How an FPGA-based AI can guide a vehicle

As the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology advances with leaps and bounds, technology leaders present new use cases for tomorrow's industry. Integrating Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with IoT and AI allows for real-time monitoring and control of the robotic transport of materials and products. By using sensors and data analytics, manufacturers can optimise the routing and scheduling of AGVs, reducing the time and effort required for inter-facility logistics. However, today's AGVs are often programmed to follow a specific route or set of instructions, which can make them inflexible in adapting to unexpected obstacles.
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EPICS is an Accelerator for Mission-Critical Control Systems

Advancements in industrial automation and computing have allowed the widespread use of control system components and frameworks and the adoption of good practices and solutions from research institutions and the industry alike. What was previously cutting-edge in scientific engineering has, in the last years, crossed over into the industrial mainstream of accelerator applications and fusion powerplant prototypes, fuelling an increase in activity.

LightHouse: A Non-stop Running LINAC That Helps to Save Lives

RI Research Instruments GmbH (RI or Research Instruments) is an innovative German company that develops and manufactures high-performance components and systems for particle accelerators and EUV lithography applications in the semiconductor industry. One of their industrial cases is Research Instruments' participation in designing and building a superconducting linear accelerator (LINAC) for isotope creation in the scope of the "Lighthouse" project.

Quality Assurance for AI Software and Machine Learning

The time when artificial intelligence (AI) was limited to labs and research groups is long gone. Its widespread presence in the internet-related industry (search engines, social networks, e-commerce) is now obvious to practically everyone, and we can no longer imagine the IT world without it. Today, the application of AI has spread to all kinds of industries, including those where reliability and safety are critical, and where strict regulations apply. And since quality assurance (QA) is an essential contributor to safety, it has become necessary to develop QA and regulatory frameworks for higher risk AI applications.
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Reliable Laser Communications Between Space and Ground

In March 2022, Cosylab organised the conference discussion "Enabling reliable infrastructure for laser communications between space and ground" at the Paris Space Week 2022. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Cosylab's Tadej Pukl and included the following panellists: Daniel J.M. Hendrix from Airbus Defence & Space Dutch Technology (ADS NL), Olivier Jacques-Sermet from Cailabs and Miha Vitorovic and Harshraj Raiji from Cosylab. The roundtable discussed the increasingly important domain of optical communication between ground and space, both in its current state and regarding future developments, including market trends.
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Bringing a Revolutionary Quantum Microscope to Market in Only Six Months

Qnami is a young quantum technology startup based in Basel, Switzerland. With more than 60 years of collective Quantum knowledge, Qnami’s team enthusiastically develops microscopy solutions based on quantum sensors to measure minute magnetic fields with unprecedented sensitivity and spatial resolution. Qnami ProteusQ is the first complete Quantum Microscope system. It is a scanning NV (Nitrogen-Vacancy) microscope for room temperature analysis of magnetic materials at the atomic scale.

LabVIEW and Accelerator Control Systems

Every particle accelerator must have a commanding system that controls and monitors hundreds of various devices and subsystems with sub-microsecond synchronisation. Good architecture and design is the key to building modular, scalable, maintainable, and testable software. This is especially true for large systems such as control systems for accelerators which require high uptime, reliability and scalability for long term operation and future upgrades. Therefore, the accelerator control system (ACS) is an extensive and complex piece of software that must supervise the correct and safe performance of all devices integrated into the machine. The system has to guarantee dependability, stability and performance. It must also be extensively modular and configurable to meet new current and especially future demands.
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What is the space mission life cycle?

With our past and ongoing space projects, we contribute to activities that advance the Ground Segment of space missions. So, if you are new to the Space domain, let me introduce you to the fundamentals of space-mission life cycles.
How to perform a Control Systems Project: The Example of BBCS

How to Perform a Control Systems Project: The Example of BBCS

As early as 2012, the consulting firm McKinsey&Co determined that "half of all large IT projects massively overblow their budget". This finding, consistent across industries, also threatens big science projects in general, and their control-system integration programmes specifically. Our company has been an external contributor to integrating control systems for large scientific installations and sites worldwide for almost twenty years. I am going to describe what methodology we usually use as the most effective in control-system projects.

Research and Medical Physics Landscape in China

I will briefly go through some Chinese medical-physics and scientific projects and initiatives that we find especially compelling. Nevertheless; when engineering companies describe their experiences in China, the results are similar to those in the Buddhist parable where blind men describe an elephant, each detailing a different body part. So, let me describe the elephant’s leg.