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Faculty Forum / Re: All Brands Are Personal
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:42:25 PM »
Thanks for sharing

Faculty Forum / Re: QS World University Rankings
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:42:04 PM »
Great achievement for us.

Faculty Forum / Re: Ways to improve sleep naturally
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:41:41 PM »
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Latest Technology / New Boeing Business to Tackle AI, Advanced Computing
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:53:12 PM »
New Boeing Business to Tackle AI, Advanced Computing
By Nick Zazulia | October 18, 2018   

Boeing has launched a new business tasked with researching and development of solutions in artificial intelligence (AI), secure communications and complex systems optimization for commercial and government applications.

Called Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N), the new group will operate out of Southern California as part of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology under the direction of VP and General Manager Charles Toups. Toups formerly headed Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), where he will be replaced by current VP of Aeromechanics Technology Naveed Hussain.

Boeing said that DC&N will work closely with the company's investment arm, HorizonX, to "identify external partners for collaboration to accelerate growth," though a company spokesman told Avionics International that the relationship would not change operating procedure for either group or investment plans for HorizonX. Both organizations are overseen by CTO Greg Hyslop.

"Advanced computing and communications technologies are increasingly at the core of all aerospace innovation," said Hyslop said. "We're excited to stand up the Disruptive Computing and Networks organization because it will help us develop new businesses and partnerships in this rapidly expanding field."

Boeing said that DC&N's initial products would be in the area of computing and neuromorphic processors to aid in the quick solution of complex problems and pattern detection. A representative said that the company would look for applications as research evolves, but an example would be the real-time analysis and optimization of global air traffic routes for both manned and unmanned vehicles.

The company will staff DC&N with a combination of incumbent Boeing employees, largely from BR&T, and new hires. Over the next five years, it tentatively expects to hit an employment figure of about 500 at the shop, according to a spokesman. BR&T, for comparison, comprises nearly 4,000 engineers, scientists and technicians across 11 worldwide facilities.


5 Technologies Airbus is Working on as Faury Becomes CEO
By Woodrow Bellamy III | October 9, 2018   

Guillaume Faury has been selected by the Airbus board of directors to succeed Tom Enders as the next CEO of Airbus. Faury currently serves as the president of the commercial aircraft division of Airbus and will officially take over as CEO April 10, 2019.

Faury began his career with Airbus when the company’s helicopter division was still branded as Eurocopter, where he served in various senior management roles before eventually becoming CEO of Airbus Helicopters in 2013. In early 2018, he transitioned to the head of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and is now preparing to become CEO of Airbus.

Here are five future facing technologies that Airbus is researching and developing across its various divisions that could become a reality under Faury.

E-Fan X
The E-Fan X is a near-term electric-hybrid propulsion technology demonstrator aircraft being developed under a three-way partnership between Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. Airbus released the latest program update on the E-Fan X at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show, where the company noted that the demonstrator will test a two-megawatt hybrid-electric propulsion system.

The E-Fan X. Image, courtesy of Airbus.

According to Siemens, the electric propulsion system's generator is powered by a turbine in the fuselage. E-Fan X will also feature lithium-ion batteries with 700 kilowatts of power. Airbus is providing the overall integration of the hybrid-electric propulsion system and batteries control architecture and integration with aircraft flight controls.

Airbus plans to begin parts manufacturing for the E-FAN X in 2019, followed by ground testing and a planned first flight by the end of 2020. The demonstrator will provide key insights and data for Airbus in terms of eventually integrating electric-hybrid propulsion technology into future passenger airframe designs.

Vahana, the self-piloted electric-vertical-takeoff-and-landing (EVTOL) aircraft being developed by Airbus' Silicon Valley-based A3, took its first flight Jan. 31, 2018, reaching a height of 16 feet and remaining airborne for 53 seconds. Powered by eight propellers with a primary and backup battery system, Vahana is envisioned to be Airbus' offering for the future urban air mobility market to reduce congestion in traffic-choked cities.

Airbus A3 Vahana
Airbus A3 Vahana. Photo courtesy of Airbus

Dennis Muillenburg, CEO of Airbus rival Boeing, recently told analysts attending the Morgan Stanley Laguna Conference that he sees major potential in the electric air taxi prototype Boeing is developing. Uber has been one of the leading major technology companies driving interest in the development of a future urban air taxi with its Uber Elevate division. The company wants to start its flying taxi service by 2023.

An August 2018 blog post published by the Vahana project team predicts Vahana will eventually see demand for “millions of flight hours a year,” but gives no timeline on when the aircraft could become a reality.

Airbus Defense and Space has been tasked with building and designing more than 900 satellites to provide high-speed global internet access for the OneWeb constellation. Satellite operator OneWeb wants to use the ambitious constellation to dramatically lower the cost of access to high-speed satellite-based internet.

While the future goals of OneWeb are a disruptor for the satellite communications industry, it could also hold major implications for the commercial airline industry. In February, Airbus, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb, Sprint and Bharti Airtel announced the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance in an effort to give mobile members the ability to extend their services to commercial airlines.

