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#STEMnow heats up the summer for hundreds of NYC students and teachers

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Hundreds of New York City students and teachers from diverse backgrounds and all five boroughs and beyond are gathering in Downtown Brooklyn for NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s seventh summer #STEMnow initiative, one of the largest and most comprehensive university-based programs of free summer workshops, classes, and labs.

This year the teachers and young students will explore the same exciting fields for which NYU Tandon is known: cybersecuritywireless technologiessmart citiesrobotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Altogether, more than two dozen summer programs will cover these topics and more, bringing high school students into laboratories for advanced research while engaging students and teachers – many from less financially advantaged communities – in hands-on learning.

#STEMnow will give some 500 middle and high school students — from a record 2,000 applicants citywide — and more than 80 teachers opportunities to tackle real-world problems while learning in-demand STEM skills. At least 140 NYUfaculty members (including a quarter of all NYU Tandon tenure and tenure-track faculty), doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students will participate as teachers and mentors, demonstrating that NYU Tandon’s commitment to the community is not merely an extracurricular activity, but a central strategic pillar.

#STEMnow, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), vastly increases its effectiveness by teaching not just students, but middle and high-school teachers. Eight programs are funded by NSF grants that provide stipends allowing #STEMnow to attract outstanding high school teachers, each of whom will pass along their newly acquired knowledge to hundreds or even thousands of students during their careers.

“The Center for K12 STEM Education is pleased to welcome hundreds of young students and teachers to the Tandon School of Engineering campus again this summer,” said Ben Esner, director of the Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon. “Our programs serve more people every year, and we are grateful for the outstanding commitment of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to  provide a high quality educational experience, and to the support of corporate, foundation and philanthropic partners.”

A recent study by the New York Equity Coalition reported that underserved schools lack sufficient STEM gateway courses and opportunities. For the past six years, #STEMnow, under NYU Tandon’s Center for K12 STEM Education, has worked to change that. Highlights of this seventh summer include:

#STEMnow helps solve NYC’s greatest sustainability and livability challenges

SONYC (Sounds of New York City) – mitigating noise pollution, the No. 1 complaint of New Yorkers

  • Middle school students will learn the science of sound as part of this city-funded project involving nearly two dozen researchers and scientists at NYU Tandon and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Participants will conduct field and lab work, including “sound walks” in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to record ambient noises and analyze them in the audio lab of Luke Dubois, a professor and co-director of NYU Tandon’s Integrated and Digital Media program.
  • Middle school teachers will get two weeks of professional training in the technologies behind SONYC, followed by two weeks of classroom work alongside the students.
  • Teachers and students work together to complete an intensive curriculum developed by the Music, Audio, and Research Laboratory at NYU Steinhardt.

COSMOS

This immersion in cutting-edge wireless technology gives middle and high school teachers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment (COSMOS), one of the first and largest testbeds for 5G and advanced wireless communications in the country. This summer, with the support of NSF funding, 10 New York teachers arrive at NYU Tandon and Columbia Engineering to design and develop web-based curricula and experiments that they will take back to their classrooms in the fall. Students will learn basic electrical engineering principles, such as the physics of radio waves, then test their knowledge with hands-on experiments such as weather monitoring and smart transportation sensors. Through the support of AT&T, master’s students will give classroom support this fall via mentoring and technical expertise.

C2SMART

As part of the seven-week ARISE (Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering) program, in which 62 high-school students do authentic research in 31 NYU labs, a cohort of students will explore  transportation systems and urban mobility at NYU Tandon’s C2SMART, a U.S. Department of Transportation–funded Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The high schoolers, working with Ph.D. students, will learn new computer programs, including transportation-specific software, and how to deploy such technologies as commercial drones while participating on active research projects including: development of a bicycle sensor to study cycling safety; urban parking research; a study of how wearable sensors can improve safety in work zones; and research on how anonymous data from devices, satellite imagery, and social media can predict population-level public health problems.

NYU WIRELESS

Another ARISE program gives students an opportunity to help develop the next generation of Internet technologies in Professor Shivendra Panwar’s laboratory at NYU WIRELESS, an international leader in research of advanced wireless communication.

Smart Cities

A five-week intensive program for middle school students, Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) will explore energy delivery and the grid, urban infrastructure, transportation and wireless communications, and more, all focused on making cities livable, efficient, sustainable, and safer.
For high school students, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC) gives participants, many of whom completed SoSC, a taste of the fast-paced, high-stakes world of smart-city technology startups through hands-on projects, instruction, and activities that apply coding/computer science, engineering, and technology skills.

