August 29, 2016
United Technologies Research Center leads Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2016 conference workshop

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) machine learning experts recently built global industry awareness of the Research Center's leading-edge capabilities in deep learning research at the KDD2016 conference in San Francisco. UTRC operates as the research and innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)

The conference, which focused on knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD), offered seven full- and 10 half-day workshops, the latter including a UTRC-led session titled, "Machine Learning for Prognostics and Health Management," (PHM). The event drew more than 200 attendees and was the conference's first to be planned and hosted by UTRC.

Dr. Michael Giering, technical fellow, data analytics and machine intelligence, UTRC; Dr. Kishore Reddy, staff engineer, decision support, UTRC; and Dr. Soumalya Sarkar, senior engineer, decision support, UTRC joined forces with three former UTRC colleagues to coordinate and conduct the workshop.

"This workshop represented a major milestone for UTRC," said Giering. "KDD is a premier interdisciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers from across the globe in the areas of knowledge discovery, data science, big data, data mining, and large-scale data analytics. We viewed the workshop as a way to elevate the industry's consciousness of our abilities in advanced analytics, human-machine interaction, prognostics and health management, and decision support and integration."

The workshop kicked off with an invited talk by Santanu Das, who oversees algorithms and big data analytics at Verizon Wireless, followed by eight juried paper presentations. Two featured UTRC authors: "Activity Recognition in PHM Training Environment from Electroencephalography (EG) via Deep Learning," and "Applying Deep Learning for Prognostic Health Monitoring of Aerospace and Building Systems," were presented by Sarkar and Reddy, respectively.

The UTRC workshop closed with a panel discussion consisting of Michael Giering (UTRC), Dragos Margineantu (Boeing), Achalesh Pandey (GE Global Research) that delved into critical issues associated with bridging the gap between domain experts and machine learning.

"It was an invaluable experience," said Giering of the effort behind the workshop's coordination, adding, "UTRC brings a significant competitive advantage to the businesses of UTC, which include Pratt & Whitney engines for commercial and military aircraft, Carrier air conditioning systems, Otis elevators and many others. Our value lies in extracting valuable actionable insight from UTC's large, complex data. Such capabilities make UTC products, materials and processes safer, more reliable, and more cost effective, and extend product life."

In addition to planning and hosting the PHM workshop, UTRC sponsored the conference's Best Student Paper Award in the amount of $1,100, which was presented to Nurali Virani (Pennsylvania State University).

As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. Further, UTRC leads the monetization of UTC’s intellectual property through business model innovation. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland. UTC, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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