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  1. Exploration of pathological prediction of chronic kidney diseases by a novel theory of bi-directional probability

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    Yang, Yuan; Luo, Min; Xiao, Li; Zhu, Xue-jing; Wang, Chang; Fu, Xiao; Yuan, Shu-guang; Xiao, Fang; Liu, Hong; Dong, Zheng; Liu, Fu-you; Sun, Lin

    2016-01-01

    In the clinic, the pathological types of chronic kidney diseases (CKD) are considered references for choosing treatment protocols. From a statistical viewpoint, a non-invasive method to predict pathological types of CKD is a focus of our work. In the current study, following a frequency analysis of the clinical indices of 588 CKD patients in the department of nephrology, a third-grade class-A hospital, a novel theory is proposed: “bi-directional cumulative probability dichotomy”. Further, two models for the prediction and differential diagnosis of CKD pathological type are established. The former indicates an occurrence probability of the pathological types, and the latter indicates an occurrence of CKD pathological type according to logistic binary regression. To verify the models, data were collected from 135 patients, and the results showed that the highest accuracy rate on membranous nephropathy (MN-100%), followed by IgA nephropathy (IgAN-83.33%) and mild lesion type (MLN-73.53%), whereas lower prediction accuracy was observed for mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (0%) and focal segmental sclerosis type (21.74%). The models of bi-directional probability prediction and differential diagnosis indicate a good prediction value in MN, IgAN and MLN and may be considered alternative methods for the pathological discrimination of CKD patients who are unable to undergo renal biopsy. PMID:27557856

  2. The Bi-Directional Prediction of Carbon Fiber Production Using a Combination of Improved Particle Swarm Optimization and Support Vector Machine

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    Chuncai Xiao

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper creates a bi-directional prediction model to predict the performance of carbon fiber and the productive parameters based on a support vector machine (SVM and improved particle swarm optimization (IPSO algorithm (SVM-IPSO. In the SVM, it is crucial to select the parameters that have an important impact on the performance of prediction. The IPSO is proposed to optimize them, and then the SVM-IPSO model is applied to the bi-directional prediction of carbon fiber production. The predictive accuracy of SVM is mainly dependent on its parameters, and IPSO is thus exploited to seek the optimal parameters for SVM in order to improve its prediction capability. Inspired by a cell communication mechanism, we propose IPSO by incorporating information of the global best solution into the search strategy to improve exploitation, and we employ IPSO to establish the bi-directional prediction model: in the direction of the forward prediction, we consider productive parameters as input and property indexes as output; in the direction of the backward prediction, we consider property indexes as input and productive parameters as output, and in this case, the model becomes a scheme design for novel style carbon fibers. The results from a set of the experimental data show that the proposed model can outperform the radial basis function neural network (RNN, the basic particle swarm optimization (PSO method and the hybrid approach of genetic algorithm and improved particle swarm optimization (GA-IPSO method in most of the experiments. In other words, simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and advantages of the SVM-IPSO model in dealing with the problem of forecasting.

  3. Ear Recognition Based on Forstner and SIFT

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    Ma Chi

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Extraction and expression of features are critical to improving the recognition rate of ear image recognition. This paper proposes a new ear recognition method based on SIFT(Scale-invariant feature transform and Forstner corner detection technology. Firstly, Forstner corner points and SIFT keypoints are detected respectively. Then taking Forstner corner into the SIFT algorithm to calculate their descriptor as the image feature vectors. Finally ear recognition based on these feature is carried out with Euclidean distance as similarity measurement. A bi-directional matching algorithm is utilized for improving recognition rate. Experiments on USTB database show that the recognition rate reaches more 94%. The Experimental results prove the effectiveness of the proposed method in term of recognition accuracy in comparison with previous methods. It is robust to rigid changes of ear image and provides a new approach to the research for ear recognition.

  4. Bi-directional homogenization equivalent modeling for the prediction of thermo-mechanical properties of a multi-layered printed circuit board (PCB)

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    Warpage of multi-layered printed circuit boards (PCB) during the reflow process is a serious problem which affects the reliability of solder ball connections between the PCB and the mounted semi-conductor packages in electronic devices. It is essential to predict the warpage of the PCB accurately; however, the complicated copper patterns in multi-layered PCBs render a full modeling analysis impossible due to the excessive computing time required. To overcome this problem, we have developed analytical equations of three Cu patterns (line, square, and grid) for the application of thermo-mechanical properties simply by equivalent modeling of Cu patterns. In the proposed equations, the effect of thermo-viscoelastic properties as well as the influence of surrounding layers such as woven glass fabric/BT (bismaleimide triazine), composite laminate (BT core), and photoimageable solder resist (PSR) were considered. To verify the developed equations, vibration tests based on the wave propagation approach were performed at various temperatures. Good agreement was observed between the equivalent model and the experimental results. (paper)

  5. Behavior of composite rigid frame bridge under bi-directional seismic excitations

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    Xiaogang Liu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Pushover analysis and time history analysis are conducted to explore the bi-directional seismic behavior of composite steel-concrete rigid frame bridge, which is composed of RC piers and steel-concrete composite girders. Both longitudinal and transverse directions excitations are investigated using OpenSees. Firstly, the applicability of pushover analysis based on the fundamental mode is discussed. Secondly, an improved pushover analysis method considering the contribution of higher modes is proposed, and the applicability on composite rigid frame bridges under bi-directional earthquake is verified. Based on this method, an approach to predict the displacement responses of composite rigid frame bridge under random bi-directional seismic excitations by revising the elasto-plastic demand curve is also proposed. It is observed that the developed method yield a good estimate on the responses of composite rigid frame bridges under bi-directional seismic excitations.

  6. SIFT applied to CBIR

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    ALMEIDA, J.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR is a challenging task. Common approaches use only low-level features. Notwithstanding, such CBIR solutions fail on capturing some local features representing the details and nuances of scenes. Many techniques in image processing and computer vision can capture these scene semantics. Among them, the Scale Invariant Features Transform~(SIFT has been widely used in a lot of applications. This approach relies on the choice of several parameters which directly impact its effectiveness when applied to retrieve images. In this paper, we discuss the results obtained in several experiments proposed to evaluate the application of the SIFT in CBIR tasks.

  7. Silent and Efficient Supersonic Bi-Directional Flying Wing Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose a Phase I study for a novel concept of a supersonic bi-directional (SBiDir) flying wing (FW) that has the potential to revolutionize supersonic flight...

  8. Piezoelectric power converter with bi-directional power transfer

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    Meyer, Kaspar Sinding; Rødgaard, Martin Schøler; Andersen, Michael A. E.; Andersen, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to a bi-directional piezoelectric power converter com¬ prising a piezoelectric transformer. The piezoelectric transformer comprises an input electrode electrically coupled to a primary section of the piezoelectric transformer and an output electrode electrically coupled to an output section of the piezoelectric transformer to provide a transformer output signal. A bi-directional switching circuit is coupled between the output electrode and a DC or AC output volta...

  9. Global evaluation of ammonia bi-directional exchange

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    L. Zhu

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Bi-directional air–surface exchange of ammonia (NH3 has been neglected in many air quality models. In this study, we implement the bi-directional exchange of NH3 in the GEOS-Chem global chemical transport model. We also introduce an updated diurnal variability scheme for NH3 livestock emissions and evaluate the recently developed MASAGE_NH3 bottom up inventory. While updated diurnal variability improves comparison of modeled-to-hourly in situ measurements in the Southeastern US, NH3 concentrations decrease throughout the globe, up to 17 ppb in India and Southeastern China, with corresponding decreases in aerosol nitrate by up to 7 μg m−3. The ammonium (NH4+ soil pool in the bi-directional exchange model largely extends the NH3 lifetime in the atmosphere. Including bi-directional exchange generally increases NH3 gross emissions (7.1% and surface concentrations (up to 3.9 ppb throughout the globe in July, except in India and Southeastern China. In April and October, it decreases NH3 gross emissions in the Northern Hemisphere (e.g., 43.6% in April in China and increases NH3 gross emissions in the Southern Hemisphere. Bi-directional exchange does not largely impact NH4+ wet deposition overall. While bi-directional exchange is fundamentally a better representation of NH3 emissions from fertilizers, emissions from primary sources are still underestimated and thus significant model biases remain when compared to in situ measurements in the US. The adjoint of bi-directional exchange has also been developed for the GEOS-Chem model and is used to investigate the sensitivity of NH3 concentrations with respect to soil pH and fertilizer application rate. This study thus lays the groundwork for future inverse modeling studies to more directly constrain these physical processes rather than tuning bulk uni-directional NH3 emissions.

  10. Piezoelectric power converter with bi-directional power transfer

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    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to a bi-directional piezoelectric power converter com¬ prising a piezoelectric transformer. The piezoelectric transformer comprises an input electrode electrically coupled to a primary section of the piezoelectric transformer and an output electrode electrically...... coupled to an output section of the piezoelectric transformer to provide a transformer output signal. A bi-directional switching circuit is coupled between the output electrode and a DC or AC output voltage of the power converter. Forward and reverse current conducting periods of the bi......, a reverse current is conducted through the bi-directional switching circuit from the DC or AC output voltage to the output electrode to discharge the DC or AC output voltage and return power to the primary section of the piezoelectric transformer....

  11. Transfer of Pragmatic Competences: A Bi-Directional Perspective

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    Su, I-Ru

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the bi-directionality of language transfer (first language [L1] to second language [L2] and L2 to L1) at the pragmatic level with a focus on the speech act of request. The L2 participants were Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) learners at the intermediate and advanced levels. Data were collected via discourse…

  12. Bi-directional Secure Communication Based on Discrete Chaotic Synchronization

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    LONG Min; QIU Shui-Sheng; PENG Fei

    2007-01-01

    Discrete chaotic systems are used for bi-directional secure communication. Both sides of communication keep sending signals to achieve their synchronization, and then recover the messages. However, the third side without keys cannot get useful information. Known-plaintext attack is also engaged to analyze this method, and the simulation results show that the proposed method can reach high security performance.

  13. Bi-directional associations between psychological arousal, cortisol, and sleep

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    Garde, Anne Helene; Albertsen, Karen; Persson, Roger;

    2012-01-01

    The aim was to elucidate the possible bi-directional relation between daytime psychological arousal, cortisol, and self-reported sleep in a group of healthy employees in active employment. Logbook ratings of sleep (Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire), stress, and energy, as well as positive and negat......The aim was to elucidate the possible bi-directional relation between daytime psychological arousal, cortisol, and self-reported sleep in a group of healthy employees in active employment. Logbook ratings of sleep (Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire), stress, and energy, as well as positive...... and problems during the day. The results underpin the possibility that arousal and poor sleep might create a self-reinforcing vicious circle that negatively affects a person's well-being....

  14. High Voltage Bi-directional Flyback Converter for Capacitive Actuator

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    Thummala, Prasanth; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a high voltage DC-DC converter topology for bi-directional energy transfer between a low voltage DC source and a high voltage capacitive load. The topology is a bi-directional flyback converter with variable switching frequency control during the charge mode, and constant...... switching frequency control during the discharge mode. The converter is capable of charging the capacitive load from 24 V DC source to 2.5 kV, and discharges it to 0 V. The flyback converter has been analyzed in detail during both charge and discharge modes, by considering all the parasitic elements...... in the converter, including the most dominating parameters of the high voltage transformer viz., self-capacitance and leakage inductance. The specific capacitive load for this converter is a dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) actuator, which can be used as an effective replacement for conventional actuators...

  15. Bi-directional normalized difference vegetation index: concept and application

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    2002-01-01

    The data products of land surface bi-directional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) from the space-borne Polarization and Directionality of the Earth Reflectance (POLDER) of France and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)of USA are available recently, but the atmospheric correction for meeting the requirement of quantitative remote sensing is still a very dfficult problem. This paper presents a concept: bi-directional normalized difference vegetation index (Bi-NDVI), in order to consider simul taneously the effects of both land surface BRDF and atmospheric path scattering. An atmospheric quality index is thus defined for satellite multi-angular observations. The quality of MODIS/BRDF data products can be improved notably through iterative inversion weighed by this index.

  16. Hybrid battery with bi-directional DC/DC converter

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    DUDRIK Jaroslav

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Bi-directional buck-boost DC/DC converterfor hybrid battery is described in this paper. The firstpart of the paper is aimed at concept of hybrid battery;main advance compared to conventional accumulatoris explained there. Control circuit with UC3637 andpower circuit of the converter are described in thesecond part of the paper. Experimental results frommeasuring of converter are mentioned in the last part.

  17. Hybrid battery with bi-directional DC/DC converter

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    DUDRIK Jaroslav; OLEJAR Martin; BERES Tomáš

    2010-01-01

    Bi-directional buck-boost DC/DC converterfor hybrid battery is described in this paper. The firstpart of the paper is aimed at concept of hybrid battery;main advance compared to conventional accumulatoris explained there. Control circuit with UC3637 andpower circuit of the converter are described in thesecond part of the paper. Experimental results frommeasuring of converter are mentioned in the last part.

  18. High-Speed Optical Local Access Network System Using Bi-Directional Polarization Multiplexing

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    Mitsuru Miyauchi; Yanjun Sun

    2003-01-01

    A high-speed and economical optical local access network system is proposed where bi-directional polarization multiplexing is applied to a bi-directional transmission. Experimental results using a prototype system confirmlow optical loss and environmental stabilities.

  19. High-Speed Optical Local Access Network System Using Bi-Directional Polarization Multiplexing

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    Mitsuru; Miyauchi; Yanjun; Sun

    2003-01-01

    A high-speed and economical optical local access network system is proposed where bi-directional polarization multiplexing is applied to a bi-directional transmission. Experimental results using a prototype system confirm low optical loss and environmental stabilities.

  20. Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter for PHEV Applications

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    Abas Goodarzi

    2011-01-31

    Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) require high power density energy storage system (ESS) for hybrid operation and high energy density ESS for Electric Vehicle (EV) mode range. However, ESS technologies to maximize power density and energy density simultaneously are not commercially feasible. The use of bi-directional DC-DC converter allows use of multiple energy storage, and the flexible DC-link voltages can enhance the system efficiency and reduce component sizing. This will improve fuel consumption, increase the EV mode range, reduce the total weight, reduce battery initial and life cycle cost, and provide flexibility in system design.

  1. Sifting Function Partition for the Goldbach Problem

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    Song, Fu-Gao

    2008-01-01

    All sieve methods for the Goldbach problem sift out all the composite numbers; even though, strictly speaking, it is not necessary to do so and which is, in general, very difficult. Some new methods introduced in this paper show that the Goldbach problem can be solved under sifting out only some composite numbers. In fact, in order to prove the Goldbach conjecture, it is only necessary to show that there are prime numbers left in the residual integers after the initial sifting! This idea can be implemented by using one of the three methods called sifting function partition by integer sort, sifting function partition by intervals and comparative sieve method, respectively. These are feasible methods for solving both the Goldbach problem and the problem of twin primes. An added bonus of the above methods is the elimination of the indeterminacy of the sifting functions brought about by their upper and lower bounds.

  2. Moral judgment modulation by disgust is bi-directionally moderated by individual sensitivity

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    How Hwee eOng

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Modern theories of moral judgment predict that both conscious reasoning and unconscious emotional influences affect the way people decide about right and wrong. In a series of experiments, we tested the effect of subliminal and conscious priming of disgust facial expressions on moral dilemmas. Trolley-car-type scenarios were used, with subjects rating how acceptable they found the utilitarian course of action to be. On average, subliminal priming of disgust facial expressions resulted in higher rates of utilitarian judgments compared to neutral facial expressions. Further, in replication, we found that individual change in moral acceptability ratings due to disgust priming was modulated by individual sensitivity to disgust, revealing a bi-directional function. Our second replication extended this result to show that the function held for both subliminally and consciously presented stimuli. Combined across these experiments, we show a reliable bi-directional function, with presentation of disgust expression primes to individuals with higher disgust sensitivity resulting in more utilitarian judgments (i.e., number-based and presentations to individuals with lower sensitivity resulting in more deontological judgments (i.e., rules-based. Our results may reconcile previous conflicting reports of disgust modulation of moral judgment by modeling how individual sensitivity to disgust determines the direction and degree of this effect.

  3. Ear Recognition Based on Forstner and SIFT

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    Ma Chi; Zhu Yongyong; Tian Ying

    2013-01-01

    Extraction and expression of features are critical to improving the recognition rate of ear image recognition. This paper proposes a new ear recognition method based on SIFT(Scale-invariant feature transform) and Forstner corner detection technology. Firstly, Forstner corner points and SIFT keypoints are detected respectively. Then taking Forstner corner into the SIFT algorithm to calculate their descriptor as the image feature vectors. Finally ear recognition based on these feature is carrie...

  4. Bi-directional charger for swiss2G - Annual report; Bi-directional charger for swiss2G - Jahresbericht

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    Schwab, M.; Baumann, P.

    2010-11-15

    This short annual report for 2010 for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) takes a look at a bi-directional charger that can be used in intelligent 'Smart Grid' applications. The idea is based on being able to use electric vehicles as a source of electricity to help meet peak demand for mains electricity. The swiss2G project aims to produce an electric car battery-charger that also functions as an inverter to convert the car's DC battery voltage to mains electricity. The project was started in September 2010. The report describes the aims of the project and reports on initial work done in the areas of safety, switching electronics and AC/DC conversion. National and international co-operation is noted and prospects for further work are discussed.

  5. Identifying missing and spurious connections via the bi-directional diffusion on bipartite networks

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    Zhang, Peng; Zeng, An; Fan, Ying

    2014-06-01

    Link prediction and spurious link detection in complex networks have attracted increasing attention from both physical and computer science communities, due to their wide applications in many real systems. Related previous works mainly focus on monopartite networks while these problems in bipartite networks are not yet systematically addressed. Containing two different kinds of nodes, bipartite networks are essentially different from monopartite networks, especially in node similarity calculation: the similarity between nodes of different kinds (called inter-similarity) is not well defined. In this letter, we employ the local diffusion processes to measure the inter-similarity in bipartite networks. We find that the inter-similarity is asymmetric if the diffusion is applied in different directions. Accordingly, we propose a bi-directional hybrid diffusion method which is shown to achieve higher accuracy than the existing diffusion methods in identifying missing and spurious links in bipartite networks.

  6. APLIKASI MIGRASI DATABASE DAN REPLIKASI BI-DIRECTIONAL

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    Michael Yoseph Ricky

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to analyze and design a migration and replication configurations in an enterprise using several methods such as literary study and direc survey to the company; analysis on hangar systems, process migration and replication as well as existing problems; and a prototype design for migration process implementated with Oracle SQL Developer and replication process implementated with Oracle GoldenGate. The study resluts ini a prototype for migration and replication configuration processes using Oracle's Golden Gate which can produce two sets of identical data for backup and recovery. Also a simple tool is designed to assist active-active replication process as well as active-passive one. The migration process from MySQL database to Oracle database using Oracle GoldenGate can not be done because GoldenGate Oracle has bugs related to the binary log, so database migration is done using Oracle SQL Developer. However, bi-directional replication between Oracle database using Oracle GoldenGate can ensure data availability and reduce the workload of primary database.

  7. Design of Bi-Directional Hydrofoils for Tidal Current Turbines

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    Nedyalkov, Ivaylo; Wosnik, Martin

    2015-11-01

    Tidal Current Turbines operate in flows which reverse direction. Bi-directional hydrofoils have rotational symmetry and allow such turbines to operate without the need for pitch or yaw control, decreasing the initial and maintenance costs. A numerical test-bed was developed to automate the simulations of hydrofoils in OpenFOAM and was utilized to simulate the flow over eleven classes of hydrofoils comprising a total of 700 foil shapes at different angles of attack. For promising candidate foil shapes physical models of 75 mm chord and 150 mm span were fabricated and tested in the University of New Hampshire High-Speed Cavitation Tunnel (HiCaT). The experimental results were compared to the simulations for model validation. The numerical test-bed successfully generated simulations for a wide range of foil shapes, although, as expected, the k - ω - SST turbulence model employed here was not adequate for some of the foils and for large angles of attack at which separation occurred. An optimization algorithm is currently being coupled with the numerical test-bed and additional turbulence models will be implemented in the future.

  8. Clinico-serologic co-relation in bi-directional ABO incompatible hemopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Sabita Basu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The ABO blood group system is of prime significance in red cell transfusion and organ transplantation. However, ABO compatibility is not critical in allogenic hemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT and approximately 40-50% of hemopoietic stem cell transplants are ABO incompatible. This incompatibility may be major, minor or bi-directional. Though there are descriptions of transfusion practice and protocols in ABO incompatible HSCT, there are considerable variations and transfusion support in these patients can be very challenging. Aims: The immunohematologic observations in two cases of bi-directional ABO incompatible HSCT have been described, and clinico-serologic correlation has been attempted. Materials and Methods: In both cases, peripheral blood stem cell harvests were obtained using the Cobe spectra cell separator. Immunohematologic assessments in the donor and recipient were done as a part of pre HSCT evaluation. Both the standard tube technique and column agglutination method (Ortho Biovue Micro Bead System was used. Antibody screen was done by column agglutination method using three cell panel (Surgiscreen cells. Isoagglutinin titration was done by the master dilution method and standard validated techniques were used. Results: The pattern of laboratory findings in the two cases was different and so were the clinical outcomes. Although there was early engraftment in the first case, the second case developed pure red cell aplasia and this was well-reflected in the immunohematologic assessments. Conclusion: Immunohematologic assessment correlated well with the clinical picture and could be used to predict clinical outcome and onset of complications in ABO incompatible HSCT.

  9. A chronic generalized bi-directional brain-machine interface

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    Rouse, A. G.; Stanslaski, S. R.; Cong, P.; Jensen, R. M.; Afshar, P.; Ullestad, D.; Gupta, R.; Molnar, G. F.; Moran, D. W.; Denison, T. J.

    2011-06-01

    A bi-directional neural interface (NI) system was designed and prototyped by incorporating a novel neural recording and processing subsystem into a commercial neural stimulator architecture. The NI system prototype leverages the system infrastructure from an existing neurostimulator to ensure reliable operation in a chronic implantation environment. In addition to providing predicate therapy capabilities, the device adds key elements to facilitate chronic research, such as four channels of electrocortigram/local field potential amplification and spectral analysis, a three-axis accelerometer, algorithm processing, event-based data logging, and wireless telemetry for data uploads and algorithm/configuration updates. The custom-integrated micropower sensor and interface circuits facilitate extended operation in a power-limited device. The prototype underwent significant verification testing to ensure reliability, and meets the requirements for a class CF instrument per IEC-60601 protocols. The ability of the device system to process and aid in classifying brain states was preclinically validated using an in vivo non-human primate model for brain control of a computer cursor (i.e. brain-machine interface or BMI). The primate BMI model was chosen for its ability to quantitatively measure signal decoding performance from brain activity that is similar in both amplitude and spectral content to other biomarkers used to detect disease states (e.g. Parkinson's disease). A key goal of this research prototype is to help broaden the clinical scope and acceptance of NI techniques, particularly real-time brain state detection. These techniques have the potential to be generalized beyond motor prosthesis, and are being explored for unmet needs in other neurological conditions such as movement disorders, stroke and epilepsy.

  10. Sifting Function Partition for the Goldbach Problem

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    Song, Fu-Gao

    2008-01-01

    All sieve methods for the Goldbach problem sift out all the composite numbers; even though, strictly speaking, it is not necessary to do so and which is, in general, very difficult. Some new methods introduced in this paper show that the Goldbach problem can be solved under sifting out only some composite numbers. In fact, in order to prove the Goldbach conjecture, it is only necessary to show that there are prime numbers left in the residual integers after the initial sifting! This idea can ...

  11. Bi-directional Effects of Peer Relationships and Adolescent Substance Use: A Longitudinal Study.

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    McDonough, Meghan H; Jose, Paul E; Stuart, Jaimee

    2016-08-01

    Understanding the predictors of the onset and maintenance of substance use in adolescence is important because it is a recognized health risk. The present longitudinal study examined whether negative peer influence and peer connectedness predicted changes in adolescent alcohol, cigarette, marijuana, and other illegal drug use, and reciprocally whether substance use predicted changes in peer relationships. Adolescents (N = 1940; 52 % female; 52 % European New Zealanders, 30 % Maori, 12 % Pacific Islander) aged 10-15 years completed measures annually for 3 years. Cross-lagged panel models were used to examine bi-directional effects. Negative peer influence predicted increased use of all substances. In turn, alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use predicted increased negative peer influence, but this effect was inconsistent over time. Peer connectedness, predicted to diminish the frequency of substance use, was found to be unrelated to it. Breaking the reciprocal cycle between peer coercion and substance use would seem to be useful for reducing substance use. PMID:26391360

  12. Bi-directional Multi Dimension CAP Transmission for Smart Grid Communication Services

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    Zhang, Xu; Binti Othman, Maisara; Pang, Xiaodan;

    2012-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate bi-directional multi dimension carrierless amplitude and phase (CAP) transmission for smart grid communication services based on optical fiber networks. The proposed system is able to support multi-Gb/s transmission with high spectral efficiency.......We experimentally demonstrate bi-directional multi dimension carrierless amplitude and phase (CAP) transmission for smart grid communication services based on optical fiber networks. The proposed system is able to support multi-Gb/s transmission with high spectral efficiency....

  13. Bi-directional light transmission properties assessment for venetian blinds : Computer simulations compared to photogoniometer measurements

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    Andersen, Marilyne; Scartezzini, J.-L.; Rubin, M. D.; Powles, R. C.

    2003-01-01

    An accurate evaluation of daylight distribution through advanced fenestration systems (complex glazing, solar shading systems) requires the knowledge of their Bi-directional light Transmission Distribution Function (BTDF). An innovative equipment for the experimental assessment of these bi-directional functions has been developed, based on a digital imaging detection system. An extensive set of BTDF measurements was performed with this photogoniometer on venetian blinds presenting curved slat...

  14. Inferring bi-directional interactions between circadian clock genes and metabolism with model ensembles.

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    Grzegorczyk, Marco; Aderhold, Andrej; Husmeier, Dirk

    2015-04-01

    There has been much interest in reconstructing bi-directional regulatory networks linking the circadian clock to metabolism in plants. A variety of reverse engineering methods from machine learning and computational statistics have been proposed and evaluated. The emphasis of the present paper is on combining models in a model ensemble to boost the network reconstruction accuracy, and to explore various model combination strategies to maximize the improvement. Our results demonstrate that a rich ensemble of predictors outperforms the best individual model, even if the ensemble includes poor predictors with inferior individual reconstruction accuracy. For our application to metabolomic and transcriptomic time series from various mutagenesis plants grown in different light-dark cycles we also show how to determine the optimal time lag between interactions, and we identify significant interactions with a randomization test. Our study predicts new statistically significant interactions between circadian clock genes and metabolites in Arabidopsis thaliana, and thus provides independent statistical evidence that the regulation of metabolism by the circadian clock is not uni-directional, but that there is a statistically significant feedback mechanism aiming from metabolism back to the circadian clock. PMID:25719342

  15. A new method for the measurement of two-phase mass flow rate using average bi-directional flow tube

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    Average bi-directional flow tube was suggested to apply in the air/steam-water flow condition. Its working principle is similar with Pitot tube, however, it makes it possible to eliminate the cooling system which is normally needed to prevent from flashing in the pressure impulse line of pitot tube when it is used in the depressurization condition. The suggested flow tube was tested in the air-water vertical test section which has 80mm inner diameter and 10m length. The flow tube was installed at 120 of L/D from inlet of test section. In the test, the pressure drop across the average bi-directional flow tube, system pressure and average void fraction were measured on the measuring plane. In the test, fluid temperature and injected mass flow rates of air and water phases were also measured by a RTD and two coriolis flow meters, respectively. To calculate the phasic mass flow rates : from the measured differential pressure and void fraction, Chexal drift-flux correlation was used. In the test a new correlation of momentum exchange factor was suggested. The test result shows that the suggested instrumentation using the measured void fraction and Chexal drift-flux correlation can predict the mass flow rates within 10% error of measured data

  16. Bi-directional magnetic resonance based wireless power transfer for electronic devices

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    Kar, Durga P.; Nayak, Praveen P.; Bhuyan, Satyanarayan; Mishra, Debasish

    2015-09-01

    In order to power or charge electronic devices wirelessly, a bi-directional wireless power transfer method has been proposed and experimentally investigated. In the proposed design, two receiving coils are used on both sides of a transmitting coil along its central axis to receive the power wirelessly from the generated magnetic fields through strongly coupled magnetic resonance. It has been observed experimentally that the maximum power transfer occurs at the operating resonant frequency for optimum electric load connected across the receiving coils on both side. The optimum wireless power transfer efficiency is 88% for the bi-directional power transfer technique compared 84% in the one side receiver system. By adopting the developed bi-directional power transfer method, two electronic devices can be powered up or charged simultaneously instead of a single device through usual one side receiver system without affecting the optimum power transfer efficiency.

  17. Bi-directional magnetic resonance based wireless power transfer for electronic devices

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    Kar, Durga P.; Nayak, Praveen P.; Bhuyan, Satyanarayan; Mishra, Debasish [Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Institute of Technical Education and Research, Siksha ‘O’ Anushandhan University, Bhubaneswar 751030 (India)

    2015-09-28

    In order to power or charge electronic devices wirelessly, a bi-directional wireless power transfer method has been proposed and experimentally investigated. In the proposed design, two receiving coils are used on both sides of a transmitting coil along its central axis to receive the power wirelessly from the generated magnetic fields through strongly coupled magnetic resonance. It has been observed experimentally that the maximum power transfer occurs at the operating resonant frequency for optimum electric load connected across the receiving coils on both side. The optimum wireless power transfer efficiency is 88% for the bi-directional power transfer technique compared 84% in the one side receiver system. By adopting the developed bi-directional power transfer method, two electronic devices can be powered up or charged simultaneously instead of a single device through usual one side receiver system without affecting the optimum power transfer efficiency.

  18. Detection of Bi-Directionality in Strain-Gage Balance Calibration Data

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    Ulbrich, Norbert

    2012-01-01

    An indicator variable was developed for both visualization and detection of bi-directionality in wind tunnel strain-gage balance calibration data. First, the calculation of the indicator variable is explained in detail. Then, a criterion is discussed that may be used to decide which gage outputs of a balance have bi- directional behavior. The result of this analysis could be used, for example, to justify the selection of certain absolute value or other even function terms in the regression model of gage outputs whenever the Iterative Method is chosen for the balance calibration data analysis. Calibration data of NASA s MK40 Task balance is analyzed to illustrate both the calculation of the indicator variable and the application of the proposed criterion. Finally, bi directionality characteristics of typical multi piece, hybrid, single piece, and semispan balances are determined and discussed.

  19. Bi-directional magnetic resonance based wireless power transfer for electronic devices

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    In order to power or charge electronic devices wirelessly, a bi-directional wireless power transfer method has been proposed and experimentally investigated. In the proposed design, two receiving coils are used on both sides of a transmitting coil along its central axis to receive the power wirelessly from the generated magnetic fields through strongly coupled magnetic resonance. It has been observed experimentally that the maximum power transfer occurs at the operating resonant frequency for optimum electric load connected across the receiving coils on both side. The optimum wireless power transfer efficiency is 88% for the bi-directional power transfer technique compared 84% in the one side receiver system. By adopting the developed bi-directional power transfer method, two electronic devices can be powered up or charged simultaneously instead of a single device through usual one side receiver system without affecting the optimum power transfer efficiency

  20. Sifting attacks in finite-size quantum key distribution

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    Pfister, Corsin; Lütkenhaus, Norbert; Wehner, Stephanie; Coles, Patrick J.

    2016-05-01

    A central assumption in quantum key distribution (QKD) is that Eve has no knowledge about which rounds will be used for parameter estimation or key distillation. Here we show that this assumption is violated for iterative sifting, a sifting procedure that has been employed in some (but not all) of the recently suggested QKD protocols in order to increase their efficiency. We show that iterative sifting leads to two security issues: (1) some rounds are more likely to be key rounds than others, (2) the public communication of past measurement choices changes this bias round by round. We analyze these two previously unnoticed problems, present eavesdropping strategies that exploit them, and find that the two problems are independent. We discuss some sifting protocols in the literature that are immune to these problems. While some of these would be inefficient replacements for iterative sifting, we find that the sifting subroutine of an asymptotically secure protocol suggested by Lo et al (2005 J. Cryptol. 18 133–65), which we call LCA sifting, has an efficiency on par with that of iterative sifting. One of our main results is to show that LCA sifting can be adapted to achieve secure sifting in the finite-key regime. More precisely, we combine LCA sifting with a certain parameter estimation protocol, and we prove the finite-key security of this combination. Hence we propose that LCA sifting should replace iterative sifting in future QKD implementations. More generally, we present two formal criteria for a sifting protocol that guarantee its finite-key security. Our criteria may guide the design of future protocols and inspire a more rigorous QKD analysis, which has neglected sifting-related attacks so far.

  1. Bi-directional WDM transmission by use of SOAs as inline amplifiers without isolators

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    Jeppesen, Palle; Yu, Jianjun

    2001-01-01

    Error-free bi-directional transmission of 8×10 Gb/s signals over two inline SOAs is realized for the first time. It is demonstrated that SOAs can be used for inline amplifiers in bidirectional multi-wavelength transmission systems at 10 Gb/s without any isolator.......Error-free bi-directional transmission of 8×10 Gb/s signals over two inline SOAs is realized for the first time. It is demonstrated that SOAs can be used for inline amplifiers in bidirectional multi-wavelength transmission systems at 10 Gb/s without any isolator....

  2. Transducer-type bi-directional linear ultrasonic motor and experiment

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    CHU Xiangcheng; CHEN Zaili

    2002-01-01

    A transducer-type bi-directional linear ultrasonic notor is presented. It has the features of flexible bi-directional drive, simple construction and easy control, etc. The characteristics parameters of the prototype are: frequency 21.46 kHz, maximum moving speed 400 mm/s under pre-load of 3.2 N, maximum thrust 2.1 N under pre-load of 1.6 N. The influence of phase shift and vibration amplitude of ultrasonic transducers on ideal elliptical locus and output characteristics are investigated with theoretical and experimental methods.

  3. Model of Bi-directional Flyback Converter for Hybrid AC/DC Distribution System

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    Riku Pasonen

    2013-01-01

    In this article, a simulation model and concept of two switch bi-directional isolated DC/DC converter is presented. Converter is based on flyback converter type. Also control method for voltage regulation with bi-directional power transfer is presented. Target application of the proposed converter was selected to be a hybrid AC/DC distribution system concept of which was briefly described. The requirement of galvanic isolation in the hybrid AC/DC concept comes from use of shared neutral wire;...

  4. Bi-directional reflectance studies of prepared compact particulate surfaces

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    Zhang, Hao

    Controlled laboratory BRDF and transmission measurements on layers of polymer and glass spheres have been carried out to investigate the connection between single particle optics and the optics of a packed surface. The measurements show that despite being closely packed, significant features of single scattering, such as the rainbow peaks, are preserved even in aggregated sphere layers. The measurements have been compared to 5 radiative transfer model predictions: the Hapke's model and its improved version, the Lumme-Bowell model, Mishchenko et al.'s BRF algorithm and DISORT. It has been found that strict numerical RTE models predict the measurements well in some regions, but have errors in both forward and backward scattering directions. The discrepancies have been attributed to the non-ideal factors such as internal inhomogeneity and surface roughness and may be corrected using Lumme-Bowell's roughness correction factor for oblique incident light. The inadequacy of the semi-empirical models can be partly attributed to the exclusion of a diffraction contribution in the models. In-situ BRDF measurements on submerged sediments with grain sizes ranging from 300 mum to over 1000 mum have been carried out. For normally illuminated small grain size samples the BRDF was nearly Lambertian, but samples with larger grain sizes are less Lambertian, with the BRDF decreasing with increasing view angles. Under oblique incident angles the samples become increasingly non-Lambertian; the dominant feature in the BRDF is enhanced backscattering. An empirical model is presented for each sediment type which represents the data within the standard deviation of the sample variation. This model is well behaved at angles out to 90°, and thus can be incorporated into the radiative transfer models to improve the light field predictions in shallow water. The BRDF of both dry and wet ooid sand layers with different particle size distributions and layer thicknesses on a reflecting mirror have

  5. A self-adaptive full asynchronous bi-directional transmission channel for network-on-chips

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    To improve two shortcomings of conventional network-on-chips, i.e. low utilization rate in channels between routers and excessive interconnection lines, this paper proposes a full asynchronous self-adaptive bi-directional transmission channel. It can utilize interconnection lines and register resources with high efficiency, and dynamically detect the data transmission state between routers through a direction regulator, which controls the sequencer to automatically adjust the transmission direction of the bi-directional channel, so as to provide a flexible data transmission environment. Null convention logic units are used to make the circuit quasi-delay insensitive and highly robust. The proposed bi-directional transmission channel is implemented based on SMIC 0.18 μm standard CMOS technology. Post-layout simulation results demonstrate that this self-adaptive bi-directional channel has better performance on throughput, transmission flexibility and channel bandwidth utilization compared to a conventional single direction channel. Moreover, the proposed channel can save interconnection lines up to 30% and can provide twice the bandwidth resources of a single direction transmission channel. The proposed channel can apply to an on-chip network which has limited resources of registers and interconnection lines. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  6. Reliability analysis of an LCL tuned track segmented bi-directional inductive power transfer system

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    Asif Iqbal, S. M.; Madawala, U. K.; Thrimawithana, D. J.;

    2013-01-01

    Bi-directional Inductive Power Transfer (BDIPT) technique is suitable for renewable energy based applications such as electric vehicles (EVs), for the implementation of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems. Recently, more efforts have been made by researchers to improve both efficiency and reliability o...

