Science and Technology
Convergence Forum
Armenia, Yerevan, April 29-30, 2016
Registration

About


Science and Technology Convergence Forum (STC) aims to encourage science and industry cooperation in the IT sector.
The forum will have parallel sessions in a line of 4 areas that will explore the current status of scientific achievements, analyze and present issues as well as investigate possible avenues of cooperation between science and technology leaders. During those sessions scientific community and the industry would be able to freely exchange ideas on possible new project, talk about current developments and discuss issues that hinder the progress of either side.

The areas of the forum are:

  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Information Security
  • Microelectronics

Call for Participation


The STCS Program Committee is pleased to invite interested individuals to submit their participation requests under the registration section. The guidelines for submission of materials for presentations are provided below:

Submission Guidelines for Researchers


Please submit your presentation and small abstract about your presentation to stc@asnet.am e-mail address before 15-th of April.

Presentation Procedure for Researchers


  1. Duration of the presentation is defined to be twenty-five minutes
  2. Questions are asked during or after the presentation per presenter’s request
  3. Five minutes are allocated for general introduction into researcher’s area of expertise and referencing notable achievements
  4. Five minutes are allocated for presenting main current issues and possible avenues of cooperation with the industry
  5. Five minutes are allocated for questions and answers

Presentation Material Format for Researchers


  1. General overview of the area of expertise and notable achievements. Please note it is expected that the audience is professional and familiar enough with the topic so there is no need to educate the audience on the subject but rather to present the gist to open up the floor for the following sections of the presentation
  2. Current research directions and possible applications. Here it is expected that the presenter will spend some time going in to specifics that will explain the uniqueness of the current research and attractiveness of possible applications helping the industry identify commercially viable directions
  3. Main issues and possible avenues of cooperation with the industry. This section of the presentation should focus on such questions as possible funding for a pilot project or production of a prototype that industry can take and develop into a fully-fledged commercial offering jointly with the presenter. As well as presentation of services that can be rendered to the industry to aid in their current developments Questions and answers do not require any specific material

Submission Guidelines for Industry


Please submit your presentation and small abstract about your presentation to stc@asnet.am e-mail address before 15-th of April.

Presentation Procedure for Industry


  1. Duration of the presentation is defined to be twenty-five minutes
  2. Questions are asked during or after the presentation per presenter’s request
  3. Five minutes are allocated for presenting main current issues and roadblocks where scientific research is needed
  4. Five minutes are allocated for questions and answers

Presentation Material Format for Industry


  1. General introduction into this particular industry’s area of interests referencing notable commercial products. Please note it is expected that the audience is professional and familiar enough with the topic so there is no need to educate the audience on the importance of a particular commercial application but rather to present the gist to open up the floor for the following sections of the presentation
  2. Current areas of development (with commercial secrets being omitted) and needs in scientific research. Here it is expected that the presenter will spend some time going in to specifics that will explain the unique need for scientific research helping the science community to come up with possible solutions
  3. Main current issues and roadblocks where scientific research is needed. This section of the presentation should focus on such questions as formulation of a task or problem for the scientific community to be able to propose a formal solution that will aid the development of the fully-fledged commercial offering jointly. As well as presentation of general requirements on staffing and cooperation

Sessions




Plenary Session


Ruben Gevorgyan

Ministry of Economy

Topic: "Unified Business innovation platform"

Tony Moroyan

Chairman at Viasphere International, Inc

Topic: "Successful Cooperation of Venture Capital, Government, Academia and Industry"

Surik Papyan

Headsense

Topic: "From Technology to Product The Israeli Start-up Experience"

Amalya Mkhitaryan

ANEL Coordinator

Topic: "Innovative research on an example of Armenian National Engineering Laboratories (NPUA)"

Mary-Hrachoohi Boghosian

American University of Armenia, Schools of Computer Science & Engineering and Business and Economics

Topic: "Managing Technology and Innovation"

Session 1: Microelectronics


Moderator

Tigran Atoyan

IIAP, Creative Solutions Think Tank

Tigran Atoyan received his PhD in Engineering from Institute of Informatics and Automation Problems of National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia in 2005. In 2013 Mr. Atoyan received his MBA from HULT International Business School. He has more than 12 years of experience in microelectronics in the field of semiconductor IP, working for such companies as Virage Logic International and Synopsys. During his time at Virage Logic and Synopsys Mr. Atoyan worked on several projects including 32 nm and 22 nm technology, with customers such as Intel, LSI and AMD. During his last years at Virage and Synopsys he was Director Business Development Russian Market and Sr. Technical Sales for Israel. In the last 5 years Mr. Atoyan has been working with the banking industry of Republic of Armenia, notable projects include cooperation with Central Bank of Armenia and USAID as well as several leading commercial banks. He has served as EVP of Sales and Marketing as well as Chief Marketing Officer at several companies. Tigran Atoyan is currently the CEO of Creative Solutions Think Tank, a management consulting company specializing in business strategy development, sales and marketing. The company provides business growth solutions to local Armenian companies and connects partners world-wide servicing as a bridge for international companied seeking partners in Armenia and market entry. Mr. Atoyan has numerous certificates of gratitude from the companies he worked for as well as nomination for Gordon Award during VLSI Test Symposium in 2006 and a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Computer Society TTTC for serving as local arrangement chair for East West Design and Test Symposium in 2007. Tigran Atoyan moderated a session during VLSI Test Symposium in 2006. He advises several boards and executives of VC and PE funds and companies.


Speakers


Samvel G. Gevorgyan

Precision Sensors & Instruments LLC, Yerevan State University

Topic: "Application of the innovative SFCO technology (a single-layer flat-coil-oscillator method) for development of the novel early warning border/zone security systems (EWBSS)”

Zhorzh Seyradaryan

LiTech

Topic: "New Generation Lighting Technologies and their Prospects"

Andranik Gevorgyan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Microclimate measurement and control”

Aleksandr S. Khachunts

L.A.Orbeli Institute of Physiology, NAS RA

Topic: "Possible Medical Applications of the Single-layer Flat-Coil-Oscillator (SFCO) Technology”

Harutyun Dashtoyan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Microcontroller based control systems"


Session 2: Machine Learning


 
Moderator

Habet Madoyan

AUA, Datamotus

Habet Madoyan teaches Applied Statistics and Intro to Data Mining classes in AUA. He is also co-founder and CEO of Datamotus, a company that provides Data mining and statistical analysis services. He holds Ph.D. from National Academy of Science of RA and MBA degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Speakers


Gor Vardanyan

Fimetech

Topic: "Artificial Neural Networks in Practice"

Arnak Poghosyan

VMware

Topic: "Proactive Management of IT infrastructures by Data Analytics"

Vahe Hakobyan

PicsArt

Topic: Deep learning as a part of user experience

Stepan Tsaturyan

National Instruments

Topic: "Assets Condition Monitoring and Artificial Intelligence"

Hrant Khachatrian

Yerevan State University

Topic: "Neural networks and deep learning"


Session 3: Information Security


 
Moderator

Vaagn Toukharian

OWASP Armenia

Vaagn Toukharian is Principal Engineer for Qualys's Web Application Security Scanner. He also helps to run OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Armenia chapter. Was involved with security industry since 1999, and did deliver talks at InfoSec conventions like BlackHat, OWASP AppSec, DefCON, ToorCon, BruCon, Hacktivity, and few BSides. Outside of work he trains and races Ironman Triathlons with local TriClub Yeravan team.

 

Speakers


Mihran Hovsepyan

Russian–Armenian University

Topic: "Secure Search Problems and Their Solving Mechanisms"

Satenik Mnatsakanyan

Leviathan CJSC

Topic: "Can Web 3.0 be fundamentally p2p?"

