UC and CVG collaborate to ease traveler experience

Artificial intelligence from the University of Cincinnati may help lines move faster at the Greater Cincinnati International Airport. CVG brought in UC aerospace doctoral student Javier Viaña to apply AI to its EASE system, a patent-pending hardware and software program the airport began using in 2019. Using fuzzy logic (computer decision-making that relies on degrees of truth), Viaña’s AI can predict surges of passengers in 15-minute increments.

Using AI to detect illness

A collaboration between UC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Colorado and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is examining how artificial intelligence and the world’s second most powerful supercomputer can help detect and diagnose mental illness. John Pestian, PhD, a professor in UC’s Department of Pediatrics and director of the Computational Medicine Center at Cincinnati Children’s, said the technology could treat and alleviate up to 50% of mental illness that goes into adulthood.

HCDC merges with Access Business Finance

Economic development group, lender, and business incubator HCDC is merging with nonprofit Access Business Finance. HCDC’s CEO, Pat Longo, says the merger will allow it to develop and grow its U.S. Small Business Association 504 program in Southwest Ohio. The joint organization will employ 25, including Access Business Finance president and CEO Andy McCreanor.

Belcan selected for Airbus award

Belcan, a global company that specializes in engineering, consulting, and technical services in the industrial, aerospace, and automotive industries, has been selected by Airbus for a multi-year award. The EMES3 (engineering, manufacturing engineering and services strategic supplier) award allows Belcan to support all divisions, subsidiaries, and affiliates of Airbus across those functions.

New accelerator for female entrepreneurs

The Sister Accord Foundation announced the launch of The Sister Accord Accelerator, a new program that will help female entrepreneurs rapidly grow and scale their businesses through a combination of grants, education, and mentorship. The accelerator will offer five entrepreneurs a $10,000 grant, business education and mentorship from founder Sonia Jackson Myles and Jean Freeman, CEO and principal of Los Angeles-based advertising agency Zambezi.

Aviatra CEO earns innovation award

Nancy Aichholz, President of Aviatra Accelerators, is this year’s HCDC’s Todd Portune Innovation Champion Award recipient, according to a press release. The Award recognizes an innovator who passionately promotes new ideas, methods, products, and those who work tirelessly to create them. Aviatra is a 502c3 non-profit that exists to empower female entrepreneurs, providing education, coaching, mentoring, networking and access to capital.