  7. Anxiety and Reading Difficulties in Early Elementary School: Evidence for Unidirectional- or Bi-Directional Relations?

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    Grills-Taquechel, Amie E.; Fletcher, Jack M.; Vaughn, Sharon R.; Stuebing, Karla K.

    2012-01-01

    The present study examined competing models of the bi-directional influences of anxiety and reading achievement. Participants were 153 ethnically-diverse children (84 male, 69 female) from general education classes evaluated in the winter and spring of their first-grade academic year. Children completed standardized measures of reading achievement…

  8. Longitudinal Bi-Directional Relationships between Sleep and Youth Substance Use

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    Pasch, Keryn E.; Latimer, Lara A.; Cance, Jessica Duncan; Moe, Stacey G.; Lytle, Leslie A.

    2012-01-01

    Despite the known deficits in sleep that occur during adolescence and the high prevalence of substance use behaviors among this group, relatively little research has explored how sleep and substance use may be causally related. The purpose of this study was to explore the longitudinal bi-directional relationships between sleep duration, sleep…

  9. Properties and Stability of Max-Product Fuzzy Bi-Directional Associative Memory

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    SHU Lan

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, a fuzzy operator of max-product is defined at first, and the fuzzy bi-directional associative memory (FBAM) based on the fuzzy operator of max-product is given. Then the properties and the Lyapunov stability of equilibriums of the networks are studied.

  10. Inferring bi-directional interactions between circadian clock genes and metabolism with model ensembles

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    Grzegorczyk, Marco; Aderhold, Andrej; Husmeier, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    There has been much interest in reconstructing bi-directional regulatory networks linking the circadian clock to metabolism in plants. A variety of reverse engineering methods from machine learning and computational statistics have been proposed and evaluated. The emphasis of the present paper is on

  11. High Efficiency Interleaved Bi-Directional ZVS DC-DC Converter

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    Zafar Ullah Khan, M.; Mohsin Naveed, M.; Hussain, Dil Muhammad Akbar

    2013-01-01

    A High Efficiency Interleaved Bi-Directional ZVS DC-DC converter is presented in this paper. This converter can be operated in both buck and boost mode. CoolMOS is used as a power device to achieve low conduction losses and fast turn off. The value of inductance is selected such that the Cool...

  12. Achievable rate regions and outer bounds for a multi-pair bi-directional relay network

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    Kim, Sang Joon; Devroye, Natasha

    2010-01-01

    In a bi-directional relay channel, a pair of nodes wish to exchange independent messages over a shared wireless half-duplex channel with the help of relays. Recent work has mostly considered information theoretic limits of the bi-directional relay channel with two terminal nodes (or end users) and one relay. In this work we consider bi-directional relaying with one base station, multiple terminal nodes and one relay, all of which operate in half-duplex modes. We assume that each terminal node communicates with the base-station in a bi-directional fashion through the relay and do not place any restrictions on the channels between the users, relays and base-stations; that is, each node has a direct link with every other node. Our contributions are three-fold: 1) the introduction of four new temporal protocols which fully exploit the two-way nature of the data and outperform simple routing or multi-hop communication schemes by carefully combining network coding, random binning and user cooperation which exploit ...

  13. Absolute exponential stability analysis of delayed bi-directional associative memory neural networks

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    Lou Xuyang [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China); Cui Baotong [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)]. E-mail: btcui@sohu.com

    2007-02-15

    The problem of absolute exponential stability for delayed bi-directional associative memory neural networks with time delay is investigated via Lyapunov stability theory. A new sufficient condition ensuring existence and uniqueness of equilibrium and its absolute exponential stability is derived. An illustrative example is given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the obtained results.

  14. Elderly fall detection using SIFT hybrid features

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    Wang, Xiaoxiao; Gao, Chao; Guo, Yongcai

    2015-10-01

    With the tendency of aging society, countries all over the world are dealing with the demographic change. Fall had been proven to be of the highest fatality rate among the elderly. To realize the elderly fall detection, the proposed algorithm used the hybrid feature. Based on the rate of centroid change, the algorithm adopted VEI to offer the posture feature, this combined motion feature with posture feature. The algorithm also took advantage of SIFT descriptor of VEI(V-SIFT) to show more details of behaviors with occlusion. An improved motion detection method was proposed to improve the accuracy of front-view motion detection. The experimental results on CASIA database and self-built database showed that the proposed approach has high efficiency and strong robustness which effectively improved the accuracy of fall detection.

  15. LBP and SIFT based facial expression recognition

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    Sumer, Omer; Gunes, Ece O.

    2015-02-01

    This study compares the performance of local binary patterns (LBP) and scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) with support vector machines (SVM) in automatic classification of discrete facial expressions. Facial expression recognition is a multiclass classification problem and seven classes; happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, surprise, fear and comtempt are classified. Using SIFT feature vectors and linear SVM, 93.1% mean accuracy is acquired on CK+ database. On the other hand, the performance of LBP-based classifier with linear SVM is reported on SFEW using strictly person independent (SPI) protocol. Seven-class mean accuracy on SFEW is 59.76%. Experiments on both databases showed that LBP features can be used in a fairly descriptive way if a good localization of facial points and partitioning strategy are followed.

  16. Tissue Microarray Study of Vasculogenic Mimicry in Bi-directional Differentiated Malignant Tumors

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    XishanHao; BaocunSun; ShiwuZhang; XiulanZhao

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine if vasculogenic mimicry (VM) exists in bi-directional differentiated malignant tumors. METHODS The blood supply models for bi-directional differentiated tumors were studied with immunohistochemical and PAS double-staining techniques. New sections were made from 158 paraffin-embedded bi-directional malignant-tumor samples, including melanoma (high malignancy n=30, low malignancy n=30); synoviosarcoma(SS) (high malignancy n=26, low malignancy n=13); acinar rhabdomyosarcoma (All) (high malignancy n=16,low malignancy n=13); malignant mesothelioma (MM) (n=26), and epithelioid sarcoma (ES)(n=4). Tissue microarrays were made. The representative points in the paraffin sections were labeled and two tissue microarrays were made, one included 60 cases of melanoma, and the other included the other tumors. Immunohistochemical staining of the platelet-endothelial cell adhesive molecule(CD31 antigen) and periodic acid Schiff(PAS) staining were conducted. The areas were calculated of vessel-like channels consisting of CD31 antigen-positive tumor cells and of PAS positive materials. The VM was studied using the data obtained. RESULTS Some of these bi-directional tumor cells secreted PAS-positive materials and 0D31 positive materials. The walls of the VM consisted of PAS-positive materials lined with CD31 negative tumor cells with red blood cells inside the channel, whereas the walls of the epithelium-dependent vessels were comprised of CD31 positive materials. The positive areas of CD31 were significantly less than that of PAS (P<0.01). The number of cases with VM in highly malignant tumors was greater than that found in the lowly malignant tumors. CONCLUSIONS Bi-directional differentiated malignant tumor cells have the ability to auto-transform and might interact with the extracellular matrix to form a vessel channel system which mimics blood vessels for transporting blood. That process is called VM. Results in this study show that bi-directional

  17. Face Identification by SIFT-based Complete Graph Topology

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    Kisku, Dakshina Ranjan; Rattani, Ajita; Grosso, Enrico; Tistarelli, Massimo

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a new face identification system based on Graph Matching Technique on SIFT features extracted from face images. Although SIFT features have been successfully used for general object detection and recognition, only recently they were applied to face recognition. This paper further investigates the performance of identification techniques based on Graph matching topology drawn on SIFT features which are invariant to rotation, scaling and translation. Face project...

  18. Identification of a bi-directional promoter from Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus

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    2006-01-01

    A bi-directional promoter of Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus (TYLCCNV) was obtained with the total DNA from TYLCCNV isolate Y10 infected tobacco leaves as a template. Plant expression vectors were constructed by fusing the amplified DNA fragment with the gus gene and nopaline terminator in different orientations. The vectors containing promoter fragments were transferred into leaf cells and plant stems of Nicotiana benthamiana by Agrobacterium-mediated method. Transient expression results showed that both the complementary and virion-sense promoters could drive the gus gene to express, and the GUS activity of the complementary-sense promoter was stronger than that of the virion-sense. Co-expression of the vector containing βC1 gene of TYLCCNV DNAβ with the vector containing a bi-directional promoter revealed that the βC1 protein has no impact on expression of either the virion- or the complementarysense promoter.

  19. Model of Bi-directional Flyback Converter for Hybrid AC/DC Distribution System

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    Riku Pasonen

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this article, a simulation model and concept of two switch bi-directional isolated DC/DC converter is presented. Converter is based on flyback converter type. Also control method for voltage regulation with bi-directional power transfer is presented. Target application of the proposed converter was selected to be a hybrid AC/DC distribution system concept of which was briefly described. The requirement of galvanic isolation in the hybrid AC/DC concept comes from use of shared neutral wire; DC current runs with unbalanced part of AC current in neutral wire. Without galvanic isolation grounded neutral would cause short circuit if DC/DC converter is connected to three phase rectifier or inverter. Simulation was carried out with PSCAD electromagnetic transient simulator.

  20. Detailed string stability analysis for bi-directional optimal velocity model

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    郑亮

    2015-01-01

    The class of bi-directional optimal velocity models can describe the bi-directional looking effect that usually exists in the reality and is even enhanced with the development of the connected vehicle technologies. Its combined string stability condition can be obtained through the method of the ring-road based string stability analysis. However, the partial string stability about traffic fluctuation propagated backward or forward was neglected, which will be analyzed in detail in this work by the method of transfer function and its H∞norm from the viewpoint of control theory. Then, through comparing the conditions of combined and partial string stabilities, their relationships can make traffic flow be divided into three distinguishable regions, displaying various combined and partial string stability performance. Finally, the numerical experiments verify the theoretical results and find that the final displaying string stability or instability performance results from the accumulated and offset effects of traffic fluctuations propagated from different directions.

  1. Inferring bi-directional interactions between circadian clock genes and metabolism with model ensembles

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    Grzegorczyk, Marco; Aderhold, Andrej; Husmeier, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    There has been much interest in reconstructing bi-directional regulatory networks linking the circadian clock to metabolism in plants. A variety of reverse engineering methods from machine learning and computational statistics have been proposed and evaluated. The emphasis of the present paper is on combining models in a model ensemble to boost the network reconstruction accuracy, and to explore various model combination strategies to maximize the improvement. Our results demonstrate that a r...

  2. Matrix Converter Bi-directional Switch Power Loss and Cooling Condition Estimation for Integrated Drives

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    Sokolovs, A; Galkins, I

    2010-01-01

    In this paper power loss estimation of bi-directional switch of matrix converter is done by means of calculation and experiments. For safe operation of power devices an efficient cooling system of specific device must be designed. This work is part of a greater project of integrated matrix converter AC drives and the cooling problem here is viewed in context of this task. It is necessary to develop a compact power board and cooling system to extract excessive heat from power devices.

  3. The bi-directional moving structures in a coronal bright point

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    Li, Dong; Ning, Zongjun; Su, Yingna

    2016-09-01

    We report the bi-directional moving structures in a coronal bright point (CBP) on 2015 July 14. It is observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) onboard Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). This CBP has a lifetime of ˜10 minutes, and a curved shape. The observations show that many bright structures are moving intermittently outward from the CBP brightness core. Such moving structures are clearly seen at AIA 171 Å, 193 Å, 211 Å, 131 Å, 94 Å, 335 Å and 304 Å, slit-jaw (SJI) 1330 Å and 1400 Å. In order to analyze these moving structures, the CBP is cut along the moving direction with a curved slit from the AIA and SJI images. Then we can obtain the time-distance slices, including the intensity and intensity-derivative diagrams, from which, the moving structures are recognized as the oblique streaks, and they are characterized by the bi-direction, simultaneity, symmetry, and periodicity. The average speed is around 300 km s^{-1}, while the typically period is ˜90 s. All these features (including the bi-directional flows and their periodicity) can be detected simultaneously at all the 9 wavelengths. This CBP takes place at the site between a small pair of magnetic polarities. High time resolution observations show that they are moving close to each other during its lifetime. These facts support the magnetic reconnection model of the CBP and the bi-directional moving structures could be the observational outflows after the reconnection. Therefore, they can be as the direct observation evidence of the magnetic reconnection.

  4. BI-DIRECTIONAL COHEN-GROSSBERG NEURAL NETWORK WITH DISCRETE TIME

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    2009-01-01

    Discrete-time version of the bi-directional Cohen-Grossberg neural network is stud-ied in this paper. Some sufficient conditions are obtained to ensure the global exponen-tial stability of such networks with discrete time based on Lyapunov method. These results do not require the symmetry of the connection matrix and the monotonicity, boundedness and differentiability of the activation function.

  5. BI-DIRECTIONAL COHEN-GROSSBERG NEURAL NETWORK WITH DISCRETE TIME

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    Du Dejun; Chen Anping

    2009-01-01

    Discrete-time version of the bi-directional Cohen-Grossberg neural network is stu-died in this paper. Some sufficient conditions are obtained to ensure the global ex-ponential stability of such" networks with discrete time based on Lyapunov method. These results do not require the symmetry of the connection matrix and the monoto-nicity, boundedness and differentiability of the activation function.

  6. Upgrade of a transverse ventilation system in a bi-directional tunnel

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    Vidmar Peter; Petelin Stojan; Luin Blaž

    2012-01-01

    The Karavanke tunnel forms an important link between Slovenia and Austria. The almost 8 km long tunnel is operated with bi-directional traffic and does not have dedicated escape routes. Moreover, the ventilation in case of fire does not satisfy requirements of the EU Directive 2004/54/EC that specifies the minimum requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network. The paper present results of the research conducted regarding the possibility of upgrade the existing system in or...

  7. Development of an efficient bi-directional promoter with tripartite enhancer employing three viral promoters.

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    Patro, Sunita; Maiti, Indu B; Dey, Nrisingha

    2013-02-10

    We have developed a novel bi-directional promoter (FsFfCBD) by placing two heterogeneous core-promoters from the Figwort mosaic virus sub-genomic transcript promoter (FsCP, -69 to +31) and Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (CCP, -89 to +1) respectively on upstream (5') and downstream (3') ends of a tri-hybrid enhancer (FsEFfECE), in reverse orientation. The FsEFfECE domain encompasses three heterologous enhancer fragments from Figwort mosaic virus sub-genomic transcript promoter (FsE, 101 bp, -70 to -170), Figwort mosaic virus full-length transcript promoter (FfE, 196 bp, -249 to -54) and Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (CE, 254 bp, -343 to -90). The bi-directional nature of the FsFfCBD promoter (coupled to GFP and GUS) was established both in transient systems (onion epidermal cells and tobacco protoplasts) and transgenic plant (Nicotiana tabacum samsun NN) by monitoring the simultaneous expression of GFP and GUS employing fluorescence (for GFP) and biochemical (for GUS) based assays. In transgenic plants, the FsFfCBD promoter was found to be 6.8 and 2.5 times stronger than two parent promoters; Fs and FfC respectively. The bi-directional compound promoter FsFfCBD, composed of three heterologous enhancers with enhanced activity could become a valuable additional tool for efficient plant metabolic engineering and molecular pharming. PMID:23183382

  8. The Bi-directional Moving Structures in a Coronal Bright Point

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    Li, Dong; Su, Yingna

    2016-01-01

    We report the bi-directional moving structures in a coronal bright point (CBP) on 2015 July 14. It is observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) onboard Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). This CBP has a lifetime of about 10 minutes, and a curved shape. The observations show that many bright structures are moving intermittently outward from the CBP brightness core. Such moving structures are clearly seen at AIA 171, 193, 211, 131, 94, 335 and 304 A, slit-jaw (SJI) 1330 and 1400 A. In order to analyze these moving structures, the CBP is cut along the moving direction with a curved slit from the AIA and SJI images. Then we can obtain the time-distance slices, including the intensity and intensity-derivative diagrams, from which, the moving structures are recognized as the oblique streaks, and they are characterized by the bi-direction, simultaneity, symmetry, and periodicity. The average speed is around 300 km/s, while the typically period is about 90 s. All these features (including the bi-directional fl...

  9. Development of an efficient bi-directional promoter with tripartite enhancer employing three viral promoters.

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    Patro, Sunita; Maiti, Indu B; Dey, Nrisingha

    2013-02-10

    We have developed a novel bi-directional promoter (FsFfCBD) by placing two heterogeneous core-promoters from the Figwort mosaic virus sub-genomic transcript promoter (FsCP, -69 to +31) and Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (CCP, -89 to +1) respectively on upstream (5') and downstream (3') ends of a tri-hybrid enhancer (FsEFfECE), in reverse orientation. The FsEFfECE domain encompasses three heterologous enhancer fragments from Figwort mosaic virus sub-genomic transcript promoter (FsE, 101 bp, -70 to -170), Figwort mosaic virus full-length transcript promoter (FfE, 196 bp, -249 to -54) and Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (CE, 254 bp, -343 to -90). The bi-directional nature of the FsFfCBD promoter (coupled to GFP and GUS) was established both in transient systems (onion epidermal cells and tobacco protoplasts) and transgenic plant (Nicotiana tabacum samsun NN) by monitoring the simultaneous expression of GFP and GUS employing fluorescence (for GFP) and biochemical (for GUS) based assays. In transgenic plants, the FsFfCBD promoter was found to be 6.8 and 2.5 times stronger than two parent promoters; Fs and FfC respectively. The bi-directional compound promoter FsFfCBD, composed of three heterologous enhancers with enhanced activity could become a valuable additional tool for efficient plant metabolic engineering and molecular pharming.

  10. Morphology and efficiency of a specialized foraging behavior, sediment sifting, in neotropical cichlid fishes.

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    López-Fernández, Hernán; Arbour, Jessica; Willis, Stuart; Watkins, Crystal; Honeycutt, Rodney L; Winemiller, Kirk O

    2014-01-01

    Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis on a set of ecomorphological traits from 27 species of Neotropical cichlids. For most sifting taxa, feeding behavior could be effectively predicted by a linear discriminant function of ecomorphology across multiple clades of sediment sifters, and this pattern could not be explained by shared evolutionary history alone. Additionally, we tested foraging efficiency in seven Neotropical cichlid species, five of which are specialized benthic feeders with differing head morphology. Efficiency was evaluated based on the degree to which invertebrate prey could be retrieved at different depths of sediment. Feeding performance was compared both with respect to feeding mode and species using a phylogenetic ANCOVA, with substrate depth as a covariate. Benthic foraging performance was constant across sediment depths in non-sifters but declined with depth in sifters. The non-sifting Hypsophrys used sweeping motions of the body and fins to excavate large pits to uncover prey; this tactic was more efficient for consuming deeply buried invertebrates than observed among sediment sifters. Findings indicate that similar feeding performance among sediment-sifting cichlids extracting invertebrate prey from shallow sediment layers reflects constraints associated with functional morphology and, to a lesser extent, phylogeny. PMID:24603485

  11. Are there Bi-directional Associations between Depressive Symptoms and C-Reactive Protein in Mid-life Women?

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    Matthews, Karen A.; Schott, Laura L.; Bromberger, Joyce T.; Cyranowski, Jill M.; Everson-Rose, Susan A.; Sowers, MaryFran

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To test whether depressive symptoms are related to subsequent C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and/or whether CRP levels are related to subsequent depressive symptoms in mid-life women. METHODS: Women enrolled in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) were followed for seven years and had measures of CES-Depression scores and CRP seven times during the follow-up period. Women were pre- or early peri-menopausal at study entry and were of Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Japanese, or Chinese race/ethnicity. Analyses were restricted to initially healthy women. RESULTS: Longitudinal mixed linear regression models adjusting for age, race, site, time between exams, and outcome variable at year X showed that higher CES-D scores predicted higher subsequent CRP levels and vice versa over a 7-year period. Full multivariate models adjusting for body mass index, physical activity, medications, health conditions, and other covariates showed that higher CRP levels at year X predicted higher CES-D scores at year X+1, p = 0.03. Higher depressive symptoms predicted higher subsequent CRP levels at marginally significant levels, p=0.10. CONCLUSIONS: Higher CRP levels led to higher subsequent depressive symptoms, albeit the effect was small. The study demonstrates the importance of considering bi-directional relationships for depression and other psychosocial factors and risk for heart disease. PMID:19683568

  12. Comparison of laser-assisted damage in soft tissue using bi-directional and forward-firing optical fiber

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    Kim, Changhwan; Sohn, Ik-Bu; Park, Hoyong; Lee, Yong Joong; Lee, Ho

    2014-03-01

    Laser-assisted endoscopic surgery is made possible by employing optical devices such as fiber optics and hollow wave-guides. In some applications of laser-assisted endoscopic surgery, it is necessary to change the direction of the light emission. Our group reported a new fabrication method for bi-directional firing fibers. The conical surface of the fiber tip made the bi-directional emission of the laser light at the distal end of the fiber. In this study, we employed the bi-directional firing fiber for laser-assisted coagulation of soft tissue. The developed fiber and the normal forward-firing fiber are used for the endoscopic delivery system of a continuous IR laser into an in vitro porcine liver. The ablation and coagulation pattern were compared for two distinctive fiber systems. Regardless of the laser's parameters, the bi-directional firing fiber produced a cavity and coagulation zone with more or less a circular shape, while the forward fiber produced an elongated cavity and coagulation region. The bi-directional firing fiber produced wider and shorter coagulation and cavity zones compared to that of the forward-firing fiber. We expect the bi-directional firing fiber to be an excellent optical delivery system for endoscopic laser-hyperthermia when used against various tumors in the liver, breast and thyroid.

  13. Modeling the distribution of ammonia across Europe including bi-directional surface-atmosphere exchange

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    R. J. Wichink Kruit

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A large shortcoming of current chemistry transport models for simulating the fate of ammonia in the atmosphere is the lack of a description of the bi-directional surface-atmosphere exchange. In this paper, results of an update of the dry deposition module DEPAC in the LOTOS-EUROS model are discussed. It is shown that with the new description, which includes bi-directional surface-atmosphere exchange, the modeled ammonia concentrations increase almost everywhere, in particular in agricultural source areas. The reason is that by using a compensation point the ammonia life time and transport distance is increased. As a consequence, deposition of ammonia and ammonium decreases in agricultural source areas, while it increases in large nature areas and remote regions especially in Southern Scandinavia. The inclusion of a compensation point for water reduces the dry deposition over sea and allows reproducing the observed marine background concentrations at coastal locations to a better extend. A comparison with measurements shows that the model results better represent the measured ammonia concentrations. The concentrations in nature areas are slightly overestimated, while the concentrations in agricultural source areas are still underestimated. Although the introduction of the compensation point improves the model performance, the modeling of ammonia remains challenging. Important aspects are emission patterns in space and time as well as a proper approach to deal with the high concentration gradients in relation to model resolution. In short, the inclusion of a bi-directional surface atmosphere exchange is a significant step forward for modeling ammonia.

  14. Optimization of Bi-Directional Flyback Converter for a High Voltage Capacitor Charging Application

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    Thummala, Prasanth; Schneider, Henrik; Zhang, Zhe;

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an optimization technique for a flyback converter with a bidirectional energy transfer. The main goal is to optimize the converter for driving an incremental dielectric electro active polymer actuator, which must be charged and discharged from 0 V to 2500 V DC, supplied from...... for this application. The efficiency and loss distribution results provided by the optimization routine provide a deep insight into the transformer design and its impact on total converter efficiency. Finally, experimental work on a prototype of the bi-directional flyback converter is presented. The maximum charging...... and discharging energy efficiencies of the optimized design, are 96.1% and 85%, respectively....

  15. Analysis of global exponential stability for a class of bi-directional associative memory networks

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    王宏霞; 何晨

    2003-01-01

    In real-time applications of bi-directional associative memory (BAM) networks, a global exponentially stable equilibrium is highly desired. The existence, uniqueness and global exponential stability for a class of BAM networks are studied in this paper, the signal function of neurons is assumed to be piece-wise linear from the engineering point of view. A very concise condition for the equilibrium of such a network being globally exponentially stable is derived,which makes the practical design of this kind of networks an easy job.

  16. Study on Application of Bi-directional Combination Technology Integrating Residue Hydrotreating with Catalytic Cracking RICP

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    Niu Chuanfeng; Gao Yongcan; Dai Lishun; Li Dadong

    2008-01-01

    After analysing the disadvantages of the traditional residue hydrotreating-catalytic cracking combination process, RIPP has proposed a bi-directional combination technology integrating residue hydrotreating with catalytic cracking called RICP which does not further recycles the FCC heavy cycle oil (HCO) inside the FCC unit and delivers HCO to the residue hydrotreating unit as a diluting oil for the residue that is concurrently subjected to hydrotreating prior to being used as the FCC feed oil. The RICP technology can stimulate residue hydrotreating reactions through utilization of HCO along with an increased yield of FCC light distillate, resulting in enhanced petroleum utilization and economic benefits of the refinery.

  17. Gender Recognition Based on Sift Features

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    Yousefi, Sahar

    2011-01-01

    This paper proposes a robust approach for face detection and gender classification in color images. Previous researches about gender recognition suppose an expensive computational and time-consuming pre-processing step in order to alignment in which face images are aligned so that facial landmarks like eyes, nose, lips, chin are placed in uniform locations in image. In this paper, a novel technique based on mathematical analysis is represented in three stages that eliminates alignment step. First, a new color based face detection method is represented with a better result and more robustness in complex backgrounds. Next, the features which are invariant to affine transformations are extracted from each face using scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) method. To evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm, experiments have been conducted by employing a SVM classifier on a database of face images which contains 500 images from distinct people with equal ratio of male and female.

  18. GENDER RECOGNITION BASED ON SIFT FEATURES

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    Sahar Yousefi

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a robust approach for face detection and gender classification in color images.Previous researches about gender recognition suppose an expensive computational and time-consumingpre-processing step in order to alignment in which face images are aligned so that facial landmarks likeeyes, nose, lips, chin are placed in uniform locations in image. In this paper, a novel technique based onmathematical analysis is represented in three stages that eliminates alignment step. First, a new colorbased face detection method is represented with a better result and more robustness in complexbackgrounds. Next, the features which are invariant to affine transformations are extracted from eachface using scale invariant feature transform (SIFT method. To evaluate the performance of the proposedalgorithm, experiments have been conducted by employing a SVM classifier on a database of face imageswhich contains 500 images from distinct people with equal ratio of male and female.

  19. Phosphorus reduction by sifting fish waste meal

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    Ronaldo Lima de Lima

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Fish meal is widely included in animal feed because it contains ideal essential amino acids profile, it is rich in energy, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and with >80% apparent protein digestibility in peneid shrimp. In human nutrition, studies are investigating the inclusion of fish meal in snacks, cakes, breads and cookies, as an enrichment in calcium, phosphorus, iron, protein and, especially, omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduces heart diseases and have antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties (eicosapentaenoic acid, and are essential to the formation of brain tissue and retina in infants and are important during pregnancy and lactation (docosahexaenoic acid. Fish meal produced from fish waste is rich in minerals (phosphorus, which may cause eutrophication and impair water quality in aquaculture. The aim of this study was to reduce phosphorus content from commercial fish meal produced from waste by sifting (0.60 - 1.00 - 1.18 - 1.40 - 2.36 and 3.35mm mesh sizes. Fish meal samples were collected monthly for 24 months. Proximate composition of subsamples per mesh size was compared to the unsieved sample. Results indicate that sifting through a 0.60mm sieve total phosphorus and ash contents were reduced up to 32% and 36%, respectively, further to increase protein content up to 20%. Average composition of the subsamples was 47.04% ash, 5.56% of total phosphorus and 39.45% protein, suggesting that the residue of the fractionation may be marketed as a mineral and protein supplement.

  20. Projecting Ammonia Dry Deposition Using Passive Samplers and a Bi-Directional Exchange Model

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    Robarge, W. P.; Walker, J. T.; Austin, R. E.

    2011-12-01

    Animal agriculture within the United States is known to be a source of ammonia (NH3) emissions. Dry deposition of NH3 to terrestrial ecosystems immediately surrounding large local sources of NH3 emissions (e.g. animal feeding operations) is difficult to measure, and is best estimated via models. Presented here are results for a semi-empirical modeling approach for estimating air-surface exchange fluxes of NH3 downwind of a large poultry facility (~ 3.5 million layers) using a bi-directional air-surface exchange model. The modeling domain is the western section of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Tyrrell, Washington, and Hyde Counties of eastern North Carolina in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain physiographic region. Vegetation within the modeling domain is primarily pocosin wetlands, characterized by acid (pH 3.6) peat soils and a thick canopy of shrub vegetation (leatherwood (Cyrilla racemiflora), inkberry (Ilex glabra), wax myrtle (Morella cerifera)). Land surrounding the refuge is primarily used for crop production: ~ 28%, 24%, and 45% agricultural in Tyrell, Hyde, and Washington counties, respectively. Ammonia air-surface exchange (flux) was calculated using a two-layer canopy compensation point model developed by Nemitz et al. (2001. Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc. 127, 815 - 833.) as implemented by Walker et al. (2008. Atmos. Environ., 42, 3407 - 3418.), in which the competing processes of emission and deposition within the foliage-soil system were taken into account by relating the net canopy-scale NH3 flux to the net emission potential of the canopy (i.e., foliage and soil). Ammonia air concentrations were measured using ALPHA passive samplers (Center for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh) along transects to the north and northeast of the poultry facility at distances of 800, 2000 and 3200 m, respectively. Samplers were deployed in duplicate at each location at a height of 5.8 m from July 2008 to July 2010 weekly during warm months and bi-weekly curing

  1. A mathematical model and computational framework for three-dimensional chondrocyte cell growth in a porous tissue scaffold placed inside a bi-directional flow perfusion bioreactor.

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    Shakhawath Hossain, Md; Bergstrom, D J; Chen, X B

    2015-12-01

    The in vitro chondrocyte cell culture for cartilage tissue regeneration in a perfusion bioreactor is a complex process. Mathematical modeling and computational simulation can provide important insights into the culture process, which would be helpful for selecting culture conditions to improve the quality of the developed tissue constructs. However, simulation of the cell culture process is a challenging task due to the complicated interaction between the cells and local fluid flow and nutrient transport inside the complex porous scaffolds. In this study, a mathematical model and computational framework has been developed to simulate the three-dimensional (3D) cell growth in a porous scaffold placed inside a bi-directional flow perfusion bioreactor. The model was developed by taking into account the two-way coupling between the cell growth and local flow field and associated glucose concentration, and then used to perform a resolved-scale simulation based on the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). The simulation predicts the local shear stress, glucose concentration, and 3D cell growth inside the porous scaffold for a period of 30 days of cell culture. The predicted cell growth rate was in good overall agreement with the experimental results available in the literature. This study demonstrates that the bi-directional flow perfusion culture system can enhance the homogeneity of the cell growth inside the scaffold. The model and computational framework developed is capable of providing significant insight into the culture process, thus providing a powerful tool for the design and optimization of the cell culture process.

  2. Impact of holding umbrella on uni- and bi-directional pedestrian flow: Experiments and modeling

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    Guo, Ning; Jiang, Rui; Hu, Mao-Bin; Jia, Bin

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the impact of holding umbrella on the uni- and bi-directional flow has been investigated via experiment and modeling. In the experiments, pedestrians are required to walk clockwise/anti-clockwise in a ring-shaped corridor under normal situation and holding umbrella situation. No matter in uni- or bi-directional flow, the flow rate under holding umbrella situation decreases comparing with that in normal situation. In bidirectional flow, pedestrians segregate into two opposite moving streams very quickly under normal situation, and clockwise/anti-clockwise walking pedestrians are always in the inner/outer lane due to right-walking preference. Under holding umbrella situation, spontaneous lane formation has also occurred. However, when holding umbrella, pedestrians may separate into more than two lanes. Moreover, the merge of lanes have been observed, and clockwise/anti-clockwise pedestrians are not always in the inner/outer lane. To model the flow dynamics, an improved force-based model has been ...

  3. Geologically controlled bi-directional exchange of groundwater with a hypersaline lake in the Canadian prairies

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    Bentley, Laurence R.; Hayashi, Masaki; Zimmerman, Elena P.; Holmden, Chris; Kelley, Lynn I.

    2016-06-01

    Hypersaline lakes occur in hydrologically closed basins due to evaporitic enrichment of dissolved salts transported to the lakes by surface water and groundwater. At the hypersaline Lydden Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada, groundwater/lake-water interaction is strongly influenced by the geological heterogeneity of glacial deposits, whereby a highly permeable glaciofluvial sand/gravel deposit is underlain by glaciolacustrine deposits consisting of dense clay interspersed with silt/sand lenses. Pressure head distribution in a near shore area indicates a bi-directional flow system. It consists of topographically driven flow of fresh groundwater towards the lake in the sand/gravel aquifer and density-driven, landward flow of saline groundwater in the underlying glaciolacustrine deposits. Electrical resistivity tomography, and chemical and isotopic composition of groundwater clearly show the landward intrusion of saline water in the heterogeneous unit. The feasibility of bi-directional flow and transport is supported by numerical simulations of density-coupled groundwater flow and transport. The results suggest that the geologically controlled groundwater exchange processes have substantial influences on both inputs and outputs of dissolved minerals in hypersaline lakes in closed basins.

  4. Review and parameterisation of bi-directional ammonia exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere

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    Massad, R.-S.; Nemitz, E.; Sutton, M. A.

    2010-11-01

    Current deposition schemes used in atmospheric chemical transport models do not generally account for bi-directional exchange of ammonia (NH3). Bi-directional exchange schemes, which have so far been applied at the plot scale, can be included in transport models, but need to be parameterised with appropriate values of the ground layer compensation point (χg), stomatal compensation point (χs) and cuticular resistance (Rw). We review existing measurements of χg, χs as well as Rw and compile a comprehensive dataset from which we then propose generalised parameterisations. χs is related to Γs, the non-dimensional ratio of [NH4+]apo and [H+]apo in the apoplast, through the temperature dependence of the combined Henry and dissociation equilibrium. The meta-analysis suggests that the nitrogen (N) input is the main driver of the apoplastic and bulk leaf concentrations of ammonium (NH4 apomodel for example). In principle, the parameterisations should be applicable to other climates, though there is a need for more underpinning data, with the uncertainties being especially large for tropical and subtropical conditions.

  5. Evaluation of Sift and Surf for Vision Based Localization

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    Qu, Xiaozhi; Soheilian, Bahman; Habets, Emmanuel; Paparoditis, Nicolas

    2016-06-01

    Vision based localization is widely investigated for the autonomous navigation and robotics. One of the basic steps of vision based localization is the extraction of interest points in images that are captured by the embedded camera. In this paper, SIFT and SURF extractors were chosen to evaluate their performance in localization. Four street view image sequences captured by a mobile mapping system, were used for the evaluation and both SIFT and SURF were tested on different image scales. Besides, the impact of the interest point distribution was also studied. We evaluated the performances from for aspects: repeatability, precision, accuracy and runtime. The local bundle adjustment method was applied to refine the pose parameters and the 3D coordinates of tie points. According to the results of our experiments, SIFT was more reliable than SURF. Apart from this, both the accuracy and the efficiency of localization can be improved if the distribution of feature points are well constrained for SIFT.

  6. EVALUATION OF SIFT AND SURF FOR VISION BASED LOCALIZATION

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    Qu, Xiaozhi; Soheilian, Bahman; Habets, Emmanuel; PAPARODITIS, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    Vision based localization is widely investigated for the autonomous navigation and robotics. One of the basic steps of vision based localization is the extraction of interest points in images that are captured by the embedded camera. In this paper, SIFT and SURF extractors were chosen to evaluate their performance in localization. Four street view image sequences captured by a mobile mapping system, were used for the evaluation and both SIFT and SURF were tested on different image sc...

