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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Adolescent Health Corners serve as a productive healthy information centre

Dr. Yaa Akyaa Boateng, a Family Physician Specialist at the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) in Tema, has revealed that the existence of the adolescent health corners is to aid adolescents with healthy information to make good decisions.

She stated that when an adolescent visited the health corner, the service providers gave them the information to make an informed decision to become their own person during this stage of adulthood.

Dr. Boateng gave the advice during the weekly ‘Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility! A Tema Ghana News Agency initiative aimed at promoting health-related communication and providing a platform for health information dissemination to influence personal health choices through improved health literacy

The office developed the platform to investigate the components of four health communication approaches: informing, instructing, convincing, and promoting.

Speaking on the topic of ‘Adolescent and Youth Health,’ Dr. Boateng added that imposing or restricting the adolescent child from certain information during counselling may result in them not visiting the health facility for more guidelines because they feel they are not being regarded as adults.

‘The visiting of the adolescent health corner helps them to identify what is good to do and some behaviours that may risk them’, she noted.

Dr. Boateng, however, stated that during the adolescent stage, one becomes sexually active, and being engaged in any sexual intercourse without a condom or being unfaithful to your partner may lead to sexually transmitted diseases.

Thus, the counselling sessions at the adolescent health corner help equip the adolescents’ with information to aid them in making positive decisions, hopefully for themselves.

Also, lack of information makes it difficult to make decisions as an adolescent, and they may end up deciding on anything because the information they have is limited, she noted.

The enforcement of parents on the adolescent child may lead to rebellion; hence, counselling aids them in making good and healthy decisions.

She said during the adolescent stage, there were some conditions they faced, such as alcoholism, smoking, and mental health, among others, hence the need for society to pay more attention to adolescents and their health.

She urged that parents should be aware of what their children were taught at school to open communication strategies with them at home.

‘The adolescent child should be equipped with skills to help them make healthy choices by giving them responsibilities or chores at home to perform and avoiding spending too much screen time on their phones at home.

‘It’s a good practice to take your adolescent child to the health facilities for preventive health care screening at least once a year for checkups for their mental, social, and physical health care,’ she emphasised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana to strengthen cultural, economic and investment co-operation with Colombia

Ghana has expressed plans to strengthen her political, economic, investment and cultural ties with the Republic of Colombia.

The government of Ghana is, therefore, making frantic effort to open an Embassy in Colombia and had also approved plans to become an observer-member of the Pacific Alliance, comprising Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Mexico to boost investment opportunities.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said this when he held bilateral talks with Mrs Francia Elena Marquez Mina, the Vice President of the Republic of Colombia, at the Jubilee House, the seat of government, in Accra, on Wednesday.

Mrs Mina is the first female Vice President of Colombia with an African descent to visit Ghana.

The two-day visit by the Colombian Vice President will take her to Elmina and Cape Coast castles on a guided tour and pay a courtesy call on Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II tomorrow, (Thursday, September 7) to strengthen her country’s cultural ties with the Asante Kingdom and Ghana at large.

She will also sign a bilateral agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and hold discussions with the Colombian Community in Ghana as well as interact with Ghanaian businessmen, and women and investors in Accra on Thursday, September 7.

During a joint news conference at the Jubilee House, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Bawumia said Ghana was very proud of Mrs Marquez Mina’s achievements as being the first female Vice President of Colombia with an African heritage.

He expressed the Government’s commitment to strengthen her co-operation with Colombia in agriculture, tourism, digital technology, and education, especially how to teach Ghanaian Diplomats to learn Spanish.

Dr Bawumia referred to the long-standing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, with Colombia formally cementing the relation by opening an Embassy in Ghana in 2013.

He said Ghana had signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Colombia, which were at different stages of implementation.

The visiting Colombian Vice President, on her part, said her country valued its bilateral relation with Ghana and would continue to work to deepen it.

