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November 28, 2018
CTI signs deal for Next-Gen Rec Engine
CTI signs deal for Next-Gen Rec Engine

CTI Meeting Technology (CTI) and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) have signed an exclusive licensing deal regarding an innovative new recommendation engine that can assist attendees at large scientific conferences find research of most interest from thousands of presentations. Neuroscientists Dr. Konrad Kording, Dr. Daniel Acuna and Dr. Titipat Achakulvisut, developed the software that runs the Recommendation Engine while they worked together at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. A patent application for the Recommendation Engine is currently pending. CTI will have exclusive use of the technology for the program planners and itinerary builders it provides for conferences in the science, technology, engineering, math and medical (STEMM) fields.

Most STEMM conference recommendation engines pull data based on categories and keywords selected by the author from a list provided by the association. However, these terms are often too limited to differentiate research in popular categories or distinguish recent breakthroughs, especially when they straddle more than one discipline.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab recommendation engine takes a different approach by breaking the abstract associated with each presentation into word clusters. Once an attendee adds a presentation of interest to his or her itinerary, the Recommendation Engine pulls up other abstracts that have the most word clusters in common. Without the constraints of keywords and categories, attendees can be directed to science they may not have found on their own. The Recommendation Engine is especially useful at events like the annual meeting for the Society of Neuroscience, where as many as 14,000 posters are on display during the course of the conference.

“With information growing at an exponential rate, researchers have to make some difficult choices,” says Mark Coe, CTI’s Chief Executive Officer. “Many have to decide which meeting in their discipline they can attend and, once they’re there, they must determine which sessions and presentations best fit their areas of clinical interest or scientific research. This can cause a lot of anxiety. We believe that when the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Recommendation Engine is coupled with our Program Planner, it can provide attendees with a conference experience that’s both more productive and more enjoyable.”

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer-related impairment. The organization expands and accelerates leadership in the field that began at RIC in 1953. The quality of its care and research have led to the designation of "No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Upon opening in March 2017, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever "translational" research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or "translating") research real time. This unique model enables patients to have 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest research and the best opportunity for recovery. Recent honors for the organization include a Chicago Innovation Award and the Modern Healthcare Design Gold Award. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.sralab.org.

For more than 35 years, CTI Meeting Technology (CTI) has provided medical, scientific, and engineering associations with digital tools to manage the content for their meetings and conferences. As the needs of their clients expanded, CTI followed with programs for presentation management, continuing education, mobile applications, ePosters, live streaming, post-event content libraries and Business Intelligence. With global headquarters in Chicago, IL, CTI also has offices in Northbrook, MN, Johnstown, PA, and Vienna, Austria. For more information about CTI, visit www.ctimeetingtech.com or call Ian Tancun at (312) 646-6177.