Resonac Partners with Matmerize to Pioneer 6G Technology Advancement using Innovative AI Software

ATLANTA, Sept. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a significant collaboration, Matmerize, Inc., a materials AI innovator, and Resonac Corporation have formed a strategic partnership aimed at revolutionizing the landscape of 6G technology. Building on the strong collaborative foundation, Resonac will leverage the power of Matmerize’s PolymRize™ AI software technology to accelerate the development of exceptional high-performance neat and composite materials for 6G technology and beyond.

In January 2023, Resonac Corporation announced plans to develop new semiconductor materials for 6G, the next-generation telecommunication system standard following 5G. With 6G set to be 100 times faster than 5G, new semiconductor materials are needed to substantially reduce the transmission loss associated with the increased communication speed. To meet this requirement, Resonac will identify optimal materials with the required characteristics through computational and Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods in a collaborative venture with Matmerize, Inc. Where manual testing using traditional techniques would demand three months to assess a single materials combination, Matmerize’s AI software, PolymRize™, reduces the time required to a single day and can evaluate up to 90 combinations within the same three-month span. The result promises to be a fusion of materials engineering and artificial intelligence, poised to redefine the development of 6G technology.

PolymRize™ harnesses Matmerize’s proprietary data or client-specific data to construct predictive models. Once built, these models rapidly predict the properties of novel, yet-to-be-synthesized polymers, composites, and formulations, complete with their associated uncertainties. The software employs automated and generative design tools to recommend ideal candidates that meet property requirements for subsequent rounds of physical experimentation. PolymRize™ thus accelerates the journey towards target materials, drastically reducing both time and costs. Moreover, it introduces a framework for data management and organization, and has emerged as a dependable digital aide for chemists and process engineers.

In a pilot initiative, Resonac evaluated Matmerize’s capabilities. Predictive models were constructed using PolymRize™ and 3rd party software for key material properties relevant to 6G technology. Properties included bandgap, dielectric constant, refractive index, glass transition temperature, and coefficient of linear expansion. The performance of PolymRizeTM and third-party models were assessed by making property predictions for identical unseen test cases. PolymRizeTM predictions consistently out-performed third-party models in speed and accuracy (see figure showing Performance of models).

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Resonac PR: Performance models comparison

“Collaborating with Resonac on the development of 6G technology is a remarkable opportunity for Matmerize,” said Rampi Ramprasad, Co-Founder and CEO of Matmerize. “Aligned with Resonac’s vision to revolutionize next-generation technologies and powered by Matmerize’s commitment to advance AI algorithms, architectures, and virtual materials design capabilities, we are poised to usher in a new era of accelerated intelligent materials design”.

For more information on the innovative PolymRizeTM platform please visit: https://www.matmerize.com/polymrize

For Resonac’s announcement of development of new semiconductor materials for 6G
https://www.resonac.com/news/2023/03/13/2391.html

About Matmerize:

Matmerize, a recent spin-out from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is at the forefront of pioneering solutions that bridge the gap between AI and materials engineering. Matmerize’s PolymRizeTM platform utilizes virtual screening and AI algorithms to identify the most optimal materials, enabling technologists to focus their experimental efforts on the most promising options, thus significantly accelerating the materials engineering process. PolymRizeTM represents a paradigm shift in industry, propelling clients ahead of the competition and driving innovation at an unprecedented pace.

About Resonac:
The Resonac Group is a new company established as a result of the integration of the Showa Denko Group and the Showa Denko Materials Group (former Hitachi Chemical Group) in January 2023. The Group’s annual sales of semiconductor and electronic materials amount to about 400 billion yen, accounting for about 30% of the Group’s annual net sales. The Group especially has global top share of semiconductor materials for packaging process. The integration of the two companies has enabled the Resonac Group to design functions of materials as well as to develop them in-house, going all the way back to raw materials. The new trade name “RESONAC” was created as a combination of two English words, namely, the word of “RESONATE” and “C” as the first letter of CHEMISTRY. The Resonac Group will make the most of its co-creative platform, and accelerate technological innovation with semiconductor manufacturers, material manufacturers, and equipment manufacturers inside and outside Japan.

For details, please refer to our website: Resonac Holdings Corporation: https://www.resonac.com/

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Kangaroo Mother Care clinic saves lives at Zebilla hospital

The management, and staff of the Zebilla hospital in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region are saving lives of preterm babies with its Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) clinic.

The KMC is the act of putting a baby, skin to skin on the mother in a kangaroo position, and the clinic, is ran by dedicated staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital every two weeks.

Aside the benefits of the KMC which is the safest way to keep the preterm babies warm, it complements the only two functional baby incubators in the Unit which serves the entire Kusaug area.

