cocobang says: 1 thought on “Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017” Do you recall my ESC Boston: You should have been there! column from earlier this year? As part of that column, I included this short video, which was taken by my chum, Stephane Boucher, who leads the EmbeddedRelated.com website.This video shows me demonstrating a mega-cool artificial neural network (ANN) and deep-learning system performing a machine vision application (the system was loaned to me by the chaps and chappesses at CEVA).The way this works is that I set my notepad computer to display a series of random images that were originally gleaned from the Internet. I also have a small webcam that’s pointing at the screen. The output from the webcam is fed into a board in which the neural network is implemented on a Xilinx FPGA. The neural network identifies the images. The output from the board is the original image augmented by an identifying caption, like “African Elephant,” “Human Baby,” “Steel Bridge,” “Soft Toy,” and so forth. This is all happening at a rate of about one image per second, which makes it even more impressive.I’ll be taking this system with me to show off at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference in Denmark on October 31. The following week, I’ll be demonstrating it as part of my Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems talk at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Minneapolis.Before setting off on my travels, I thought I’d better set everything up in the bay outside my office, just to ensure that everything was tickety-boo, as it were. Once the system was up and running, I decided (with the permission of their boss) to invite the lads from the manufacturing area downstairs to come and have a look. After all, it’s not every day that they get to see next-generation technology of this ilk.So, we all trooped upstairs and they were suitably impressed. But then one of them (there’s always one, isn’t there?) said, “Hang on, how do we know that these aren’t pre-selected images that the system has been specially taught to recognize?”Well, that’s not an unfair question, when you come to think about it, so I responded, “Why don’t you try pointing the camera at other things in the room?”First, he pointed it at my notepad computer and, a second later, the output display showed the image of the computer annotated with the text “Notepad Computer.” Next, he pointed it at a book, then a pen, and so on for other objects that happened to by lying around on the table.Unexpectedly, he pointed it at one of the other lads — a nice guy sporting a T-shirt and a nonchalantly unshaved look. The system immediately responded with “Plumber’s Helper.” I have to say that this took everyone by surprise and we all burst out laughing.(Source: pixabay.com) Goodness only knows how the neural network came to this conclusion. I’m also wondering how it become part of the network’s training? Still-and-all, as they say, it was a pretty clever conclusion, resulting in the lad now having a new nickname that might follow him around for a long time to come.Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis? If so, it would be great to see you at my talk. Alternatively, if you spot me ambling around, please feel free to stop me to say “Hi”. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous eFPGA custom blocks supercharge data acceleration systemsNext Meet the future at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry November 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm Log in to Reply “dasdasd”
The Plymouth County Fairgrounds are the host site this week for the 41st annual National Traditional Country Music Association’s convention.The music festival’s coordinator, Robert Everhart, says old time country and gospel music is being performed from morning into the nighttime in Le Mars:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………every day. ;06Everhart says the annual traditional country music festival attracts fans and performers from around the globe:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..from Newfoundland. :16The music festival coordinator says the traditional old country music sound carries a common theme with gospel music:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..church without walls. :12The festival continues through Sunday in Le Mars.
Philippe Coutinho’s representative has arrived in Barcelona to continue negotiations surrounding the Brazilian’s departure.Giuliano Bertolucci landed in the Spanish city on Wednesday morning to discuss the midfielder’s potential exit.His trip to Spain came following a flight to France, where he had talks with representatives of Paris Saint-Germain, and a quick trip to Lisbon to hold talks with Brazilian side Flamengo over the future of another client, Mario Balotelli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Coutinho’s future is the agent’s biggest concern at the moment, though, as two possibilities remain on the table.The former Liverpool star could still move to PSG as part of a deal that would bring Neymar to Barcelona, while a loan to Bayern Munich with an option to buy also remains on the table.Barcelona sent a delegation including technical manager Eric Abidal to France for talks with PSG over a deal for Neymar, making an opening offer in the region of €100 million (£93m/$104m), plus Coutinho.Meanwhile, a spokesman for Barcelona told Goal on Tuesday that Bayern Munich remain interested.A full-on transfer to PSG without an exchange is also still a potential solution.On the Barcelona side, sorting out Coutinho’s departure remains a top priority as the club has already conceded to loaning him out for free if necessary.Coutinho is one of Barca’s highest earners and, with the addition of Antoine Griezmann this summer, the club is desperate to both trim the wage bill and move on from a player that has no guaranteed place in the team’s starting line-up.The 27-year-old joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for a £142 million ($201m) fee, making him the third-most expensive transfer of all time.He scored 10 goals in 22 appearances during his first half-season with Barcelona before firing 11 in 53 appearances last campaign.While Barca cruised to another La Liga crown, the club fell short in the Champions League, with Coutinho and Co. falling to overcome the Brazilian’s former side Liverpool following a stunning semi-final comeback.Barca will face Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Friday in the club’s first match of the domestic season.
