COFES, the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software, takes place April 1-4 in Scottsdale, AZ. The event is presented as a think tank for great minds to exchange ideas and discuss practices. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker John Koza, inventor of genetic programming. Also on the agenda: Congress sessions—open forums for mechanical and AEC; technology-suite briefings by COFES sponsors; and analyst briefings. To apply for an invitation to COFES2004, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-511.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.