Streamlining the Internet of Things and Other Cyber-Physical Systems

In an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) keynote paper, computer engineers lay out a framework to improve research on cyber-physical systems.

Sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems vary from phones to self-driving cars, from airplane controls to home energy meters. They are both touchable objects and invisible code. However, as streamlined as cyber-physical systems appear, the technology developed within manufacturing systems that were not designed to accommodate it.

 To change that, researchers banded together from Michigan Technological University, Boston University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Riverside. Their latest work, a keynote paper published in IEEE Transactions in CAD, lays the groundwork for better design in cyber-physical systems.  

"The register-transfer-level (RTL) design flow for digital circuits is one of the major success stories in electronic design automation," the authors write. "Will a durable design methodology, such as the RTL design flow, emerge for cyber-physical systems?"

 The answer, they say, depends on how well cross-disciplinary teams learn to manage heterogeneous and dynamic technologies across large scales while accounting for human users.

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Mettlach to Join Football Coaching Staff

The Michigan Tech Football Head Coach Steve Olson announced Dan Mettlach is joining the coaching staff as an offensive assistant and assistant to the head coach for the 2017 season. Mettlach returns to Tech after an outstanding four-year career as a quarterback for the Huskies from 2001-04.

"We are very excited about the addition of Dan Mettlach to our coaching staff," Head Coach Steve Olson said. "Dan will come to our staff as an assistant to the head coach and will be an offensive position coach. He also brings recruiting knowledge of all areas we recruit and in addition brings an array of coaching talents to our staff. He has coached all the offensive skill positions, special teams and been an offensive coordinator."

Mettlach has spent the previous three seasons at Finlandia University where he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Mettlach helped start the program with Head Coach Tim Driscoll, who spent 10 years as Tech's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

"I'm very excited to be coming back to Tech and joining this great coaching staff," Mettlach said. "Ever since I got into the coaching profession I've always had it in the back of my mind to get back here someday. It worked out with our current situation for myself and my family and we couldn't pass up this opportunity. Joining a successful program that has strong values in the way the team is run is exciting. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Tech family and looking forward to getting started."

Prior to arriving at Finlandia, Mettlach was the special teams coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach at Macalester College (NCAA III) in St. Paul, Minnesota for the 2012-13 seasons. In 2011, he helped guide Hillsdale College to a GLIAC championship as quarterbacks coach.

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This Week in Husky Sports

• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Women's Basketball at Ashland, 5:30 p.m.on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Ashland, 7:30 p.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Hockey at Notre Dame, 7:35 p.m. on TV on NBCSN and on radio on 93.5 FM.

• Nordic Skiing – US Nationals (Soldier Hollow)
• Women's Basketball at Tiffin, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM 
• Men's Basketball at Tiffin, 3 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Hockey at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m. on TV on NBCSN and on radio on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing – US Nationals (Soldier Hollow)

In the News

Digital Journal reported on a $4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to LanzaTech to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3M gallons/year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. Michigan Tech's Sustainable Futures Institute will help them evaluate the environmental footprint of the fuel produced. See


The Detroit Free Press published the 12 best "Travel with the D" photos, including one of Michigan Tech student Charles Butler on his Senior Design trip to the Panama Canal last summer.


Smithsonian magazine published an article about the National Park Service's proposal to introduce new wolves at Isle Royale National Park. The article quoted John Vucetich (SFREES). 


TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on the rising research funding at Michigan Tech


The Indianapolis Star quoted Pasi Lautala (CEE) in an article about the future of the Hoosier State Train line


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for Are Sustainable Energy Jobs Sustainable (pg1) in Epoch Times (circulation 1.3million) pg2.

Pearce was also interviewed on plug and play solar for the Radio Alexandria's program The Next Chapter audio show.

Pearce is quoted in What’s the Difference Between Solar Panels? in Machine Design.


Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Workshop

The Michigan Tech I-Corps Site Program and the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its next NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Workshop in January over a four-week period, with the first session starting on Saturday.

The I-Corps Site program is a team-based program structure that was developed through a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The workshop provides an introduction to the Lean Start-up business development methodology which focuses on getting out of the lab and using the proven tools of Customer Discovery and the Business Model Canvas to evaluate the commercial potential of innovative technologies. Read the full Tech Today story.