zoom A feasibility study around a hybrid powertrain SWATH, commissioned this year by CTruk, has given the company further impetus in its ongoing development of a hybrid electric offshore wind support vessel design.The study was based on the CTruk CWhisper SWATH, a 20m craft fitted with twin Cummins QSM-11 marine diesel engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa FF41 waterjets. The feasibility report concluded that the implementation of a parallel hybrid solution would result in substantial operational cost savings on this particular vessel, an attractive prospect coupled with the already well-documented advantages of the SWATH hull form in offshore wind operations.Marine craft in the offshore wind support sector typically have two major transit periods each day, with the rest of their time at sea spent idling or slow manoeuvring with the occasional high speed peak. This usage profile makes OWSVs ideally suited to a hybrid configuration. The introduction of an electric motor to handle the load during low power demand periods allows the boat’s engines to be turned off or run as generators at a more optimised power rating. As well as the obvious fuel savings incurred, this reduces hours and wear on the engines, a key point for commercial marinevessels which typically require engine services every few weeks. The life expectancy of an engine could be increased dramatically if the craft ran electric during idling downtime, as these craft can idle for up to 50% of a shift offshore. Resulting reduced maintenance and direct costs also represent significant savings.CTruk builds high-speed vessels using resin-infused FRP composite, a robust material that is around 40% lighter than aluminium. These vessels are therefore well able to take the extra weight of the additional drive train needed for hybrid operation, a small price to pay for the resulting greatly reduced running costs possible over the vessel’s lifetime. The unique belt drive transmission system currently being fitted on CTruk’s latest SWATH build will be included on all subsequent CTruk SWATH vessels, future-proofing these craft by allowing for the retrofitting of a parallel hybrid solution.Jim Cutts, director of engineering at CTruk commented, “CTruk has always strived to offer more cost- efficient workboats and the reduced fuel consumption of our lighter, composite vessels has been a key factor in achieving this aim. We envisage that the significant further reduction of fuel usage on a hybrid electric vessel will see CTruk’s product range thrust forward into the future of offshore wind construction and O&M, a future where efficiency and cost reduction reign.” Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 CTruck, December 10, 2013
Arabian Gulf ship operator Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has named two of its new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver – at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal which will see 10 MR tankers delivered to the company over the next year.“The delivery of the Muscat Silver boosts OSC’s fleet to 44 ships,” OSC General Manager Wasam Al Najjar said.“This is just the beginning of our expansion too with the next nine ships due to be delivered within 12 months.”The Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver are both 183 metres long and 32.2 metres wide, with a draft of 19.1 metres.Each medium range tanker’s capacity is 37,900t at the design draft and 49,800t at the scantling draft. They both have a gross tonnage of 29,354t and a net tonnage of 12,195t.As part of Project Silver, which consists of 50 newbuilds, all the vessels will be chartered to Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.Incorporated in 2003, OSC is owned by the Omani Government through the Ministry of Finance, which holds 80 percent of the company, with Oman Oil Company controlling the remaining 20 percent.Launched with the acquisition of six LNG vessels, OSC has since diversified into the crude oil, chemical, LPG, dry bulk, container and general cargo markets.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwaegian gas carrier company IMSK SE, formerly known as I.M. Skaugen SE, is likely to be liquidated having failed to secure support for its restructuring plan.The liquidation scenario emerges as talks with the company’s key creditors led by Nordea fell through.In a letter to shareholders, the company’s CEO Morits Skaugen apologized, announcing “with the greatest frustration” the company was not successful in its refinancing mission.“We have worked very hard and we have tried to make it happen, but we were not successful. The responsibility is mine alone, and me and my family are losing most of us all,” the letter reads.As such, the expected course of action was the liquidation of the business.Bante Karin Flo, Chief Financial Officer of IMSK SE, said in a statement to the Singapore court that the company would no longer pursue its refinancing or restructuring plan presented in April this year.Under the plan, the shipping company was trying to renegotiate loan terms with the syndicate lenders represented by Nordea, as the agent, and Swedbank. The two lenders hold facilities secured by mortgages over Somargas vessels, which were key to IMSK’s restructuring plan.The company was trying to get an extension on its loan tenor, however, in August this year, Nordea asked for full payment of USD 35 million loan plus interest.Shortly after, Nordea ordered the Somargas vessels to be sailed to Gibraltar and Singapore, making them unable to trade, Flo said, adding that the vessels were the only revenue generating assets of the IMS Group.The ongoing situation has also jeopardized the company’s small-scale LNG project (SSLNG) in the West Africa, which was described as the first step in the company’s business transformation.As disclosed, the company was planning to deploy the Somargas ships in West Africa SSLNG project, wehere thy would earn an estimated USD 39 million a year; USD 273 million over 7 years, that would have been used to pay debts to creditors.“Given the present deadlock with the Nordea Syndicate, it is difficult to see how the IMSK Group would be able to progress with any of the SSLNG Projects,” the statement reads.World Maritime News Staff
