Posts Tagged 'Sensors'

Back Seat Big Brother?

Nissan, EPFL Researchers Developing Technology That Would Allow Cars To Anticipate Drivers’ Next Moves.

AFP (9/29) reports, “Nissan and a Swiss university are developing cars that scan the driver’s thoughts and prepares the vehicle for the next move.”

Popular Science (9/29, Boyle) reports, “Using environmental and biometric indicators, cars will prepare themselves for an upcoming task the driver already has in mind, maybe slowing down to ready for a turn, or changing lanes in anticipation of a highway exit.” Popular Science reports, “It will use sensors embedded in the car, as well as brain activity and eye movement patterns, to anticipate what’s about to happen.” Swiss researchers said “their new system also uses statistical analysis to predict a driver’s intentions. It would conceivably work faster, so the car would know you’re thinking ‘turn left’ before you actually start actively thinking it.”

Reposted from the 9/29/11 ASEE First Bell

Seminar on Wireless Sensor Networks

The University of Virginia Applied Research Institute (ARI) presents a spring seminar series hosted by Battelle. The series will allow ARI to showcase the depth and range of technology being developed at the University of Virginia for the growing scientific and technology community in the region.  The seminars are free.  Each seminar will be held at Battelle Memorial Institute in the U.Va. Research Park in Charlottesville, Va. Get directions here. You can also participate in the seminars online through Live Meeting.

Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.- Jack Stankovic, BP America Professor of Computer Science – “Wireless Sensor Networks in Action”

Wireless sensor networks (WSN) composed of large numbers of small devices that self-organize are being investigated for a wide variety of applications such as military surveillance and tracking, and large-scale assisted living facilities.  Current research for WSN is widespread.  However, many of the proposed solutions are developed with simplifying assumptions about wireless communication and the environment, even though the realities of wireless communication and environmental sensing are well known.  Participate in this session online through Live Meeting. A software download may be required.

Robotic Bees

Harvard Researchers Developing Robotic Bees.

Computerworld (10/8, Cooney) reports, “Harvard University researchers recently got a $10 million grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees, or RoboBees to among other things, spur innovation in ultra-low-power computing and electronic ‘smart’ sensors; and refine coordination algorithms to manage multiple, independent machines.”  The research “could lead to a better understanding of how to artificially mimic the unique collective behavior and intelligence of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices,” according to the school.  “The bees will be made up of a variety of technologies including UV and optical sensors as well as pollination and docking capabilities, the researchers stated.  In addition, achieving autonomous flight will require compact high-energy power sources and associated electronics, integrated seamlessly into the ‘body’ of the machine, researchers stated.”

Reposted from the October 8, 2009 ASEE First Bell briefing.


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