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MU Student Team Advances to World Finals

Mizzou Engineering graduate students Caleb Heinzman, Imad Toubal and Kolton Spear will compete in the world finals of the 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup. A team of graduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has advanced to the world finals in Microsoft’s 2020 Imagine Cup. Mizzou Engineering students Caleb Heinzman, Kolton Spear and Imad Toubal, along with Ashlyn O’Hara, a senior majoring in data journalism, developed the Deeptector.io website, which uses artificial intelligence to predict if a…

Staying True to the Mission to Fight COVID-19

Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are set to upend a wide variety of industries. By mimicking the predictive, classification, data intensive problem-solving capabilities of the human mind, these technologies are poised to dramatically increase the degree of automation across fields including medicine, transportation and manufacturing, where machines can achieve similar tasks more rapidly. Already, we’re seeing early versions of self-driving cars, automated customer service chatbots, robo-investors and even automated tutoring and writing services. Basically, AI is positioned to soon take over…

Bump Up Semiconductor Efficiency with GaN

Download this article in PDF format. Gallium nitride (GaN) is quickly becoming the semiconductor material of choice for both RF/microwave and higher-wavelength devices. It has long been a semiconductor foundation for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and has appeared as recently at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as the latest semiconductor technology for home battery chargers. The technology has perhaps its longest history in the RF/microwave industry in high-frequency semiconductor devices, where it serves as the active device replacement for traveling-wave…

Manufacturers Unite Online Amid Global Medical Supply Shortage

In addition to wreaking havoc on economies and livelihoods worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The World Health Organization has called for an 40% increase of manufacturing of PPE, such as face masks, face shields, respirators and body suits, since healthcare workers rely on these products to protect themselves as they treat the infected. In a press conference on March 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom estimated his state alone would…

Senior Engineer on Machine Learning Platforms Team – Wayfair Tech Blog

Meet Michael What is your current role? I am currently a Senior Engineer on the Machine Learning Platforms team What does your team do? How does it fit into the world of Wayfair?  Data science and machine learning are incredibly complex domains which require expertise in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and business. We wanted to avoid adding “Dev-Ops” to that list of requirements. In practice, this meant building a solution for all of these “Dev-Ops” challenges which all data…

Making Robots Smarter | Electronic Design

Download this article in PDF format. The use of robots in factory automation continues to expand because they clearly improve efficiency, cut costs, and improve quality. Fixed-arm robots do most of the work with machine-vision video cameras watching everything. However, the use of autonomous robots called logistical robots or automating guided vehicles (AVGs) is on the rise. Autonomous robots are mobile vehicles that navigate their space safely and perform assigned duties without human intervention. Creating such competent independent machines is…

Greetings from Virtual APEC | Electronic Design

While the cancellation of this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference  (APEC 2020) is a minor inconvenience in comparison to what the folks on the front lines of the war against COVID-19 face each day, it’s been a difficult setback for the power electronics community. Besides losing the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in what has become one of the fastest moving segments of the electronics industry, it means waiting another year to catch up with our diverse, yet…

Caring for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily

Older adults are at elevated risk for complications from COVID-19 and are dying at a higher rate than younger patients. In light of these concerns, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, and colleagues lay out guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers and family caregivers who are providing care for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their recommendations are published in the Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine. “Our senior patients need additional measures of…

Where in the brain does creativity come from? Evidence from jazz musicians — ScienceDaily

According to a popular view, creativity is a product of the brain’s right hemisphere — innovative people are considered “right-brain thinkers” while “left-brain thinkers” are thought to be analytical and logical. Neuroscientists who are skeptical of this idea have argued that there is not enough evidence to support this idea and an ability as complex as human creativity must draw on vast swaths of both hemispheres. A new brain-imaging study out of Drexel University’s Creativity Research Lab sheds light on…

New quantum technology could help diagnose and treat heart condition — ScienceDaily

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate, potentially leading to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. While the causes of AF are unknown, it affects around one million people in the UK with cases predicted to rise at a great cost to the NHS. Currently, AF is commonly diagnosed using an electrocardiogram (ECG), but this can only be done during an episode, so complementary means of diagnosis are…