Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, Intel® Software Innovators, & Intel® Student Ambassadors: September 2017

Intel® Developers and Innovators were busy over the last month! Here’s an update on what the Intel® Software Innovators, Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, and Intel® Student Ambassadors were up to around the globe.


SIGGRAPH 2017: The world’s largest computer graphics and interactive technique conference featured five days of interactive, rotating demos from Intel Software Innovators. Yahya Mirza of Aclectic Systems Inc. demonstrated how to simulate high-quality 3D smoke. Eskil Steenberg used a highly threaded application to map complex 3D lighting setups via utilization of multicore processing. Well Told Entertainment exhibited their in-development virtual reality (VR) game, Foglands, which uses experimental locomotion and physics. Justin Lassen, audio director for the entire Spiderman Homecoming VR experience, gave an inside look at how the game was developed.


Martin Foertsch & Thomas Endres showcased of their Avatar telepresence system using the Nao* robot, Oculus* Rift, Intel® RealSense™ camera and Intel® IoT Gateway as well as Genuino 101* technology at Nagoya University, Softbank Robotics, TeamLab, and Product Hunt Tokyo.

Abhishek Nandy wrote an article on Setting up the New Intel® DLSDK Tools Beta and also wrote an article with video tutorials on how easy it is to set up the Intel® Deep Learning SDK Beta Tool. He also spoke at the Intel® AI Academy Seminars in both Durgapur and Kolkata. In addition, Abhishek spoke on Commercial IoT and Intel at Amity University and also spoke at the IoT Knowledge Share in Kolkata.

Gaston Hillar gave a private training to 10 software engineers during a hands-on lab where he explained how to work with sensors and actuators with Python*, Intel® Joule™ module, and the Intel® MRAA and UPM libraries.

George S. Christopher & Suresh Kumar Gunasekaran spoke at the Young Students Meetup in Chennai, teaching the students about coding and inspiring them with the journey. 


Asia Pacific

At Samsung* Indonesia Next App 4.0, Adam Ardisasmita inspired developers to make the next big thing in Indonesia in the gaming and VR industry, giving example of a VR project collaboration between Samsung and Intel.

Benjamin Mathews Abraham gave a workshop on Controllers, Processors, and the Intel Edison. The workshop was an introduction to processors and microcontrollers, with a focus on real-world applications. He talked about how to go from idea to “productizable” prototype, how the Intel® Edison board fits in, and how to get started with it.

At the Game Dev Malang Gathering, Frida Dwi Iswantoro, shared how to be a game developer and how Intel’s GameDev Journey can help them, including using tools like the Intel® XDK. At the Jogja Game Development Meetup he demonstrated how to use those same tools to create a cordova package and develop games using HTML5.

Sourav Lahoti spoke at the Intel in Retail IoT Meetup about how Intel is helping the retail space by providing solutions to enhance IoT products. Karthik MU gave a demo on the Internet of Things with the new Java* 8 to 20 students in Tumur. Rupam Das presented at a one-day health camp and workshop on Lyfas*. Pooja Baraskar discussed commercial IoT and introduced gateways to developers at the Chennai IoT Meetup. Prajyot Mainkar talked about the Intel® Edison board at the September Monthly Meetup in Goa. Rishabh Banga helped to create an Android* application for IoT using AWS and Dnamodb* during a video training. Firmansyah Saftari shared about the implementation of IoT for Indonesia based on best practices at the Republic of Internet of Things in Bandung.

Siddhant Agarwal presented at the Intel® AI Academy Student Workshops in both Kolkata and Jaipur, and gave a training on the Deep Learning Beta Training Tool in Durgapur. Pablo Farias Navarro’sIntro to VR Game Development 2-hour course which covers the development of a simple VR game with Unity* had 150 new enrollments and his Virtual Reality Mini-Degree course which covers the development of 15 R games with unity over 40 hours had 210 new enrollments.

Sanju Mathew gave a demo of his bionic hand and discussed technology involved at Gagnera 2017 conference in Calicut. Also, at the event he spoke on “Engineers of our Present and Evolution of an Idea” was delivered for Engineering Students of Eranad Knowledge City, followed by a group discussion on current advancements in the field of robotics, AI, and Innovative Bio Med Technology. Sanju also did gave a workshop on IoT and connected Devices for engineering students, focusing on using the Intel® Edison board and Grove Starter Kit and using Python at the Intel® IoT Workshop in Trivandrum.

South America

Marcelo Quinta gave a talked about IT takeaways from Silicon Valley Startups at the VI Conference de Information in Brazil. Ubiratan Soares spoke with students about architectural decisions for mobile apps, legacy code, professionalism and more at the Semcomp20 – ICMC/USP in Sao Carlos, Brazil. Pedro Kayatt’s latest project, Apocalypse Rider, is a VR arcade motorcycle game where you must prevail the high-speed wasteland roads. At the invitation of Abragames (the Brazilian Association of Games), Pedro talked about how Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality are going to change how we see and interact with the virtual world.

United States

Harsh Verma spoke at the USDOT Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation Workshop #2 in San Jose in which connected vehicles, pedestrian safety, and the role of IoT, wearable devices, and edge processing at roadside infrastructure was discussed. At the ACM Meetup on AI in VR and IoT he discussed mentoring students and planning for year-round activity to benefit high school students of local regions.

At the 5th Annual Global Big Data Conference in Santa Clara, Geeta Chauhan, gave a talk on Distributed Deep Learning Optimizations which covered how to run distributed deep learning models at scale. Macy Kuang talked about VR game development and design at the IET Present Around the World Conference. At the Arizona SciTech Conference, Chris Mattheiu, along with Aamir Yunus from Intel, were on The Impact of Emerging Technologies in Arizona panel discussion which covered driverless vehicles and IoT security.

