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Category: Mechanical Engineering

boundary-layer : Declarative Airflow Workflows – Code as Craft

When Etsy decided last year to migrate our operations to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), one of our primary motivations was to enable our machine learning teams with scalable resources and the latest big-data and ML technologies. Early in the cloud migration process, we convened a cross-functional team between the Data Engineering and Machine Learning Infrastructure groups in order to design and build a new data platform focused on this goal. One of the first choices our team faced was how to…

Announcing the 2019 Uber AI Residency

By Theofanis Karaletsos, Ersin Yumer, Raquel Urtasun, and Zoubin Ghahramani on behalf of Uber AI Labs and Uber ATG Connecting the digital and physical worlds safely and reliably on the Uber platform presents exciting technological challenges and opportunities. For Uber, artificial intelligence (AI) is essential to developing systems that are capable of optimized, automated decision making at scale. AI at Uber is a rapidly growing area across both research and applications, including self-driving vehicles. We invite you to join us on…

My Journey from Working as a Fabric Weaver in Ethiopia to Becoming a Software Engineer at Uber in San Francisco

By Samuel Zemedkun I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised there with my five younger sisters. My father made traditional fabrics, weaving one thread at a time. Weaving in Ethiopia is a family business and every member of the family plays a role. My mother, my siblings, and I helped prepare the threads. In a weaving family, boys typically graduate from preparing threads to making fabrics around the age of 12. My uncle encouraged my father to…

MU’s Huang gives guest seminar at Johns Hopkins

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Guoliang Huang gave a guest seminar at Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 2. The prestigious seminar series was hosted by the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute. The talk was titled “Programmable and Modulated Metamaterials for Unprecedented Wave Propagation Control.” For more information on the seminar and the seminar series, visit the HEMI website. Source link…

Cloud Computing without Containers

Cloudflare has a cloud computing platform called Workers. Unlike essentially every other cloud computing platform I know of, it doesn’t use containers or virtual machines. We believe that is the future of Serverless and cloud computing in general, and I’ll try to convince you why. Isolates Two years ago we had a problem. We were limited in how many features and options we could build in-house, we needed a way for customers to be able to build for themselves. We…

Aerospace detection technology designed to prevent catastrophic events in energy and extreme environments

New Purdue University aerospace detection technology uses advanced sensors, along with data science and machine learning elements, to detect and predict failures within certain materials. Credit: Vikas Tomar Could new technology from Purdue University researchers have helped save the Titanic? Engineers from Purdue have developed technology to help prevent catastrophic failures involving nuclear, energy and other materials in extreme environments. “Our advancements in temperature measuring and stress sensing can potentially save lives and significantly reduce costs,” said Vikas Tomar, a…

China steps up drone race with stealth aircraft

China’s drones are now flying in the Middle East, as Beijing is more willing than the United States to sell its military UAVs to other nations.  China is unleashing stealth drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles onto world markets, racing to catch up to US technology and adding to a fleet that has already seen combat action in the Middle East. Combat drones were among the jet fighters, missiles and other military hardware shown off this week at…

Cranking up the power setting may help some who use prosthetics

A UCF engineering professor recently published a study in Scientific Reports that shows that people with transtibial amputations — the loss of a limb below the knee — may improve their walking ability if they change the power-setting on their devices. Credit: UCF: Karen Norum Amputees who use powered prosthetic ankles may be able to avoid the energetic costs typically associated with prosthetics by cranking up the power provided by their devices. A UCF engineering professor recently published a study…

9 Reasons Why PC Gaming Is Better Than Consoles

It seems unlikely that the PC versus console debate will ever be settled; both platforms have legions of fans. However, if you happen to be a console lover curious about the merits of PC gaming, this list will help you appreciate why it can be even more exciting than a few sessions with an Xbox or PlayStation. 1. PC games are cheaper, and you are more likely to find them on sale Virtually every console game is more expensive than…

Open-sourcing FBGEMM for server-side inference

Facebook is open-sourcing FBGEMM, a high-performance kernel library, optimized for server-side inference. Unlike other commonly available libraries, FBGEMM offers optimized on-CPU performance for reduced precision calculations used to accelerate deep learning models. The library has been deployed at Facebook, where it’s delivered greater than 2x performance gains with respect to our current production baseline. FBGEMM offers high performance on native tensor formats (unlike many other libraries that require repacking tensors for best performance). It offers substantial plug-and-play functionality and performance…