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70 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2017 best of show were awarded with honorary cer- tificates. The objective of creating a forum for close industry-university links is to harmonize the training of the human resource with an eye to meeting the near and future requirements of the industry. Industry participants accounted for nearly 40% of attendees, a number of whom presented papers of their scientific or industrial research work, including Continental Automo- tive Romania, BEIA Consult and Syswin Solu- tions. The latter two companies are members of the Electronic Innovative Cluster, ELINCLUS, who, together with other companies, presented at the exhibition section. They are prime ex- amples of the continuous effort of the Cluster's management entity, APTE, to help to promote the interests of their members, specifically, fa- cilitating contacts, promoting research results, products and services on an international level. The local organizing committee, headed by As- sociate Professor Mihaela Hnatiuc from Con- stanta Maritime University, has made a signifi- cant effort to help in the success of the confer- ence, including by facilitating a visit through the institution's laboratories. During the closing ceremony, the general chair, Professor Paul Svasta, emphasized that the SIITME 2017 event was the largest event yet and attracted the most diverse group to date. In clos- ing, Professor Daniela Tarniceriu, Dean of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunication and Information Technology from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, and Marian Petres- cu, Continental Automotive Romania, SIITME Conference and Exhibition committee member, announced that the next event, SIITME 2018, will be held in Iasi, one of the most beautiful cit- ies in Romania, and one of the four cities where Continental Automotive chose to set up opera- tions. Surely, not accidentally. PCBDESIGN Joe Fjelstad is CEO of Verdant Electronics. To read past columns or to contact Fjelstad, click here. UC Berkeley researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help self-driving cars anticipate events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants. Using this technology, called visual foresight, the robots can predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of move- ments. The scientists are continuing to research con- trol through video prediction, focusing on further improving video prediction and prediction-based control, as well as developing more sophisticated methods by which robots can collected more focused video data. New Robots Can See Into Their Future Figure 7: Award winners were selected by organizers Professor Paul Svasta (far right) and Associate Professor Mihaela Hnatiuc (second from right). Alexandra Fodor (Technical University of Cluj Napoca), winner of Best Poster Award, stands between Iulian Nastac (far left) and Andrei Drumea (middle, Politehnica University of Bucharest), who also received recognition for their excellent poster efforts. IEEE'S ROMANIAN SIITME SHOW A SUCCESS

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