Drive along the Lodge Freeway heading north from Detroit and you’ll see a large green billboard for the Autism Alliance of Michigan, a nonprofit that helps families affected by autism across the state. “Help. Hope. Answers. Today,” it declares. As frightening as an autism diagnosis is — and answers may seem elusive — there is hope today. Many children start therapy much sooner, thanks largely to a state law approved in 2012 that required fully funded insurers to pay for Applied Behavioral Analysis, the only evidence-based therapy for autism. And while the rates of autism continue to rise — 1 in 59 kids is now on the autism spectrum, according to CDC figures released last week — many say that’s largely because of better diagnostic tools. Colleen Allen is the executive director and president of the Autism Alliance, which played a key role in helping change Michigan’s law in 2012. Based in Bingham Farms, it has a unique program that … [Read more...] about Feighan: As kids with autism age, what’s next?
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Four big shifts in automotive design and usage are beginning to converge—electrification, increasing connectivity, autonomous driving and car sharing—creating a ripple effect across the automotive electronics supply chain. Over the past few years the electronic content of cars and other vehicles has surged, with electrical systems replacing traditional mechanical and electro-mechanical subsystems. That has been a key driver for semiconductor growth, and autonomous vehicles are the poster child of this effort. But the emergence of this market also will result in profound technological and sociological changes. From the design side, this is already apparent. Automotive electronics fall into the realm of functional safety, which previously was limited to medical devices and military/aerospace applications. Vehicle manufacturers are requiring that everyone in their electronics supply chain be certified as complying with relevant standards, which means that chips developed for … [Read more...] about New Shifts In Automotive Design
What is CMMI?The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process and behavioral model that helps organizations streamline process improvement and encourage productive, efficient behaviors that decrease risks in software, product and service development.The CMMI was developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University as a process improvement tool for projects, divisions or organizations. The DoD and U.S. Government helped develop the CMMI, which is a common requirement for DoD and U.S. Government software development contracts. The CMMI is currently administered by the CMMI Institute, which was purchased by the ISACA in 2016.CMMI modelThe CMMI starts with an appraisal process that evaluates three specific areas: process and service development, service establishment and management, and product and service acquisition. It’s designed to help improve performance by providing businesses with everything they need to consistently develop better … [Read more...] about What is CMMI? A model for optimizing development processes
What is a data scientist?Data scientists are responsible for discovering insights from massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to help shape or meet specific business needs and goals. The data scientist role is becoming increasingly important as businesses rely more heavily on data analytics to drive decision-making and lean on automation and machine learning as core components of their IT strategies.The data scientist roleA data scientist’s main objective is to organize and analyze large amounts of data, often using software specifically designed for the task. The final results of a data scientist’s analysis needs to be easy enough for all invested stakeholders to understand — especially those working outside of IT.A data scientist’s approach to data analysis depends on their industry and the specific needs of the business or department they are working for. Before a data scientist can find meaning in structured or unstructured data, business … [Read more...] about What is a data scientist? A key data analytics role and a lucrative career
Why tool safety compliance matters and how vendors can make the process easier. If you’re involved in the design or verification of safety-critical electronics, you’ve probably heard about some of the standards that apply to such development projects. If not, then you’re probably puzzled when you read about TÜV SÜD certifying that an EDA tool satisfies functional safety standards ISO 26262 (TCL3/ASIL D), IEC 61508 (T2/SIL 3) and EN 50128 (T2/SIL 3). The industry has quite an “alphabet soup” (more accurately, alphanumeric soup) of functional safety standards. In this post, we’ll try to sort it out. The goal of all these standards is to define a rigorous development process for safety-critical hardware projects and to impose requirements on the robustness of the resulting design. A key part of this is recognizing that engineers use advanced software tools to develop complex hardware. Tools may malfunction, generate erroneous output, and … [Read more...] about Making Sense Of Safety Standards