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Researchers develop landmark achievement in walking technology

Human-in-the-loop optimization combines a software algorithm with versatile emulator hardware to automatically identify optimal assistance strategies for individuals. Credit: Kirby Witte, Katie Poggensee, Pieter Fiers, Patrick Franks and Steve Collins Researchers at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel design approach for exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs that incorporates direct feedback from the human body. The findings were published this week in Science. This technique, called human-in-the-loop optimization, customizes walking assistance for individuals and significantly improves…

Airbus and Boeing eye lucrative maintenance market

Airbus and Boeing are both looking to target the lucrative maintenance market in the coming years Airbus and Boeing wheeled out the usual round of order announcements at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday, but alongside the big ticket purchases, the aerospace rivals are also eyeing the lucrative maintenance and servicing market as they seek to boost growth. Boeing finalised an order for three 787 Dreamliners to Israeli carrier El Al and inked a memorandum of understanding with leasing company…

Join us for @Scale 2017! | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

The 2017 @Scale Conference will take place on August 31 at the San Jose Convention Center. This year’s invite-only event will feature tech talks from leading companies building technology at scale — sharing innovative and scalable approaches to data management, developer tools, site reliability, video, machine learning, and more. Building applications and services that scale to millions or even billions of people presents a complex set of engineering challenges, many of them unprecedented. The @Scale community is focused on bringing…

EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019

The EU aims to have the regulatory framework for drone monitoring functioning by 2019, with basic services like registration and e-identification The EU unveiled a blueprint to safely regulate drone traffic in Europe by 2019 in order to tap the growing commercial potential for unmanned aircraft technology. The blueprint from the European Commission, the EU executive, covers allowing drones to operate in high density under the supervision of fleet operators. “Drones mean innovation, new services for citizens, new business…

Unlocking Test Performance — Migrating from Mocha to Jest

We’d been using Mocha at Airbnb since September 2013, but due to increasing growing pains, we’ve recently migrated from Mocha to Jest. The migration actually turned out to require minimal changes to our tests and infrastructure, and provided a myriad of benefits. Minimal Changes to Tests We’ve put significant effort into ensuring that our tests follow best practices and a fairly strict coding style. This has helped us to mitigate flakiness and enable cross team collaboration, because tests look the same…

Data @Scale 2017 Recap | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

On Thursday June 8th, we welcomed 350 engineers to Seattle for the 3rd consecutive year of Data @Scale. In addition to focusing on the challenges of building services and solutions for large-scale storage systems and analytics, this year’s speakers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, Uber, and Yandex examined the ways in which Big Data is transforming machine learning, even as new machine learning techniques are leading to an evolution in infrastructure, hardware engineering, and data center design. In advance…

Introducing Highlights – Several People Are Coding

Since launching in 2013, Slack has helped millions of users across hundreds of thousands of teams communicate more efficiently, effectively, and transparently. But as Slack lowers the barriers to communicating internally, the volume of communication that results can be overwhelming. McKinsey estimates that knowledge workers spend 28% of their time managing digital information; accordingly, proactively helping users combat information overload is one of the top priorities of Slack’s Search, Learning, and Intelligence (SLI) group in New York City. As a…

Building the Activity Graph, Part I

Co-authors: Val Markovic and Vivek Nelamangala   Serving a feed of relevant, personalized content to 500 million members is a massive undertaking. Accordingly, our feed infrastructure is constantly evolving to take advantage of new relevance models, new features, and more efficient ways of scaling our infrastructure. In this post, we describe the Activity Graph, a new system that allows us to understand deep relationships between members’ content. The origin of the Activity Graph The story of the almost year-long project…

Moving Automated Driving To the Next Level

If there had been a competition for world-class back-seat drivers, my grandmother would have won it hands down.  Back in the 1980s when we were living in Massachusetts, we drove to Boston’s Logan Airport and picked her up for a visit.  Despite never having been closer to New England than Ohio in her entire life, she immediately started telling me which turns to take in downtown Boston as soon as I got lost, which I always did anyway, but without…

Honda to roll out all-new Accord with no V6 option

This photo provided by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. shows the next generation Honda Accord. Honda says its Accord midsize car will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines when an all-new version comes out later in 2017. The company says the smaller engines are sufficient for what its customers want. (Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. via AP) Honda said Friday that its Accord midsize car will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines…