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Virgin Galactic appoints Alistair Burns as CIO

Virgin Galactic , a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company , has announced the appointment of Alistair Burns as Chief Information Officer . worked at some of the largest companies globally and gained experience across several industries from manufacturing through to media . ensuring Virgin Galactic remains at the cutting-edge of innovation .”

In this newly created role , Burns will be responsible for delivering the technology strategy for Virgin Galactic as it seeks to develop and operate the world ’ s first commercial spaceline .
Taking advantage of the latest innovations and technologies , Burns will oversee the IT infrastructure that is critical in supporting the company ’ s operations and enabling it to achieve its unique objectives .
He joins Virgin Galactic as it prepares for the next stage in its test flight program and progresses further towards running commercial service .
Alistair has forged an impressive career in IT with over 25 years ’ experience . He has
Most recently , Alistair spent almost five years as Senior Vice President and CIO at OSI Systems , a designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications .
Alistair Burns , CIO at Virgin Galactic , said : “ As a qualified pilot and all-round aviation enthusiast , I am thrilled to be joining the most exciting company currently operating in the aerospace industry . I ’ m looking forward to delivering the best-in-class technology strategy and
Alistair Burns , CIO at Virgin Galactic

DarwinAI and Red Hat team up to bring COVID- Net radiography screening AI to hospitals

DarwinAI and Red Hat have accelerated the deployment of COVID-Net – a suite of deep neural networks for COVID-19 detection and risk stratification via chest radiography – to hospitals .

The companies are also leveraging the expertise of a computation research group , the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center ( FNNDSC ) at Boston Children ’ s Hospital to better focus the software for real world clinical and research use .
Since the launch of COVID-Net by DarwinAI and the University of Waterloo ’ s Vision and Imaging Processing ( VIP ) Lab , the project has evolved with collaboration from researchers and clinicians around the world .
The initiative eventually led to a collaboration between DarwinAI and Red Hat , using underlying technology from Boston Children ’ s
Hospital . The aim is to make it easier for clinicians to use COVID-Net in hospitals by means of a web-based graphical user interface ( GUI ) that sits on top of Boston Children ’ s ChRIS framework using Red Hat OpenShift – an enterprise Kubernetes platform that supports deployments across complex hybrid and multicloud infrastructures .
Rudolph Pienaar , Boston Children ’ s Scientist Rudolph Pienaar , lead Technical Architect of ChRIS and Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School , said : “ We believe this effort can result in screening many cases at tremendous scale and help focus healthcare where it is most needed as quickly as possible .”
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