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INTERPOL WORLD 2019 – Exclusive Interview with the organizer, Anita Hazenberg – Director of Innovation Centre Directorate at Interpol Global

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We had to pleasure to catch up with Anita HAZENBERG, the Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, organizer of INTERPOL WORLD 2019.

PICANTE: What determined you to organize Interpol World?

A.H.: Coinciding with the opening of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, the first edition of INTERPOL World took place in 2015. Two years later, the second edition was held in 2017 just right after I arrived from the Netherlands Police to become the new director of INTERPOL’s Innovation Centre. I was asked to organize the next edition of INTERPOL World for 2019 and I have a strong desire for it to be a forum where we can together develop INTERPOL’s global innovation agenda through the activities we organize. The focus of the Innovation Centre is very much on providing innovation capabilities for INTERPOL’s 194 member countries, and we find it very important that all together, with all participants, we set that agenda, and that we have a clear understanding of what is needed. Many people think innovation is only about new emerging technologies. However, it also means being able to react here and now. If something happens, you can trust and rely on law enforcement that they are there to solve the problems. It’s about changing culture and procedures, it demands a total change of mindset.

 

PICANTE: Why Singapore?

A.H.: Apart from the support and foresight of the Singapore Government which offered us a fantastic location to build our INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation here in the Lion City back when the INTERPOL President hailed from this great city, Singapore is a country with a strong focus on innovation and law enforcement. It’s only apt to also have the new Innovation Centre and INTERPOL World 2019 in Singapore.

 

PICANTE: What should the attendees expect from the Interpol World conference?

A.H.: Inspiration and awareness are vital components of INTERPOL World 2019. In the previous editions, exhibitions were a bubble that mirrored the developments in the business world. This year, we want to add another bubble into the constellation, and that is the bubble of working together and finding solutions to contemporary problems. This is why we have different sets of activities including motivational keynotes, plenary sessions, 32 co-creation labs, and working groups. In the co-creation labs, a law enforcement representative presents a contemporary problem and experts from the business and academic worlds respond. At the same time, we have also organized meetings of four INTERPOL law enforcement working groups to continue their discussions and collaboration: the Chief Innovation Officers Expert Group, Darknet and Cryptocurrencies Working Group, Drone Expert Group, and INTERPOL-UNICRI Working Group on Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement. In addition, the Chief Information Officers of INTERPOL will gather together during the event. Imagine, these five groups already constitute about 250 law enforcement senior officials and experts, add to these the participants and visitors for the exhibitions and co-creation labs, and you have an event of magnitude.

 

PICANTE: Who are the “top-selection” speakers of the conference? What’s their add-value to the tech world?

A.H.: All of our speakers for INTERPOL World 2019 are top-notch. However, I want to highlight a topic that should play a significant role in all discussions during INTERPOL World, that of ethics, privacy and human rights. The motivational speaker for the second day of the programme, Dr. Ayesha Khanna, will discuss ethics and privacy issues, as their relationship with law enforcement still faces questions and gaps that need to be answered. For example, do police still have the trust of our population and communities? As machines and algorithms get more and more sophisticated in their abilities to interpret and process information, people raise more questions on how police deal with their data. Thus, there is a challenge for law enforcement to be transparent. This is an overarching theme that will be emphasized during INTERPOL World.

 

PICANTE: What changes do you see as being short-term possible to implement in the cyber-security world after the conference?

A.H.: First of all, I hope it’s not only the cybersecurity world because I think innovation is much broader. Apart from cybersecurity, we will also talk about disruptors; ethics, privacy and trust within our communities; drones; identification technologies; smart systems; what would 5G mean to law enforcement; augmented reality; and a myriad of other topics pertinent to policing and law enforcement. The coexistence of the motivational keynotes, co-creation labs and working groups at INTERPOL World makes it a comprehensive conference for collaborating on solutions that hopefully could be effectively implemented in the near future.

Photo source and credits: www.interpol-world.com

About INTERPOL World 2019

INTERPOL World 2019 will take place between 2-4 July at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

INTERPOL World is a global co-creation opportunity which engages the public and private sectors in dialogue, and fosters collaboration to counter future security and policing challenges. INTERPOL World comprises of three interlinked activities: a series of niche and targeted platforms for knowledge exchange culminating in strategic co-creation labs to discuss the challenges and solutions for combating the crimes of the future; an exhibition that serves as a business and networking event for manufacturers, distributors, and Research and Development organizations to offer innovative products and cutting-edge technologies to public and private entities involved in law enforcement, security and likeminded industries. INTERPOL World will also host a series of INTERPOL working groups (by invitation only) focusing on innovation, artificial intelligence, drones and darknet cryptocurrencies.

