Category: Events

Edmund Schweitzer to Present Lecture October 2

Edmund Schweitzer

Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, Ph.D, president and chairman of the board and chief technology officer of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, will present a lecture titled “Creativity and Innovation” on Wednesday, October 2, at 4:15 p.m., in EERC 103.

Dr. Schweitzer is recognized as a pioneer in digital protection and holds the grade of Fellow in the IEEE, a title bestowed on less than one percent of IEEE members. In 2002, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Schweitzer received the 2012 Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award given by IEEE, for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment.

In 2019, Dr. Schweitzer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the first digital protective relay.

Dr. Schweitzer is the recipient of the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He has written dozens of technical papers in the areas of digital relay design and reliability and holds more than 200 patents worldwide pertaining to electric power system protection, metering, monitoring and control.

He is the founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL), which develops and manufactures digital protective relays and related products and services.

Dr. Schweitzer’s presentation is arranged and sponsored by Calumet Electronics Corporation, key supplier-partner to SEL of printed circuit boards, to share ideas, advance innovative thinking, and build new bridges.

Download the event flyer here: Schweitzer Lecture Flyer

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Laura Monroe to Speak About High-performance Computing, Tues. Sept. 24

Dr. Laura Monroe

The Department of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Computing will present a lecture on high-performance computing by Dr. Laura Monroe from the Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Tuesday, September 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Fisher Hall, Room 133. The lecture is titled “The Mathematical Analysis of Faults and the Resilience of Applications.” Discussion will follow the lecture, and pizza and refreshments will be served.

Abstract: As the post-Moore’s-Law era advances, faults are expected to increase in number and in complexity on emerging novel devices. This will happen on exascale and post-exascale architectures due to smaller feature sizes, and also on new devices with unusual fault models. Attention to error-correction and resilience will thus be needed in order to use such devices effectively. Known mathematical error-correction methods may not suffice under these conditions, and an ad hoc approach will not cover the cases likely to emerge, so mathematical approaches will be essential. We will discuss the mathematical underpinnings behind such approaches, illustrate with examples, and emphasize the interdisciplinary approaches that combine experimentation, simulation, mathematical theory and applications that will be needed for success.

Dr. Monroe has spent most of her career focused on unconventional approaches to difficult computing problems, specifically researching new technologies to enable better performance as processor-manufacturing techniques reach the limits of the atomic scale, also known as the end of Moore’s Law. Dr. Monroe received her PhD in the theory of error-correcting codes, working with Dr.Vera Pless. She worked at NASA Glenn, then joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2000. She has contributed on the design teams on the LANL Cielo and Trinity supercomputers, and originated and leads the Laboratory’s inexact computing project that is meant to address Moore’s Law challenges in a unique way. She also provides mathematical and theoretical support to LANL’s HPC Resilience project.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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/

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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

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Welcome and Invite to Reunion Celebration on Friday, August 2

Adrienne Minerick

Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to Michigan Tech’s new College of Computing! By now you’ve received the latest Michigan Tech magazine and have read the announcement of Michigan Tech’s newest college. This is an exciting time at Michigan Tech as we reimagine existing programs, add new majors, and pursue innovative new initiatives to prepare our graduates—and Michigan Tech—for Industry 4.0!

As you saw in the magazine, Michigan Tech embraces an exciting, diverse learning and research community. Computing and information science are an essential part of it all. Computing skills and computational thinking are essential in virtually all fields and job markets today, and Michigan Tech’s College of Computing is in position to ensure all our graduates are prepared, comfortable, and agile in a world in which cyber-technologies influence virtually everything.

The new College of Computing (CC) merges a talented, forward-thinking, innovative group of faculty and staff. We oversee core undergraduate degrees in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA), Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Software Engineering, with minors in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Data Acquisition and Industrial Control.  Our graduate degrees include Computer Science (MS and PhD), Cybersecurity, Data Science, Health Informatics, and Mechatronics. On the research front, CC faculty and students are developing innovative software and hardware solutions to address today’s societal, technological, and sustainable challenges. Visit www.mtu.edu/computing to learn more.

I am pleased to introduce myself as the founding Dean of the College of Computing, effective July 1, 2019. It is an honor to help launch the College of Computing and assist in positioning Michigan Tech for this new era.

By way of my background, I am a chemical engineering BS graduate of Michigan Tech (’98); I completed my MS and PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame du lac (USA). I returned to Michigan Tech in 2010, and am currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering. I have also served the University as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the College of Engineering, Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development, and Dean of the School of Technology.

As you may know, Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion is just around the corner, August 1-3, 2019. Graduates from all years and majors are welcome, and we sincerely hope to reconnect with many of you—our computing/software and electronics/robotics alumni!

At a special celebration Friday, August 2, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., we’ll be sharing additional information about the College of Computing, and showing off some of our senior design projects. It is our hope that you’ll gain a few new and fun memories at this event.  Please join us outside Rekhi Hall (weather permitting) or on the second floor of Rekhi Hall for this wonderful opportunity to catch up with everyone and share your best—and perhaps even some of your worst—Michigan Tech memories! Ice cream and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and guests and family members are welcome.

Please let us know if you’re able to attend this College of Computing event, and register for the Reunion, at www.mtu.edu/alumni/connect/reunion. We look forward to seeing you in Houghton!

Best regards,

Adrienne Minerick, PhD

Dean, College of Computing

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