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Army partners with University of Illinois on autonomous drone swarm technology

Army researchers are working with the University of Illinois Chicago on unmanned technology for recharging drone swarms.

The university has been awarded a four-year, $8 million cooperative agreement “to develop foundational science in two critical propulsion and power technology areas for powering future families of unmanned aircraft systems,” according to a statement released by the Army Research Laboratory.

“This collaborative program will help small battery-powered drones autonomously return from military missions to unmanned ground vehicles for recharging,” the Army added. “The university is developing algorithms to enable route planning for multiple teams of small unmanned air and ground vehicles.”

ARMY DEVELOPING DRONES THAT CAN CHANGE SHAPE MID-FLIGHT

The military is looking to make the process of recharging vast drone swarms as efficiently as possible by using fast, recharging batteries and wireless power transfer technologies. This, researchers say, will let multiple drones to hover over an unmanned ground vehicle and recharge wirelessly.

Army researchers are working with the University of Illinois Chicago on the drone recharging system.

Army researchers are working with the University of Illinois Chicago on the drone recharging system.
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“Imagine in the future, the Army deploying a swarm of hundreds or thousands of unmanned aerial systems,” said Dr. Mike Kweon, program manager for the laboratory’s Versatile Tactical Power and Propulsion Essential Research Program, in the statement. “Each of these systems has only roughly 26 minutes with the current battery technologies to conduct a flight mission and return to their home before they lose battery power, which means all of them could conceivably return at the same time to have their batteries replaced.”

“Soldiers would need to carry a few thousand batteries on missions to facilitate this, which is logistically overwhelming and overall, not conducive to a leading expeditionary military operation,” Kweon added. “With this research project, we’re operationalizing scientific endeavors to increase Soldier readiness on the battlefields of tomorrow.”

US ARMY TESTING AUGMENTED REALITY GOGGLES ON DOGS

The Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command.

Wireless recharging would reduce the logistical burden of replacing batteries. (Courtesy University of Illinois Chicago)

Wireless recharging would reduce the logistical burden of replacing batteries. (Courtesy University of Illinois Chicago)

In another project, the U.S. Army has been working with Texas A&M University to develop drones that can change shape in mid-flight.

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Experts from the Army’s Research Laboratory presented their work on a new tool to develop the small shape-shifting drones at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aviation Forum and Exposition virtual event on June 16, 2020. Army researchers and Texas A&M University published the findings of a two-year study in fluid-structure interaction.

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Medscape Education Partners with Emory University to Tackle Worsening Doctor Burnout in The Age of COVID

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With national reports showing intensifying levels of burnout and loneliness among physicians, Medscape Education is launching a new series, The Doctor’s Dilemma of Overcoming Burnout, focused on giving healthcare professionals (HCPs) evidence-based tools to alleviate mental and emotional distress during the pandemic and beyond.

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Developed in partnership with Emory University and other institutions, the five-episode series, free to physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs), combines video storytelling, clinician interviews and evidenced-based approaches from health experts, including Cognitive-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), Community Resiliency Model (CRM) therapy and techniques from contemplative sciences, such as self-care and mindfulness.

In the most recent Medscape poll on physicians’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly two-thirds of doctors reported worsening burnout, up from 42% in early 2020, with female and GenX physicians (those born between 1965 and 1980) reporting the highest levels.

One in four physicians reported problems with relationships, and others indicated higher stress due to COVID-19-related loss of income. Reports have documented concerning levels of depression among doctors, even prior to the pandemic, due to large patient volumes, long hours, and challenges with electronic medical records and overwhelming bureaucratic demands.

Medscape has found that fewer than half (43%) of physicians have access to workplace programs to help them cope with grief and stress.

“When doctors and nurses suffer mentally, health care, hospitals, and patients do, too,” said Hansa Bhargava, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Medscape, and moderator and co-creator of The Doctor’s Dilemma. “We know that hospitals are taking notice of this issue, but there are still too few programs available. We have to act now, as a medical community, to help ourselves. It is a crisis for many of us and there is growing research and scientific evidence that CBCT, CRM and other techniques can make a difference.”

The series delivers information on tools that doctors can quickly learn and realistically implement. Video vignettes depict daily struggles contributing to the problem, and expert insights and solutions address what real-life HCPs can do, all with the goal of reducing burnout or preventing it from escalating to depression, anxiety or other mood disorders.

The series features:

  • Linda Grabbe, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, and developer of the Community Resiliency Model
  • Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, former Tibetan monk and Executive Director of the Compassion Center at Emory University, on CBCT techniques, to decrease cortisol and other inflammatory markers
  • Alanna Levine, M.D. and Anthony Chang, M.D., on pivoting, growth and changes that can help physicians find career fulfillment
  • David Lawson, M.D., an oncologist, on his experiences with Cognitive-Based Compassion Training to defeat burnout
  • Anthony Mazzarelli, M.D. and Stephen Trzeciak, M.D., authors of Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes A Difference.

“We often don’t think of doctors diving into methods such as self-compassion, gratitude practices or mindfulness trainings,” said Dr. Bhargava, “but younger physicians and female physicians’ no longer want to hide stoically behind the white coat.

