DronesBench London

The DronesBench by Mauro Pompetti, Foggia, Italy, will be at The Commercial UAV Show in London, Nov 15-16, with a poster. I will be there with him, pursuing interest from the London startup & VC environment. The DronesBench is currently at the beta, pre-commercial stage, waiting for the 2018 EASA regulation about small drones operations. In the meantime, educational packages are being proposed to technical high schools in Italy through a reseller partner.

Nobel to ICAN

“It is a great honour to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 in recognition of our role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This historic agreement, adopted on 7 July with the backing of 122 nations, offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries. By harnessing the power of the people, we have worked to bring an end to the most destructive weapon ever created – the only weapon that poses an existential threat to all humanity.” Hurrah!!

Who’s Hiring

1000+ jobs from the latest “Who is hiring (Oct 2017)” on Hacker News, computer science trends from the Silicon Valley and the US: developers are very strong again, less industry focus is required, data science seems bust. Two reasons: data science top markets are full already and specialists are more in demand than generalists because of their domain knowledge. All the rest is infrastructure and software to support a business, therefore proper computer science.

ArXiv Cornell

Computer science research is so fast these days that publications are not peer reviewed anymore, also because publishing has a cost too much often unsustainable. Here comes ArXiv.org, a new but really hot aggregator of open access papers supported by Cornell University Library. Of course, the most part is dross or actually impossible to assess, peer reviewing being slow and painful if you try something audacious. That said, deep learning is worth a look into the magma and this is a real recent gem: A Brief Survey of Deep Reinforcement Learning from Imperial College, London, UK, both algorithms and implementations.

Database #1

So I reduced my 2500+ archive to 641 very recent Gen IV nuclear papers / reports / books database, which I need starting to summarise in order to work for arguments: plants layouts (molten salt being the most penetrable), materials (steels and novel alloys), FEA applications (aimed at preliminary design), one-off contributions (exposure to lateral methods). Using pen & paper for a new catalogue.

China Nuclear 2017

Bloomberg.com’s Sep 21 notice about China’s effort and open playground for Gen IV nuclear experiments is here: Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors. “China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home.” They will work at a traveling wave reactor, a new recycled-fuel plant and a salt-cooled system together with North American counterparts. “With fewer constraints and a burning need for more energy, China is pushing ahead with new power stations, not only in nuclear, but any technology that could help it meet demand.”

Smart Mobility World

“Automotive sector is quickly and completely changing: Main topics of this change, which has just begun, will be electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and security. Smart Mobility World 2017 faces with these themes considering different points of view: It connects different realities by creating networking, by showing innovative ideas, solutions and devices, by boosting promising startups to find the right ventures capitalists.” Lingotto Fiere, Turin, Italy, 10-11 Oct. Will be there, strolling smartly.


I am being touted for managerial positions more and more in the engineering field. Basically, I might be put in charge of some r&d processes within some sort of structured firm. It would be an employee position, call it middle management. As usual, I am going to listen carefully: my personal r&d projects are settled, literature review been done and original contributions being tested without needing too much time. So what?

DronesBench Edu

It is very possible that the DronesBench project, for which I act as an advisor and market tester, will be bought out by some big firm once the EASA regulation for small drones becomes effective in mid-to-late 2018. In the meantime, dissemination is the key and the ability from its inventor and owner, Mauro Pompetti, CEng, to become an influencer at international level. Creating educational drone labs in the schools would also help. Irrespective of the commercial development, in fact, there is an uncontestable, pioneering, academically validated invention (the DronesBench Index for the electro-mechanical efficiency of the drone as a whole) that can be exploited to support a brand. Video case studies, a new dynamic website and the active participation in international drones fairs is what Pompetti needs at this stage. Good luck!