When it comes to the development of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. It takes a warehouse full of technology – cameras, radars and other sensors, security and recognition technology, not to mention a trunkful of computers – to make it happen.
At Michigan State University, researchers are involved in the work that will someday make self-driving vehicles not just a reality, but commonplace.
Working as part of a project known as CANVAS – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety – the scientists are focusing much of their energy on key areas, including recognition and tracking objects such as pedestrians or other vehicles; fusion of data captured by radars and cameras; localization, mapping and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that allow an autonomous vehicle to maneuver in its environment; and computer software to control the vehicle. Read more »
Danton Cole, an 18-year coaching veteran with international, professional and collegiate experience, is the new head coach of the Michigan State hockey program. Cole, who was a key member of some of the most successful Spartan hockey teams in program history, comes to Michigan State from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program where he has mentored some of the nation’s top young players on the U-17 and U-18 teams for the past seven seasons. Read more »
Danton Cole, an 18-year coaching veteran with international, professional and collegiate experience, is the new head coach of the Michigan State hockey program. Cole, who was a key member of some of the most successful Spartan hockey teams in program history, comes to Michigan State from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program where he has mentored some of the nation’s top young players on the U-17 and U-18 teams for the past seven seasons.
Andy Granskog, a 1986 graduate of the Ag Engineering program at Michigan State University, is the state engineer for USDA Rural Development in Michigan. He is also a Farm Lane Society member and Yooper. “I’m from a dairy farm. My father was a vocational agriculture teacher in Stevenson, Michigan and my brother was also. My father went to MSU in the 1940’s and had Dr. Anthony as a teacher. He didn’t go to the building…that was before Anthony Hall was built.”
Granskog stepped on to the MSU campus at an early age. “I was seven days old when I first came to MSU. When I graduated from high school in the early ‘80’s, I was the last of six kids to go to MSU.”
According to Andy, nuptials led to him becoming a member of the Farm Lane Society. Read more »
The Michigan State women’s golf team captured the 2017 Big Ten Championship in comeback fashion on April 23 at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. The Spartans entered the final round eight strokes back of Northwestern and wound up winning the tournament by two shots after a third-round best 3-under-par 285 on Sunday.
The Big Ten then announced its coach, player and freshman of the year honors on April 25, and it was a clean sweep for the conference champion Spartans. Head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year; junior Sarah Burnham was selected the Big Ten Player of the Year and Allyson Geer garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. It’s the first time in program history the Spartans have won all three awards.
“We care about everything that is outside of earth’s atmosphere – so the entire universe beyond the Earth,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says in describing what astrophysicists do. “And we apply the laws of physics as we come to learn them on Earth to the processes and phenomena of the universe.”
Time Magazine has called Tyson the “Carl Sagan of the 21st century,” and he’s cool with that.
“What Carl Sagan did in his day is bring science to the public. He wasn’t the first to do it; it had been done spottily before, but no one did it on the scale he did in so many different media available to him at the time. I’m being compared with him, and I find that to be a very high honor. They’re huge shoes to fill. I’m in the swath that he has carved, but I don’t see myself completely filling it. The times are different; the choices of media are different. I, as well as other scientists, perhaps collectively are doing what he did alone 20 or 30 years ago.” Read more »
“The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MiEIBC) is nearly 100 businesses, large and small, engaged in advanced energy here in Michigan, and we cut across the advanced energy spectrum,” Liesl Clark tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes. “We seek to bring together different perspectives and give all of them more weight.
“We’re a variety of different technologies coming together to have a stronger voice at the Capitol.”
Clark is president of the MIEIBC, which hosted its fifth annual member meeting April 26 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.
On the forward-looking energy bills that were passed in December 2016 by the Michigan legislature, Clark says “a big component of the legislation is to show that Michigan is open for business to the clean energy industry. Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate because of the decreasing cost of renewable energy have made a commitment to a clean energy future for Michigan.”
Expert panelists included Trevor Lauer, president and COO of DTE Electric, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, which serves 2.2 million customers, primarily in southeast Michigan. He participated in a discussion titled The Future of Electricity: Technology Transforming the Grid. Read more »
4th annual Casual Commute Day challenges commuters to come clean for a day
Governor Snyder has proclaimed Friday, May 5, 2017, as Casual Commute Day. The day raises awareness about how our transportation choices impact the air we breathe, specifically that ozone pollution is caused by vehicle emissions. The rideshare offices in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Southeast Michigan are celebrating with a friendly competition, hoping to claim the title of “cleanest-commuting community.”
“We recognize that a little friendly competition can bring out the best in people,” says Sandy Draggoo, CEO and Executive Director at the Capital Area Transportation Authority, which operates the Clean Commute Options program in Lansing. “It is the collective power of Casual Commute Day participants, however, that will result in an impactful reduction in traffic congestion and improved air quality.” Read more »
Sally St. Johns is on a mission–to save the planet from global warming and to clear her name. Implicated in a terrorist plot to control all sources of energy, Sally draws on her colorful past, an idealistic attorney, and an aging mother to bring the real terrorist to justice.
We have never featured a work of fiction on Greening of the Great Lakes, but when I learned of a new novel touted as “a wickedly funny eco-thriller dramatizing the deadly seriousness of global warming,” I had to find out more.
The novel is Sally St. Johns, and the author is Denise Heinze—and, yes, I am very proud to disclose she is also my sister!
The roots of Sally St. Johns spring from Denise’s childhood growing up in rural Macomb County. “We were raised on 6-plus acres . . . and our daily lives involved an intimate relationship with nature.” Read more »
Despite a well-earned reputation as one of America’s “greenest” cities, Grand Rapids still has much work ahead on the sustainability front, especially in the area of racial equity says Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.
Joining me on Greening of the Great Lakes, Bliss explains that if Grand Rapids is to become a true “city of empowerment,” affordable housing, business opportunity and quality education must be available to all members of the community. To that end, she has announced the Grand Rapids Racial Equity initiative, which, she says, is “a significant systemic change we’re trying to make.”
A key component of the initiative is the creation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has been seeded with $1 million in grant funding.
“Grand Rapids is experiencing incredible growth and momentum, and with that comes challenges. And one of them is that a lot of people who don’t make a lot of money or who live in poverty are being pushed out of their neighborhoods. And so we’re seeing significant displacement and gentrification. Read more »