Despite rising interest rates and a general sense of wariness about the economy, engineers crowded the aisles at Sensors Expo, held in Rosemont, IL, from June 5-7. The trade show and technical conference drew more than 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including such electronics' industry giants as Analog Devices, Bosch, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Texas Instruments. Keynote speakers at the event included Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder, and Sebastian Thrun, director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and chief designer of the university's winning DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle.
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Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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