Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Enhancing Tasks for Engineers

ETF Trends | February 11, 2020

Engineering, in any sector, is already a complicated endeavor, but with the help of disruptive technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning, the tasks that engineers must undertake is getting less arduous. For humans, change is innately difficult. This becomes even more contentious when that change involves replacing human beings with machines, but in some instances, it’s not a matter of replacing current tasks, but enhancing them with the help of humans. In the case of engineering, AI and machine learning are helping to improve processes and provide engineers with capabilities they may not have had prior to disruptive technological advances. Artificial intelligence that’s used in the engineering sector uses software and hardware components. As machines become more sophisticated, they will be able to support not only smart production lines and complex manufacturing tasks, but will also be able to design and improve tasks over time-with little or no human intervention-through machine learning, wrote Bernard Marr in Forbes.

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Direct Torque and Flux Control - What Is It? The Direct Torque and Flux Control (DTFC) is a control technique developed for three-phase AC permanent magnet synchronous motors. DTFC uses a model of the electric motor flux and torque equations. Theta Power Systems International (TPSI) built an implementation allowing high-efficien

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