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Research Review – Algorithm adjusts the view; New material lets the light in; imec and Rohm collaborate on low power radio component’s

AWR-URome_Rettorato-Minerva_1Electronic engineering students at Italy’s Sapienza University of Rome are led by associate professor, Dr. Stefano Pisa, who uses AWR’s Microwave Office circuit design software and graduate research to teach layout and design. It was also used in work to present a circuit model to analyze and design radars to remotely monitor breathing.

Computers are smart, but are not able to re-orientate using buildings as reference points, when the route is disrupted – until now. An algorithm has been developed by MIT researchers Julian Straub, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, John Fisher, a senior research scientist in its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, John Leonard, a professor of mechanical and ocean engineering, Oren Freifeld and Guy Rosman, both post doctorates in Fisher’s Sensing, Learning, and Inference Group, that could make this task easier.

At the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the researcher will present the algorithm which identifies 3D scenes and simplifies understanding scenes for robots navigating new terroritory.

Robots-MIT-NewsImage_manhattan_framesDescribed as a potential building block for the next generation of inexpensive electrical devices, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a transition metal dichalcogenide material, is detailed in research by Nestor Perea-Lopez (lead author), from The Pennsylvania State University. The thin film, as little as three atoms in thickness can convert photons into electrons which is delivered to a photosensor in two wavelengths by a laser.

Perea-Lopez speculates on the material’s potential for integration “with metals like graphene, with insulators such as boron nitride and semiconductors like MoS2 to create the next generation of devices”.

Researchers from Rohm Semiconductor will collaborate with nanoelectronics research center, imec, to develop ultra-low power critical radio components. The intent is to combine architectures, low power design IP and efficient low power circuits to develop low power RF components that comply with wireless standards, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee by integrating a co-developed PLL (Phase Lock Loop) for use in wireless sensor networks.

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