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first_img 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 center_img 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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first_img Previous articleDancing to Monteverdi’s underworldNext articleCould you be the face of Therapie Clinic admin Twitter Gardai received tip off from foreign police serviceA Limerick father-of-four, jailed for possessing child pornography, was caught by gardaí who received a tip-off from their colleagues at the foreign police service, Interpol. Simeon Betts, (45), was arrested when gardaí searched his home at Hollymount, Church Road, Raheen, and discovered three laptops containing 50 videos and nine images of children been raped by men.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Detective Garda Christine Bergin, Roxboro Road station, told Limerick Circuit Court: “The children were being abused in a horrendous fashion.“It was horrendous exploitation,” she added. Betts admitted accessing the videos and images after searching fro child pornography on the Internet search engine, Google.Garda Bergin said: “The content of the movies was of the upmost scale. All the children involved were all females and were physically raped by adult males”.The child rape victim’s were aged between four and 10, the court heard. Betts, who is currently unemployed, had previously worked for the Early Learning Centre in Limerick, where he sold educational tools.Gardaí seized three laptops from Betts’ house when officers searched the home on March 4, 2010.The investigation included officers from a number of garda and police agencies including: the Computer Crime Investigation Unit (CCIU); Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI); The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI); the Garda Sexual Assault Investigation Unit, Interpol, and, the UK-based Child Protection & Online Exploitation Centre.Computer hard-drives, mp3 players, modems, cameras, camcorders, and memory sticks, were also seized.State Prosecutor, John O’Sullivan SC, said a garda computer expert had examined the laptops and discovered Mr Betts had used the Google Internet search engine to “actively seek out child pornography”.He said, Betts used search terms including: “child model”, “child model fishnets”, “child model erotic”, “lolita”, “PTHC (Pre-teen hardcore)”, “sexy child models”, “child rape”, “child fantasies”, “movie innocence”.Garda Bergin told the court that, Betts had also specifically downloaded an Internet file sharing programme called “Limewire”, which allows users to swap files without having to visit specific websites. Betts initially “adamantly denied” having any knowledge of the material found, but later admitted everything.“He tried to suppress it. He told gardaí he was seeking help and hoped to get help,” Mark Nicholas BL, defending, told the court.Mr Betts would view the material, masturbate to it, and then delete it after “feeling disgust and self-loathing”,”Mr Nicholas added.Sentencing Betts to four years in jail with half the term suspended – provided he be of good behaviour for a period of four years – Judge Carroll Moran said a psychological report on the defendant showed Betts had “an insight into his condition.“The report states that Betts is able to understand that his interest in young girls cannot disappear simply because he has been caught. The report says he is suffering from a condition that cannot be cured by a person only stating they will desist.”Judge Moran said Betts would have faced the maximum sentence of five years had he contested the case.He said the sentence imposed was was appropriate, given Betts early guilty plea, his previous good character, and that “his reputation is in tatters”. Betts – who has restricted access to his own children - was put on a sex offenders register for a period of 10 years. NewsLocal NewsSentenced to 4 years on child pornography chargesBy admin – June 12, 2012 720 Email WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Print Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgOxford University is encouraging potential Indian students not to be put off by changes to Visa regulations that mean fewer international students will be able to stay in the country after graduating.The new rules mean that only those who have found work with a recognised employer will be allowed to stay on in the country after finishing their courses.There are 350 Indian students currently studying at Oxford, and most of them are post graduates. The immigration minister Damian Green estimates that around 70,000 fewer student visas would be issued next year due to the recent changes.Arghya Sengupta, president of Oxford’s 150 year old Indian Society, described the changes as “too drastic,” criticising what he sees as the “intellectually lazy approach” of “a blanket ban.” He suggested that “a more targeted immigration policy is desirable” and argued that Indian students “contribute to the British economy rather than hinder it”.Students from outside the EU bring 9 billion pounds to the British economy each year as well as much needed revenue to universities. Sengupta added that he believed that the new policy means “several Indian students will re-assess their options regarding joining a British university”.A spokesperson for Oxford University stated that the issue is one that affects all international students, not just Indians. The spokesperson said, “We would certainly encourage international students to continue to apply” and added that the University is confident that “students will continue to see the high value of an Oxford education.”Despite the fact that international students will find it more difficult to find work in the UK, the spokesperson stressed the fact that “the high-level skills and knowledge students obtain at Oxford will give graduates a head start in any country.”Prajwal Parajuly, an Indian student echoed this more positive outlook as “the kind of students” Oxford attracts would not be “discouraged to apply simply because of changes in the visa rules”.Other universities are also worried about the changes. Umbrella group Universities UK commented, ‘We think some legitimate students may be being put off by the changes,” yet warned, “The message must be that the UK remains open to legitimate international students.”last_img read more