ software. These designs combine the flexibility of customized HPC systems with the speed, simplicity and reliability of pre-configured systems, enabling manufacturing, engineering and design-focused organizations to run complex design simulations, including structural analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

The new Ready Solutions for HPC Digital Manufacturing designs leverage Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerSwitch networking and PowerVault storage, backed by a single point of contact for support with additional service options. The new Ready Solutions also benefit from the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors available now in several PowerEdge servers, including the four-socket PowerEdge R840.

Dell Technologies Services further simplify AI and HPC deployments

Dell Technologies Consulting Services helps customers implement and operationalize Ready Solutions for AI technologies and libraries, and scale their data engineering and data science capabilities. Once deployed, ProSupport experts provide comprehensive hardware and collaborative software support to help ensure optimal system performance and minimize downtime. Additionally, Education Services offers courses and certifications on data science, advanced analytics and more.

Dell Technologies Services also has expanded its ProDeploy and ProSupport Enterprise Suite offerings to include ProDeploy for HPC and ProSupport Add-on for HPC services3. This helps make the process of implementing an HPC solution simple, flexible and worry free–from installation and configuration to ongoing, comprehensive, single source support. 

Dell Technologies HPC deployments fuel innovation and AI initiatives

Dell Technologies continues to collaborate with customers worldwide to deploy HPC and AI solutions that fuel a wide range of industry improvements and research activity.

  • Norson Design provides advanced solutions for the high-speed marine sector and is designing faster, safer and more efficient boats by working with Supercomputing Wales4, and its joint Atos Dell EMC Supercomputing Center of Excellence, as well as a team of researchers at Swansea University. Using HPC simulations and computational fluid dynamics, Norson Design can better understand the complex nature of how boats, water and air interact, and efficiently generate AI-developed aerodynamic and hydrodynamic designs for high-speed vessels.
  • Verne Global, located on a former NATO base in Iceland, operates a vast, industrial scale data center campus, powered by 100% renewable energy. This campus supports a wide range of customers, including manufacturing enterprises and financial, research and life science institutions, whose competitiveness depends on HPC, AI and data-driven applications. With the support of Dell EMC HPC solutions, Verne Global is providing specialist HPC and AI cloud and colocation services to more than 40 organizations.
  • The University of Liverpool, a globally-focused institution with multiple physical and virtual campuses across Liverpool, London, Suzhou, Singapore and online, is arming researchers and students with HPC resources to increase collaborative and inter-disciplinary work. Leveraging a hybrid system that brings together on-premises and public cloud resources, the university has created a unified environment, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Alces Flight software, that connects to the public cloud and serves as a catalyst for discovery across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is helping advance research and discovery with its new, National Science Foundation-supported Frontera supercomputer, ranked for the first time as one of the top 10 highest performing supercomputers on the latest Top500 list. Frontera leverages Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Isilon unstructured data storage solutions in combination with 2nd generation Intel Xeon scalable processors, Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, CoolIT Systems high-density Direct Contact Liquid Cooling and high performance Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect to open up new possibilities in science and engineering.

Dell Technologies expands AI and HPC industry collaboration

Dell Technologies also announces new relationships with appliedAI and MOSAICrOWN.

Based in Germany, appliedAI is one of Europe’s largest non-profit initiatives for the application of artificial intelligence technology. Part of UnternehmerTUM, the largest non-profit innovation and entrepreneurship center, it is comprised of more than 25 technology companies and industry, ecosystem, international and academic partners and aims to accelerate the adoption of AI.

The MOSAICrOWN project5 aims to create new privacy preserving data markets for data sharing and collaborative analytics in multi-owner scenarios. The project consortium is led by the University of Milan, and includes partners such as Dell Technologies, Mastercard and SAP. The Dell Technologies research team based in Cork, Ireland, is leading the effort to develop secure data market solutions for the intelligent connected vehicle industry.

Both appliedAI and MOSAICrOWN will receive access to computing cycles from Dell Technologies’ supercomputing system Zenith, recognized as one of the industry’s TOP500 highest performing HPC systems, within the Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab.


  • Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI, Deep Learning with Intel is available now in select countries with worldwide availability expected in Q4 of 2019.
  • New designs for Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC Digital Manufacturing, including for Altair HyperWorks™, ANSYS Fluent®, ANSYS® Mechanical™, Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA®, LSTC LS-DYNA® and Siemens’ Simcenter™ STAR-CCM+™ software, are available now.

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Dan Stanzione, executive director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin
“Our mission at the Texas Advanced Computing Center is to help researchers from across the country make breakthrough discoveries that advance science and society. Through our collaboration with Dell Technologies and benefiting from Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, 2nd generation Intel Xeon scalable processors and Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, we’re standing up Frontera, one of the world’s most powerful HPC systems with support from the National Science Foundation. Our success together will drive world-class research and fuel important advances in all fields of science, from astrophysics to zoology.

