Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Spyglass Green Marketing: Jim DiFrangia contact: jimd@spyglassgreenmarketing.com
Knut Hybinette
Abby Maier/COSE Arts Network
Norm Roulet SevenGen/REALNEO
Len Steinbach
Sarah Taylor/First Wind Farm
Shaker Lakes Nature Center
Nancy King Smith/Oct 19-21 Beeming BionEeurs
Bemia Bralie - create performances in public spaces/create energy out of solar
Entrepreneurs Edge - young people connected around sustainability
David Moss - Director, FUTURE
Sudhir Ragupathy
James Levine/Ingenuity
Rich Weiss/Ingenuity
Dick Clough
Tom Pool/graphic designer Holden Arboretum
Kevin Cronin/ Cleveland Bikes

James Levine: Showcase and celebrate technology and art. 2005 arts and tech fesitval - installations, exhibits...ramped up in 2006....in 2007 the Festival will focus on Playhouse Square and the festival will ramp up to be a truly formalized art and technology event. Want to show by example how Ingenuity cn be an icon for new ways to synthisize collaborations between technology and art. A model like the Spoleto Festival, for example.

Sudhir Ragupathy: became involved with efforts to "greenerize" the Ingenuity Festival. By building his connections with other like-minded people around sustainability, a Green Team was formed. Sudhir thinks in terms of a holistice view of Quality of Life by facilitating positive outcomes in Technology, Health, Entrepreneruship, Sustainability, Arts, Education, Environment. This reflects a systems approach to change. A synergistic approach helps to identify commonalities and align efforts.

John: interested in measuring and quantifying results in the 2007 Festival

Sudir: Ingenuity would like to benchmark sustainable practices. The Olympics has become a green practicing event and provides a good model. Some categories for metrics to be developed around: emmission, water, waste, energy

Direct Stakeholders/InDirect Stakeholders:

Q: How do you tell the story about the potential impact of Ingenuity activities on those you might not know of or expect.

Contact: info@everythingenergy,org

Some conversations around Ingenuity: how do the activities associated with Ingenuity sustain before, during and after the festival?

Are there companies connected who can talk about how their work interconnects with the Ingenuity activities?

Sarah Taylor: Miller and -- to display demonstration practices for rainbarrel use in homeowner's property

Jim Herget: Why not have a Green Home on display?

Andrew Watterson, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Power. What are the sponsorship oportunities? TCPI.com Aurora based company supplier to Lowe's for energy efficient compact florescence bulbs.

Bike activities - Kevin Cronin: Encouraging bikers from the suburbs to ride to the Fesitval. Other ideas: bike based taxi service; truck version of the same.

City Wheels; Myers Motors; Whole Foods

Have opportunities for connection with government and other business leaders available. Local government officials invited to participate; cutting edge researchers to display new and developing IP.

Kurtz Bros.

What are our next steps? What do we need to tomorrow?

Connect with Ingenuity if you would like to contribute to the festival in terms of time. money, ideas.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Movie links to Robotics in Surgery

Check out the Google page for updates on Surgery Robotics at Stanford University here.

Be sure to cruise the side bars of similar content.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Simple gifts

Here is an example of people's passions and generosity comming together for the benefit of the larger good. With the offering of simple examples of science and digital media working well together, this is how one science teacher has chosen to make a difference with raising people's awareness about their place in the universe.

Here is the trail of discovery:

1) The Climate Project site - connected to Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth campaign to,

2)the Climate Project's sponsor entity, Participate to,

3)a blogger offering free science pictures off of Participate's blogging page here.

The cool science/digital media link here.

One of a Thousand Inconvenient Truth Leaders...

Don't miss this week's 2007 Midtown Brews Series kick off conversation -

Thursday, January 11, 2007

''Our Global Imperative,'' conversation is lead by Jeff Friedman, partner in Webtego, an Ohio based technology company. Jeff is one of a thousand Inconvenient Truth National Leaders telling the story about planet sustainability challenges and solutions. You can learn more about The Climate Project here.

Once again, the Brews open conversation will partner with Meet The Bloggers.

[Note: Meet the Bloggers can be accessed at this address ]

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Fred Collopy is our lead this afternoon.

I-Open supports open spaces for the great stories entrepreneurs have to tell.

