Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, Intel® Software Innovators, & Intel® Student Ambassadors: November 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.


Marco Dal Pino worked the Ask the Expert booth showcasing demos and doing Q&A with attendees at the Windows Developer Conference, supported teams and individuals in the realization of its projects for Hack Developers Italia, hosted a session titled “Visual Studio for the Internet of Things” at Visual Studio Saturday 2017, and organized the dotNETconf Italy conference in Toscana and hosted a session on .NET Core & IoT.

Suresh Kumar Gunasekaran & George Christopher spoke at 50th Engineers Day in Trichy as well as spoke at A Road to Million Dollar Startup about entrepreneurship and initiative.

Martin Foertsch & Thomas Endres showcased & gave talks on their Avatar telepresence system using the Nao Robot, Oculus Rift, RealSense, and Intel IoT Gateway as well as Genuino technology at IMWorld, CodeMotion Berlin, and Oxford Science, Engineering and Technology Fair.

Andre Carlucci spoke about computer vision and the Intel RealSense camera at InterCon Sao Paulo. Gaston Hillar explained the advantages of Intel Distribution for Python for GIS Professionals at URISA GIS-Pro 2017. Abhishek Nandy gave an overview of Intel AI at a meetup in Kolkata and held Intel Commercial IoT Workshops at 4 events in India.



Adam Ardisasmita spoke at a Dine & Discuss at Game Dev Bandung discussing extended reality technology (VR, AR, MR) and did an AR/VR Workshop training people on how to use Unity, use the XR library, and ARCore at the Game Dev Bogor Meetup. Avirup Basu demoed and spoke at the day long Commercial IoT Workshop in Siliguri teaching students the use of AWS IoT using the Intel NUC and some sensors. Karthik MU spoke about Chatbots in IoT Industry Today at RVCE.

Benjamin Mathews Abraham gave a walkthrough on artificial intelligence concepts, starting from basic algorithms to advanced use cases, with technical focus on TensorFlow, SciKit, Intel Distribution for Python and Intel Movidius chips at IEEE All Kerala Computer Society Student Congress 2017. Manisha Biswas gave an overview of Intel IoT technology as well as how it integrates with Amazon Web Services at the Intel Alliance IoT Workshop for Women Techmakers Kolkata.

Mythili Vutukuru gave a talk about her NFV research at Intel India Research Colloqium. Omkar Khair spoke at the Intel AI Workshop at BITS Goa Campus. Prajyot Mainkar gave a talk and live demo on Intel IoT at the monthly meetup at RIT and also did an AI meetup session at the September meetup. Sourav Lahoti gave a webinar for the Intel IoT AWS alliance workshop. Pooja Baraskar hosted a small IoT meetup organized for developers in Chennai to discuss Commercial IoT. Pablo Farias Navarro’s Intro to VR Game Development2-hour course covers the development of a simple VR game with Unity had 102 new enrollments and his Virtual Reality Mini-Degree with 40 hours of content had 135 new enrollments.


Peter Ma’s latest project, Doctor Hazel, was covered as part of a Wall Street Journal article on AI. Peter also participated in the Money2020 Hackathon and the Singapore Airlines App Challenge. He also participated in the ATEC Developer Creativity Challenge where he built AR Pay, using AI to scan items and AR to display them for users to purchase through Alipay winning Best Creative Idea Award.

At Smart City Hack 2017 in Tempe, Arizona, Chris Matthieu took 3rd place for his proposal to connect all of the city’s smart meters to to create a supercomputer that could be used to cure diseases like cancer. Mohamed Elgendy taught a Machine Learning Nandodegree workshop at the Udacity hackathon. Jon Collins gave a State of the Industry talk on the current contenders in the AR marketplace, which also included promotion and reference to the Intel RealSense platform for windows based AR technologies at the Tacoma Game Dev Co-Op.

Alex Porter wrote blog posts about Underminer Studios involvement at both the Austin Unity Group Meetup and the AR/VR Tools & Tech Meetup in Austin. Alex also pitched for IDEGO at Tarmac TX event for Women in Tech for Good talking about their powerful VR tool for mental health (Alex begins speaking at 27:20 in the video). Both Alex & Tim Porter were on the panel for Startup Week exploring the mechanisms to engage and immerse users in virtual reality therapy with design, play, empathy, and biofeedback.

Geeta Chauhan gave a talk on Distributed Deep Learning Optimizations discussing optimizations for model training and inferencing, and many of the Intel AI related technologies at AI with the Best Conference. She also gave a talk on Distributed Deep Learning Optimization for Finance at the Global AI Conference in New York. Macy Kuang shared a video about the Android Things that Blink App.

