SAN ANTONIO — Oct. 13, 2020 — The System Performance and Real Time Analysis (SPARTA), an advanced electronic warfare (EW) measurement and analysis software system developed by Southwest Research Institute, was recognized by R&D World magazine as one of the 100 most significant innovations of 2020.
Defense systems on fighter jets and critical aircraft use electronic countermeasures (ECM) that emit electronic smoke screens to thwart radar or other detection systems to deny accurate targeting information to an enemy. SPARTA evaluates these defense systems to ensure electronic countermeasures send a correct countersignal for a given radar “ding.”
“Because current electronic countermeasure systems are inadequate, we developed SPARTA to better determine if today’s most advanced jammers are accurately generating desired responses,” said Finley Hicks, a staff engineer in SwRI’s Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division. “SwRI leadership felt so strongly about protecting the crew of our fighter jets, they agreed to internally fund the development of this system.”
Depending on the scenario, ECMs will create the illusion of multiple targets or make the real target disappear or move about randomly to protect aircraft from guided missiles. Jamming also creates radio signals to disrupt communications, creating electronic noise that degrades or denies targeting capabilities.
“Conventional electronic tester systems struggle to determine if anti-radar jammer systems give the correct response for any given radar stimulus,” Hicks said. “SPARTA, however, measures every parameter — even in a highly congested and noisy electromagnetic spectrum. This represent a leap forward in ECM processing, analysis, visualization and reporting capabilities.”
The system provides automated and manual real-time EW analysis. It can evaluate systems during the
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hasura, the data access infrastructure company, today announced that it has won InfoWorld’s Best of Open Source Software Award, also known as the Bossie Award: https://www.infoworld.com/article/3575858/the-best-open-source-software-of-2020.html. Hasura’s open source product GraphQL engine has been downloaded more than 78 million times and has more than 18,500 GitHub stars.
Each year, InfoWorld’s Bossies recognize the best open source software for businesses and IT professionals. InfoWorld’s central mission has always been to identify the most innovative products available to developers and IT organizations. Increasingly, those products — ranging from software development tools to cloud infrastructure software to big data platforms — come from open source projects. Bossie winners are chosen by InfoWorld editors and expert reviewers that work in IT and software development – who have practical experience with the leading open source technologies.
“Like a benevolent Borg, open source sweeps across the software universe year after year, bringing innovation to everything it touches,” said Doug Dineley, Executive Editor of InfoWorld. “From better ways to build web applications or machine learning models or automated workflows to faster and more powerful distributed databases and analytics, our 2020 Bossie Award winners will amaze you with what cutting-edge open source software has to offer.”
Organizations already have data they want to use but it is trapped in silos. Rather than trying to use outdated approaches to overcome this problem like consolidating fast-moving operational data into static data warehouses or datalakes, Hasura provides a new option: simply connect applications by federating access to where the data lives, using a modern API-based approach that includes security, governance and scalability as standard features. With support for PostgreSQL, MySQL and SQL Server, using Hasura means developers aren’t forced to migrate data to make it accessible from their applications.
Hasura’s ability to
UserTesting Announces Second Annual Illumi Award Winners at the Human Insight World Customer Conference
The illumi Awards recognizes brands who have achieved extraordinary success using human insights to deliver world-class customer experiences
UserTesting, a leading provider of on-demand human insights, today announced the winners of its second annual illumi Awards at Human Insight World (#HiWorld20). The UserTestingⓇ HiWorld™ customer conference brings together UX researchers, designers, marketers, and product managers from some of the world’s leading brands to learn, share, and discuss how to create great experiences, build innovative products, and launch impactful campaigns using real human insight to drive the decision-making process.
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UserTesting illumi Awards 2020 (Graphic: Business Wire)
“Great customer experiences start with human insight. Organizations that focus on customer empathy, particularly in today’s business climate, will continue to build brand loyalty, and long term success, said Andy MacMillan, CEO of UserTesting. “The illumi Awards highlight the incredible work our customers are doing to create exceptional experiences for their customers using the UserTesting Human Insight Platform.”
In today’s challenging business environment, companies are having to relearn their customers, and they are relying on the UserTesting Human Insight Platform to do so. This year’s illumi Awards recognize trailblazing organizations from around the world that are leveraging human insights to gain a deeper understanding of and empathy for their customers–while simultaneously lowering their business costs and risk and accelerating their innovation and growth. Two hundred and thirty five organizations entered award submissions this year, resulting in 9 category Winners and 21 Distinguished Luminaries, each with remarkable stories of success and impact.
UserTesting congratulates all the illumi Award Winners and Distinguished Luminaries.
Outstanding Business Impact Award: AAA
Outstanding Customer Focus Award: ATB Financial
Human Empathy Award: Cedar
Outstanding CommUnity Member of the Year Award: Chico’s
Outstanding Marketing Award: EARGO
Global Impact Award: Microsoft
Press release from the Office of Senator Kevin Witkos:
Oct. 11, 2020
State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) is honored to announce that he has recently received a Leadership Award from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and ReadyCT for his work in supporting computer science education in Connecticut. The award was recently presented during the CSTA & ReadyCT Virtual Summit held on October 2nd.
“I am honored to have received this award and I’m so proud of the efforts we’ve made over the past few years in ensuring computer science becomes part of the curriculum for students across Connecticut and that our teachers recognize the importance of this field. With many industries and sectors of our economy becoming more technological and digital, computer science skills are more important than ever. I’m proud of the bipartisan work that went into passing this legislation and so thankful for the work of CSTA, ReadyCT, Code.Org, and all of the hard working educators and computer science advocates across Connecticut” said Senator Witkos.
“Last year I had the chance to visit with the Girls Who Code group at Avon High School and was extremely impressed by the passion that the students and their teachers share for coding. Coding is something that students of all ages can excel at and I’m excited for the future of computer science and coding in our schools” added Senator Witkos.
In 2019, Senator Witkos introduced a bill which ultimately became part of Public Act 19-128 An Act Concerning Computer Science Instruction in Public Schools.
Among other things, the bill does the following:
1. allows the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to develop a model internship program for technology and advanced manufacturing (§ 7);
2. adds computer science to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission’s (CETC) statewide plan regarding
The North Suburban YMCA has announced today that its Adult Education Series (AES), spearheaded by Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee, has received the 2020 YMCA Program Excellence award. The award presentation was held at the Illinois Fall Staff Virtual Meeting held on September 22-24.
The Y’s Adult Education Series has grown to be one of its most popular and innovative adult offerings. Their virtual and live programming features Brain Games, Social Networking, the Y Social Club, the Caregivers Support Group, a virtual walking club, adult fitness classes, Seniorpalooza, and a variety of presentations discussing the latest in health and the community, with speakers from Northwestern Medicine, the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, as well as financial and law experts.
NSYMCA CEO Kathy Fielding commended Brownlee’s steadfast leadership of AES stating that, “Karen is a powerhouse of energy, innovation, and compassion. She always stays one step ahead of what our adult community needs, and is totally focused on the mission of the Y. She is always willing to listen and meet the needs of the community.”
“My objective is to keep our community connected and let everyone know they’re not alone. We just want to be there for them in any way that we can with programs to help educate, inspire and inform our adult community,” commented Brownlee.
Community member Mary Smith agrees, stating that “Karen’s dedication has opened up a new world of possibilities for me and my friends. Through the online classes and presentations, we’ve been able to stay connected with each other, and continue to learn.”
For more information about the Adult Education Series at the North Suburban YMCA, visit NSYMCA.org.
About the North Suburban YMCA
The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected,