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Top Techsperts Carry CEWIT 2022 Back To School

On point: The Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology returns to form with CEWIT 2022, its 18th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World, coming Oct. 3 to Stony Brook University.


Stony Brook University’s season of colossal conferences continues next week, and this time, the future of … well,everything… is on the line.

Just weeks after the university hosted its high-wattageAEC 2022advanced-energy conference in New York City, next-generation technology experts from across academia and industry will unite Oct. 3 forCEWIT2022, the 18th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World.

A presentation of SBU’sCenter of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology(cosponsored by theInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a New Jersey-based professional association), CEWIT2022 is a full day of plenary presentations from a wide range of researchers and professionals – artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cybersecurity and quantum computing are among the topics in play – capped by an all-star Healthcare Technology Panel discussion and networking reception.

Rong Zhao: Transformative process.

Moderated by Global Health Chairman Gil Bashe of Manhattan-based multinational advertising agencyFinn Partners, the panel is slated to include representatives ofStony Brook Medicine, the NYC-basedMount Sinai Health System, Melville-based global healthcare distributorHenry Scheinand other high-level national and regional health-tech experts.

With “top-ranked health-tech influencer” Bashe at the wheel, the Healthcare Technology Panel will share insider knowledge of smart sensors, edge computing and other next-level tools reshaping modern healthcare, according to CEWIT Director Rong Zhao.

“It is a forum for frontline clinicians, healthcare executives and policy experts to share their perspectives and address key needs including access to care, workflow-process, administrative efficiency, health equity, quality outcomes and other important components of healthcare transformation,” Zhao added.

The Health Technology Panel caps a day of keynotes, roundtables and breakout sessions discussing the latest and greatest digital technologies and how they apply to the 21st Century’s frontline sectors – not just healthcare but energy, finance, defense and intelligence, as well as the cross-industry requirements of modern supply chains.

Scheduled A-list speakers include Scott Crowder, vice president ofIBM Quantumand chief technology officer ofIBM Systems; Henry Chu, the Lockheed Martin Professor in Computer Science at theUniversity of Louisiana; Nathanial Rowe, core technical competency leader for theAir Force Research Laboratory; and Nevenka Dimitrova, most recently vice president of data science and data engineering atGlaxoSmithKline, now on sabbatical at Manhattan’sMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Peter Donnelly: Depth charged.

Also on tap are representatives of Georgia-based warehouse management solutions providerAlmasons, Massachusetts-based dental AI pioneerOverjetand NYC-based Web3 venture studioZK Ladder, among other nationwide tech trendsetters – all told, “the strongest program of expert speakers yet” in the conference’s 18-year history, according to Stony Brook University Associate Vice President for Technology Partnerships Peter Donnelly.

“The breadth and depth of the presentations are staggering, representing research and industry leaders from across the nation,” Donnelly told Innovate Long Island.

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the CEWIT facility on the Stony Brook campus, beginning with a continental breakfast and an exhibit floor opening at 7:30 a.m., with opening remarks by university Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Carl Lejuez slated for 8:15 a.m.

Pre-registration is required; more details on individual speakers, the conference agenda, exhibitors and local hotel accommodationsavailable here.

While CEWIT2021 was nothing to sneeze at – the virtual conference attracted more than 800 academic and industry participants, according to SBU – the post-pandemic return to in-person conversation and elbow-rubbing adds extra energy to CEWIT2022, Donnelly said Wednesday.

“This is the first return to an in-person [CEWIT conference] since COVID,” the vice president added. “There is a lot to discuss and a lot to be learned, along with long-overdue networking potential.”