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Monday September 21, 2020

The Apache® Software Foundation Welcomes its Global Community Online at ApacheCon@Home

Virtual edition of the Apache official global conference series features 170+ sessions, and keynotes by luminaries from DataStax, IBM, Imply, Instaclustr, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Labs, Red Hat, Tetrate, Two Sigma, and VMWare.

Wakefield, MA —21 September 2020— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced keynotes, sponsors, and program for ApacheCon@Home, the new virtual conference taking place 29 September - 1 October 2020. Registration is free for all attendees.

"We're pleased to present ApacheCon@Home", said Rich Bowen, Vice President of ASF Conferences. "Our primary focus is the well-being of our community, so it was an easy decision to transition this year's ApacheCon and other Apache in-person events to a virtual format for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. We are pleased to present a diverse program featuring 10 keynotes, two dozen tracks, and 170-plus sessions, and look forward to thousands of participants from around the world tuning in."

ApacheCon is the ASF's official global conference series, first held in 1998. ApacheCon draws attendees from more than 130 countries to experience "Tomorrow's Technology Today" independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches.

The ApacheCon program showcases the latest breakthroughs from dozens of Apache projects, with content selected entirely by Apache projects and their communities. Participants at all levels will learn about Apache project innovations in categories that include:

  • Big Data (Accumulo, Airflow, Beam, BookKeeper, DataSketches {incubating}, DLab {incubating}, Druid, Flink, Geode, Hadoop, HDFS, Hive, Hudi, Iceberg, Ignite, Kudu, NiFi, Ozone, Parquet, Pulsar, Ranger, Spark, YARN, Yunicorn {incubating}, Zeppelin);
  • Content Delivery (Traffic Server/Traffic Control); 
  • Databases (Cassandra); 
  • Fintech (Fineract); 
  • Geospatial (GeoSpark {incubating}, SIS); 
  • Innovation (projects undergoing development in the Apache Incubator); 
  • Integration (ActiveMQ, Camel, CXF, Kafka); 
  • IoT (Edgent {incubating}, IoTDB, PLC4X, StreamPipes {incubating}); 
  • Machine Learning (Mahout, MXNet); 
  • Observability (SkyWalking);
  • Productivity Suites (OpenOffice); 
  • Programming Languages (Groovy); 
  • Search (Lucene, Solr); 
  • Semantic Web (Jena); 
  • Servers (Apache HTTP Server, Sling, Traffic Control, Traffic Server, Tomcat); 
  • Software Development (Royale); 
  • Streaming (Kafka)


Keynote presentations will be delivered by Jonathan Ellis of DataStax, Sam Lightstone of IBM, Gian Merlino of Imply, Anil Inamdar of Instaclustr, Thomas Huang of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Edmon Begoli of Oak Ridge National Labs, Kim Huang of Red Hat, Sheng Wu of Tetrate, Camille Fournier of Two Sigma, and Catherine McGarvey of VMWare.  

A dedicated track for sessions in Mandarin as well as for community-driven development "The Apache Way" will be held. Several sessions will also be presented in German, Hindi, and Spanish. The full program is available at https://www.apachecon.com/acah2020/tracks/ 

ApacheCon@Home sponsors include Apple, Amazon Web Services, DataStax, IBM, Imply, Instaclustr, OpenLogic, Red Hat, RX-M, and VMWare. To sponsor ApacheCon@Home, visit https://www.apachecon.com/acah2020/sponsors.html  

Register today at https://www.apachecon.com/acah2020/ . Select sessions will be recorded and available following the event.

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore "Tomorrow's Technology Today" across 350+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon  

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with 7,800+ Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF .

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ApacheCon 2020 features Natural Language Processing for Electronic Medical Records in dedicated track on Apache cTAKES

New track on Apache’s only project focused on biomedical informatics features sessions presented by Apache cTAKES community representatives from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dell EMC, Geisinger Health, Loyola University Chicago, and University of California San Francisco.