Harsh Verma demonstrated PeopleSense Technology at the 27th Annual Fall Transportation Conference in Las Vegas. At the ACM Sacramento Chapter Talk on Data Science, Harsh and his colleagues continued their discussion on what are the implications for managers. Moheeb Zara launched a VUZE 360 4K VR camera on a nearspace balloon. They lost it, but documented the project and are still hoping someone finds it. He also is developing a robotics kit from scratch to teach robotics. He is working to reduce the cost at every point including using the Intel Movidius NCS, 3D printable wheels and no additional hardware needed the laser-cut body clicks together.

Nathan Greiner spoke as part of a panel on emerging technology in corporate real estate offering solutions and discussion on integrating virtual reality and IoT into the real estate workflow and software systems at Industrial Asset Management Council Fall Forum. He also had a booth to demo the VR green screen showing the transformative effect of an enterprise through the use of big data and advanced visualization. Ron Evans shared GoCV project which utilizes Computer Vision using Go and OpenCV 3 and the Intel CV SDK. Ron had the top article on Golang Weekly email newsletter as most influential email in Go community for the week of October 12 and October 26.

Rose Day held an IoT Workshop at Harvard and Harvard wrote an article about it, and the CT Tech Council website also reposted an Intel IDZ article featuring Rose and her work. Rose also discussed her current research, results, and future research into Environmental Analysis for Migraines using cloud computing technologies and iOS application in her West Hartford Toastmaster’s presentation. Shivaram Mysore spoke on NFV at the Google Plugfest and Faucet Conference in Berkeley.

Daniel Whitenack published a blog post walking through the implementation of a neural network in the Go programming language. He is also teaching an 8-week course on “Production Scale Big Data Implementation”, gave a talk on deploying AI to the edge titled “Honey I Shrunk the Neural Net” which he demoed object detection on a pocket chip using the Movidius NCS at All Things Open Conference. Daniel also presented on “reproducible data science in the cloud” at RPI Lally Invited Talk, and presented to researchers at the GE Global Research Center and the GE Go Users Group about running ML/AI workflows on modern infrastructure, and also gave a talk and workshop on applied ML/AI at the GDG DevFest in the Capital Region.


Fabrizio Lapiello began Internet of Things | Caserta, the first completely free course in Italy that allows you to train micro-controllers, electronics, embedded programming, APIs and other themes in the IoT field. Alejandro Alcalde shared his Scala-Category-Theory project on GitHub, wrote a post on Scala Category Theory Composition, began writing a series on Cryptography starting with Cryptopgraphy 101: Mathematical Basis, and also wrote about how he implemented his own related posts feature using sklearn, KMeans and TF-IDF for his blog. Eyal Gruss gave talks at Haifa Film Festival VR Conference, Reversim 2017, Nvidia GTC Israel, DataHack 2017, and KAS-YPFP seminar.

Gokula Krishnan Santhanam gave a talk on the basics of Machine Learning and about what can and cannot be done with the AI technology we have right now at the PyData Warsaw Meetup. Michael Schloh gave a hands-on workshop on using embedded devices and serial analysis hardware at CCC Datenspuren 2017 and an IoT Workshop teaching NodeJS and Python development on Wind River Pulsar Linux in Minnowboard Turbots. Johnny Chan made TensorFlow GitHub Contributions by adding code samples to Official TensorFlow documentation and patching the TensorFlow Serving bazel build process by updating underlying source codes.

Justin Shenk spoke at PyData Warsaw on how to visualize neural network activity and parameters, or in other words, “breaking the black box of deep learning”. Kosta Popov was interviewed for a blog post about him and his Cappasity: 3D Scanning Technology Platform. Pascal van Kooten presented “Automated Machine Learning” with the self-created library ‘xtoy’ at PyData Trojmiasto. Liang Wang promoted his open-source project in numerical computing, Owl library in OCaml, at the 26th ACM Symposium on Operating System Principles. Mohammed Shojafar shared his Superfluidity NFV project on his site. Silviu-Tudor Serban was on a panel tech talk and gave a presentation on his projects at Makers United Bucharest.

Salvino Fidacaro organized the Google DevFest Mediterranean conference in Italy and gave the introductory keynote talking about the future of technologies and in particular AR. Matteo Valoriani showcased AR/VR applications for healthcare demoing his “Virtual Patient” project at SIDO International Congress. He also demoed and showcased applications for healthcare, in particular, mixed reality solutions and face reconstruction at Smau Milano. Matteo also spoke about the use of AR technologies to improve interaction between patient and doctors and device labs at Aria CAD/CAM meeting.


Pedro Kayatt had a booth showing both 7VRWonders and Minecraft VR for middle school students showing how VR can improve education at a Mostra Porto Workshop. He also gave a talk explaining the differences between AR, MR, and VR and how to start developing for VR at FATEC SCS Games Day. Pedro also gave an introduction about VR, MR, and how AI can blend with this to improve content at InterCon 2017. At imaster InterCon Pedro talked about how to implement the basics for VR in Unreal Engine 4. Also, at TEDxUSP Pedro talked about the inspiration road that took him to fund his own company and accomplish the dream of his Dinos do Brasil project. Marcelo Quinta gave a talk on software design to interaction through voice at Devfest Cerrado.


