Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In the exhibition hall

It’s the last day if ICT2010 and even though it’s only a three day event it’s been packed full of interesting things – most probably due its sheer size!

Over in the exhibition area there are over 200 different stands covering ten categories from ‘Safety and security’ to ‘Content and knowledge'. Among the 3D televisions and various robots on show I’ve seen demos showing how to manufacture silicon chips and how to detect bacteria in real-time thanks to raman spectroscopy. I've just been speaking to the people over at the VisMaster stand, a coordination action which finishes tomorrow. VisMaster aimed to bring together researchers working in the field of visual analytics – a discipline which takes large amounts of data and visualises it in easy-to-understand way. This can allow researchers to discover links and trends that may be otherwise hidden in massive data sets. VisMaster has now put together a roadmap which considers the future of visual analytics research, and can be found on their website.

Other exhibits of note include the jungle-themed SOA4All stand, the free smarties from the RESERVOIR project and the SIM-e-Child demo, whose Health-e-Child demo won the ‘Best demo prize’ at the last ICT conference. This year the Sim-e-Child team have made use of the iPad’s augmented reality feature to display paediatric cardiology models constructed with the help of grid computing.

For me one of the many highlights of ICT2010 was the keynote speech by Hermann Hauser back on Monday. Hauser spoke how we’re now entering the 5th wave of computing – the mobile phone – which follows the previous four waves of mainfraimes, minicomputers, workstations and personal computers. Hauser suggested that the mobile phone (or similar devices) are set to replace the personal computer, and in the future they will be cheaper, faster and generally better than the PCs and Macs we’re all used to using at the moment. In any case it seems that ICT is continuing to develop and evolve in all sorts of ways. Who knows what developments there'll be by ICT2012?

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