Trey Breckenridge, director, High Performance Computing Collaboratory, Mississippi State University
“The Orion supercomputer at Mississippi State University will support advanced research and development activities in a broad range of areas, including environmental modeling, cyber security, and autonomous vehicle design and operation,” said Trey Breckenridge. “This new Dell EMC-based supercomputing resource will provide the additional HPC capacity to run larger, more complex, and more detailed simulations and models.”

Carlos Morales, general manager of AI Software, AI Products Group, Intel 
“As companies adopt Deep Learning to drive their competitiveness, we are increasingly seeing data scientists work with their IT departments, requiring solutions that are simple to deploy and which accelerate time to insight. To this end, and as a result of our long-standing relationship with Dell Technologies, our teams created the Dell EMC Ready Solution for AI: Deep Learning with Intel, which will help our joint customers make advancements and discoveries of all types using deep learning.”

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About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) is a unique family of businesses that helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work and live. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio spanning from edge to core to cloud. The Dell Technologies family includes Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware.

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1 Hyperion Research, A Vendor Shares View of the 2018 HPC Market, May 2019
2 ESG Technical Validation Report sponsored by Dell EMC, “Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with Intel,” April 2019. Actual results may vary.
3 Dell ProSupport availability and terms vary by region and product. See
4 Supercomputing Wales is a strategic program of investment in the university sector in Wales intended to change the way supercomputer facilities are used to support research activities. The program is led by Cardiff University, in a consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea universities. The program is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.
5 The MOSAICrOWN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 825333.

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Pega Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share, maintaining the company’s current dividend program. The Q3 2019 dividend will be paid on July 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as of July 1, 2019.

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About Pegasystems
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega PlatformTM – empowers people to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results.  For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit

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Computerworld Names MSC Industrial Supply Co. to 2019 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT

MELVILLE, N.Y. and DAVIDSON, N.C., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — For the third consecutive year, IDG’s Computerworld ( named MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM) among the Best Places to Work in IT as one of the 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. MSC, a premier distributor of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) supplies and services to industrial customers throughout North America, ranked No. 29 among large organizations on the list, its highest ranking to date.

“Receiving recognition from Computerworld as a Best Place to Work in IT for the third year in a row and seeing an improved ranking from last year is a great confirmation of our efforts to attract and retain top IT talent. It’s an honor to be considered among the best in providing our IT associates ongoing learning and development opportunities and hands-on training so that their skills remain current and relevant,” said Charlie Bonomo, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for MSC. “The consecutive rankings are a testament to the continued engagement of all our associates across the organization who help make MSC a top workplace.”

MSC’s continual investment in IT solutions leverages custom-developed applications, best-of-breed commercial software and the latest technology like cloud computing, artificial intelligence and big data analytics, Bonomo said.

“The market for IT talent remains very tight, and employers continue to focus on finding and holding on to the best people,” said Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis. “Our 2019 survey shows again that the Best Places to Work in IT are dynamic organizations that provide top pay and a broad array of programs and benefits designed to make them attractive places to work. Many show that they have a commitment to training, to diversity and to improved communication and teamwork.”

About MSC Industrial Supply Co.
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. We help our customers drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with more than 1.6 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, and deep expertise from over 75 years of working with customers across industries.

Our experienced team of over 6,500 associates is dedicated to working side by side with our customers to help drive results for their businesses – from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling, and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow.

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How XAG is Leveraging AI Technology to Transform Agriculture

GENEVA ,Switzerland, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The 3rd AI for Good Global Summit, a leading United Nation platform for multilateral dialogue on Artificial Intelligence (AI), was kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland, May 28-31. As the only Chinese agri-tech company to join the Summit, XAG presented its innovative solutions of combining drones with AI and IoT technology to achieve precision agriculture and induce transformational changes to the food system.

By utilising data collected via XAG's drones and IoT devices in the Intelligent Farm Management System, prescription sprayings can be done accordingly when treating crops in the future.

Bringing together over 1,200 interdisciplinary participants from 200 countries, the AI for Good Global Summit connects AI innovators with problem owners to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate process towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers from industry giants such as Microsoft, Google, Mastercard, IBM, Airbus, Siemens, Danone and Roland Berger were present at the Summit.

“Zero Hunger” is one of the 17 UN SDGs expected to be achieved by 2030. According to the United Nations, up to 80% of food consumed in most developing countries are produced by smallholder farmers who, however, account for approximately 50% of the 815 million people suffering from hunger worldwide. At the Summit’s session on AI and Agriculture, Justin Gong, Co-founder and Vice President of XAG, together with other panel experts from Microsoft, Tata Group and Connecterra has proposed projects and initiatives to exploit new possibilities of AI technology to improve food security and end hunger.