Len Steinbach
Bob Schmidt
Kevin Cronin - Bikes and Theater
Bob Sopko

Herbert Simon - award winning economist at Carnegie Mellon who contributed in diverse areas across the University. His passion and love was about business education. he was curious to understand how business cross connects with many disciplines. Herbert's work interests and guides Fred's work extensively.

Anyone who designs in any domain has strong connections.

How do we learn about design? How does it work and how does it affect our ability to make decisions?

Fred has desinged several different formats for design from a Desk Organizer to forecasting.

Musical instruments as a design domain: music-making requires both musicians and listeners to function at the limits of theie cognintive capabilties.


Lessons from the Moog's design: Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco, Analog Days: The Invetion and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 2002 Go here.

Dimensionality of visual space: Fred has vbeen working on the limitations of visual space versus the sonic space musicians work in. Note: we need to treat light, form, and movement as sound has already been treated. Adrian Klein, 1930

Brian Eno: here.

Results in taking ideas from absttact expressionists and building on those ideas with an element of motion and then interacting with musicians live....Blue Glass

Sample - visual "Blue Glass" From Fred's website Rhythmic Light....'Blue Glass' is the interpretation of a studio jam by Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band. The visual interpretation focuses on the transition from simple rhythms to the more dynamic percussive events that characterizes the piece's development. Lisa Lehman collaborated with me on the development of the visuals for this piece. One of the things we were doing with it was exploring color. Though we were unaware of the Chromatek 3D glasses while we were developing this piece, many people have commented that they enjoy the subtle depth changes the glasses produce on this piece. "

In Amsterdam, a conference presented a few years ago, connected visual artisits and musicians in the evening with lectures and historical information presented during the day. Fred was paired with an unlikely partner in hard core rock. Ultimately, both were taken out of their comfort zone and into a new collaborative area of visualization. (!) You can play Sonic Light here.

VJ's (in this environment of light and sound) are analogous to DJ's. Do sampling and sequencing versus synthesizing.

How do we leverate this information for business development? Task: Bankruptcy prediction

Data from NS Umanath & I Vessey 1194

Management representations were developed in 1786 - line graphs, pie charts are the most advanced representations of business still today.

Fred and Richard Boland started with the cycle model of a firm/entity activities. Can we represent the history of a company wiithout using (eventually...) numbers? Julia Grant integrated quarterly financial data. The visualization has evolved...this was developed to find a solution for how healthy a company may or may not be. This is the block for the fundamental unit of viewing an entire company with thousands of groups simulating business activity. When tested with younger CEO's the simulation was widely prefered.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Dr.'s Jeffrey and Lee Ponsky lead this afternoon's forum about innovation taking place in the health care industry.

When Robots Become Surgeons

Lee Ponsky provides a glimpse of where surgery has been and where it is going.

The Institute of Surgery Innovations (ISI) is a new Center to provide an opportunity to exchange information about applications in new technologies.

In the past, the theory was, the bigger the incision the better. Now, the theory is to be less invasive - this was promoted by gynecological, arthroscopic and other areas of surgery which generated the laproscopic Olympics: there is little we do laproscopically. Even kidneys are removed laproscopically.

It is important to consider innovations and the relationship to what is the advantage for patients.

There are two perspectives that must be considered:

1) The physician's perspective: focused on the aliment, which may not be the perspective of the
2) Patient, who may not have the physician's considerations in mind but other priorities.

Laparoscopic surgery involves only a couple of tiny incisions.

Robotic surgery is something that has been talked about for quite some time. Often today, the surgeon sits at a separate counsel with 3D visualization guiding the robot activity.

The robot gives 6 degrees of freedom to do the fine stitching that is necessary.

Da Vinci Surgical System robot is the mechanism used. You can read more about it here and the company Intuitive surgical here.

Applications for distance surgery are in place.

New technologies:
Cryotherapy - freezes tumors with nearly no invasion
Radio frequency ablation
High intensity focused ultrasound

Cryotherapy: High intensity ultrasound - destroys tissues within extreme close and precise. Surgery requires ultra high sound waves to destroy specific tissue; because of the level of precision, we can preserve tissues and nerves.

What is in the future?

ViaCath System is a portable device that expands endoVia Medical's software and robotic technology platform. The compact system, which includes a user interface and instrument control platform, allows the endoscopist or surgeon to precisely manipulate catheter instruments deep inside the patient.