  • Students participating in SoSC and ieSoSC will demonstrate their projects during a Smart Cities Day at NYU Tandon, open to the public, on Friday August 2, 2019.

#STEMnow teaches cybersecurity and AI

Cybersecurity and AI are fields projected to grow at a blistering pace over the next few years. NYU Tandon brings its reputation, expertise, and influence in both to bear on its STEM courses for NYC high schoolers.

  • CS4CS(Computer Science for Cybersecurity) is a three-week full-day program that introduces a diverse group of high schoolers (80% of whom are young women) to programming, virtuous hacking, and digital forensics during an intensive and supportive three-week program designed to encourage them to pursue educational opportunities in cybersecurity.
  • High school is not too early to dip a toe into artificial intelligence. One ARISE opportunity gives intrepid scholars an introduction to machine learning with artificial intelligence researcher Professor Anna Choromanska.

#STEMnow brings robotics, mechatronics, and electrical engineering to NYC classrooms

For the past six years, #STEMnow robotics and mechatronics programs have enhanced science and math curricula in dozens of middle and high schools across New York City through NSF-funded programs. This year, these innovative workshops include:

  • CrEST (Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology): This summer, a group of high school students who this spring learned circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines from NYU engineering students, are putting their skills to the test. They will run week-long workshops for middle school students from partner nonprofit organization’s summer programs and from the NYC community. Workshops follow fun themes such as Arduino and TinkerCAD, the Internet of things, and 3D printing and basic electronics.
  • Discovery Research for Teachers: NYU Tandon experts help teachers take robotics to their middle school science and math classrooms. This comprehensive, year-round STEM professional development program includes intensive two-day sessions this summer on using robotics to support math and science curricula and in-classroom support by NYU Tandon graduate students during the school year. This summer, for the first time, three teachers who previously completed the program will return to teach a two-day curriculum they developed using LEGO EV3 robots.
  • ITEST Robotics and Entrepreneurship: Robotics and engineering drive professional development for high school teachers and educational enrichment for their students. Teachers, each joined by two of their students, will learn about business planning, new-product development, intellectual property, and fundraising. Included are Shark Tank-style pitching competitions for students and kits of robotics equipment for teachers to use back at their schools.
  • SMARTeR (Science and Mechatronics-Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship Experience): This program gives teachers, almost all from public schools, a chance to enhance their STEM curricula with a hands-on exploration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics. Participants also learn such entrepreneurship skills as new-product development, intellectual property, and fundraising. Teachers conduct engineering research alongside graduate and undergraduate researchers and faculty.

Why STEM matters at NYU Tandon

A 2018 study by the Pew Research Center reported that STEM employment has grown 79% since 1990, and computer jobs saw a 338% increase over the same period.

But diversity in STEM professions is not keeping pace: African Americans represent just 9% of STEM workers, and Hispanics just 7%. But 85% percent of students who are ultimately served by #STEMnow — thanks in part to teachers who participate in its teacher training programs — come from communities historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

Women constitute only 13% of the engineering workforce, a quarter of computer science occupations, and only 11%  of global cybersecurity positions; but young women constitute half of this year’s #STEMnow participants, a reflection of NYU Tandon’s efforts to decrease gender disparity among undergraduate engineers. Over the last decade, NYU Tandon has more than quadrupled the percentage of women entering its freshman class, and the most recent cohort of women represent more than double the national undergraduate average.

#STEMnow receives generous support from the ADB Foundation for Human Advancement, AT&TCon EdisonDTCCExpandED Schools, the Lily Auchincloss FoundationNational GridNSF,  Northrop Grumman, the OATH FoundationThe Pinkerton Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the Siegel Family Endowment.

For more information on #STEMnow, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem. For information on summer courses, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/highschoolsummer. To register for Tech Kids Unlimited, visit http://www.techkidsunlimited.org/register. Join the conversation at #STEMnow.

 

SOURCE NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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First Steps into a Parallel Virtual Reality Universe powered by Blockchain with Artur Sychov (Somnium Space) at TCE2019 Prague

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Founder and CEO of Somnium Space will have a keynote presentation about a bold and visionary concept at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

Earlier this year, Somnium Space announced that they are super excited and busy building a bold vision of turning virtual into reality as we create an open, social Virtual Reality world.

The team is excited because ever since the beginning, their true vision is to create a world which will fulfill even the wildest dreams of everyone who decides to join (as well as their childhood dreams) and fully immerse its citizens into parallel reality.

