Archives—September 2019

Soner Onder Receives Year One Funding for $1.2M NSF SCALE Project

Soner Onder
Dave Whalley

Soner Onder, professor of computer science, was recently awarded $246,329 for the first year of a four-year NSF grant for his project, “SHF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Statically Controlled Asynchronous Lane Execution (SCALE).” The project is in collaboration with Prof. David Whalley of Florida State University. Michigan Tech is the lead institution in the project, it is expected to total $1.2 million, with Michigan Tech receiving $600,000.

Abstract: Enabling better performing systems benefits applications that span those running on mobile devices to large data applications running on data centers. The efficiency of most applications is still primarily affected by single thread performance. Instruction-level parallelism (ILP) speeds up programs by executing instructions of the program in parallel, with ‘superscalar’ processors achieving maximum performance. At the same time, energy efficiency is a key criteria to keep in mind as such speedup happens, with these two being conflicting criteria in system design. This project develops a Statically Controlled Asynchronous Lane Execution (SCALE) approach that has the potential to meet or exceed the performance of a traditional superscalar processor while approaching the energy efficiency of a very long instruction word (VLIW) processor. As implied by its name, the SCALE approach has the ability to scale to different types and levels of parallelism. The toolset and designs developed in this project will be available as open-source and will also have an impact on both education and research. The SCALE architectural and compiler techniques will be included in undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The SCALE approach supports separate asynchronous execution lanes where dependencies between instructions in different lanes are statically identified by the compiler to provide inter-lane synchronization. Providing distinct lanes of instructions allows the compiler to generate code for different modes of execution to adapt to the type of parallelism that is available at each point within an application. These execution modes include explicit packaging of parallel instructions, parallel and pipelined execution of loop iterations, single program multiple data (SPMD) execution, and independent multi-threading.

This award reflects NSF’s statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation’s intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1901005&HistoricalAwards=false


Blue Marble Security Enterprise Info Session, Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 pm

Blue Marble Security Enterprise will be having an information session focusing on people who know how to or would like more experience with coding as well as people interested in Business. 

We currently have three projects that could use more brainpower for coding, below. If any of these projects sound interesting, please come to our information session at 7:00 pm in DOW 642 on Thursday 9/12.

View the Blue Marble Security Enterprise website: https://bluemarblesecurity.eit.mtu.edu/pages/teams.php.

Arcelor Mittal

Project Information

  • Predictive Failure of Steel Galvanizing Line.
  • Code analysis of Big Data produced by a galvanized steel production line to predict future down time.

Completed Work

  • Signal Elimination Tool – narrows down a large group of time varying signals using simple slope analysis and Dynamic Time Warping.
  • Research into different prediction methods

This semester

  • Obtain information on SET output signals
  • Research and implement predictive software

Majors

  • CpE, CS, Software Engineering
Autobot

Project Information

  • Build an autonomous robot that competes in
    the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC).

  • Objectives include avoiding obstacles, GPS
    navigation, and staying within painted lines

Completed Work

  • Mechanical and electrical design and construction

  • Planned out new software design framework

This semester

  • Follow the plan for software design

  • Work out any remaining bugs in the code

Majors

  • Software, CpE, CS

 
Cost Effective Vision Pickpoint System- GM

Project Information

  • Sponsored by General Motors

  • Originally 1 Year Project (Completed Last Semester)

  • Create a more cost effective computer vision system than GM’s current Matrox Smart Cameras

  • Design for a manufacturing environment

Completed Work

  • Researched and purchased cameras for stereo vision setup

  • Used machine learning to train a neural network to identify our test objects

  • All programming done in Python

Majors

  • CS, CpE

There are other projects for all majors of interest! Our Outreach Project is our up and coming group. The team will be creating projects for high school students to partake in, to show how great Michigan Tech is! We need folks interested in business as well as anyone wanting to help recruit for our amazing college!
 
If any of these projects sound interesting, please come to our information session at 7:00 pm in DOW 642 on Thursday 9/12.
 
If you have any questions or cannot attend but are interested in learning more, Please feel free to contact me at hpgetsch@mtu.edu.
 
Thank you,

Hannah Getschman

Michigan Technological University

BS Mechanical Engineering

-Minor Manufacturing Engineering

Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority – Beta Xi Chapter

Blue Marble Security Enterprise

President

– Project Engineer

hpgetsch@mtu.edu


Meet and Greet with Dean Minerick, Weds., Sept. 18, 3-5 pm

Attention all College of Computing Students!

Please join Dean Minerick and College of Computing faculty and staff on Weds., Sept. 18, from 3-5 pm on the patio outside the Library Cafe, for a casual meet and greet and build-your-own-sundae ice cream social.