  7. Response of piping system on friction support to bi-directional excitation

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    Installation of friction devices between a piping system and its supporting medium is an effective way of energy dissipation in the piping systems. In this paper, seismic effectiveness of friction type support for a piping system subjected to two horizontal components of earthquake motion is investigated. The interaction between the mobilized restoring forces of the friction support is duly considered. The non-linear behavior of the restoring forces of the support is modeled as an elastic-perfectly plastic system with a very high value of initial stiffness. Such an idealization avoids keeping track of transitional rules (as required in conventional modeling of friction systems) under arbitrary dynamic loading. The frictional forces mobilized at the friction support are assumed to be dependent on the sliding velocity and instantaneous normal force acting on the support. A detailed systematic procedure for analysis of piping systems supported on friction support considering the effects of bi-directional interaction of the frictional forces is presented. The proposed procedure is validated by comparing the analytical seismic responses of a spatial piping system supported on a friction support with the corresponding experimental results. The responses of the piping system and the frictional forces of the support are observed to be in close agreement with the experimental results validating the proposed analysis procedure. It was also observed that the friction supports are very effective in reducing the seismic response of piping systems. In order to investigate the effects of bi-directional interaction of the frictional forces, the seismic responses of the piping system are compared by considering and ignoring the interaction under few narrow-band and broad-band (real earthquake) ground motions. The bi-directional interaction of the frictional forces has significant effects on the response of piping system and should be included in the analysis of piping systems

  8. KW-SIFT descriptor for remote-sensing image registration

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    Xiangzeng Liu; Zheng Tian; Weidong Yan; Xifa Duan

    2011-01-01

    A technique to construct an affine invariant descriptor for remote-sensing image registration based on the scale invariant features transform (SIFT) in a kernel space is proposed.Affine invariant SIFT descriptor is first developed in an elliptical region determined by the Hessian matrix of the feature points.Thereafter,the descriptor is mapped to a feature space induced by a kernel, and a new descriptor is constructed by whitening the mapped descriptor in the feature space, with the transform called KW-SIFT.In a final step, the new descriptor is used to register remote-sensing images.Experimental results for remote-sensing image registration indicate that the proposed method improves the registration performance as compared with other related methods.%@@ A technique to construct an affine invariant descriptor for remote-sensing image registration based on the scale invariant features transform (SIFT) in a kernel space is proposed.Affine invariant SIFT descriptor is first developed in an elliptical region determined by the Hessian matrix of the feature points.Thereafter,the descriptor is mapped to a feature space induced by a kernel, and a new descriptor is constructed by whitening the mapped descriptor in the feature space, with the transform called KW-SIFT.In a final step, the new descriptor is used to register remote-sensing images.Experimental results for remote-sensing image registration indicate that the proposed method improves the registration performance as compared with other related methods.

  9. Partial fingerprint matching based on SIFT Features

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Fingerprints are being extensively used for person identification in a number of commercial, civil, and forensic applications. The current Fingerprint matching technology is quite mature for matching full prints, matching partial fingerprints still needs lots of improvement. Most of the current fingerprint identification systems utilize features that are based on minutiae points and ridge patterns. The major challenges faced in partial fingerprint matching are the absence of sufficient minutiae features and other structures such as core and delta. However, this technology suffers from the problem of handling incomplete prints and often discards any partial fingerprints obtained. Recent research has begun to delve into the problems of latent or partial fingerprints. In this paper we present a novel approach for partial fingerprint matching scheme based on SIFT(Scale Invariant Feature Transform features and matching is achieved using a modified point matching process. Using Neurotechnology database, we demonstrate that the proposed method exhibits an improved performance when matching full print against partial print.

  10. A distributed optical fiber bi-directional strain-displacement sensor

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    2003-01-01

    A distributed optical fiber strain-displacement sensor is developed, which consists of an optical fiber gauge of strain-displacement and an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). The operational principle is the modulation of fiber loss in OTDR, i.e. the strain and displacement in monitoring position are obtained from the bending loss of optical fiber bonded on the optical fiber gauge of strain-displacement. After examining the strain and displacement in the cantilever and the micro displacement rack respectively, the result indicates that the distributed optical fiber gauge of strain-displacement can monitor strains or displacements in different sensitive lengths. The key technique for measuring bi-directional strain-displacement is the pretreatment of bending of the freely suspended optical fibers, which can be identified with OTDR by inserting time delay optical fiber.

  11. Bi-directional causality in California's electricity and natural-gas markets

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    The Granger instantaneous-causality test is applied to explore the potential causal relationships between wholesale electricity and natural-gas prices in California. The test shows these relationships to be bi-directional, and reveals California's electricity and natural-gas markets to be as inextricably intertwined as casual observation and theoretical considerations would suggest they ought to be. This meshing of markets exacerbated the effects of California's natural-gas crisis on the contemporaneous electricity crisis, while concurrently the electricity crisis may have contributed to the dysfunction in the national-gas market and helped to precipitate the natural-gas crisis. The finding supports an integrated approach, as opposed to a piecemeal approach, for formulating energy policy recommendations, not just in California but in the world at large. (author)

  12. A multi-layered vascular scaffold with symmetrical structure by bi-directional gradient electrospinning.

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    Wu, Tong; Huang, Chen; Li, Dawei; Yin, Anlin; Liu, Wei; Wang, Jing; Chen, Jianfeng; Ei-Hamshary, Hany; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Mo, Xiumei

    2015-09-01

    Multi-layered scaffolds are advantageous in vascular tissue engineering, in consideration of better combination of biomechanics, biocompatibility and biodegradability than the scaffolds with single structure. In this study, a bi-directional gradient electrospinning method was developed to fabricate poly(l-lactide-co-caprolactone) (P(LLA-CL)), collagen and chitosan based tubular scaffold with multi-layered symmetrical structure. The multi-layered composite scaffold showed improved mechanical property and biocompatibility, in comparison to the blended scaffold using the same proportion of raw materials. Endothelialization on the multi-layered scaffold was accelerated owing to the bioactive surface made of pure natural materials. hSMCs growth showed the similar results because of its better biocompatibility. Additionally, fibers morphology change, pH value balance and long term mechanical support results showed that the gradient structure effectively improved biodegradability. PMID:26101818

  13. High efficiency interleaved bi-directional ZVS DC-DC converter

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    Zafarullah Khan, M.; Mohsin Naveed, M.; Akbar Hussain, D. M.

    2013-06-01

    A high efficiency interleaved bi-directional ZVS DC-DC converter is presented in this paper. This converter can be operated in both buck and boost mode. CoolMOS is used as a power device to achieve low conduction losses and fast turn off. The value of inductance is selected such that the CoolMOS drain-to-source voltage always falls to zero before it turns on and ZVS is achieved. Multiphase interleaved inductors are used to achieve high power and low ripple currents. Converter is operated at 50kHz and MATLAB Simulink simulation is performed. 6kW prototype converter is implemented in buck mode and simulation results are verified.

  14. Inference of biological networks using Bi-directional Random Forest Granger causality.

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    Furqan, Mohammad Shaheryar; Siyal, Mohammad Yakoob

    2016-01-01

    The standard ordinary least squares based Granger causality is one of the widely used methods for detecting causal interactions between time series data. However, recent developments in technology limit the utilization of some existing implementations due to the availability of high dimensional data. In this paper, we are proposing a technique called Bi-directional Random Forest Granger causality. This technique uses the random forest regularization together with the idea of reusing the time series data by reversing the time stamp to extract more causal information. We have demonstrated the effectiveness of our proposed method by applying it to simulated data and then applied it to two real biological datasets, i.e., fMRI and HeLa cell. fMRI data was used to map brain network involved in deductive reasoning while HeLa cell dataset was used to map gene network involved in cancer. PMID:27186478

  15. Regenerative Strategy for Sum-rate Enhancement in Bi-directional Three-node Cooperation

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    Hu Ning; Zhong Xiaofeng; Zhao Ming; Wang Jing

    2009-01-01

    In bi-directional three-node cooperation, one regenerative strategy with network coding and power optimization is proposed for system sum-rate under a total energy constraint. In this paper, the network coding and power optimization are applied to improve system sum-rate. But max-min optimization problem in power allocation is a NP-hard problem. In high Signal-to-Noise Ratio regime, this NP-hard problem is transformed into constrained polynomial optimization problem, which can be computed in polynomial time. Although it is a suboptimal solution, numerical simulations show that this strategy enhances the system sum-rate up to 45% as compared to a traditional four-phase strategy, and up to 13% as compared to the three-phase strategy without power optimization.

  16. A possible mechanism for self coordination of bi-directional traffic across nuclear pores

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    Kapon, Ruti; Mukamel, David; Reich, and Ziv

    2008-01-01

    Nuclear pore complexes are constantly confronted by large fluxes of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes that need to get into and out of the nucleus. Such bi-directional traffic occurring in a narrow channel can easily lead to jamming. How then is passage between the nucleus and cytoplasm maintained under the varying conditions that arise during the lifetime of the cell? Here, we address this question using computer simulations in which the behaviour of the ensemble of transporting cargoes is analyzed under different conditions. We suggest that traffic can exist in two distinct modes, depending on concentration of cargoes and dissociation rates of the transport receptor-cargo complexes from the pores. In one mode, which prevails when dissociation is quick and cargo concentration is low, transport in either direction proceeds uninterrupted by the other direction. The result is that overall-traffic-direction fluctuates rapidly and unsystematically between import and export. Remarkably, when cargo concen...

  17. A bi-directional gap model for simulating the directional thermal radiance of row crops

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    CHEN; Liangfu; (陈良富); LIU; Qinhuo; (柳钦火); FAN; Wenjie; (范闻捷); LI; Xiaowen; (李小文); XIAO; Qing; (肖青); YAN; Guangjian; (闫广建); TIAN; Guoliang; (田国良)

    2002-01-01

    Row crops are a kind of typical vegetation canopy between discrete canopy and continuous canopy. Kimes et al. studied the directional thermal radiation of row crops using the geometrical optical model, which simplified row structure as "box" and neglected the gap among foliage and did not consider the emissivity effects. In this work we take account of the gaps along illumination and viewing directions and propose a bi-direction gap model on the basis of the idea of gap probability of discrete vegetation canopy introduced by "Li-Strahler" and inter-correlation of continuous vegetation developed by Kuusk. It can be used to explain "hot spot" effects in thermal infrared region. The gap model has been validated by field experiment on winter wheat planted in shape of rows and results show that the gap model is better than Kimes' model in describing the directionality of thermal infrared emission for row crops.

  18. Demonstration and experimental evaluation of a bi-directional 10-GHz microwave photonic filter

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    Zaldívar-Huerta, I. E.; Correa-Mena, A. G.; Hernández-Nava, P.; García-Juárez, A.; Rodríguez-Asomoza, J.; Lee, Min Won

    2016-09-01

    A bi-directional 10-GHz microwave photonic filter is proposed and experimentally evaluated. Its frequency response consists of a series of microwave band-pass windows obtained by the interaction of externally modulated multimode laser diodes emitting around of 1550 nm associated to the chromatic dispersion parameter of an optical fiber, as well as the length of the optical link. Microwave band-pass windows exhibit on average a-3 dB bandwidth of 378 MHz. This electro-optical system shows an efficient configuration and good performance. Potentially, filtered microwave signals can be used as electrical carriers in optical communication systems to transmit and distribute services such as video, voice and data.

  19. UWB Bi-directional Bow-tie antenna loaded by rings

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    Peng, Lin; Sun, Kai; Xie, Ji-yang; Qiu, Yu-jie; Jiang, Xing

    2016-07-01

    Performances of bow-tie antennae can be improved by loading a ring. Specially, the distorted radiation patterns of the reference bow-tie antenna (RBA) at high frequencies become less distorted when a ring is added. That is due to the disciplined current flows trained by the ring. Furthermore, when more rings are loaded, which act as reflectors, higher directivities are obtained and, patterns become bi-directional. Antennae with no ring (RBA), one ring, two rings (three cases), three rings, and four rings are investigated. Research find that loading more rings means better directivity. The directivity of the RBA varies from 2.29 dB to 3.66 dB for the frequency band from 2.5 to 7.5 GHz while the directivity for the four-ring-loaded case varies from 4.27 dB to 7.61 dB in that frequency band.

  20. Power system transient stability simulation based on module bi-directional iteration

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    FANG; Dazhong; YANG; Xiaodong

    2005-01-01

    A new simultaneous solution method using module bi-directional iteration is proposed for power system transient stability simulation. In this method, power network is partitioned into a tree hierarchy; computation modules are established for decomposed power networks and various power system components respectively. Through representing every computation module by a computation node, a computation tree is constructed by connecting the nodes together according to their electrical relations in power systems. A tree-traversing procedure called forward reduction and backward evaluation is performed to calculate correction factors of the variables in Newton iterations. This high-efficiency simulation method is feasible to be applied in parallel computation for large interconnected systems. Simulation tests are conducted on the New England 10-generator test power system and the North China-Northeast interconnected system, and the results are compared with those of the commercial software BPA to validate the effectiveness and correctness of this method.

  1. Bi-directional conversion between microwave and optical frequencies in a piezoelectric optomechanical device

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    Vainsencher, Amit; Satzinger, K. J.; Peairs, G. A.; Cleland, A. N.

    2016-07-01

    We describe the principles of design, fabrication, and operation of a piezoelectric optomechanical crystal with which we demonstrate bi-directional conversion of energy between microwave and optical frequencies. The optomechanical crystal has an optical mode at 1523 nm co-located with a mechanical breathing mode at 3.8 GHz, with a measured optomechanical coupling strength gom/2π of 115 kHz. The breathing mode is driven and detected by curved interdigitated transducers that couple to a Lamb mode in suspended membranes on either end of the optomechanical crystal, allowing the external piezoelectric modulation of the optical signal as well as the converse, the detection of microwave electrical signals generated by a modulated optical signal. We compare measurements to theory where appropriate.

  2. An Experimental Investigation of the Responses of Classic Spar Platform Subjected to Bi-directional Waves

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    V.J. Kurian

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the bi-directional short-crested waves on the dynamic motion responses of the moored classic spar is demonstrated from the results of the models test in this study. Practically in the design of offshore structures, long-crested or 2-dimensional wave properties that propagated to one direction are considered. Even though such long-crested wave is widely used for the design purposes, it is hardly determined in the real sea. The wind generated sea state in the real sea conditions are indeed well represented by the short-crested waves. Short-crested waves are defined as linear summation of long-crested wave series that propagated to different directions. Hence, the motions of the model were investigated experimentally by conducting the wave tank tests in the wave tank of Offshore Laboratory of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Five groups of bi-directional wave series were defined and exerted on the classic spar model, which fabricated by using steel with scaling factor of 1:100. From the results measured, it was found that similar trends of the responses in term of Response Amplitude Operator (RAO for surge, heave and pitch motions were obtained. Maximum responses of surge, heave and pitch were found due to wave crossing angle 90°, while minimum response was found due to wave crossing angle 135°, respectively. It could be concluded that the wave crossing angle 90° (BD3 gives the widest spreading for short crested waves, while the wave crossing angle 135° (BD4 gives the narrowest spreading for short crested waves.

  3. Morphology and efficiency of a specialized foraging behavior, sediment sifting, in neotropical cichlid fishes.

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    Full Text Available Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis on a set of ecomorphological traits from 27 species of Neotropical cichlids. For most sifting taxa, feeding behavior could be effectively predicted by a linear discriminant function of ecomorphology across multiple clades of sediment sifters, and this pattern could not be explained by shared evolutionary history alone. Additionally, we tested foraging efficiency in seven Neotropical cichlid species, five of which are specialized benthic feeders with differing head morphology. Efficiency was evaluated based on the degree to which invertebrate prey could be retrieved at different depths of sediment. Feeding performance was compared both with respect to feeding mode and species using a phylogenetic ANCOVA, with substrate depth as a covariate. Benthic foraging performance was constant across sediment depths in non-sifters but declined with depth in sifters. The non-sifting Hypsophrys used sweeping motions of the body and fins to excavate large pits to uncover prey; this tactic was more efficient for consuming deeply buried invertebrates than observed among sediment sifters. Findings indicate that similar feeding performance among sediment-sifting cichlids extracting invertebrate prey from shallow sediment layers reflects constraints associated with functional morphology and, to a lesser extent, phylogeny.

  4. 基于SIFT,PCA-SIFT和SURF特征检测方法的研究%Based on SIFT,PCA-SIFT and SURF Feature Detection Method Research

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    李宏荣; 李晓明

    2012-01-01

    To study features,we compared with SIFT(Scale Invariant Feature Transform),PCA-SIFT(Principal Component Analysis Scale Invariant Feature Transform)and SURF(Speeded Up Robust Features)three kinds of robust feature detection method.We use KNN(K-Nearest Neighbor)and random sampling method of these three kinds of methods for analysis.Where KNN used to seek matching pairs,random sampling for removing errors from match to match.Feature detection performance robustness is the image rotation,image blurring,illumination variation,the scale change of the image.The experimental evaluation is the use of repetition rate and the number of correct matching of the two statistical methods.In a variety of image transform in SIFT and SURF performance is consistent,but also has faster calculation speed.PCA-SIFT in the image rotation and illumination changes provides a better performance.%文章对SIFT,PCA-SIFT和SURF三种鲁棒性较强的特征检测方法作对比.文中运用KNN(K-Nearest Neighbor)和RANSAC的方法对这三种方法进行分析.其中KNN用于寻求匹配对,RANSAC用于从匹配对中剔除错误匹配.特征检测性能的鲁棒性主要是对图像旋转、图像模糊、光照变化、尺度变化下的图像进行测试.在各种图像变换中SIFT都体现出了稳定性,但计算速度相对比较慢.SURF不仅与SIFT的性能相一致,而且还拥有较快的计算速度.PCA-SIFT在图像旋转和光照变化中有较好的性能.

  5. Modified SIFT Descriptors for Face Recognition under Different Emotions

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    Nirvair Neeru

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of this work is to develop a fully automatic face recognition algorithm. Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT has sparingly been used in face recognition. In this paper, a Modified SIFT (MSIFT approach has been proposed to enhance the recognition performance of SIFT. In this paper, the work is done in three steps. First, the smoothing of the image has been done using DWT. Second, the computational complexity of SIFT in descriptor calculation is reduced by subtracting average from each descriptor instead of normalization. Third, the algorithm is made automatic by using Coefficient of Correlation (CoC instead of using the distance ratio (which requires user interaction. The main achievement of this method is reduced database size, as it requires only neutral images to store instead of all the expressions of the same face image. The experiments are performed on the Japanese Female Facial Expression (JAFFE database, which indicates that the proposed approach achieves better performance than SIFT based methods. In addition, it shows robustness against various facial expressions.

  6. ROLE OF LEAF SURFACE WATER IN THE BI-DIRECTIONAL AMMONIA EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE ATMOSPHERE AND TERRESTRIAL BIOSPHERE

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    A field experiment was conducted to study the ammonia exchange between plants and the atmosphere in a soybean field in Duplin County, North Carolina during the summer of 2002. Measurements indicate that the net canopy-scale ammonia exchange is bi-directional and has a significant...

  7. Dielectric Electro Active Polymer Incremental Actuator Driven by Multiple High-Voltage Bi-directional DC-DC Converters

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    Thummala, Prasanth; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2013-01-01

    capacitive sub-actuators. It needs to be driven by three high voltage (~2.5 kV) DC-DC converters, to achieve the linear incremental motion. The topology used for this application is a bi-directional flyback DC-DC converter. The control of the incremental actuator involves, implementation of digital...

  8. Performance Impairments due to Gain Transients in a Raman-based Bi-directional Long-reach PON Link

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    Kjær, Rasmus; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee;

    2007-01-01

    A Raman-based bi-directional long-reach passive optical network (PON) link was proposed and had shown to be very robust toward WDM channel add/drops and therefore look promising for future high-capacity fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) systems with bursty traffic. Penalty measurements on a weak data...

  9. Arginine bi-directional translocation and breakdown into ornithine along the arbuscular mycorrhizal mycelium

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    JIN HaiRu

    2009-01-01

    Bi-directional translocatlon and degradation of Arginine (Arg) along the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal mycellum were testified through 15N and/or 13C isotopic labeling. In vitro mycorrhizas of Glomus intraradices and Ri T-DNA-transformed carrot roots were grown in dual compartment Petri dishes. [15N-and/or13C]Arg was supplied to either the fungal compartment or the mycorrhizal compartment or separate dishes containing the uncolonized roots. The levels and labeling of free amino acids (AAs) in the mycorrhizal roots and in the extraradical mycelia(ERM) were measured by gas chromatogra-phy/mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ERM of AM fungi exposed in either NH4+ or urea as sole external nitrogen source had much higher 15N enrichment of Arg, compared with those In nitrate or exogenous Arg; however, glycerol supplied as an external car-bon source to the ERM had no significant effect on the level of Arg in the ERM. Meanwhile, Arg bio-synthesized In the ERM could be translocated intact to the mycorrhizal roots and thereby the level of Arg in the mycorrhizal roots increased to about 20% after culture of ERM in 4 mmol/L NH4+ for 6 weeks.Also Arg was found to be bi-directionally transported along the AM fungal mycelium through [U-13C]Arg labeling either In the mycorrhizal compartment or in the fungal compartment. Once Arg was translo-cated to the potential N-limited sites, it would be further degraded into ornithine (Orn) and urea since either [U-13C] or [U-15N/U-13C]Orn was apparently shown up in the mycorrhizal root tissues when [U-13C] or [U-15N/U-13C]Arg was labeled In the fungal compartment, respectively. Evidently Orn formation indi-cated the ongoing activities of Arg translocation and degradation through the urea cycle in AM fungal mycelium.

  10. Arginine bi-directional translocation and breakdown into ornithine along the arbuscular mycorrhizal mycelium

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    2009-01-01

    Bi-directional translocation and degradation of Arginine (Arg) along the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal mycelium were testified through 15N and/or 13C isotopic labeling. In vitro mycorrhizas of Glomus intraradices and Ri T-DNA-transformed carrot roots were grown in dual compartment Petri dishes. [15N- and/or13C]Arg was supplied to either the fungal compartment or the mycorrhizal compartment or separate dishes containing the uncolonized roots. The levels and labeling of free amino acids (AAs) in the mycorrhizal roots and in the extraradical mycelia(ERM) were measured by gas chromatogra- phy/mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ERM of AM fungi exposed in either NH4+ or urea as sole external nitrogen source had much higher 15N enrichment of Arg, compared with those in nitrate or exogenous Arg; however, glycerol supplied as an external car- bon source to the ERM had no significant effect on the level of Arg in the ERM. Meanwhile, Arg bio- synthesized in the ERM could be translocated intact to the mycorrhizal roots and thereby the level of Arg in the mycorrhizal roots increased to about 20% after culture of ERM in 4 mmol/L NH4+ for 6 weeks. Also Arg was found to be bi-directionally transported along the AM fungal mycelium through [U-13C]Arg labeling either in the mycorrhizal compartment or in the fungal compartment. Once Arg was translo- cated to the potential N-limited sites, it would be further degraded into ornithine (Orn) and urea since either [U-13C] or [U-15N/U-13C]Orn was apparently shown up in the mycorrhizal root tissues when [U-13C] or [U-15N/U-13C]Arg was labeled in the fungal compartment, respectively. Evidently Orn formation indi- cated the ongoing activities of Arg translocation and degradation through the urea cycle in AM fungal mycelium.

  11. A Bi-Directional Refinement Algorithm for the Calculus of (Co)Inductive Constructions

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    Asperti, Andrea; Coen, Claudio Sacerdoti; Tassi, Enrico

    2012-01-01

    The paper describes the refinement algorithm for the Calculus of (Co)Inductive Constructions (CIC) implemented in the interactive theorem prover Matita. The refinement algorithm is in charge of giving a meaning to the terms, types and proof terms directly written by the user or generated by using tactics, decision procedures or general automation. The terms are written in an "external syntax" meant to be user friendly that allows omission of information, untyped binders and a certain liberal use of user defined sub-typing. The refiner modifies the terms to obtain related well typed terms in the internal syntax understood by the kernel of the ITP. In particular, it acts as a type inference algorithm when all the binders are untyped. The proposed algorithm is bi-directional: given a term in external syntax and a type expected for the term, it propagates as much typing information as possible towards the leaves of the term. Traditional mono-directional algorithms, instead, proceed in a bottom-up way by inferring...

  12. Longitudinal force measurement in continuous welded rail with bi-directional FBG strain sensors

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    Wang, Ping; Xie, Kaize; Shao, Liyang; Yan, Lianshan; Xu, Jingmang; Chen, Rong

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a new method has been proposed to accurately determine longitudinal force measurement in continuous welded rail (CWR) with bi-directional fiber Bragg grating (B-FBGs) strain sensors (vertically and longitudinally installed according to the axis of rail). The response of B-FBGs has been theoretically analyzed by binding on CWR under different restrained conditions, where the coefficient of strain sensitivity of FBG is calibrated by its temperature sensitivity. Then the proposed sensor structure has been installed at two elaborately selected points on the subgrade on a Chinese high-speed railway in field. The experiment lasts for about 23 h. During the experiment, the rail temperature varied by about 7.8 °C and the differentials of relative value of wavelength change of B-FBGs of two points were 1.7850 × 10-5 and 1.4969 × 10-5. The maximum difference between the experimental and theoretical results is 13.8 kN. The experimental results agree with the theoretical analysis very well. To guarantee the measurement accuracy of over 95%, the ratio of strain sensitivity coefficients of two FBG sensors of B-FBGs structure at one test point shall be within 0.78 ˜ 1.22.

  13. Bi-directional modulation of AMPA receptor unitary conductance by synaptic activity

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    Matthews Paul

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Knowledge of how synapses alter their efficiency of communication is central to the understanding of learning and memory. The most extensively studied forms of synaptic plasticity are long-term potentiation (LTP and its counterpart long-term depression (LTD of AMPA receptor-mediated synaptic transmission. In the CA1 region of the hippocampus, it has been shown that LTP often involves a rapid increase in the unitary conductance of AMPA receptor channels. However, LTP can also occur in the absence of any alteration in AMPA receptor unitary conductance. In the present study we have used whole-cell dendritic recording, failures analysis and non-stationary fluctuation analysis to investigate the mechanism of depotentiation of LTP. Results We find that when LTP involves an increase in unitary conductance, subsequent depotentiation invariably involves the return of unitary conductance to pre-LTP values. In contrast, when LTP does not involve a change in unitary conductance then depotentiation also occurs in the absence of any change in unitary conductance, indicating a reduction in the number of activated receptors as the most likely mechanism. Conclusions These data show that unitary conductance can be bi-directionally modified by synaptic activity. Furthermore, there are at least two distinct mechanisms to restore synaptic strength from a potentiated state, which depend upon the mechanism of the previous potentiation.

  14. Development of an Advanced Flow Meter using the Averaging Bi-directional Flow Tube

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    Advanced flow meter using the concept of averaging bi-directional flow tube was developed. To find characteristics of flow meter and derive theory of measurement in the single and two phase flow condition, some basic tests were attempted using flow meters with diameters of 27, 80 and 200 mm. The CFD(computational fluid dynamics) calculation was also performed to find the effects of temperature and pressure, and to optimize design of a prototypic flow meter. Following this procedure, prototypical flow meters with diameters of 200 and 500 mm were designed and manufactured. It is aimed to use in the region in which calibration constant was unchanged. The stress analysis showed that the proposed flow meter of H-beam shape is inherently strong against the bending force induced by flow. The flow computer was developed for the flow rate calculation from the measured pressure difference. In this study, the performance test using this prototype flow meter was carried out. The developed flow meter can be applied in the wide range of pressure and temperature. The basic tests showed that the lineality of the proposed flow meter is ± 0.5 % of full scale and flow turn down ratio is 1:20 where the Reynolds number is larger than 10,000

  15. Current understanding of the bi-directional relationship of major depression with inflammation

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    Messay Berhane

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Consistent evidence links major depression and its affective components to negative health outcomes. Although the pathways of these effects are likely complex and multifactorial, recent evidence suggests that innate inflammatory processes may play a role. An overview of current literature suggests that pathways between negative moods and inflammation are bi-directional. Indeed, negative moods activate peripheral physiologic mechanisms that result in an up regulation of systemic levels of inflammation. Conversely, peripheral inflammatory mediators signal the brain to affect behavioral, affective and cognitive changes that are consistent with symptoms of major depressive disorder. It is likely that these pathways are part of a complex feedback loop that involves the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and plays a role in the modulation of peripheral inflammatory responses to central and peripheral stimuli, in central responses to peripheral immune activation and in the maintenance of homeostatic balance. Further research is warranted to fully understand the role of central processes in this feedback loop, which likely contributes to the pathophysiology of mental and physical health.

  16. Possible bi-directional link between ETA receptors and protein kinase C in rat blood vessels

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    Full Text Available Possible links have been investigated between activation of protein kinase C (PKC and endothelin (ET production by small blood vessels. Perfusion pressures were recorded from rat isolated mesenteric artery, with or without the small intestine attached, before and after addition to the perfusate of either ET-1, ET-3 or the PKC activator 12-deoxyphorbol 13-phenylacetate (DOPPA. Rises in perfusion pressure in response to ET-1 (10−8 Mor DOPPA (10−6 M were reduced significantly by pre-treatment with either the ETA receptor antagonist PD151242 (10−6 M or the PKC inhibitor Ro 31-8220 (10−6 M. ET-3 (10−8 M had a significant, albeit small, effect only when the gut was still attached to the mesentery. Inthis latter preparation ET-1 and DOPPA increased the permeability of villi microvessels to colloidal carbon in the perfusate. This effect of DOPPA was reduced by pre-treatment with either PD151242 or Ro 31-8220, but the effects of ET-1 were reduced significantly only by Ro 31-8220. ET-3 (10−8 M was without effect. The results suggest a possible bi-directional link between ETA receptors and PKC in the intestinal vasculature.

  17. Efficient Parallel and Out of Core Algorithms for Constructing Large Bi-directed de Bruijn Graphs

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    Kundeti, Vamsi; Dinh, Hieu

    2010-01-01

    Assembling genomic sequences from a set of overlapping reads is one of the most fundamental problems in computational biology. Algorithms addressing the assembly problem fall into two broad categories -- based on the data structures which they employ. The first class uses an overlap/string graph and the second type uses a de Bruijn graph. However with the recent advances in short read sequencing technology, de Bruijn graph based algorithms seem to play a vital role in practice. Efficient algorithms for building these massive de Bruijn graphs are very essential in large sequencing projects based on short reads. In Jackson et. al. ICPP-2008, an $O(n/p)$ time parallel algorithm has been given for this problem. Here $n$ is the size of the input and $p$ is the number of processors. This algorithm enumerates all possible bi-directed edges which can overlap with a node and ends up generating $\\Theta(n\\Sigma)$ messages. In this paper we present a $\\Theta(n/p)$ time parallel algorithm with a communication complexity e...

  18. Upgrade of a transverse ventilation system in a bi-directional tunnel

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    Vidmar Peter

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Karavanke tunnel forms an important link between Slovenia and Austria. The almost 8 km long tunnel is operated with bi-directional traffic and does not have dedicated escape routes. Moreover, the ventilation in case of fire does not satisfy requirements of the EU Directive 2004/54/EC that specifies the minimum requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network. The paper present results of the research conducted regarding the possibility of upgrade the existing system in order to reach the required level of safety at lower costs possible. It is shown that with simple but novel adaptations of the ventilation system, a sizeable increase in the overall level of safety can be achieved. The methodology applied is a combination of a simple pipe model for tunnel ventilation and for detailed fluid dynamics analysis the CFD model is used. The existing ventilation system that in fire ventilation extracts smoke from a single duct is replaced with the smoke extraction from both ducts applying four axial fans. The analysis is focused on air/smoke flow through the vents and ducts and on pressure drops calculated over the length of the ventilation duct and its influence on the total flow. The change of the flow condition also has influence on ventilation fan operation point that is investigated in the paper as well.

  19. Low frequency radio observations of bi-directional electron beams in the solar corona

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    Carley, Eoin P; Vilmer, Nicole; Gallagher, Peter T

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    The radio signature of a shock travelling through the solar corona is known as a type II solar radio burst. In rare cases these bursts can exhibit a fine structure known as `herringbones', which are a direct indicator of particle acceleration occurring at the shock front. However, few studies have been performed on herringbones and the details of the underlying particle acceleration processes are unknown. Here, we use an image processing technique known as the Hough transform to statistically analyse the herringbone fine structure in a radio burst at $\\sim$20-90 MHz observed from the Rosse Solar-Terrestrial Observatory on 2011 September 22. We identify 188 individual bursts which are signatures of bi-directional electron beams continuously accelerated to speeds of 0.16$_{-0.10}^{+0.11} c$. This occurs at a shock acceleration site initially at a constant altitude of $\\sim$0.6 R$_{\\odot}$ in the corona, followed by a shift to $\\sim$0.5 R$_{\\odot}$. The anti-sunward beams travel a distance of 170$_{-97}^{+174}$ ...

  20. Low Frequency Radio Observations of Bi-directional Electron Beams in the Solar Corona

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    Carley, E.; Reid, H.; Vilmer, N.; Gallagher, P.

    2015-12-01

    The radio signature of a shock travelling through the solar corona is known as a type II solar radio burst. In rare cases, these bursts can exhibit a fine structure known as 'herringbones' which are a direct indicator of particle acceleration occurring at the shock front. However, few studies have been performed on herringbones and the details of the underlying particle acceleration processes are unknown. Here, we use an image processing technique known as the Hough transform to statistically analyse the herringbone fine structure in a radio burst at 20-90MHz observed from the Rosse Solar-Terrestrial Observatory on 2011 September 22. We identify 188 individual bursts which are signatures of bi-directional electron beams continuously accelerated to speeds of 0.16 c. This occurs at a shock acceleration site initially at a constant altitude of 0.6 Rsun in the corona, followed by a shift to 0.5 Rsun. The anti-sunward beams travel a distance of 170 Mm (and possibly further) away from the acceleration site, while those travelling toward the sun come to a stop sooner, reaching a smaller distance of 112 Mm. We show that the stopping distance for the sunward beams may depend on the total number density and the velocity of the beam. Our study concludes that a detailed statistical analysis of herringbone fine structure can provide information on the physical properties of the corona which lead to these relatively rare radio bursts.

  1. Automated Photogrammetric Image Matching with Sift Algorithm and Delaunay Triangulation

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    Karagiannis, Georgios; Antón Castro, Francesc/François; Mioc, Darka

    2016-01-01

    An algorithm for image matching of multi-sensor and multi-temporal satellite images is developed. The method is based on the SIFT feature detector proposed by Lowe in (Lowe, 1999). First, SIFT feature points are detected independently in two images (reference and sensed image). The features detec...... of each feature set for each image are computed. The isomorphism of the Delaunay triangulations is determined to guarantee the quality of the image matching. The algorithm is implemented in Matlab and tested on World-View 2, SPOT6 and TerraSAR-X image patches....

  2. 4x10Gb/s WDM Bi-directional Gating in a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier by Using Polarization Multiplexing Technique

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    Yu, Jianjun; Jeppesen, Palle

    2000-01-01

    Bi-directional SOA gating can further reduce the number of gating elements in the space switch, we demonstrate that a conventional SOA employing polarization multiplexing technique (PMT) can be used for bi-directional WDM gating operation at 10Gb/s....

  3. An Improved SIFT Algorithm for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery

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    The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform has the benefits of low cost and convenience compared with satellites. Recently, UAVs have shown a wide range of applications such as land use change, mineral resources management and local topographic mapping. Because of the instability of the UAV air gesture, an image matching method is necessary to match different images of an object or scene. Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) features are invariant to image scaling, rotation and translation. However, the main drawback of a SIFT algorithm is its significant memory consumption and low computational speed, particularly in the case of high-resolution imagery. In this study, in order to overcome these drawbacks, we have analysed the construction of the scale-space in the SIFT algorithm and selected new parameters to construct the SIFT scale-space to improve the memory consumption and computational speed for the processing of UAV imagery. Here, we propose a restriction on the number of octaves and levels for Gaussian image pyramids. Our experiment shows that the proposed algorithm effectively reduces memory consumption and significantly improves the operational efficiency of the feature point extraction and matching under the premise of maintaining the precision of the extracted feature points

  4. Review and parameterisation of bi-directional ammonia exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere

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    R.-S. Massad

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Current deposition schemes used in atmospheric chemical transport models do not generally account for bi-directional exchange of ammonia (NH3. Bi-directional exchange schemes, which have so far been applied at the plot scale, can be included in transport models, but need to be parameterised with appropriate values of the ground layer compensation point (χg, stomatal compensation point (χs and cuticular resistance (Rw. We review existing measurements of χg, χs as well as Rw and compile a comprehensive dataset from which we then propose generalised parameterisations. χs is related to Γs, the non-dimensional ratio of [NH4+]apo and [H+]apo in the apoplast, through the temperature dependence of the combined Henry and dissociation equilibrium. The meta-analysis suggests that the nitrogen (N input is the main driver of the apoplastic and bulk leaf concentrations of ammonium (NH4 apo, NH4 bulk. For managed ecosystems, the main source of N is fertilisation which is reflected in a peak value of χs a few days following application, but also alters seasonal values of NH4 apo and NH4 bulk. We propose a parameterisation for χs which includes peak values as a function of amount and type of fertiliser application which gradually decreases to a background value. The background χs is based on total N input to the ecosystem as a yearly fertiliser application and N deposition (Ndep. For non-managed ecosystems, χs is parameterised based solely on the link with Ndep.