There have been relatively few announcements from OneWeb recently, other than a note on its website stating that initial production and launch into low-Earth orbit of its satellites is slated to begin in 2018.

OneWeb concept of operations for satellite constellation.

Project ICARO-EU
A major goal for the commercial aircraft division of Airbus is to establish more flexibility in the air-to-ground and satellite connectivity architectures featured on its airframes. One initiative the company has undertaken in its efforts toward more flexible connected aircraft is “Project ICARO-EU.” The goal of the project is to create a gate-to-gate direct air-to-ground communications system to enable connectivity on aircraft flying in European airspace. As part of the project, Airbus has partnered with Swedish engineering and technology university KTH Sweden, Italian telecommunications research center Create-Net and U.S.-based telecommunications company Ericsson.

Ericsson, as the telecommunications vendor, will provide radio connectivity equipment to Airbus, which will coordinate the integration of the ICARO-EU system and provide it to airline companies. The system also integrates machine-type communications to support various wireless onboard applications and use cases.

One of the components of the project is to enable license-assisted access (LAA) inside an aircraft. This access uses cellular communications within unlicensed frequency bands to bring passengers more network capacity.

Another goal of the project is to provide improved connectivity for transportation safety boards and European flight movement tracking agencies through enriched monitoring and management approaches to include live cockpit video streams and cloud storage of flight data information.

In April, Airbus announced a new partnership with Dassault Aviation to develop Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which is slated to complement and eventually replace the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040. The two companies previously collaborated on the development of Europe’s medium-altitude, long-endurance, new-generation drone program. Now they’re working on demonstrators to include both manned and unmanned concepts for the FCAS that could be ready to fly by 2025.

In September, Airbus performed a manned-unmanned teaming test over the Baltic Sea. The trial flights included demonstrations with five Airbus-built Do-DT25 target drones controlled from a mission group commander who was airborne in a manned command-and-control (C2) aircraft. As part of the demonstration, Airbus developed an advanced flight management control system for the unmanned aircraft, combining fully automatic guidance, navigation and control with intelligent swarming.

Results from the test will be used by Airbus engineers in their continued development of next-generation technologies for the European FCAS.


How to Visualize Your Qualitative User Research Results for Maximum Impact

When thinking about visualization of research results, many people will automatically have an image of a graph in mind. Do you have that image, too? You would be right in thinking that many research results benefit from a graph-like visualization, showing trends and anomalies. But this is mainly true for results from quantitative user research. Graphs are often not the best way to communicate the results from qualitative user research methods such as interviews or observations. Frequently, the number of participants in these types of studies is too low to create meaningful graphs. Moreover, the insights you will want to communicate sometimes don’t translate to a clean number. Let’s show you how to visualize more subjective and fuzzy data from qualitative user research methods, in a way that communicates the essential insights to other stakeholders, so they don’t have to plow through voluminous research reports.

“The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.”

— Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished university professor in computer science
When you’re sharing results from qualitative user research efforts, you’re most likely focusing on creating an understanding for the lives people lead, the tasks that they need to fulfill, and the interactions they must effect so as to achieve what they need or want to do. This holds true whether you’re using the research in the beginning phases of a design process (getting to know what to design), or using it in the final stages (understanding how well a design is meeting its targets). Depending on the people you’re communicating with (such as your design team or a client) and the type of understanding you need them to have (in other words, a deep empathy for the user needs or a global feeling for the context in which a product will be used), you need to determine what type of visualization suits your results best.

Imagine that you’ve conducted several interviews with people from your target group: overworked and worried informal caregivers of seniors with early signs of dementia. They have shared some essential information with you, regarding the fears they have about a new product that’s supposed to help them be more independent in the care they provide to their loved ones. You used a thematic analysis technique with lots of Post-it notes to make sense of the data, and you found four categories of fears that are relevant to consider when designing the new product: changes in the relationship, a constant feeling of worrying, lack of competencies, and lack of personal time. You need to share your insights with your design team—so that everyone is on the same page and continues the design process with the same level of empathy for this fragile target group. Also, you need to communicate these insights to your clients: the management team of a healthcare organization. They are hoping to engage informal caregivers more into the care process, since they need to reorganize their budgets and unburden their employees. How would you go about communicating the results that you found? Would you simply give them that short list of four fears? Would you give them a pie diagram, showing how often a certain category of fears was mentioned in the interviews? We would argue that this does not lead to the deep understanding you’re aiming for. A list is not immersive enough to trigger any type of empathy. Here, we’ll show you three ways of visualizing your results that are much more effective.

Affinity Diagram
By using Post-it notes for the thematic analysis technique to come to your conclusions on the four main fears that your target group struggles with, you’ve already used a visualization method that we would recommend: an affinity diagram. You have taken quotes and notes from the interviews and have written each of them on a separate Post-it. Then, you started to reorganize them according to similarities, creating themes as you went along. There’s a tremendous amount of information present in the diagram you’ve created as an analysis tool. However, you will need to clean up this diagram so that it better reflects the insights you want to communicate.

