Executive Committee Meeting (2010-01-14)

The next meeting of the North Star Section Executive Committee will be at 6:00 PM on Jan 14th. The meeting will be at the Alma Restaurant (http://www.restaurantalma.com/) at 528 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414. The agenda is

  • By-laws Amendment
  • Financial
  • Next General Meeting
  • Mini-Urban Challenge
  • Autonomous Snow Plow Update
  • Executive Commitee Performance Review
  • Executive Commitee Elections

By-Laws Amendment (Comment Period)

The North Star Section Executive Commitee approved the modification of  Article IV of the by-laws. Article IV governs the election of officers to the Executive Committee. 

The purpose of the amendment to the by-laws is intended to simplify and clarify the election processs or officers.
 
The amendment is open for comments as required by the by-laws for 15 days. Please go to Amendment to Article IV to view information about the amendment and the ballot.

Location Update for General Meeting, 12-03-09

The meeting room has been changed to Akerman Hall, Room 319. The meeting will not be in ME 113.

The next general meeting of the North Star Section will be on Dec 3, 2009 at the University of Minnesota. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM with beverages and sandwiches. The location will be Akerman Hall  Room 319 at the University of Minnesota, East Bank ( http://me.umn.edu/info/findingus.shtml)

General Meeting (2009-12-03)

The next general meeting of the North Star Section will be on Dec 3, 2009 at the University of Minnesota. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM with beverages and sandwiches. The location will be Room ME 1130 at the University of Minnesota, East Bank ( http://me.umn.edu/info/findingus.shtml)

The key note speaker will be Yohannes Ketema Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics. The title of the presentation will be In-Situ Step Size Estimation using Dynamic Models of Human Motion. The  abstract for presentation is:
     In this presentation we examine the answer to the question of “How much
     useful information can be gained about personal navigation by
     incorporating ideas from dynamic models of human motion?”  In other
    words, can kinematic and kinetic models of human motion as virtual
    sensors in a dead reckoning system used for personal navigation?”  To
    this end, we attempt to address the issues associated with using these
    models as sensors to aid in arresting the position drift that is
    inherent in other dead reckoning schemes such as step counting or
   shoe-mounted inertial measurement units. The kinetic model discussed in
   this presentation is one that will provide a real-time estimate of
   step-size and, thus, can potentially augment algorithms which rely on
   step counting or shoe mounted IMUs.

General Meeting Notes (2009-10-01)

The first general meeting of the ION North Star section was help on Oct 1, 2009. At the meeting a about a General Meeting Overview, 2009-10-01 of ION North Star section was presented.

The key note speakers were Dr. Craig Shankwitz (University of Minnesota) Mike Abegg (Minnesota Valley Transit Authority). Their presentation was entitled Driver Assist System for Narrow Bus-only-Shoulders.  After the presentation the attendees were given a ride on an automated bus along the U of M’s transit way. The next North Star Section meeting will:

  • Time: Dec 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM
  • Location:: Room ME 1130 at the University of Minnesota, East Bank (Tentative)
    • Map: http://me.umn.edu/info/findingus.shtml
  • Tentative Agenda:
    • 5:30 – Meet and Greet (Beverages and sandwiches will be provided)
    • 6:00 – Introduction and Section Overview
    • 6:30 – Presentation and Tour by the Guest Speaker Pat Doherty
    • 8:30 – Adjourn
  • Presentation  Guest Speakers
    • Topic: ION Outreach Programs
    • Speaker: Pat Doherty (ION East Region Vice President)

Please RSVP to ion.northstar@gmail.com to if you plan to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ion.northstar@gmail.com.

General Meeting Announcement (2009-10-01)

Time: Oct 1, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Location: Room ME 1130 at the University of Minnesota, East Bank

Map: http://me.umn.edu/info/findingus.shtml

Agenda:
5:30 – Meet and Greet (Beverages and sandwiches will be provided)
6:00 – Introduction and Section Overview
6:30 – Presentation and Tour by the Guest Speakers (See below)
8:30 – Adjourn

Presentation and Tour by the Guest Speakers

Topic: Driver Assist System for Narrow Bus-only-Shoulders Guest Speaker: Dr. Craig Shankwitz (University of Minnesota) Mike Abegg (Minnesota Valley Transit Authority)

Abstract: The Intelligent Vehicles Lab at the U of MN has Developed a Driver Assist System that provides drivers assistance with lane keeping and collision avoidance for drivers in difficult operating environments (i.e., low visibility, narrow bus-only-shoulders, etc.). Vehicle positioning is provided by a Dual Frequency, Carrier-Phase Differential GPS system, and guidance/navigation assistance is facilitated through the use of a high-accuracy geospatial database. Collision avoidance capability is provided through the use of on-board radar and/or laser scanners. Driver feedback is multi-modal through graphical, haptic, and tactile displays. Dr Shankwitz will discuss the development and Mr. Abegg will provide a transit operator/customer perspective on the use of the Driver Assist System

Please RSVP to ion.northstar@gmail.com to if you plan to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ion.northstar@gmail.com.