Category Archives: Robotics

The Next Great Leap Forward: How Paragraf is Bringing Graphene into Electronic Design Primetime

Graphene takes center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Simon Thomas (Paragraf - CEO) joins us to discuss why he believes that graphene can revolutionize the electronics industry, the role sticky tape played in its creation, and how Paragraf is bringing graphene from the lab into the real world. 

 

Brain-a-Palooza! Advancements in Brain-Hand Communication and Your Brain on Code

In our first Fish Fry podcast of 2021, we sit down with Dr. Scott Frey (University of Missouri) and chat about the challenges and newest advancements in brain-hand communication. We take a closer look at how Dr. Frey and his team are helping to personalize recovery from ‘lost’ limbs and the details of a new wireless device that could help people with severe upper limb injuries live better lives. Keeping with our brain-related theme this week, we also investigate a recent study from MIT that reveals that reading computer code is a brain beast of its own and does not precisely replicate the cognitive demands of language or math.
 

The Next Big Thing! Ferroelectric Nonvolatile Memory and Tiny Aquatic Robots Inspired by Sea Creatures

We’ve got a virtual grab bag of EE goodness in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! First up, we take a closer look at some very unique robots unveiled by a recent research study at Northwestern University. We take a closer look at how these tiny robots (which are powered by light and rotating magnetic fields) are able to walk, roll, and transport cargo. Next, Stefan Müller (CTO and Founder - FMC) joins us to discuss the details of ferroelectric nonvolatile memory and what sets it apart from other memory solutions today. Finally, we check out what needs to be done in order for artificial intelligence or machine learning to get into mainstream edge devices.

 

It’s All About Confidence: System on Chip Verification and Building Trust into Neural Networks

How do we know that what our neural networks are telling us should be trusted? Can we build confidence into our neural networks so they can answer that for us? According to a new study out of MIT and Harvard, we can and it won’t break the computational bank! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we first check out a new way for deep learning neural networks to quickly estimate confidence levels in their output. Keeping with our verification theme, Moshik Rubin (Cadence Design Systems) also joins us to discuss the challenges of SoC verification, the increasing need for system level solutions today, and where he thinks chip level verification is headed in the future. 

 

Terrible Things to Scare the Children: #adifferenthalloween with element14 and Black Hole Fuel

It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It’s a design contest too! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Phil Hutchinson (element14) brings us the goods on this year’s spookily spectacular element14 Halloween design competition. Phil and I chat about some of last year’s creepy creations, why this year’s contest is slightly different than the year before, and how you can enter this unique Halloween design competition. Also this week, I check out how a group of astronomers discovered the oldest known black hole and why this discovery may help unlock the mysteries of the evolution of black holes. 

 

Intelligent Senses: Cyborg Locusts and First Humanoid Robot with Intelligent Vision

Cyborgs, Robots, and Locusts! Oh My! Did you know that locusts can smell explosives? Did you know also that we can now control their brains to pinpoint to exactly what they smelling?  In this week’s podcast, we start things off with an investigation into how two teams of research scientists have created a set of specialized cyborg bomb sniffing locusts. We check out how these locusts are able to  explosive chemicals in the air, how they are able to track these explosive smells and how we can now identify exactly what they are smelling by reading their brain waves. Also this week, Alessandro Gasparini and Alain Pacquin (Immervision) join us to discuss JOYCE: the first humanoid robot for the computer vision community. We discuss the details of about how Immervision and their partners will enable JOYCE with human perceptions and how design contests will assist with the evolution of this first of her kind humanoid robot.

Inventing Actionable Intelligence

Actionable intelligence and inference at the edge takes center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast. First up, we take a closer look at how drones can be taught to echolocate (like bats and dolphins) with a little help from a speaker, four microphones and a whole lot of math. Next, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about radio frequency signal intelligence, the benefits of a heterogeneous resource pool, and the details of Concurrent Tech's new artificial intelligence accelerator board.
 

New Kid on the Block

This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, a algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer cluster at the Vermont Advanced Computing Core. Also this week, Dunstan Power (ByteSnap Design) and I discuss a variety of design trends for 2020, including the rise of RISC-V, the role of security in embedded design, and why he expects to see a big push into machine learning-driven by tools from Xilinx and Intel.

PCB Village Square

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Judy Warner gives us a special sneak peek into this year’s AltiumLive PCB Design Summit. Judy and I discuss the details of this third annual PCB design conference, how the goals of this conference have evolved over the years, and why Judy hopes this event will become the PCB Village Square of the EE industry.  Also this week, we investigate a new Kickstarter campaign that hopes to cure cancer - with a little help from the International Space Station. 

 

Seeing is Believing

What has SLAM done for you lately? If you are working on a vision processing application, quite a lot most likely! In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Pulin Desai from Cadence Design Systems. Pulin and I chat about the trends driving the need for more vision processing, the current challenges associated with SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) and when he thinks it is best to use an AI accelerator in your next vision of artificial intelligence design. Also this week, we check out how a multinational team of research scientists have created the first IC that can emulate the structure of the brain with artificial synapses the a little help from optogenetics.

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