Planning & Scheduling


Intelligent Empowerment: The Next Wave of Technology-led Disruption

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There's a combination of factors that contribute to this renaissance: more access to data, increased computing power to store and process the data, advances in the algorithms and techniques, and the increase of Open Source tools that help lower the barrier to adoption. The current trend is now the intelligent car that combines the benefits of sensors, connectivity and advances in AI algorithms to enable self-driving cars. While the initial waves were about simple automation of existing business processes with technology playing a supporting role to the organization, the recent disruptions are bringing technology closer and closer to the core of every business. A truly end-to-end planning system goes beyond the existing silos of production planning, material planning, demand planning, transportation planning and so on.


HR Tech is Transforming Workplace Management Norms

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Not only are HRMS changing talent management practices, but they are also helping revolutionize organizational designs. One thing is for sure: automation will eliminate transactional work, freeing up human workers' bandwidths for more value-adding work and making HR a more strategic advisor to business. HR is seeing the proliferation of social technological systems that help analyze and understand the large amounts of data that social makes available. Only when HR and HR tech meet the workforce needs can we leapfrog toward the organizational goals.


[R] Enhancement of an scheduling algorithm with ML • r/MachineLearning

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The actual problem is that I have a 15 element input tensor (describing the scheduling scenario) and I want to generate a 4 element output tensor that gives me some parameters for my algorithm. I randomly generated a data set (labled as far as I understand) that contains input and output elements and connects them with a score which should be as low (good) as possible. So if I want to generate a model that gives me as good as possible output so that the algorithm can compute a schedule with the score as good as possible, how can I model a NN that in can be trained by this data later gives me good ouput for any scenario. Training data has 3 tables (Input, Output, Score) and is generated randomly over the weekend.


HBO's Silicon Valley addresses the dark underbelly of artificial intelligence

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But the task he assigned the class is a very real and illustrative type of tech industry labor, not unlike the work of the Mumbai clickfarm Jared employed last season to boost Pied Piper's user metrics. Because many modern AI advancements are thanks to neural networks, and because those networks must be trained with countless examples so they improve over time, companies often need human beings to help the software make sense of the data. The company's long-term goal is to build AI that can automate away some of the more rote behaviors and routine demands, while humans would increasingly be used only for tasks the software could never perform on its own, like calling Amazon customer service. Launched in beta in fall 2015, M acted like a fully automated personal assistant, but it requires a team of human contractors down in Menlo Park to take control of the bot when, say, someone asks it to call Amazon customer service.


Teaching robots to teach other robots

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Importantly, this enables users to teach robots skills that can be automatically transferred to other robots with different "kinematics" (ways of moving) – a key time- and cost-saving measure for companies that want a range of robots to perform similar actions. The team tested the system on Optimus, a new two-armed robot designed for bomb disposal that they programmed to perform tasks like opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. By matching these keyframes with the knowledge base, the robot can automatically suggest motion plans for the operator to approve or edit as needed. "By using these learned constraints in a motion planner, we can make systems that are far more flexible than those which just try to mimic what's being demonstrated" Shah says that advanced LfD methods could prove important in time-sensitive scenarios like bomb disposal and disaster response, where robots are currently tele-operated at the level of individual joint movements.


Teaching robots to teach other robots

MIT News

Importantly, this enables users to teach robots skills that can be automatically transferred to other robots that have different ways of moving -- a key time- and cost-saving measure for companies that want a range of robots to perform similar actions. The team tested the system on Optimus, a new two-armed robot designed for bomb disposal that they programmed to perform tasks such as opening doors, transporting objects, and extracting objects from containers. By matching these keyframes to the different situations in the knowledge base, the robot can automatically suggest motion plans for the operator to approve or edit as needed. One challenge was that existing constraints that could be learned from demonstrations weren't accurate enough to enable robots to precisely manipulate objects.


FEDS’ FLIGHT PLAN Airlines told to prep for wider electronics ban

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In March, officials implemented the initial ban of certain electronic devices on flights to the U.S. from 13 international airports due to reports of increased terror threats that suggested Al Qaeda and other groups were still looking to smuggle explosive materials onboard planes. When DHS implemented the initial ban, it said that there was "reason to be concerned" about attempts by terrorist groups to "circumvent aviation security," and said that terrorist groups continue to "target aviation interests." According to DHS, the affected airports were: Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Ataturk International Airport, Saudi Arabia's Kin Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Morocco's Mohammad V Airport, Qatar's Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Last week, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News that recent changes to aviation security were based on "specific and credible intelligence."


Trip planning: 35 remaining 2017 robotics-related events

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Whether for research, purchasing, education or in conjuncation with a family vacation, going to and attending robotics-related conferences and trade shows can provide real personal and business benefits, particularly when the venue is in a foreign location.


Passengers in Viral Airline Videos Have Same Lawyer

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FILE - In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, file photo, attorney Thomas Demetrio speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The woman who sobbed after an American Airlines flight attendant took her stroller now has a lawyer, Demetrio, who also represents the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight earlier in the month. American says the woman on the flight on April 21, was supposed to leave her doublewide stroller to be stored in the cargo bay, not take it into the cabin.


Does travel planning leave you scratching your head? Try Wheresgood.to

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Recommendations are sent in the form of travel photos from Instagram. What's hot: No need to ask friends for travel suggestions when someone else's travel photos will do just as well. Make sure you allow the site to access your current location when the pop-up box asks. It was based it on my current location (London), but I wanted to change it to my home location in Southern California.