She said Colombia appreciated the important role Ghana played in seeking reparation for Africans as a result of the slave trade and reconnecting Africans in the diaspora to their roots.

She believed the two countries could work together for their mutual good and the world’s peace and security.

Mrs Mina noted that issues concerning climate change was real, adding that even though Ghana and Colombia were not the major cause of it, they have the responsibility to ensure the phenomenon was dealt with in earnest to ensure environmental sustainability and stable temperature.

The Colombian Vice President said the impact of climate change made it imperative for poor countries who were feeling the pinch to push for debt cancelation to reduce the burden on their peoples.

She said Ghana must use her influence on the African Continent to get the African Union take the issues of climate change more seriously.

The Colombian Vice President welcomed Ghana’s decision to apply for an observer status of the Pacific Alliance and stressed that it would enable Ghana to understand issues from the Latin American region better.

She expressed the need for the two nations to strengthen their bilateral relationship, especially within the context of the role Ghana was playing at the United Nations Security Council.

In the area of agriculture, Mr Marquez Mina said Colombia was ready to share her vast experience with Ghana to enable her to develop her agriculture base.

‘I know in the area of agriculture; Ghana is looking at how to become self-sufficient in rice production. This is one area that Colombia is willing to help,’ she assured.

Source: Ghana News Agency

WODAO holds fifth AGM, calls on members to get more involved in its activities

The Women with Disability Development and Advocacy Organisation (WODAO), a disability friendly, advocacy and empowerment not-for-profit entity has held its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) with a call on members to fully participate in its activities.

The AGM for the organisation, constitutes an important mandate for its existence where major and strategic decisions are taken.

Ms Veronica Denyo Kofiedu, President, WODAO, in her address in Ho, disclosed the AGM was to fulfil their legal obligations as members of WODAO by taking important decisions for growth and approving all the relevant administrative policies that were developed for the smooth running of the organisation.

Ms Kofiedu said another decision was to review and approve the constitution of WODAO to align with the three-year strategic plan, which was developed.

She said the AGM also received reports on the annual activities implemented and financial reports.

Ms Kofiedu said the Meeting enabled members to learn about the new guidelines developed for the management and Disbursement of the three per cent District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), which was developed by the Disability Council in partnership with the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie.

Ms Kofiedu said the General Assembly (GA) of WODAO was the supreme policy-making organ of the Organisation and comprised of delegates from member organisations of Women and Girls with Disabilities in target districts in the Volta and Oti Regions.

She said some functions performed by the Assembly included approval of annual audited accounts and ratification of agreements made with other organisations and development partners.

She said the Assembly also elects the Board of Directors, approves membership and subscription fees, receives, considers, and approves reports of the Board and auditors and also ratify any agreement made between WODAO and other organisations.

Mr Divine Richard Bosson, the Ho Municipal Chief Executive pledged his personal and the Assembly’s support to WODAO and acknowledged the resoluteness of the organisation towards the welfare of women and girls with disabilities in a positive discourse.

He said WODAO should submit their action plans to the Municipality office for a possible collaboration going forward.

Madam Elikplim Klu, the President of the Volta Regional Ghana Federation of Disabled Organisation, who doubles as the board secretary of WODAO took her turn to educate members on the Disability issues.

She said women with disabilities should be active in their personal welfare, avoid domestic abuses, and speak truth to duty-bearers, the only way to seek redress and assistance.

Madam Klu warned members to avoid multiple applications for support and attempts to cross district boundaries for application was unacceptable and added that ‘there is no pension deadline for benefits of the Disability Common Fund and so they should ignore all misconceptions and untruths.’

She urged members to become whistle-blowers of individuals or institutions that would attempt to circumvent the standard procedures for their welfare, assuring them of laws backing their activities.

Madam Klu said the new guidelines were yet to be approved in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, which is the three per cent DACF for PWDs.

