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March/April 2018: Table of Contents

Features

Customer data: volume vs. value

By Chirag Shivalker
Companies invest millions of dollars in building and managing large data sets, but they don’t need more customer data; what they really need is the “right data.”

Big data: products, services, operations

By Dave Oswill
What data scientists and engineers need to know when working with big data as they move from “conceptualization” to “operationalization” of their designs.

Machines, man and intelligence

By Joseph Byrum
The world of machines, brains and minds: A deeper look at artificial intelligence, starting with the technology’s development from its most basic building blocks.

Innovation drives dynamic VR sector

By Peter Horner
Survey of vehicle routing software focuses on recent and future trends that are driving the industry forward in a highly competitive, dynamic environment.

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Headlines

Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Andrew C. Trapp, a professor at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received a $320,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a computational tool to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Built upon ongoing work with an international team of computer scientists and economists, the tool integrates machine learning and optimization algorithms, along with complex computation of data, to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities. Read more →

Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

Gartner, Inc. has released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The rankings recognize organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. “Healthcare supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations, as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” says Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. Read more →

Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →

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