Yash Akhauri and Vidhi Jain gave talks on how Intel Student Ambassadors on campus are integrating Intel technologies into their deep learning projects at BITS Pilani. Yash also published the week 4 update and week 7 update for his Art’Em project. Vidhi Jain shared two projects, Project Momental which is to monitor mental well-being and symptoms of bad mood, anxiety, or depression and Voice Profiling, which aims to evaluate whether we can predict the parameters like gender, age, background, and more for each individual speaker.

Rafael Santos gave an overview of deep learning, applications, and the present and future of software and hardware for AI at Semana de Tecnologica FATEC Rubens Lara. Avinash Madasu posted two projects on GitHub, a movie recommender system and a machine learning specialization course. Bruna Pearson shared her background and projects in an interview AI Student Ambassador Bruna Pearson: Deep Learning, Robots, and Drones Oh My and also shared her latest project, Autonomous UAV Control and Mapping in Cluttered Outdoor Environments, featuring the Intel Movidius NCS.

Chinmay Yalameli created the Intel Software Student’s Group GIT which will meet weekly at his institution. Chris Barsolai wrote an article listing the comprehensive, broad portfolio Intel offers to developers in the AI space in its bid to democratize AI. Daniel Theisges shared his RH Analytics project on GitHub and wrote an article on the Analysis of the Probability of Employee Attrition using Logistic Regression in TensorFlow. David Ojika presented the use of FPGAs for student’s class projects in deep learning at the University of Florida.

Eren Halici gave a hands-on tutorial about Deep Learning at Middle East Technical University. Edwin Williams used Intel computing resources to simulate the actions of vessels in a congested bay area for his Situation Awareness and Collision Avoidance project. Christian Gabor ran a meeting for OSU students to get involved in machine learning, demonstrating the resources of the Intel Nervana AI Academy. Kerem Kurban tests intel's python3 distribution in his GitHub project Naïve Bayesian Estimation for Car Dataset.

Kshitiz Rimal gave a talk on how Intel is helping students and developers in the field of AI and deep learning by providing its tools and software at the Artificial Intelligence & Its Ecosystem Conference. Nikhil Murthy presented at the Student Ambassador Forum in at the Deep Learning Summit in Montreal, where he discussed his research and projects and talked about his experiences in the AI space. Muhammed Zahit Karasam gave a talk about Intel and artificial intelligence at the MUFE Robotics club at Marmara University.

Kaustav Tamuly posted his Tic Tac Toe game on GitHub that teaches agents to play the classic game without using any fancy libraries. He also spoke at the Intel AI Workshop on BITS Goa Campus. Rouzbeh Shirvani shared his real time object classifier with Movidius NCS in live video streams. Sachin Dadaso Waghmode gave a talk at the In Persistent Memory Computing Summit in San Francisco on high-capacity persistent memory with Java. Salil Gautam shared web app for image classification using convolutional neural network project.

Prajjwal Bhargava shared his Natural Language Processing with Small Feed-Forward Networks project, as well as his Natural Language Processing Sentiment Analysis project on GitHub. Prajjwal also created a YouTube channel to make AI more accessible which already has gained over 700 subscribers and 4000 views in the first 20 days. Shubham Jaiswal shared his project D-fast, an assistive chat bot for courier services. Sri Harsha Gajavalli spoke at the AI Workshop at IIITS College covering the introduction of AI, ML, DL, and Intel Architecture to AI, Intel DAAL, Intel MKL, MKL-DNN and provided hands-on experience with Intel Parallel Studio.

Shaury Baranwal shared his YelpCamp project which is an e-commerce platform for selling and buying things made on MEN stack which he wants to use WebVR to improve the user experience. Soubhik Das had a research paper on supervised machine learning in intelligent character recognition of handwritten and printed nameplates was accepted at the IEEE International Conference (ICAC3’17). Tejeswar Tadi published an article on Recursive Neural Tensor Networks and their utility in gauging trader sentiment for cryptocurrencies.

Devinder Kumar gave a talk on “Explaining the Unexplained: Peering into the Minds of AI” at the Toronto Machine Learning Summit. Vaibhav Amit Patel’s paper on a Generative Adversarial Network for Tone Mapping HDR images was accepted at the Conference NCVPRIPG 2017 in Mandi, India. N. Aravindhan spoke about artificial intelligence with Arduino and how the Internet of Things (IoT) connects people, machines, and applications in order to enable bi-directional flow of information and enable people’s real-time decisions. Peter Szinger published a blog post of an introduction to clustering and the K-means algorithm. Rashik Kotwal posted a video with a demo of GUI developed in Python for the ongoing research project at AMIIL. 

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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