With a flash of their face, passengers flying overseas will be able to walk through Sydney Airport's international terminal to their waiting plane almost without showing their passport. That is the goal of a trial of biometric testing due to start in May at Australia's largest airport. "Your face will be your passport and boarding pass. There will be no fumbling for passports," Sydney Airport's new chief executive, Geoff Culbert, said. Sydney Airport plans to begin its biometric testing trial in May.
Mission Planning and Analysis Division Technology Development and Applications Branch The Technology Development and Applications Branch of the Space Operations Directorate has the following functional responsibilities: (1) the evaluation, assessment, and implementation of new technology from NASA research centers, industries and universities relative to JSC space operation applications; (2) development of in-house capabilities for assessment and implementation of new technologies; and (3) prototype development and demonstrations of new technologies. Specific applications of artificial intelligence include robotic simulations, interactive graphics, information communication, man-machine interface, expert systems, automated software development, intelligent computer-aided instruction, intelligent computeraided engineering, expert system builders, parallel processing, and software verification and validation. Robotic Systems Development This project will develop a robotic software test bed that integrates artificial intelligence and graphics system technologies for dynamic system simulations. Specific objectives are (1) to develop a clearer understanding of the computing, communications, and control capabilities needed for coordinated robotic manipulation of objects in a spacebased environment; (2) to develop an understanding of tradeoffs and the complementary relationships between graphic simulation modules and empirical test-bed modules with respect to robotic subsystem design, development, and proof-of-concept demonstrations; (3) to identify requirements for integrating coordinated intelligent robotic units with the evolutionary space station network of computing systems, communications and control systems, and common service and hardware-software elements; and (4) to identify short-and long-term technology needs. In the process, technical issues such as perception, automated aids for problem solving, cognition and learn-Kathleen Healey is Special Assistant at the Simulation and Avionics Integration Division, Research and Engineering Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 77058.
The Australian startup scene is in good shape, but it needs less chatting and more doing. That was the message from a panel of some of Australia's top startup and business leaders Thursday. The discussion, held in Sydney as part of the CSIRO's accelerator program aimed at commercialising technology and science, touched on whether the Australian government's innovation rhetoric is becoming reality. SEE ALSO: Aussies couldn't get enough data in late 2015. It's great the conversation around improving funding and tax incentives for startups has started to ramp up here, but it's not enough, suggested Geoff Culbert, CEO of GE Australia and New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.