She also talked about disbursements and their benefits on education, which catered for tertiary level and free health care, free NHIS, which also takes care of trade.

She said an account would be opened for the three per cent Disability Common Fund automatically from source and so going forward, the actual for PWDs would be known from source and be disbursed accordingly.

Mama Kuma II, Queenmother of Ho-Ahoe, thanked WODAO and the membership for their good works.

She entreated the group to aspire to higher heights saying disability was not inability, indicating anyone could be disabled at any point in time.

She urged them to thank God for the gift of life, sail through all difficulties successfully and be steadfast in the organization’s policies and give support to their leaders for the good the of Association.

The Ghana Somubi Dwumadie is a four-year disability programme being run with funding support from the UKAid under the partnership of ‘Options’ led consortium, consisting of Basic Needs Ghana, Kings College London, Sight Savers International and Tropical Health, with specific focus on mental health.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GII outlines phenomena hindering corruption fight in Ghana

Mr. Michael Boadi, Fundraising Manager, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has outlined some situations that need to be addressed seriously to smoothen the path against corruption in Ghana.

He explained that overconcentration of powers in the executive arm of government, was one of the biggest problems that needed mitigation.

Mr. Boadi was speaking at the Tema Ghana News Agency Industrial News Hub Dialogue on the topic ’30 Years Under the Fourth Republic: Is the Fight Against Corruption a Mirage or a Reality?’

He said the current government tried addressing the issue through the voting of the Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) but did not succeed.

Over-reliance on the political parties to the detriment of the National Development Plan, he said was also a challenge that needed to be tackled to ensure sanity.

He said political parties controlled almost everything, and any attempt to make a perpetuator face the law was backfired because of their affiliations, putting fear in the stakeholders.

He added that there was lack of transparency in the political party financing, which politicians were raising concerns about, stressing that there had been lots of infractions that were hindering good governance.

Lack of a perfect cultural mix between cultural nuances and global anti-corruption dynamics, which included gift giving, he said the family systems of Ghana were communal in nature, promoting nepotism.

‘Because of the communal nature, how is it that if I have an appointment, I will not appoint my brother? I trust my brother more than you; I trust my brother so much. The question is, how do we ensure that even as we keep our culture, we insulate our culture from the risk of corruption? We haven’t found it yet,’ he stated.

He added that the weak commitment by the power to fight corruption that had been promised by successive governments was worrying because most governments assured the citizens of their plans to kick corruption out of the system but end up doing almost nothing about it when they get into power.

He said the pretence of citizens to comply with the anti-corruption legislation had also been an issue, adding that people tend to criticise some issues but tend to compromise when given a position.

Mr. Boadi recommended a strategic and legal framework that must make way for competence agencies to do corruption risk assessments, adding that

Operational measures, including rotation in different forms, were crucial.

He said administrative anti-corruption measures, including donations and gifts, must be declared to the top authorities in agencies, saying that human resources management was also crucial, among others.

He urged journalists to up their games by availing themselves for more training and mentorship programmes to be outstanding and successful at reporting corruption issues.

‘Let’s rise above the usual reporting if we want to contribute to the fight against corruption.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Epixode supports children of Aboetia community with learning materials

Ghanaian Reggae/ Dancehall musician Theophilus Nii Arday Otoo, known in showbiz as Epixode, has extended a kind gesture to the children of Aboetia, a community near Juapong in the Volta Region.

The ‘Atia’ hitmaker, as part of his ‘Make Them Smile’ initiative, donated learning materials including exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, and crayons to some children.

Some other items donated to the children included assorted beverages and toiletries.

According to Epixode, the ‘Make Them Smile’ project seeks to provide basic learning material needs to the impoverished children in some poverty-stricken communities in Ghana.

He noted that the project was in collaboration with the Schools Support Project, as they aim to inspire younger people to achieve their dreams of becoming better people in the future.

During the donation, Epixode engaged the children on why they should take their studies seriously and urged them to stay away from activities that may hinder their success.

