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Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, IEEE

Issue 5 • Date Oct. 2006

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  • IEEE Standards

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 8 - 10
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  • Hardware and software instrumentation continually contribute to quality

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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  • Advertising Index

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 72
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  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine - Oct. 2006

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 0_1
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  • IEEE Member Digital Library [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 02
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  • Table of contents - Vol 9 No 5

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 2
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  • Our student members--our future [from the Editor's bench]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4
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  • Participation [President's perspectives]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • IEEE I&M Society Technical Committee listing

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 12
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  • Inverse laplace transformation of rational functions. 1

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 13 - 15
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  • Off-highway obstacle detection

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 16 - 24
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    The biggest conclusion is that intensity of radar backscatter returns is a poor indicator of danger to a vehicle despite the attempts of several projects to show otherwise. Still, our method violates this finding at some level. An image of backscatter intensities is filtered with various image processing techniques then is thresholded as if it has become an image of risks or confidences. Current research is investigating discriminant functions that allow arbitrary numbers of classes and can use separability and discriminability as confidences instead of a filtered version of intensity. It cannot be overemphasized that this system was designed as an add-on sensor to an already operable autonomous vehicle. As such, it is not sufficient as a primary or stand-alone sensor in an unstructured environment. Radar techniques to detect road edges [Kaliyaperumal et al., 2001], [Nikolova and Hero, 2000] or terrain quality would fill these gaps and allow a radar-only, all-weather autonomous platform. Autonomous radar navigation is possible with proper scoping of the problem. On highways this means ignoring cross-sections smaller than a motorcyclist. Off highway the solutions must be a little more creative, but still exist. Applying image processing techniques already well developed by the computer vision field and avoiding the assumption that intensity of backscatter is a feature directly related to obstacle danger will help advance this goal. Small radar systems have recently become very good, but they do not solve the problem alone. Just as other sensors like cameras and LIDAR require algorithms to convert from raw data to obstacle classifications, so too should radar users not expect to achieve good performance by simply thresholding the output from hardware. If radar is seen as just another imaging source like a camera, much work can be accomplished using the existing arsenal of image processing View full abstract»

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  • Updating a complex control system

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 25 - 30
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    Discusses the light gas gun facility firing system and the upgrade of the control system. The Materials Dynamics Group was left with a GUI with which they were already familiar as well as hardware with faster and easier connectivity. The documentation provided gives an explanation of what applications each port serves, and where a single signal can be located on any particular DAQ card, which will allow for an easy understanding of the program as a whole. The additions to the old system give the customer increased reliability, increased ability to troubleshoot problems, and accurately logged information to help repeat successful tests. This case study can easily be applied to other control systems of similar applications. Although the methods and tools of implementation may vary, the presented systematic approach explains the thought process that you must go through to provide the most appropriate solution. You must consider not only the hardware and software aspects of the project, but also the potential applications the system may be used for in the future. By acknowledging each issue a customer may have, an approach can be taken to not only address each concern, but also to include additional features that enhance the overall control system View full abstract»

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  • Important and interesting aspects of electromagnetic compatibility

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 31 - 34
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    Many engineers are interested in avoiding EMC problems because of their difficulty to troubleshoot. Having a better understanding of the threat environment and EMI requirements for instrumentation is one of the best ways to avoid troubleshooting in the EMI lab. While the actual testing can be tedious, EMI testing is a field with many-intriguing instrumentation challenges. There is great opportunity for innovation in these systems, especially in automating the tests. This article describes the author's first industrial experience with electromagnetic compatibility testing and certification for avionics View full abstract»

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  • Instrumentation and measurement course for nonelectrical engineering students

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 35 - 39
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    There is a need for high quality and quantity of education that gives due consideration to the rapid changes in technology. Instrumentation and measurement provide an introduction to multiple engineering disciplines. It was observed from students' exit questionnaires that their interest and satisfaction with this core course increased with more laboratory work, more problem-solving skills, and less analysis and theory. The course coordinator tried to maintain the four program educational objectives by introducing modern techniques to stimulate their interest in the course. The EE department opened the instrumentation and control laboratory door to students performing experiments without close instructor guidance to encourage self-learning. If some student does not understand the observed and obtained results, he/she may call for an instructor's help. Later, the student analyzed, interpreted, and gave sound comments and justifications in a report. Each semester recommendations are provided for improvements. On simple issues, the recommendations are made by the course coordinator while on more substantive issues the recommendations are made with the entire academic or in some cases, with the entire college. Students learned the theory and practice of classical as well as modern instrumentation techniques View full abstract»

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  • Instrumentation education through model railroading

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 40 - 45
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    The model railroad provides an exciting environment for teaching a real-time embedded systems course, a course in which most student teams successfully complete a major software project. The author has developed the interface hardware to allow other schools to easily connect a variety of computers to a model railroad at minimal cost View full abstract»

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  • Addition to "ADC testing"

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 46
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    In the April 2006 issue of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, "ADC Testing," the seventh in a series of tutorials on instrumentation and measurements, was presented. The authors have created a table that summarizes the parameters that are extracted from each ADC test setup that was presented in the tutorial. It is an easy reference guide for readers to find the topic they are researching View full abstract»

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  • IEEE AUTOTESTCON 2007 - Call for Papers

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 47
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  • Design tradeoffs. 1

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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  • Voice identification through spectral analysis

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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  • Measurement of electric fields generated from alternating current

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 58 - 61
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  • New products

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 62 - 70
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  • CIHSPS 2006 / IMS 2006

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 65
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  • 2007 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference - Call for Papers

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 69
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 71
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IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine contains applications-oriented and tutorial articles on topics in the broadly based areas of instrumentation system design and measurement techniques.

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