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I was able to attend a college basketball game at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday, December 1, 2017. The Northwestern University Wildcats played the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Northwestern is playing all home games for the 2017 to 2018 basketball season at Allstate Arena while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a renovation.

Northwestern beat Illinois by a score of 72 to 68 in overtime. Northwestern guard Scottie Lindsey came off the bench to score a team high 22 points. Northwestern forward Vic Law scored 16 points with seven rebounds while Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh scored 14 points with six assists.

Orange wearing Illini fans greatly outnumbered purple wearing Wildcats fans in attendance. Several Northwestern football players and the head football coach Pat Fitzgerald were in attendance, as the players named to the All-Big Ten this season were recognized during a timeout.  The Northwestern University “Wildcat” Basketball Band and Northwestern University director of athletic bands Daniel J. Farris were also in attendance to play songs for the crowd throughout the game. Below are some pictures I took while at Allstate Arena during the Illinois vs Northwestern college basketball game.

Northwestern Illinois basketball pre-game warmup

Northwestern Illinois basketball national anthem

Northwestern Illinois basketball pre-game huddle

Northwestern Illinois basketball starting line-ups

Northwestern Illinois basketball tip off

Northwestern Illinois basketball dribbling

Northwestern Illinois basketball shooting

Northwestern Illinois basketball three pointer

Northwestern Illinois basketball all big ten football

Northwestern Illinois basketball free throw

Northwestern Illinois basketball go u cheer

Northwestern Illinois basketball band

Northwestern Wildcats Basketball

Northwestern Illinois basketball banner

Northwestern Illinois basketball layup

Northwestern Illinois basketball crowd

Northwestern Illinois basketball Allstate Arena

Northwestern Illinois basketball rebound

Northwestern Illinois basketball game winner

I was able to attend the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, which occurred from November 26 to December 1, 2017. The annual meeting is a very large gathering of industry leaders in medical imaging, radiologists, and other related industry professionals. This was the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting with the tagline: Explore, Invent, Transform. This year the meeting was heavily focused on topics around machine learning, virtual reality, and 3D printing. Like always, there were lots of exhibitors with many new medical imaging devices ready to discuss and provide demonstrations. There were also interesting plenary sessions, educational courses, and scientific sessions. Furthermore, there were numerous posters and presentations.

A popular feature this year at RSNA, was a deep learning classroom presented by the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), designed for attendees to engage with machine learning tools, write algorithms, and improve their understanding of emerging machine learning technology. In one of these sessions, attendees trained a deep neural network to recognize handwritten digits. In another session, attendees trained Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to create biomarkers to identify the genomics of a disease without the use of an invasive biopsy. In yet another session, attendees segmented MRI images to measure parts of the heart.

Another feature this year was a separate section for Machine Learning Showcase Exhibitors. This section allowed those interested in machine learning to easily network with those in the field. This section featured a Machine Learning Theatre with presentations from industry leaders. For example, in one presentation, Google Cloud talked about machine learning in imaging and how to build your own models on the cloud. In another presentation, Siemens Healthineers discussed artificial intelligence solutions for clinical decision making by turning medical images into biomarkers to help increase effectiveness of care. There was also a 3D Printing Theater with many posters and actual 3D printed parts nearby. In addition, there were several virtual reality demos setup to allow attendees to try themselves.

I was able to attend many interesting courses on machine learning, radiomics, 3D printing, virtual reality, and predictive analytics. For example, in one course I attended there was discussion of how to use KNIME to incorporate radiology data sources into predictive modeling and interpret the results and make visualizations. There was an interesting talk in another course I attended about using virtual reality in medical education and how it can greatly decrease the amount of time needed to teach students when compared to PowerPoint presentations. In yet another course I attended, instructors walked attendees through using Mimics and 3-matic from Materialise. In this course participants were taught how to segment out musculoskeletal, body, neurological, and vascular systems from DICOM files into a Standard Tessellation Language (STL) file for use with a 3D printer.

I was also able to attend the plenary session by Michio Kaku titled The Next 20 Years: How science and technology will revolutionize business, the economy, jobs, and our way of life. In the talk Dr. Kaku discussed the next wave of wealth generation in our modern economy which he believes is advancements at the molecular level including in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and biotechnology linked together by the cloud. He believes that information will be everywhere and computers will become like the word electricity today, where it is not mentioned in language as it is ubiquitous. Dr. Kaku recognized robots will replace jobs in the future but said robots are weak in three areas: 1) pattern recognition, 2) common sense, and 3) human interactions. Thus he believes in many cases artificial intelligent systems will aid humans and not replace them.