Samvel Martirosyan

Information Security and Media Expert

Topic: "Cyber-security: Threats of Near Future"

Vladimir Hovsepyan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Security in Internet of Things Environment”

Anahit Arshakyan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Security in workflow of electronic document system"

Tatevik Baghdasaryan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Distributed cloud storage system"

Artak Khemchyan

National Polytechnic University of Armenia

Topic: "Secret sharing based on error-correcting codes"


Session 4: Computer Vision and DSIP


 
Moderator

Gevorg Karapetyan

Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems NAS RA

Gevorg Karapetyan received the B.Sc. degree in applied mathematics from the State Engineering University of Armenia in 2009. He obtained the M.Sc. degree in informatics and computer engineering and Ph.D. degree in technical science from the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He has been a researcher in the Digital Signal and Image Processing Laboratory at the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems (IIAP) of NAS RA since 2012. Since 2015 he has served as deputy head of the Coding and Signal Processing Department at the IIAP. His main research interests are in fields of mHealth, remote monitioring of human vital signs, medical image processing, digital inpainting and image classification. He is the author of several scientific papers in major scientific publications.

 

Speakers


Rafayel Barseghyan

IIAP Coding and Signal Processing Department

Topic: Remote heart rate monitoring

Alexandra Levinsky

HeadSense Medical

Topic: "New noninvasive method of intracranial pressure monitoring and brain disorders’ diagnostics based on the head generated acoustic signals"

Aleksandr S. Khachunts

L.A.Orbeli Institute of Physiology, NAS RA

Topic: Modeling of Intracranial Vibro-acoustic Signal Changes Based on Arm Vessels Controlled Clamping

Suren Khachatryan

American University of Armenia

Topic: Color-based Iterative Processing of Face Images

Armen Petrosyan

IIAP Coding and Signal Processing Department

Topic: Machine Vision Solutions for Defence

Panels


 

Panel 1: "Bridging Gaps: Science, Industry and State"

 

 
This panel will explore such important issues as bridging gaps between science, industry and state to understand the criteria for successful cooperation of all three together producing real life application results, furthering scientific achievement and securing the state support in these endeavors. The panel will focus around questions such as: how to connect science and industry together for successful commercial applications, involvement of science in practical enterprises and deriving commercial application from novel scientific research; another area is to understand how the state can get involved in scientific activity by proposing problems that science could solve, along with securing of funding for such research.

 
 
Moderator

Dr. Aram Hajian

American University of Armenia

Dr. Hajian received his Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree from Stanford University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. After working in the Biomechanics Group at Exponent, Inc., he relocated to Armenia in 2000, where he has worked in a number of hi-tech, entrepreneurial and community positions. He has served as Executive Director of MadeinArmeniadirect.com and as a Managing Consultant at Arlex Intl. in Yerevan. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Chess Academy of Armenia. His scholarly publications are in the area of biomechanics and relate to the mechanical characterization of the human hand. He teaches several courses in the College of Science and Engineering.

 
 
Panelists


Ruben Gevorgyan - Ministry of Economy
Vardan Sahakian - State Committee of Science
Representative of Ministry of Defense
Representative of Ministry of EMS
Aram Salatian - National Instruments
Mher Markosyan - Yerevan Telecommunications Research institute
Hovhanness Avoyan - PicsArt
Vahagn Poghosyan - Instigate
Karen Vardanyan - UITE
Samvel Shoukourian - Synopsys, YSU
Vladimir Sahakyan - IIAP
 





 

Panel 2: "Education: Supply and Demand"

 

 
This panel will focus on the issue of supplying the industry with high quality and right quantity of graduates and researchers to fulfill the needs of the industry. Questions of requesting and funding specialized courses in the general curriculum, as well as offering academia/educational institutions a funded, actual for the industry, research field are of interest to this panel. Guidance from educators on how the industry should utilize the full potential of the graduates and researchers and their involvement in industry without separation from science can also be discussed. The main expectation is for the educators and the industry to find the right solution to the problem of the supply and demand of high quality and right quantity of graduates and researchers. Successful western examples can be discussed.