‘My team noticed that the children in this community face numerous challenges, including inadequate learning materials, so we decided to make this donation.

‘We plan to do more for the community because we have noticed some other challenges, and hopefully we can undertake them in the coming months,’ he said in an interview.

The items were handed over to the Chief of Aboetia, Togbe Korku Mensah, who expressed his gratitude to Epixode for his kind gesture and urged the children to make good use of the items donated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ahanta Traditional Council: No need for delineate communities under jurisdiction

The Ahanta Traditional Council says any attempt at delineating some communities from the jurisdiction can destabilize the peace in the area.

The Council said the Cape Three Points, Prusi Akatakyi, Princess Town, Miemia, Egyambra and their adjourning Areas to the Nzema East Municipality were aware of their status and did not need such separation for anything.

Nana Akwanzi Abraba IV, an acting President in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said before the arrival of the Dutch on Ahanta Land, Ahanta State was bound on the left by river Ankobra and on the right to River Pra and that the Ahanta territory remained so.

The Council, reacting to a petition calling for the delineation said: ‘The Nananom of the Ahanta Traditional Area would like to categorically sate that, the petition does not involve the consultation of Nananom of the Ahanta Traditional Area and their stakeholders.’

He said the areas mentioned in the petition are integral part of Ahanta under the Traditional authority of his Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Baidoo Bonsoe XVI, Ahantahene and cannot be delineated to Nzema East Municipality as the petition suggested.

The Stool of Princess Town and its adjourning communities are under the Ahanta Paramount Stool and cannot be elevated to the status of Paramountcy without the consent, and concurrence of their overlord, Otumfuo Baidoo Bonsoe, Ahantahene as the petition suggest, the Acting President added.

‘The Chiefs, stakeholders and people of Prusi Akatakyi, Princess Town, Miemia, Egyambra and their adjourning Areas have cohabited peacefully from time immemorial in spite of the socio-economic challenges, and under development faced by them and the western Region as a whole,’ the statement established.

The statement said the Traditional Council would not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against any group or individuals whose actions and or activities were geared towards destabilizing the peace and stability in the communities of the Ahanta Traditional Area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana committed to clean energy – Minister

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Energy Minister, says Ghana is taking the necessary steps to gradually switch from the use of fossil fuels to carbon-free and renewable energy sources.

Already, the country is undertaking major initiatives, including targeting a 10 per cent integration of renewable energy into its energy mix by 2030 and developing an energy transition framework.

Dr Opoku Prempeh, who was contributing to a panel discussion at the ongoing Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi Kenya, said the efforts were in sync with the broader context of Ghana’s blue-print towards the the global climate agenda.

He explained that some of Ghana’s energy initiatives dated back to 2005, adding ‘This is when we launched the appliance standards and labelling regime to date where we have passed legislation to back same.’

The Minister said a total of 124 megawatts of power was saved through the replacement of 6000 incandescent lamps with 6000 compact fluorescent lamps under the lighting retrofit initiative.

He said the implementation of Standards and Labelling for cooling appliances from 2010-2020 saved the country 10.16 Terawatt-hour of electricity.

Within the same period, he added that Ghana was able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6.32 million tonnes by switching from diesel to use of natural gas to power electricity generation plants.

Dr. Prempeh also mentioned that currently, 63 per cent of the population have access to clean cooking with 35 per cent being liquified petroleum gas access, 27 per cent improved biomass cookstoves and one per cent representing electric cooking.

‘Government has supported the distribution of over 1.5 million improved biomass cookstoves since 2021 and currently supporting the distribution of another 500,000-biomass improved cookstoves,’ he said

Government policies and interventions, he said had positively impacted on the clean cooking market, keeping it on track for investments, scaling up and commercialization.

He said the energy sector had gained attention and continued to attract key global players due to the new vision of the government anchored on commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals seven.

Source: Ghana News Agency