    For Rw we propose a general parameterisation as a function of atmospheric relative humidity (RH, incorporating a minimum value (

  5. Review and parameterisation of bi-directional ammonia exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere

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    R.-S. Massad

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Current deposition schemes used in atmospheric chemical transport models do not generally account for bi-directional exchange of ammonia (NH3. Bi-directional exchange schemes, which have so far been applied at the plot scale, can be included in transport models, but need to be parameterised with appropriate values of the stomatal compensation point (χs and cuticular resistance (Rw. We here review existing measurements of χs as well as Rw and compile a comprehensive dataset from which we then propose generalised parameterisations. χs is related to Γs, the non-dimensional ratio of [NH4+]apo and [H+]apo in the apoplast, through the temperature dependence of the combined Henry and solubility equilibrium. The meta-analysis suggests that the nitrogen (N input is the main driver of the apoplastic and bulk leaf concentrations of ammonium (NH+4 apo, NH+4 bulk. For managed ecosystems, the main source of N is fertilisation which is reflected in a peak value of χs a few days following application, but also alters seasonal values of NH+4 apo and NH+4 bulk. We propose a parameterisation for χs which includes peak values as a function of amount and type of fertiliser application which gradually decreases to a background value. The background χs is set based on total N input to the ecosystem as a yearly fertiliser application and N deposition (Ndep. For non-managed ecosystems, χs is parameterised based solely on the link with Ndep.

    For Rw we propose a general parameterisation as a function of atmospheric Relative Humidity (RH, incorporating a minimum value (R w(min, which depends on the ratio of atmospheric acid

  6. Bi-Directional Tuning of Amygdala Sensitivity in Combat Veterans Investigated with fMRI.

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    Tom Brashers-Krug

    Full Text Available Combat stress can be followed by persistent emotional consequences. It is thought that these emotional consequences are caused in part by increased amygdala reactivity. It is also thought that amygdala hyper-reactivity results from decreased inhibition from portions of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC in which activity is negatively correlated with activity in the amygdala. However, experimental support for these proposals has been inconsistent.We showed movies of combat and civilian scenes during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI session to 50 veterans of recent combat. We collected skin conductance responses (SCRs as measures of emotional arousal. We examined the relation of blood oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD signal in the amygdala and ACC to symptom measures and to SCRs.Emotional arousal, as measured with SCR, was greater during the combat movie than during the civilian movie and did not depend on symptom severity. As expected, amygdala signal during the less-arousing movie increased with increasing symptom severity. Surprisingly, during the more-arousing movie amygdala signal decreased with increasing symptom severity. These differences led to the unexpected result that amygdala signal in highly symptomatic subjects was lower during the more-arousing movie than during the less-arousing movie. Also unexpectedly, we found no significant inverse correlation between any portions of the amygdala and ACC. Rather, signal throughout more than 80% of the ACC showed a strong positive correlation with signal throughout more than 90% of the amygdala.Amygdala reactivity can be tuned bi-directionally, either up or down, in the same person depending on the stimulus and the degree of post-traumatic symptoms. The exclusively positive correlations in BOLD activity between the amygdala and ACC contrast with findings that have been cited as evidence for inhibitory control of the amygdala by the ACC. The conceptualization of post

  7. Steady-state analysis of the integrated natural gas and electric power system with bi-directional energy conversion

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    Zeng, Qing; Fang, Jiakun; Liu, Jinghua;

    2016-01-01

    Nowadays, the electric power system and natural gas network are becoming increasingly coupled and interdependent. A harmonized integration of natural gas and electricity network with bi-directional energy conversion is expected to accommodate high penetration levels of renewables in terms of system...... flexibility. This work focuses on the steady-state analysis of the integrated natural gas and electric power system with bi-directional energy conversion. A unified energy flow formulation is developed to describe the nodal balance and branch flow in both systems and it is solved with the Newton...... series of wind power and power load are used to investigate the mitigation effect of the integrated energy system. At last, the effect of wind power and power demand on the output of Power to Gas (P2G) and gas-fired power generation (GPG) has also been investigated....

  8. A bi-directional DC/DC converter for hybrid wind generator/battery system with state machine control

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    Hua, C.C.; Liao, Y.C. [National Yunlin Univ. of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan (China). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    2008-07-01

    A bi-directional DC to DC converter used in a hybrid wind generator/lead-acid battery power system was presented. A state machine control strategy was used to control both the system power flow and load distribution. It was also used to increase the power capacity of the system. The battery was also charged or discharged through the bi-directional DC to DC converter. Multi-stage current charging control of the batteries was accomplished by adjusting the duty cycle of the power converter. This also improved the charging efficiency by the maximum power point tracking algorithm. It was concluded that the proposed control method can be readily extended to other renewable energy conversion systems. 6 refs., 13 figs.

  9. Performance assessment of bi-directional knotless tissue-closure devices in juvenile Chinook salmon surgically implanted with acoustic transmitters

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    Woodley, Christa M.; Wagner, Katie A.; Bryson, Amanda J.; Eppard, Matthew B.

    2013-07-02

    Acoustic transmitters used in survival and telemetry studies are often surgically implanted in fish. While this is a well-established method, it has the potential to affect health, behavior, and survival, thus affecting study results. Much research has been done to try to minimize the harmful effects caused by the transmitter and tagging process. In 2009, we first investigated the use of a bi-directional knotless (barbed) suture material in juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). We found that it resulted in higher tag retention than the simple interrupted suture pattern; however, the occurrence of ulceration and redness increased. The objective of this study was to refine the suturing patterns of the bi-directional knotless suture and retest suture performance in juvenile Chinook salmon. We tested the bi-directional suture using 3 different suture patterns and two needle types: 6-Point (12-mm needle circumference), Wide “N” (12-mm needle circumference), Wide “N” Knot 12 (12-mm needle circumference), and Wide “N” Knot 18 (18-mm needle circumference).

  10. Image mosaic method based on SIFT features of line segment.

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    Zhu, Jun; Ren, Mingwu

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel image mosaic method based on SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform) feature of line segment, aiming to resolve incident scaling, rotation, changes in lighting condition, and so on between two images in the panoramic image mosaic process. This method firstly uses Harris corner detection operator to detect key points. Secondly, it constructs directed line segments, describes them with SIFT feature, and matches those directed segments to acquire rough point matching. Finally, Ransac method is used to eliminate wrong pairs in order to accomplish image mosaic. The results from experiment based on four pairs of images show that our method has strong robustness for resolution, lighting, rotation, and scaling. PMID:24511326

  11. Image Mosaic Method Based on SIFT Features of Line Segment

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    Jun Zhu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel image mosaic method based on SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform feature of line segment, aiming to resolve incident scaling, rotation, changes in lighting condition, and so on between two images in the panoramic image mosaic process. This method firstly uses Harris corner detection operator to detect key points. Secondly, it constructs directed line segments, describes them with SIFT feature, and matches those directed segments to acquire rough point matching. Finally, Ransac method is used to eliminate wrong pairs in order to accomplish image mosaic. The results from experiment based on four pairs of images show that our method has strong robustness for resolution, lighting, rotation, and scaling.

  12. SIFT Feature Matching Algorithm with Local Shape Context

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    Gu Lichuan

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform is one of the most effective local feature of scale, rotation and illumination invariant, which is widely used in the field of image matching. While there will be a lot mismatches when an image has many similar regions. In this study, an improved SIFT feature matching algorithm with local shape context is put forward. The feature vectors are computed by dominant orientation assignment to each feature point based on elliptical neighboring region and with local shape context and then the feature vectors are matched by using Euclidean distance and the X2 distance. The experiment indicates that the improved algorithm can reduce mismatch probability and acquire good performance on affine invariance, improves matching results greatly.

  13. Gun bore flaw image matching based on improved SIFT descriptor

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    Zeng, Luan; Xiong, Wei; Zhai, You

    2013-01-01

    In order to increase the operation speed and matching ability of SIFT algorithm, the SIFT descriptor and matching strategy are improved. First, a method of constructing feature descriptor based on sector area is proposed. By computing the gradients histogram of location bins which are parted into 6 sector areas, a descriptor with 48 dimensions is constituted. It can reduce the dimension of feature vector and decrease the complexity of structuring descriptor. Second, it introduce a strategy that partitions the circular region into 6 identical sector areas starting from the dominate orientation. Consequently, the computational complexity is reduced due to cancellation of rotation operation for the area. The experimental results indicate that comparing with the OpenCV SIFT arithmetic, the average matching speed of the new method increase by about 55.86%. The matching veracity can be increased even under some variation of view point, illumination, rotation, scale and out of focus. The new method got satisfied results in gun bore flaw image matching. Keywords: Metrology, Flaw image matching, Gun bore, Feature descriptor

  14. SIFT Based Graphical SLAM on a Packbot

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    Folkesson, John; Christensen, Henrik

    2008-01-01

    International audience We present an implementation of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) that uses infrared (IR) camera images collected at 10 Hz from a Packbot robot. The Packbot has a number of challenging characteristics with regard to vision based SLAM. The robot travels on tracks which causes the odometry to be poor especially while turning. The IMU is of relatively low quality as well making the drift in the motion prediction greater than on conventional robots. In additio...

  15. Laboratory characterization of a CCD camera system for retrieval of bi-directional reflectance distribution function

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    Nandy, Prabal; Thome, Kurtis J.; Biggar, Stuart F.

    1999-12-01

    The Remote Sensing Group of the Optical Science Center at the University of Arizona has developed a four-band, multi- spectral, wide-angle, imaging radiometer for the retrieval of the bi-directional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) for vicarious calibration applications. The system consists of a fisheye lens with four interference filters centered at 470 nm, 575 nm, 660 nm, and 835 nm for spectral selection and an astronomical grade 1024 X 1024-pixel, silicon CCD array. Data taken by the system fit in the array as a nominally 0.2 degree per pixel image. This imaging radiometer system has been used in support of the calibration of Landsat-5 and SPOT- satellite sensors. This paper presents the results of laboratory characterization of the system to determine linearity of the detector, point spread function (PSF) and polarization effects. The linearity study was done on detector array without the lens, using a spherical-integrating source with a 1.5-mm aperture. This aperture simulates a point source for distances larger than 60 cm. Data were collected as both a function of exposure time and distance from the source. The results of these measurements indicate that each detector of the array is linear to better than 0.5%. Assuming a quadratic response improves this fit to better than 0.1% over 88% of the upper end of the detector's dynamic range. The point spread function (PSF) of the lens system was measured using the sphere source and aperture with the full camera system operated at a distance of 700 mm from the source, thus the aperture subtends less than the field of view of one pixel. The PSF was measured for several field angles and the signal level was found to fall to less than 1% of the peak signal within 1.5-degrees (10 pixels) for the on-axis case. The effect of this PSF on the retrieval of modeled BRDFs is shown to be less than 0.2% out to view angles of 70 degrees. The final test presented is one to assess the polarization effects of the lens

  16. Ultra-High Voltage 4H-SiC Bi-Directional Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors

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    Chowdhury, Sauvik

    4H- Silicon Carbide (4H-SiC) is an attractive material for power semiconductor devices due to its large bandgap, high critical electric field and high thermal conductivity compared to Silicon (Si). For ultra-high voltage applications (BV > 10 kV), 4H-SiC Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) are favored over unipolar transistors due to lower conduction losses. With improvements in SiC materials and processing technology, promising results have been demonstrated in the area of conventional unidirectional 4H-SiC IGBTs, with breakdown voltage ratings up to 27 kV. This research presents the experimental demonstration of the world's first high voltage bi-directional power transistors in 4H-SiC. Traditionally, four (two IGBTs and two diodes) or two (two reverse blocking IGBTs) semiconductor devices are necessary to yield a bidirectional switch. With a monolithically integrated bidirectional switch as presented here, the number of semiconductor devices is reduced to only one, which results in increased reliability and reduced cost of the overall system. Additionally, by using the unique dual gate operation of BD-IGBTs, switching losses can be reduced to a small fraction of that in conventional IGBTs, resulting in increased efficiency. First, the performance limits of SiC IGBTs are calculated by using analytical methods. The performance benefits of SiC IGBTs over SiC unipolar devices and Si IGBTs are quantified. Numerical simulations are used to optimize the unit cell and edge termination structures for a 15 kV SiC BD-IGBT. The effect of different device parameters on BD-IGBT static and switching performance are quantified. Second, the process technology necessary for the fabrication of high voltage SiC BD-IGBTs is optimized. The effect of different process steps on parameters such as breakdown voltage, carrier lifetime, gate oxide reliability, SiO2-SiC interface charge density is quantified. A carrier lifetime enhancement process has been optimized for lightly doped

  17. Evaluation of a regional air-quality model with bi-directional NH3 exchange coupled to an agro-ecosystem model

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    J. E. Pleim

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Atmospheric ammonia (NH3 is the primary atmospheric base and an important precursor for inorganic particulate matter and when deposited NH3 contributes to surface water eutrophication, soil acidification and decline in species biodiversity. Flux measurements indicate that the air-surface exchange of NH3 is bi-directional. However, the effects of bi-directional exchange, soil biogeochemistry and human activity are not parameterized in air quality models. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's Community Multiscale Air-Quality (CMAQ model with bi-directional NH3 exchange has been coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA's Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC agro-ecosystem model's nitrogen geochemistry algorithms. CMAQ with bi-directional NH3 exchange coupled to EPIC connects agricultural cropping management practices to emissions and atmospheric concentrations of reduced nitrogen and models the biogeochemical feedback on NH3 air-surface exchange. This coupled modeling system reduced the biases and error in NHx (NH3 + NH4+ wet deposition and in ambient aerosol concentrations in an annual 2002 Continental US (CONUS domain simulation when compared to a 2002 annual simulation of CMAQ without bi-directional exchange. Fertilizer emissions estimated in CMAQ 5.0 with bi-directional exchange exhibits markedly different seasonal dynamics than the US EPA's National Emissions Inventory (NEI, with lower emissions in the spring and fall and higher emissions in July.

  18. Transparent organic light-emitting diodes with different bi-directional emission colors using color-conversion capping layers

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    We report a study on transparent organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with different bi-directional emission colors, enabled by color-conversion organic capping layers. Starting from a transparent blue OLED with an uncapped Ag top electrode exhibiting an average transmittance of 33.9%, a 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran (DCM)-doped tris-(8-hydroxy-quinolinato)-aluminum (Alq3) capping layer is applied to achieve color-conversion from blue to orange-red on the top side while maintaining almost unchanged device transmittance. This color-conversion capping layer does not only change the color of the top side emission, but also enhances the overall device efficiency due to the optical interaction of the capping layer with the primary blue transparent OLED. Top white emission from the transparent bi-directional OLED exhibits a correlated color temperature around 6000–7000 K, with excellent color stability as evidenced by an extremely small variation in color coordinate of Δ(x,y)=(0.002, 0.002) in the forward luminance range of 100–1000 cd m−2. At the same time, the blue emission color of bottom side is not influenced by the color conversion capping layer, which finally results in different emission colors of the two opposite sides of our transparent OLEDs. - Highlights: • We report transparent organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with different bi-directional emission colors. • Transparent blue OLED with color-conversion organic capping layers (CCL) shows orange top side emission. • Top white emission exhibits a CCT around 7000 K, with excellent color stability on a driving voltage

  19. Measuring bi-directional current through a field-effect transistor by virtue of drain-to-source voltage measurement

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    Turner, Steven Richard

    2006-12-26

    A method and apparatus for measuring current, and particularly bi-directional current, in a field-effect transistor (FET) using drain-to-source voltage measurements. The drain-to-source voltage of the FET is measured and amplified. This signal is then compensated for variations in the temperature of the FET, which affects the impedance of the FET when it is switched on. The output is a signal representative of the direction of the flow of current through the field-effect transistor and the level of the current through the field-effect transistor. Preferably, the measurement only occurs when the FET is switched on.

  20. Pattern Switchable Antenna System Using Inkjet-Printed Directional Bow-Tie for Bi-Direction Sensing Applications

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    Seung-Hyun Eom; Yunsik Seo; Sungjoon Lim

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a paper-based pattern switchable antenna system using inkjet-printing technology for bi-direction sensor applications. The proposed antenna system is composed of two directional bow-tie antennas and a switching network. The switching network consists of a single-pole-double-throw (SPDT) switch and a balun element. A double-sided parallel-strip line (DSPSL) is employed to convert the unbalanced microstrip mode to the balanced strip mode. Two directional bow-tie antenn...

  1. Weighted Multi-Scale Image Matching Based on Harris-Sift Descriptor

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    Can Sun; Jin-ge Wang; Zaixin Liu; Junmin Li

    2013-01-01

    According to the rotational invariance of Harris corner detectorand the robustness of Sift descriptor. An improved Harris-Sift corner descriptor was proposed. At first, the algorithm given multi-scale strategy to Harris corner, improved corner counting method and removed redundant points at the same time, then, the corner was directly applied to low-pass Gaussian filter image. Based on the histogram of Sift feature descriptor, generates a new 128-dimensional feature vector descriptor by multi...

  2. The effect of bi-directional loading on fatigue assessment of pressurized piping elbows with local thinned areas

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    Balan, C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Univeristy of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., KIN 6N5 (Canada); Redekop, D. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Univeristy of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., KIN 6N5 (Canada)]. E-mail: dredekop@tesla.cc.uottawa.ca

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    An elastic-plastic finite element study is conducted to determine the effect of bi-directional loading on the fatigue characteristics of pressurized 90 deg. piping elbows with local thinned areas. The analysis is conducted on pressurized piping elbows considered previously in the literature, but analyzed only for in-plane loading. Considering also the out-of-plane loading the present analysis seeks to simulate simultaneous horizontal and vertical seismic actions. A validation study is first conducted in which the present results obtained for in-plane loading are compared with previous results. Comparisons are made for deformation patterns, hoop strain histories, and reaction forces. The relative in-plane to out-of-plane load intensities to be adopted for the combined loading case is determined next. Results considering bi-directional loadings are then found for the pressurized piping elbow for a total of 23 cases of local area thinning. Finally conclusions are drawn about the significance of considering the additional out-of-plane loading.

  3. A high-damping magnetorheological elastomer with bi-directional magnetic-control modulus for potential application in seismology

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    Yu, Miao, E-mail: yumiao@cqu.edu.cn; Qi, Song; Fu, Jie; Zhu, Mi [Key Lab for Optoelectronic Technology and Systems, Ministry of Education, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2015-09-14

    A high-damping magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) with bi-directional magnetic-control modulus is developed. This MRE was synthesized by filling NdFeB particles into polyurethane (PU)/ epoxy (EP) interpenetrating network (IPN) structure. The anisotropic samples were prepared in a permanent magnetic field and magnetized in an electromagnetic field of 1 T. Dynamic mechanical responses of the MRE to applied magnetic fields are investigated through magneto-rheometer, and morphology of MREs is observed via scanning electron microscope (SEM). Test result indicates that when the test field orientation is parallel to that of the sample's magnetization, the shear modulus of sample increases. On the other hand, when the orientation is opposite to that of the sample's magnetization, shear modulus decreases. In addition, this PU/EP IPN matrix based MRE has a high-damping property, with high loss factor and can be controlled by applying magnetic field. It is expected that the high damping property and the ability of bi-directional magnetic-control modulus of this MRE offer promising advantages in seismologic application.

  4. Cooperation of electrically stimulated muscle and pneumatic muscle to realize RUPERT bi-directional motion for grasping.

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    Xikai Tu; Jiping He; Yue Wen; Jian Huang; Xinhan Huang; Hailong Huang; Meng Guo; Yong Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Robot-assisted rehabilitation is an active area of research to meet the demand of repetitive therapy in stroke rehabilitation. Robotic upper-extremity repetitive trainer (RUPERT) with its unidirectional pneumatic muscle actuation (PMA) can be used by most stroke patients that have difficulty moving in one direction because of a weak agonist or hyperactive antagonist. In this research, to broaden the usage of RUPERT, we not only add grasping functionality to the rehabilitation robot with the help of surface Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) but also realize the robot joint bi-directional motion by using a PMA in cooperation with surface FES evoked paralyzed muscle force. This integrative rehabilitation strategy is explored for training patients to practice coordinated reaching and grasping functions. The effectiveness of this FES electrically evoked bio-actuator way is verified through a method that separates the mixed electromyogram (MEMG) into the electrically evoked electromyogram (EEMG) and voluntary electromyogram (VEMG). This is a promising approach to alleviate the size and mechanical complexity of the robot, thereby the cost of the joint bi-directional actuator rehabilitation robot by means of their own characteristics of stroke subjects.

  5. The Hierarchical Specification and Mechanical Verification of the SIFT Design

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    1983-01-01

    The formal specification and proof methodology employed to demonstrate that the SIFT computer system meets its requirements are described. The hierarchy of design specifications is shown, from very abstract descriptions of system function down to the implementation. The most abstract design specifications are simple and easy to understand, almost all details of the realization were abstracted out, and are used to ensure that the system functions reliably and as intended. A succession of lower level specifications refines these specifications into more detailed, and more complex, views of the system design, culminating in the Pascal implementation. The section describes the rigorous mechanical proof that the abstract specifications are satisfied by the actual implementation.

  6. PhyloSift: phylogenetic analysis of genomes and metagenomes

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    Aaron E. Darling

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Like all organisms on the planet, environmental microbes are subject to the forces of molecular evolution. Metagenomic sequencing provides a means to access the DNA sequence of uncultured microbes. By combining DNA sequencing of microbial communities with evolutionary modeling and phylogenetic analysis we might obtain new insights into microbiology and also provide a basis for practical tools such as forensic pathogen detection. In this work we present an approach to leverage phylogenetic analysis of metagenomic sequence data to conduct several types of analysis. First, we present a method to conduct phylogeny-driven Bayesian hypothesis tests for the presence of an organism in a sample. Second, we present a means to compare community structure across a collection of many samples and develop direct associations between the abundance of certain organisms and sample metadata. Third, we apply new tools to analyze the phylogenetic diversity of microbial communities and again demonstrate how this can be associated to sample metadata. These analyses are implemented in an open source software pipeline called PhyloSift. As a pipeline, PhyloSift incorporates several other programs including LAST, HMMER, and pplacer to automate phylogenetic analysis of protein coding and RNA sequences in metagenomic datasets generated by modern sequencing platforms (e.g., Illumina, 454.

  7. Underwater Image Bidirectional Matching for Localization Based on SIFT

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    Yan Lin; Bo Liu

    2014-01-01

    For the purpose of identifying the stern of the SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) availably and perfecting the detection technique of the SWATH ship’s performance, this paper presents a novel bidirectional image registration strategy and mosaicing technique based on the scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) algorithm. The proposed method can help us observe the stern with a great visual angle for analyzing the performance of the control fins of the SWATH. SIFT is one of the most effective local features of the scale, rotation and illumination invariant. However, there are a few false match rates in this algorithm. In terms of underwater machine vision, only by acquiring an accurate match rate can we find an underwater robot rapidly and identify the location of the object. Therefore, firstly, the selection of the match ratio principle is put forward in this paper; secondly, some advantages of the bidirectional registration algorithm are concluded by analyzing the characteristics of the unidirectional matching method. Finally, an automatic underwater image splicing method is proposed on the basis of fixed dimension, and then the edge of the image’s overlapping section is merged by the principal components analysis algorithm. The experimental results achieve a better registration and smooth mosaicing effect, demonstrating that the proposed method is effective.

  8. Image feature extraction in encrypted domain with privacy-preserving SIFT.

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    Hsu, Chao-Yung; Lu, Chun-Shien; Pei, Soo-Chang

    2012-11-01

    Privacy has received considerable attention but is still largely ignored in the multimedia community. Consider a cloud computing scenario where the server is resource-abundant, and is capable of finishing the designated tasks. It is envisioned that secure media applications with privacy preservation will be treated seriously. In view of the fact that scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) has been widely adopted in various fields, this paper is the first to target the importance of privacy-preserving SIFT (PPSIFT) and to address the problem of secure SIFT feature extraction and representation in the encrypted domain. As all of the operations in SIFT must be moved to the encrypted domain, we propose a privacy-preserving realization of the SIFT method based on homomorphic encryption. We show through the security analysis based on the discrete logarithm problem and RSA that PPSIFT is secure against ciphertext only attack and known plaintext attack. Experimental results obtained from different case studies demonstrate that the proposed homomorphic encryption-based privacy-preserving SIFT performs comparably to the original SIFT and that our method is useful in SIFT-based privacy-preserving applications. PMID:22711774

  9. Design study of Software-Implemented Fault-Tolerance (SIFT) computer

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    Wensley, J. H.; Goldberg, J.; Green, M. W.; Kutz, W. H.; Levitt, K. N.; Mills, M. E.; Shostak, R. E.; Whiting-Okeefe, P. M.; Zeidler, H. M.

    1982-01-01

    Software-implemented fault tolerant (SIFT) computer design for commercial aviation is reported. A SIFT design concept is addressed. Alternate strategies for physical implementation are considered. Hardware and software design correctness is addressed. System modeling and effectiveness evaluation are considered from a fault-tolerant point of view.

  10. Bi-directional controlled release of ibuprofen and Mg(2+) from magnesium alloys coated by multifunctional composite.

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    Dong, Hongzhou; Li, Qing; Tan, Cui; Bai, Ningning; Cai, Peng

    2016-11-01

    Two major problems for magnesium alloy implant are the high degradation rate and easy infection associated with implantation. Herein, a surface drug delivery system (Mg/Epoxy resin-ZnO/PCL-Ibuprofen) which can realize bi-directional controlled release of ibuprofen and Mg(2+) was designed via a dip coating process followed by spraying. The in vitro test demonstrated that the ibuprofen in drug-eluting compound material showed sustained release profiles for 22days, which can effectively solve the local cellular rejection and inflammation during the early stage of implantation. Besides, the drug carrier also exhibited improved corrosion resistance duel to the high combining strength between Epoxy resin-ZnO coating and magnesium alloy, so Mg(2+) can release slowly at first and then speeded up later. This approach may be suitable for coating other implant materials such as stainless steel, titanium alloy etc. PMID:27524048

  11. Parallel input parallel output high voltage bi-directional converters for driving dielectric electro active polymer actuators

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    Thummala, Prasanth; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2014-01-01

    is to design and implement driving circuits for the DEAP actuators for their use in various applications. This paper presents implementation of parallel input, parallel output, high voltage (~2.5 kV) bi-directional DC-DC converters for driving the DEAP actuators. The topology is a bidirectional flyback DC......-DC converter incorporating commercially available high voltage MOSFETs (4 kV) and high voltage diodes (5 kV). Although the average current of the aforementioned devices is limited to 300 mA and 150 mA, respectively, connecting the outputs of multiple converters in parallel can provide a scalable design....... This enables operating the DEAP actuators in various static and dynamic applications e.g. positioning, vibration generation or damping, and pumps. The proposed idea is experimentally verified by connecting three high voltage converters in parallel to operate a single DEAP actuator. The experimental results...

  12. Bi-directional terahertz-to-infrared emission from metal-coated nanostructures upon femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Zhang, Liangliang; Wu, Tong; Zhao, Ji; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, X-C

    2015-09-21

    We report on the investigation of bi-directional terahertz-to-infrared (THz-to-IR) radiation from a metal film coated on a substrate with randomly ordered pore arrays by irradiation of femtosecond laser pulses. THz-to-IR radiation was observed both for front-side excitation (laser incident on the metal surface) and for rear-side excitation (laser incident on the substrate). In both cases, the radiation was observed both in the propagation direction of the laser beam and in the reverse direction. Considering these findings, we propose a thermal emission mechanism based on the production of surface plasmons, either delocalized (through phase-matched excitation) or localized (through surface roughness) at the air/metal and metal/substrate interfaces. PMID:26406717

  13. Pattern Switchable Antenna System Using Inkjet-Printed Directional Bow-Tie for Bi-Direction Sensing Applications.

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    Eom, Seung-Hyun; Seo, Yunsik; Lim, Sungjoon

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a paper-based pattern switchable antenna system using inkjet-printing technology for bi-direction sensor applications. The proposed antenna system is composed of two directional bow-tie antennas and a switching network. The switching network consists of a single-pole-double-throw (SPDT) switch and a balun element. A double-sided parallel-strip line (DSPSL) is employed to convert the unbalanced microstrip mode to the balanced strip mode. Two directional bow-tie antennas have different radiation patterns because of the different orientation of the reflectors and antennas. It is demonstrated from electromagnetic (EM) simulation and measurement that the radiation patterns of the proposed antenna are successfully switched by the SPDT switch. PMID:26690443

  14. Pattern Switchable Antenna System Using Inkjet-Printed Directional Bow-Tie for Bi-Direction Sensing Applications

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    Seung-Hyun Eom

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a paper-based pattern switchable antenna system using inkjet-printing technology for bi-direction sensor applications. The proposed antenna system is composed of two directional bow-tie antennas and a switching network. The switching network consists of a single-pole-double-throw (SPDT switch and a balun element. A double-sided parallel-strip line (DSPSL is employed to convert the unbalanced microstrip mode to the balanced strip mode. Two directional bow-tie antennas have different radiation patterns because of the different orientation of the reflectors and antennas. It is demonstrated from electromagnetic (EM simulation and measurement that the radiation patterns of the proposed antenna are successfully switched by the SPDT switch.

  15. Activation and Inhibition of Posterior Parietal Cortex Have Bi-Directional Effects on Spatial Errors Following Interruptions

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    Cyrus Khan Foroughi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Interruptions to ongoing mental activities are omnipresent in our modern digital world, but the brain networks involved in interrupted performance are not known, nor have the activation of those networks been modulated. Errors following interruptions reflect failures in spatial memory, whose maintenance is supported by a brain network including the right posterior parietal cortex (PPC. The present study therefore used bi-directional transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS of right PPC to examine the neuromodulation of spatial errors following interruptions, as well as performance on another PPC-dependent task, mental rotation. Anodal stimulation significantly reduced the number of interruption-based errors and increased mental rotation accuracy whereas cathodal stimulation significantly increased errors and reduced mental rotation accuracy. The results provide evidence for a causal role of the PPC in the maintenance of spatial representations during interrupted task performance.

  16. Improvised Security for RDF using Random Salt and Levels with Bi-Directional Translation to Relational Database

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    Siva Srinivasa Rao Mothukuri

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A Middleware Framework is required for SemanticWeb applications to access data from relational databases andlegacy storage systems, without replication or synchronization.Resource Description Framework is one such type ofmiddleware framework which bridges the gap between twoneeds. Though, there were some efforts to publish relationaldata as Resource Description Framework triples, they presentthe existing data into respective RDF stack only in Read-onlymanner, also in dearth of security. This paper accomplishes suchin vulnerabilities by enhancing a nexus to be bi-directional,allowing data updates specified as triples to be sent back to therelational database as tuples. The data can beUpdated/Inserted/Deleted wherever required. Also, this paperdeals with the Level-1 and Level-2 security hierarchy. In thosetwo levels, a random “salt” is added up to the data followed byencryption.

  17. Bi-Directional Fluorescence Distribution and its Correction for Estimates of Gross Ecosystem Productivity and Photosynthetic Light-Use Efficiency

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    Liu, Liangyun; Liu, Xinjie

    2015-04-01

    Passive measurement of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) presents a new way for directly estimating the photosynthetic activities. In this study, one diurnal multi-angular spectral experiment and three independent diurnal flux experiments were carried out on winter wheat and maize to assess directional emission of SIF for estimating photosynthesis activities. Firstly, the Bi-Directional Fluorescence Distribution Function (BFDF) of SIF was investigated. A BFDF shape similar to the red Bi-Directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) was observed for the directional SIF emissions at 688 nm. Secondly, the relationship between the directional emission of canopy SIF and BRDF reflectance was examined, finding a strict linear correlation between SIF and reflectance at 688 nm, with an R2> 0.80 for all seven BRDF observations on winter wheat. Then, a BFDF correction model for the canopy SIF at 688 nm was presented by dividing by the canopy reflectance, and about 65.3% of the directional variation was successfully removed. Finally, the BFDF-corrected SIF signals were linked to photosynthetic activities, including gross ecosystem productivity (GEP) and photosynthetic light-use efficiency (LUE), and the determination coefficients between photosynthetic activities and the BFDF-corrected SIF increased for most cases. For GEP, the determination coefficients were slightly improved from 0.563, 0.382, and 0.613 (for raw SIF signals) to 0.592, 0.473, and 0.640 for all three diurnal experiments. For LUE, the determination coefficients increased from 0.393, and 0.358 to 0.517, and 0.528 for two experiments, while deceased slightly from 0.695 to 0.607 for one experiment. Therefore, according to the above preliminary results, the canopy SIF cannot be regarded as isotropic, and the directional emission SIF may be an important uncertainty in estimates of GEP and LUE.

  18. Weighted Multi-Scale Image Matching Based on Harris-Sift Descriptor

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available According to the rotational invariance of Harris corner detectorand the robustness of Sift descriptor. An improved Harris-Sift corner descriptor was proposed. At first, the algorithm given multi-scale strategy to Harris corner, improved corner counting method and removed redundant points at the same time, then, the corner was directly applied to low-pass Gaussian filter image. Based on the histogram of Sift feature descriptor, generates a new 128-dimensional feature vector descriptor by multi-scale Gauss weighted.Through the above, Harris corner detectorand Sift descriptorwas normalizedin the scale layer and gradient features. The experiment results indicated that, the improved corner descriptorcomprised both advantage of Harris corner detection and Sift feature descriptor. The method reduced the computation time and the false match rate, which could be validly applied to the robotstereo vision matching andthree-dimensional reconstruction.      

  19. Ndt80 activates the meiotic ORC1 transcript isoform and SMA2 via a bi-directional middle sporulation element in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Xie, Bingning; Horecka, Joe; Chu, Angela; Davis, Ronald W; Becker, Emmanuelle; Primig, Michael

    2016-09-01

    The origin of replication complex subunit ORC1 is important for DNA replication. The gene is known to encode a meiotic transcript isoform (mORC1) with an extended 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), which was predicted to inhibit protein translation. However, the regulatory mechanism that controls the mORC1 transcript isoform is unknown and no molecular biological evidence for a role of mORC1 in negatively regulating Orc1 protein during gametogenesis is available. By interpreting RNA profiling data obtained with growing and sporulating diploid cells, mitotic haploid cells, and a starving diploid control strain, we determined that mORC1 is a middle meiotic transcript isoform. Regulatory motif predictions and genetic experiments reveal that the activator Ndt80 and its middle sporulation element (MSE) target motif are required for the full induction of mORC1 and the divergently transcribed meiotic SMA2 locus. Furthermore, we find that the MSE-binding negative regulator Sum1 represses both mORC1 and SMA2 during mitotic growth. Finally, we demonstrate that an MSE deletion strain, which cannot induce mORC1, contains abnormally high Orc1 levels during post-meiotic stages of gametogenesis. Our results reveal the regulatory mechanism that controls mORC1, highlighting a novel developmental stage-specific role for the MSE element in bi-directional mORC1/SMA2 gene activation, and correlating mORC1 induction with declining Orc1 protein levels. Because eukaryotic genes frequently encode multiple transcripts possessing 5'-UTRs of variable length, our results are likely relevant for gene expression during development and disease in higher eukaryotes. PMID:27362276

  20. Discovering the Importance of Bi-directional Water Fluxes in Leaves

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    Kayler, Z. E.; Saurer, M.; Siegwolf, R.

    2007-12-01

    The stable isotope ratio 18O/16O is used for constraining climate change models, partitioning ecosystem water fluxes and for studies of plant ecophysiology. Leaf water enrichment is an essential starting point for each of these applications. In order to obtain a complete picture of the role leaf water plays, not only the 18O values from leaf water but also the signature of transpired water must be accurately predicted for plants under varying environmental conditions. We used a novel chamber approach using highly depleted water (-330 ‰) as a vapor source to leaves of the velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens). We used a Walz gas exchange system consisting of a chamber that is controlled for humidity, light, and temperature. Water and carbon dioxide fluxes were measured by an infrared gas analyzer and chamber vapor was collected in cold traps chilled to - 60°C. Three leaves were collected after 2 hours to insure isotopic steady-state followed by leaf water extraction and isotope analysis. From this experiment we were able to measure the outward flux of soil source water and the inward flux of ambient vapor over a range of environments that varied in relative humidity (80%, 45%, 20%), light (50, 1000 μmolm-2s-1) and CO2 (50, 800 ppm). Leaf water isotopic values were below the source water values reflecting the influx of the labeled vapor. The degree to which leaf water values were depleted was strongly related to the relative humidity. The Craig-Gordon model overestimated depletion of leaf water under high relative humidity and predictions were improved with the Péclet correction. However, our initial analysis indicates that these models may not fully account for stomatal conductance in predicting leaf water isotopic values.

