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SJM sees no end to Covid-19 disruption after posting H1 loss Macau casino operator SJM Holdings has admitted that gross gaming revenue, as well as non-gaming amenities will be negatively affected by novel coronavirus “for an indefinite period”, after reporting an HK$1.41bn (£140.9m/€155.3m/US$181.9m) loss for the first half of 2020.The holding company behind Sociedade de Jogos de Macau reported a 74.4% year-on-year decline in net revenue to HK$4.37bn for the six months to 30 June, a period that saw casinos closed for 15 days in February.Entry restrictions were in place for mainland China, Hong Kong and other locations, with transport to and from the special administrative region limited and quarantine requirements in place until the end of the reporting period. This significantly curtailed tourism to Macau, which only lifted a 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors from the Chinese mainland in mid-July.This hit SJM’s gaming revenue in H1, which was also down 74.4% from the prior year, at HK$4.27bn. This, however, significantly reduced gaming taxes paid by the business in H1, from HK$7.93bn in the first six months of 2018 to HK$1.98bn.The majority of gaming revenue in H1 came from mass market table games, which accounted for HK$3.29bn of the total, down 73.5%. VIP gaming’s contribution fell 81.6% HK$1.37bn, while revenue from slots was down 59.2% at HK$234.8m.Amounts paid in commission and incentives to partners also fell significantly, dropping from HK$3.71bn in 2019, to HK$622.4m.SJM’s H1 gaming revenue amounted to a 15.0% share of the Macau gaming market, including 22.0% of mass market table games, and 8.6% of VIP revenue.Revenue from hotels, catering, retail and related services also fell sharply, down 71.2% to HK%102.0m. This broke down to HK$81.6m (down 62.4%) from catering and retail, and just HK$20.4m from hotel operations, down 85.1%.This was exacerbated by the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements significantly reducing visitation to Macau. According to the special administrative region’s Statistics and Census Service, visitor numbers were down 68.8% in the first quarter, and 99.5% in the second.Visitation from mainland China, meanwhile, fell by 69.2% in Q1, then by 99.3% in Q2. In the first half, SJM’s flagship property Casino Grand Lisboa received over 1.2 million visitors during the reporting period, averaging approximately 6,600 visitors per day. This marks a significant decline on approximately 6.3m visitors in the first half of 2019, or 35,000 per day.While the reduction in visitation and gambling activity significantly reduced costs in H1, this decline was not as rapid as that of revenue, resulting in SJM’s earnings being hit hard.Aside from marketing and promotional expenses, which plummeted from HK$3.14bn to HK$94.2m, the declines in costs of sales (down 42.1%) and operating and administrative costs (down 10.9%) were far less steep.This resulted in a pre-tax loss of HK$1.47bn, rising to HK$1.48bn after taxes of HK$13.4m. If losses from non-controlling interests were stripped out, it amounted to a net loss of $1.41bn attributable to SJM Holdings’ owners.“SJM’s first half results reflect the severe contraction in travel and tourism caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the operator’s vice chair and chief executive Dr Ambrose So said. “In this environment, we strive to control our running costs at a prudent level.“We are confident that when the region emerges from the pandemic, SJM will be at the forefront of Macau’s resumed development into a world centre of tourism and leisure.”However, the operator admitted there was no indication as to when impact of the pandemic on gaming revenue, as well as its hotel, restaurant and other non-gaming amenities, would end.“Whilst certain travel restrictions are likely to be gradually lifted, and that visitation and spending will respond positively to such lifting, we do not expect a return to our previous level of revenue during any part of 2020,” it said.“In particular, it is not known when China’s group and individual travel visas, which are critical to Macau’s tourist flow, will be reinstituted on a national basis,” SJM explained. “Even after such visa resumption, moreover, it is not possible to predict whether there will be lingering economic effects and health concerns caused by Covid-19 that will affect our business for a longer period.”The operator will push ahead with plans to open its new resort on Cotai, the Grand Lisboa Palace. Construction of the property was completed late last year, and subject to securing operating permits, SJM hopes to open its doors to customers by the end of 2020. Casino & games Regions: China Macau AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 28th July 2020 | By contenteditor Macau casino operator SJM Holdings has admitted that gross gaming revenue, as well as non-gaming amenities will be negatively affected by novel coronavirus “for an indefinite period”, after reporting an HK$1.41bn loss for the first half of 2020. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Email Address
