Michael Schumacher and Ferrari teammate Rubens
Barrichello cross the finish line in Hungary to win the Formula 1
Constructors and Drivers Championships for
Budapest, Hungary--Remember the cover story from our annual racing issue ("Ferrari designs a winner," DN 5/3/2001, p. 60)? Well, unlike the weekly sports magazine where athletes on the cover go on to suffer injury or mishap, fortune, engineering, and driving skill have paid off for Ferrari. Four races from the end of the season, the team and driver Michael Schumacher clinched both the 2001 Formula 1 Constructors and Drivers Championships at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher won the race, followed in second place by teammate Rubens Barrichello to secure the titles. After the victory, Schumacher said, "Of all the experiences I've had throughout the years, this team is simply the best." Go to www.ferrari.com for details and images.
And if that interests you, we've detailed the work of Jaguar Racing's engineers during a typical Grand Prix weekend in the September 17, 2001 issue of Design News. Accompanying the story at www.designnews.com is an exclusive interview with Jaguar Racing Technical Director Steve Nichols.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.