In order to achieve their mission, there are several important parts of puzzle which have to be gradually implemented in order to create a true alternative reality world which come under the forms of:

  1. Stunningly looking, constantly changing persistent Virtual Reality environment (world) which can be explored by thousands of people at the same time.
  2. Ability to create, build and express yourself and, share and explore creations of others.
  3. Fully own and monetize your creations. Be a true and the only owner of your creations. Make money by selling your items in the open and independent marketplaces. Be a part of fully working economy.

All those steps mentioned above are crucial for a world which will exist for hundreds of years from now. The team at Somnium Space has already implemented Step 1 where people are currently enjoying themselves inside their persistent and beautiful VR World. The amazing team has already developed a fully functioning world full of events, gatherings and fun places to explore. People are enjoying live concerts, educational talks and sports competitions or simply sitting in the park and watching birds flying by…

This may sound like one of the recent movies that has shaken up the VR industry, but you need to experience it yourself to believe it.

The project doesn’t stop here as the two other steps need to be implemented and there are also some incredible ideas that involve the use of blockchain and a decentralized economy.

But, in order to hear more about this bold vision is being converted into reality, you need to attend Artur Sychov’s keynote presentation which will take place during PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019).

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PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague.

About Artur Sychov

Artur is a Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has worked as an investment trader for many years before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Previously he has founded several startups and holds patents for hardware inventions which he has implemented into the market. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Worlds which will bring society to the next evolutionary level.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Learn more about Voice Authentication, Speaker Verification and Fraud Detection with Paul Morris (Phonexia) at TCE2019 Prague

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A representative of cutting edge Czech company from Brno to present voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

Wondering what voice biometrics is? Well, we have a short answer to it. Voice biometrics works by digitizing a profile of a person’s speech to produce a stored model voice print or template.

The tones collectively identify the speaker’s unique voiceprint. Voice prints are stored in databases in a manner similar to the storing of fingerprints or other biometric data.

Speech analytics is the process of analyzing voice recordings or live customer calls to contact centers with speech recognition software to find useful information and provide quality assurance. Speech analytics software identifies words and analyzes audio patterns to detect emotions and stress in a speaker’s voice.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, Paul Morris, Business Development Manager at Phonexia, will explain more about how Phonexia’s technology works during a keynote presentation.

Paul will present how a brand new generation of Voice Biometrics technology from Phonexia allows users such as banking, insurance, and telco call and contact centers to be able to quicken and streamline customer interaction, improve overall the customer and employee experience, reduce unnecessary costs, heighten efficiency, increase security and detect fraud.

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About Paul Morris

Paul is Business Development Manager for Phonexia, a cutting edge Czech company from Brno that has many years of experience in developing voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies. Having grown up in the UK and studied European Studies and German at Manchester University, he moved to Central Europe, specifically to Poland then his mother’s birthplace of the Czech Republic where he has lived and worked for the last 18 years in the Construction and IT software industries. He has consistently worked for Czech companies who have been best of the breed in their fields on a global level.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Kin Ecosystem confirmed as General Sponsor at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019 Prague

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Digital ecosystem of apps provider becomes General Sponsor at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) takes place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and is designed to bring both delegates and knowledge together by creating the excellent environment for networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

We are honored to announce that the team at Kin has decided to support the event as General Sponsor.

By joining the conference, you can network and learn more about how you can increase app acquisition, retention, and monetization by leveraging blockchain technology with Ariel Shahar (Business development at Kin Ecosystem).

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Here are a few details about the Kin and Ariel Shakar:

About Ariel Shahar – Business development at Kin Ecosystem

Ariel is a corporate entrepreneur, business developer with 10 years of experience working for top ad-tech companies. Generated business activities who reached $100M+ year.

Active investor, mentor, and advisor for blockchain companies since 2013.

 

About Kin Ecosystem

The Kin blockchain is built to scale for mass usage and supports an Ecosystem-wide digital economy where app developers and mainstream consumers make millions of micro-transactions.

App developers anywhere can seamlessly integrate the Kin SDK into their platform and become active partners in the Ecosystem’s growth. When developers join the Kin Ecosystem, they benefit from the Kin Rewards Engine (KRE). The KRE incentivizes app developers to create engaging user experiences and pays them when users spend Kin within their apps.

Kin gives app developers, content creators, and users a new way to earn real value from their contributions to the shared digital space. With Kin, people earn and spend by being active in the Ecosystem. Everyone in the Ecosystem contributes to building a fairer digital world where people work together to succeed together.

The Kin Ecosystem isn’t just a new, digital economy. It’s a digital community. App developers and their users tie the Kin Ecosystem together by earning and spending the Kin cryptocurrency in exchange for digital experiences, products, and services.

You can learn more about Kin on their official website, kin.org

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