Mr Christopher Saganma Nambileeb, the NICU in-charge, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, commended the Momentum Country Ghana Limited (MCGL) and UNICEF for the initiative to train NICU staff on how to establish and operate the KMC clinic in the facility.

‘Out of four health facilities in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions that were trained in the Eastern Region on how to establish a KMC clinic, we are the most outstanding facility managing the KMC clinic, and we have received lots of commendations for that,’ he said.

He said with the clinic, they were able to identify more than 10 preterm complications which they referred to higher health facilities for management, noting that ‘that is a success.

‘If we did not have the clinic, probably, those 10 babies would have just died and increased the infant mortality rate in the hospital, District and Region,’ Mr Nambileeb said.

Touching on critical activities undertaken at the KMC clinic, he said preterm and low birth weight babies were registered and scheduled for the clinic according to the severity of their conditions.

‘Some attend the clinic every two weeks and others every month. We do proper head to toe physical assessment of the babies, and through the assessment, we can identify complications of preterm deliveries and other conditions that are not related to the preterm.

‘We manage those that we can and refer those we cannot manage to higher institutions for proper management,’ he said.

Mr Nambileeb noted that staff of the NICU did not only school the preterm baby mothers during the clinic sessions on how to practice the KMC but taught them how to manage their preterm babies and identify some conditions and promptly report same.

He emphasized the need for families to accept, support and love preterm babies and their mothers, ‘One thing we have realised is that when women deliver preterm babies, the family relation with the mother and the babies is usually not the best.

‘We want families to understand that it is not out of place to give birth to a preterm baby. It is normal, we are not God, and we want members of the public to know that such babies are not evil. So, they should accept them and support the mothers,’ he said.

He expressed gratitude to Dr Abdul Rahman Ayobi, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital for his support and staff of the Unit for their contributions and encouraged them to continue to exhibit professionalism to uplift the image of the hospital in the Region and beyond.

Some preterm baby mothers at the facility who shared their experiences with the GNA, said the care of their babies was extremely stressful, and they almost lost hope on them, but for staff of the Unit who consistently encouraged them and shared success stories of mothers with worst preterm babies who survived.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Health facility dependent on rain gets mechanised water system at Nakpanduri

The Assemblies of God Health Centre at Nakpanduri in the North East Region has been provided with a mechanised water supply system to solve its 71 years of perennial water shortage.

The mechanised water system is solar powered fitted with a storage tank and a fetching point to enable constant flow of clean water at the health centre.

It is a $40,000 project, which was constructed by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an international non-governmental organisation, with funding from Water Access Now (WAN).

The Assemblies of God Health Centre, prior to the construction of the mechanised water system, depended on rain for water to render its services since its establishment in 1952.

The CRS has also provided four boreholes, fitted with hand pumps at vantage points to serve about 5,000 of the population of Nakpanduri.

Dr Shannon Senefeld, Senior Vice President for Overseas Operations at CRS, speaking at a ceremony at Nakpanduri to inaugurate the water project for the health centre and the area, said in response to the call for investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), the CRS had invested over $20 million in the implementation of WASH interventions.

She said such interventions had reached over 200,000 people in Ghana with improved WASH services since 2012.

She appealed to the Bunkpurugu-Nakpanduri District Assembly, Ghana Health Service, traditional authorities, the Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) and the Nakpanduri community to institute mechanisms such as paying for water services for the regular maintenance of the facility to ensure proper operation and management of the water system.

Mr Abednego Azumah Bandim, Member of Parliament for the Bunkpurugu Constituency, expressed appreciation to CRS for the prompt intervention to address the water crisis in the area.

He said, ‘I sought help from the CRS when my attention was drawn to water issues at the health centre’, adding funds from the MP’s Common Fund could not solve all problems in the constituency, hence the need to lobby.

Nakpanduri Naba David Kansuk Na Golbu, Paramount Chief of the Nakpanduri Traditional Area, said watching women walk long distances to fetch water was a worry.

He added that it was gratifying for the community to have access to safe water, and further appealed for a borehole to serve the palace.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Awinogya Jr. donates to the Black Bombers

Joseph Awinogya Jr. has donated assorted items to the national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, to support their preparations towards the Africa Olympic qualifiers in Senegal.

Awinogya Jr. who has over the years supported the team prior to major competitions, donated packs of water, soft drinks, drugs and cash to the team during their training session on Monday, at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.

The donation was done on his behalf by Mr. Mustapha Nettey a Representative of Awinogya Jr. and Medivents Consult – Media and Public Relations Agents of the young boxer – who represented by Mr. Henri Senyo Penni – General Manager and Michael Atitsogbui – Finance and Operations.

