Second edition of ICT in Practice

Fontys Information and Communication Technology

Over 300 visitors got to know the world of AI in the Natlab

On Thursday 21 March 2019 Fontys University of Applied Sciences ICT (FHICT) organised the second edition of the Research Symposium ICT In Practice (IIP). Three hundred visitors got to know the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Natlab in Eindhoven. They took part in various discussions, listened to a varied range of speakers or visited the market with project and product demonstrations. ICT in Practice offers a platform for students, teachers, lecturers and partner companies of FHICT (the Partners in Education) to share knowledge and experience. The main theme this year was AI.

Symposium step towards knowledge sharing

At 3 pm Gerard Schouten, Big Data lecturer, opened the symposium. Director FHICT Ad Vissers and initiator IIP Tom Langhorst also took to the stage. Here it was once again emphasised that FHICT will profile itself more as a knowledge institute. IIP focuses on applied or practice-oriented research. The aim is to stimulate this type of research in the area of ICT. With this, the symposium takes a major step in profiling FHICT (even) more as a knowledge institute and offers opportunities in the Brainport region around Eindhoven as the Midpoint environment around Tilburg. Watch the video of the opening session below:

Varied programme 

After the opening, experts of FHICT and the partner companies gave inspiring talks about Artificial Intelligence. Other important ICT subjects and trends were also dealt with, such as big data, deep learning and machine learning. In the meantime, visitors were updated various studies of Fontys ICT employees or visit the exhibition market with project and product demonstrations. There was also room for discussion about topical ICT and AI subjects.  

High Tech Award 2018 

During the symposium the "High Tech ICT Award" worth 500 euro was assigned to the best student project at the exhibition market. A jury comprising of the High Tech Software Cluster (HTSC) assessed three submitted student projects and chose the Retain Today project.

Retain Today is a product that was developed at Fontys University of Applied Sciences ICT, in cooperation with Fontys People and Health. A product that aims to lower the pressure on caregivers while offering the dependent person more quality of life. They try to achieve this through automation of everyday reminders. 

Stimulus for the future

Tom Langhorst, initiatiator of the symposium, looks back with a feeling of satisfaction. "This symposium enables us to get into contact with the industry. Everyone is working on research projects. What can we learn from each other? How can we inspire each other? What are we doing well? What could be done even better? This cooperation with the work field and knowledge partners is very important. Students are prepared to learn critically. This is just as important as the knowledge you have.”

The organisation is also pleased. “The atmosphere was good and the reactions were positive. There are of course always points that could do with improvement, but we are looking back with a good feeling and a pleasant cooperation with the Natlab. Yet another event we as FHICT can be proud of.”

Below is the after movie, made by the Fontys ICT Video Crew:

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