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NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When Jackson missed his third kick, cries went out for Ronan O’Gara to come on and do what he has done for the last 12 years; control the game and kick the points. However he didn’t manage it against England and unfortunately it was more of the same at Murrayfield. O’Gara looked a shadow of his former self and this was compounded with that cross-field kick along his own 22 that almost resulted in a Scotland try.Paddy Jackson did not lose that game for Ireland. Some of those much more experienced than him made poor decisions and just underperformed.Bloodied but unbowed: Kelly Brown and Scotland celebrateWhat if Keith Earls had just passed to the unmarked O’Driscoll instead of running himself and allowing Sean Maitland to knock him into touch? What if Heaslip had gone for the posts more often instead of touch when the opportunity presented itself in the first half? What if the lineout had functioned as well as it normally does? What if Donnacha Ryan and Donncha O’Callaghan were just three inches taller so Jim Hamilton wasn’t able to steal the ball off their throw? Yep, too many ‘what ifs?’Ireland show all the signs of a team in transition. Their performances are inconsistent, even within the same match and although we’re seeing exciting talent finally emerge, they need time to settle into their international surroundings.The big question is what happens next? With Ireland’s Championship hopes dashed, it will be interesting to see how Declan Kidney approaches the remaining two matches. It becomes even harder for him knowing his own contract is being discussed in the corridors of power. Midfield maestro: Luke Marshall shone on his international debut, on an otherwise disappointing day for IrelandBy Claire GlancySOMETIMES THE stats do lie.If you didn’t know the score at Murrayfield on Sunday and were just handed the match data afterwards, everything would suggest that Ireland had beaten Scotland comfortably and would be joining Wales and England in having a shot at the Championship title. But as everyone knows by now, against the odds, it’s Scotland who earned that right.Leading from the front: O’Brien made 22 carries v ScotlandIn terms of possession and territory, Ireland averaged 70-80% with four line breaks to Scotland’s zilch. Not only that, they made 124 ball carries (22 alone from Sean O’Brien) when the hosts had 35 in total. Ireland should have had the game wrapped up by half-time but with only three points from the boot of Paddy Jackson on the board at that stage it spelt trouble.After the defeat to England Jamie Heaslip fronted up and admitted that too many silly mistakes had stopped Ireland from winning the game. Against Scotland they seemed to have mostly eradicated those errors but that was simply replaced by an inability to finish.Within the first 10 minutes Luke Marshall showed his potential making two sublime line-breaks. For the last few years Ulster fans have talked about this talented young center coming through, “He’s the real deal”, “The next Brian O’Driscoll,” and like Craig Gilroy in November, and Simon Zebo against Wales, Marshall delivered on his Six Nations debut.For Ireland’s other new recruit, Paddy Jackson, the day did not pan out quite so well. In terms of controlling play, threatening the gain line, pulling defenders, making tackles and delivering ball, he came out with credit. The primary role of the outside half is to be the place kicker – an added pressure to his debut, particularly when coming back from an ankle injury. Kidney could use the France and Italy games to allow his younger plays to gel and gain more experience in international rugby but at the same time he has players who need their Six Nations to finish well if they are to have any hope of making the Lions tour. Warrren Gatland was at Murrayfield and there could well be a couple more Scottish names on his team sheet this week at the expense of their Irish counterparts. Troubling times, indeed.Follow Claire Glancy on Twitter @claireglancy
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/113397/varazdin-residence-dva-arhitekta Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Robert Leš+ 17 Share 2009 “COPY” ArchDaily Houses Varaždin Residence / Dva ArhitektaSave this projectSaveVaraždin Residence / Dva Arhitekta Year: CopyHouses•Varazdin, Croatia Varaždin Residence / Dva Arhitekta Area: 450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/113397/varazdin-residence-dva-arhitekta Clipboard “COPY” Photographs Photographs: Robert LešText description provided by the architects. Varaždin, a historic city in northern part of Croatia, is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture. The narrow streets, squares and parks, facades with its ornaments contribute to the identity of the city. The house is within walking distance of downtown. One-story house with the longer side of the façade along the street, is the most popular building type in this district since the 18th Century . Such houses met the needs of the residents and were in relation to city size. Save this picture!© Robert LešVaraždin residence consists of two parts, the older and more recent one. The living room comprises the entire ground floor of the new house. We can say that the everyday life takes place between two winter gardens. Save this picture!© Robert LešA winter garden is located on the gable end of the new house. It is a dynamic and modern accent in the design and emphasizes the traditional typology. The other one is inspired by the old house and is designed as an abstract aluminum cube with strict geometrical lines and emphasizes abstract character, as a contrast to the old house. Save this picture!© Robert LešPalm trees are geometrically arranged in the first glass house and act like an ornament in a minimalist interior, and in the second greenhouse, the plants are free, dynamic, fragile and inconsistent with the severe form of the glass house. Save this picture!© Robert LešAt the junction of old and new house in the roof plane appears as a hinge element, the glass-enclosed bathroom. This is a transitional subject and it allows the old and the new house to remain autonomous. The novelty is in counterpoint to the old, and in this way the old bacomes a part of a present. Save this picture!© Robert LešOn the streets and courtyard facade windows are pulled out in a form of a parallelepiped with copper frame. The house is a fine example of the modern building with regard to the location. The sign system is transformed into new expressions and functions.Save this picture!