 
 
Moderator

Prof. Samvel Shoukourian

Yerevan State University

Samvel K. Shoukourian received the Doctor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1990 and the Academic Rank of Professor in Computer Science and Software Engineering in 1993 from the Supreme Certification Board (Moscow). In 1996, he was elected a Full Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Currently he is the Scientific Leader of IT Educational and Research Center, Yerevan State University (YSU), Yerevan, Armenia. Since 1994, simultaneously with the work at YSU, he has been Chief Scientific Advisor and Development Director in different international companies. Since 2000, he is directing the Department of Embedded Test and Repair at Virage Logic Corporation (USA) and since 2010, the same department at Synopsys, Inc (USA). He has authored more than 80 papers, and holds Russian and U.S. patents. The main topics of his current research interests include testing of electronic devices and systems, formal models of distributed systems, information technologies and architectures for multimedia virtual environments.

 

 
Panelists


Vazgen Melikyan - Synopsys, NPUA
Vladimir Sahakyan - IIAP
Aram Hajian - AUA
Gagik Evoyan - Hitegrity
Sedrak Sargisian - Mentor Graphics
Mikayel Vardanyan - PicsArt
 




 

Panel 3: "Brilliant Mind, Idea Forming Ecosystem: Universities, Start­ups, Accelerators and Incubators"

 

 
This panel will inspect the area of creating an ecosystem among the educational institution, industry and science to bolster the creation of “Million Dollar Ideas”, be that bright young students, researchers or the industry who initiates the process.

 
 
Moderator

Bagrat Yengibaryan

Enterprise Incubator Foundation

Bagrat Yengibaryan – MBA from American University of Armenia, Department of Business Administration, in 1997 and Ph.D. in Mathematics, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, 1997. He is the Director of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation since 2002 managing and coordinating the EIF activities on business development, marketing and promotion, management, accounting and finance, start-up creation, helping companies to improve professional and business skills, creation of learning partnerships within the industry and the universities. In 1998-2002 worked as the Executive Director of Foreign Financing Projects Management Center (FFPMC) of Ministry of Finance and Economy of Armenia and administered implementation of numerous donor programs, including World Bank’s Enterprise Development Project, Private Sector Development Project; Structural Adjustment Technical Assistance Projects, and Lincy Foundation’s SME Development Program and other projects totaling 100 million dollars. In 1995 – 1998 worked as Chief Program Officer at Foreign Aid Coordination Center (FACC), Ministry of Economy of Armenia. In 1994 – 1995 was the Third Secretary of Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia. Currently he is the Chairman of “Investment and Business Opportunities” working group under the IT Development Support Council established by the Armenian Government, Board member of the first Armenian venture capital foundation “Venture Management Advisors”, Chairman of the Board of “IT Center” Science and Education Foundation, Chairman of the Board of “Sourcio” IT start-up, Chairman of the Board of the “AIT” IT start-up. He has 7 articles in local and international journals.

 

 
Panelists


Manuk Hergnyan - Granatusventures
Tony Moroyan - ViaSpheare Technopark
Aram Salatian - National Instruments
Artashes Vardanyan - Microsoft Innovation Center
Aram Hajian - AUA
Vladimir Sahakyan - IIAP
 

Agenda


Opening and Plenary Sessions, Sessions 1 and 4 will be held in the Conference Hall of the Presidium of NAS RA Address: Marshal Baghramyan ave. 24 (2-nd floor)

Sessions 2 and 3 will be held in the Conference Hall of the Institute of History of NAS RA Address: Marshal Baghramyan ave. 24g (1-st floor)

