For professional reasons I have to discontinue keeping up with Robotics. Gratitude to those who had encourage and supported me with this project during all this time. Thank you.
AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Europe returns to Köln, Germany 15-16 October 2013. Register today for this dynamic conference packed with a great line-up of speakers representing international regulatory agencies as well as civil and commercial Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) end users. Each day of the conference will kick-off and end with an outstanding keynote presentation addressing the most important trends, advancements and information impacting the RPAS industry!
Featured speakers include:
- Frank Brenner, director general, EUROCONTROL
- Peter Bombay, deputy HoU E3, DG-MOVE, European Commission
- Abdoulaye N’Diaye, secretary general, EUROCAE
- Maurice Labonde, Air Traffic Management Section, ICAO
- Filippo Tomasello, ATM/airport safety officer, EASA
- Jim Williams, manager, UAS Integration Office, FAA (Invited)
- Margaret Jenny, president, RTCA
- Ron van de Leijgraaf, chairman, JARUS
- Mike Lissone, UAS ATM integration manager, EUROCONTROL
- Jarno Puff, research and development director, Advanced Aviation Technology S.r.l.
- Michael Standar, chief, Strategies and External Relations, SESAR Joint Undertaking
- André Clot, centre director, European Unmanned Systems Centre
- Capt. Thomas Mildenberger, European Cockpit Association
- Dr. Joseph Barnard, managing director, Barnard Microsystems Limited
- Neil Hunter, head of business development – Unmanned Systems, Babcock International Group PLC
- Chris Day, head of capability engineering, Schiebel
- Alfredo Roma, AST Legal
- Aman Pannu, senior consultant, Frost & Sullivan
- Michael Maes, flight operations manager, Gatewing
Planned session topics include:
- Emerging RPAS applications in the commercial and civilian sectors
- Market Trends Talk – A discussion on potential for emerging UAS applications
- Facilitating RPAS operations in unrestricted airspace
- Standards development for RPAS in Europe
- Funding and Insuring RPAS operations
- Influencing public perception on RPAS operations
- Encouraging mutual cooperation for RPAS development between the defense and commercial sectors
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A team of scientists from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida just earned a $1.2 million grant, which aims to use modern-day technology to detect disease and plant stress in agricultural crops.
UCF mechanical engineering associate professor Yunjun Xu is working with UF agricultural and biological engineer and associate professor Reza Ehsani to develop an automated system that would use robots and specialized sensors in the air and on the ground to detect and report disease in citrus groves and strawberry fields.
“One of the benefits of our project is making it automated, which can improve accuracy and reduce the cost of disease and stress detection,” Xu said.
UCF’s team, which includes Suhada Jayasuriya, a former UCF mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, and graduate students, is developing several robotic components for the ground vehicle that would be used – something akin to a small tractor. Xu is also creating a simulation environment to ensure the prototype system will work in the field.
Currently, people have to go into the fields and search for symptoms of different diseases. This is time consuming, expensive, and prone to error. Early detection of a disease is not possible because people can only detect a disease when the symptoms are visible, and in some cases waiting for symptoms to appear could be too late for the best management, Ehsani said.
“This project seeks to employ technologies that can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of detecting plant stress in the field at early stages of diseases,” he added. “The project proposes to use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and ground robots to monitor different crops. Small UAVs and robots can be the farmers’ eye in the sky and on the ground to monitor everything that is going on in the field.”
Continuously monitoring crops for any sign of biotic and abiotic stress can potentially help growers to better manage nutrition deficiencies and diseases, which could lead to better yield and profits. It can also potentially reduce excessive use of chemical inputs and their impact on the environment.
UF’s team, which is based at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, will focus on the crop-stress sensing and monitoring systems.
“The work is just getting started and preliminary testing will not take place before next fall. Full-scale testing will occur in year four of the grant at a commercial site yet to be selected,” Xu said.
If successful, the technology developed and the protocol for using it would likely be applicable to other agricultural products, the researchers said.
The United States Department of Agriculture is the funding agency.
Source: Today UCF
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Aero Surveillance Inc. has launched the new ASV 150-EC for Extended Capabilities, Unmanned Airborne Surveillance System designed for a broad range of civilian and defense applications.
The new ASV 150 EC System integrates key next generation elements such as a true Open Architecture, Onboard Intelligence processing, highly modular and Size Weight And Power (SWAP) optimized electronic surveillance payloads.
The new ASV 150-EC includes the following systems:
- A Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) fitted with a modular multi-mission POD capable of an endurance of up to 7 hours. The aircraft features a new high performance propulsion system that allows for high altitude operations with take-offs at over 2,000 meters, operations at up to 6,000 Meters as well as modifications to allow for Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) communications.