  1. Face recognition using SIFT features under 3D meshes

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    ZHANG Cheng; GU Yu-zhang; HU Ke-li; WANG Ying-guan

    2015-01-01

    Expression, occlusion, and pose variations are three main challenges for 3D face recognition. A novel method is presented to address 3D face recognition using scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) features on 3D meshes. After preprocessing, shape index extrema on the 3D facial surface are selected as keypoints in the difference scale space and the unstable keypoints are removed after two screening steps. Then, a local coordinate system for each keypoint is established by principal component analysis (PCA). Next, two local geometric features are extracted around each keypoint through the local coordinate system. Additionally, the features are augmented by the symmetrization according to the approximate left-right symmetry in human face. The proposed method is evaluated on the Bosphorus, BU-3DFE, and Gavab databases, respectively. Good results are achieved on these three datasets. As a result, the proposed method proves robust to facial expression variations, partial external occlusions and large pose changes.

  2. Landing site locating of UAV by SIFT matching

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    Zhang, Xiaomiao; Liu, Xiaolin; Yu, Qifeng

    2008-03-01

    To achieve the landing site locating, the proof-of-concept strategy demands a reference image captured beforehand. This strategy adopts the way of wide-baseline matching between images from the airborne camera and the reference image. First of all, a proof-of-concept strategy of vision-aided landing area locating of unmanned aerial vehicle is presented. Then, there are mainly two algorithms under discussion. One is landing site finding using SIFT based wide-baseline match, and the experiment results show that is qualified to finding landing site. The other is landing site locating by camera position measurement based on the feature point with known world coordinates. Assuming that the airborne camera has been calibrated off-line, with known intrinsic camera parameters and world coordinates of at least 4 feature points, the position of camera can be roughly estimated. The SIFT feature points of reference image have been selected and their position in world coordination have been marked before wide-baseline matching, so, when matching having been put into practice, world coordinates of matched points in each image captured by airborne camera can be gotten directly. Assuming when landing site locating task is carrying out, the UAV is fairly high, so the landing site could be regarded as planar. And due to the camera is fixed to UAV, the relative position of UAV to the landing site can be measured according the algorithm in this paper, that is to say, providing that at least one image of UAV landing site is offered, the landing site can be successfully located.

  3. Performance Analysis of the SIFT Operator for Automatic Feature Extraction and Matching in Photogrammetric Applications

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    Francesco Nex

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available In the photogrammetry field, interest in region detectors, which are widely used in Computer Vision, is quickly increasing due to the availability of new techniques. Images acquired by Mobile Mapping Technology, Oblique Photogrammetric Cameras or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles do not observe normal acquisition conditions. Feature extraction and matching techniques, which are traditionally used in photogrammetry, are usually inefficient for these applications as they are unable to provide reliable results under extreme geometrical conditions (convergent taking geometry, strong affine transformations, etc. and for bad-textured images. A performance analysis of the SIFT technique in aerial and close-range photogrammetric applications is presented in this paper. The goal is to establish the suitability of the SIFT technique for automatic tie point extraction and approximate DSM (Digital Surface Model generation. First, the performances of the SIFT operator have been compared with those provided by feature extraction and matching techniques used in photogrammetry. All these techniques have been implemented by the authors and validated on aerial and terrestrial images. Moreover, an auto-adaptive version of the SIFT operator has been developed, in order to improve the performances of the SIFT detector in relation to the texture of the images. The Auto-Adaptive SIFT operator (A2 SIFT has been validated on several aerial images, with particular attention to large scale aerial images acquired using mini-UAV systems.

  4. Midsagittal plane extraction from brain images based on 3D SIFT

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    Midsagittal plane (MSP) extraction from 3D brain images is considered as a promising technique for human brain symmetry analysis. In this paper, we present a fast and robust MSP extraction method based on 3D scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT). Unlike the existing brain MSP extraction methods, which mainly rely on the gray similarity, 3D edge registration or parameterized surface matching to determine the fissure plane, our proposed method is based on distinctive 3D SIFT features, in which the fissure plane is determined by parallel 3D SIFT matching and iterative least-median of squares plane regression. By considering the relative scales, orientations and flipped descriptors between two 3D SIFT features, we propose a novel metric to measure the symmetry magnitude for 3D SIFT features. By clustering and indexing the extracted SIFT features using a k-dimensional tree (KD-tree) implemented on graphics processing units, we can match multiple pairs of 3D SIFT features in parallel and solve the optimal MSP on-the-fly. The proposed method is evaluated by synthetic and in vivo datasets, of normal and pathological cases, and validated by comparisons with the state-of-the-art methods. Experimental results demonstrated that our method has achieved a real-time performance with better accuracy yielding an average yaw angle error below 0.91° and an average roll angle error no more than 0.89°. (paper)

  5. Performance Analysis of the SIFT Operator for Automatic Feature Extraction and Matching in Photogrammetric Applications.

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    Lingua, Andrea; Marenchino, Davide; Nex, Francesco

    2009-01-01

    In the photogrammetry field, interest in region detectors, which are widely used in Computer Vision, is quickly increasing due to the availability of new techniques. Images acquired by Mobile Mapping Technology, Oblique Photogrammetric Cameras or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles do not observe normal acquisition conditions. Feature extraction and matching techniques, which are traditionally used in photogrammetry, are usually inefficient for these applications as they are unable to provide reliable results under extreme geometrical conditions (convergent taking geometry, strong affine transformations, etc.) and for bad-textured images. A performance analysis of the SIFT technique in aerial and close-range photogrammetric applications is presented in this paper. The goal is to establish the suitability of the SIFT technique for automatic tie point extraction and approximate DSM (Digital Surface Model) generation. First, the performances of the SIFT operator have been compared with those provided by feature extraction and matching techniques used in photogrammetry. All these techniques have been implemented by the authors and validated on aerial and terrestrial images. Moreover, an auto-adaptive version of the SIFT operator has been developed, in order to improve the performances of the SIFT detector in relation to the texture of the images. The Auto-Adaptive SIFT operator (A(2) SIFT) has been validated on several aerial images, with particular attention to large scale aerial images acquired using mini-UAV systems. PMID:22412336

  6. Self-vibration cancellation of a novel bi-directional magnetized NdFeB/magnetostrictive/piezoelectric laminate.

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    Leung, Chung Ming; Wang, Feifei; Wang, Ya

    2016-06-01

    A novel magnetoelectric (ME) laminated composite structure is proposed in this work, aiming to provide a good self-vibration cancellation performance under the magnetic field detection environment. The proposed structure consists of two Terfenol-D magnetostrictive alloy plates which are revised and length-magnetized by two NdFeB magnets bonded on the top surface of a thickness-polarized Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) ceramic plate with separate electrodes. Experiments have shown that great vibration suppression up to 44 dB under harmonic disturbance was observed. The ME coefficient of the proposed structure also reaches up to ∼29 mV/Oe at non-resonance frequency and 758 mV/Oe at resonance frequency of 79 kHz which is ∼2 times larger than the traditional L-T Terfenol-D/PZT bilayer configuration of the same scale. Such performance improvement is achieved based on the bi-directional magnetic field bias (HBias) of two NdFeB magnets in magnetostrictive layer, internal in-series electrical wire connection in piezoelectric layer. The proposed design has great potential to be used for industrial applications associated with heavy environmental vibration noise. PMID:27370467

  7. Self-vibration cancellation of a novel bi-directional magnetized NdFeB/magnetostrictive/piezoelectric laminate

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    Leung, Chung Ming; Wang, Feifei; Wang, Ya

    2016-06-01

    A novel magnetoelectric (ME) laminated composite structure is proposed in this work, aiming to provide a good self-vibration cancellation performance under the magnetic field detection environment. The proposed structure consists of two Terfenol-D magnetostrictive alloy plates which are revised and length-magnetized by two NdFeB magnets bonded on the top surface of a thickness-polarized Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) ceramic plate with separate electrodes. Experiments have shown that great vibration suppression up to 44 dB under harmonic disturbance was observed. The ME coefficient of the proposed structure also reaches up to ˜29 mV/Oe at non-resonance frequency and 758 mV/Oe at resonance frequency of 79 kHz which is ˜2 times larger than the traditional L-T Terfenol-D/PZT bilayer configuration of the same scale. Such performance improvement is achieved based on the bi-directional magnetic field bias (HBias) of two NdFeB magnets in magnetostrictive layer, internal in-series electrical wire connection in piezoelectric layer. The proposed design has great potential to be used for industrial applications associated with heavy environmental vibration noise.

  8. Motile properties of the bi-directional kinesin-5 Cin8 are affected by phosphorylation in its motor domain

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    Shapira, Ofer; Gheber, Larisa

    2016-01-01

    The Saccharomyces cerevisiae kinesin-5 Cin8 performs essential mitotic functions in spindle assembly and anaphase B spindle elongation. Recent work has shown that Cin8 is a bi-directional motor which moves towards the minus-end of microtubules (MTs) under high ionic strength (IS) conditions and changes directionality in low IS conditions and when bound between anti-parallel microtubules. Previous work from our laboratory has also indicated that Cin8 is differentially phosphorylated during late anaphase at cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (Cdk1)-specific sites located in its motor domain. In vivo, such phosphorylation causes Cin8 detachment from spindles and reduces the spindle elongation rate, while maintaining proper spindle morphology. To study the effect of phosphorylation on Cin8 motor function, we examined in vitro motile properties of wild type Cin8, as well as its phosphorylation using phospho-deficient and phospho-mimic variants, in a single molecule fluorescence motility assay. Analysis was performed on whole cell extracts and on purified Cin8 samples. We found that addition of negative charges in the phospho-mimic mutant weakened the MT-motor interaction, increased motor velocity and promoted minus-end-directed motility. These results indicate that phosphorylation in the catalytic domain of Cin8 regulates its motor function. PMID:27216310

  9. Cross-indexing of binary SIFT codes for large-scale image search.

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    Liu, Zhen; Li, Houqiang; Zhang, Liyan; Zhou, Wengang; Tian, Qi

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, there has been growing interest in mapping visual features into compact binary codes for applications on large-scale image collections. Encoding high-dimensional data as compact binary codes reduces the memory cost for storage. Besides, it benefits the computational efficiency since the computation of similarity can be efficiently measured by Hamming distance. In this paper, we propose a novel flexible scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) binarization (FSB) algorithm for large-scale image search. The FSB algorithm explores the magnitude patterns of SIFT descriptor. It is unsupervised and the generated binary codes are demonstrated to be dispreserving. Besides, we propose a new searching strategy to find target features based on the cross-indexing in the binary SIFT space and original SIFT space. We evaluate our approach on two publicly released data sets. The experiments on large-scale partial duplicate image retrieval system demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed algorithm.

  10. Insulin-like Growth Factor-I and Slow, Bi-directional Perfusion Enhance the Formation of Tissue-Engineered Cardiac Grafts

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    Cheng, Mingyu; Moretti, Matteo; Engelmayr, George C.; Freed, Lisa E.

    2008-01-01

    Biochemical and mechanical signals enabling cardiac regeneration can be elucidated using in vitro tissue-engineering models. We hypothesized that insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF) and slow, bi-directional perfusion could act independently and interactively to enhance the survival, differentiation, and contractile performance of tissue-engineered cardiac grafts. Heart cells were cultured on three-dimensional porous scaffolds in medium with or without supplemental IGF and in the presence or ab...

  11. The association between attachment style and uni- and bi-directional pursuer-distancer patterns in couples: A clinical sample of couples in counseling

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    Davies, Lorin Christopher

    2004-01-01

    This study examined the relationship between adult attachment style and pursuer-distancer patterns in couples. Both uni- and bi-directional pursuer-distancer patterns were studied. Participants were 67 individuals (including 32 couples) in therapy. Each partner, independent of the other, completed an anonymous questionnaire containing the Multi-item Measure of Adult Romantic Attachment (Brennan, Clark, & Shaver, 1998) and a four-item measure of pursuer-distancer pattern designed for this s...

  12. SIFT-MS and FA-MS methods for ambient gas phase analysis: developments and applications in the UK

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    Smith, D.; Spanel, P

    2015-01-01

    Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry, SIFT-MS, a relatively new gas/vapour phase analytical method, is derived from the much earlier selected ion flow tube, SIFT, used for the study of gas phase ion-molecule reactions. Both the SIFT and SIFT-MS techniques were conceived and developed in the UK, the former at Birmingham University, the latter at Keele University along with the complementary flowing afterglow mass spectrometry, FA-MS, technique. The focus of this short review is largely to ...

  13. A Novel Image Retrieval Based on Visual Words Integration of SIFT and SURF

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    Ali, Nouman; Bajwa, Khalid Bashir; Sablatnig, Robert; Chatzichristofis, Savvas A.; Iqbal, Zeshan; Rashid, Muhammad; Habib, Hafiz Adnan

    2016-01-01

    With the recent evolution of technology, the number of image archives has increased exponentially. In Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR), high-level visual information is represented in the form of low-level features. The semantic gap between the low-level features and the high-level image concepts is an open research problem. In this paper, we present a novel visual words integration of Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) and Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF). The two local features representations are selected for image retrieval because SIFT is more robust to the change in scale and rotation, while SURF is robust to changes in illumination. The visual words integration of SIFT and SURF adds the robustness of both features to image retrieval. The qualitative and quantitative comparisons conducted on Corel-1000, Corel-1500, Corel-2000, Oliva and Torralba and Ground Truth image benchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed visual words integration. PMID:27315101

  14. A Novel Image Retrieval Based on Visual Words Integration of SIFT and SURF.

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    Ali, Nouman; Bajwa, Khalid Bashir; Sablatnig, Robert; Chatzichristofis, Savvas A; Iqbal, Zeshan; Rashid, Muhammad; Habib, Hafiz Adnan

    2016-01-01

    With the recent evolution of technology, the number of image archives has increased exponentially. In Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR), high-level visual information is represented in the form of low-level features. The semantic gap between the low-level features and the high-level image concepts is an open research problem. In this paper, we present a novel visual words integration of Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) and Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF). The two local features representations are selected for image retrieval because SIFT is more robust to the change in scale and rotation, while SURF is robust to changes in illumination. The visual words integration of SIFT and SURF adds the robustness of both features to image retrieval. The qualitative and quantitative comparisons conducted on Corel-1000, Corel-1500, Corel-2000, Oliva and Torralba and Ground Truth image benchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed visual words integration. PMID:27315101

  15. A Novel Image Retrieval Based on Visual Words Integration of SIFT and SURF.

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    Full Text Available With the recent evolution of technology, the number of image archives has increased exponentially. In Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR, high-level visual information is represented in the form of low-level features. The semantic gap between the low-level features and the high-level image concepts is an open research problem. In this paper, we present a novel visual words integration of Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT and Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF. The two local features representations are selected for image retrieval because SIFT is more robust to the change in scale and rotation, while SURF is robust to changes in illumination. The visual words integration of SIFT and SURF adds the robustness of both features to image retrieval. The qualitative and quantitative comparisons conducted on Corel-1000, Corel-1500, Corel-2000, Oliva and Torralba and Ground Truth image benchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed visual words integration.

  16. An optimized structure on FPGA of key point description in SIFT algorithm

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    Xu, Chenyu; Peng, Jinlong; Zhu, En; Zou, Yuxin

    2015-12-01

    SIFT algorithm is one of the most significant and effective algorithms to describe the features of image in the field of image matching. To implement SIFT algorithm to hardware environment is apparently considerable and difficult. In this paper, we mainly discuss the realization of Key Point Description in SIFT algorithm, along with Matching process. In Key Point Description, we have proposed a new method of generating histograms, to avoid the rotation of adjacent regions and insure the rotational invariance. In Matching, we replace conventional Euclidean distance with Hamming distance. The results of the experiments fully prove that the structure we propose is real-time, accurate, and efficient. Future work is still needed to improve its performance in harsher conditions.

  17. An Optimized Structure on FPGA of Key Point Detection in SIFT Algorithm

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available SIFT algorithm is the most efficient and powerful algorithm to describe the features of images and it has been applied in many fields. In this paper, we propose an optimized method to realize the hardware implementation of the SIFT algorithm. We mainly discuss the structure of Data Generation here. A pipeline architecture is introduced to accelerate this optimized system. Parameters’ setting and approximation’s controlling in different image qualities and hardware resources are the focus of this paper. The results of experiments fully prove that this structure is real-time and effective, and provide consultative opinion to meet the different situations.

  18. The enhancement effect of pp38 gene product on the activity of its upstream bi-directional promoter in Marek's disease virus

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    2006-01-01

    There was a bi-directional promoter between gene 38 kd phosphorylated protein (pp38) gene and 1.8-kb mRNA transcript gene family in the genome of Marek's disease virus (MDV). In this study, enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) reporter plamids, pP(pp38)-EGFP and pP(1.8- kb)-EGFP, were constructed under this bi-directional promoter in two directions. The two plasmids were transfected into uninfected chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF), MDV clone rMd5 infected CEF (rMd5-CEF) and pp38-deleted derivative rMd5Δpp38 infected CEF (rMd5Δpp38-CEF) respectively. Transfection analysis showed that EGFP was only expressed in rMd5-CEF, and no EGFP could be detected in uninfected CEF or rMd5Δpp38-CEF, implying that pp38 was a factor influencing the activity of the promoter. The pp38-expressing recombinant plasmid pcDNA-pp38 was constructed to co- transfect CEF or rMd5Δpp38-CEF with pP(pp38)-EGFP or pP(1.8-kb)-EGFP. In this case, EGFP could be detected only in rMd5Δpp38-CEF but still not in uninfected CEF, implying that pp38 needs other protein(s) to work together for the complete trans-acting activity. Another MDV gene, 24 kd phosphorylated protein pp24 gene was cloned into pcDNA3.1 as a pp24-expressing recombinant plasmid pcDNA-pp24. When uninfected CEF was co-transfected with pcDNA-pp38, pcDNA-pp24 and EGFP expressing plasmids pP(pp38)-EGFP or pP(1.8-kb)-EGFP, the EGFP could be detected. These results indicated that pp38 and pp24 could enhance the activity of the promoter when they worked together. DNA mobility shift assay showed that pp38 would bind to the bi-directional promoter with the co-existing of pp24, although neither of them alone influenced mobility of the promoter DNA. All the above suggested that MDV pp38 could transactivate the bi-directional promoter when combined with pp24. The results also indicated that the activity of the promoter in the direction of 1.8-kb mRNA was significantly stronger than that of pp38 direction.

  19. Analysis and Design of Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter in the Extended Run Time DC UPS System Based on Fuel Cell and Supercapacitor

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    Zhang, Zhe; Thomsen, Ole Cornelius; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2009-01-01

    Abstract-In this paper, an extended run time DC UPS system structure with fuel cell and supercapacitor is investigated. A wide input range bi-directional dc-dc converter is described along with the phase-shift modulation scheme and phase-shift with duty cycle control, in different modes...... input voltage combined with load current feedback using PI controller with anti-windup scheme to realize closed-loop control of the whole system, and verify the feasibility of the control scheme proposed by simulation. A 1kW prototype controlled by TMS320F2808 DSP is implemented and tested. Experimental...

  20. Simulation analysis of one-stage C+L-band erbium-doped fiber ASE source with double-pass bi-directional pumping configuration

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    Wencai Huang(黄文财); Hai Ming(明海)

    2004-01-01

    A new technique to generate a C+L-band flat amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source in one-stage erbium-doped fiber (EDF) using bi-directional pumping configuration is analyzed. The simulation results show that the key point of obtaining flat C+L-band ASE spectrum in one-stage EDF is using a laser diode operated at 980 nm as backward pump source. ASE source with nearly 80-nm bandwidth can be obtained by means of selecting suitable fiber length and properly adjusting the ratio of forward to backward pump power.

  1. Increase of methanol in exhaled breath quantified by SIFT-MS following aspartame ingestion.

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    Španěl, Patrik; Dryahina, Kseniya; Vicherková, Petra; Smith, David

    2015-11-19

    Aspartame, methyl-L-α-aspartyl-L-phenylalaninate, is used worldwide as a sweetener in foods and drinks and is considered to be safe at an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 40 mg per kg of body weight. This compound is completely hydrolyzed in the gastrointestinal tract to aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol, each being toxic at high levels. The objective of the present study was to quantify the volatile methanol component in the exhaled breath of ten healthy volunteers following the ingestion of a single ADI dose of aspartame. Direct on-line measurements of methanol concentration were made in the mouth and nose breath exhalations using selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry, SIFT-MS, several times before aspartame ingestion in order to establish individual pre-dose (baseline) levels and then during two hours post-ingestion to track their initial increase and subsequent decrease. The results show that breath methanol concentrations increased in all volunteers by 1082   ±   205 parts-per-billion by volume (ppbv) from their pre-ingestion values, which ranged from 193 to 436 ppbv to peak values ranging from 981-1622 ppbv, from which they slowly decreased. These observations agree quantitatively with a predicted increase of 1030 ppbv estimated using a one-compartment model of uniform dilution of the methanol generated from a known amount of aspartame throughout the total body water (including blood). In summary, an ADI dose of aspartame leads to a 3-6 fold increase of blood methanol concentration above the individual baseline values.

  2. Automatic SAR and optical images registration method based on improved SIFT

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    Yue, Chunyu; Jiang, Wanshou

    2014-10-01

    An automatic SAR and optical images registration method based on improved SIFT is proposed in this paper, which is a two-step strategy, from rough to accuracy. The geometry relation of images is first constructed by the geographic information, and images are arranged based on the elevation datum plane to eliminate rotation and resolution differences. Then SIFT features extracted by the dominant direction improved SIFT from two images are matched by SSIM as similar measure according to structure information of the SIFT feature. As rotation difference is eliminated in images of flat area after rough registration, the number of correct matches and correct matching rate can be increased by altering the feature orientation assignment. And then, parallax and angle restrictions are introduced to improve the matching performance by clustering analysis in the angle and parallax domains. Mapping the original matches to the parallax feature space and rotation feature space in sequence, which are established by the custom defined parallax parameters and rotation parameters respectively. Cluster analysis is applied in the parallax feature space and rotation feature space, and the relationship between cluster parameters and matching result is analysed. Owing to the clustering feature, correct matches are retained. Finally, the perspective transform parameters for the registration are obtained by RANSAC algorithm with removing the false matches simultaneously. Experiments show that the algorithm proposed in this paper is effective in the registration of SAR and optical images with large differences.

  3. Color Image Secret Watermarking Erase and Write Algorithm Based on SIFT

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    Qu, Jubao

    The use of adaptive characteristics of SIFT, image features, the implementation of the write, erase operations on Extraction and color image hidden watermarking. From the experimental results, this algorithm has better imperceptibility and at the same time, is robust against geometric attacks and common signal processing.

  4. SIFT - Multiprocessor architecture for Software Implemented Fault Tolerance flight control and avionics computers

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    Forman, P.; Moses, K.

    1979-01-01

    A brief description of a SIFT (Software Implemented Fault Tolerance) Flight Control Computer with emphasis on implementation is presented. A multiprocessor system that relies on software-implemented fault detection and reconfiguration algorithms is described. A high level reliability and fault tolerance is achieved by the replication of computing tasks among processing units.

  5. Fingerprint Identification Using SIFT-Based Minutia Descriptors and Improved All Descriptor-Pair Matching

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    Jiuqiang Han

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The performance of conventional minutiae-based fingerprint authentication algorithms degrades significantly when dealing with low quality fingerprints with lots of cuts or scratches. A similar degradation of the minutiae-based algorithms is observed when small overlapping areas appear because of the quite narrow width of the sensors. Based on the detection of minutiae, Scale Invariant Feature Transformation (SIFT descriptors are employed to fulfill verification tasks in the above difficult scenarios. However, the original SIFT algorithm is not suitable for fingerprint because of: (1 the similar patterns of parallel ridges; and (2 high computational resource consumption. To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the algorithm for fingerprint verification, we propose a SIFT-based Minutia Descriptor (SMD to improve the SIFT algorithm through image processing, descriptor extraction and matcher. A two-step fast matcher, named improved All Descriptor-Pair Matching (iADM, is also proposed to implement the 1:N verifications in real-time. Fingerprint Identification using SMD and iADM (FISiA achieved a significant improvement with respect to accuracy in representative databases compared with the conventional minutiae-based method. The speed of FISiA also can meet real-time requirements.

  6. Morphology and Efficiency of a Specialized Foraging Behavior, Sediment Sifting, in Neotropical Cichlid Fishes

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    Hernán López-Fernández; Jessica Arbour; Stuart Willis; Crystal Watkins; Honeycutt, Rodney L.; Winemiller, Kirk O.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis...

  7. iGC2: an architecture for micro gas chromatographs utilizing integrated bi-directional pumps and multi-stage preconcentrators

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    This paper reports an integrated micro gas chromatography (µGC) architecture which utilizes a bi-directional micropump. Four integral components-–the bi-directional Knudsen pump (KP2), a two-stage preconcentrator-focuser (PCF2), a separation column, and a gas detector-–are integrated in a 4.3 cm3 stack, forming a serial flow path. All four components are fabricated using the same three-mask process. Compared to the conventional approach used with multi-stage preconcentrators, in which valves are used to reverse flow between the sampling phase and the separation phase, this µGC architecture reduces the overall complexity. In this architecture, the vapors being sampled are drawn through the detector and column before reaching the PCF2. The microsystem operation is experimentally validated by quantitative analyses of benzene, toluene, and xylene vapors ranging in concentration from 43–1167 mg m−3. (paper)

  8. Forming-free, bi-directional polarity conductive-bridge memory devices with Ge2Sb2Te5 solid-state electrolyte and Ag active electrode

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    Huang, Yin-Hsien; Chen, Hsuan-An; Wu, Hsin-Han; Hsieh, Tsung-Eong

    2015-01-01

    Preparation and characteristics of conductive-bridge random access memory devices containing Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) chalcogenide as the solid-state electrolyte, Ag as the active electrode, and W-Ti as the counter electrode are presented. As revealed by the electrical measurement, only the samples containing crystalline GST exhibited the resistive switching behaviors. With an insertion of ZnS-SiO2 dielectric layer at the Ag/GST interface and a postannealing at 100 °C for 1 min, the sample exhibited the best electrical performance with satisfactory cycleability and retention properties. Moreover, the forming-free and bi-directional polarity features were observed in such a sample type. Microstructure and composition analyses found the finely dispersed nano-scale Ag clusters in GST and, when electrical bias is applied, the migrating Ag ions may build up the connections in between neighboring Ag clusters. Moreover, grain boundaries in polycrystalline GST might be the main paths for Ag migration. The thread-like conduction channels in GST hence form, leading to the low resistance state of sample. On the contrary, the depletion of Ag in GST broke the connections in between Ag clusters when the electrical bias is reversed. This led to the rupture of conduction channels and, hence, the high resistance state of sample. The low operational voltage, forming-free, and bi-directional polarity features observed in (AZGW)T sample might also originated from the fine dispersion of Ag clusters in GST electrolyte.

  9. Novel Bi-directional Converter for Photovoltaic LED Illuminatce System%光伏LED照明系统中双向变换器研究

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    汪义旺; 张波; 曹丰文; 吴铄

    2011-01-01

    研究设计了一种应用于光伏LED照明系统的改进型Zeta/Speic双向变换电路,该电路兼顾MPPT控制、蓄电池充放电控制、LED恒流控制及隔离保护控制等多种功能,与传统光伏LED照明系统中的常规变换器相比,具有结构简单灵活、成本低、效率高等优点.详细分析了电路组成及工作模式,并通过实验进行了测试,测试结果验证了该变换器的有效性及优越性.%A novel bi-directional Zeta/Speic converter for LED photovoltaic illuminatce system is analyzed and designed, which can realize MPPT control,battery charge and discharge control,LED current control and isolation control function,compared with the traditional DC/DC converters for LED photovoltaic illuminatce system,has simple structure flexible, low cost and high efficiency ad vantages. The consists of the circuit and working model are analyzed. Finally the test experimental waveforms of prototype are given to demonstrate the goodness of this novel bi-directional Zeta/Speic converter.

  10. Insulin-like growth factor-I and slow, bi-directional perfusion enhance the formation of tissue-engineered cardiac grafts.

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    Cheng, Mingyu; Moretti, Matteo; Engelmayr, George C; Freed, Lisa E

    2009-03-01

    Biochemical and mechanical signals enabling cardiac regeneration can be elucidated using in vitro tissue-engineering models. We hypothesized that insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF) and slow, bi-directional perfusion could act independently and interactively to enhance the survival, differentiation, and contractile performance of tissue-engineered cardiac grafts. Heart cells were cultured on three-dimensional porous scaffolds in medium with or without supplemental IGF and in the presence or absence of slow, bi-directional perfusion that enhanced transport and provided shear stress. Structural, molecular, and electrophysiologic properties of the resulting grafts were quantified on culture day 8. IGF had independent, beneficial effects on apoptosis (p < 0.01), cellular viability (p < 0.01), contractile amplitude (p < 0.01), and excitation threshold (p < 0.01). Perfusion independently affected the four aforementioned parameters and also increased amounts of cardiac troponin-I (p < 0.01), connexin-43 (p < 0.05), and total protein (p < 0.01) in the grafts. Interactive effects of IGF and perfusion on apoptosis were also present (p < 0.01). Myofibrillogenesis and spontaneous contractility were present only in grafts cultured with perfusion, although contractility was inducible by electrical field stimulation of grafts from all groups. Our findings demonstrate that multi-factorial stimulation of tissue-engineered cardiac grafts using IGF and perfusion resulted in independent and interactive effects on heart cell survival, differentiation, and contractility. PMID:18759675

  11. Relaxed damage threshold intensity conditions and nonlinear increase in the conversion efficiency of an optical parametric oscillator using a bi-directional pump geometry.

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    Norris, G; McConnell, G

    2010-03-01

    A novel bi-directional pump geometry that nonlinearly increases the nonlinear optical conversion efficiency of a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is reported. This bi-directional pumping method synchronizes the circulating signal pulse with two counter-propagating pump pulses within a linear OPO resonator. Through this pump scheme, an increase in nonlinear optical conversion efficiency of 22% was achieved at the signal wavelength, corresponding to a 95% overall increase in average power. Given an almost unchanged measured pulse duration of 260 fs under optimal performance conditions, this related to a signal wavelength peak power output of 18.8 kW, compared with 10 kW using the traditional single-pass geometry. In this study, a total effective peak intensity pump-field of 7.11 GW/cm(2) (corresponding to 3.55 GW/cm(2) from each pump beam) was applied to a 3 mm long periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, which had a damage threshold intensity of 4 GW/cm(2), without impairing crystal integrity. We therefore prove the application of this novel pump geometry provides opportunities for power-scaling of synchronously pumped OPO systems together with enhanced nonlinear conversion efficiency through relaxed damage threshold intensity conditions.

  12. An Introduction of Bi-direction Module Reading Method Based on Instructional Scaffolding%基于支架教学法的双向模块阅读

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    顾锡涛

    2012-01-01

      The bi-direction module reading method based on instructional scaffolding is a fast reading method with bi-direction understanding which is from text to question and from question to text. In the course of teaching, teachers can build different kinds of scaffolding to develop students’ reading skills and help them form good reading habits so that they can do autonomous reading without scaffolding.%  基于支架教学法的双向模块阅读是从文章到问题和从问题到文章的双向理解的快速阅读方法,在教学过程中教师可以通过建立各种支架不断培养学生阅读能力,形成好的阅读习惯,最终达到摆脱支架形成自主能力。

  13. A discussion of the bi-directional ranking of occurrence-frequency based non-interactive literature method for knowledge discovery

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    ZHANG; Yunqiu; GUO; Kelei

    2009-01-01

    Based on the analysis of the existing ranking terminology or subject relevancy of documents methods through an intermediary collection as a catalyst(designated as Group B collection)for the purpose of of non-interactive literature-based discovery,this article proposes a bi-directional document occurrence frequency based ranking method according to the"concurrence theory"and the degree and extent of the subject relevancy.This method explores and further refines the ranking method that is based on the occurrence frequency of the usage of certain terminologies and documents and injects a new insightful perspective of the concurrence of appropriate terminologies/documents in the"low occurrence frequency component"of three non-interactive document collections.A preliminary experiment was conducted to analyze and to test the significance and viability of our newly designed operational method.

  14. A validation of a ray-tracing tool used to generate bi-directional scattering distribution functions for complex fenestration systems

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    McNeil, A.; Jonsson, C.J.; Appelfeld, David;

    2013-01-01

    for arbitrary fenestration systems could only be produced using either expensive software or with expensive equipment. genBSDF outputs CFS data in the Window 6 XML file format and so can be used with CFS-enabled software tools to model multi-layered window systems composed of glazing and shading layers......Fenestration attachments are anticipated to produce significant reductions in building energy use because they can be deployed quickly at low-cost. New software tools enable users to assess the building energy impacts of optically complex fenestration systems (CFS) such as shades, Venetian blinds......, or daylighting systems. However, such tools require users to provide bi-directional scattering distribution function (BSDF) data that describe the solar-optical performance of the CFS. A free, open-source Radiance tool genBSDF enables users to generate BSDF data for arbitrary CFS. Prior to genBSDF, BSDF data...

  15. Performance Assessment of Bi-Directional Knotless Tissue-Closure Devices in Juvenile Chinook Salmon Surgically Implanted with Acoustic Transmitters, 2009 - Final Report

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    Woodley, Christa M.; Wagner, Katie A.; Bryson, Amanda J.

    2012-11-09

    The purpose of this report is to assess the performance of bi-directional knotless tissue-closure devices for use in tagging juvenile salmon. This study is part of an ongoing effort at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to reduce unwanted effects of tags and tagging procedures on the survival and behavior of juvenile salmonids, by assessing and refining suturing techniques, suture materials, and tag burdens. The objective of this study was to compare the performance of the knotless (barbed) suture, using three different suture patterns (treatments: 6-point, Wide “N”, Wide “N” Knot), to the current method of suturing (MonocrylTM monofilament, discontinuous sutures with a 2×2×2×2 knot) used in monitoring and research programs with a novel antiseptic barrier on the wound (“Second Skin”).

  16. The construction and characterization of the bi-directional promoter between pp38 gene and 1.8-kb mRNA transcripts of Marek's disease viruses

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    Ding Jiabo

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Marek's disease virus (MDV has a bi-directional promoter between pp38 gene and 1.8-kb mRNA transcripts. By sequencing for the promoters from 8 different strains (CVI988, 814, GA, JM, Md5, G2, RB1B and 648A, it is found, comparing with the other 7 MDV strains, CVI988 has a 5-bp (from -628 to -632 deletion in this region, which caused a Sp1 site destroyed. In order to analysis the activity of the promoter, the complete bi-directional promoters from GA and CVI988 were, respectively, cloned into pCAT-Basic vector in both directions for the recombinants pPGA(pp38-CAT, pPGA(1.8 kb-CAT, pPCVI(pp38-CAT and pPCVI(1.8 kb-CAT. The complete promoter of GA was divided into two single-direction promoters from the replication of MDV genomic DNA, and cloned into pCAT-Basic for pdPGA(pp38-CAT and pdPGA(1.8 kb-CAT as well. The above 6 recombinants were then transfected into chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEFs infected with MDV, and the activity of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT was measured from the lysed CEFs 48 h post transfection. Results The results showed the activity of the divided promoters was decreased on both directions. In 1.8-kb mRNA direction, it is nearly down to 2.4% (19/781 of the whole promoter, while it keeps 65% (34/52 activity in pp38 direction. The deletion of Sp1 site in CVI988 causes the 20% activity decreased, and has little influence in pp38 direction. Conclusion The present study confirmed their result, and the promoter for the 1.8-kb mRNA transcripts is a much stronger promoter than that in the orientation for pp38.

  17. SIFT-based Ear Recognition by Fusion of Detected Keypoints from Color Similarity Slice Regions

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    Kisku, Dakshina Ranjan; Gupta, Phalguni; Sing, Jamuna Kanta

    2010-01-01

    Ear biometric is considered as one of the most reliable and invariant biometrics characteristics in line with iris and fingerprint characteristics. In many cases, ear biometrics can be compared with face biometrics regarding many physiological and texture characteristics. In this paper, a robust and efficient ear recognition system is presented, which uses Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) as feature descriptor for structural representation of ear images. In order to make it more robust to user authentication, only the regions having color probabilities in a certain ranges are considered for invariant SIFT feature extraction, where the K-L divergence is used for keeping color consistency. Ear skin color model is formed by Gaussian mixture model and clustering the ear color pattern using vector quantization. Finally, K-L divergence is applied to the GMM framework for recording the color similarity in the specified ranges by comparing color similarity between a pair of reference model and probe ear image...