Battlefield robotic applications can assess and treat remotely. You can read more here.

Tele-robotic rounding allows a resident/physican to visit patients remotely. Once the robot enters the door, a barcode of informaiton is read and uploaded.

You can read about telerobotic surgery here.

Non-invasive surgery - "Novalis" - allows the ability to treat patients without any invasion at all. Currently, use laser treatment revolutionizing the ability to treat kidney stones and may be used for tumors in the future. Read more about shaped beam surgery here. The division of laser beams can be pin pointed to exact locations to deliver heat or radiation.

Jeffery Ponsky: Surgery of the Future

Here are three evolving areas of surgery today:

The Medical Image Group practices image guided surgery.
Endoluminal - the University of Virginia practices endoluminal repair of aneurysms. Read more here.
Transluminal surgery technique is used in cardiac treatment. You can read more here.

Surgeon's have been exploring non-invasive surgery for a long time. Their performance has been hindered by the inability to provide the support team needed in surgery. With the technological advance of coupling the video camera to the surgery taking place, immediately others could support the surgeon and approach could be leveraged.

Areas of evolution

A sewing machine can devise stapling

Where are we going in the future?

There is a need to develop a system of tools to accelerate new techniques.

This has caused tremendous debate - how do you practice and train? The approach of "See One, Do One, Teach One" no longer works. The way we have taught in the past no longer works.

How will we train people for the future to do this? The VA has a simulator for training and this is a new way of learning.

How will you train? Through simulations, then on to animals, then on to patients.

Innovative therapy - modification of the existing technique.

Surgeons must look at many different implications for human cases.

If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space!

Surgical education needs to change.

What drives you to do what you do?

Since the laproscopic (removal of the gall bladder) and the advent of the stones crusher...the technology makes a huge difference in how events take place. New energy sources are used.

People have started to use their imaginations. When new courses are offered for training, courses fill up immediately.

Most of the talks with industry -

Leverage the simulation opportunities to accelerate innovations.

The medical community is just beginning to realize the benefits of collaborations.

The Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology studies haptic feedback for surgery in robotics. You can read more here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Bob Sopko, Strategic Technology Alliance (STA) collaborate on purchasing and leverage assets as a community and technology at Case Western Reserve.

Today's leaders are the team at Meet The Bloggers: George Nemeth, Gloria Ferris, Tim Ferris

Mathew Book, Studio of Five Rings an arts/winery based gallery looking for ways to work collaboratively in art and winery. Art show up to Jan 6.

That Blogs arise out of necessity. To address a lack of access to mainstream media and communications. Weblog was first used in 1997. Tim and Glore experimented with blogging and its affect on their ability to communicate with the public.

Meet The Blogggers was started with Bill Callahan, ....at the time of the Mayoral race, minor candidates had no access to media. The group wanted to provide information out about the candidates earlier and to explore unanswered questions. Each person brings a different and multiple perspectives; contrasting to mainstream media which may offer a limited number of viewpoints and may be published unsigned.

Through conversations and connectivity of the Blogging community the extremes of the blogging community can often align with synergy. Materials, now that there is a year and one half history, are often referred to.

Candidates that may be interviewed ask for a list of questions....may set guidelines for what is to be discussed....

George has identified about 500 Blogs in NEO.

Anyone who posts on the Internet should consider all information as public. The Creative License is the appropriate

Dr. John Green, for example, thinks that within 8 years there will be a political third party because of the Internet.

There is a huge number of people who have wonderful ideas but not access, not controlled by one or a small number of controlling managers.

This is like the printing presses - but it morphs, moves quickly and evolves.

The Blogging community is trying to avoid the financial dependence that newspapers are limited by. This is an evolving platform that becomes whatever it is. Zen like.

Since the beginning of Meet The Bloggers, the group has been capturing images. You can zero in on the culture here.

George: People will listen for about 10 minutes.

The You Tube phenomena is fascinating and this is a format, interwoven with the other formats that can be interconnected.

Here's a summary - Like to collaborate with other multimedia bloggers. Would like to distribute more widely - Live CD runs exclusive to the hard drive. This platform provides the speed and scale for others to practice the interviews too.

How can a platform, ultimately, be leveraged in new ways to support large change?

How can Meet The Bloggers (and blogging in general) be leveraged as a research mechanism? Chalep Hill NC community set up rules and guidelines for their blogging community. Here.

