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Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 6, 2019

Reinforcement learning for robotics

The company was founded by President and CSO Pieter Abbeel, CTO Rocky Duan, and CEO Peter Chen; Pieter was previously a robotics researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and OpenAI. So far, the company has raised about $7 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 6, 2019

Unmanned vehicles for last-mile delivery

Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu co-founded Nuro in 2016 after leaving Waymo; the company raised $940 million in a 2019 Series B led by SoftBank's Vision Fund, for a total of $1 billion in funding to date; other investors include Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. The company makes unmanned electric... read more.
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L'oreal
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Jonathan Melnick

Consumer IoT More...

March 6, 2019

Personalized healthcare has been impacting patient treatment for years, particularly in oncology and immunotherapy. Over the past several years, personalization has been moving further and further into consumer products. Most notably, personalized nutrition has been a critical trend for matching ... read more.

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Michael Sullivan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 6, 2019

Automotive mobility service platform

Autonomic, a Ford subsidiary, is a connected vehicle startup offering a public cloud-based API platform for telemetry, OTA updates, and vehicle management services The company is well-positioned as Ford's primary connected vehicle platform and has partnerships with other automakers, application ... read more.
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Google
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

March 6, 2019

One of the most exciting AI-related announcements in 2018 was Google DeepMind's performance in the biannual protein folding competition, CASP (Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction), in which contestants predict the 3D folding of proteins from genomic data. Despite it being DeepMind's ... read more.

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Alwaysai
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Cole McCollum

Consumer IoT More...

March 6, 2019

Computer vision software for edge devices

The company was founded by CEO Marty Beard and CTO Steve Griset; both founders have executive experience in enterprise and mobile software; Marty was previously the COO of BlackBerry. To date, the company has raised approximately $4 million in a Series A round led by BlueRun Ventures. The company ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

March 6, 2019

Software and hardware solutions based on computer vision and face recognition

Convolutional neural network-based computer vision technologies can recognize faces, vehicle models, and text and search for patterns in images Has won global facial recognition competitions organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Intelligence Advanced Research ... read more.
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Ocean
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

March 6, 2019

Blockchain-based data marketplace protocol

Develops a blockchain-based decentralized protocol to facilitate data exchange on data marketplaces Claims blockchain, in this case, provides benefits like governance (controlling who does or doesn't have access to data), cybersecurity, and tokens that can be used to incentivize the growth of the ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

3D printing workflow optimization software

The company was founded by Omer Blaier and Elad Schiller in November 2017 and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. To date, the company has raised about $370,000 in a seed round led by Techstars, with TAU Ventures, Stanley Black & Decker, and angel investor Jeremy Coller also participating. The company ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

Software for 3D printing processes

The company was founded by Stephan Kuehr and Aleksander Ciszek in 2014; it is a spinoff from TU Berlin. So far, the company has raised about $13 million, which includes a $1 million seed round raised in 2015 and a $12 million Series A raised in 2017. Among its investors, we emphasize AM Ventures and... read more.
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China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Overview: As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This webinar will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.