Wakefield, MA —21 September 2020— ApacheCon, the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the world’s largest Open Source foundation, announced today its first dedicated track on Apache cTAKES. The track will be held on all three days of the ApacheCon@Home virtual conference, taking place online 29 September - 1 October 2020. Registration is free of charge for all participants and is required in advance to participate.

Now in its 22nd year, ApacheCon is the primary gathering of the collective Apache community worldwide, drawing attendees from more than 130 countries. ApacheCon showcases the latest breakthroughs from dozens of Apache projects, upcoming innovations in the Apache Incubator, and sessions on developing community-led Open Source projects "The Apache Way".

Apache cTAKES (clinical Text Analysis Knowledge Extraction System) is the Open Source natural language processing (NLP) system for information extraction from electronic medical records (EMR) and health-related free-text. cTAKES originated in 2006 by a team of physicians, computer scientists, and software engineers at Mayo Clinic, was submitted to the Apache Incubator in June 2012, led by the Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, and graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project in April 2013. cTAKES is the only Apache project focused on biomedical informatics software, and, during the ASF’s 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2019, was named one of the 20 most influential Apache projects.

cTAKES was built using the Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) framework and Apache OpenNLP machine-learning based toolkit. cTAKES identifies signals important for the biomedical domain, including types of clinical named entities mapped to various biomedical terminologies/ontologies such as the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) —drugs, diseases/disorders, signs/symptoms, anatomical sites and procedures along with their associated attributes such as negation, uncertainty, and more. Apache cTAKES components create rich linguistic and semantic annotations that can be utilized by clinical decision support systems and clinical research.

The cTAKES track is organized and presented by members of the Apache cTAKES project and its community. The track introduces new users to its standard features for biomedical text processing software, including the ability to extract concepts such as symptoms, procedures, diagnoses, medications and anatomy with attributes and standard codes. Several advanced presentations will exemplify its modular engineering and its leading-edge machine learning methods. Components implementing these research-driven methods can, for instance, identify complex relations between entities (e.g. anatomical site of a disease) and relations between temporal elements – resulting in the placement of events in a patient timeline. Session presenters include:

  • Peter Abramowitsch, University of California San Francisco
  • Siamak Barzegar, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Dmitriy Dligach, Loyola University Chicago 
  • Sean Finan, Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children's Hospital
  • Chen Lin, Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Jeff Miller, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Debdipto Misra, Geisinger Health
  • Gandhirajan N, Dell EMC

Apache cTAKES can impact patient health at many levels, and presentations at ApacheCon range from “Automated Adverse Drug Event Surveillance in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension” to “Extraction of Information on Diagnosis of Stroke” in Spanish to “High Throughput Orchestration” on notes involving COVID-19, amongst others. Track details can are available at https://www.apachecon.com/acah2020/tracks/ctakes.html 

In addition to cTAKES, ApacheCon@Home features an array of presentations on Apache projects across categories that include Big Data, Community, Content Delivery, Databases, Fintech, Geospatial, Innovation/Incubator, Integration, IoT, Machine Learning, Search, Servers, Software Development, Streaming, and more. A special track in the Mandarin language, as well as select sessions in German, Hindi, and Spanish will be held as well.

ApacheCon keynotes will be delivered by high profile speakers from organizations such as DataStax, IBM, Imply, Instaclustr, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Labs, Red Hat, Tetrate, Two Sigma, and VMWare.

Register today at https://www.apachecon.com/acah2020/ . Select sessions will be recorded and available following the event.

For more information on Apache cTAKES, visit http://ctakes.apache.org/ 

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore ”Tomorrow’s Technology Today” across 350+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. ApacheCon events in 2020 have been consolidated to ApacheCon@Home, a new, virtual conference that takes place online 29 September - 1 October 2020. Registration is free to all, with advance registration required. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon .

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