You can quickly decide that the categories should reflect the four main fears that you discovered. You then need to ask yourself what pieces of information will help your fellow designers and your client understand what these fears entail. What impact do they have on your users’ lives? When is this fear most prominent? What triggers this fear? Do you have some insight into what can reduce this fear? All this information will already be present in the Post-it notes you collected within a theme. Now you simply have to filter out the most important ones, and present them in a clear and visually appealing way to accommodate the people you’re communicating this to. You can use quotes or keywords, and—if you happen to have made some observations as well—illustrate them with pictures or drawings. The image below shows what an affinity diagram for this purpose could look like.


What The 4th Industrial Revolution Will Mean For Your Career
Published on October 25, 2018

We are at the beginnings of a new industrial revolution that will not only fundamentally transform most industries and businesses but will also have a wide-reaching impact on our careers. This new 4th industrial revolution will bring change and innovation at an unprecedented rate, fuelled by technological advancements like artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, the internet of things and more.

Businesses need to be agile to react to rapidly changing technology and ways of doing business, so who they need on their team today might be drastically different to who they will need in even the very near future. This has led to a more flexible approach to workforce planning where businesses dynamically create teams with the talent they need for a period of time, often composed of a flexible internal workforce and contractors who come in for one project and then leave again. This gives businesses the flexibility they need to adapt to changing business needs, expand and contract as business dictates, and recruit individuals with the particular skill-set and technical know-how they require for a project. We often refer to this new environment as the gig economy and I believe we will see a shift from long-term employment to shorter-term more flexible gigs. 

According to a report from LinkedIn, it’s likely that millennials will hold twice as many jobs by the time they are 30 years old than their colleagues who are 10 years older. Regardless of whether you are a freelancer or a full-time employee of an organization, I believe that as a result of this change, individuals must treat their careers more like a business of which they are the CEO. The professionals that behave like any effective CEO and prepare and train to be able to supply the skills and resources customers and businesses seek are going to be in command of their professional futures. These employees are those that have an eye on the horizon for upcoming opportunities.

This new reality is enabled by the explosion of internet-based resources that make it easy for anyone to acquire skills in any discipline quickly and cheaply. It means more people have access to essential training than ever before and those that want to forge out on their own can make it happen with the help of abundant free (or cheap) education. It’s those workers that take advantage of these resources who will set themselves up for success. Plus, data-powered career and employment sites fueled by rich data streams make it easier to know and compare the opportunities and rewards available to us.

How committed are you to upgrading your skills and knowledge? There are several learning opportunities that you can take advantage of now to enhance your skill-set to keep you marketable for the changing economy. Here are a few:

On-the-Job Training from Top Colleges

Corporations who want to invest in flexible continuing education for their workers from colleges find value with online educational programs such as those offered from ExecOnline. This type of service opens the door to professional development programs from top colleges, but doesn’t require people to leave the office for extended periods of time.

Network for Top-Tier Talent

If the shift for businesses to rely more on contractors rather than full-time personnel is going to work out, there will need to be changes in the way highly skilled talent and those businesses who need them find each other. That’s where businesses such as Toptal come in. This is a network of top-tier talent—developers, designers and financial experts—all screened and verified with a language and personality test, test screenings and test projects. This gives companies a chance to work with freelancers and contractors without any risk at all.

Sometimes it Takes a Crowd

With the power of more than 1 million coders, designers, data scientists and algorithmists at your disposal through the services of Topcoder, organizations have the ability to deliver faster solutions to their tech issues. Through its crowdsourcing marketplace, Topcoder has helped develop and design apps, cognitive solutions, analytics and more quickly and effectively to help businesses get ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

Expand your Knowledge with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

When you consider all the learning you can access from some of the world’s top universities with just an internet connection, it’s simply incredible. These are free college-level courses on sites such as Coursera, edX and Khan Academy. Although at the end of the courses you will receive certificates of achievement rather than course credits or grades, this is still marketable education and HR executives and recruiters see these certificates as proof of your commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge.

Take charge of your professional development like you’re the CEO of your professional future, because you are. Professionals who show that they are commitment to skills acquisition and personal development will be those poised to be the resources needed by tomorrow’s businesses.


Faculty Sections / Re: Evolution of sleep science
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:03:48 PM »
Thanks for sharing.

Faculty Forum / Re: Student-teacher gap
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:03:19 PM »
I appropriate with your idea.

Faculty Sections / Re: Life stages and sleeping
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:02:29 PM »
Thanks for sharing.

Faculty Sections / Re: Sleep, studying and academic performance
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:01:52 PM »
Thanks for sharing.

Faculty Sections / Re: Consequences of inadequate sleep
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:01:19 PM »
Thanks for sharing.

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