- The aerodynamically optimized POD is specifically designed to receive next generation smart ARDENTTM electro-optical surveillance payload which include a choice of multisensor gyro-stabilized gimbals, mission computers as well as microwave or satellite communication data links. All ARDENT systems include unique onboard intelligence processing capability and dissemination.
- A choice of Ground Control Stations that feature STANAG 4586 compliant communications. The standard Ground Control Station features a dual-display for Control Command and Mission Control in a very rugged transportable package.
“The ASV 150-EC brings to market what many customers have been hoping to see in next generation Unmanned Aircraft Systems such as a true open and modular architecture and onboard intelligence processing. These new capabilities have been developed in conjunction with several key technology partners to reduce acquisition, evolutional and operational costs. The system is designed to optimize surveillance mission capabilities and performance without compromising on reliability and safety” said Philippe Roy, President and CEO of Aero Surveillance.
The ASV 150-EC was on display at the AUVSI conference earlier this month and initial customer deliveries are expected early in 2014.
TAUNTON —Orthopedic surgeon Douglas G. Bentley said he initially wasn’t won over with the idea of using a robotic arm to guide and assist him in replacing parts of knees and whole hips.
“I was skeptical about it,” said Bentley, who started his surgical career in 1977.
Now, he said, he’s nothing less than “ecstatic about it.”
Bentley is one of four Morton Hospital surgeons who have trained and been certified to use the RIO.
Short for Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, the robotic device with its rotary burr — not unlike that of a standard high-speed Dremel tool — works in tandem with a computer that provides a 3D, preprogrammed image of where cuts should be made and implants inserted.
Manufactured by Ft. Lauderdale-based MAKO Surgical Corp., RIO has been used for partial knee and full hip replacement surgery in the United States since 2006. The company has been in business since 2004.
The computer model guiding the arm is based on the image of a patient’s computed tomography (CT) scan preprogrammed prior to surgery.
Although the arm prevents any accidental movement beyond its programmed parameters, a doctor using RIO can override the system if he or she deems it necessary.
The company, and the surgeons that utilize RIO, refer to the procedure as MAKOplasty.
Bentley began using RIO in January 2012 at Norwood Hospital, where he was a resident surgeon for nearly 30 years. He transferred to Morton Hospital in July.
He now uses it exclusively and has so far performed nearly 60 MAKOplasty operations, most of them partial knee replacements.
Although he has the option of changing course mid-surgery, Bentley said RIO provides a level of precision previously unattainable by orthopedic surgeons.
“It will not let you make a mistake,” he said.
Physicians at Morton using RIO are assisted in the operating room by Sean Scully, a MAKO employee who monitors the computer monitor and its settings.
Benefits to the patient, Bentley said, include less soft-tissue injury due to engraving and cutting, resulting in reduced pain, less disability and shorter recovery time.
Bentley said he rarely prescribes any physical therapy to his MAKOplasty patients.
And he said that by minimizing the degree to which ligaments are subjected to surgical cuts, each patient’s level of proprioception — the natural sense of positioning of a person’s body parts — is more fully preserved.
Among Bentley’s patients who have benefited from MAKOplasty are a 25-year-old woman with severe arthritis, whose pastime is riding and jumping horses, and an 85-year-old man.
Source: Taunton Gazette
South Africa is set to get a revolutionary new multi-million-rand robotic surgery system which undertakes highly complex surgical procedures safer and more cost effectively.
The Urology Hospital in Pretoria is the first SA institution to acquire the da Vinci® surgery robotic system through SA’s Earth Medical, part of Litha Medical division in the Litha Healthcare Group Limited.
This robotic technology is being used in major medical centres all over the world providing advanced technology for better minimally invasive surgery. It is ideal for both complex and delicate surgeries such as the surgical removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy), where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
MD of the Urology Hospital, Sarel van der Walt, said the technology will result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal daily activities, particularly for prostatectomies –the initial leading procedure to be undertaken with the robotic system.
The “robot” technology will help surgeons take minimally invasive surgery to the next level. For example, at any one time, a surgeon can operate a camera and three instruments, said Thomas Dunbar, MD of Earth Medical which is part of the Litha Healthcare Group. “I’m confident this robotic surgery will be a giant leap ahead for minimally invasive surgery in this country,” added Dunbar.
Around two million procedures using this technology have already been undertaken around the world, according to Intuitive Surgical, Inc which produces the robotic technology. The da Vinci® surgery robotic system will be operational for surgery at the Urology Hospital during October 2013, commencing with prostatectomies
Source: SABC News