New Dimensions in Multidisciplinary Thinking is a study conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) that is changing the way engineers think about education. The findings of the study indicate that some mechanical engineering programs are changing core courses and adding new electives in biology and chemistry. The study also indicates that this multi-disciplinary approach is the "essence of innovation and the key driver" in the emergence and maturation of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems. For a copy of the $20-report, contact Mel Torre at (212) 591-8157.
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.