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Human factors research accelerates mission planning

GTRI researchers analyze the mission planning task. Shown are Senior Research Engineer John Huggins, Research Scientist Elizabeth Weldon, Research Engineer Jerry Ray and Research Scientist Stuart Michelson. Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech The key to a successful flight mission is planning – sometimes several hours of it. Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) specialists in human factors and human computer interfaces are working with PMA-281, Strike Planning and Execution Systems in Patuxent River, Maryland, to streamline the current mission planning process…

Discovery paves way for better flu prevention, treatment — ScienceDaily

This year’s flu vaccine has been less effective in protecting people from the most common strain of the virus, compared with recent years. And once people become infected with the flu, there are few good ways to treat it. Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a new aspect of the flu virus and how it interacts with antibodies in the lungs. This research could lead to a new approach for developing vaccines to prevent the flu, as…

Deep Work and Time Blocks – UrbanWorkbench

A couple of weeks ago, I had to review the information contained in almost a dozen reports that were cross referenced, dating back over a decade. These reports totaled over 300 pages of information on water and sewer system upgrades and in the five years that I have been at the City of Revelstoke, I knew these reports were “important” information to process, but “urgent” matters tended to push these reports to the back burner. An example of Covey’s time…

Coding Conversations: How Challenges Can Lead to Innovation

Suja with our Big Data Platform Team  While it’s almost unheard of today to stay at one company for so long, I worked as an engineer at IBM for over a decade, growing from an intern to a senior engineering manager. Over my 12 years with IBM, I transitioned from test to development, then on to management, and also moved from mainframes to big data. I thought I was going to be a “lifer” at IBM given all the new…

A Conversation with Sophia Vicent, Uber’s Director of Technical Program Management

When Sophia Vicent joined Uber Engineering as its first technical program manager in February 2014, she was nervous. It had been 10 years since she removed herself from the workforce to raise her daughter. What if her technical skills were too rusty? Could she keep up with the pace of a fast-growing global startup? Or worse yet, would her teammates stop taking her seriously when they saw the gap in her LinkedIn profile? Four years later, Sophia knows that these…

Cognitive system for the predictive maintenance of production facilities

Demonstrator Hanover Trade Fair: configured wireless sensor nodes (in the foreground) send status messages of the axial piston pump (left) to a tablet. Credit: Fraunhofer IDMT At the Hanover Trade Fair from April 23 – 27, 2018, Fraunhofer will demonstrate the prototype of a new cognitive system for the predictive maintenance of production facilities. Intelligent battery-powered acoustic sensors process audio signals from machines and systems on the spot. From the information that is forwarded wirelessly to an evaluation unit, it…

All-purpose talent in aircraft manufacturing

The mobile robot is processing the tail-fin of an Airbus 320 aircraft. Credit: Fraunhofer IFAM In aircraft manufacturing, much of the milling, drilling and assembly is still done by hand. This is because the raw components vary not only in size and design, but also in shape accuracy. Small differences are unavoidable in extremely lightweight and elastic materials, which poses a challenge for automated processing. Working with an industrial consortium, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a mobile robot that is…

Transmitting measuring data wireless in real time

A sensor transfers the vibration spectra of the blisk via 5G with sub millisecond latency to a software. Credit: Fraunhofer IPT Sensors continuously record measurements in plant and machinery to check that everything is running according to plan and to enable any errors in the industrial production environment to be recognized at an early stage. However, as a rule, evaluation of the data is decentralized and takes place after a time lag. In contrast to this, the 5G wireless standard…

MU College of Engineering announces creation of Biomedical Engineering bachelor’s degree program

MU already has the majority of faculty and resources needed to sustain a Biomedical Engineering program already in place, with no new resources requested from campus. This will allow the College to grow its competitiveness with other schools and colleges of engineering both regionally and nationally. The MU College of Engineering will take one of its most popular Bioengineering tracks and transform it into its own degree program, one that will meet the needs of students and employers while having…

Best Android Apps of March 2018

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! 1. Lean Launcher Theme launchers have…