Ten College of Computing t-shirts will be raffled (you must be present to win), and CC laptop stickers will be given away. Hope to see you there!

View/download the Ice Cream Social Flyer


Robotic Systems Enterprise Info Session, Weds., Sept. 11, 7 pm

Prometheus Borealis Self-driving Car

Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE) is recruiting CS and Software Engineering students of all years. Our projects involve self driving software development and robot hardware development. If you are interested, come down to our information session tonight! Jon Gohl from GM will be speaking about GM’s vision of self driving cars with a reception afterwards for those that wish to learn about RSE and GM.

Where: EERC 214
When: 7PM Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
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Dean Kamen Presentation Is Thurs., Sept. 12, 3 pm

Dean Kamen, President of DEKA and founder of FIRST® Robotics, will give a presentation on Thursday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m., in the Opie Reading Room of the Library.

RSVP

3-3:30 pm Dean Kamen presentation

3:30-4 pm Mingle/chat with Dean and the DEKA Talent Acquisition Team

Opie Van Pelt Library, Opie Reading Room

SPECIAL NOTE TO STUDENTS: Can’t make the first session due to your class or work schedule? Please feel free to come to the second session—or vice versa.

MORE ABOUT DEAN KAMEN

Dean Kamen holds 440 US and foreign patents, including the Segway, the self-balancing personal transporter, and the first-ever drug infusion pump. At the age of 30, Kamen sold his first company, AutoSyringe. He then founded DEKA to focus on innovations aimed to improve lives around the world. It started small and has now grown to a group of over six hundred. Celebrating over 30 years in business, DEKA is a leading R&D company, birthplace of some of the most innovative and life-changing products of our time. Kamen continues to push DEKA to be a place where no idea seems too big and where creativity and crazy cool gizmos reign supreme.

Curious to learn more about DEKA? Check out DEKA’S website. Follow DEKA on LinkedIn!


DEKA R+D on Campus Thurs., Sept. 12

DEKA Research & Development is coming to campus at Michigan Tech! Please join us at DEKA’s special recruiting info session for engineering and computing students. Both events will take place on Thursday, September 12.

Interested in career opportunities with DEKA? Be sure to bring your resume!

DEKA Special Recruiting Info Session, with pizza lunch

Meet DEKA’s Talent Acquisition Team

RSVP

12:15-1:15 pm

Memorial Union Building, Ballroom A

Meet Dean Kamen, President of DEKA and founder of FIRST® Robotics.

RSVP

3-3:30 pm Dean Kamen presentation

3:30-4 pm Mingle/chat with Dean and the DEKA Talent Acquisition Team

Opie Van Pelt Library, Opie Reading Room

SPECIAL NOTE TO STUDENTS: Can’t make the first session due to your class or work schedule? Please feel free to come to the second session—or vice versa.

MORE ABOUT DEAN KAMEN

Dean Kamen holds 440 US and foreign patents, including the Segway, the self-balancing personal transporter, and the first-ever drug infusion pump. At the age of 30, Kamen sold his first company, AutoSyringe. He then founded DEKA to focus on innovations aimed to improve lives around the world. It started small and has now grown to a group of over six hundred. Celebrating over 30 years in business, DEKA is a leading R&D company, birthplace of some of the most innovative and life-changing products of our time. Kamen continues to push DEKA to be a place where no idea seems too big and where creativity and crazy cool gizmos reign supreme.

Curious to learn more about DEKA? Check out DEKA’S website. Follow DEKA on LinkedIn!


US Navy to Present Talks September 17, 3-4 pm

George Anderson and Sally Sutherland of the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)-Newport will present talks on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:00  pm, in Room 202 of the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center. A reception will follow and refreshments will be served.

George Anderson will present his talk from 3:00 – 3:30 pm. Titled “Classification of Personnel and Vehicle Activity Using a Sensor System With Numerous Array Elements,” Anderson’s talk will  present the performance of a hybrid discriminative/generative classifier using experimental data collected from a scripted field test.

Sally Sutherland, NEEC Director, NAVSEA Headquarters, whose talk is 3:30-4:00 pm, will present, “An Overview of the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Program,” in which she will share information about the Navy’s Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) program, whose mission is to educate and develop world-class naval engineers and scientists to become part of the Navy’s civilian science and engineering workforce.

One of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NUWC Division Newport is the Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. It provides the technical foundation that enables the conceptualization, research, development, fielding, modernization, and maintenance of systems that ensure our Navy’s undersea superiority. The NUWC Division Newport is responsible, cradle to grave, for all aspects of systems under its charter, and is engaged in efforts ranging from participation in fundamental research to the support of evolving operational capabilities in the U.S. Navy fleet. The major thrust of NUWC Division Newport’s activities is in applied research and system development.
This event is sponsored by the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC).

