August 14, 2016 – SIG-Computing: Autonomous Vehicles – Their Legacy and Future, SIG-Linux: Favorite Podcasts…

General Announcements

Mike Bader, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Picture of an Autonomous Vehicle

Topic: Autonomous Vehicles – Their Legacy and Future:

Robert Neff is our presenter  and the presentation will cover… What will our life be like with autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered? How will people regard the disrupting technology as it evolves?

The presentation provides a history of Automated Vehicles and Highways going back to 1925. The speaker was Technical Leader for his company’s participation in the 1997 National Automated Highway Demonstration where autonomous vehicles were successfully demonstrated to be technologically feasible on a prototype automated highway in San Diego.

Automated features are being introduced on today’s automobiles. Many more features are in product development and nearing production. The presentation will discuss adoption of these features and will show how vehicle to vehicle communication will facilitate the future of autonomous vehicles.

Finally, the presentation will offer a future vision of what life may be like with autonomous vehicles.

Robert Neff has done many thing in his life and currently is engaged in Sales and Marketing for companies involved in high technology products, projects and people. Sales and Marketing Insight is Bob’s strategic marketing company.

Robert is a corporate officer in the Intrass Corporation, which is a startup company involved in patented 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Radio Communication (DSRC) technology for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.

Robert is past Chairman of the SAE DSRC Vehicle Safety Subcommittee and is a current member of the SAE DSRC Standards Technical Committee that has written the interoperability standard J2735 so vehicles can communicate with each other and with the infrastructure (V2V and V2I). The committee has recently published J2945 which displays the Common Performance Requirements for DSRC communication.

Robert retired from Eaton Corporation where he held various technical, marketing and managerial positions. The majority of Bob’s time at Eaton was spent in the VORAD Division working on collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning using 24 GHz and 77GHz radar. Bob was Technical Lead for Eaton’s participation in the National Automated Highway Demonstration in 1997.

Robert has served since January 2014 as Chairman of IEEE Southeastern Michigan (SEM) Section.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation and during the social period before the SIG-Linux meeting. Snacks available during the social period.
When: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Topic: Favorite Podcasts, YouTube and Hangouts Channels, and Websites:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky will lead a discussion of the groups favorite podcasts, YouTube and Hangouts channels, and websites. So come and share your favorites with the group.

All are welcome.

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available. Our thanks to Altair Engineering, Inc. for providing our meeting space!

August 20, 2016 – SIG-Programming: Python


Topic: Python:

We are learning Python using the book “Learning Python” by Mark Lutz. It is an O’Reilly book, but can also be purchased at Amazon

We are to read Chapter 23, “Module Coding Basics” for the next meeting. If you have any questions contact Richard Jackson (see below). All are welcome to come.

Where: Richard Jackson’s home. Call Richard Jackson at 248-546-3694 for directions.

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

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