© Robert LešProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Opera House / Zaha HadidArticlesVideo: BIG’s Website as Presentation ToolArticles Share Croatia Architects: Dva Arhitekta Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDva ArhitektaOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVaraždinHousesVarazdinCroatiaPublished on February 24, 2011Cite: “Varaždin Residence / Dva Arhitekta” 24 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Projects Japan Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/176967/skycourt-house-keiji-ashizawa-design Clipboard Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Takumi Ota+ 21 Share Year: ArchDaily Skycourt House / Keiji Ashizawa Design CopyHouses•Japan “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/176967/skycourt-house-keiji-ashizawa-design Clipboard Skycourt House / Keiji Ashizawa DesignSave this projectSaveSkycourt House / Keiji Ashizawa Design 2010 Photographs: Takumi OtaText description provided by the architects. SKYCOURT is an ambitious renovation project that involved transforming a Japan bubble era house into a modern home connected to the city and the sunlight. The house is located in a quiet residential area, a couple of blocks away from Tokyo’s business district. The original house plan was a dated two storey house with cramped bedrooms, small windows with no indoor/outdoor flow. Save this picture!© Takumi OtaThe clients, a working couple with two children, wanted to maximize the living space, create a backyard with privacy and develop a structure flooded with light. As the original house was part of a set of twin houses, the clients also wanted to decorate the facade in order to severe the link with the sibling. These requirements demanded bold renovations. Remodeling in Japan is a relatively recent phenomenon. Save this picture!© Takumi OtaThe average life-span of a building is less than 20 years, even less for central Tokyo. Building authorities are very reluctant to allow any alterations in structure (in part due to Japan’s earthquake standards) and are often only convinced after extensive negotiations and complete re-analysis of the structure. Every successful renovation project requires the clients and architect to first recognize the positive characteristics of the existing space. Save this picture!PlanIn this case it was helpful that the clients lived in the old structure for one month to add their real life experiences to the design process. Achieving the client’s goals within the constraints of the building required a number of key changes: A new tent structure was placed on the top of the building thereby creating a new third-story with outside deck. Light was added in abundance by opening the south of the house and punching a courtyard out of the roof. Save this picture!© Takumi OtaTo further capitalize on these changes, the order of the house was reversed so that the living, dining and kitchen were shifted to the upper floors thereby giving those areas access to even more light. A serene family area was created on the first floor by placing the bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor and connecting the master bedroom to a Japanese style garden. Save this picture!© Takumi OtaThe privacy of the bedrooms and garden was further ensured by erecting a 2-story louver fence on the south border. A quiet office and guest room were installed in the basement. One of the key features of Sky Court is the melding of indoor and outdoor spaces. On the second floor the new internal courtyard serves as a separator between the kitchen and living room while ensuring visual connection from that floor to the roof-top terrace. Similarly, the lounge on the third floor connects to the outdoor deck and opens to the view of Tokyo’s skyscrapers that dazzle at night. Save this picture!SectionAnother important feature of the project is the creation of unusual volume. The hole punched through the roof creates a heart-like space in the center of the house that opens to the sky. The new top floor (where the airconditioning units used to be) was one of the few places where old space did not have to be recycled and, as a result, the angular roof cap is juxtaposed against the existing straight walls. Save this picture!© Takumi OtaAfter the completion of the renovation project we had the chance to visit the home a number of times and were struck by how the alterations matched the clientsÅf lifestyle even more than anyone could have imagined. The house was lovingly given a name: The COURT that was created during the renovation bathes the home with soft light and allows its occupants to gaze at the SKY. The answer to the clients demands, a light filled home where one can feel connected and yet away from the city, is the definition of SKY COURT. Text provided by Keiji Ashizawa DesignSave this picture!© Takumi OtaProject gallerySee allShow less2011 Zombie Safe House CompetitionArticlesNew Taipei City Museum of Art Competition WinnersArticles Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeKeiji Ashizawa DesignOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentHousesJapanPublished on October 19, 2011Cite: “Skycourt House / Keiji Ashizawa Design” 19 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Area: 414 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904148/casatru-gonzalo-mardones-v-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Nico Saieh+ 23Curated by Martita Vial Share Houses “COPY” CopyHouses, Residential•Cachagua, Chile 2017 Casatru / Gonzalo Mardones V ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCasatru / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos Year: Architects: Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Nico Saieh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904148/casatru-gonzalo-mardones-v-arquitectos Clipboard Chile Photographs Casatru / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos Manufacturers: BTicino, Juan Carlos Prieto, MK, Tecma, XiloforConstruction:Constructora LagosalStructural Calculation:Ruiz y SaavedraLightning:Paulina SirArchitect In Charge:Gonzalo Mardones VivianiAssociates:Gonzalo Mardones F., María Jesús Mardones FCity:CachaguaCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nico SaiehRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. The CASATRU is located on a steep slope facing the sea of Chile in Beranda, Zapallar.