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Issue 4 • Date Dec. 2003

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  • Magazine survey

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):12 - 15
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  • Silver bullets

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 16
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  • A look back

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):64 - 66
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  • A measured look

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):68 - 69
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  • Author Index

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • Subject index

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):81 - 85
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  • Measurement of physical constants using noise

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):49 - 52
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    Measuring physical constants by examining suitable types of noise has a long history. In this experiment, in contrast to previous works, the computer does much of the data gathering and processing. Once an undergraduate student understands the elements of the theory of thermal and shot noise, a little bit about Windows commands that interface with the SoundBlaster, and something of the filter desi... View full abstract»

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  • Field programmable gate arrays in space

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):42 - 48
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    The use of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in satellite and other spacecraft is on the rise. They are increasingly competitive when compared to traditional application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). However, exposure to space radiation produces the same physical effects on both FPGAs and ASICs. How these radiation effects can translate to circuit malfunctions and how these problems c... View full abstract»

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  • Regulatory requirements for medical equipment

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):23 - 29
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    Medical equipment is highly regulated and held to a higher level of safety than nearly all other types of equipment on the market. This is because patients who are not able to respond to hazardous conditions or pain, an actual electrical connection between the equipment and patient may exist, and certain types of medical equipment function as life support, the failure of which could result in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Foundations of data fusion for automation

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):35 - 41
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    This article discusses about the developing paradigms of data for sensor-actuator networks that perform engineering tasks. We provide a new foundation for data fusion based on two concepts: a conceptual framework and the goal-seeking paradigm. The conceptual framework emphasizes the dominant structures in the system. The goal-seeking paradigm is a mechanism for representing system evolution that e... View full abstract»

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  • Making inexpensive micron-level measurements

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):56 - 57
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    This paper discusses an experiment on measuring the strain in vascular cell tissue. The resulting measurement technique used a slotted optical switch, a digital voltmeter and a reflector. Results from two runs were promising, and the repeatability was excellent. The technique is a truly inexpensive sensing scheme for micron-level measurements. View full abstract»

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  • Building "boring" rides and shows

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):18 - 22
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    In the theme park industry, boring means safety and profit. All of the safety systems, distributed E-Stop interface, effect-enable matrix, wind monitoring, extensive fault detection, system self-checks, and more, are all biased to disable the effects if anything unusual happens, It is not enough that the system not notice anything wrong, it must confirm that everything is right before it will enab... View full abstract»

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  • Robotic security systems

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):30 - 34
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    Fixed and mobile sensors can be used in the early detection and assessment technology that is crucial for homeland security. Unattended sensors provide a historically recognized capability for effective force manipulation in security and surveillance roles, particularly in the case of perimeter defense. The robot-deployed intrusion detection and assessment sensor packages confirm sources of motion... View full abstract»

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  • A new direction or class assistance during laboratory sessions

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):58 - 62
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    Experimental training for undergraduate students in electric and electronic engineering courses must take advantage of emerging technologies. PC-based measurement systems, as well as, virtual instruments are very useful for beginners, which help test theoretical knowledge, carry out useful self-training, and acquire basic hands-on experience with problems arising in real-world experimental trials.... View full abstract»

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