Police, public, security professionals and commercial buyers from around the world will convene in Singapore to forge mutually beneficial alliances leading to faster, more accurate responses to global security and public safety threats.

Register to attend INTERPOL World 2019 here: www.interpol-world.com

 

About Anita Hazenberg

Ms Anita Hazenberg assumed her current duties as the first Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore on 1 July 2017. In the increasingly complex policing operating environment characterized by rapid technological breakthroughs, the Innovation Centre was set up to engage global law enforcement in strategic futures planning and to co-create solutions to emerging law enforcement challenges.

In the past 36 years of her career in the Netherlands Police, Ms Hazenberg was involved in various operational duties across the Netherlands specializing in ‘Violence against Women and Children’ and ‘International Police Cooperation’. She progressed into the international foray to take up several trailblazing roles, including as the Director of the European Network of Policewomen (ENP); the first Programme Director ‘Police and Human Rights’ for the Council of Europe (France); the founder and first Director of the School for Police Leadership; the first Coordinator for International Strategic Alliances and Deployment of the Staff of the Dutch National Police Commissioner; and as the initiator and Conference Director of the global annual law enforcement think-tank consisting of top-level executives – ‘Pearls in Policing.’ Ms Hazenberg holds two Masters, one in Public Administration and one in Change Management.

In the current digital age where technology has led to the fast convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, Ms Hazenberg believes that global law enforcement must better anticipate future challenges, and formulate innovative, efficient and resource-efficient solutions in response to criminals constantly looking to exploit vulnerabilities. The writings are already on the wall, and the global policing community must be ready to tackle the inevitable challenges that lay in the horizon.

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China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair 2019 is Held

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China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair 2019 (CIEF), under the theme of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a New Era and Sharing a New Future” held in Guangzhou from June 21 to 23. The Fair is sponsored by China Association for Science and Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Central Committee of Jiusan Society, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality, and organized by the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality and International Data Group.

This year’s CIEF sets up over 20 exhibition areas (special zones) including international group, innovation leadership, and artificial intelligence, exhibiting upwards of 1,200 projects for innovative and entrepreneurial achievements. More than 150 foreign technology companies, innovation carriers, technology associations, and research institutions from over 20 countries including the United StatesBritainIsraelSouth KoreaAustraliaGermany, and France organized 250 projects.

Over 20 special events such as road show promotion and forum salon will be held. At the launching event, 10 projects of innovative and entrepreneurial achievements have been implemented or intention of transaction has been signed.

UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research is the first university alliance on engineering education and research jointly built by China and the United Kingdom. Founded in May 2017, the Consortium was initiated by Southeast University and Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. It comprises nine Chinese universities famous for engineering disciplines and six British universities under the Russell Group. The number of British universities was expanded to nine. As a key partner of this year’s Fair, UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research will stage a host of exciting and diverse events to promote school-enterprise cooperation and application of results.

Huai Jinpeng, Secretary of the Party Group of China Association for Science and Technology, said that CIEF has increasingly become a hub for international science and technology innovation, and has been gaining influence. China Association for Science and Technology will channel more information on technical achievements and association’s resources into CIEF, and support the Guangzhou Municipal Government to make CIEF an important innovation and entrepreneurship brand for talents, projects and capital.

CIEF is a key international, professional and market-oriented platform for trading in innovation and entrepreneurship achievements. It has been held in Guangzhou for 4 times and 165 science and technology projects have been implemented, with a total investment of RMB 13 billion. Following the spirit of the key speech by General Secretary Xi Jinping and important instructions for GuangdongGuangzhou fully carries out the innovation-driven development strategy, strives for the best, and creates a world-class innovation and entrepreneurial climate. More innovative and entrepreneurial teams and scientific and technological innovation talents fulfill their dreams in CIEF, and work together to build a platform of technology, a platform of innovation and a platform of opportunity.

The world today is undergoing major changes unprecedented in the past century. Innovation is not only an important indicator for gauging the core competitiveness of a university, but also a supporting factor for building an innovative country.

 

SOURCE IDG China

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2019 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) Breaks Records on All Fronts

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The 30th Annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR), the largest expo covering every aspect of computer vision and pattern recognition, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, brought together over 9,200 attendees from 68 countries, surpassing its records on paper submissions, workshops, attendance, exhibitors, and more.

