Archive For April, 2007

7 articles

Autonomous military robots

By Paul Parkinson In an earlier blog, 'A robot in every home', I commented on some of the issues related to the development of robotics software, in particular in relation to open standards and safety-criticality. This was in the context of domestic and industrial robots. Now it seems that the issue which is causing debate in the scientific community is…

Keeping current with A&D conferences

By Paul Parkinson I seem to receive so much email these days, much of it spam and junk (wikipedia), that sometimes I miss information that I want to receive. Also, some of my email volume is self-inflicted, due to my somewhat over zealous use of Google Alerts for keeping track of developments in areas of aerospace which are of interest…

Support for Virginia Tech

By Doug Gaff This will be a departure from my usual blog topics, but I think it's important to stand up for my Alma Mater right now.  Virginia Tech is where I started my career in Embedded.  I completed my BS in Electrical Engineering in '93 and my MS EE in '95. Most of you who read this blog probably…

Is the Embedded Industry Dead?

By Doug Gaff An analogy, SAT-style: The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is to Embedded Engineers what EclipseCon is to Eclipse Developers. At ESC, you will see hardware and software engineers wandering from booth to booth, typically drawn to anything that lights up. (Booth babes? Nah, give me blue LED's!) The love of this stuff goes way back. For me, it…

Target Management: M6, EFS and a Webinar

By Martin Oberhuber The Eclipse Target Management Project just released its M6 Milestone (downloads | update site). Given that you have Eclipse 3.3M6 installed, it will also be available from the Europa Discovery Site shortly. Top news besides lots of refactoring and API cleanup is that the RSE Eclipse Filesystem (EFS) integration has been promoted from "experimental" to "stable". It…

Real-time Reality

By Warren Kurisu I love Mondays. Most people hate them but I've always loved them. My family has grown to accept this. My co-workers have learned to tolerate this (it's when I hold my staff meetings). On Monday mornings I'm energized from spending the weekend with my family, my mind is clear and I can look ahead to the week's…

Airborne control of UAV swarms

By Paul Parkinson I was listening to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme before breakfast this morning, when I was surprised to hear a story about aerospace developments make mainstream news. A BBC journalist described how he had flown on a QinetiQ BAC 1-11 passenger jet with aircrew, but this had been remotely piloted from an RAF Tornado military fast jet.…