[lug] BLUG Meeting Reminder - April 10, 2014.

anna anna.cereti at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 17:04:02 MDT 2014

The April Boulder Linux User Group meeting is coming up.

Talk : Distributed Information Processing in Materials that Think

Speaker : Nikolaus Correll

  When : 7:15 p.m. on Thu, April 10, 2014

  Where : Applied Trust, 1033 Walnut St, Bulder, CO 80302

  Applied Trust is on Walnut Street in downtown Boulder. It is the door
just west of Amante Coffee.

Map : http://lug.boulder.co.us/meetings.html

Parking : Parking on the street is free after 7pm and there are 2 public
garages on Walnut at $1.25/hour and bike parking on the sidewalk in front
of the office.

Bus : Less than 2 blocks from Broadway which is served by the Skip busses.
Less than 4 blocks from the Boulder Transit Center which serves almost all

Summary of 'Distributed Information Processing in Materials that Think'

Materials that think are enabled by recent advances in smart polymers,
desktop manufacturing systems and miniaturization of computers. Materials
that think tightly integrate sensing, actuation, computation and
communication in a periodic, amorphous fashion, which might enable
revolutionary new composites with fully programmable capabilities. The
challenges in creating materials that think lie at the intersection of
material science engineering and computer science, and - from a CS
perspective - require advances in distributed algorithms for signal
processing, control and routing of information.
I will illustrate these challenges and recent advances by our group using
three case studies, all using identical computational infrastructure: (1) a
soft robotic skin that can locate and classify textures by locally
sampling, processing and classifying 3kHz vibration signals and route
relevant information to a central processing unit using multi-hop
networking. (2) A modular building block for creating intelligent walls and
facade systems that can recognize complex gestures spanning multiple
building blocks in a robust and scalable fashion using Bloom filter-based
multi-cast routing and a simple classifier. And (3) variable stiffness
composites that can assume arbitrary shapes using simple actuation and
local feedback control.

Pre meeting food

Food will be available at the meeting location, so please show up around 6:45
pm and join us for a bite to eat. We'll start the meeting about 7:15.

See you there,
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