Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit at the Emerging Tech Hub

The Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit on November 14, 2019 brought together business leaders, startup CEO’s, and University of Wisconsin-Madison thought leaders.

The purpose of the event was to focus on real-world applications for new technologies and ways to innovate through strategic briefings, hands-on demos, and small group discussion.

As part of the event, attendees were invited to an exclusive Mini Demo Expo at the Emerging Tech Hub. Demonstrations ranged from AR-map based navigation, social robotics, VR applications in research, and agricultural tech innovations, and more.

Participating graduate students from the University of Wisconsin Madison had the opportunity to meet decision makers from the business community, learn about industry problems, and showcase their research and interests.

Among the demonstrators were graduate students Bryce Sprecher, Simon Smith, Benny Wysong-Grass, and David Porfirio. These students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their efforts on university projects, and speak to their expertise on emerging technologies to the corporate and university audience in attendance.

Bryce Sprecher is a research assistant of the Virtual Environments Group in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and they demonstrated their work on the immersive analytics demo. Their demo showcased a visualization of molecular data in a 3D, immersive image.

Bryce Sprecher, top left, demonstrating the VR experience with immersive analytics.

Simon Smith, a graduate student, represented the UW Virtual Brain Project, an educational VR application for learning neuro-anatomy of the human visual system and how and where the brain processes visual information.

The UW Virtual Brain Project

Benny Wysong-Grass is an undergraduate student in the Computer Science program. He demonstrated how multiple Kinect Azures can be interconnected to capture a 3D volume of space in front of their combined views. Traditionally, 3D models are often made with 3D design programs, and require a large amount of manual labor and specialized skill sets.  3D scanning of models has existed for some time, but results of models are improving thanks to improved commodity hardware, such as the recently released Kinect Azure. 

David Porfirio is a fourth year PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and his demonstration was on the capabilities of the social robot, Nao. The research associated with Nao’s capabilities presents a low-effort technical setup for investigating the interactions that people have with robots in public. The setup includes a Nao robot programmed to interact with people at the discovery building, recognize and respond to user speech, and collect feedback on the quality of end-user’s interactions. After collecting multiple batches of feedback, the robot will re-write its own software to maximize user experience. 

David Porfirio with Nao.

Events such as the Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit are just one example of how students are able to engage with corporate audiences. Student members of HyperX have opportunities to work on cross-disciplinary teams to work on industry applications for emerging technologies, or develop solutions around corporate sponsored problems to be solved.

Find out how to get involved with HyperX and the Emerging Tech Hub to learn more, and to take advantage of these unique opportunities.

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