Below are some of the pictures I took while at the RSNA annual meeting in 2017, in Chicago, IL.

RSNA McCormick Place

RSNA 2017 Chicago McCormick Place

Welcome RSNA 2017

RSNA South Technical Exhibits

RSNA Learning Center

RSNA Posters

RSNA Cardiac Informatics Machine Learning

RSNA Deep Learning Classroom

RSNA NVIDIA digits

RSNA Virtual Reality

RSNA 3D Printing in Medicine

RSNA 3D Printing Posters

RSNA 3D Imaging in Anatomic Pathology

RSNA 3D Printing Technology

RSNA 3D Printing Schedule

RSNA National Cancer Institute Cancer Imaging Archive

RSNA QIRR Meet the Experts

RSNA Rontgen Reimagined

RSNA Welcome 2017

RSNA Booth Sitting

RSNA Canon Toshiba Medical

RSNA Toshiba

RSNA Machine Learning Google Cloud

RSNA Carestream

RSNA ziehm imaging

RSNA FUJIFILM

RSNA HOLOGIC

RSNA General Electric GE

RSNA Samsung

RSNA HITACHI

RSNA Konica Minolta

RSNA Bayer Angiography

RSNA Siemens Healthineers

RSNA Elsevier

RSNA Philips

RSNA lifeIMAGE

RSNA Next 20 Years

RSNA Michio Kaku

RSNA Tours and Events

RSNA Technical Exhibit Map South

RSNA Technical Exhibit Map North

RSNA 2017 Chicago

RSNA Corporate Partners 2017

RSNA waterfront Chicago

RSNA 2017 Chicago Landscape

I was able to attend a college football game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Northwestern Wildcats played the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Penn State football team beat Northwestern by a score of 31 to 7. It was Homecoming for Northwestern, and Northwestern was fortunate to score a touchdown within the final minutes, otherwise it would have been a shutout. Northwestern University quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 142 yards and running back Justin Jackson ran for 66 yards. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley gained 75 yards on the ground. Northwestern University linebacker Paddy Fisher and safety Godwin Igwebuike were both ejected from the game for targeting.

I walked around the Northwestern University campus a bit after the game as the rain held off for a little while and it was in the 70s. Below are some pictures while at Northwestern including football action and some of the recent construction projects on campus.

Northwestern Marching Band Pregame

Northwestern Ryan Field

Northwestern Wildcats Ryan Field

Northwestern Ryan Field National Anthem

Northwestern Penn State Football

Northwestern Football Ryan Field Penn State

Penn State Field Goal Ryan Field

Northwestern Football Huddle 2017

Northwestern Marching Band Halftime Homecoming 2017

Northwestern Fitzgerald Banner 2017

Northwestern Football Big Ten Banner

Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center Construction

Northwestern Ryan Fieldhouse Construction

Northwestern Lakefront Chicago 2017

Northwestern Sheridan Road October 2017

I was able to attend a college football game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Northwestern Wildcats played the Bowling Green Falcons. The Northwestern football team beat Bowling Green by a score of 49 to 7. Northwestern University quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 370 yards, running back Justin Jackson ran for 121 yards, and receiver Garrett Dickerson gained 150 yards on nine catches.

I walked around the Northwestern University campus a bit before the game as the weather was very nice as it was mostly sunny and in the 80s. Below are some pictures while at Northwestern including some of the recent construction projects on campus and football action.

Northwestern LakeFill Chicago

Northwestern Kellogg Global Hub

Northwestern Technological Institute AB Wing Infill

Northwestern Technological Institute

Northwestern Seeley G. Mudd Expansion

Northwestern Ryan Fieldhouse Walter Athletics Center

Northwestern Ryan Fieldhouse Construction

Northwestern University Library

Northwestern Sheridan Road Construction

Northwestern Football Home Schedule 2017

Northwestern Football Fight Victory

Northwestern Football Home Schedule 2018

Northwestern Ryan Field Bag Policy

Northwestern Welsh Ryan Arena Renovation

Northwestern Welsh Ryan Arena Construction

Northwestern Marching Band Wildcat Alley

Northwestern Football Helment Logo

Northwestern Football Student Section

Northwestern Bowling Green Football

Northwestern University Bowling Green College Football

todd mccollough bowling green northwestern

I had the opportunity to attend a college football game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, November 20,  2010. Northwestern played Illinois in the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic.

The fighting Illini beat the Wildcats by a score of 48 to 27.  Here are some pictures I took while I was at the game.

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