European agencies are working to give international status to a large part of the engineering and management documents of the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). They are supported by a mandate from the European Commission. ECSS is drafting documents for project management, and safety for space programs and engineering. The group will first submit the documents to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) for publication as European standards. They are to complement standards prepared by the European Association of Aerospace Industries, an arm of CEN. For details, contact Hugues Plissart, CEN's deputy director for standards programs. FAX +32 2 550 08 19, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.