London: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has underlined the critical importance of addressing accountability in Sri Lanka through a genuine and comprehensive national process achieving national reconciliation.The Inner City Press website quoted the UN Chief as saying that he had recognized through a recent meeting he had with a delegation which had visited Sri Lanka, the important steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict. During his meeting with the delegation Ban said he had strongly underlined the need to address the remaining challenges particularly on issues relating to reconciliation and accountability.“I highlighted the importance for the Government of Sri Lanka to work constructively with the international community towards that end,” he said. Recently Ban Ki-moon met the Japanese ambassador to the UN who led an accountability assessment mission to Sri Lanka, and received a report on Sri Lanka. The report was handed over to the UN Chief by Japan and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona as well as Permanent Representatives from Bangladesh, Romania and Nigeria.
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 5:54 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The CEO of TransCanada says upstream greenhouse gas emissions should not be included in the federal pipeline review process.Russ Girling says the regulatory process should focus on safety and spill response rather than issues like upstream emissions that he says aren’t germane to pipeline development.He says oilsands and natural gas projects are already subject to a review process that considers emissions and therefore another regulatory hurdle for pipeline approval is unnecessary.Girling says he hopes efforts by the Alberta and federal governments to cap and lower emissions will help reduce the “noise” around the issue as it relates to pipelines.In January, the federal government introduced new requirements to take into account upstream emissions when reviewing pipelines.TransCanada is the proponent behind Energy East, a massive pipeline that would ship oil from Alberta to as far east as Saint John, N.B., if approved. TransCanada CEO says upstream emissions not germane to pipeline review process
A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson indicated that the civilians, including a staff member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) named Evariste Mbonihankuye, were reportedly shot at close range. The incident took place Tuesday.“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” the statement noted. “He urges Burundian authorities to undertake a rigorous and prompt investigation into the circumstances and motives behind these despicable crimes in order to ensure that their perpetrators are brought to justice.”According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office. A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.Since April 2015, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has registered more than 130 killings and hundreds of cases of arbitrary arrest and detention.
Frogmore Cottage, which is about half a mile south of the Queen’s favourite residence Windsor Castle, is close to Frogmore House where the duke and duchess held their evening wedding reception.Frogmore House is also where Harry and Meghan posed for their official engagement photos. It has been a Royal Residence since 1792 and was built in around 1680 by Charles II’s architect. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new home Frogmore Cottage.The couple are settling into their new life away from London on the Windsor Estate, having carried out extensive renovations to the house, as they wait for their first child to put in an appearance.The Duke and Duchess whose baby is due later this month, have split their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are still based at Kensington Palace.The Sussexes have lived at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace since their engagement and following their wedding.When their new official residence was announced in November last year, Kensington Palace said: “Windsor is a very special place for their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”The estimated cost to the taxpayer of the renovations is £3 million. The palace have not yet confirmed plans for the Duchess’ birth, with reports she has chosen a maternity unit close to Windsor, rather than opting for the Lindo Wing in London like Kate did with her three children. Work on the listed property in Berkshire – including changing it from staff apartments into one mansion – overran and it was reported that the couple made constant design changes, meaning the builders fell behind schedule.The duke and duchess, who will foot the bill for furnishings, are said to have hired former Soho House interior designer Vicky Charles to transform their new pad. Frogmore House, near to the cottage, is open to the public for a few days each year In 1923, the Queen’s parents – the future George VI and Queen Elizabeth – spent part of their honeymoon there.The name Frogmore is derived from the frogs which have always lived in the low lying marshy area.Harry and Meghan’s office and staff will be based at Buckingham Palace. Frogmore was the scene of the Sussexes’ wedding reception