The issue is in the mangagement of huge quantities of information. This is where the value is now. From dated information to data to knowledge. The closer you get to the pinacle the higher the value.

Bob Sopko listened to a MTB interview with Dennis Althur. Go here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Defrag conference to identify and connect Ohio resources and capabilities in rich media. The program is free and open to the public. Open conversations will identify program deliverables and next steps for initiatives.

The digital generation is accusomed to informaiton on demand - this kind of world takes for granted the idea of instantly connecting to information and learning opportunities.

In education, the next opportunity is to move away from teacher centered lectures. There are new interactive applications that can amplify new learning.

Lots of data to demonstrate the effectiveness of e-learning, cost-effectiveness and learner satisfaction

Medicine meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) Medical Education conference is the premier conference on emerging data-centered technologies for medical care and education. You can learn more about collaborative working groups and the application of design in MMVR's multidisciplinary forum for computer scientists and engineers, physicians and surgeons, medical educators and students, military medicine specialists, and biomedical futurists. At MMVR, developers and end-users collaborate and innovate here.

Time spent investing in creating end product development is valuable: design for the end user not for yourself. The article Digital Natives offers a good overview of the changes in learning between the last two generations.

Games create a rapid cycle of forming a hypothesis, experimentation and analysis. In a successful game, these fundamental steps of critical thinking are embedded.

New language application includes: serious based learning application as opposed to "serious gaming"

The pedagogue strives to teach something new to the user so that power can be transfered to enable others.

Tower of Learning is a project to teach students about Clinical Cancer Genetics. This program will be implemented in 2007 for undergraduate students. They are experimenting with At&T voices provided by CrazyTalk.

To Tom's knowledge there is no other similar application in education.

Students seek to interact with several others at once. Second Life is one platform that has developed IP to do this and Tom and his team will be exploring how the Tower of Learning can leverage Decond LIfe. This platform is big on simulation and very appealing to women.

Even though Tower of Learning is Pass/Fail the production team is integrating ways to improve quality of learning.

Other models for gaming and business development:

This model leverages many links to resources and models that are successful and informative. One slide of chromosomes links directly to the Human Genome Project and provides deep information about each chromosomes.

By the third floor, designed activities attached to learning objectives are introduced. The various resources (linked) are leveraged for points awarded to the participants. The focus is on learning and application of information in a game format (interactive and fun).

The objective is to ceate a comprehensive environment with interactive activities. The subsequent survey responses indicated a high level of acceptance. Students desire fun and a high level of challenge. Another challenge is to create environments that other students can occupy at the same time. Aware if a potential to include adaptive learning. The project needs to be finished in one year. They would like to integrate the benefits of collaborative learning. The students must engage the material and assimilate the skill required.

When the medical school created the e-curriculum, many students stopped attending classes. The Professor required students attend the class and respond on their computers. Over time the 50% of students who did participate this way, learned significantly more than those who did not. Proving that for a higher level of learning there needs to be interactivity with the material.

Customization is the key to meet the needs of the constituents and the content material. Tom does not use "vanilla" apps because the product has been created with one target in mind. The experiential component is also a high value.

Jesse Schell is a leading designer of games. Following working at Disney, he now teaches at Carnegie Mellon. Jesse's private company is Schell Games.

Austin, Texas has produced this paper on the economic impact of Austin's entertainment software/digital media industry. Go here.

Q: this model challenges teachers to present information in a new way. Is there an application for teachers?
A: When you are trying to communicate these new applications to large numbers of teachers there is significant opposition. The students will be the ones, probably, to forward these "new" concepts.

ION Medical Designs, Inc. - a multimedia publishing company located in another state. Baldwin Wallace Business Clinic is supporting the business development of this company. BW has been very helpful in strategizing how these efforts can be leveraged to make m oney. Case University is not interested in developing these materials. ION is negotiating with Case to further develop and market appllications created at Case during Tom's tenure as Director of Informatics.

The opportunity is to customize applications based on individual Professor materials.

Funding: Small Business Administration Grants SBIR and STTR with funding going to small companies who then collaborate with colleges or universities. Translational research is criticzed by NIH for being too slow in translation. NIH is requiring marketing criteria to guarantee company success.

DxR Group

Opportunities: First Response Opportunity,