Mr. Penni said the donation was their contribution towards the preparations of the team and urged them to go all out to bring honours to Ghana.

He said the gesture was a continuation of Awinogya’s long history with the team having made similar ones before the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Mr. Nettey said they were looking forward to providing more support to the team in the other areas.

He noted that, Awinogya Jr had always been a keen supporter of the Black Bombers and amateur boxing in Ghana.

Mr. Bernard Quartey President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) expressed appreciation to the young boxer and his team for the donation.

He said the boxers were in good spirit and looking forward to grabbing more slots for the Olympic Games in Paris next year.

Awinogya Jr. is a 19-time National Champion in the United States of America (USA) and was recently honoured by the Mayor of Jolliet, Illinoise for his outstanding performance in boxing and academics.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Public urged to be active citizens for sustainable development

Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, Vice-chancellor, University for Development Studies (UDS) has entreated members of the public to be active citizens to promote sustainable development of the country.

He said citizens’ role in promoting sustainable development required collective efforts and engagements to move the country forward.

Professor Al-Hassan made the call during STAR-Ghana Foundation’s fifth anniversary launch in Tamale on Tuesday.

The anniversary is to be commemorated on the theme ‘Five years of promoting active citizenship and local philanthropy for inclusive development.’

Professor Al-Hassan said the country should focus on technological advancement to enhance sustainable development.

He called upon researchers to come up with sustainable solutions to address development challenges to improve the country’s economy and development.

Alhaji Amidu Ibrahim-Tanko, Executive Director of STAR-Ghana Foundation said the Foundation, a national centre for active citizenship and philanthropy, was registered as an independent Ghanaian civil society organisation (CSO) in November 2018.

He said the Foundation transitioned from the 10-year multi-donor funded STAR-Ghana Programme, which focused on the strengthening of Parliament and civil society, and strengthening the nexus between them for increased transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in governance at local and national levels.

He said STAR-Ghana Foundation’s mission was to increase the effectiveness of citizens influence for change that advanced democracy, accountability, and social inclusion, building on the results, networks and lessons learned from the STAR-Ghana programme.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister commended STAR-Ghana Foundation for its major role in generating momentum in key national issues, which had impacted positively, especially in the development strides of northern Ghana.

He said STAR-Ghana Foundation’s activities for the past few years had impacted policy in governance, social protection, gender, and security in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fear grips Kwatire residents, as get-rich quick behaviour among youth soar

The residents of Kwatire in the Sunyani West Municipality have complained of living in fear in the wake of the rising get-rich-quick mentality and behaviour, popularly known as ‘sakawa’ among the youth in the predominantly farming community.

They, therefore appealed to law enforcement agencies to monitor, check, and ascertain the sources of wealth of the young people in the area, whom they alleged were seriously engaging in rituals to acquire wealth and power.

The disturbing and unacceptable situation, according to Mr Stephen Takyi, the Assemblyman for Kwatire Electoral Area, was getting out of hand, saying something must be done immediately.

‘My brother, the flashy cars and the ostentatious lifestyle of these unemployed young people raise a lot of questions about their source of wealth.

In fact, the extreme and immoderate behaviour of these young people are getting out of control and the security agencies must act fast,’ Mr Takyi told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Kwatire.

Besides, the assembly member added ‘the boys are also putting up modern residential apartments and buying lands, but you can’t see any decent jobs they are engaged in’.

‘Many of the residents now lived in fear because of the weird and worse behaviours the boys demonstrated at night hours,’ he stated, saying most of the youth engaged in the sakawa syndrome were Senior High School graduates including foreign nationals.

In another interview, Nana Yaa Adanse Poduo II, the Paramount Queen mother of Odumase Number One in the Municipality expressed similar sentiments about the behaviour of the young people in the area who were mostly engaged in alcoholism and drug abuse.

She partly attributed it to rising youth unemployment and appealed to the government to create more jobs to help tackle the menace.

Nana Poduo II told the GNA sexual promiscuity and acts of immorality were also surging among the youth in the area and called for concerted approach to bring the situation under control.

She regretted that the future of many of the young boys and girls in the area remained bleak because of their unhealthy and unacceptable lifestyles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EU commends Ghana on efforts in combatting illegal timber logging

Mr Irchad Razaaly, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ghana, has commended the country for its dedication and significant progress made in combating illegal logging and promoting sustainable forest management.

He said the significant progress made by Ghana so far in emphasising the importance of the legality assurance system and ensuring the traceability as well as legality of timber products were commendable.

Mr Razaaly was speaking to journalists after leading a delegation of EU officials and Forestry Commission (FC) to visit the Bobiri Forest Reserve at Kubease in the Juaben Municipality, to obtain first-hand insights to Ghana’s legality assurance system and forest law enforcement and trade licenses.