  18. Sensor Fusion - Sonar and Stereo Vision, Using Occupancy Grids and SIFT

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    Plascencia, Alfredo; Bendtsen, Jan Dimon

    2006-01-01

    The main contribution of this paper is to present a sensor fusion approach to scene environment mapping as part of a SDF (Sensor Data Fusion) architecture. This approach involves combined sonar and stereo vision readings. Sonar readings are interpreted using probability density functions...... to the occupied and empty regions. SIFT (Scale Invariant Feature Transform) feature descriptors are  interpreted using gaussian probabilistic error models. The use of occupancy grids is proposed for representing the sonar  as well as the features descriptors readings. The Bayesian estimation approach is applied...... to update the sonar and the SIFT descriptors' uncertainty grids. The sensor fusion yields a significant reduction in the uncertainty of the occupancy grid compared to the individual sensor readings....

  19. ALPHABET RECOGNITION OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: A HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION APPROACH USING SIFT ALGORITHM

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    Nachamai. M

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is a sincere attempt to recognize english alphabets as part of hand gesture recognition, using the SIFT algorithm. The novelty of this approach is, it is a space, size, illumination and rotation invariant approach. The approach has evolved to work well with both the standard American Sign Language (ASL database and home-made database. The problem of alphabet recognition may seem to sound small but the intricacies involved in it cannot be solved using a single algorithm. Hand gesture recognition is a complicated task. A one stop solution is still not evolved for any recognition process. This paper has tried to approach this in a simple but efficient manner using the basic SIFT algorithm for recognition. The efficacy of the approach is proved well through the results obtained, invariably on both the datasets.

  20. Alphabet Recognition of American Sign Language : A Hand Gesture Recognition Approach Using Sift Algorithm

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    Nachamai. M

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper is a sincere attempt to recognize english alphabets as part of hand gesture recognition, usingthe SIFT algorithm. The novelty of this approach is, it is a space, size, illumination and rotation invariantapproach. The approach has evolved to work well with both the standard American Sign Language (ASLdatabase and home-made database. The problem of alphabet recognition may seem to sound small but theintricacies involved in it cannot be solved using a single algorithm. Hand gesture recognition is acomplicated task. A one stop solution is still not evolved for any recognition process. This paper has triedto approach this in a simple but efficient manner using the basic SIFT algorithm for recognition. Theefficacy of the approach is proved well through the results obtained, invariably on both the datasets.

  1. Modifications in SIFT-based 3D reconstruction from image sequence

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    Wei, Zhenzhong; Ding, Boshen; Wang, Wei

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, we aim to reconstruct 3D points of the scene from related images. Scale Invariant Feature Transform( SIFT) as a feature extraction and matching algorithm has been proposed and improved for years and has been widely used in image alignment and stitching, image recognition and 3D reconstruction. Because of the robustness and reliability of the SIFT's feature extracting and matching algorithm, we use it to find correspondences between images. Hence, we describe a SIFT-based method to reconstruct 3D sparse points from ordered images. In the process of matching, we make a modification in the process of finding the correct correspondences, and obtain a satisfying matching result. By rejecting the "questioned" points before initial matching could make the final matching more reliable. Given SIFT's attribute of being invariant to the image scale, rotation, and variable changes in environment, we propose a way to delete the multiple reconstructed points occurred in sequential reconstruction procedure, which improves the accuracy of the reconstruction. By removing the duplicated points, we avoid the possible collapsed situation caused by the inexactly initialization or the error accumulation. The limitation of some cases that all reprojected points are visible at all times also does not exist in our situation. "The small precision" could make a big change when the number of images increases. The paper shows the contrast between the modified algorithm and not. Moreover, we present an approach to evaluate the reconstruction by comparing the reconstructed angle and length ratio with actual value by using a calibration target in the scene. The proposed evaluation method is easy to be carried out and with a great applicable value. Even without the Internet image datasets, we could evaluate our own results. In this paper, the whole algorithm has been tested on several image sequences both on the internet and in our shots.

  2. Security analysis of image copy detection systems based on SIFT descriptors

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    Do, Thanh-Toan

    2012-01-01

    Content-Based Image Retrieval Systems (CBIRS) are now commonly used as a filtering mechanism against the piracy of multimedia contents. These systems often use the SIFT local-feature description scheme as its robustness against a large spectrum of image distortions has been assessed. But none of these systems have addressed the piracy problem from a ''security'' perspective. This thesis checks whether CBIRS are secure: Can pirates mount violent attacks against CBIRS by carefully studying the ...

  3. 3D facial expression recognition using SIFT descriptors of automatically detected keypoints

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    Berretti, Stefano; Ben Amor, Boulbaba; Daoudi, Mohamed; Del Bimbo, Alberto

    2011-01-01

    International audience; Methods to recognize humans' facial expressions have been proposed mainly focusing on 2D still images and videos. In this paper, the problem of person-independent facial expression recognition is addressed using the 3D geometry information extracted from the 3D shape of the face. To this end, a completely automatic approach is proposed that relies on identifying a set of facial keypoints, computing SIFT feature descriptors of depth images of the face around sample poin...

  4. 双向非线性隔震支座本构关系模型在双向地震下的动力反应研究%Study on the dynamic response of the constitutional relation models of Bi-directional nonlinear Isolation bearing under the bi-directional earthquake

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    杨锦增; 李向真

    2015-01-01

    Based on the constitutional relation models of bi-directional nonlinear isolation bearing,the dynamic equations and calculation methods of single particle isolation system under the bi-directional earthquake are established.The seismic responses of isolation system under various dynamic parameters when meet the rarely met earthquake of 8,8.5 and 9 degree are calculated and analyzed,the rational yield-gravity ratio of lead met the limitation of displacement under various fortified intensity is proposed to provide reliable basis and vector for designing isolation houses.%在双向非线性隔震支座本构关系模型基础上,建立了单质点隔震体系在双向地震作用下的动力方程和计算方法.在8度、8.5度和9度罕遇地震作用下计算分析了隔震体系在各种动力参数下的地震反应,提出了在不同设防烈度下满足位移限制要求的合理纯铅屈重比,为隔震房屋设计提供了可靠的依据和途径.

  5. 一种改进的基于BiDirectional体制的MISO-SAR系统%Improved MISO-SAR System Based on BiDirectional Imaging

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    蒋海; 宋红军

    2015-01-01

    In 2012, the German Aerospace Center (DLR.) proposed a BiDirectional mode that can achieve several seconds of repeated time lags by single star and single flight. Its basic principle includes the generation of a double-beam antenna pattern by electronic beam steering and simultaneous emission of two pulses that irradiate the front and back imaging area. The two pulses, which are simultaneously received will be separated by band-pass filtering in the Doppler domain and imaged, respectively. This paper presents an improved Multi Input Single Output (MISO)-SAR system based on the BiDirectional mode which converts the traditional simultaneous dual beam emitting and receiving into time-division emitting and simultaneous receiving, respectively. This results in an improved emitting antenna pattern owning to the suppression of the Azimuth Ambiguity to Signal Ratio (AASR). The current paper describes the spectrum separation effects, AASR analysis, and the system design process. Therefore, to confirm effectiveness, point target 1-D and 2-D simulation results are compared before and after the improvement. Furthermore, the BiDirectional and other short-term repeated SAR modes are compared.%BiDirectional体制是德宇航在2012年提出的一种通过单星单次飞行实现秒级重访的新体制,基本原理是利用相控阵电扫描方式生成双波束天线方向图,同时发射两个脉冲照射方位向前后两块成像区域,将同时接收到的脉冲在多普勒域进行带通滤波分离,并分别成像。该文介绍了一种改进的基于BiDirectional体制的多发单收(Multi Input Single Output, MISO)SAR系统,将传统的双波束同发同收改进为分时先后发射和同时接收,利用发射时较优的方向图抑制方位模糊(AASR),获得了较好的效果。文中给出了频谱分离效果、AASR分析和系统设计流程,给出了改进前后的点目标1维和2维成像结果对比,证明了该改进的有效性,最后

  6. SURFATM-NH3: a model combining the surface energy balance and bi-directional exchanges of ammonia applied at the field scale

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available A new biophysical model SURFATM-NH3, simulating the ammonia (NH3 exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere is presented. SURFATM-NH3 consists of two coupled models: (i an energy budget model and (ii a pollutant exchange model, which distinguish the soil and plant exchange processes. The model describes the exchanges in terms of adsorption to leaf cuticles and bi-directional transport through leaf stomata and soil. The results of the model are compared with the flux measurements over grassland during the GRAMINAE Integrated Experiment at Braunschweig, Germany. The dataset of GRAMINAE allows the model to be tested in various meteorological and agronomic conditions: prior to cutting, after cutting and then after the application of mineral fertilizer. The whole comparison shows close agreement between model and measurements for energy budget and ammonia fluxes. The major controls on the ground and plant emission potential are the physicochemical parameters for liquid-gas exchanges which are integrated in the compensation points for live leaves, litter and the soil surface. Modelled fluxes are highly sensitive to soil and plant surface temperatures, highlighting the importance of accurate estimates of these terms. The model suggests that the net flux depends not only on the foliar (stomatal compensation point but also that of leaf litter. SURFATM-NH3 represents a comprehensive approach to studying pollutant exchanges and its link with plant and soil functioning. It also provides a simplified generalised approach (SVAT model applicable for atmospheric transport models.

  7. Development a bi-directional sampler with invention patent for geotechnical experiments%土工实验双向制样仪研制

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    蔡明星; 聂良佐; 侯天顺

    2013-01-01

    A bi-directional sampler with invention patent for geotechnical experiments is introduced ,which is easy to overcome the one-way vertical multilayer compaction by shackles ,to eliminate density heterogeneity of the sample structures ,to improve problems of data uncertainties ,discreteness and poor curve fitting of the experimental samples .It is good for controlling uniform density of sample structures ,optimizing the states and tests of the experimental samples to achieve the goal of geotechnical experimental teaching and research services .%推介一种获得发明专利的土工实验双向制样仪,便于克服单向垂直多层击实方式束缚,消除了样品结构密度不均一,克服了样品实验数据的不可确定性、离散性及实验曲线拟合性差问题,为控制样品结构密度均一、优化实验样品状态及测试、实现土工实验教学与研究目标服务。

  8. Quantitative measurements of one-dimensional OH absolute concentration profiles in a methane/air flat flame by bi-directional laser-induced fluorescence

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    于欣; 杨振; 彭江波; 张蕾; 马欲飞; 杨超博; 李晓晖; 孙锐

    2015-01-01

    The one-dimensional (1D) spatial distributions of OH absolute concentration in methane/air laminar premixed flat flame under different equivalence ratios at atmospheric pressure are investigated by using bi-directional laser-induced flu-orescence (LIF) detection scheme combined with the direct absorption spectroscopy. The effective peak absorption cross section and the average temperature at a height of 2 mm above the burner are obtained by exciting absorption on the Q1(8) rotational line in the A2Σ+ (υ0=0)←X2Π(υ0 =0) at 309.240 nm. The measured values are 1.86×10−15 cm2 and 1719 K, respectively. Spatial filtering and frequency filtering methods of reducing noise are used to deal with the experi-mental data, and the smoothing effects are also compared using the two methods. The spatial distribution regularities of OH concentration are obtained with the equivalence ratios ranging from 0.8 to 1.3. The spatial resolution of the measured result is 84 µm. Finally, a comparison is made between the experimental result of this paper and other relevant study results.

  9. Priming in the Type I-F CRISPR-Cas system triggers strand-independent spacer acquisition, bi-directionally from the primed protospacer.

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    Richter, Corinna; Dy, Ron L; McKenzie, Rebecca E; Watson, Bridget N J; Taylor, Corinda; Chang, James T; McNeil, Matthew B; Staals, Raymond H J; Fineran, Peter C

    2014-07-01

    Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), in combination with CRISPR associated (cas) genes, constitute CRISPR-Cas bacterial adaptive immune systems. To generate immunity, these systems acquire short sequences of nucleic acids from foreign invaders and incorporate these into their CRISPR arrays as spacers. This adaptation process is the least characterized step in CRISPR-Cas immunity. Here, we used Pectobacterium atrosepticum to investigate adaptation in Type I-F CRISPR-Cas systems. Pre-existing spacers that matched plasmids stimulated hyperactive primed acquisition and resulted in the incorporation of up to nine new spacers across all three native CRISPR arrays. Endogenous expression of the cas genes was sufficient, yet required, for priming. The new spacers inhibited conjugation and transformation, and interference was enhanced with increasing numbers of new spacers. We analyzed ∼ 350 new spacers acquired in priming events and identified a 5'-protospacer-GG-3' protospacer adjacent motif. In contrast to priming in Type I-E systems, new spacers matched either plasmid strand and a biased distribution, including clustering near the primed protospacer, suggested a bi-directional translocation model for the Cas1:Cas2-3 adaptation machinery. Taken together these results indicate priming adaptation occurs in different CRISPR-Cas systems, that it can be highly active in wild-type strains and that the underlying mechanisms vary.

  10. Disposal of residue from sifting of combustible waste; Avsaettning av siktrest fraan foerbehandling av braennbart avfall

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    Niklasson, Fredrik

    2012-11-01

    In waste to energy plants, unwanted species in the fuel may cause corrosion, deposits, agglomeration in the fuel bed, and emissions of pollutants. Countermeasures to such problems are often costly. For at least some of the waste, the fuel properties can be improved by introducing a pretreatment system in which the fine fraction is separated from the waste by sifting. This method has been studied in an earlier Waste Refinery project, WR-06. That study pointed at advantages in performance of the boiler plant and a rough economical analysis indicated substantial benefits. The drawback of the pretreatment was that the residue (the fine fraction) showed as high content of total organic carbon (TOC) as 37 %, by weight. Such a waste fraction is not allowed to be landfilled in Sweden. High TOC content is also a limiting factor for usage as a secondary construction material. To become an applicable pretreatment method, it is necessary to find an appropriate disposal method for the residue material. Present work investigates different possibilities to handle the sifting residue, assuming it has the same properties as in previous study. The residue from sifting needs further treatment, preferably with energy recovery. There are some alternatives, such as combustion, gasification, anaerobic or aerobic digestion. To reduce problems associated by combustion, the waste may be burnt in another more suitable furnace. An alternative is gasification, but that treatment method is not yet an established process for waste fuels. Another option is treatment by anaerobic or aerobic digestion. The high concentrations of metals, however, limit the use of the biologically treated waste to landfilling sites, where it may be utilized as a construction material. The high metal concentrations in the sifting residue imply that it must be kept separate from other biodegradable wastes which are used to produce fertilizers. Thus, this treatment alternative will likely require substantial new

  11. ALPRS - A New Approach for License Plate Recognition Using the SIFT Algorithm

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    F.A. Silva

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new approach for the automatic license plate recognition, which includes the SIFTalgorithm in step to locate the plate in the inputimage. In this new approach, besides the comparisonof thefeatures obtained with the SIFT algorithm, the correspondence between the spatial orientations and thepositioning associated with the keypoints is also observed. Afterwards, an algorithm is used for thecharacter recognition of the plates, very fast, which makes it possible its application in real time.Theresults obtained with the proposed approach presented very good success rates, so much for locating thecharacters in the input image, as for their recognition.

  12. Bi-directional induction of matrix metalloproteinase-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 during T lymphoma/endothelial cell contact: implication of ICAM-1.

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    Aoudjit, F; Potworowski, E F; St-Pierre, Y

    1998-03-15

    The mechanisms that lead to the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of MMP (TIMPs) during the invasive process of normal and transformed T cells remain largely unknown. Since vascular cells form a dynamic tissue capable of responding to local stimuli and activating cells through the expression of cytokine receptors and specific cell adhesion molecules, we hypothesized that the firm adhesion of T lymphoma cells to endothelial cells is a critical event in the local production of MMP and TIMP. In the present work, we show that adhesion of lymphoma cells to endothelial cells induced a transient and reciprocal de novo expression of MMP-9 mRNA and enzymatic activity by both cell types. Up-regulation of MMP-9 in T lymphoma cells was concomitant to that of TIMP-1, and required direct contact with endothelial cells. Induction of MMP-9, but not of TIMP-1, was blocked by anti-LFA-1 and anti-intercellular adhesion molecule-1 Abs, indicating that induction of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 in lymphoma cells required direct, yet distinct, intercellular contact. In contrast, the induction of MMP-9 in endothelial cells by T lymphoma cells did not necessitate direct contact and could be achieved by exposure to IL-1 and TNF, or to the supernatant of T lymphoma cell culture. Together, these results demonstrate that firm adhesion of T lymphoma cells to endothelial cells participates in the production of MMP-9 in both cell types through bi-directional signaling pathways, and identify intercellular adhesion molecule-1/LFA-1 as a key interaction in the up-regulation of MMP-9 in T lymphoma cells.

  13. Unsupervised semantic indoor scene classification for robot vision based on context of features using Gist and HSV-SIFT

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    Madokoro, H.; Yamanashi, A.; Sato, K.

    2013-08-01

    This paper presents an unsupervised scene classification method for actualizing semantic recognition of indoor scenes. Background and foreground features are respectively extracted using Gist and color scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) as feature representations based on context. We used hue, saturation, and value SIFT (HSV-SIFT) because of its simple algorithm with low calculation costs. Our method creates bags of features for voting visual words created from both feature descriptors to a two-dimensional histogram. Moreover, our method generates labels as candidates of categories for time-series images while maintaining stability and plasticity together. Automatic labeling of category maps can be realized using labels created using adaptive resonance theory (ART) as teaching signals for counter propagation networks (CPNs). We evaluated our method for semantic scene classification using KTH's image database for robot localization (KTH-IDOL), which is popularly used for robot localization and navigation. The mean classification accuracies of Gist, gray SIFT, one class support vector machines (OC-SVM), position-invariant robust features (PIRF), and our method are, respectively, 39.7, 58.0, 56.0, 63.6, and 79.4%. The result of our method is 15.8% higher than that of PIRF. Moreover, we applied our method for fine classification using our original mobile robot. We obtained mean classification accuracy of 83.2% for six zones.

  14. A Comparison between Using SIFT and SURF for Characteristic Region Based Image Steganography

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    Nagham Hamid

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Steganography is the science of invisible communication that employs different useful applications. In most of the current steganography techniques, information hiding modifies almost all the cover image, which may negatively affect the visual quality of the image and increase the possibility of losing data after the possible attacks. To solve such a problem, this paper presents a new region based steganography technique, which hides data in the robust regions of the image. Two promising approaches have been used to detect the robust regions in the image: Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT and Speeded Up Robust Features (SURF. The robustness of the two algorithms has been tested against different types of attacks. Results showed that SURF based algorithm is better when detecting the robust regions correctly; its accuracy is higher in retrieving the embedded data and that the visual quality of the embedded image is high for both algorithms.

  15. [Research on non-rigid medical image registration algorithm based on SIFT feature extraction].

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    Wang, Anna; Lu, Dan; Wang, Zhe; Fang, Zhizhen

    2010-08-01

    In allusion to non-rigid registration of medical images, the paper gives a practical feature points matching algorithm--the image registration algorithm based on the scale-invariant features transform (Scale Invariant Feature Transform, SIFT). The algorithm makes use of the image features of translation, rotation and affine transformation invariance in scale space to extract the image feature points. Bidirectional matching algorithm is chosen to establish the matching relations between the images, so the accuracy of image registrations is improved. On this basis, affine transform is chosen to complement the non-rigid registration, and normalized mutual information measure and PSO optimization algorithm are also chosen to optimize the registration process. The experimental results show that the method can achieve better registration results than the method based on mutual information.

  16. Video Retrieval using Histogram and Sift Combined with Graph-based Image Segmentation

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    Bui Ngo Da Thao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Content-Based Video Retrieval (CBVR is still an open hard problem because of the semantic gap between low-level features and high-level features, largeness of database, keyframe’s content, choosing feature.In this study we introduce a new approach for this problem based on Scale-Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT feature, a new metric and an object retrieval method. Conclusion/Recommendations: Our algorithm is built on a Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR method in which the keyframe database includes keyframes detected from video database by using our shot detection method. Experiments show that the approach of our algorithmhas fairly high accuracy.

  17. A Room-Temperature Pre-calibration Procedure for Gradiometer Sifting

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    ZHANG Shu-Lin; LIU Yang-Bo; LIU Ming; WANG Yong-Liang; KONG Xiang-Yan; XIE Xiao-Ming

    2011-01-01

    In order to detect extremely weak magnetic signals, superconducting quantum interference device(SQUID)gradiometers are widely used to suppress environmental noise. A hardware SQUID gradiometer consists of a niobium gradio-antenna and an SQUID, which are coupled via an input coil. Here gradiometer imbalance may greatly reduce its noise suppression performance. The gradiometer balance depends on the geometrical forms of the antenna wound by niobium wire. We describe a simple method based on Faraday's law for the pre-calibration of the gradiometer balance at room temperature, before the gradiometer is set up. The pre-calibrating results are compared with the measured balance of an SQUID gradiometer system. This method may be used for sifting hardware gradiometers for multi-channel systems.

  18. EEGLAB, SIFT, NFT, BCILAB, and ERICA: New Tools for Advanced EEG Processing

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    Arnaud Delorme

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a set of complementary EEG data collection and processing tools recently developed at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN that connect to and extend the EEGLAB software environment, a freely available and readily extensible processing environment running under Matlab. The new tools include (1 a new and flexible EEGLAB STUDY design facility for framing and performing statistical analyses on data from multiple subjects; (2 a neuroelectromagnetic forward head modeling toolbox (NFT for building realistic electrical head models from available data; (3 a source information flow toolbox (SIFT for modeling ongoing or event-related effective connectivity between cortical areas; (4 a BCILAB toolbox for building online brain-computer interface (BCI models from available data, and (5 an experimental real-time interactive control and analysis (ERICA environment for real-time production and coordination of interactive, multimodal experiments.

  19. A Room-Temperature Pre-calibration Procedure for Gradiometer Sifting

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    In order to detect extremely weak magnetic signals, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) gradiometers are widely used to suppress environmental noise. A hardware SQUID gradiometer consists of a niobium gradio-antenna and an SQUID, which are coupled via an input coil. Here gradiometer imbalance may greatly reduce its noise suppression performance. The gradiometer balance depends on the geometrical forms of the antenna wound by niobium wire. We describe a simple method based on Faraday's law for the pre-calibration of the gradiometer balance at room temperature, before the gradiometer is set up. The pre-calibrating results are compared with the measured balance of an SQUID gradiometer system. This method may be used for sifting hardware gradiometers for multi-channel systems. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  20. Courier Receipts Retrieval System Design Combining the Inverse Zernike Moments and the SIFT Features

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    Wenyin Ni

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In response to the demand of the logistics industry’s application, a retrieval algorithm for logistics bill is proposed which combines the local feature with the global feature of images, which solved the problem of rotation positioning and applied to a set of practical courier receipts retrieval system. By using the scale invariance principle of the local features combined with Zernike invariant moments of the global features, we can quickly calculate the image rotating angle and make the exact match. Experimental results show that this method not only keeps the well precision and recall ratio ability of SIFT features, but also reduces the counting times which are required by fine matching.

  1. Improved EMD Using Doubly-Iterative Sifting and High Order Spline Interpolation

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    Steve McLaughlin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Empirical mode decomposition (EMD is a signal analysis method which has received much attention lately due to its application in a number of fields. The main disadvantage of EMD is that it lacks a theoretical analysis and, therefore, our understanding of EMD comes from an intuitive and experimental validation of the method. Recent research on EMD revealed improved criteria for the interpolation points selection. More specifically, it was shown that the performance of EMD can be significantly enhanced if, as interpolation points, instead of the signal extrema, the extrema of the subsignal having the higher instantaneous frequency are used. Even if the extrema of the subsignal with the higher instantaneous frequency are not known in advance, this new interpolation points criterion can be effectively exploited in doubly-iterative sifting schemes leading to improved decomposition performance. In this paper, the possibilities and limitations of the developments above are explored and the new methods are compared with the conventional EMD.

  2. Construction of recombinant Marek's disease virus (rMDV co-expressing AIV-H9N2-NA and NDV-F genes under control of MDV's own bi-directional promoter.

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    Zhenjie Zhang

    Full Text Available To qualitatively analyze and evaluate a bi-directional promoter transcriptional function in both transient and transgenic systems, several different plasmids were constructed and recombinant MDV type 1 strain GX0101 was developed to co-express a Neuraminidase (NA gene from Avian Influenza Virus H9N2 strain and a Fusion (F gene from the Newcastle disease virus (NDV. The two foreign genes, NDV-F gene and AIV-NA gene, were inserted in the plasmid driven in each direction by the bi-directional promoter. To test whether the expression of pp38/pp24 heterodimers are the required activators for the expression of the foreign genes, the recombinant plasmid pPpp38-NA/1.8kb-F containing expression cassette for the two foreign genes was co-transfected with a pp38/pp24 expression plasmid, pBud-pp38-pp24, in chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF cells. Alternatively, plasmid pPpp38-NA/1.8kb-F was transfected in GX0101-infected CEFs where the viral endogenous pp38/pp24 were expressed via virus infection. The expression of both foreign genes was activated by pp38/pp24 dimers either via virus infection, or co-expression. The CEFs transfected with pPpp38-NA/1.8kb-F alone had no expression. We chose to insert the expression cassette of Ppp38-NA/1.8kb-F in the non-essential region of GX0101ΔMeq US2 gene, and formed a new rMDV named MZC13NA/F through homologous recombination. Indirect fluorescence antibody (IFA test, ELISA and Western blot analyses indicated that F and NA genes were expressed simultaneously under control of the bi-directional promoter, but in opposite directions. The data also indicated the activity of the promoter in the 1.8-kb mRNA transcript direction was higher than that in the direction for the pp38 gene. The expression of pp38/pp24 dimers either via co-tranfection of the pBud-pp38-pp24 plasmid, or by GX0101 virus infection were critical to activate the bi-directional promoter for expression of two foreign genes in both directions. Therefore, the

  3. Dynamic strength of saturated sand under bi-directional cyclic loading%双向耦合剪切条件下饱和砂土动强度特性试验研究

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    许成顺; 高英; 杜修力; 耿琳

    2014-01-01

    Using the vertical-torsional coupling shear apparatus, a set of bi-directional cyclic loading tests on saturated sand under isotropic consolidated condition are conducted. Based on the existing definitions of dynamic strength, the effects of phase difference of bi-directional dynamic load (β ) and ratio of bi-directional dynamic load amplitude (λ ) on dynamic strength and pore pressure of sand are studied. The test results show that the dynamic strength of liquefaction of saturated sand considerably relates with both β and λ . The existing definitions of dynamic strength have obvious limitation. The phase difference of bi-directional dynamic load (β ) and the ratio of bi-directional dynamic load amplitude (λ ) have significant influences on the growth rate of pore water pressure, while they have no significant influence on the development model for the normalized pore water pressure.%针对饱和粉细砂,利用双向耦合多功能剪切仪进行了均等固结条件下的循环耦合剪切试验。应用已有的动强度定义,着重研究了双向动荷载的相位差β,双向动荷载的幅值比值λ对砂土动强度及孔压特性的影响。实验结果表明,砂土液化动强度与相位差β及幅值之比λ密切相关,现有的动强度定义在复杂加载情况下具有一定局限性;双向动荷载相位差β以及幅值比值λ对孔隙水压力增长速度影响显著,但对归一化孔隙水压力发展模式没有显著的影响。

  4. A subgroup of plant aquaporins facilitate the bi-directional diffusion of As(OH3 and Sb(OH3 across membranes

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    Wagner Annemarie

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Arsenic is a toxic and highly abundant metalloid that endangers human health through drinking water and the food chain. The most common forms of arsenic in the environment are arsenate (As(V and arsenite (As(III. As(V is a non-functional phosphate analog that enters the food chain via plant phosphate transporters. Inside cells, As(V becomes reduced to As(III for subsequent extrusion or compartmentation. Although much is known about As(III transport and handling in microbes and mammals, the transport systems for As(III have not yet been characterized in plants. Results Here we show that the Nodulin26-like Intrinsic Proteins (NIPs AtNIP5;1 and AtNIP6;1 from Arabidopsis thaliana, OsNIP2;1 and OsNIP3;2 from Oryza sativa, and LjNIP5;1 and LjNIP6;1 from Lotus japonicus are bi-directional As(III channels. Expression of these NIPs sensitized yeast cells to As(III and antimonite (Sb(III, and direct transport assays confirmed their ability to facilitate As(III transport across cell membranes. On medium containing As(V, expression of the same NIPs improved yeast growth, probably due to increased As(III efflux. Our data furthermore provide evidence that NIPs can discriminate between highly similar substrates and that they may have differential preferences in the direction of transport. A subgroup of As(III permeable channels that group together in a phylogenetic tree required N-terminal truncation for functional expression in yeast. Conclusion This is the first molecular identification of plant As(III transport systems and we propose that metalloid transport through NIPs is a conserved and ancient feature. Our observations are potentially of great importance for improved remediation and tolerance of plants, and may provide a key to the development of low arsenic crops for food production.

  5. Bi-directional subduction of the South Tianshan Ocean during the Late Silurian: Magmatic records from both the southern Central Tianshan Block and northern Tarim Craton

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    Wang, Meng; Zhang, Jinjiang; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Kai; Ge, Maohui

    2016-10-01

    The subduction polarity of the South Tianshan Ocean (STO) is a matter of debate, primarily in that the Paleozoic structures of Tianshan orogenic belt have been strongly overprinted by the Cenozoic intra-continental deformation. Indentifying the arc-related magmatic rocks may provide a convincible clue for understanding the closure process of the STO. In this study, whole-rock geochemistry, zircon U-Pb dating and Hf isotope were presented on the andesite and monzonite from the Bayanbulak area of the southern Central Tianshan Block (CTB) and on the quartz diorite from the Ouxidaban area of the northern Tarim Craton. Geochemically, all the samples are Na-rich, enriched in light rare earth elements and large ion lithophile elements (Rb, Ba, U, K and Pb), and depleted in high strength field elements (Nb, Ta and Ti), like most arc-type igneous rocks. The Bayanbulak andesite samples display high MgO, Fe2O3T, TiO2 and Mg# values, and positive εHf(t) values, indicating magma source from the wedge mantle. But the existence of xenocrystic zircons implies that continental crust material were involved during magma ascend, suggesting a continental arc setting for the Bayanbulak andesite. The Bayanbulak monzonite and the Ouxidaban quartz diorite samples display relatively higher SiO2 contents, and lower MgO, Fe2O3T and TiO2 concentrations, indicating crustal sources. But the Mg# values of the Bayanbulak monzonite and the Ouxidaban quartz diorite are 48.76-51.85 and 50.31-53.73, and the εHf(t) values are -2.5 to 8.7 and -1.7 to 4.1, indicating that their magma sources were also mixed by mantle-derived components. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating results reveal that the Bayanbulak andesite, the Bayanbulak monzonite and the Ouxidaban quartz diorite were formed at 423, 424 Ma, and 421 Ma, respectively. The age and geochemical data indicate that both the southern CTB and northern Tarim Craton were active continental margins during the Late Silurian, favoring a bi-directional subduction

  6. 一种双向短行程永磁直线直流电机%A Bi-directional Short Stroke Permanent Magnet Linear DC Motor

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    杜志强; 沈文杰; 艾武; 金振荣

    2011-01-01

    阐述了一种双向短行程永磁动圈式直线直流电动机的结构及特点,直线电机采用双环形磁钢、直线轴承滚动副支撑结构形式,径向磁场中的动圈固接在轴上并被两个刚度相同的预压弹簧平衡,导向机构阻止动圈周向转动,带有分辨率为1 μm光栅尺,设计的行程范围为±5 mm.给出了样机的主要参数,并对样机进行了试验研究,结果表明直线电机输入电流与电磁力呈线性关系.在控制信号频率为30 Hz时,峰值电流为±2.56 A,峰值推力可达±30.9 N,最大速度可达±0.86 m/s,最大加速度可达±16.5 g.%The structure and features of a bi-directional short stroke linear DC motor with permanent magnets were presented. The magnetic field was produced by the two concentric ring permanent magnets embedded on the stator. The moving coil mounted on the shaft was a tubular coil situated within a radially oriented magnetic field and balanced by the two opposing forces generated by two springs along with the central axis and supported by the two linear bearings. The linear guide prevented the moving coil from rotating around on the central axis and carries with the linear optical encoder of 1 (xm resolution. The required controlled travel was limited in a ±5 mm displacement range. The prototype specifications were given. The experimental results show that between the electromagnetic force and the coil electric current exists a linear relation. When the frequency of control command is the 30Hz sine wave, the peak current, the peak force, the max velocity and the max acceleration are, respectively, ±2. 56A, ±30. 9N, ±0. 86m/s and ± 16. 5g.

  7. Object Recognition System in Remote Controlled Weapon Station using SIFT and SURF Methods

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    Midriem Mirdanies

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Object recognition system using computer vision that is implemented on Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS is discussed. This system will make it easier to identify and shoot targeted object automatically. Algorithm was created to recognize real time multiple objects using two methods i.e. Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT and Speeded Up Robust Features (SURF combined with K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN and Random Sample Consensus (RANSAC for verification. The algorithm is designed to improve object detection to be more robust and to minimize the processing time required. Objects are registered on the system consisting of the armored personnel carrier, tanks, bus, sedan, big foot, and police jeep. In addition, object selection can use mouse to shoot another object that has not been registered on the system. Kinect™ is used to capture RGB images and to find the coordinates x, y, and z of the object. The programming language used is C with visual studio IDE 2010 and opencv libraries. Object recognition program is divided into three parts: 1 reading image from kinect™ and simulation results, 2 object recognition process, and 3 transfer of the object data to the ballistic computer. Communication between programs is performed using shared memory. The detected object data is sent to the ballistic computer via Local Area Network (LAN using winsock for ballistic calculation, and then the motor control system moves the direction of the weapon model to the desired object. The experimental results show that the SIFT method is more suitable because more accurate and faster than SURF with the average processing time to detect one object is 430.2 ms, two object is 618.4 ms, three objects is 682.4 ms, and four objects is 756.2 ms. Object recognition program is able to recognize multi-objects and the data of the identified object can be processed by the ballistic computer in realtime.

  8. Real-time multi-modal rigid registration based on a novel symmetric-SIFT descriptor

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    Jian Chen; Jie Tian

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of image registration is to spatially align two or more single-modality images taken at different times,or several images acquired by multiple imaging modalities.Intensity-based registration usually requires optimization of the similarity metric between the images.However,global optimization techniques are too time-consuming,and local optimization techniques frequently fail to search the global transformation space because of the large initial misalignment of the two images.Moreover,for large non-overlapping area registration,the similarity metric cannot reach its optimum value when the two images are properly registered.In order to solve these problems,we propose a novel Symmetric Scale Invariant Feature Transform (symmetric-SIFT) descriptor and develop a fast multi-modal image registration technique.The proposed technique automatically generates a lot of highly distinctive symmetric-SIFT descriptors for two images,and the registration is performed by matching the corresponding descriptors over two images.These descriptors are invariant to image scale and rotation,and are partially invariant to affine transformation.Moreover,these descriptors are symmetric to contrast,which makes it suitable for multi-modal image registration.The proposed technique abandons the optimization and similarity metric strategy.It works with near real-time performance,and can deal with the large non-overlapping and large initial misalignment situations.Test cases involving scale change,large non-overlapping,and large initial misalignment on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) datasets show that it needs much less runtime and achieves better accuracy when compared to other algorithms.(C) 2009 National Natural Science Foundation of China and Chinese Academy of Sciences.Published by Elsevier Limited and Science in China Press.All rights reserved.

  9. 基于SiftGPU特征匹配方法的实时视觉里程计系统%Real-time visual odometry system based on SiftGPU

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    张云; 尹露; 王雨婷; 罗斌

    2015-01-01

    The visual odometry method is adopted based on Scale Invariant Feature Transform(SIFT) to get stereo corresponding points for motion estimation between every two binocular frames. Then the rotation and translation matrix is employed to invert the moving path of the robot. SiftGPU is applied to accelerate computing so that real-time visual odometry system can be achieved. RANSAC algorithm is adopted to eliminate mismatching interference. Experimental results show that SIFT algorithm with strong scale and affine transform invariance can get more accurate path inversion results; and GPU graphics acceleration will achieve real-time visual positioning.%采用尺度不变特征变换(SIFT)特征匹配方法对双目相机图像进行立体匹配,同时匹配相邻两时刻的三维点,求解运动方程进行运动估计,得到机器人 2 个时刻坐标变换的旋转和平移参数;使用每 2个时刻的旋转和平移结果进行机器人的路径反演,采用 GPU加速 SIFT特征提取与匹配,实现实时的视觉里程计系统,并采用 RANSAC 算法用于运动估计剔除误匹配点干扰.实验结果表明,具有仿射变换较强不变性的 SIFT特征匹配算法能够得到较为精确的路径反演结果,采用 GPU加速 SIFT特征提取与匹配能达到实时的视觉定位效果.

