One week trip to Washington DC and it starts with the Governmental Shutdown. Not the best start. Seems that everything can happen during the week - my thoughts during the first day
For a long period of time, I was troubled by being interested in seemingly unrelated topics across technology and science. Earlier hobbies included programming and electronics: even radar maintenance in the Finnish military service, which resulted in a spark of interest towards signal processing. Later, the studies at Helsinki University of Technology converged to an odd combination of computer science studies: topics like data mining and machine learning as the major subject (those guys usually have statistics and math as their minor), while having software techniques and interactive digital media as the minor subjects (those people turn out web or game technology wizards of some sort).
Two weeks ago I visited Material Testing fair arranged by BINDT (British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) in Telford, United Kingdom. I had many technical discussions with equipment manufacturers about their products and suitability for pipetomography. I found great innovations and technical solutions that can serve the X-ray pipetomography instantly.
How to test the quality of your X-ray equipment, software and measurements? Achievements in sub-sea x-ray measurements? How to use CT in mass production, incoming inspection and customer complaint analysis? Those and numerous other topics were discussed when more than 150 professionals were meeting in GE 9th X-ray Forum. This time the Forum was in the end of August in Hannover.
Last week I attended the 40th annual QNDE conference, which was this time held in Baltimore. The event attracted nearly 400 participants from all over the world in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. A broad spectrum of excellent research was presented in the parallel sessions, most of which still in the development phase, followed by fruitful discussions.
CT scans during adolescence increase cancer risk according to survey published by British Medical Journal.
I had the opportunity to visit Control 2013, 27th Internation Trade Fair for Quality Assurance in Stuttgart, Germany, 14th-17th May. Almost 1000 exhibitors, from more than 30 countries, had traditional measurement instruments (calibers, micrometers, scales), scanners (light, laser, ultrasound etc.) to create a surface picture, X-ray (spectral analysis, 2D and 3D used for measurements and CT) and software for quality inspections and comparisons.
A visit to the butcher is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when you start working in a high-tech software company.
Last week we had the marvelous opportunity to visit Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Center. The place has various test sites and laboratories, which are used by numerous scientists.
Just visited the European Congress of Radiology, which was held at Austria Center Vienna. It is an exciting maze. Buildings of different shape, some floors in use, some not. On top of this, there is several extension halls. The floorplan was really useful, this time. ECR is just a bit smaller than it's cousin in the states, the RSNA(Radiological Society of North America) scientific assembly and annual meeting.
After several years of studying quantum phenomena in ultracold atomic gases, it was time to look for challenges in a more application-oriented environment. The leap from Aalto University to the commercially driven Eigenor Corporation might not have been that quantum after all. I still find myself carrying out cutting-edge research with sharp-minded companions, only this time the results will be applicable well before retirement.
I had the magnificent opportunity to visit Hokkaido, the most northern large island of Japan. Hokkaido is really a winter wonderland, it snows 16 to 30 meters during winter. So if you're looking for fresh snow, Hokkaido is the place to go. When seeing the 3 meters high walls of snow just beside roads makes me think that problems in Helsinki with occasional snow showers are insignificant.
Computed tomography is a versatile inspection method. I am convinced about this after listening to some very interesting presentations at the ICT CT Conference in Wels, Austria. Did you know that you can predict the shelf-life of apples with high accuracy using X-ray tomography? And optimize the ingredients of cookies?
It's been three weeks since I visited Miami Beach and the FIME convention (http://www.fimeshow.com/). I already miss the heat though wearing a black suit made me prefer places with air-conditioning. Afterwards I read that the United States was hit by the highest temperatures since the Dust Bowl.
It takes a lot to travel in the states – airlines lose your bags(with brochures!) and when coming back flight is late so you miss your connection. This time, was really useful to attend 2 conferences during the week: ASNT Digital Imaging in Mashantucket and QNDE conference in Denver.