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A prototype of an intelligent underground robotic system for urban environments

Badger, a three-metre-long drilling robot consisting of a drilling head, two clamping modules and two propulsion and steering modules. Credit: UC3M The European research project BADGER, coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has presented a prototype of an autonomous underground robot with intelligent navigation for urban environments. This robotic system is composed of two main elements: a surface vehicle with a geo-radar that is used to scan the ground, so that subterranean obstacles can be detected; and…

Krishnaswamy Receives VentureWell Faculty Grant

Kiruba Krishnaswamy, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering with a joint appointment in Food Science (CAFNR), received a Fall 2020 VentureWell Faculty Grant, in a statement from the organization. This grant recognizes Krishnaswamy’s commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact. “This award supports STEAM Innovations in food systems, incorporating sustainability, creativity, inclusion and diversity,” Krishnaswamy said. “It will help connect and create food innovation ecosystems…

Solving the data integration variety problem at scale, with Gobblin

In the above diagram, the new multi-staged flow uses shared components that can be leveraged to integrate with many other Rest API and OData data sources, whereas the complex job requires a vendor-specific connector. The streamlined multistage flow dramatically reduces the work needed to apply it to hundreds of objects, getting rid of many one-off implementations previously deemed “essential” to handle some special objects, such as those illustrated above for retrying.    Last but not least, all the genericity and decomposition…

Students Now Putting Spot the Robot to Work

He’s not quite dancing in viral videos just yet, but Mizzou Engineering’s Spot is getting a little smarter each day, thanks to an inaugural group of student programmers.  Spot is an agile mobile robot from Boston Dynamics perhaps best known for videos of it dancing to popular tunes such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and “Do You Love Me?” by The Contours. The Information Technology Program acquired a Spot this semester to help students learn to work with autonomous systems. Now,…

4-D building reconstruction with machine learning

Credit: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology A research team from Skoltech and FBK (Italy) has presented a methodology to derive 4-D building models using historical maps and machine learning. The implemented method relies on geometric, neighborhood, and categorical attributes in order to predict building heights. The method is useful for understanding urban phenomena and changes that contributed to defining our cities’ actual shape. The results were published in Applied Sciences. Historical maps are the most powerful source used to…

Through the eyes of a Cloudflare Technical Support Engineer

This post originally appeared on Landing Jobs under the title Mission: Protect the Internet where you can find open positions at Cloudflare Lisbon. Justina Wong, Technical Support Team Lead in Lisbon, talks about what it’s like working at Cloudflare, and everything you need to know if you want to join us. Justina joined Cloudflare about three years ago in London as a Technical Support Engineer. Currently, she’s part of their Customer Support team working in Lisbon as a team lead.…

FAA back under spotlight with latest Boeing incidents

FAA head Steve Dickson, pictured in September 2020, says the agency is moving as quickly as possible to address problems with the Boeing 777 In the wake of a weekend scare on a Boeing 777 over engine failure, the Federal Aviation Administration moved immediately to suspend flights on planes with the same model. And on Tuesday, the regulator ordered a deeper inspection of the Pratt & Whitney engines on Boeing 777 planes that had failed over Denver days earlier, with…

US orders deeper testing after engine scare on Boeing plane

Debris from the failed engine of a United Airlines airplane in the Denver suburb of Broomfield The US aviation regulator on Tuesday ordered a deeper inspection of the engines similar to the ones on a Boeing 777 aircraft that suffered a spectacular failure over Denver days earlier. The incident, in which a Pratt & Whitney engine burst into flames and scattered debris over a Denver suburb shortly after takeoff for Honolulu, led to scores of Boeing 777s being grounded worldwide…

Agile underwater glider could quietly survey the seas

Nina Mahmoudian (center) and her students have developed an underwater glider that can operate silently and in confined spaces, ideal for conducting biology or climate studies without disturbing wildlife. Credit: Purdue University/Jared Pike Autonomous underwater vehicles have become versatile tools for exploring the seas. But they can be disruptive to the environment or have trouble traveling through confined spaces. Purdue University researchers are studying an alternative: highly maneuverable, low-cost underwater gliders that operate silently. Components and sensors of the glider…

Detecting COVID-19 with a sticker on your skin

Contact: Eric Stann, 573-882-3346, StannE@missouri.edu   Zheng Yan One day, a wearable, bioelectronic device could wirelessly transmit a person’s vital signs — potentially providing critical information for early detection of health issues such as COVID-19 or heart disease — to a healthcare provider, eliminating the need for an in-person visit while also saving lives. The interest for wearable bioelectronics has grown in recent years, largely fueled by the growing demand for fitness trackers that can record workouts and monitor a…