Please contact Tim Havens (906-487-3115, thavens@mtu,edu) or Andrew Barnard (906-487-2412, arbarnar@mtu.edu) for additional information.Visit the NAVSEA online at: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NUWC-Newport/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NUWCNewport/


Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST Robotics, on Campus Thurs., Sept. 12

Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation and founder of FIRST Robotics, will visit Michigan Tech Thursday (Sept. 12) to meet with students and faculty, interact with area middle and high school students who participate in robotics programs, and deliver the First-Year Engineering Lecture to Michigan Tech’s incoming engineering and computing majors.

While at Michigan Tech, Kamen will also meet with the deans of the colleges of engineering and computing, Pavlis Honors College and the chairs of related departments.

Read the full story at mtu.edu/news.


WEBINAR: Responsible AI: Facial Recognition and Scientific Responsibility

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the webinar, “Responsible AI: Facial Recognition and Scientific Responsibility,” Tuesday, September 10, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, in Fisher Hall, Room 125. Discussion will follow the 30-minute webinar.

The Facebook LIVE webinar is presented by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program and sponsored by Hitachi.

Facial recognition is one type of artificial intelligence that is becoming ever more pervasive in our society. It can make our lives easier by accomplishing various tasks such as unlocking smartphones with just a glance, and automatically tagging our friends and family in photos on social media. However, many ethical, legal and human rights concerns exist about facial recognition, from inaccuracies in the technology to its application as a means of general surveillance. Given this, what are the responsibilities of developers and users to ensure facial recognition is transparently, ethically, and justly developed and applied?

Join us for an interview with two leading experts on facial recognition technology who will explore the current capabilities of facial recognition, debunk the myths and explain the realities of its current degree of accuracy, and explore the potential medium and long-term capabilities of the technology. Learn about current efforts to address the ethical, legal and social implications of the technology and consider how these concerns should inform developers and users of the technology.

This is the first in a three-part AAAS series that is sponsored by Hitachi and aims at exploring artificial intelligence technologies, the current capabilities of the technologies, their ethical and policy implications, and the responsibilities of the scientists and engineers developing them. The next interviews in this series will be held on October 8 at 12:00 p.m. and November 12 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

PARTICIPANTS

Neema Singh Guliani is a senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office, focusing on surveillance, privacy, and national security issues. Prior to joining the ACLU, she worked in the Chief of Staff’s Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, concentrating on national security and civil rights issues.

P. Jonathon Phillips is an Electronic Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory. One of the foremost experts on facial recognition, he has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers on facial recognition, computer vision, biometrics, psychology, forensics, statistics, and neuroscience. He is an IEEE Fellow and an International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Fellow.

Jessica Wyndham (Moderator) is the Director of the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. She also serves as coordinator of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific, engineering, and health associations that recognize the role of science and technology in human rights. Her areas of expertise include the intersections of science, technology, human rights and ethics, the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers, and the role of professional scientific, engineering and health societies in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Find more information here: https://www.aaas.org/programs/scientific-responsibility-human-rights-law

Download the flyer here: Responsible AI Flyer


EET Alumnus Aaron Zarembski Named Emerging Leader

Aaron Zarembski

EET alumnus Aaron Zarembski was recently named one of 20 emerging leaders by Production Manufacturing magazine. The magazine’s annual list recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the precision machined parts industry. Selections are based on nominations received by readers of the publication. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership, whether in the nominee’s company or their involvement in the industry.

Aaron works as a controls engineer for Ecoclean Group, a global company that supplies machinery for industrial parts cleaning and surface treatment applications. He was cited in particular for his strengths in customer service and technical knowledge.  Aaron’s career history also includes working with robotic waterjet cutting and plastic welding.

“Aaron is an outstanding problem solver and has been an invaluable asset for Ecoclean in every role he has taken on,” said his nominator, Peter Feamster, product management director for Jomesa North America Inc. “Aaron uses patience and efficient/effective solutions in order to satisfy customers while managing enormous pressure to keep production lines operating. He has an ability to apply PLC programming knowledge to a challenging automation process,” adding that Aaron is always looking at problems from a unique perspective, is great at thinking outside the box, is a natural innovator, and he is reliable, reachable and personable, as well.

View the magazine’s blog post here: https://www.productionmachining.com/blog/post/2019-emerging-leader-aaron-zarembski

Read more about Aaron and the other 19 emerging leaders here: https://www.productionmachining.com/production-machinings-2019-emerging-leaders/