THE INSTITUTE The IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC) received a complaint against Dr. Ronald Mahler, a member of IEEE. Following an EMCC investigation, a hearing board appointed by the IEEE Board of Directors found cause that he had violated Article 9 of the IEEE Code of Ethics and Article 3 of the IEEE Code of Conduct. The IEEE Board of Directors sustained these findings and imposed the sanction of a three-year suspension from IEEE membership on Dr. Mahler. The IEEE Board of Directors also determined that this notification to the IEEE membership should be made.
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Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks, who co-founded iRobot, Rethink Robotics, and Robust.AI, among other companies, will discuss mega trends pulling robotics development in the Oct. 1 RoboBusiness Direct keynote. The post Rodney Brooks to Analyze Mega Trends and Robotics in RoboBusiness Direct Keynote appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More
Researchers have designed a nano-electronic circuit that can tease into existence a strange new kind of quantum “particle.” Its existence confirms decades of speculation about the behavior of electronic circuits in very low temperatures and high magnetic fields—and opens the door for possible applications in next-generation quantum computers. However, this quasiparticle carries only a fraction of an electron’s charge. It is, to be clear, not substantively an actual single particle but rather more likely an ensemble of electrons acting collectively in certain extreme quantum environments. The excitation does, in other significant ways, behave like a particle. Much like an “electron hole” in conventional semiconductors, this “anyon” acts as if it’s its own discrete entity with its own characteristic mass, charge and spin. And, unlike the +1 charge of an electron hole, these newly studied anyons (whose name Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek jokingly coined after their seemingly “anything goes” nature) carry just one-third of the electron’s charge. James Nakamura, postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Michael Manfra at Purdue University, said the quantum trajectories of the anyon are also curious. Its paths through the test circuit interact with other anyons—and indeed even with other quantum incarnations of itself moving through other elements of the circuit—and form interference patterns. These interference patterns are analogous, Nakamura said, to the wavy patterns of ripples in a conventional laser interferometer. Except, instead of the patterns of light and darkness on a screen that a laser interferometer produces, this interferometer tracks anomalous shifts in conductance as parameters like gate voltage and magnetic field strength are slowly varied. The circuit—cooled to 10 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero (10 milli-Kelvin) and immersed in a powerful magnetic field of 9 Tesla—exhibits discrete jumps in its conductance. Manfra, Nakamura, and co-authors infer from these observations the presence of the long–hypothesized anyon. The…
The Covid-19 pandemic has broadened the use case for food and grocery delivery services, and enhanced their value proposition. The same can be said for autonomous food and grocery delivery, but significant, business, technological, social and political challenges remain which the accelerative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic do not ameliorate. The post Covid’s s Accelerative Impact Limited For Autonomous Food and Grocery Delivery appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More