The UBC Faculty of Applied Science and CMC Microsystems have opened an innovative new microsystems research lab called the Adaptive Microsystems Laboratory, or “AdaMist”. The facility is now part of the nation-wide Embedded Systems Canada (emSYSCAN) initiative.

emSYSCAN is a five-year project worth over $50 million, and involves more than 350 university researchers spread across 37 Canadian institutions. The emSYSCAN infrastructure shortens the microsystem development cycle, leading to rapid commercialization, publication, and training of highly qualified personnel within a national and international multidisciplinary research environment.

More information - https://www.ece.ubc.ca/news/201307/apsc-and-cmc-microsystems-open-new-adaptive-microsystems-lab

 

UBC engineering students unseated the defending champion US Naval Academy and defeated seven other teams from across the world winning the sixth Annual International Robotic Sailing Competition. The competition challenges students to design, build and race robotic sailboats. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LkZd6O.

The Library has upgraded its Scifinder Scholar subscription to the Academic Unlimited Access Program. This means that you have 24/7 access to Scifinder regardless of the number of users. Regards Kevin Lindstrom Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

ECE PhD candidate wins APEC outstanding presentation award Deepak S. Gautam, a PhD student in power electronics from computer and electrical engineering, received an Outstanding Presentation Award at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference. In the poster Deepak describes a novel zero voltage switching full-bridge converter with trailing edge pulse width modulation and capacitive output […]

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has announced that a Peter Wall Institute Major Thematic Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Dr. Michael Wolf, Principal Investigator (Chemistry) for a project entitled “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications” for the period 2012-2016. http://www.pwias.ubc.ca/awards/thematic-programs/major-thematic-grants.php

From Advertising Age: Google Inc. will allow a “do-not- track” button to be embedded in its Web browser, letting users restrict the amount of data that can be collected about them. The world’s most popular search engine is joining other Web companies to support the anti-tracking initiative, which prevents an individual’s browsing history from being […]

From ASEE Daily briefing:   BBC News (12/16) reports, “A US patent for self-driving cars has been awarded to Google.”

From ASEE daily briefing: Popular Science (10/20, Kane) reports, “Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford professor and head of the project, and Google engineer Chris Urmson, delivered a keynote speech at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco, explaining how the” Google’s self-driving fleet of Priuses work. “The ‘heart of the system’ […]

Here is LHC rap with more than 6M views on YouTube

From ASEE First Bell: Popular Science (8/9, Boyle) reports, “Small colonies of swimming magnetic particles can self-assemble into micro-machines that can manipulate other particles,” according a study published in Nature Materials. “The particles can be remotely controlled to grasp and move other objects, which could enable precise and delicate fabrication processes that were previously not […]

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