THE MAN ACQUITTED of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was arrested today after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Florida.Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was taken to the jail for booking, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office statement. Authorities provided few other details, and it was not immediately known what charge he faced.“Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman,” said neighbor Catherine Cantrell. She said she had twice seen a man who looked like Zimmerman get out of a truck that’s been in the driveway for nearly a month. The truck parked there on Monday appeared to be the same one that reporters have seen Zimmerman drive previously.“I’m in absolute shock. He was never outside. It’s not like he was out flaunting around,” she said.Cantrell said the woman who lived in the home was very sweet and quiet.Sarah Tyler, 26, also lives across the street from the house on a cul-de-sac street of single family homes in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.“It’s kind of frightening,” she said, adding that she only saw a woman came out of the house.Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defence. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.He wasn’t charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin’s civil rights were violated.Zimmermans had other brushes with the law since his acquittalZimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where he and his wife Shellie lived. Pic: (AP Photo/John Raoux)Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.In 2005, Zimmerman ad to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman’s friend.Later that year, Zimmerman’s former fiancee filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.Read: Why can’t George Zimmerman stay out of the spotlight? >Read: ‘Justice for Trayvon’ marches take place across America >Read: Protests across US as George Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder >
EXCLUSIVE: Heike Avramovic, head of reward and policy at global technology organisation Siemens, will share insights on how the organisation has tailored its reward approach to accommodate the future of work at Employee Benefits Connect 2019.The session, titled ‘Rethinking rewards for the future of work’, will form part of the performance conference stream on Wednesday 27 February 2019.Avramovic will talk delegates through three initiatives that she has been involved in at Siemens that have been designed to prepare the business for the future workplace and the evolving needs and expectations of employees.She will explain how Siemens has introduced a level-free management structure for its senior leaders, describe the journey of revamping the organisation’s flexible benefits and detail Siemens’ global ‘Futuremakers’ campaign, which focuses on the employee experience and employer branding.For Siemens, which has 15,000 employees in the UK, changing the senior management framework has been ground-breaking. Avramovic said: “As far as I’m aware, we are the only ones who have done this with a big industry, moving away from a rigid framework for senior management, moving away from rigid models. That’s a culture shift, and if we think of the future of work, we need also the future leader, and the future leader cannot be restricted by [their management grade]. It’s about getting a culture shift for getting leaders in the right place.”Reinvigorating flexible benefits is also important when considering the future workforce, noted Avramovic, as employees are focused less on the different benefits they want, and more on accessibility, flexibility and having a bespoke package. “We did empower them massively, because we give them the choice and they are highly engaged, but they have become very impatient consumers,” Avramovic added. “They want to have a shopping experience, they want to have it here and now, the immediate reward. These are people who ask for things and do not just accept the package which is given.”Avramovic hopes to impress upon delegates that the future of work needs to be a key focus, in order to retain key skills and talent.She concludes: “The future of work is already here. [Employers] really need empowering technologies. It’s about real-time reward; [employees] can make changes when [they] need to make them and don’t have to wait for annual enrolment or have to go through lengthy forms and sign-off processes. Make it a user-led reward creation.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.Click here for more information or to book your place.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Areas of West Miami-Dade experienced a watermain break, Wednesday morning.The watermain break filled a warehouse area with water as crews responded to the scene. The break happened near Northwest 44th Street and Milam Dairy Road.The break was eventually capped.7news viewers said a car accident caused the leak.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
German luxury carmaker Audi will pull the wraps off its smallest SUV in the Q series in India on Monday.The cheaper S variant of Audi’s most affordable luxury SUV will make its debut in Delhi with a de-tuned 2.0-litre TDI engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-litre TDI engine produces a power of 40 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm. The new model will miss Quattro AWD system and daytime running LED lights.The Audi Q3 S will pack feature like Airbags, ABS, steering mounted controls, music system, electronically adjustable driver seat, infotainment display and 18-inch alloy wheels. It will be 140 kgs lighter than Q3.Audi is yet to reveal the price of the vehicle, but previous reports suggest that the company which aims to get a strong foothold in India’s price sensitive market is likely to introduce the new small SUV for ₹25 lakh and will compete with Mercedes A and B-Class and the upcoming BMW 1-series. Like its bigger sibling Audi Q3, the Q3 S is also expected to make good waves in the auto market.Audi Q3 is currently sold for not less than ₹30 lakh. The company had initially launched Q3 for ₹26.21 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra), but raised its price and for all other models due to high input costs.