Co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF), CVPR 2019 was held from 16 to 20 June 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

“As the founding sponsor of CVPR, the IEEE Computer Society is excited to see the growth that this extremely large and dedicated group of organizers has cultivated into this major event for the computer vision community,” said Melissa Russell, IEEE Computer Society Executive Director. “The dedication and collaboration between attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors at CVPR demonstrates the amazing array of extremely impactful and life-changing products and applications enabled by computer vision and machine-learning technologies.”

Highlights from the conference:

  • CVPR exceeded expectations: See the number of records broken, award winners, and video highlights from the welcoming ceremony.
  • Workshops: The workshops provided a comprehensive forum on topics not fully explored at the main conference.
  • Expo: The exhibition hall amassed tech giants with floor-to-ceiling displays featuring cars, trucks, and high-resolution video demos running nonstop.
  • Poster Sessions: For all the deep discussions taking place at CVPR, the poster presentations provided the most robust form of one-on-one conversations with scientists about their work.
  • Paper presentations: With 1,294 research papers accepted from a record pool of 5,160 submissions this year, the authors’ technical presentations offered seemingly endless opportunities to listen and learn.
  • Tutorials: The tutorial sessions revealed some of the top fields using computer vision technology today—robotics, virtual and augmented reality, healthcare, and autonomous vehicles.

CVPR 2020 is scheduled to take place from 13 to 19 June 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Visit the Computer Society’s conference calendar for updates on CVPR 2020 as well as all IEEE Computer Society conferences.

 

SOURCE IEEE Computer Society

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Immerge Knowledge Labs Launches India’s First End-to-End Emerging Tech and XR Business Consulting Firm

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After India’s First International XR Festival Immersion, Immerge Knowledge Labs Launches it’s Business Consulting and Advisory Services Dedicated to Emerging & XR Technology. With a team of immersive technology experts, change-makers, design thinkers, experience architects and a collective of partner firms, Immerge Knowledge Labs consults, advises and helps enterprise and companies harness the power of immersive technology. It offers enterprise consulting in XR, advisory services, project management and solutioning with its extended collective of partners.

The company is happy to announce that Mr Arnav Neel Ghosh, Ex- Managing Director of Blippar India & South East Asiajoins Immerge Knowledge Labs as a consulting partner and Director on the board with effect from the 15th May 2019.

Arnav comes with 20 plus years of experience that spans markets in IndiaSouth East Asia and Europe. The last two decades for him were focussed on scaling new business verticals in emerging Tech & communications start-ups. This experience came from working on some truly innovative global projects like Orange Wednesdays (now globally known as Vodafone Tuesdays & the world’s largest mobile loyalty program in 2004), World’s first AI enabled AR visual search engine with Blippar to name a few.

Quote by Arnav (about being on board Immerge Knowledge Labs and the potential): “I have been an early mover in the XR tech space since 2011 with BLIPPAR when the world was still grappling with QR code and having worked extensively in this space across markets. My strong belief is that XR tech will be the future of digital transformation & ability of XR tech to completely change business narratives and deliver new visual storytelling is already visible across Education /Healthcare & Retail (to name a few). It is also creating new data intelligence which is allowing businesses to deploy & deliver XR solutions (existing or a solution built from ground up). We have tied up with lull group as our key solution partners for XR tech.”

Immerge Knowledge Labs in its initial years focus on a few core areas, namely

1. Immersive technology consulting for industries across XR platforms

2. Bring global partnerships to play and act as a bridge for world class products and platforms which will help Brands & enterprises

3. Upskilling – create engagement & influencer models to embed immersive thinking and skillsets either within brands & agencies or for specific sectors of enterprise (healthcare/tourism/education). Immerge will also offer hardware consulting where it would help enterprise choose the right hardware model for their enterprise solution

4. Use of VR for social good to further causes or Government projects

A collaborative venture between VR Story Tellers & NYUCT Design labs, Immerge will build solutions as well as hand-hold for the implementation phases. The vision is to bridge the gap between Immersive technologies and enterprise and consumers at large. Immerge Knowledge Labs believes there are very interesting applications in industry, content & brand experience, empathy and social impact.

The outlook for AR and VR is very strong given the good performance figures of 2018. The slew of announcements and launches in the first quarter of this year has further increased expectations and excitement around this technology. With the falling prices of Hardware and HMDs and manufacturers bringing out specific product lines customised for enterprise, the focus is on applying the technology across enterprise for efficiencies, empathy, experience journeys, cost management, and creative innovations.

Immerge launched Immersion – India’s first international VR Film Festival and Conference which kicked off in style on 1st and 2nd March 2019 at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre. Immersion has been imagined and conceived to be India’s most purposeful and credible IP platform in the field of VR & Immersive Technology.

 

SOURCE Immerge Knowledge Labs Pvt Ltd

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