Planning & Scheduling

Sven Koenig: Progress on Multi-Robot Path Finding CMU RI Seminar


Abstract: "Teams of robots often have to assign target locations among themselves and then plan collision-free paths to their target locations. Today, hundreds of robots already navigate autonomously in Amazon fulfillment centers to move inventory pods all the way from their storage locations to the packing stations. Path planning for these robots can be NP-hard, yet one must find high-quality collision-free paths for them in real-time. The shorter these paths are, the fewer robots are needed and the cheaper it is to open new fulfillment centers.

Financial Gravity hosts AI design challenge for tax planning software


Financial Gravity, a tax services and wealth management firm in Dallas, is sponsoring an AI design challenge for the creation of an an artificially intelligent tax advisor. The AI-enabled automated tax planning assistant software, as it's being called, will be named Odele; and its target end users are business owners, entrepreneurs and high net worth families with multiple sources of income, some investments, and the ability to save for the future. Financial Gravity reports that it has a database of ideal tax scenarios that maximize take-home income. The firm wants Odele to connect individuals to their most ideal scenario.

Engine issue grounds Battle of Britain Memorial Flight planes

BBC News

Most of the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have been grounded due to an engine issue. A Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfire planes are all affected by the problem. The RAF spokesman was unable to say when the planes would be back in the skies. The problem is "related to the Merlin engine" - which powers aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane - but "affects all current and serviceable display aircraft", the BBMF said.

The State of Contingent Workforce Management 2017-2018


This year's survey aims to define the current market trends around the concept of "work," including the impact of the Gig Economy, the extent to which specific technologies pave the road for the Future of Work, and the performance, strategies, and capabilities within today's contingent workforce management (CWM) programs. For the purposes of this research study, "non-employee" talent includes temporary workers (sourced via staffing suppliers), freelancers, independent contractors, robotics, professional services, and "gig" workers.

This plane pattern is so meta it hurts


If you have to test fly an aircraft for 18 hours, with no passengers and no destination, you might as well get a little creative. While testing their newest 787 Dreamliner engines, pilots for aircraft manufacturer Boeing did just that. Boeing's jet flew a total of 9,905 miles across 22 states, on a flight path that drew a near perfect outline of, what else: a Boeing 787. From wingtip to wingtip, the outline spanned 1,500 miles from Michigan's Upper Peninsula all the way to the southernmost tip of Texas, making the image roughly 40,000 times larger than the jet which drew it.

Google just made scheduling work meetings a little easier


There's a little bit of good news for people juggling both Google G Suite tools and Microsoft Exchange for their schedule management at work. Google has released an update that will allow G Suite users to access coworkers' real-time free/busy information through both Google Calendar's Find a Time feature and Microsoft Outlook's Scheduling Assistant interchangeably. G Suite admins can enable the new Calendar Interop management feature through the Settings for Calendar option in the admin console. The new feature is available on Android, iOS and web versions of Google Calendar as well as desktop, mobile and web clients for Outlook 2010, for admins who choose to enable it.

Artificial Intelligence: efficient and safe ? – KindGeek Software – Medium


These computers with artificial intelligence are designed including such abilities, as speech recognition, learning, planning, problem-solving, knowledge, reasoning, problem-solving, perception, learning, planning, ability to manipulate and move objects. June 2017, tv-presenters of British morning greeted AI the Sophia robot, she'd answer different random questions, joked, demonstrated a lot of mimic gestures. While narrow AI can outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, like playing chess or solving equations, AGI will be able to outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task. There are already a lot of areas where robots perform people's work, let's assume that they are going to facilitate our life, for example, we already use well-known SIRI or self-driving cars.

Big SHOCK at Disney

FOX News

Janielle and Elijah Gilmour, ages 12 and 10, got the surprise of a lifetime in April, when foster parents Courtney and Tom Gilmour announced news of their official adoption date during a visit to Walt Disney World. "We planned it as soon as we got the [official] date, which was the Friday before our trip," Courtney tells Fox News. Courtney and Tom Gilmour had been foster parents to Janielle and Elijah for three years. "We are all happy Gilmours," Courtney tells Fox News.

Can AI Speed Up the Supply Chain Process?


With the faculty of both intra-city and inter-city route planning, Route Optimization is technology's answer to the famous Traveling Salesman Problem. Predicting disruptions and training AI to learn from contingency plans developed by humans enables automated corrective action in the future. Driverless vehicles, alone have the potential to completely change the way we transport products, and they're closer than we think. AI armed with predictive analytics can analyze massive amounts of data generated by the supply chains and help organizations move to a more proactive form of supply chain management.

Flight plan for Apollo 13 mission goes on sale for £30,000

Daily Mail

Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the moon, but just under 56 hours into flight, an oxygen tank explosion forced the crew to cancel the lunar landing and move into the Aquarius lunar module to return back to Earth. The drama that unfolded during the Apollo 13 mission was re-told in the Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon as Swigert and the late Bill Paxton as Haise. The flight plan for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission which had to be drastically altered following the'Houston, we have had a problem' emergency on board has been unearthed The Apollo 13 mission which set off on April 11, 1970 was meant to culminate in a third moon landing, with Lovell and Haise voyaging to the lunar surface while Swigert orbited in the command module Odyssey. But just under 56 hours into the mission, an oxygen tank explosion resulted in a major loss of electrical power to the command and service module, forcing the crew to cancel the lunar landing and move into the Aquarius lunar module.