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Thriving animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like ‘savvy gamblers’

August 7, 2019

Scientists have studied particular examples of this for many years but there are not many unifying frameworks to…
Physics of laser frequency combs sheds light on nature’s problem-solving skills

July 12, 2019

Nature has a way of finding optimal solutions to complex problems. For example, despite billions of ways for…
Researchers teach robots what humans want

June 25, 2019

Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous robots. Told to optimize for speed…
Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing

September 26, 2018

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large…
Why Bees Soared and Slime Flopped as Inspirations for Systems Engineering

February 22, 2018

Bees? Great. Ants? Hit or miss. Slime mold amoebas? Fail. Though nature offers excellent design inspirations in some…
The Benefits of using Mobile Device Movement Data to Optimise Airport Operation and Improve Passenger Experience

June 14, 2017

Which parking spaces, airport entrances and services do passengers use? How many people show up at airport processes,…
Faster optimization

October 23, 2015

Optimization problems are everywhere in engineering: Balancing design tradeoffs is an optimization problem, as are scheduling and logistical…
From protein design to self-driving cars: researchers win AI prize for new optimization approach

August 14, 2015

The key to solving many of the most important problems in business, science and technology lies in optimization…
3D Printing Could Decrease the Weight of Airplanes by 4 to 7 Percent

June 3, 2015

A new case study from the Northwestern University, led by Professor Eric Masanet, has found a way to…
Mathematical Model Predicts Optimal Use of Antibiotics

May 15, 2015

A new mathematical model developed by a team of scientists led by the Yale School of Public Health…
VERIFI code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

May 11, 2015

For engine designers in the digital age, time is money. And that time is measured in computer cycles.…
Optimizing optimization algorithms

January 21, 2015

Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other…
New way to predict how traffic will flow

November 7, 2014

A reliable way of predicting the flow of traffic could be a great convenience for commuters, as well…
Using Simulation and Optimization to Cut Wait Times for Voters

November 4, 2014

No one ever likes long lines. Waiting in line may be inconvenient at the coffee shop or the…
Ship ahoy! Fraunhofer displays innovations at SMM

September 2, 2014

Seven Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in…
Simulation models optimize water power

August 6, 2014

The Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest offers great potential for water power; hydroelectric power stations there…
MIT researchers develop an improved system for timing of urban lights to minimize commuting times

July 8, 2014

Anyone who has ever driven a city street and been frustrated by having to stop again and again…
Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 8, 2014

A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured…
Tiger beetle’s chase highlights mechanical law

April 10, 2014

If an insect drew a line as it chased its next meal, the resulting pattern would be a…
Gaian Database technology seeks to optimize data identification and processing

January 2, 2014

Data volumes are in a stage of continuous growth, particularly in the areas of science, industry, and the…
Optimization Modeling Helps Control Electricity Supply Continuity in Brazil

November 19, 2013

For boaters, fisherman and others, a lake filled with water is an opportunity for recreation. But for an…
Theory and practice key to optimized broadband, low-loss optical metamaterials

April 1, 2013

The union of theory and practice makes broadband, low-loss optical devices practical, which is why two groups of…
Birds of a feather … track seven neighbors to flock together

February 12, 2013

Watching a flock of thousands of starlings take to the sky is a spectacular sight. As the flock…
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