Peter Ma participated in the China-US Young Maker Competition for his 3rd year in a row. This year his team built a Smart City Air Monitor and they went to the semi-finals. He was joined by fellow Innovators Moheeb Zara, Justin Lassen, America and Penelope Lopez. Peter also participated in the NDC Hackathon Silicon Valley where his team built a mobile app called BudgetWell that uses a slider to find the best match for hotel/airline combo for business travel. The app won the Best Business Travel Prize, App In the Air Sponsor Prize, and the Linksres sponsor prize – pretty much swept all the prizes!

Rose Day created a gist on GitHub on the steps taken to set up Clear Linux* OS for Intel® Architecture on the Mac. She then set up Microsoft* Azure and has begun to use Python coding to data mine her social media sites to manipulate data, understand what posts people are looking at the most, and how to attract more people to her posts. She is starting with data analytics in Python and planning to add in different means of machine learning to understand more on the data being taken in from different platforms. So far the data is being read from a Facebook page but will soon include Instagram*, LinkedIn*, and YouTube*.

Anthony Chow gave a demo and explained DPDK to attendees of the ACM Sigcomm 2018 conference in Los Angeles. Tim & Alex Porter had a dual-speaking engagement to discuss the benefits of virtual reality therapy for college students to both a live audience and a digital stream to a worldwide audience at the VR and Higher Education Symposium in Boston. They also had a booth where they demoed their Fear of Heights experience and talked about options for behavioral therapy options for college age students.


Nelson Glauber gave a presentation about how to create layouts in Android using constraint layout at Android Dev Conference. At the Google* Agency Day, Nelson gave a presentation on Kotlin* language for Android development. At both Androidos Day 2017 and Google Launchpage Build Porto Alegre, he gave a workshop and presentation on Kotlin for Android development.

Adam Milton-Barker published two projects: TIA and TASS. He also wrote a tutorial on how to use his open-source TASS computer vision project. Sergey Ivanov taught a summer school course at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) about “Technology + Business 2017” which discussed the basics of IoT, technologies of neuronet, machine learning methods, and the basics of innovative business.

Michael Schloh was the sole instructor and lead judge at the ClueCon Maker Challenge in Chicago. Marco Spaziani Brunella created two projects: Packet Manipulator Processor and Open Packet Processor. Salvino Fidacaro talked about location on Google* Maps of tourist sites and using drones to make 360 videos on the fly as well as VR images at the Google* Local Guides Meetup. Vu Pham posted about his implementation of GridRNN in TensorFlow, with a sample project for character-based language model. 

Johnny Chan published an article on How to Setup a Data Science Workflow with Kaggle Python Docker Image on a Laptop. He also published a series of 15+ articles on High Performance Computing (HPC), Intel® Academy AI Cluster (running on the Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor), and other topics including modern code, optimization, parallel programming, and distributed computing. Johnny also completed the Colfax Training on parallel programming and optimization for Intel® Architectures.

Justin Shenk shared the abstract for a poster he will present at the Intel® High Performance Computing conference in Denver in November on Evolutionary Optimization of NP-hard problem instances. He also used deep learning with TensorFlow to train LSTMs to create melodies matching various genres in his latest project. He also posted some technical answers to AI questions on Slack Overflow which were viewed over 4,000 times and up-voted over 10 times across Quora and stack exchange.


At the 32nd China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest, Angelo Qiao introduced the neuron network in Arduino 101* and provided tech support for the Intel® Make Tomorrow workshop. Hongbo Xiao spoke at the IoT, AI, Machine Vision Union Seminar, the 2017 World Robot Conference, and the 9th China Academy of Sciences. Lin Liu spoke about IoT at Shanghai Metro Solution Day.


Anand Singh trained students to use Git* for code versioning via GitHub at a WebD Git Sesssion. Carlos Paradis published four projects on Mesh: PERCEIVE, NZEB (Net-Zero Energy Building), Social and Code Networks Motifs, and Solar Forecasting in Hawaii. He also published the collection of tools for text mining cybersecurity concepts that he is calling PERCIEVE on GitHub. Vaibhav Patel explained about his ongoing research work in the DL lab, DA-IICT, discussing problem statements and some previous work examples at the general session of research club.

David Ojika used deep learning techniques to improve identification of important signals from background-dominated data with his Deep Learning for HEP project. David also completed the Intel® AI Academy Student Ambassador Summer Challenge, winning a prize of an Amazon* Dot. Chinmay S Yalameni created an augmented reality project with the support of artificial intelligence which he is calling Augmir. Prajjwal Bhargava created a project called Digit Recognition which is a web app that uses convolutional neural networks to recognize handwritten digits drawn by the user.

Daniel Theisges dos Santos participated in the Hackathon Senior 2017 event at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Christian Gabor used a Raspberry* Pi to prototype an image recognition system for home security. At IndiaHacks 2017 AI, Karandeep Singh Dhillon, made a project to detect driver behavior using deep learning. Ujjwal Upadhyay posted about his self-driving car project.

Soubhik Das posted a project for Virtual Shopping Using VR which gives the user a 3D viewpoint of the product they want to purchase which helps the user to make carefully consider their choice of prior to purchase. Suprabhat Das spoke at the Intel® AI Academy Student Workshop at Amity University in Kolkata. Peter Szingerblogged about the Introduction to Probability for Machine Learning. Kaustav Tamuly’sZero-Shot Learning project consists of learning how to recognize new concepts just by having a description of them. 

Want to learn more?

You can read about our innovator updates, get the full Innovator program overview, meet the innovators and learn more about innovator benefits. We also encourage you to learn more about our Black Belt Software Developer program as well as our Student Ambassador program. Also check out Developer Mesh to learn more about the various projects that our community of innovators are working on.

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