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehThe access to the house is from above in order to bury the level of children’s bedrooms, allowing to leave all the enclosures of the house with sea views.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehThe house is a rectangle rotated so as to open to the north and west, protecting the expansion areas of the cold winds from the south.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehAs usual in our work was chosen as main material exposed concrete, This was use in all its facades with incorporation of titanium dioxide. This fulfills the dual purpose of whitening the concrete and absorbing part of the ultraviolet radiation. As well as photosynthesis, transforming carbon dioxide into pure oxygen, thanks to sunlight and chlorophyll, photocatalysis is a chemical process that neutralizes toxic compounds.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehThe house inside is entirely white, in order to enhance the natural lighting achieved through the use of vertical, horizontal and diagonal light.The doors and windows are made of cedar wood.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Nico SaiehProject gallerySee allShow lessHenning Larsen’s French International School is a “Vibrant Green Oasis” for Hong KongArchitecture NewsWhat New York’s Central Park Could Have Looked LikeArchitecture News Share Projects ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeGonzalo Mardones V ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuildingsResidentialCachaguaChilePublished on October 19, 2018Cite: “Casatru / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos” [Casatru / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos] 19 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is to restructure in the face of a drop in income.The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is to restructure in the face of a drop in income. This could involve almost 10% of its staff losing their jobs, although NCVO would not confirm the numbers involved.Read Charity staff face redundancy by Nicola Hill at The Guardian. Advertisement Staff redundancies at NCVO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 May 2001 | News
May 13, 2021 Find out more June 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 to go further Reporters Without Borders has protested after journalist Olga Wornat, who is being sued by the wife of President Vicente Fox, was placed under house arrest by a federal civil judge on 6 May while awaiting his verdict. The ruling was a violation of free expression and evidence of a two-tier justice system, it said. Organisation News May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico Reports RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Son of president’s wife sues journalist News Receive email alerts Manuel Bribiesca, the son of President Vicente Fox’s wife Marta Sahagún, said on 22 June he would sue journalist Olga Wornat and her publishers Grijalbo (Random House-Mondadori) for the contents of her book “Crónicasmalditas.” Five days earlier, a judge lifted a house arrest order that had been imposed on Wornat pending a decision on a claim by Fox’s wife that she had been “morally wronged” in the book._____________________________21.06.05 – House arrest ends for journalistA house arrest order imposed on journalist Olga Wornat on 6 May, pending a decision on a claim by President Vicente Fox’s wife Marta Sahagún that she had been “morally wronged,” was lifted on 17 June by federal civil judgeCarlos Miguel Jiménez Mora. He called on both parties to respect the other, failing which they would have to pay a fine equal to at least 50 days wages.___________________________23.05.05 – Controversial Argentine journalist threatened “with flowers”Argentine journalist Olga Wornat, the author of a controversial new book about Mexico called “Accursed Chronicles,” received an anonymous written death threat in a wooden coffin-shaped box filled with orchids, sunflowers and tuberose which a bellboy left outside her room in Mexico City’s Nikko Hotel on 16 May.The message said: “Madam, I congratulate you for the audacity of your writing but I must warn you that your life is in danger in our country. You could be the victim of an accident, which would truly be a pity for such a courageous woman. In my humble view, you should leave the country.”A young man in the uniform of the package delivery company Multipack had left the box at the hotel reception at 4:30 pm. Wornat immediately filed a complaint with the Mexico City public prosecutor, who ordered an investigation and sent four policemen to the hotel to take statements. The authorities also offered Wornat a bodyguard, but she declined, saying she intended “to continue living normally.”