The visit also provided the platform for the EU to engage with key stakeholders, including government officials, representatives from the forestry sector, and local communities to ensure that timber products originated from legal and sustainable sources.

As an important aspect of Ghana’s sustainable development agenda, the forest sector plays a crucial role in promoting economic growth, combating climate change, and preserving biodiversity.

Mr Razaaly said the EU remained a strong supporter of Ghana’s efforts to combat illegal logging, enhance forest governance, and promote responsible trade in timber products.

Ghana’s ongoing commitment to sustainable forest management aligns with the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

Mr John Allotey, Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, said Ghana continued to showcase dedication to preserving natural resources, while contributing to global efforts for a more sustainable future.

The team also visited the Logs and Lumber Limited (LLL), an industry player in timber trade in the Ashanti Region.

Here, the delegation gained insights into the company’s processes, procedures, and efforts to promote transparency, traceability, and sustainable practices throughout its supply chain.

The EU’s FLEGT Action Plan was launched in 2003 to set out a series of supply and demand side measures aimed at reducing the trade in illegal timber.

Among these measures is the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which is a bi-lateral trade agreement between the EU and a timber exporting country that seeks to put in place systems to verify the legality of timber exports to the EU markets.

Once the system is fully operational, timber products demonstrating full legal compliance will be issued with FLEGT licenses.

Ghana was the first country to sign a VPA in November 2009 and yet to be issued with a FLEGT license.

The agreement extended the list of timber products to be covered by the FLEGT license to include all timber products exported by Ghana and made a strong case that the same legality standards should be applied to timber products destined for all export and domestic markets and not just the EU.

Ghana’s VPA also sets out a broad forest governance reform agenda that includes work to strengthen community rights of access and ownership over forest resources.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two baby incubators serve six Districts in Upper East Region

Six Districts in the Upper East Region depend on two functioning baby incubators for the management of preterm babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Zebilla Hospital.

The districts are Bawku West, Binduri, Garu, Pusiga, Tempane and the Bawku Municipality; that depend on three functioning radiate warmers out of five, at the hospital.

The NICU, which was established by management of the hospital with the support of UNICEF, a non-government organisation, in May 2021, started operations with one baby incubator, but subsequently received two additional ones from some benevolent individuals to cater for the high admissions in the Unit.

The Unit on the average receives about three admissions every day from across the six Districts, and information from the hospital indicates that more than 500 babies were admitted in the first half of 2023.

Mr Christopher Saganma Nambileeb, the Unit in-charge, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency, said they received babies from across all the six Districts, and therefore, appealed to Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, philanthropists, and individuals for more incubators to serve their teeming clients.

‘The admissions are so much, if we had space and enough incubators, we would manage them. You can imagine, health facilities in Bawku Municipality call with preterm cases, Garu and the rest of them call, and sometimes they do not call, but come.

‘When we try to refer them to the Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga, it becomes an issue, and as professionals, who are advocates for our clients, we would not want them to be stranded, we have to find places for them, and they may not get the best of care,’ he noted.

He said with the two functioning baby incubators, staff of the Unit had over the years prioritized the care of preterm babies, ‘So when we have about five babies in need of incubators, we prioritize.

‘We look at the gestational ages of the babies, the danger signs, and if the babies have no danger signs, we immediately lay such babies under radiate warmers. If they are stable under the warmers, we move them onto the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) management,’ he said.

KMC is the act of putting a baby, skin to skin on the mother in a kangaroo position, and has a clinic, which was initiated by the Momentum Country Ghana Limited (MCGL) and UNICEF, Non-Governmental Organizations, and ran by staff of the NICU to complement the two functioning incubators.

‘Because we do not have enough incubators, the KMC clinic comes to supplement the incubators. So, we manage the preterm babies together with the mothers, we teach them how to do the KMC, what to do and what not to do with the preterm babies.

‘With that, the mothers become used to it, and they can assist in caring for the babies with the limited resources we have. We currently have five babies, and all of them cannot be in an incubator at the same time.

Mr Nambileeb noted that despite the limited resources in the Unit, they had achieved a lot of successes since the Unit was established.

‘We managed a 25 weeks’ gestation baby who survived and is doing well now, the baby is almost two years now. When we were managing, some Doctors came from Accra and were surprised. They called it an abortion, but we managed, and the baby survived,’ he recalled.

The Unit in-charge expressed gratitude to MCGL, UNICEF, staff of the Unit and management of the hospital for the continuous support and reiterated his appeal for more baby incubators and space in the Unit to enable them function effectively.

Source: Ghana News Agency