Make AI-driven Precision Agriculture Practical

Artificial Intelligence, through continuously analysing massive data related to climate, lands, crop growing, etc., while automatically designing and optimising algorithms for decision-making, can help farmers diagnose plant diseases, predict natural disasters and employ appropriate resources to close the yield gap. At XAG, AI-powered intelligent devices such as drones and sensors have been leveraged to establish digital farming infrastructure in rural areas and enable precision agriculture which, for example, accurately target pesticides, seeds, fertilisers and water to wherever it is needed.

“The diffusion of AI innovations is nonlinear,” said Justin Gong. “Unlike releasing new drugs or medicine which would totally disrupt the market, AI technologies are learning from countless applications and gradually entering our daily life.”

For the past five years, XAG has conducted UAS plant protection services on over 6 million hectares of farmlands, covering 255 crop varieties from rice and wheat to cotton and fruit trees. This has reduced more than 6000 tons of pesticides and fertilisers while conserving 1.4 million tons of agricultural water. In the meantime, the agriculture production data collected during the process will train XAG Agriculture Intelligence (XAI) to become smarter.

Besides, XAI has been developed to dig up the values behind field images and generate AI prescription map to assist high-precision operation. In the case of orchard management, farmers use XMission Multifunctional UAS mounted with a mapping camera to take high-definition images of the orchards. Based on the 1:500 HD field images, XAI can automatically identify the boundaries and obstacles as well as calculating the statistic of fruit trees in each orchard. The position of each fruit tree, including its centre and perimeter, can be accurately pinpointed, with the recall ratio and precision ratio reaching as high as 98.60% and 98.04% respectively. Thousands of fruit trees can be simultaneously located by XAI in only one second.

When analysing remote sensing images, XAI can go further to detect pests, weeds and diseases, recognise cotton boll opening rate as well as monitoring crop growth of a certain farmland. This enable AI prescription service which provides intelligent guidance for precision spraying.

Business Model Innovation Comes Along with AI and Drone

Through the development of Agriculture Intelligence, XAG has also driven collaboration between multi-stakeholders including farmers, service providers and traditional agriculture companies to promote a new business model that benefits all sides. As Gong presented, the cotton production business in Xinjiang, China has been disrupted by the diffusion of AI and drone technology. Compared to picking cotton by hand in the past, local farmers now primarily use large ground-based machines such as tractors to harvest cotton. Traditionally, in order to ensure a better-quality machine harvest, farmers tend to spray multiple times of defoliant to remove all the cotton leaves. This approach would cause overdosing that wastes a large amount of water and chemicals.

With four years’ field experiments on deep learning, image segmentation and convolutional neural network, XAG has taken the lead in utilising drones and AI to reduce the use and of defoliant. A large-scale cotton defoliation operation has even been initiated in Xinjiang during autumn 2018. Specifically, XAI could predict the cotton opening time and determine the best time to conduct spraying, through the analysis of meteorological data and the cotton growing status. Then, the amount of defoliant needed for different patches of land would be calculated to form an AI prescription map and therefore enable precision spraying.

This has completely changed the game for agriculture production. In the past, due to information asymmetry and lack of professional farming knowledge, farmers heavily relied on chemical distributors to decide what to buy and how much should be applied to the crops. Now with new technologies bridging the gap, the traditional chemical distributors must transform themselves to providing more reliable, guaranteed service based on the AI prescription map. As for the big players, Bayer, one of the biggest agrochemical producers, has partnered with XAG in developing UAS-specialised chemicals and delivering safer, more cost-effective plant protection service to farmers.

AI-backed Digital Finance for Smallholders

Another problem that XAG is trying to solve is lack of financial resources in the rural regions of developing countries. Smallholder farmers are dedicated their lives to producing food for the world, but without financial support to adopt new tools and approaches, most of them can hardly make ends meet on their lands.

Now with information such as farming, crop growth and transactional records being digitalised and shared, AI can be harnessed to build individual credit risk scoring system for farmers. In China, XAG has established strategic cooperation with some of the biggest national financial institutions to offer farmers, even those without credit card or collateral, convenient, equal access to loans and claims. Based on their accumulated digital credits earned from Alipay mobile payment, farmers and service providers can even rent the P Series drone without any deposit. This is making new technologies available to a broader group of smallholders, while helping them obtain necessary resources to improve productivity and generate decent incomes.