29.04.2016, Friday
09:00 - 10:00
Registration
Opening Session
10:00 - 10:05
Radik Martirosyan (The President of the National Academy of Sciences of RA) - Welcome message
10:05 - 10:10
Samvel Haroutiunian (Chairman of the State Committee of Science) - Welcome message
Plenary Session
10:10 - 10:25
Ruben Gevorgyan (Ministry of Economy) - Unified Business innovation platform
10:25 - 10:40
Tony Moroyan (Chairman at Viasphere International, Inc) - Successful Cooperation of Venture Capital, Government, Academia and Industry
10:40 - 11:00
Surik Papyan (Headsense) - From Technology to Product The Israeli Start-up Experience
11:00 - 11:05
Gevorg Karapetyan (IIAP) - Agenda Overview
11:05 - 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 - 13:15
Panel Session 1: Moderator Aram Hajyan (AUA) - Bridging Gaps: Science, Industry and State
13:15 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Panel Session 2: Moderator Samvel Shoukourian (YSU) - Education: Demand and Supply
15:00 - 15:30
Amalya Mkhitaryan (ANEL, NPUA) - Innovative research on an example of Armenian National Engineering Laboratories
15:30 - 16:00
Mary-Hrachoohi Boghosyan (AUA) - Managing Technology and Innovation
16:00 - 16:15
Coffee break
16:15 - 17:45
Panel Session 3: Moderator Bagrat Yengibaryan (EIF) - Brilliant Mind, Idea Forming Ecosystem: Universities Startups, Accelerators and Incubators
30.04.2016, Saturday
Session 1: Microelectronics
Moderator Tigran Atoyan (IIAP, Creative Solutions Think Tank)
Session 2: Machine Learning
Moderator Habet Madoyan (AUA, Datamotus)
10:00 - 10:30 Samvel Gevorgyan (PSI, YSU) - Application of the innovative SFCO technology (a single-layer flat-coil-oscillator method) for development of the novel early warning border/zone security systems (EWBSS) Gor Vardanyan (FimeTech) - Artificial Neural Networks in Practice
10:30 - 11:00 Zhorzh Seyradaryan (LiTech) - New Generation Lighting Technologies and their Prospects Arnak Poghosyan (VMware) - Proactive Management of IT infrastructures by Data Analytic
11:00 - 11:30 Andranik Gevorgyan (NPUA) - Microclimate Measurement and Control Hrant Khachatryan (YSU) - Neural Networks and Deep Learning
11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 - 12:30 Aleksander Khachunts (Institute of Physiology NAS RA) - Possible Medical Applications of the Single-layer Flat-Coil-Oscillator (SFCO)Technology Stepan Tsaturyan (National Instruments) - Assets Condition Monitoring and Artificial Intelligence
12:30 - 13:00 Harutyun Dashtoyan (NPUA) - Microcontroller Based Control Systems Vahe Hakobyan (PicsArt) - Deep learning as a part of user experience
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
Session 3: Security
Moderator Vaagn Toukharian (OWASP Armenia)
Session 4: Computer Vision and DSIP
Moderator Gevorg Karapetyan (IIAP)
14:00 - 14:30 Mihran Hovsepyan (RAU) - Secure Search Problems and Their Solving Mechanisms Aleksandra Levinsky (HeadSense Medical) - New noninvasive method of intracranial pressure monitoring and brain disorders’ diagnostics based on the head generated acoustic signals
14:30 - 15:00 Satenik Mnatsakanyan (Leviathan CJSC) - Can Web 3.0 be fundamentally p2p? Alexsander Khachunts (Institute of Physiology NAS RA) - Modeling of Intracranial Vibro-acoustic Signal Changes Based on Arm Vessels Controlled Clamping
15:00 - 15:30 Samvel Martirosyan (Information Security and Media Expert) - Cyber-security: Threats of Near Future Rafayel Barseghyan (IIAP Coding and Signal Processing Department) - Remote heart rate monitoring
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30 Vladimir Hovsepyan (NPUA) - Security in Internet of Things Environment Suren Khachatryan (AUA) - Color-based Iterative Processing of Face Images
16:30 - 17:00 Anahit Arshakyan (NPUA) - Security in Workflow of Electronic Document System Armen Petrosyan (IIAP Coding and Signal Processing Department) - Machine Vision Solutions for Defence
17:00 - 17:30 Tatevik Baghdasaryan (NPUA) - Distributed Cloud Storage System
17:30 - 18:00 Artak Khemchyan (NPUA) - Secret Sharing Based on Error Correcting Codes

Live


Event Finished

Contact Us

 

Organizer:
Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA

E-mail: stc@asnet.am

Phone: (+374 60) 623553

Location:
Baghramyan ave. 24, Yerevan, Armenia