Rolls-Royce, Google Join Forces on Making Autonomous Ships a Reality

first_imgRolls-Royce has inked a deal with Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems which are believed to make existing vessels safer and are essential for autonomous ships to become a reality.The agreement, said to be the first of its kind in the marine sector, was signed at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden on October 3. It allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.“While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient. By working with Google Cloud we can make these systems better faster, saving lives,” Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence, commented.As disclosed, Rolls-Royce will use Google Cloud’s software to create machine learning models which can interpret large and diverse marine data sets created by Rolls-Royce. Data will be prepared to train models, ensuring that it is relevant and in sufficient quantity to create statistical significance. As part of the machine learning process, the models’ predictions are evaluated in practical marine applications, allowing the models to be further refined.By accessing this software through the Cloud, the models can be developed from anywhere in the world and are immediately accessible globally allowing thousands of users. Models can, therefore, be trained on large quantities (terabytes) of data. This will be essential as autonomous ships become commonplace.In the longer term, Rolls-Royce and Google intend to undertake joint research on unsupervised and multimodal learning. The two companies will also test whether speech recognition and synthesis are viable solutions for human-machine interfaces in marine applications. They will also work on optimizing the performance of local neural network computing on board ships using open source machine intelligence software libraries such as Google’s TensorFlow.Intelligent awareness systems are expected to make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, Rolls-Royce said.last_img read more

Youthful squad uses early scare to mature

first_imgThe biggest theme of the 2005-06 season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been growth, as the young, talented team tries to mature fast enough to repeat the success of recent Wisconsin squads. Whether they expected to find it or not, the Badgers found themselves in a situation where they couldn’t help but grow. Down 47-46 to an inferior but rabid opponent, UW faced a crossroads, where it could either crumble and fall or come together and rise, and UW took the road less traveled by young teams, breaking into a 22-5 run and playing like a veteran squad the rest of the way.”That game will help us, I’ll tell you that,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “The runs that happen, I don’t know if that all the time it is something magical or that you could put your finger on it. Energy has a lot to do with it. It happens.”The Badgers won the game on a team effort. Junior Alando Tucker (18 points) and sophomore Brian Butch (14 points) both had strong individual efforts, but the UW bench outscored UW-GB’s reserves 26-5. Wisconsin as a team committed only seven turnovers the entire game, a season low. The team held the Phoenix to under 30 percent shooting in the second half, behind team defense that was simply suffocating, forcing 11 turnovers and countless rushed shots.”The best part of Wisconsin basketball is that you never see them beat themselves,” said UW-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk, whose team is even younger than Wisconsin’s. “We may have beat ourselves a little bit in that run.””I just thought we were dead for a while,” Tucker said. “I think that at that point, we felt the urgency that we weren’t playing with.” Kowalczyk left the Kohl Center with firm respect for the Badgers’ level of play, one that he believes has yet to be discovered by the national media because of UW’s inexperience.”I think the University of Wisconsin is a lot better than anybody nationally gives them credit for,” the fourth-year coach said. “This is as well-coached a team as you are going to see anywhere in the country.” Flowers sparks victory: Sophomore guard Michael Flowers once again came up big for Wisconsin and had the most impressive line of the night. Flowers scored a career-high 12 points on 4-7 shooting, while also collecting six steals (another personal best) and four assists, both team highs.”It was needed,” Ryan said. “The definition of aggression is the disposition to dominate, and Michael gets that in his head. He’s been pretty good defensively.”Flowers started off UW’s game-changing run in the second half, making a short jumper and netting a steal on the ensuing UW-GB possession.”That’s when [Flowers] stepped up at point guard and took some confidence away from them,” Tucker said.Bragging rights: Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma won bragging rights for the year over former Randolph High teammate and UW-GB freshman Ryan Tillema with UW’s victory. Not only did Stiemsma win out on the scoreboard, but also in the box score.”When [Steimsma] was out there, good things were happening,” Ryan said.Stiemsma finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist, while Tillema went 0-for-8 from the floor and committed two turnovers. In Tillema’s defense, however, the freshman had a thumb injury that in all likelihood limited his game.”He hurt it in practice yesterday,” Kowalczyk said after the game. “He had a hard time catching the basketball. That’s what I think hurt him — catching the ball. I don’t think the pain was from shooting.”Ryan technical: Ryan was hit with his first technical foul of the season Wednesday night after vehemently arguing a no call on sophomore forward Brian Butch. Butch was knocked to the deck by an aggressive Phoenix player while attempting to go for an offensive rebound.”It was just one of those things where if I did [say something], I don’t even realize it and it was just a reaction,” Ryan said. “You are just trying to protect your players, and people see things different ways sometimes. That is all just part of the game.”last_img read more

Baez and Hendricks lead Cubs over Pirates.

