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July 2013 Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Newsletter

From: Alison C.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:14 PM

-- Next SVAOS event: "San Jose State Students Build Formula-1 Style Racecars" lab tour and lecture, 7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 24, 2013   

Presenters: SJSU students Vince Donatini and Kevin Krakauer.

San Jose State University students discuss the methods in designing, building, testing, & competing with formula style racecars in SAE's Collegiate Design Series; Formula SAE.  This talk will be focused on the engineering aspect of the competition and how it effects students success while at university.

6:30 PM -- usual refreshments (sandwiches, chips, fruit, soda, no alcohol).
7 PM -- presentations and lab tour.

Cost: $10, 100% of which goes towards SJSU's project thanks to the ongoing generosity of our principal sponsor, ICS.    There will be no refunds.  

Even if you cannot attend or are not interested, please consider donating even $5 to the students' PayPal account through the registration link.

-- On August 12, a dozen of us will convene to discuss the "Reinventing the Automobile" book:

Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend or will not finish the book by August 12.   Note that there is no reason that others cannot organize alternate dinners or lunches or coffees to discuss the book at times and places of their own convenience, as there is no special presenter or food subsidy at the August 12 event.

I also found "American Wheels, Chinese Roads" valuable

and would like to follow up with a second discussion if the first goes well.    Other suggestions are welcome.   Would anyone like to volunteer to run a monthly automotive reading-discussion group?

-- "Self-Driving Carsharing and Smart Mobility" by Tiago Forte, faberNovel and PARISOMA.
Friday, August 23, 2013

The event will be held at Toyota Innovation Hub, hosted by Institute for Creative Integration, at their North Beach San Francisco facility:

The location is not easily accessible by transit: let us South Bay residents form carpools via comments on the web page.   We will have snacks from Trader Joe's generously underwritten by Toyota.

-- "Designing Large-scale 'Nudge' Engines to Optimize Transportation" by Stanford Prof. Balaji Prabhakar at Hacker Dojo in Mountain View:

-- Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology 3-day Professional Course

The dates are:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  July 30th, 2013 to August 1, 2013
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm     (First Day Registration starts at 8:00am)

The registration fee is $995 per attendee through 7/23/13 and $1,200 after. Includes the 3-Day Course, continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and course notes.  Attendance is limited to 25 students.

Location:  Day 1 and 2 of the workshop will be held at San José State University. Engineering Building Room 339

Day 3 of the workshop will be held at De Anza college, Automotive Technology Facilities, Bldg E1.

-- On September 3, Prof. Raja Sengupta of U.C. Berkeley will speak at CMUSV:

Prof. Sengupta is an expert on V2X communication, and his students founded the Automatic startup, so the seminar should be worth your while.

-- The excellent and free "Ethernet AVB Stack Architecture" webinar recording is now available for download:

-- Local startup Electric Motor Werks has started a crowd funding campaign for JuiceBox,  a new Open Source high-power Level 2 EV charging station (EVSE).

-- Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology: A Three day Professional Developmental Course

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
July 30th, 2013 to August 1, 2013
Engineering Building Room 339, San José State University

OBJECTIVES: This short course covers the key topics in hybrid & electric vehicles including powertrains, controls, battery management, motor and power electronics. Attendees will receive an overview of the critical technologies and components used in modern electric and hybrid vehicles and will gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, active participation and data measurement.

COURSE OUTLINE: Day 1: Hybrid Vehicles, Day 2: Electric Vehicles, Day 3: Lab Demonstrations and Hands on Measurements

PRESENTED BY: Don Christian, Director of Powertrain Integration at Coda Automotive. Previously, he worked at BAE Systems, Snap-On diagnostics and FMC Corporation in various engineering positions.

FEES: $995 per attendee through 7/23/13 and $1,200 after. For more information please contact Dr. Fred Barez at (408)[masked] or email at [address removed]

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