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A Longer View On Academic Publishing Platforms And Innovation

TLDR: Patentese values superficial bets on the future of technology and society, to the detriment of technology and society. I’ve been watching the relationship between researchers, publishing platforms, and IP evolve with some interest. To choose some examples: Elesiver buying Mendeley Patent Trolls (for instance) IBM Watson’s attempts at culinary creation Paul Allen launching AI2 […]


Getting started in Simbody

I’m testing Simbody for mechanical system modeling, here are some quick notes. VisualStudio 2016 setup I followed the x64 VisualStudio instructions, placing the final installation in C:\Simbody. After creating a new C/C++ Win32 Console Application and a blank source file (to access the C/C++ options), I entered these project properties: Configuration Properties | VC++ Directories […]

PhD Preliminary Examination

I gave my prelim presentation this past January, recapping my work with Prof. Zinn on Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation. The presentation went well and I enjoyed the audience’s and committee’s questions, most of which centered on things that would be very fun to look at given infinite time. As I hope to graduate soon, I’ll only […]

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LED Christmas Lights

For any given product, it is always interesting to see which aspects are improved and which languish.  Engadget’s recommendation of the best LED and incandescent Christmas lights highlighted this; the difference between the LED and incandescent strands is almost entirely restricted to the bulb (and associated electronic driver).   Looking carefully at the above picture, […]

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Bike Helmet Head Light

I enjoy biking into Engineering every day and though not much of a problem today, the summer solstice, I like to see and be seen throughout the darker times.  I quite like my Planet Bike Blaze, a compact 2W bike light and its warble flash mode, but it’s somewhat difficult to interface to my helmet.  […]

IEEE ICRA 2015: Closed Loop Task-Space Control of an Interleaved Manipulator

I recapped my presentation at the 2015 IEEE ICRA conference over at the Robotics and Intelligent Systems website… ICRA 2015 – Closed Loop Task Space Control of an Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulator

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IEEE IROS 2014: Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation Development and Evaluation

See my post at the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab for a recap of my presentation at IEEE IROS 2014.   IROS 2014 – Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation


PDF Tools I Use

PDFs are a staple of academia and industry, but they’re neigh-intolerable without the following: Foxit Reader – I’ve used Foxit for years; it’s plain better than Adobe, allowing all sorts of commenting, highlighting, and manipulation tools that Adobe restricted. PDF XChange – I was first encouraged to it by Docear and find it as capable […]

Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication — IN SPACE

In the last post I described the basics Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication (EBF3), here’s why I’m excited about it: Let’s walk through this process: Metallic Refuse Life and research aboard the ISS requires a lot of supplies and results in good amounts of waste.  This is the most expensive garbage in the world, and, due […]

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Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication (EBF3)

There are many cool things happening in 3D printing these days, but the technique I’m most excited about, electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3), has received very little coverage.  So in this and following posts, I want to describe the basics of this technique and some of the cases where I think it is the ideal […]

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