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Category: Civil Engineering

Enhancing the Quality of Uber’s Maps with Metrics Computation

We previously highlighted some of the presentations delivered during our second annual Uber Technology Day. In this article, engineering senior software engineer and Uber Tech Day presenter Ines Viskic discusses how we ensure the accuracy of our maps through quality metrics. On the surface, Uber’s ridesharing technology may seem simple: a user requests a ride from the app, and a driver arrives to take them to their destination. Behind the scenes, however, a giant infrastructure consisting of thousands of services…

Dutch city to unveil world’s first 3D-printed housing complex

The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world’s first 3-D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction. Printed in concrete by a robotic arm, the project backed by the city council, Eindhoven Technical University and several construction companies aims to see its first three-bedroomed home go up by June 2019. Known as Project Milestone, a housing complex of five homes of various shapes and…

Can airships take scenic flights back to the future?

A concept airship, the Aether, which Mr Henderson showed his research participants so they could conceptualise what a modern airship might be like. Credit: Massey University Massey University School of Aviation assistant lecturer Isaac Henderson has always been fascinated by airships, so he embarked on a master’s thesis to find out if they could be brought back into the mainstream. “We are starting to see modern airships in the freight and logistics sector, but very few people think they can…

Unanswered Questions About the FIU Bridge Collapse

Last March 15, an innovatively-designed pedestrian bridge installed for less than a week suddenly collapsed onto a busy roadway in Florida International University, killing six people and injuring several more.  Although many bridges have been erected successfully using the technique known as accelerated bridge construction used for this bridge, this was one of the first times such a bridge failed during construction, and so both the engineering community as well as the public at large would like to know what…

VRE4EIC releases video tutorials on how to build virtual research environments

Credit: ERCIM EEIG VRE4EIC, an H2020 European research project, has released a series of video tutorials. Short online videos explain how to build a virtual research environment (VRE) or to enhance an existing VRE. Researchers can access and use more and more research data in the digital age. They can use this data to obtain new insights, especially by combining data sets with other data. Various projects are already building e-Research Infrastructures (e-RIs) to give researchers access to publicly funded…

The next chapter – Facebook Code

Today nearly 4 billion people globally do not have access to the Internet. It’s why Facebook, along with many other companies and governments, is investing heavily to address the three key barriers to getting everyone, everywhere online: availability, affordability, and awareness. Part of that investment has been in developing next-generation connectivity technologies like Aquila, a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system. This has involved a lot of trial and error. When we started the Aquila program back in 2014, very few companies…

High altitude connectivity: The next chapter | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Today nearly 4 billion people globally do not have access to the Internet. It’s why Facebook, along with many other companies and governments, is investing heavily to address the three key barriers to getting everyone, everywhere online: availability, affordability, and awareness. Part of that investment has been in developing next-generation connectivity technologies like Aquila, a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system. This has involved a lot of trial and error. When we started the Aquila program back in 2014, very…

MU Engineers gain global leadership skills in Italy

The compact “May-mester” course allowed students to grow their leadership skills while building their cultural competence and broaden their global horizons — one of several ways Mizzou Engineering works hard to build not just engineers, but future engineering leaders ready to tackle problems on a worldwide scale. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Wisnewski. The College of Engineering’s most recent Study Abroad trip saw 19 students travel to Italy to take in the sights, culture and the ENGR 3000: Global Leadership for…

Introducing a New Hybrid ES-RNN Model

Uber’s business depends on accurate forecasting. For instance, we use forecasting to predict the expected supply of drivers and demands of riders in the 600+ cities we operate in, to identify when our systems are having outages, to ensure we always have enough customer obsession agents managing our support systems, and of course, to plan our business expenditures. Because of that, Uber has invested heavily in building deep expertise in the forecasting realm. Our teams are at the forefront of…

Simplifying Media Innovation at Netflix with Archer

By Naveen Mareddy, Frank San Miguel, Mangala Prabhu and Olof Johansson Imagine you are developing a quick prototype to sift through all the frames of the movie Bright to find the best shots of Will Smith with an action-packed background. Your goal is to get the computer vision algorithm right with high confidence without worrying about: Parallel processing Cloud infrastructures like EC2 instances or Docker Container Systems The location of ultra high definition (UHD) video sources Cloud storage APIs for…