__________________________________9.05.05 – Civil judge puts journalist in dispute with president’s wife under house arrestReporters Without Borders has protested after a civil judge placed journalist Olga Wornat, who is being sued by President Vincente Fox’s wife Marta Sahagún, under house arrest.”It is surprising and shocking that house arrest can be used in a civil and not criminal case,” said Reporters Without Borders. “Would this step, unprecedented in Mexico, have been taken if the complainant wasn’t the first lady?” it wondered.”This case is not only a violation of free expression but also gives rise to a two-tier standard in the justice system.”The Argentine journalist and writer is the author of an unauthorised biography of Marta Sahagún entitled La Jefa that appeared in 2003, and a recent work Crónicas malditas (Accursed Chronicles) investigating the presidential couple and their entourage.In the “Accursed Chronicles”, Wornat claims that the first lady’s sons, particularly Manuel Bribiesca Sahagún, had been found guilty of influence-peddling and illegally enriching themselves through building sector contracts. She said that Manuel Bribiesca Sahagún had a private jet worth one million dollars.Marta Sahagún’s personal secretary announced on 3 May that a case was being lodged against the journalist for “moral wrong”. Civil federal judge Carlos Jiménez Mora admitted the claim on 6 May and placed Wornat under house arrest while awaiting his decision.Manuel Bribiesca Sahagún, who denies the allegations in Wornat’s book, said on 8 May that he also intended to take her to court.”I have been harassed for several days by people following me and watching me in the hotel where I live,” Wornat told Reporters Without Borders, adding that her phone was being tapped. “I have never been so afraid,” she said. MexicoAmericas News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas
Business News Soon-Jo Chung Credit: CaltechNew Caltech faculty member Soon-Jo Chung splits his time between Caltech’s campus, where he is a Bren Scholar and an associate professor of aerospace in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he is a research scientist. His work ranges from the creation of a robotic bat with flexible wings and realistic flight dynamics to the control of swarms of small satellites to the development of computer-vision-based navigation systems. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Chung earned his bachelor’s degree at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), followed by master’s and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For most of the past decade, Chung was a faculty member in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—visiting California each summer between 2010 and 2014 as a JPL summer faculty research fellow working on distributed small satellites. He returned to Southern California in August. Recently, Chung answered a few questions about his life and work.What brought you to Caltech?Caltech’s GALCIT has been at the center of aerospace innovation. As an aerospace enthusiast, it was my dream to work at Caltech and JPL. Also, there is a focus on space engineering at Caltech (for example, Sergio Pellegrino’s work) that creates a great opportunity for someone like me. Another parochial and nerdy view is that I truly enjoy being in this close-knit intellectual community since my degrees are all from some institute of technology.Why are you interested in swarm robotics? What can swarms do that individual robots cannot?When I deliver a research presentation, I tend to show this fascinating video clip of millions of micro robots autonomously transforming themselves into a single structure in Disney’s animated movie Big Hero 6. In fact, achieving such a capability using hundreds to millions of autonomous tiny spacecraft has been one of my research focus areas. You can reconfigure your swarm system to another shape quite easily; think about autonomous flying LEGO blocks that can build whatever you imagine. Also, the entire system doesn’t fail even if you lose a handful of individual robots from the swarm. In essence, swarms are more flexible, more robust, and possibly more capable than a monolithic system. Applications are limitless, as said in the movie!Why did you choose to create a bat-like drone? What advantages does it offer?I started working on robotic flapping flight simply because I realized I could apply work I’d originally done to control multiple spacecraft in Earth orbit to synchronous flapping wing motions of birds and bats. Then, as I read more about animal flight and watched them in action, I got fascinated with the beautiful maneuvers of flying animals with flexible articulated wings. Arguably, the bat is one of the most advanced animal flyers with its capabilities to make sharp turns and perform upside-down perching. The dynamics of bat flight is even more complex and elegant because of the bat’s soft membrane wings. I also wanted to challenge the status quo of drones that predominantly use high-speed rotor blades, which are quite noisy and dangerous. The goal is to build a safe, energy-efficient, soft-winged robot that can fly like a bat.What excites you the most about the future of autonomous vehicles?I hope Caltech will play an important role in autonomous vehicle research, especially with its Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) which is being led by Mory Gharib. I am envisioning that the future of transportation, especially in big cities, will look quite different and I, along with Mory and several faculty in CAST, are looking into developing a research program on autonomous flying cars that could potentially revolutionize our future transportation systems. For example, why should self-driving cars be restricted to a two-dimensional world? It might be technologically easier to achieve a fully autonomous flying car network than to add self-driving cars to the existing roads since there is no gridlock and there are no pedestrians in the sky. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. People Taking Flight: An Interview with Soon-Jo Chung By ROBERT PERKINS Published on Friday, January 27, 2017 | 3:43 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Community News Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. 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