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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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.