  10. Research on control strategy for battery system of photovoltaic power system based on bi-directional DC/DC converter%基于双向变换器的光伏储能控制策略研究

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    李鑫; 解璞

    2016-01-01

    独立光伏系统中,储能环节起到平衡功率、稳定系统的关键作用,而合理的控制策略能将储能系统与光伏阵列有机地结合起来,双向 DC/DC变换器正是完成此目标的桥梁。本文在对已有的双向 DC/DC变换器进行优化设计的基础上,提出了一种兼顾电池电性能与系统稳定性的储能系统控制策略。在 Matlab仿真环境下搭建了带有双向 DC/DC变换器的独立光伏系统模型,并对储能系统的工作情况进行仿真,验证了变换器拓扑结构与储能控制策略的合理性。%The independent photovoltaic system needs energy storage in order to balance the power and improve its stability of power generation. A scientiifc control strategy can combine the PV cells with the battery system organically. The bi-directional DC/DC converter can be the bridge to achieve this target. This paper presents a control strategy which takes account of battery electrical performance and system stability based on optimization on the circuit topology of bi-directional DC/DC already underway. Moreover, the charge and discharge circuit based on bi-directional DC/DC converter and an integral independent PV power system are built with Matlab. The simulation results show the correctness of the charge and discharge circuit topology and control strategy.

  11. Economic growth, energy consumption and CO2 emissions in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)'s transport sector: A fully modified bi-directional relationship approach

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    This paper explores the bi-directional long-run relationship between energy consumption in the road transport sector with CO2 emissions and economic growth in OECD countries. Using time series data from 1960 to 2008 and employing the Fully Modified Ordinary Least Squares cointegration approach, the paper shows positive significant long-run bi-directional relationship between CO2 emissions and economic growth, road sector energy consumption and economic growth and CO2 emissions and road sector energy consumption in all the OECD countries. To examine the response of each of the variables to shocks in the value of other variables, the generalized impulse response approach is employed. The response of CO2 emissions to economic growth is initially positive in most cases but it is relatively shorter when compared to its initial response to the road transport sector energy consumption. Moreover, in most cases, the response of carbon emissions to the road transport sector energy consumption lasts longer than its response to economic growth. This implies that most of the CO2 emissions from transport come from energy consumption, thus long-run policies related to the efficient use of energy and shifting to biofuel, renewable and nuclear energy can bring major benefits in mitigating GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions. - Highlights: • The relationship between GDP, energy and CO2 in OECD's transport is investigated. • The Fully Modified Ordinary Least Squares cointegration approach was employed. • There is positive long-run bi-directional relationship between the variables. • The response of CO2 to GDP is shorter than its response to the energy consumption

  12. Flow velocity measurement and analysis based on froth image SIFT features and Kalman filter for froth flotation

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    Liu, Jinping; Gui, WeiHua; Tang, Zhaohui

    2012-01-01

    The flow velocity of flotation froth involves important information about the concentrate grade and the mineral recovery. It is significant to maintain the flow velocity of the froth at proper levels to achieve a good production performance in the machine vision-based process monitoring and control. However, the accurate velocity field measurement for the heavily deformed and seriously fragile froth bubbles is still a great challenge. Scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) feature-bas...

  13. A Multi-Level Grid Interactive Bi-directional AC/DC-DC/AC Converter and a Hybrid Battery/Ultra-capacitor Energy Storage System with Integrated Magnetics for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    Onar, Omer C [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    This study presents a bi-directional multi-level power electronic interface for the grid interactions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) as well as a novel bi-directional power electronic converter for the combined operation of battery/ultracapacitor hybrid energy storage systems (ESS). The grid interface converter enables beneficial vehicle-to-grid (V2G) interactions in a high power quality and grid friendly manner; i.e, the grid interface converter ensures that all power delivered to/from grid has unity power factor and almost zero current harmonics. The power electronic converter that provides the combined operation of battery/ultra-capacitor system reduces the size and cost of the conventional ESS hybridization topologies while reducing the stress on the battery, prolonging the battery lifetime, and increasing the overall vehicle performance and efficiency. The combination of hybrid ESS is provided through an integrated magnetic structure that reduces the size and cost of the inductors of the ESS converters. Simulation and experimental results are included as prove of the concept presenting the different operation modes of the proposed converters.

  14. An LCL Composite Resonant-Type Bi-directional Contactless Power Transfer Mode%复合谐振型非接触电能双向传输模式

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    戴欣; 施惠; 孙跃

    2013-01-01

    针对单级谐振的双向电能传输方式所存在的谐振容量小及器件应力大等缺点,提出一种基于LCL复合谐振的对称拓扑双向电能传输模式.建立了系统的交流阻抗模型,推导了系统输入输出增益,并分析了不同负载下系统的频率响应及不同负载与耦合系数下输出功率特性.在此基础上,给出一种基于能量注入和自由振荡双工作模式切换的输出电压调节方法,并给出一种切换占空比控制方法以保证输出电压的恒定.仿真与实验数据表明:基于双工作模式的双向电能传输模式能有效地实现能量双向传输,输出的电压纹波始终小于0.3V,同时该模式还具有相对简单、易于实现的特点.%Classical single-load bi-directional inductive power transfer systems have some drawbacks such as low resonant capacity and high voltage and current stress of switching devices.Based on LCL composite resonance,a bi-directional power energy transfer mode using symmetric topology was proposed.The impedance model for alternating current was presented and the gain between the input and output was deduced.By analyzing the frequency responses and the output power under different loads and coupling coefficients,an output voltage regulation method was proposed,which runs in the bi-operation mode between energy injection and free running.Furthermore,a duty cycle control method for the bi-operation mode was also proposed to guarantee the stability of output voltage.The simulation and experimental results indicate that the proposed mode can achieve bi-directional energy transmission and the output voltage ripple less than 0.3 V.Moreover,this mode is simple and easy for implementation.

  15. Face Recognition Based on SIFT and Hough Transform%基于SIFT和Hough变换的人脸识别

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    叶汉能; 姚茂群; 赵武锋

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at the difficulties of face recognition such as change in illumination, expression variation, partial occlusion and geometrical transformation, a face recognition method based on Scale-invariant Feature Transform(SIFT) and enhanced Hough transform is proposed. By using four parts of SIFT features and the enhanced Hough transform, the false matches are removed effectively, and the score having high discrimination ability is obtained through weighting more information. Experimental results performed on the AR face database demonstrate that about 99.6% of recognition rates are achieved under selecting only one image per person as template.%针对光照、表情、遮挡、几何变化等情况下的人脸识别问题,提出一种基于尺度不变特征变换(SIFT)和增强Hough变换的人脸识别方法.利用SIFT的位置、尺度、方向和描述符4个信息,通过增强Hough变换消除错配,将候选匹配点和离散点距离进行加权累计获得高辨别力的匹配分.在AR人脸数据库上的测试结果表明,在只选取每人1幅图像作为模板的情况下,能够获得近99.6%的识别率.

  16. Sifting through genomes with iterative-sequence clustering produces a large, phylogenetically diverse protein-family resource

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background New computational resources are needed to manage the increasing volume of biological data from genome sequencing projects. One fundamental challenge is the ability to maintain a complete and current catalog of protein diversity. We developed a new approach for the identification of protein families that focuses on the rapid discovery of homologous protein sequences. Results We implemented fully automated and high-throughput procedures to de novo cluster proteins into families based upon global alignment similarity. Our approach employs an iterative clustering strategy in which homologs of known families are sifted out of the search for new families. The resulting reduction in computational complexity enables us to rapidly identify novel protein families found in new genomes and to perform efficient, automated updates that keep pace with genome sequencing. We refer to protein families identified through this approach as “Sifting Families,” or SFams. Our analysis of ~10.5 million protein sequences from 2,928 genomes identified 436,360 SFams, many of which are not represented in other protein family databases. We validated the quality of SFam clustering through statistical as well as network topology–based analyses. Conclusions We describe the rapid identification of SFams and demonstrate how they can be used to annotate genomes and metagenomes. The SFam database catalogs protein-family quality metrics, multiple sequence alignments, hidden Markov models, and phylogenetic trees. Our source code and database are publicly available and will be subject to frequent updates (http://edhar.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/sifting_families/.

  17. Prior information constrained SIFT matching algorithm for visual simultaneous localization and mapping%视觉同步定位与地图重建——基于先验信息的SIFT匹配算法

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    孟旭炯; 蒋荣欣; 陈耀武

    2011-01-01

    鉴于尺度不变特征转换(SIFT)匹配算法存在计算效率不高且容易出现误匹配的问题,针对视觉同步定位与地图重建,提出了一种基于先验信息的SIFT匹配算法.该算法首先根据机器人和特征点的相对距离变化来预测尺度空间的变化;然后根据机器人和特征点的当前状态来预测特征点的图像位置;最后在预测的图像位置进行SIFT匹配.实验结果表明该算法能显著提高SIFT匹配的计算效率和准确性.%The scale invariant feature transform(SIFT) algorithm has the problem of computational inefficiency and mismatch. Therefor, a prior information constrained SIFT matching algorithm is proposed for the visual simultaneous localization and mapping(vSLAM) applications. Firstly, the scale space is predicted according to the relative distance from the robot to the feature. Then the feature position is estimated according to the state of both the robot and the feature. Finally, sift matching is conducted within the predicted image region. The experiment results show that the proposed algorithm can achieve better computational efficiency and matching performance.

  18. Chinese Sign Language Recognition Research Using SIFT-BoW and Depth Image Information%采用SIFT-BoW和深度图像信息的中国手语识别研究

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    杨全; 彭进业

    2014-01-01

    将深度图像信息引入手语识别的研究,提出了一种基于DI_CamShift(Depth Image CamShift)和SIFT-BoW(Scale Invariant Feature Transform-Bag ofWords)的中国手语识别方法.该方法将Kinect作为视频采集设备,在获取手语彩色视频的同时得到其深度信息;首先计算深度图像中手语手势的主轴方向角和质心位置,通过调整搜索窗口对手势进行准确跟踪;然后使用基于深度积分图像的Ostu算法分割手势并提取其SIFT特征,进而构建SIFT-BoW作为手语特征并用SVM进行识别.实验结果表明,该方法单个手语字母最好识别率为99.87%,平均识别率96.21%.

  19. HIV-related cognitive impairment shows bi-directional association with dopamine receptor DRD1 and DRD2 polymorphisms in substance dependent and independent populations

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    Jacobs, Michelle M.; Murray, Jacinta; Byrd, Desiree A.; Hurd, Yasmin L.; Morgello, Susan

    2013-01-01

    It has been postulated that drugs of abuse act synergistically with HIV, leading to increased neurotoxicity and neurocognitive impairment. The CNS impacts of HIV and drug use converge on the mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system, which contains two main receptor subtypes: dopamine receptor 1 and 2. (DRD1, DRD2). DRD1 and DRD2 have been linked to substance dependence; whether they predict HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is unclear. Using an advanced-stage HIV+ population, we sou...

  20. Sleep Onset Insomnia Symptoms during Hospitalization for Major Burn Injury Predict Chronic Pain

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    Smith, Michael T; Klick, Brendan; Kozachik, Sharon; Edwards, Robert E.; Holavanahalli, Radha; Wiechman, Shelley; Blakeney, Patricia; Lezotte, Dennis; Fauerbach, James A.

    2008-01-01

    Both cross-sectional studies of chronic pain and sleep deprivation experiments suggest a bi-directional relationship between sleep and pain. Few longitudinal studies, however, have assessed whether acute-insomnia following traumatic injury predicts the development of persistent pain. We sought to evaluate: 1) whether in-hospital insomnia independently predicts long-term pain after burn injury and 2) whether in-hospital pain predicts future insomnia symptoms. We analyzed data on 333 subjects h...

  1. HIV-related cognitive impairment shows bi-directional association with dopamine receptor DRD1 and DRD2 polymorphisms in substance-dependent and substance-independent populations.

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    Jacobs, Michelle M; Murray, Jacinta; Byrd, Desiree A; Hurd, Yasmin L; Morgello, Susan

    2013-10-01

    It has been postulated that drugs of abuse act synergistically with HIV, leading to increased neurotoxicity and neurocognitive impairment. The CNS impacts of HIV and drug use converge on the mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system, which contains two main receptor subtypes: dopamine receptors 1 (DRD1) and 2 (DRD2). DRD1 and DRD2 have been linked to substance dependence; whether they predict HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is unclear. Using an advanced-stage HIV+ population, we sought to determine if drug dependence impacts the contribution of DA receptor polymorphisms on neurocognition. We observed that both DRD1 and DRD2 polymorphisms were associated with opiate and cocaine dependence (P cocaine dependency. In the Motor domain, we observed an association for two DRD2 polymorphisms (P dopaminergic systems, as the neurobiological substrates of cognition in HIV populations may vary with tonic alterations secondary to chronic substance exposures. PMID:24078558

  2. The new bi - directional compression fracture malunion of calcaneal nail care%新型双向加压钉治疗跟骨骨折畸形愈合的护理

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    郑慧琳; 余旭辉; 段清萍; 张弘; 饶绮

    2015-01-01

    目的::探讨新型双向加压钉治疗跟骨骨折畸形愈合的护理方法。方法:选择陈旧性跟骨骨折畸形愈合患者30例,采集患者症状、体征及 X 线摄片或 CT 检查的相关数据,根据畸形的类型、程度、临床表现,实施新型双向加压钉矫形手术治疗,在围术期进行系统的护理。结果:30例患者33足手术时间15~45 min,平均时间(28.3±6.7)min;术中失血16~52 ml。术后 X 线片及螺旋 CT 扫描复查,均显示跟骨外侧突出骨块及跟骨横径已恢复正常。所有患者均顺利出院,术后随访时间12~30个月,平均17.5个月。 X 线片显示跟骨高度、宽度、Bohler 角基本恢复正常。根据美国骨科足踝外科学会的踝后足评分标准评分,60~70分1例,71~80分5例,81~90分18例,91~100分6例。结论:对陈旧性跟骨骨折患者行新型双向加压钉治疗,在围术期进行精心的护理,可有效减少并发症,提高手术成功率。%Objective:To explore the new bi - directional compression fracture malunion of calcaneal nail care. Methods:30 cases of calcaneal fracture mal-union cases,collecting patient symptoms,signs and X - ray or CT examination of the relevant data,according to the clinical types,degrees,deformity,the im-plementation of the new bi - directional compression nail for treatment of orthopedic operation,in the perioperative period nursing system. Results:30 cases of 33 foot operation time 15 - 45 min,average time was (28. 3 ± 6. 7)min;intraoperative blood loss was 16 - 52 ml. after X - ray and spiral CT scans showed prominent,lateral calcaneus bone block and calcaneal diameter has returned to normal. All patients were successfully discharged,postoperative follow - up, patients were followed up for 12 - 30 months,average 17. 5 months. X - ray showed the calcaneal height,width,the angle of Bohler returned to normal. Ac-cording to the Institute of USA Department of orthopedics of foot and ankle surgery ankle hindfoot score

  3. HIV-related cognitive impairment shows bi-directional association with dopamine receptor DRD1 and DRD2 polymorphisms in substance-dependent and substance-independent populations.

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    Jacobs, Michelle M; Murray, Jacinta; Byrd, Desiree A; Hurd, Yasmin L; Morgello, Susan

    2013-10-01

    It has been postulated that drugs of abuse act synergistically with HIV, leading to increased neurotoxicity and neurocognitive impairment. The CNS impacts of HIV and drug use converge on the mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system, which contains two main receptor subtypes: dopamine receptors 1 (DRD1) and 2 (DRD2). DRD1 and DRD2 have been linked to substance dependence; whether they predict HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is unclear. Using an advanced-stage HIV+ population, we sought to determine if drug dependence impacts the contribution of DA receptor polymorphisms on neurocognition. We observed that both DRD1 and DRD2 polymorphisms were associated with opiate and cocaine dependence (P opiate and cocaine dependency. In the Motor domain, we observed an association for two DRD2 polymorphisms (P < 0.05) in Caucasian subjects. The effects differed for substance dependence groups as the direction of the correlations with DRD2 were opposite to what was seen in subjects without these dependencies. In African-American subjects, associations were observed in nearly every domain, and again, the direction of the correlation differed between substance-dependent and substance-independent groups. We conclude that studies to examine genetic risk for HAND must carefully account for substance dependence patterns when assaying dopaminergic systems, as the neurobiological substrates of cognition in HIV populations may vary with tonic alterations secondary to chronic substance exposures.

  4. 三相 AC/DC 双向变流器的控制研究%Research on the Control of Three-Phase AC/DC Bi-Directional Converter

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    胡惠雄; 陈昊; 吴鹏

    2015-01-01

    Because AC/DC three-phase bi-directional converter can realization bi-directional transmission,it has very wide application in the fields such as motor control,automotive electronics,and new energy power generation.In order to improve the reliability and reduce the cost of the three-phase inverters,this article proposed the full digital software phase-locked loop and the traditional PI control as well as the improvement PI control strategy.By sampling the vector control of three-phase voltage,it realize the d and q axis decoupling control of electric current,q-axis current control of the active power,d-axis current control of reactive power.This control strategy provides one kind of highly effective solution for the three-phase grid-connected inverter,finally confirms the accuracy and the feasibility of this plan through the experiment.%三相 AC/DC 双向变流器由于能够实现能量的双向传输,在电机控制、汽车电子、新能源发电等领域有非常广泛的应用。为提高三相逆变器的可靠性和降低其成本,文中提出全数字软件锁相环和传统 PI 控制以及改进后的 PI 控制策略。通过对采样三相电网电压的矢量控制,实现了 d 、q 轴电流的解耦控制,使 q 轴电流控制有功功率,d 轴电流控制无功功率。此控制策略为三相并网逆变器提供一种高效的解决方案,最后通过实验验证了该方案的正确性与可行性。

  5. Estimating NH3 emissions from agricultural fertilizer application in China using the bi-directional CMAQ model coupled to an agro-ecosystem model

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Atmospheric ammonia (NH3 plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry. China is one of the largest NH3 emitting countries with the majority of NH3 emissions coming from the agricultural practices, such as fertilizer application and livestock. The current NH3 emission estimates in China are mainly based on pre-defined emission factors that lack the temporal or spatial details, which are needed to accurately predict NH3 emissions. In this study, we estimate, for the first time, the NH3 emission from the agricultural fertilizer application in China online using an agricultural fertilizer modeling system coupling a regional air quality model (the Community Multi-Scale Air Quality model, CMAQ and an agro-ecosystem model (the Environmental Policy Integrated Climate model, EPIC, which improves the spatial and temporal resolution of NH3 emission from this sector. Cropland area data of 14 crops from 2710 counties and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS land use data are combined to determine the crop distribution. The fertilizer application rate and method for different crop are collected at provincial or agriculture-regional level. The EPIC outputs of daily fertilizer application and soil characteristics are inputed into the CMAQ model and the hourly NH3 emission are calculated online with CMAQ running. The estimated agricultural fertilizer NH3 emission in this study is about 3 Tg in 2011. The regions with the highest modeled emission rates are located in the North China Plain. Seasonally, the peak ammonia emissions occur from April to July.Compared with previous researches, this method considers more influencing factors, such as meteorological fields, soil and the fertilizer application, and provides improved NH3 emission with higher spatial and temporal resolution.

  6. Sifting, sorting and saturating data in a grounded theory study of information use by practice nurses: a worked example.

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    Hoare, Karen J; Mills, Jane; Francis, Karen

    2012-12-01

    The terminology used to analyse data in a grounded theory study can be confusing. Different grounded theorists use a variety of terms which all have similar meanings. In the following study, we use terms adopted by Charmaz including: initial, focused and axial coding. Initial codes are used to analyse data with an emphasis on identifying gerunds, a verb acting as a noun. If initial codes are relevant to the developing theory, they are grouped with similar codes into categories. Categories become saturated when there are no new codes identified in the data. Axial codes are used to link categories together into a grounded theory process. Memo writing accompanies this data sifting and sorting. The following article explains how one initial code became a category providing a worked example of the grounded theory method of constant comparative analysis. The interplay between coding and categorization is facilitated by the constant comparative method.

  7. Prediction

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    Sornette, Didier

    2010-01-01

    This chapter first presents a rather personal view of some different aspects of predictability, going in crescendo from simple linear systems to high-dimensional nonlinear systems with stochastic forcing, which exhibit emergent properties such as phase transitions and regime shifts. Then, a detailed correspondence between the phenomenology of earthquakes, financial crashes and epileptic seizures is offered. The presented statistical evidence provides the substance of a general phase diagram for understanding the many facets of the spatio-temporal organization of these systems. A key insight is to organize the evidence and mechanisms in terms of two summarizing measures: (i) amplitude of disorder or heterogeneity in the system and (ii) level of coupling or interaction strength among the system's components. On the basis of the recently identified remarkable correspondence between earthquakes and seizures, we present detailed information on a class of stochastic point processes that has been found to be particu...

  8. 大数据动态安全SAT双向防御模型的研究%Research on bi-directional defense SAT model of big data dynamic safety

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    LUO En-tao; HU Zhi-gang; YANG Jie

    2014-01-01

    In order to guarantee the safety of big data calculation, and based on the concepts of security research and trustworthy clouds of big data safety,this paper put forward a bi-directional defense system SAT model under big data calculation. The model regul%为了保障大数据计算的安全,结合大数据安全的安全研究和可信云的概念,提出一个大数据计算下SAT的双向防御系统模型。该模型通过动态安全因子对用户数据证据进行规范;逐步确定各行为证据的安全权限,实现行为的可靠性测试,为用户提供最大限度的安全防御。实验结果表明,该系统模型可以有效地提升大数据的数据安全,降低黑客的恶意攻击行为,从而提高大数据分析效率。

  9. Demonstration of 575-Mb/s downlink and 225-Mb/s uplink bi-directional SCM-WDM visible light communication using RGB LED and phosphor-based LED.

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    Wang, Yuanquan; Wang, Yiguang; Chi, Nan; Yu, Jianjun; Shang, Huiliang

    2013-01-14

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel full-duplex bi-directional subcarrier multiplexing (SCM)-wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) visible light communication (VLC) system based on commercially available red-green-blue (RGB) light emitting diode (LED) and phosphor-based LED (P-LED) with 575-Mb/s downstream and 225-Mb/s upstream transmission, employing various modulation orders of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). For the downlink, red and green colors/wavelengths are assigned to carry useful information, while blue chip is just kept lighting to maintain the white color illumination, and for the uplink, the low-cost P-LED is implemented. In this demonstration, pre-equalization and post-equalization are also adopted to compensate the severe frequency response of LEDs. Using this scheme, 4-user downlink and 1-user uplink transmission can be achieved. Furthermore, it can support more users by adjusting the bandwidth of each sub-channel. Bit error rates (BERs) of all links are below pre-forward-error-correction (pre-FEC) threshold of 3.8x 10(-3) after 66-cm free-space delivery. The results show that this scheme has great potential in the practical VLC system.

  10. Assessment of mechanical and three-body abrasive wear peculiarity of TiO$_2$- and ZnO-filled bi-directional E-glass fibre-based polyester composites

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    AKANT KUMAR SINGH; SIDDHARTHA; DEEPAK

    2016-08-01

    This paper is about the development of bi-directional E-glass fibre-based polyester composites filled with zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium dioxide (TiO$_2$) fillers, respectively. The mechanical characterization of these composites is performed. The three-body abrasive wear characteristic of fabricated composites has been assessed under different operating conditions. For this, the three-body abrasion test is done on dry abrasion test rig (TR-50)and analysed using Taguchi’s experimental design scheme and analysis of variance. The results obtained from these experiments are also validated against existing microscopic models of Ratner–Lancaster and Wang. A good linear relationship is obtained between specific wear rate and the reciprocal of ultimate strength and strain at tensile fracture of these composites. It indicates that the experimentally obtained results are in good agreement with theseexisting models. It is found that the tensile strength decreases with filler loading, while hardness, flexural strength, inter-laminar shear strength and impact strength are increased. TiO$_2$-filled composites were observed to performbetter than ZnO-filled composites under abrasive wear situations. The wear mechanism is studied in correlation with the SEM micrograph of the worn-out surface of composites. Performance optimization of composites is doneby using VIKOR method.

  11. Research on Chinese Word Segmentation Based on Bi- Direction Marching Method and Feature Selection Algorithm%基于双向匹配法和特征选择算法的中文分词技术研究

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    麦范金; 李东普; 岳晓光

    2011-01-01

    Bi-direction marching method is a traditional algorithm, which can find ambiguity but can not solve the ambiguity problem. In order to find a better solution, this paper proposes a combination method based on bidirection marching method and feature selection algorithm. Through the accumulation of corpus, a Chinese word segmentation system is designed. Experimental results show that the new Chinese word segmentation method is better than traditional methods.%传统的双向匹配算法虽然能够发现歧义现象,但是却不能解决歧义问题.为了更好地进行歧义消解,提出了一种基于双向匹配法和特征选择算法的中文分词技术,通过积累的语料库,设计并实现了一个基于两种方法的分词系统.该系统的实验结果表明,基于双向匹配法和特征选择算法的中文分词技术比传统方法的效果要好.

  12. Image fusion using bi-directional similarity

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    Bai, Chunshan; Luo, Xiaoyan

    2015-05-01

    Infrared images are widely used in the practical applications to capture abundant information. However, it is still challenging to enhance the infrared image by the visual image. In this paper, we propose an effective method using bidirectional similarity. In the proposed method, we aim to find an optimal solution from many feasible solutions without introducing intermediate image. We employ some priori constraints to meet the requirements of image fusion which can be detailed to preserve both good characteristics in the infrared image and spatial information in the visual image. In the iterative step, we use the matrix with the square of the difference between images to integrate the image holding most information. We call this matrix the bidirectional similarity distance. By the bidirectional similarity distance, we can get the transitive images. Then, we fuse the images according to the weight. Experimental results show that, compared to the traditional image fusion algorithm, fusion images from bidirectional similarity fusion algorithm have greatly improved in the subjective vision, entropy, structural similarity index measurement. We believe that the proposed scheme can have a wide applications.

  13. Thermal management and performance evaluation of a dual bi-directional, soft-switched IGBT-based inverter for the 1st autonomous microgrid power system in Taiwan under various operating conditions

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    Chang, Tien-Chan; Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Lu, Hong-Yi; Tu, Sheng-Xun

    2016-06-01

    The thermal management of the inverter system is of great importance since very high voltage/current will be switched intermittently and/or continuously and high temperature is excruciably detrimental to the service life of electronics, especially for the switching devices such as insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). In this study, a newly developed dual bi-directional IGBT-based inverter in conjunction with autonomous microgrid system is investigated with particular focus on the thermal management and performance evaluation under various operation conditions. Locally enhanced heat transfer approach such as oblique orientation and heat dissipating materials are experimentally investigated. The studied inverter system is initially packaged by a galvanized steel plate (size 62 × 48 × 18 cm) and the switching power is set in the range of 0.5-3 kW. The module is operated at the switching and pulse frequencies of 60 Hz and 20 kHz, respectively. The adoption of heat dissipating material in either paste or film form had experimentally shown to possess the flexibility tailoring heat transfer performance locally. Experimental studies of heat dissipating film with various hotspot scenarios showed that the temperature difference can be appreciably reduced as much as 13.1 and 15.4 °C, respectively with facilitation of one- and two-layers of heat dissipating film. From the measurement results, the measured peak temperature is highly dominated by the thickness of heat dissipating film, showing the dominance of thickness-dependent thermal resistance and resultant heat accumulation phenomena.

  14. 适合于混合动力汽车新型双向DC/DC变换器研究%Study of One Bi-directional DC/DC Converter for Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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    胡建明

    2011-01-01

    首先介绍了一种混合动力汽车的基本电路,然后根据要求设计了一种双向变换器,它具有高功率传输能力和最小开关应力,适合于连接超级电容器来驱动混合动力汽车.与一些典型的隔离式双向DC/DC变换器相比,该变换器具有较低的设备应力,并且可通过相移加PWM控制,采用隔离变压器的漏感作为能量传输单元和控制变量.最后,实验波形证明该变换器能较好地应用于混合动力汽车.%The paper first introduces the basic drive system of a hybrid electric vehicle.Then the selection and design of aforementioned converter are proposed. The converter has high powerflow capability and minimum device stresses that can suitably interface a super capacitor with the drive train of a hybrid electric vehicle. Furthermore ,by comparing of the main characteristics and applications with some typical isolated bi-directional DC/DC converter, the proposed converter has low device rating and can be controlled by duty cycle and phase shift. At last,the most important characteristics of this converter is to uses the transformer leakage inductance as the primary energy transfer element and control parameters, the experimental waveforms are given to demonstrate the goodness of this novel topology which is in particular for hybrid electric vehicle.

  15. 基于PLC控制的铝粉自动过筛和称量系统%The Aluminium Powder Automatically Sifting and Weighing System Based on PLC

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    曾庆林; 邹庆勇

    2011-01-01

    本文闸述了一套基于PLC控制的铝粉自动过筛和称量系统,该系统基于西门子PLC和工业控制计算机控制,采用现场总线技术,实现了铝粉过筛和称量的远程隔离操作,提高了工作效率,保障了操作人员的身体健康和生命安全.%The article describes an aluminium powder automatically sifting and weighing system based on PLC control. The system is based on Siemens PLC and industrial control computer control, and uses field-bus technology. In the system, the aluminum powder is sifted and weighed in distance. It improves working efficiency, protects the operator's health and safety.

  16. LDA-based SIFT algorithm and its application in image registration%基于LDA的SIFT算法在图像配准中的应用

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    丁湘楠; 谢正忠; 宋晓宁

    2013-01-01

    针对SIFT算法复杂程度高,实时性差,在维数较高的图像配准中并不实用的问题,提出了一种基于线性鉴别分析(LDA)的SIFT算法(SIFT-LDA).首先利用SIFT算法提取出图像的特征点向量,然后用LDA方法对其进行特征抽取并降维.通过高维自然图像和单幅人脸图像进行实验,实验结果表明SIFT-LDA算法在保证匹配精度的同时,实时性要优于传统的SIFT算法,其匹配时间相对于传统SIFT算法缩短了将近一半.

  17. Entropy-Based and Weighted Selective SIFT Clustering as an Energy Aware Framework for Supervised Visual Recognition of Man-Made Structures

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    Ayman El Mobacher

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Using local invariant features has been proven by published literature to be powerful for image processing and pattern recognition tasks. However, in energy aware environments, these invariant features would not scale easily because of their computational requirements. Motivated to find an efficient building recognition algorithm based on scale invariant feature transform (SIFT keypoints, we present in this paper uSee, a supervised learning framework which exploits the symmetrical and repetitive structural patterns in buildings to identify subsets of relevant clusters formed by these keypoints. Once an image is captured by a smart phone, uSee preprocesses it using variations in gradient angle- and entropy-based measures before extracting the building signature and comparing its representative SIFT keypoints against a repository of building images. Experimental results on 2 different databases confirm the effectiveness of uSee in delivering, at a greatly reduced computational cost, the high matching scores for building recognition that local descriptors can achieve. With only 14.3% of image SIFT keypoints, uSee exceeded prior literature results by achieving an accuracy of 99.1% on the Zurich Building Database with no manual rotation; thus saving significantly on the computational requirements of the task at hand.

  18. Reading and proclaiming the Advent call of John the Baptist: An empirical enquiry employing the SIFT method

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    Leslie J. Francis

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Drawing on Jungian psychological type theory, the SIFT method of biblical hermeneutics and liturgical preaching suggests that the reading and proclaiming of scripture reflects the psychological type preferences of the reader and preacher. This thesis is examined among a sample of clergy (training incumbents and curates serving in the one Diocese of the Church of England (N = 22. After completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the clergy worked in groups (designed to cluster individuals who shared similar psychological type characteristics to reflect on and to discuss the Advent call of John the Baptist. The Marcan account was chosen for the exercise exploring the perceiving functions (sensing and intuition in light of its rich narrative. The Lucan account was chosen for the exercise exploring the judging functions (thinking and feeling in light of the challenges offered by the passage. In accordance with the theory, the data confirmed characteristic differences between the approaches of sensing types and intuitive types, and between the approaches of thinking types and feeling types.

  19. SUPER-RESOLUTION AND DE-CONVOLUTION FOR SINGLE/MULTI GRAY SCALE IMAGES USING SIFT ALGORITHM

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    Ritu Soni

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper represent a Blind algorithm that restore the blurred images for single image and multi-image blur de-convolution and multi-image super-resolution on low-resolution images deteriorated by additive white Gaussian noise ,the aliasing and linear space-invariant. Image De-blurring is a field of Image Processing in which recovering an original and sharp image from a corrupted image. Proposed method is based on alternating minimization algorithm with respect to unidentified blurs and high-resolution image and the Huber-markov random field(HMRF model for its ability to preserve discontinuities of a image and used for the regularization that exploits the piecewise smooth nature of the HR image. SIFT algorithm is used for feature extraction in a image and produce matching features based on Euclidean distance of their feature vectors that help in calculation of PSF. For blur estimation, edge-emphasizing smoothing operation is used to improve the quality of blur by enhancing the strong soft edges. In filter domain the blur estimation process can be done rather than the pixel domain for better performance that means which uses the gradient of HR and LR images for better performance.

  20. 胃肠调节类中西药对胃肠道平滑肌的双向调节作用%Bi-directional Regulation Effect of Chinese and Western Medicines Used in Gastro-Intestine on Gastro-Intestinal Smooth Muscle

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    段煜; 张俊; 战丽彬; 林原; 唐泽耀

    2011-01-01

    在不同条件下,单味、复方中药对胃肠道平滑肌可产生双向调节作用.其可能机理为多层次网络系统的平衡调节等.从整体、离体器官、分子水平,单一、配对西药也对胃肠道平滑肌产生双向调节作用.这种双向调节作用充分体现网络系统平衡调节的整体性的哲学内涵,遵循对立统一规律辩证哲学观.%Chinese traditional sole or compound medicines may affect on gastro- intestinal smooth muscle in bi- directional regulation under different conditions. The possible mechanism may be as the balanced regulation under multi-level network system. Moreover, sole or pair western medicines also can act on the gastro-intestinal smooth muscle in bi-directional regulation in general body or isolated organ or molecular level. The bi-directional regulation fully manifestate the integrity philosophy connotation of balancing regulation in the network system, following dialectical philosophy law of the unity of opposites.

  1. Parallel computing method of Monte Carlo criticality calculation based on bi-directional traversal%基于双向遍历的蒙特卡罗临界计算并行方法

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    李静; 宋婧; 龙鹏程; 刘鸿飞; 江平

    2015-01-01

    在基于蒙特卡罗粒子输运方法的反应堆模拟中,如裂变堆、聚变裂变混合堆等,达到可接受的统计误差需要大量的计算时间,这已成为蒙特卡罗方法的挑战问题之一,需通过并行计算技术解决。为解决现有方法中通信死锁的问题并保证负载均衡性,设计了基于双向遍历的临界计算并行算法。该方法基于超级蒙特卡罗核计算仿真软件系统SuperMC进行实现,以池式钠冷快堆BN600基准模型进行验证,并与MCNP进行对比。测试结果表明,串行和并行计算结果一致,且SuperMC并行效率高于MCNP。%Background: It requires much computational time with acceptable statistics errors in reactor simulations including fission reactors and fusion-fission hybrid reactors, which has become one challenge of the Monte Carlo method.Purpose: In this paper, an efficient parallel computing method was presented for resolving the communication deadlock and load balancing problem of current methods.Methods: The parallel computing method based on bi-directional traversal of criticality calculation was implemented in super Monte Carlo simulation program (SuperMC) for nuclear and radiation process. The pool-type sodium cooled fast reactor BN600 was proposed for benchmarking and was compared with MCNP.Results: Results showed that the parallel method and un-parallel methods were in agreement with each other.Conclusion: The parallel efficiency of SuperMC is higher than that of MCNP, which demonstrates the accuracy and efficiency of the parallel computing method.

  2. A Method of Bi-Directionally Changing-Thickness Design for Airborne Broadband Radome%机载宽频带雷达罩双向变厚度设计方法

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    刘晓春; 孙世宁; 王茜

    2014-01-01

    新一代战机的火控雷达向着宽频带和相控阵方向发展。针对宽频带相控阵机头雷达罩的高性能要求,提出了“高传输、低反射、等插入相位延迟”综合设计准则。分析了宽频带夹层罩壁结构的电性能特性,针对其相位特性差的情况给出了一种新的双向变厚度设计方法。通过雷达罩轴向变厚度设计以适配不同的入射角获得高传输/低反射性能,通过环向变厚度设计以适配不同的极化角获得接近的插入相位延迟,实现了优良的宽频带传输性能和方向图特性,在雷达罩产品研制中得到应用并发挥了重要作用。%The direction of the new generation airborne fire control radar development is towards broadband and phased array.To aim at the high performance requirements from broadband phased array on radome,this paper put forward the design rule as “high transmission efficiency,low reflection,and equal insertion phase delay”to conduct the required electrical performance analysis.To overcome the unfavorable phase character-istics of sandwich wall structure,this paper raised a new bi-directionally changing thickness design method that utilizes changing thickness along radome axial direction to mate with different incident angles in an effort to achieve high-transmission/low-reflection performance.In addition,changing thickness along radome circu-lar direction can mate with different polarization angles and achieve equal insertion phase delay.Better broad-band transmission efficiency and radiation pattern can thus be achieved.The method proposed in this paper has been used in radome development programs and achieved the best available results.

