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New simple method determines rate at which we burn calories walking up, down, flat

The SMU study tested 32 adult subjects individually under 90 different speed-grade and load conditions on treadmills at the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. Credit: SMU Locomotor Lab When military strategists plan a mission, one of many factors is the toll it takes on the Army’s foot soldiers. A long march and heavy load drains energy. So military strategists are often concerned with the calories a soldier will burn, and the effect of metabolic stress on their overall physiological status, including…

5 Smart Home Trends Which Should Be Part of Your Build

Are you one of those people who love to be at the top of the latest trends in technology? Do you want your home to be that little bit smarter and work with you? Within the world of technology trends, we see home tech as one of the latest areas. Low maintenance products, appliances and the list go on; smart home trends can give you a more comfortable life, let you save money on your energy bills and cut down…

appeals process – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

In rolling out our growth rubric, we’re starting a more formal conversation about growth at Medium. This gives engineers the opportunity to understand the progress they’ve made, how they can progress in the future, and how that translates to their overall level. This is the beginning of our efforts to have more ongoing and intentional conversations with engineers about their growth. Using the growth rubric, a review panel determines the current progress measurements for each engineer. This group will formally…

frequently asked questions – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Q: Do I have to become a manager to grow in this framework? A: This framework isn’t designed to benefit managers. In fact, that’s something we consciously worked to avoid in creating this framework. We strongly believe that there are many paths for engineers to increase impact, and that leadership comes in many forms. There are different ways for someone to achieve the highest level without needing to formally manage any direct reports, and your group lead can help you…

assessing progress – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

At first glance, the growth rubric can be a little overwhelming. There are lots of tracks, and lots of examples. Engineers may be uncertain as to whether they qualify for a given milestone. It is important that everyone be clear on how we judge these milestones as they will directly affect an engineer’s level, and ultimately compensation. We must establish trust in the process and be as consistent as we can, judging people solely on the merits of their contributions.…

tracks – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Executing The best idea in the world is worthless without great execution. Delivering great software products in teams requires rallying people behind an idea, strong technical leadership throughout the project, a focus on quality, and excellent communication to keep everyone aligned. Project Management Delivers well-scoped programs of work that meet their goals, on time, to budget, harmoniously There is a limit to what people can achieve individually, and coordination of multiple people on a project is very important. We need…

Dutch open ‘world’s first 3D-printed bridge’

A 3D printer laid some 800 layers of concrete to create the eight-metre bicycle bridge in the Dutch town of Gemert Dutch officials toasted on Tuesday the opening of what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is primarily meant to be used by cyclists. There was applause as officials wearing hard hats and workmen’s jackets rode over the bridge on their bikes at the inauguration in the southeastern town of Gemert. “The bridge is not…

Flexible ‘skin’ can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

The flexible sensor skin wrapped around the robot finger (orange) is the first to measure shear forces with similar sensitivity as a human hand — which is critical for successfully gripping and manipulating objects. Credit: UCLA If a robot is sent to disable a roadside bomb—or delicately handle an egg while cooking you an omelet—it needs to be able to sense when objects are slipping out of its grasp. Yet to date it’s been difficult or impossible for most robotic…

Uber’s Open Source Distributed Deep Learning Framework

Over the past few years, advances in deep learning have driven tremendous progress in image processing, speech recognition, and forecasting. At Uber, we apply deep learning across our business; from self-driving research to trip forecasting and fraud prevention, deep learning enables our engineers and data scientists to create better experiences for our users. TensorFlow has become a preferred deep learning library at Uber for a variety of reasons. To start, the framework is one of the most widely used open…

TC4D: Data Quality By Engineers, For Engineers

Changing an engineering culture is one of the biggest challenges for any organization. It requires challenging an existing way of working, and introducing compelling improvements that are adopted by individuals as well as the departments. Tackling tech debt instead of amassing it, using new tooling and infrastructure, or in this case, increasing test coverage. After leading numerous failures to influence the quality of Spotify’s big data, there was finally one success. TC4D, Test Certified for Data-Focused teams, is a gamified,…