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Keywords: Boeing, General Motors, HRL
Originally known as Hughes Research Laboratories, the corporate R&D lab for Hughes Aircraft Company, HRL is now jointly and equally owned by The Boeing Company, General Motors and Raytheon Company. They conduct applied research in electronics and information sciences, creating new products and services for space, telecommunications, defense and automotive applications. HRL has four technical laboratories: communications and photonics, information sciences, sensors and materials, and microelectronics and are currently expanding in areas including network management, microwave circuit design, wireless communications, and MEMS.
This one-page site contains a research paper "Sensor technologies for the detection of antipersonnel mines: a survey of current research and system developments" written by Bertrand Gros and Claudio Bruschini. The paper was originally presented at the International Symposium on Measurement and Control in Robotics (ISMCR'96), Brussels, 9-11 May 1996.
Honeywell produces high temperature, microwave and aerospace electronics, along with magnetic sensors and pressure transducers. Their magnetic sensor-based products are based on magnetoresistive thin film technology, while their pressure transducers use piezoresistive technology. Applications include: remote vehicle monitoring, traffic and vehicle detection, virtual reality, position sensing, security systems, medical instrumentation, aircraft instruments, engine test stands, flow computers, barometric pressure instrumentation and altimeters.
Overall, this is a good site which contains lots of product information.
Keyword: Irvine Sensors
Irvine Sensors was founded 1980 and holds over 60 US and foreign patents. It pioneered the development of advanced signal processing and image stabilization technologies for focal planes and has recently produced a miniature thermal video camera.
This is quite a good Web site which includes an interesting article discussing the advances in reducing sensor size.
http://www.bosch.comRobert Bosch GmbH
Founded in 1886 in Stuttgart, Germany, Bosch has grown to become a global supplier of automotive equipment, thermo-technology, household appliances, communication, automation, packaging machines, and power tools and accessories. Robert Bosch GmbH produced its first micromechanical pressure sensor in the early 1990s and has now developed a broad range of components utilising microsystem (or MEMS) technology. Their products can be found in airbags, anti-lock braking systems, printer heads, and valves and pumps for genetic research and analysis.
This is a very large and well presented site.
http://www.accurate-automation.com/Accurate Automation Corporation
Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) is a research and development firm specialising in the design and implementation of advanced aircraft technologies. Accurate Automation also applies intelligent computing technologies to complex control and signal processing problems in applications such as avionics, robotics, and image processing.
http://www.scripps.edu/The Scripps Research Institute
The Scripps Research Institute is the largest, private, non-profit research organisation in the USA and has become internationally recognised for its basic research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases and synthetic vaccine development.
Coventor has been commercially providing industry-standard integrated MEMS design tools and innovative MEMS product development solutions since 1996. Its integrated design software, CoventorWare, addresses all microsystems and microfluidics applications, while its MEMS Development Platforms provide a superior starting point for semi-custom MEMS product development. Ready-to-Fab solutions can be licensed for fabrication or for integration directly into customers' products. Architect ™ is the only MEMS simulator with fully coupled mechanical, optical, electronic, and fluidic simulation. It provides the ability to design MEMS devices using a schematic-driven top-down methodology.
This Web site contains animations and lots of product information, much of which is available to download as PDFs. Overall this is a site which is definitely worth visiting.
http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/Australian Centre for Field Robotics
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney, is a Commonwealth Key Centre of Teaching and Research. Field robotics is concerned with the application of advanced control, sensing and systems engineering principles to the development of autonomous machines operating in outdoor, variable and hostile environments, in applications such as mining, agriculture, forestry, construction, cargo handling, and undersea. The ACFR has a substantial fundamental research programme in sensor technology, as sensors and sensor data interpretation is the key to developing autonomous field robotic systems.
This is an interesting site from a busy university department.