SiraLab Blog

Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-02-07
Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness—are they the stuff of science fiction? Or are they more likely than we think? “Life in 2030,” a one-hour special from the radio series Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest discoveries to give listeners an idea of how technology will shape our lives in the not-too-distant future.

See the whole story at Ieee spectrum(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-02-07
At the University of Michigan, the System Theory teacher assigned students to work in teams to make a video about one of the concepts covered.
In a class with more than 100 students (mostly first-year graduate students), the video project had 2 goals: for each student to meet three others with whom they could form a study group, and for the teacher to get a brief glimpse of the students' personalities.
The videos that the students created area available through
youtube(external link)

Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-02-07
When was the last time you saw an engineer portrayed glamorously in a film—or, for that matter, in any form of popular culture? Right. Let’s face it: The unflattering stereotypes persist, and they’re tired. They’re also out of touch with reality. Just consider the five engineers IEEE Spectrum profiles here:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/tech-careers/special-report-dream-jobs-2013(external link).

The reality is that engineers emerge from varied backgrounds and do a wide range of vital and interesting work. Now all we need is for one of them to make a movie about it.
Published di fortunato.bianconi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-01-04
https://www.systemsbiology.org/news/dr-lee-hood-receives-national-medal-science(external link)

President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators

President Obama today named twelve eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and eleven extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors.

This year’s recipients are listed below.

National Medal of Science
Dr. Allen Bard, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Dr. Sallie Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Dr. Sidney Drell, Stanford University, CA
Dr. Sandra Faber, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD
Dr. Solomon Golomb, University of Southern California, CA
Dr. John Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne, University of Missouri, MO
Dr. Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, WA
Dr. Barry Mazur, Harvard University, MA
Dr. Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Dr. Anne Treisman, Princeton University, NJ

National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology, CA
Dr. George Carruthers, U.S. Naval Research Lab, DC
Dr. Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Dr. Norman McCombs, AirSep Corporation, NY
Dr. Gholam Peyman, Arizona Retinal Specialists, AZ
Dr. Art Rosenfeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA
Dr. Jan Vilcek, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY
Dr. Samuel Blum, IBM Corporation, NY
Dr. Rangaswamy Srinivasan, IBM Corporation, NY
Dr. James Wynne, IBM Corporation, NY
Raytheon BBN Technologies, MA, *Represented by CEO, Edward Campbell

Affiliations listed are the awardees’ most recently identified employers; some awardees are now retired.

Published di fortunato.bianconi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-01-04
About ISB
https://www.systemsbiology.org/about-isb(external link)

Systems Biology Pioneers
https://www.systemsbiology.org/scientists-and-research(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2012-12-18
Personalised medicine, a strategy based on individual phenotyping of profiles rather than the long established 'one-size-fits-all' approach identifies elements that predict the individuals' response to treatment and their predisposition to disease.

This healthcare model places heavy emphasis on the maintenance and investment of these cohorts providing a healthcare system with a modern, prospective approach; an essential strategy for the analysis and understanding of disease over time in well characterised populations.

The complete article(external link).
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2012-12-13
The non-profit ROBOTS Association, the producer of the ROBOTS Podcast (http://robotspodcast.com), has recently launched Robohub: http://robohub.org(external link)

The vision is summarized in this short video:
http://youtu.be/lq7UpaxJoyI(external link)

Robohub brings together leading communicators in robotics to provide high-quality information to the robotics community and general public.

The growing world-wide team of volunteers includes bloggers from The Robot Report, Everything Robotic, Robot Launchpad, Autonomous Robots Blog, Stanford CIS Blog, Roboethics Info Database, Robots in DC, Robotgrrl, Cognitive Robots, Cultibotics, Robotpig, Robotland, and the Robots Podcast.

More information about our team can be found here:
http://robohub.org/about(external link)

In addition, Robohub produces and publishes content in collaboration with other robotics projects, so far including the Swiss NCCR Robotics (http://nccr-robotics.ch), the ShanghAI lectures (http://shanghailectures.org), and Robotics By Invitation (to be announced). As an example, you can see our latest Microlecture aimed at demystifying robotics and produced in collaboration with the Swiss NCCR Robotics:
http://robohub.org/microlecture-how-to-engineer-a-dog(external link)

To join the discussion or read one of our already 800 posts, follow Robohub on the Web here:
url: http://robohub.org(external link)
Twitter: @robohub
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robohuborg(external link)
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/robohuborg(external link)
RSS: http://robohub.org/feed(external link)

Published di thomas.ciarfuglia il 2012-12-01

By Rodney Brooks Author and former professor of robotics

Over the past decade, astute tech watchers may have noticed two new waves of robots intersecting our lives.

The first is the quickest growing segment of the vacuum cleaning market: robotic vacuum cleaners.

Second is the newest weapon group in our militaries - air drones, ground robots for dealing with explosive devices, and underwater robots to map out what is going on in our oceans.

But there has also been a less obvious set of academic robot research going on - one that will impact many aspects of business.

It is research which began over 20 years ago, in 1990, with a concept named Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (Slam).

As small mobile robots were starting to be built by research robot makers, academics around the world began working on robots that could build maps from visual, sonar, laser range and other data sources.

Since the robots were mobile and didn't know exactly where they were, the challenge was to simultaneously figure out the relative positions and orientations of a robot as it made different observations about its situation.

Hence the word "simultaneous" in the name.

Today, Slam algorithms are exceptionally good... (BBC full article)(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2012-11-30
Brought to you by the editors behind IEEE Spectrum’s award-winning Automaton blog, the Robots iPad app (US $4.99, available on iTunes) is a celebration of mindful machines. The app features 126 of the most notable robots built from 1961 to today, including the first industrial robot, Unimate, the Mars rover Curiosity, and Honda’s Asimo. It is designed so that the casual robot fan can enjoy 360-degree views of robots, click through photos and videos, or see them perform actions such as NASA’s Robonaut lifting weights. Those with a deeper interest can also review detailed technical specs. The app, which is now available in Apple’s App Store, is also updated daily with news from IEEE Spectrum. For all the features and screenshots, check out the app’s website: http://robotsforipad.com(external link) and IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog(external link)
Published di elisa.ricci@diei.unipg.it il 2012-11-27

Un esperimento interattivo di Mountain View sovrappone un mondo immaginario a quello reale. In un videogame che lascia intuire come la geolocalizzazione e la tecnologia personale potrebbero modificare l'esistenza quotidiana. Inventando nuove forme di interazione e economia. E non troppo in là nel futuro

Link(external link)
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