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Papers from the 12th U.S. Frontiers of Engineering
December 1, 2006 Volume 36 Issue 4
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorSusan Zielinski

    We are on the verge of a transformation in urban transportation called New Mobility.

    In a classic 1950s photograph, a scientific looking man in a light suit is dwarfed by a mammoth mainframe computer he’s programming. It is unlikely that the idea of a “nanopod” would have ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorJulia M. Phillips

    Every year, NAE sponsors a U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium that brings together some 100 outstanding young engineers (ages 30 to 45) from academia, industry, and government laboratories for three days of sharing ideas and learning about cutting-edge research on a broad range of ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorAndreas Schäfer

    World travel demand will increase approximately in proportion to the increase in income.

    Anticipating changes in travel demand on aggregate levels is critical for industries making decisions about meeting the demand for vehicles and fuel and for governments planning infrastructure expansions, ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorLawrence V. Snyder, Zuo-Jun Max Shen

    Coping with disruptions in demand requires different strategies than coping with disruptions in supply.

    For as long as there have been supply chains, there have been disruptions, and no supply chain, logistics system, or infrastructure network is immune to them. Nevertheless, supply-chain ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorRisto Miikkulainen

    Video games provide an ideal platform for the development and testing of machine-learning techniques.

    Games have long been a popular area for research in artificial intelligence (AI), and for good reason. Because games are challenging yet easy to formalize, they can be used as platforms ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorMorley Stone

    Biology can provide tools for controlling and synthesizing materials at the molecular level.

    At first glance, imitating nature via biomimetics seems to be a straightforward proposition. For example, if you are a roboticist, add legs to the platform instead of wheels. Unfortunately, as is often ...

  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    AuthorMarcel P. Bruchez

    Researchers are making the first “blunt-fingered” attempts to extend the capabilities of biological systems.

    Perfection in nanotechnology has long been achieved by biological systems. An enzyme represents a nearly perfect robot, stamping out molecular patterns from unique templates ...