first_img LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 3rd September, 2020 11:37 IST Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 11:37 IST Baez And Hendricks Lead Cubs Over Pirates. Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.center_img Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Baez connected in the fourth inning to put Chicago in front 3-1. The blast carried 443 feet to the back set of bleachers in left-center field and came one pitch after Nick Tropeano relieved starter Joe Musgrove.Hendricks (4-4) scattered six hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks. He had been winless in his previous three starts.Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single in the seventh and the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to make it 8-2. Willson Contreras doubled in a run and the other two scored on a fielding error by shortstop Kevin Newman.Contreras finished with three hits.The Pirates’ runs came on homers by Colin Moran in the second inning and Anthony Alford in the seventh.Moran hit a line drive 450 feet over the right-center field stands. Alford had ihis first home run for the Pirates, who claimed him off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays last week.Musgrove (0-4) went three-plus innings after being activated from the injured list prior to the game. He gave up three hits, struck out four and walked none while being limited to 46 pitches.Musgrove had been sidelined by right triceps inflammation since Aug. 5.The NL Central-leading Cubs won their third straight game and the Pirates lost their third in a row.The start of the game was delayed one hour and 11 minutes because of rain.HONORING CLEMENTEThe Pirates announced that all their players and coaches will wear the late Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 when Pittsburgh hosts the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 9.It is a move Clemente’s family and the organization hope is a step toward having Major League Baseball retire the Hall of Famer’s number as it did with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 in 1997, a half-century after Robinson broke MLB’s color barrier.HELLO NEIGHBORPirates left-hander Derek Holland is noted for his off-the-wall sense of humor,It showed again when he was called on to pitch in relief at the start of the fifth inning. Holland took the mound accompanied by the song “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which was the theme for children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.The show was taped at WQED in Pittsburgh and there is a statue of Rogers along the river walk that runs behind PNC Park.PIRATES ROSTER MOVESIn addition to bringing Musgrove off the IL, the Pirates activated LF Bryan Reynolds from the paternity list, optioned 1B/OF Jose Osuna to the alternate training site and designated RHP Carson Fulmer for assignment.Fulmer was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 24 but did not appear in a game for Pittsburgh.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: LHP Jose Quintana (left lat inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday, and RHP Jason Adam was recalled from the alternate site. Quintana also missed the first month of the season while recovering from surgery to repair nerve damage in his left thumb. … 3B Kris Bryant did not start a day after being activated from the IL. Manager David Ross wants to ease Bryant back into action after the 2016 NL MVP was sidelined by a sprained left finger for nearly two weeks.Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (strained left oblique) and RHP Jameson Taillon (Tommy John elbow surgery) are scheduled to pitch live batting practice Thursday. … RHP Keone Kela (right forearm tightness) is playing long toss at 120 feet and should start throwing off the mound by the weekend. WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more


first_imgIf you’re thinking about taking a city break this summer, consider Prague. Think real-life Disneyland, minus the kids. The Czech Republic capital city’s spire-sprinkled skyline features castles, cathedrals and impressive bridges, and every corner has a story to tell.St. Nicholas Church (left) and Prague Castle District in the background copyThings to do:Charles BridgeA free walking tour through the entire city will teach you all you need to know about the royalty and rebels of the country. Admire the beautiful blend of architectural styles, from Art Nouveau to Baroque. In a city where beer is cheaper than water, it’s easy to chill out with a beverage at any time of the day. Have some wine in the grand Prague Castle vineyards or sip beers in boat hotels along the Vltava River.Prague’s Old Town Square is the perfect place to relax beneath the intricate astronomical clock and watch the world go by. The open space is a feast of smells and sounds. Pigs roast on spits, potatoes are stirred in huge pots over open fires and street vendors beat and weld medieval trinkets.At night, Old Town Square pulses out a fairytale feel as the gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn lights up and looms over night-time revellers and street entertainers.Scaling the heights is a must in Prague. The Old Town Hall observation floor provides impressive views of the castle district from right above the city’s beating heart. The entire city is also viewable from a miniature Eiffel Tower on Petrin Hill. The Petrin Tower is set among landscaped gardens which make for a perfect quiet retreat from the hustle of the city streets. Make sure to sample the traditional Czech cuisine of Svíčková – beef swimming in cream sauce topped in cranberry, with dumplings on the side. To say that Svíčková is filling would be a major understatement. Wander away from the major tourist areas and you will be rewarded with interesting restaurants like ‘Nostress’, a chic Asian-French fusion restaurant, or the hip rooftop terrace eatery ‘Cowboys and Cocktails’.Prague is great for the culture vulture who can visit the many opera houses and art exhibitions.Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before TýnA more interactive culture experience can be had by taking a Ghost Tour through Old Town. A cape-clad storyteller leads the way through lamp-lit alleys while he tells stories of the gruesome and alchemic happenings that took place on those very streets. A more relaxed exploration of the city can be taken through one of the many river cruises.Flights to Prague take approx 2 and a half hours. Aer Lingus fly direct from Dublin. When choosing a hotel, consider somewhere outside the city centre as a cost-saving option. The Prague Metro is very regular, and will bring you into the heart of the city in no Rachel McLaughlin DD TRAVEL: PUT PRETTY PRAGUE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-SEE CITIES was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:city breakczech republicholidaypragueTravellast_img read more