AI is making an impact on agriculture, despite the legal and ethical challenges associated with its adoption. As Justin Gong said, there are huge opportunities for the world, especially the developing countries, to adopt flexible, nimble technologies such as AI and drones to grow food more sustainably.

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iTechArt Group Announces New Office Location in London

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — iTechArt Group, a leading provider of custom software development services, recently announced the opening of its newest office location at 41 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR, U.K.

Located just a short four-minute walk from the Old Street Tube Station, iTechArt’s new locale resides at the epicenter of East London’s Tech City, also known as Silicon Roundabout. The new office will help to facilitate faster communication and support for iTechArt Group’s current and potential clients in the area. The company plans to increase the number of employees in the London location in order to deliver the highest level of customer service as the business continues to grow in the future.

“With the tremendous growth, we’ve been experiencing, we felt it necessary to expand our presence in Europe to be closer to our increasing roster of clients,” stated iTechArt’s VP of Business Development Konstantin Tsybulko. “We already have many clients based in London and across the U.K. Having an office location there cements our commitment to providing those clients with the highest levels of support and service.”

iTechArt Group is known around the world for providing the highest level of Agile development teams for all types of projects. The company has been operating for over 15 years, developing cutting-edge solutions involving a powerful combination of extensive expertise and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and IoT.

iTechArt Group has seen its crew grow from just 40 in 2009 to over 1,400 at present. The company’s client roster includes over 200 active clients across all industries and domains, including Finance, Healthcare, Education, Retail, Manufacturing, High-Tech, Real Estate and more. Thus, the opening of the new London office is yet another achievement, along with iTechArt’s success and growth trajectory this year. This growth was recently recognized when iTechArt Group was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in 2018.

In addition to the new London office, iTechArt Group has 14 global locations, including its headquarters in New York City.  

About iTechArt Group

Founded in 2002, iTechArt Group helps VC-backed startups and fast-growing tech companies create robust, scalable products by building agile-dedicated teams for web, mobile, big data, QA and testing, and DevOps projects. To learn more about iTechArt Group, please visit

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Sitecore Expands Functionality for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, on Salesforce AppExchange with Better Personalization and Segmentation

CHICAGO, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sitecore®, a global leader in digital experience management software, today announced expanded functionality of Sitecore Connect for Salesforce Marketing Cloud at Salesforce Connections, the customer engagement event of the year. With the new enhancements, the combination of Sitecore® Experience Platform™ and Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Sitecore ConnectTM delivers hyper-customized experiences by enabling marketers to better understand customer behavior and preferences. Sitecore Connect is available on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to connect with their customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways.

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“The reality most marketers work in today is one of disjointed platforms and information silos, making it difficult to enhance brand experience or create personalized content,” said Paige O’ Neill, chief marketing officer at Sitecore. “The integration of Sitecore and Marketing Cloud delivers an enhanced experience across channels, and with our latest iteration, users can better personalize the customer experience, regardless of language, site or country.”

“The Sitecore and Marketing Cloud integration is delivering powerful results for our customers–especially in the area of personalized web content management,” said Robert Begg, VP, Product Marketing for Salesforce Marketing Cloud. “The additional Sitecore Connect enhancements will make it easier for our customers to create personalized content across different languages, sites and regions, and will further help improve cross-channel engagement and analytics.”

Building on the existing integration, this new phase will enable:

  • Flexible work among multiple environments with better personalized experiences
  • Easy access to content, images, and data from Sitecore Experience Platform to enhance Salesforce Marketing Cloud campaigns
  • A single view of each customer, with no need to cross-reference
  • Increased synchronization between platforms
  • Heightened user insight on customers, creating deeper personalization at scale

Sitecore Connect is currently available on AppExchange.

At Noon on June 19th at Salesforce Connections in Chicago, Safeco Insurance will co-lead a presentation in the Lake Shangri-La Theater on the many ways that the company is leveraging Sitecore Experience Platform and Salesforce Sales and Marketing Clouds to create more personalized experiences. Safeco, a Liberty Mutual company, has used all three platforms in order to create customized broker journeys for the hundreds of thousands of independent agents who rely on their website to serve their customers.

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Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading enterprise cloud marketplace, empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 5,000 solutions, 6.5 million customer installs and 80,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses. Salesforce, AppExchange, Marketing Cloud and others are among the trademarks of, inc.

About Sitecore
Sitecore is the global leader in digital experience management software that combines content management, commerce, and customer insights. The Sitecore Experience Cloud™ empowers marketers to deliver personalized content in real time and at scale across every channel—before, during, and after a sale. More than 5,200 brands—including American Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, Kimberly-Clark, and L’Oréal—have trusted Sitecore to deliver the personalized interactions that delight audiences, build loyalty, and drive revenue.

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