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System Integration

This sleeve incorporates the new electronic material, allowing it to function as a video game controller. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
System Integration May 5, 2020

Breathable electronics could lead to functional long-term wearable technology

North Carolina State University engineering researchers have created ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable and is designed specifically for use in biomedical or long-term wearable technologies. See video.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Proctek SAS
PID, APC May 4, 2020

Advanced controls, linear programming, fuzzy logic

To obtain optimal disposition of water injection flow in oil production facilities, linear programming techniques and advanced control based on fuzzy logic were applied. Better control increased field production and allows more effective responses to deviations that can damage people, goods or reduce production.

By Juan David Medina Gonzalez, Silvia Marina Araujo Daza MSc, Hernan Ivan Cadena Celis
The experimental flow loop that will be used to emulate the cooling loop in a molten salt reactor. Courtesy: Xiaodong Sun, High-temperature Fluoride Salt Test Facility, University of Michigan
AI and Machine Learning May 22, 2020

Digital twins could reduce nuclear energy costs

University of Michigan researchers are leading a project to develop virtual copies of nuclear reactors with digital twins, which could enable smarter maintenance for current reactors and more automation for advanced reactors.

By Kate McAlpine
Leaders of MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future (Left to right): co-chair David A. Mindell, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT; executive director Elisabeth Beck Reynolds PhD ‘10, who is also executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center; and co-chair David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and associate head of MIT’s Department of Economics. Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Educational May 20, 2020

Task force discusses the changing world of work due to COVID-19

MIT's task force on the future of work discusses what the future of employment looks like due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what innovations might happen.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Research May 19, 2020

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2020

Career update: Many subscribers work in critical industries; half of non-salary compensation relies on profits, some changed by COVID-19. Lack of skilled workers continues to be the top threat to manufacturing for the survey period ending March 16, before more recent COVID-19 impacts.

By Mark T. Hoske
Table 1: This illustrates a project-scale matrix characterization. The model correlates characterization factors including the input/output volume, the number of controllers and staffing demands for the task of programming and integration. Courtesy: CDM Smith
Automation, Controls April 23, 2020

How to find success on a process automation building project

Large-scale process automation projects have unique requirements and complexities that automation specialists should consider to mitigate issues and provide a path for success

By David Ubert and Francisco Alcala
Designed by big data and made with synthetic chemistry, this thin film and others like it could help reduce pollution and remove greenhouse gases from the air. Courtesy: Columbia University
AI and Machine Learning May 21, 2020

Big Data, machine learning used to design gas separation membranes

Researchers have developed a method that combines Big Data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the next generation of batteries.

By Holly Evarts