Mondly Partners with Oxford University Press to Introduce An Enhanced English Language Learning Module Supporting 33 Languages

BRASOV, Romania, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mondly, one of the world’s leading online language platforms, and Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, today announce a new suite of custom English progress tests via the Mondly app.

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Mondly partners with Oxford University Press to introduce custom English learning and assessment module (PRNewsfoto/Mondly)

The collaboration between Mondly and OUP enables English language learning, assessment, and testing in 33 languages, including less common languages like Danish, Persian, or Hebrew. The new module offers easily accessible learning support with access to 3,500+ different questions and 108 different English language progress tests for each of the languages included in the partnership.

As part of this module, Mondly will now have lessons based on Oxford Practice Grammar tests and the Oxford 3000, and that are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for reporting at levels B2, B1, and A2. These tests are based on CEFR guidelines and integrated into Mondly’s pre-existing topics.

“We’re very excited to partner with OUP to offer content and testing from their world-renowned English-learning resources,” said Mondly CEO, Alexandru Iliescu. “There are over 1.5 billion people around the world currently learning English, including over 25-percent of our users. Mondly and OUP are the ideal team to comprehensively support and enable their learning journey.”

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Mondly, who have been pursuing innovative solutions for language learning for several years,” said Harry Cunningham, Partnerships and Innovation Manager at Oxford University Press. “Improving education around the world, and working alongside partners by providing our leading expert content to help more learners access the resources they need, is fundamental to achieving our mission.”

For more information, visit https://www.mondly.com.

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About Mondly

Mondly is a leading online language learning platform that enables over 60 million people from 190 countries to learn 41 languages. Launched in 2014, it quickly became a leading app in the mobile space, reaching #1 in Education in most European countries, Latin America and Asia.

Internationally acclaimed by outlets like Business Insider, CNN and Forbes, it’s the first app to launch VR and AR experiences for learning languages, featuring innovative speech recognition and chatbot technologies. Mondly was also awarded “App of the Year” by Facebook, “Best New App” by Apple, and “Editors’ Choice” by Google Play.

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence.

It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

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University of Houston Partners with Standard to Open First Retail Store Retrofitted for a Full Checkout-Free Experience

“Market Next” at the University of Houston retrofitted with Standard’s AI-powered platform to transform the retail experience, ensure utmost student safety; students can complete shopping trip in 2.3 seconds

Market Next at University of Houston is the first US store retrofitted for cashierless checkout

Shoppers can take what they want and leave in seconds - they are automatically charged and a receipt is emailed.
Shoppers can take what they want and leave in seconds – they are automatically charged and a receipt is emailed.
Shoppers can take what they want and leave in seconds – they are automatically charged and a receipt is emailed.

Students can walk in, take what they like, and simply walk out

There is no need to scan anything or wait in line to pay.
There is no need to scan anything or wait in line to pay.
There is no need to scan anything or wait in line to pay.

Standard provides the only checkout-free solution that can be quickly and easily installed in existing stores

Retailers don't want to build new stores to get cashierless checkout. Standard can retrofit existing stores with its camera-based system.
Retailers don’t want to build new stores to get cashierless checkout. Standard can retrofit existing stores with its camera-based system.
Retailers don’t want to build new stores to get cashierless checkout. Standard can retrofit existing stores with its camera-based system.

Standard is also retrofitting other Chartwells stores

Chartwells is actively working with Standard to retrofit a series of stores across North America: a convenience store equipped with Standard’s checkout-free technology has opened in North Carolina, and another will soon open in Ontario.
Chartwells is actively working with Standard to retrofit a series of stores across North America: a convenience store equipped with Standard’s checkout-free technology has opened in North Carolina, and another will soon open in Ontario.
Chartwells is actively working with Standard to retrofit a series of stores across North America: a convenience store equipped with Standard’s checkout-free technology has opened in North Carolina, and another will soon open in Ontario.

HOUSTON and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Convenience just took on a whole new meaning for students at the University of Houston. The university and its dining services partner Chartwells Higher Education, have partnered with Standard, which provides the only checkout-free solution that can be quickly and easily installed in existing stores, to transform an on-campus convenience store into the nation’s first retrofitted, completely touchless, cashierless retail experience.

“Market Next” at Technology Bridge opened on the University of Houston campus today. Operating 24 hours a day, the one-of-a-kind store sells an assortment of snacks, coffee, beverages, microwavable items, sandwiches, and more; and with this revolutionary new system, students can walk in, take what they like, and simply walk out — without ever having to scan anything or wait in line to pay. The fastest full shopping trip recorded with the Standard platform is 2.3 seconds, which can only happen because of its camera-based system, and is especially useful for students who are running late for class.

“Students’ tastes change constantly, and we’re well equipped to handle that. But their shopping preferences evolve too, and we want to continue providing new and unique shopping experiences that are unexpected on a college campus,” said David Riddle, Vice President of Operations for Chartwells Higher Ed, District Manager for UH System Dining. “This is the future of shopping, and with autonomous checkout through Standard, we’ve made it as easy, safe and convenient