  3. Investigation on Bi-directional SCR ESD Protection Devices in a 0.18 μm RF CMOS Process%0.18 μm RF CMOS双向可控硅ESD防护器件的研究

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    柯逸辰; 梁海莲; 顾晓峰; 朱兆旻; 董树荣

    2013-01-01

    Based on the bi-directional silicon controlled rectifier (SCR),two novel electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection devices have been proposed,which can prevent ESD stresses on both the positive and the negative directions.While the conventional dual-direction SCR ESD protection device is usually triggered by the avalanche breakdown between N-well and P-well,the two proposed devices use the embedded NMOS/PMOS as the triggering structure to decrease the trigger voltage.Both the modified structures are implemented in a 0.18 μm RF CMOS process and examined by the transmission line pulse testing system.Experimental results indicate that the proposed devices have lower trigger voltage,smaller leakage current (~nA),a protection level passing 2 kV of human body model,and a high holding voltage (>3.3 V),making them immune to the latch-up in 1.8 V or 3.3 V I/O ESD protection applications.%基于传统双向可控硅(DDSCR)提出了两种静电放电(ESD)保护器件,可应对正、负ESD应力从而在2个方向上对电路进行保护.传统的DDSCR通过N-well与P-well之间的雪崩击穿来触发,而提出的新器件则通过嵌入的NMOS/PMOS来改变触发机制、降低触发电压.两种改进结构均在0.18μm RF CMOS下进行流片,并使用传输线脉冲测试系统进行测试.实验数据表明,这两种新器件具有低触发电压、低漏电流(~nA),抗ESD能力均超过人体模型2 kV,同时具有较高的维持电压(均超过3.3V),可保证其可靠地用于1.8V、3.3 V I/O端口而避免出现闩

  4. Analysis and Design of Two-stage Isolated Bi-directional DC/DC Converter%一种两级式隔离型双向DC/DC变换器的分析与设计

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    张东; 王一军

    2016-01-01

    A two-stage isolated bi-directional DC/DC converter is proposed. The converter is composed of a regulated front-end DC/DC converter and a unregulated back-end LLC resonant converter. When the energy flows from low-voltage DC bus to high-voltage DC bus, the converter is equivalent to Boost converter cascaded full bridge LLC resonant converter with output voltage doubling. When the energy flow is reversed, the converter is equivalent to half bridge LLC resonant converter cascaded Buck converter. The operational theory and key design point are analyzed, and efficiency-oriented optimization method of middle-voltage DC bus is proposed. A prototype of 1kW, 12 V/336 V is build, and the optimum nominal voltage of middle-voltage DC bus is 50 V. The experimental results verify the good performance of the proposed converter.%提出了一种两级式隔离型双向DC/DC变换器,该变换器包含一个闭环的前级DC/DC变换器和一个开环的后级LLC谐振变换器。当能量从低压直流母线传输到高压直流母线时,变换器等效为Boost变换器+全桥倍压LLC谐振变换器;当能量反方向流动时,变换器等效为半桥LLC谐振变换器+Buck变换器。通过分析变换器工作原理与设计要点,提出了以效率为目标的中间直流母线电压优化方法,并研制了1台12 V/336 V、1 kW的样机,其优化后的中间直流母线电压额定值为50 V。样机实验结果验证了所提变换器的良好工作性能。

  5. BI-DIRECTIONAL ANONYMOUS IDENTITY AUTHENTICATION SCHEME FOR CLOUD COMPUTING BASED ON SECURITY ACTIVE BUNDLE%基于安全活跃束S AB的匿名双向云身份认证方案

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    张琼文; 吴承荣

    2014-01-01

    Dynamic and transparent cloud brings infinite possibility to people’s life;meanwhile it also imposes greater challenges on theincreasing privacy and security problems of digital identity in virtual world.Digital identity has a close relationship with information services.Before accessing or sharing the resources,the identities of both users and services providers should be authenticated each other.In particular,when the identity theft is rampant,telling authentication on users,partners and cloud services providers is the crucial measurement.Weanalyse the status quo of cloud identity authentication and the challenges encountering,and propose a scheme named “security active bundle(SAB)cloud identity authentication”based on predicate encryption and Active Bundle idea,which realises the bi-directional anonymousauthentication between the end user and the cloud,or among the clouds.This scheme strengthens the privacy protection of personal sensitiveinformation and no longer depends on the trusted third party,etc.%动态透明的云给人们的生活带来了无限的可能,同时也对虚拟世界中与日俱增的数字身份的隐私和安全问题提出了更大的挑战。数字身份和信息服务有着密切关系,在访问或分享资源前,用户和服务双方的身份都有必要先通过认证。特别是当身份窃取猖獗的时候,有力地用户认证、合作伙伴认证、云服务提供商认证等是至关重要的措施。分析云身份认证的现状和面临的挑战,基于谓词加密和Active Bundle思想提出了安全活跃束SAB(Security Active Bundle)云身份认证方案,实现了终端用户与云以及云之间的双向匿名认证,加强了个人敏感信息隐私保护和不再依赖可信第三方等。

  6. An Improved Algorithm for SIFT Feature Matching%改进的SIFT特征匹配算法

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    卢朝梁; 马丽华; 陈豪

    2014-01-01

    Aimed at the slow matching speed of SIFT feature matching method in searching the whole data-base of feature points for matching points,an improved matching method of searching between the layers of the pyramid is proposed for improving the speed of SIFT matching.First,according to the feature points in different layers of the pyramid,the feature points are divided into different sets.Then a layer set in the input image pyramid is chosen to search for the similar layer in the template image pyramids,and then the similarity between input image pyramid and the template pyramid is determined.Finally,the mat-ches are found between the similar layers.The chosen layer in the input image pyramid is from the bottom of the pyramid to the top of the pyramid.By so doing,the time of searching for similar layer is shorten. Compared with the original algorithm,this algorithm has the same rotational stability.This algorithm and the original algorithm are applied to the actual image registration respectively,the results show that the matching speed is 3.2 times as fast as the original matching speed and the correct matching rate is increased by 10.3% in visual image registration.In infrared image registration the matching speed is 1.4 times as fast as the original matching speed and the correct matching rate reaches 100%.%针对SIFT特征匹配算法在特征空间中进行历遍搜索,匹配速度慢的问题,提出一种金字塔层间匹配算法。首先,根据特征点所处金字塔层不同将特征点划分为不同的集合,其次,选择待配准图像金字塔中某一层集合,在基准图像金字塔中寻找相似层,并确定待配准图像金字塔与基准图像金字塔层之间的相似关系,最后,在相似层之间寻找匹配点。待配准图像中的选择层集合由金字塔底层到顶层,寻找相似层所用时间依次缩短。与原算法相比,该算法具有相同的旋转稳定性。将该算法与原算法分别应用实际

  7. 基于SIFT的图像盲取证方法%Images Forgery Method Based on SIFT

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    李峰; 蔡琼

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes an effective method to detect copy-move forgery in digital images. This method works by extracting Scale Invariant Feature Transform(SIFT) descriptors of an image and by seeking for approximate nearest neighbor based on Product Quantization(PQ).The method of approximate nearest neighbor search is to decompose the space into a cartesian product of low dimensional subspaces and to quantize each subspace separately. Asymmetric Distance Computation(ADC) computes the euclidean distance between two vectors. Experimental results show that the approach can correctly detect the copy-move forgery which is preprocessed by different methods and decrease the memory usage and the complexity of learning the quantizer, at the same time, reduce the search time.%采用一种基于尺度不变特征变换的算法提取图像特征,使用乘积量化的近似最近邻搜索方法对子空间分别进行量化,运用非对称距离算法计算特征向量之间的欧氏距离,提出一种新的数字图像复制粘贴被动盲取证方法.实验结果表明,该方法能够准确地对复制区域经过预处理的伪造进行检测,减少内存的使用量和空间复杂度,缩短搜索时间.

  8. Modality prediction of biomedical literature images using multimodal feature representation

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the modelling approaches performed to automatically predict the modality of images found in biomedical literature. Various state-of-the-art visual features such as Bag-of-Keypoints computed with dense SIFT descriptors, texture features and Joint Composite Descriptors were used for visual image representation. Text representation was obtained by vector quantisation on a Bag-of-Words dictionary generated using attribute importance derived from a χ-test. Computing the principal components separately on each feature, dimension reduction as well as computational load reduction was achieved. Various multiple feature fusions were adopted to supplement visual image information with corresponding text information. The improvement obtained when using multimodal features vs. visual or text features was detected, analysed and evaluated. Random Forest models with 100 to 500 deep trees grown by resampling, a multi class linear kernel SVM with C=0.05 and a late fusion of the two classifiers were used for modality prediction. A Random Forest classifier achieved a higher accuracy and computed Bag-of-Keypoints with dense SIFT descriptors proved to be a better approach than with Lowe SIFT.

  9. Monobloc分段截骨双向牵引治疗婴儿Crouzon综合征%Segmental monobloc osteotomy and bi-directional distraction for the treatment of Crouzon syndrome in an infant

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    沈卫民; 崔杰; 陈建兵; 陈海妮; 邹继军; 季易

    2011-01-01

    目的 总结Monobloc截骨、外置牵引和上颌骨延长在婴儿Crouzon综合征伴颅缝早闭后缩病例的治疗经验。方法 对1例9个月的女婴经颅内外联合径路进行手术。设计Monobloc 截骨线,将整个面骨分成额部、眶部、上颌3段截骨,固定后前移重塑颅面骨,并外置牵引器,将额、双侧眼眶和面中部颧骨上颌骨整体逐步前移,同时内置延长器向下延长上颌骨,牵引结束后固定3个月。结果 患儿顺利完成Monobloc截骨牵引,牵引器调节螺丝杆前移达18 mm,三维影像测量颅面骨实际前移12 mm。牵引结束时、拆除牵引器后1个月及6个月均显示患者面部轮廓有6 mm的回缩,头部畸形和面中部严重凹陷得到良好纠正,患儿突眼、反咬合得到完全纠正,术前重度阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停综合征改善,但上颌向下延长长度有限。结论 Monobloc截骨外置牵引和上颌骨延长可以应用于婴儿Crouzon综合征,并且为呼吸困难型的Crouzon综合征患儿提供了一种早期的安全有效的治疗方法。%Objective To discuss the segmental monobloc osteotomy and bi-directional distraction for the treatment of Crouzon syndrome in an infant. Methods A 9-month-old female infant underwent monobloc osteotomy through combined intra- and extra-cranial way. The facial skull was divided into frontal, orbital and maxillary segments. The external distractor was used to move the frontal segment, orbital segment and midface forward. The internal distractor was used to move the maxilla downward. The consolidation lasted for 3 months after distraction. Results The osteotomy and distraction were successfully completed. The distraction distance reached 18 mm, showing by distractor. The real distraction distance of facial bone was 12 mm, documented by 3-D image. The skull deformity and severe depression of midface improved a lot. The exophthalmos and underbite were corrected. The obstructive sleep

  10. Sifting the Data

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    Waters, John K.

    2013-01-01

    Students who search for broad terms on the Internet can be deluged by useless or offensive information. Dave Gladney, project manager for the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), says what's needed is a commonly agreed-upon vocabulary for describing content for education search. The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) has a…

  11. Sift like Eratosthenes

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    Buczynski, Sandy; Gorsky, Jennifer; McGrath, Lynn; Myers, Perla

    2011-01-01

    The concrete, pictorial, and abstract methods of this lesson give students access to investigate, isolate, define, and use prime numbers. In this article, the authors describe an enrichment lesson that offers opportunities to investigate prime numbers in concrete, pictorial, and abstract ways. Originally introduced by Jerome Bruner in 1960, the…

  12. Mobile selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) devices and their use for pollution exposure monitoring in breath and ambient air-pilot study.

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    Storer, Malina; Salmond, Jennifer; Dirks, Kim N; Kingham, Simon; Epton, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Studies of health effects of air pollution exposure are limited by inability to accurately determine dose and exposure of air pollution in field trials. We explored the feasibility of using a mobile selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) device, housed in a van, to determine ambient air and breath levels of benzene, xylene and toluene following exercise in areas of high motor vehicle traffic. The breath toluene, xylene and benzene concentration of healthy subjects were measured before and after exercising close to a busy road. The concentration of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in ambient air were also analysed in real time. Exercise close to traffic pollution is associated with a two-fold increase in breath VOCs (benzene, xylene and toluene) with levels returning to baseline within 20 min. This effect is not seen when exercising away from traffic pollution sources. Situating the testing device 50 m from the road reduced any confounding due to VOCs in the inspired air prior to the breath testing manoeuvre itself. Real-time field testing for air pollution exposure is possible using a mobile SIFT-MS device. This device is suitable for exploring exposure and dose relationships in a number of large scale field test scenarios.

  13. 基于SIFT特征的低区分度点云数据匹配%Low Contrast Point Cloud Data Registration Based on SIFT Feature

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    杨红娟; 陈继文; 张运楚; 张君捧; 郝丽丽

    2016-01-01

    Aiming at registration of low contrast point cloud data, which is measured with multi view that changes largely and is accompanied with noise from complex product, a data registration method based on SIFT feature is proposed, which focus on robust feature point identification. Point cloud datax, which reflects the product shape and relationship, is divided into the low frequency part and the high frequency part. Spatial location change has little effect to the low frequency part, while the high frequency part changes greatly with spatial location and product geometric shape characteristics. Gauss homomorphic filter is designed to reduce the low frequency part and increase the high frequency part, improving the contrast of point cloud data. SIFT feature vector of point cloud data is extracted. SIFT feature vector matching is realized with Euclidean distance as the similarity measure to achieve matching points of point cloud data. Quaternion is used to estimate the parameters of point cloud data registration and calculate rotation matrix and translation matrix, achieving low contrast point cloud data regi-stration. Registration example of point cloud data from a brake shell shows the validity of the proposed methods.%针对复杂产品测量视角变化较大、存在测量误差的低区分度点云数据匹配问题,从稳健的特征点识别方法入手,提出基于SIFT特征的低区分度点云数据匹配方法。该方法将反映产品外形及其空间关系的点云数据x表示为受空间位置变化的影响较小的低频部分,以及受到物体自身特性影响较大,随空间位置变化较大的高频部分。设计高斯同态滤波器,在频率域中降低低频分量,增强高频分量,提高点云数据的区分度;然后提取点云数据的 SIFT 特征向量,以欧氏距离作为相似性度量标准进行 SIFT 特征向量的匹配,获得点云数据的匹配点对;最后采用四元数法估计点云数据匹配参

  14. SIFT Key-points Self-adaptive Extraction Algorithm for Video Images%视频图像的SIFT特征点自适应提取算法

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    余宏生; 金伟其

    2013-01-01

    Before matching the video frames in Scale-Invariant Feature Transform(SIFT)algorithm, the key-points must be extracted firstly. If the size and characteristic of input images are changed, gray threshold of key-points must be reinstalled, to avoid extremely computation cost or failure in registration. In this paper, a self-adaptive SIFT key-points extraction algorithm for video images is developed. The algorithm can set appropriate gray threshold of key-points automatically by feeding parameter of previous frame back to present frame to make the number of key-points extracting from present frame close to the expected value. The experiments show that, when the input image is changed, the key-points number of the video frame always keep near the expected value by setting the threshold self-adaptively. The method makes it possible for digital video images to be registered self-adaptively by SIFT algorithm and the number of feature points remains stable so that the computation costs can be reduced while avoiding registration failure.%采用SIFT算法匹配视频图像帧前,必须首先提取特征点。如果输入图像的大小和特性变化,特征点的灰度阈值必须随之重新设置,以避免过大的计算量和配准失败。提出了一种视频图像的特征点自适应提取算法。该算法能够将前一帧的视频图像的参数反馈到当前帧,自动设置适当的特征点灰度阈值,使得从当前帧提取的关键点的数量接近预期值。实验结果表明,当输入图像改变时,采用自适应设置阈值方法,从视频帧提取的特征点的数量始终保持在预期值。该方法可以通过SIFT算法自适应地配准数字视频图像,使特征点数量保持稳定,避免配准失败,减小计算量。

  15. Improved Fast Matching Algorithm Based on SIFT Features%一种改进的基于SIFT特征的快速匹配算法

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    唐红梅; 张恒; 高金雍; 王霞; 韩力英

    2013-01-01

    The SIFT feature matching algorithm is improved.The improved algorithm builds a D2OG pyramid and extreme detection in the DOG pyramid is replaced by zero crossing detection in the D2OG pyramid.After the establishment of DOG pyramid,the D2OG pyramid is got by the subtraction of the DOG pyramid adjacent layers and in which extremes are detected.The algorithm uses improve RANSAC twice to eliminate mismatch.The matching double points utilizes the RANSAC algorithm which has been used once for further screening.The experiment shows that the improved SIFT feature matching algorithm ensures high precision and improves the speed of the algorithm at the same time.It can adapt to the fields of higher real-time request.%对SIFT特征匹配算法进行改进,采用D2OG金字塔的过零点检测代替DOG金字塔的局部极值点检测,建立DOG金字塔后,利用DOG金字塔相邻层相减得到D2OG金字塔并在其上进行过零点检测;采用改进RANSAC算法二次消除错配,匹配点对经过RANSAC算法筛选后,再次利用RANSAC算法对匹配点对做进一步筛选.实验表明,改进的SIFT特征匹配算法在保证了较高精度的同时提高了算法的速度,能适应于实时性要求较高的领域.

  16. 基于SIFT算法的嵌入式全景照片系统开发%Embedded Panoramic Photo System Based on SIFT Algorithm

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    丁志远

    2013-01-01

    Panoramic photo is also known as panoramic photography or virtual imaging which is the virtual reality technology based on static image. It splices a group of photos which are taken by a camera with 360 degree together into a panoramic image and display. A panoramic camera technology device is achieved based on SIFT algorithm and embedded system in this paper. First stepping motor and camera device are combined to realize panoramic camera device on the ARM9 platform, then the relat-ed system is developed by HGE engine in server. The system introduces SIFT algorithm to splice the shot photos array and con-struct the virtual environment of panoramic photos to realize the panoramic photo scrolling display effect.%  全景照片也称为全景摄影或虚拟实景,是基于静态图像的虚拟现实技术,即把相机环360°拍摄的一组照片拼接成一个全景图像并进行显示。该文基于SIFT算法和嵌入式系统实现全景摄像技术装置,即通过ARM9平台将步进电机和摄像装置结合实现全景照相装置,之后在服务器通过HGE引擎开发相关系统,引入SIFT衔接算法将拍摄的多张照片进行拼接处理,并构建全景照片的虚拟环境,实现了全景照片的跑马灯展示效果。

  17. 单向活瓣补片治疗合并重度肺动脉高压双向分流型室间隔缺损%One - way - valved patch for repair of ventricular septal defect with severe pulmonary hypertension with Bi-directional shunt

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    邵双印

    2009-01-01

    目的 总结本院自2003年至2008年用自制单向活瓣补片治疗合并重度肺动脉高压双向分流型室间隔缺损15例的经验.方法 对收治的15例合并重度肺动脉高压双向分流的室间隔缺损患者行单向活瓣补片修补室间隔缺损.结果 本组15例病人无手术死亡,疗效满意,1周时有7例右向左分流,3周时右向左分流消失.随访3个月病人自觉症状改善,肺动脉压下降.结论 单向活瓣补片能降低肺动脉高压危象的发生率,降低围术期死亡率,围术期的管理也非常重要.%Objective To summerize the surgical effect with one - way - valved patch to treat vetricular septal de-feet with severe pulmonary hypertension with bi - directional shunt since 2003. Methods The materials of 15 patients with ventricular septal defect and severe PH with bi- directional shunt who were treated by one- way- valved patch were ana-lyzed. Results No patient died in hospital after operation due to pulmonary hypertention crisis and the low output of left ventrical. Most patients felt better than preoperation and their pulmonary artery pressure decreased gradually. Conclusions One -way -valved patch is useful in decreasing the rate of perioparative pulmonary hypertension crisis and perioperation mortality. The perioperative therapy and prioperative evaluation are also essential to raise surgical operation effect.

  18. FA-SIFT study of reactions of protonated water and ethanol clusters with [alpha]-pinene and linalool in view of their selective detection by CIMS

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    Dhooghe, F.; Amelynck, C.; Rimetz-Planchon, J.; Schoon, N.; Vanhaecke, F.

    2010-02-01

    The use of protonated water clusters and protonated ethanol clusters as reagent ions has been evaluated for the resolution of an interference encountered in CIMS when measuring monoterpenes (C10H16) and linalool (C10H18O) simultaneously. To this end, the reactions of H3O+.(H2O)n (n = 1-3), (C2H5OH)mH+ (m = 1-3) and (C2H5OH.H2O)H+ with [alpha]-pinene and linalool have been characterized in a flowing afterglow-selected ion flow tube (FA-SIFT) instrument at a SIFT He buffer gas pressure of 1.43 hPa and a temperature of 298 K. All reactions with linalool were found to occur at the collision limit. The reaction of (C2H5OH)2H+ with [alpha]-pinene proceeds at half the collision rate and both the reactions of (C2H5OH)3H+ and H3O+.(H2O)3 with [alpha]-pinene have a very low rate constant. All other reactions involving [alpha]-pinene proceed at the collision rate. The reactions of H3O+.H2O, H3O+.(H2O)2, C2H5OH2+, (C2H5OH.H2O)H+ and (C2H5OH)2H+ with [alpha]-pinene mainly proceed by proton transfer. Additionally, ligand switching channels have been observed for the reactions of (C2H5OH)2H+ and H3O+.(H2O)2 with [alpha]-pinene. Protonated linalool was observed as a minor product for the reactions of (C2H5OH.H2O)H+ and H3O+.(H2O)n (n = 1-3) with linalool. For all linalool reactions, a contribution of the dissociative proton transfer product at m/z 137 was found and this ion was the main product ion for the reactions with H3O+.H2O, C2H5OH2+ and (C2H5OH.H2O)H+. For the (C2H5OH.H2O)H+/linalool reaction, ligand switching with both water and ethanol has been observed. Major ligand switching channels were observed for the reactions of (C2H5OH)2H+, (C2H5OH)3H+ and H3O+.(H2O)2 with linalool. Also, for the H3O+.(H2O)3/linalool reaction, several ligand switching channels have been observed. These results are discussed in view of their applicability for the selective detection of monoterpenes and linalool with CIMS instrumentation such as SIFT-MS, PTR-MS and APCI-MS.

  19. 基于SIFT算法与Duffing振子的小电流接地选线%Small Current Based on Duffing Oscillator and SIFT Algorithm Grounding Line Selection

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    郭威

    2016-01-01

    对于小电流系统在发生单相接地故障时,提出一种基于Duffing振子信号检测技术与SIFT算法相结合的单相接地故障选线方法。由于受到高阻接地限制,传统的注入信号法有一定的局限性。Duffing 振子系统对信号具有非常高的敏感度,当系统的驱动力不同时,相图的轨迹也是不相同的,通过SIFT算法比较相图相似度,根据相似度大小作为选线判据。不受高阻接地限制,简化了选线过程,抗噪性能好,提高了选线的灵敏度。先通过电压互感器向故障系统相注入信号,然后通过探测器和滤波处理系统提取注入系统中的信号,将提取的信号输入到Duffing系统,通过系统相图相似度的大小准确判断出故障线路。%In this paper,a method of single phase grounding fault line selection based on Duffing oscillator sig-nal detection technique and SIFT algorithm is proposed for small current system in the event of a single phase to ground fault. Due to the high resistance grounding limit, the traditional injection method has some limitations. Duffing oscillator system has a very high sensitivity to the signal. When the driving force of the sys-tem does not at the same time,the trajectory of the phase diagram is different,and the phase diagram is com-pared with the SIFT algorithm. This method is not restricted by high resistance grounding,and simplifies the process of selecting the line,good noise immunity,and improves the sensitivity of the line. Firstly,the signal is injected into the fault system by the voltage transformer. Then the signal is extracted from the injection system by the detector and filter processing system. The signal input to the Duffing system can be determined by the size of the phase diagram of the system.

  20. Automatic image registration based on GCP database with SIFT algorithm%基于控制点库的SIFT多源影像自动配准方法

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    谢仁伟; 牛铮; 王力

    2011-01-01

    本文提出了一种基于控制点库的SIFT多源大幅遥感影像自动配准方法,该方法首先设计并建立控制点影像库;然后采用地理坐标粗定位及SIFT算法自动精确查找同名控制点;利用影像分块迭代最小二乘法拟合,去除错同名控制点;最后运用多项式模型完成影像配准.以环境减灾小卫星CCD及近红外、QuickBird 24m及0.6m、TM及印度星(irs-p6)、LiDAR强度图等影像为实验对象.结果表明该方法能有效处理大幅遥感影像,同时针对多源遥感影像其配准精度达到亚像素级(RMS 0.617~0.934).%The automatic image registration based on GCP database with SIFT algorithm was studied in this paper. The method designed and builded a CCP database to store information of GCP images firstly. Then the algorithm approximately located the GC1' images in thc warp images by geographic location. SIFT algorithm was used to locate the position of the CCP images accurately. After all the GCP points were obtained, the algorithm used least square method to reduce the wrong GCP points. Finally, the polynomial model and the correct GCP points were used to warp the images. Large remote sensing images (HJ-1A \\ B, 875M) and Quick Bird \\ TM \\ LiDAR etc. Images were used to test the method. It indicated that the method could process the large images effectively and the precision of warped image was sub pixel ( RMS 0. 617 ~0. 934) .

  1. Panorama Generation of SIFT and Stitch Line Based on CUDA%基于CUDA的SIFT特征与拼接缝的全景图生成

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    张凯; 杨红雨; 兰时勇

    2015-01-01

    针对大场景高清全景图的生成需求,提出了一种基于CUDA的SIFT特征与动态规划拼接缝的全景图生成方法。首先进行柱面投影保持各通道视频在重叠区域内成像的视觉一致性,并设计了基于CUDA的SIFT特征提取并行算法和基于RANSAC与特征点的变换模型鲁棒估计算法;然后通过基于HIS色彩空间与梯度空间的动态规划拼接缝实现相邻图像的缝合,并在缝合线两边采用基于三角函数的图像融合算法实现平滑过渡,最终生成高清晰度高分辨率的全景图。结果表明,该方法在满足图像无缝拼接精度的前提下,可消除重叠区域内的重影问题,并大幅度提高拼接速度。%Aiming at the effect of high-definition panorama generation of large scenes,propose a panorama generation method based on dynamic programming seam and SIFT based on CUDA. Firstly,the visual consistency of the overlap regions is guaranteed by the cylindri-cal projection,also design a parallel algorithm of SIFT feature extraction based on CUDA and a robust parameter estimation algorithm based on RANSAC and feature points. Then,the adjacent images are stitched by dynamic programming stitch line based on HIS color space and gradient space. A trigonometric-based image fusion algorithm is used on both sides of the stitch line to realize the smooth tran-sition. The high-definition and high-resolution panorama is finally generated. The proposed method can eliminate the ghosting problem in the overlapping area and significantly improve the stitching speed,on the premise of high-accuracy seamless image mosaic.

  2. 基于SIFT算法的InSAR影像配准方法试验研究%Research on the Co-registration Method of INSAR Based on the SIFT Algorithm

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    喻小东; 郭际明; 黄长军; 袁长征

    2013-01-01

    配准是合成孔径雷达干涉测量(InSAR)中极其关键的一个步骤.本文详细介绍了SIFT算法,并根据其特点将其应用于InSAR数据的配准过程中.实验结果表明:SIFT算法在InSAR配准中是一种简单、有效和可靠的配准方法.%Co-registration is an important processing in Synthetic aperture radar interferometry (INSAR). This paper describes the SIFT algorithm,and then applies this method to the registration of INSAR. Experiments show that the co-registration method of SIFT is effective and reliable than the regular method.

  3. A new fast algorithm of self-adaptive search scope for SIFT matching%一种自适应搜索范围的SIFT特征点快速匹配算法

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    唐坤; 韩斌

    2014-01-01

    Aiming at the high time cost of feature vectors matching in SIFT, a new fast algorithm, called Auto ARV&DP, of self⁃adaptive search scope for SIFT matching is put forward. Firstly, an appropriate reference vector is computed based on the feature vectors set. Secondly, a self⁃adaptive search scope is determined by this reference vector. Finally, the matching of SIFT is performed in a small feature vectors set, which is filtered by norm. Experi⁃mental results showed that compared with the classical BBF algorithm, Auto ARV&DP can effectively decrease the time cost of feature vector matching of SIFT with no loss of matching performance when the size of feature vector set is large.%针对SIFT特征向量匹配时间成本高的问题,提出了一种自适应搜索范围的快速匹配算法-AutoARV&DP。该算法首先根据特征向量集合计算一个合适的参考向量,然后自适应确定一个搜索范围,最后在一个通过距离过滤后的较小搜索空间中进行特征向量匹配。实验结果表明,与经典的BBF算法相比较,AutoARV&在获得满意匹配效果的同时,能够有效地降低SIFT特征点匹配的时间成本。

  4. 月球表面图像的SIFT特征提取与匹配%SIFT Feature Extraction and Matching of Lunar Surface Image

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    陈坤; 王璐; 储珺

    2011-01-01

    在分析月球表面不同尺度、不同谱段图像特点的基础上,本文以Visual C++和OpenCV为开发平台,对月球表面多光谱图像数据和多尺度图像对数据进行特征点提取和匹配,并验证算法的有效性.实验结果表明,改进的SIFT特征具有旋转、平移、尺度缩放、亮度变化和视角变换的不变性,能较好地完成月球表面各种图像的特征提取和匹配.%On the basis of analyzing multi-spectral and different-scale lunar surface image feature points, this paper extracts feature point and realizes stereo matching of the multispectral lunar surface image data and multi-scale image pairs data, and verifies the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm with Visual C ++ and OpenCV development platform. Results show that improved SIFT feature is invariant to rotation, scale, intensity roughness, preserves stability of view variations, and completes feature extraction and matching of lunar surface image better.

  5. The Second Harmonic Current Suppressed by Two Band-Pass Filters and Current Sharing Control Method of Bi-Directional Energy Storage Converters in DC Micro-grid%直流微电网双向储能变换器的两带通滤波器二次纹波电流抑制与均分控制方法

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    杨苓; 罗安; 陈燕东; 周乐明; 怀坤山; 伍文华; 陈智勇

    2016-01-01

    含多双向储能变换器的直流微电网通过逆变器接入交流负荷时,会引起直流母线侧产生二次纹波电流,并影响变换器输出电流均分效果。对此,该文提出了双向储能变换器的两带通滤波器二次纹波电流抑制方法,解决了传统电压电流双闭环控制中因限制外环电压的截止频率引起的动态响应速度慢的问题,并增强了二次纹波电流抑制效果。提出了串联微调虚拟电阻的自适应下垂控制方法,减少了储能变换器间输出电压偏差,改善了并联均流效果。在允许的电压偏差范围内,分析了虚拟电阻对输出损失功率和环流的影响,并选取使二者之和达到最小值时合适的控制参数。仿真和实验结果验证了所提方法的有效性。%DC micro-grid with bi-directional energy storage converters accesses AC loads by inverters, generating the second harmonic current in DC bus side, and influences the sharing effect of converters output current. For this reason, the second harmonic current suppressed method by two band-pass filters of the bi-directional energy storage converter was proposed, solving the problem that a very low cut-off frequency of voltage outer loop results in poor dynamic performance in traditional dual loop control strategy, and enhances the suppressed effect of the second harmonic current. An adaptive droop control strategy of series fine tuning virtual resistors was proposed, which can reduce the deviation of energy storage converters output voltage, and improve the sharing effect of parallel converters output current. Within the allowed range of voltage deviation, we analyzed virtual resistors impacting on the output power loss and circulating current, and selected the appropriate control parameters under the condition of the minimum value of both sum. Simulation and experiment results verify the validity of the proposed strategy.

  6. Numerical simulation and experimental research of large-tonnage-damping-force bi-directional cylinder viscous fluid dampers%大吨位双出杆粘滞阻尼器开发的数值模拟与实验研究

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    郭强; 陈彦北; 唐璐; 许明杰; 郭红锋

    2012-01-01

    Large-tonnage-damping-force bi-directional-cylinder viscous fluid dampers was studied experimentally arid numerically. Based on the power-law characteristic of silicone oil,the flow pattern of silicone oil was analyzed, the non-Newtonian fluid power-law model' s influence on the energy dissipation characteristic and the damping force of viscous dampers was discussed, and the calculation formulas were presented. The damping force of the viscous damper samples was simulated by professional CFD software based on the moving mesh technology; Based on comprehensive analysis of results, the experiential design method of large-tonnage-damping-force viscous fluid dampers was finally established. Comparison shows that, the numerical curves are in good agreement with experimental curves, which validates the feasibility of numerical method of preliminary design of the large-tonnage-damping-force bi-directional-cylinder viscous fluid dampers. The numerical method helps to enhance the engineering precision, guide the design, and shorten the development cycle.%阐述了大吨位双出杆粘滞阻尼器开发的数值与实验研究结果.基于硅油的幂律特性,通过对硅油介质的流态分析,介绍了非牛顿幂律流体模型对粘滞阻尼器耗能和阻尼出力的影响,与粘滞阻尼器的分析模型和计算公式.在商用流体软件平台上利用动网格技术对样品粘滞阻尼器阻尼出力进行了计算;综合实验研究结果,最终确定了大吨位土木用粘滞阻尼器设计的经验方法.另一方面,实验曲线和数值曲线基本吻和,验证了通过数值手段对粘滞阻尼器的出力特性进行预分析,从而提高开发精度、指导产品设计和缩短产品的开发周期的可行性.

  7. 基于SIFT特征匹配与K-均值聚类的运动目标检测%Moving object detection based on SIFT features matching and K-means clustering

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    李广; 冯燕

    2012-01-01

    It is a difficult and hot topic in video surveillance to detect moving objects with moving camera. In order to detect moving objects effectively, according to the characteristics of the different speed between the background and moving target, a method was proposed based on Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) features matching and K-means clustering. The SIFT features of the two adjacent frames in the video were extracted and matched firstly. After that the velocity of the matched SIFT features were computed. Finally the K-means clustering method was used to analyze the SIFT features of the moving objects and background and experiments were done in the cases of single moving object and multiple moving objects and when the camera was rotated. The experimental results demonstrate that, the proposed method can detect targets effectively and remain the stable local features of targets in moving background and have good adaptability to changing illumination and camera movement and rotation.%运动摄像机情况下的运动目标检测是视频监控中的难点和热点问题.为了能够有效地检测出运动目标,根据视频中背景与运动目标的速度不同这一特点,提出了一个基于尺寸不变特征变换(SIFT)和K-均值聚类的运动目标检测方法.首先提取视频中相邻两帧图像的SIFT特征点并进行匹配,并计算匹配特征点的运动速度,最后将运动目标和背景上的SIFT特征点K-均值聚类分析,在单运动目标、多运动目标和带有摄像头旋转情况下做了实验.实验结果表明,提出的目标检测算法能够在运动背景下较好地检测到目标并保留稳定的目标局部特征,对于摄像机运动、摄像机旋转、亮度变化等影响因素具有较强的适应能力.

  8. Disease Prediction in Data Mining Technique – A Survey

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    S. Sudha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Data mining is defined as sifting through very large amounts of data for useful information. Some of the most important and popular data mining techniques are association rules, classification, clustering, prediction and sequential patterns. Data mining techniques are used for variety of applications. In health care industry, data mining plays an important role for predicting diseases. For detecting a disease number of tests should be required from the patient. But using data mining technique the number of test should be reduced. This reduced test plays an important role in time and performance. This technique has an advantages and disadvantages. This research paper analyzes how data mining techniques are used for predicting different types of diseases. This paper reviewed the research papers which mainly concentrated on predicting heart disease, Diabetes and Breast cancer.

  9. 基于SIFT特征向量的图像检索优化%Optimization of SIFT-Based Image Retrieval

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    肖曼玉; 卢江虎; 谢公南

    2013-01-01

    基于SIFT(scale-invariant feature transform,尺度不变特征转换)向量的图像检索在精度和实时性方面都与使用者的心理预期有较大的偏差,该文在建树(build vocabulary tree)、检索、以及匹配度计算方面做了一些改进,在满足实时性的要求下,提高了检索精度;在建树过程中,重新定义了SIFT特征向量聚类机制,将分类和K均值聚类法结合起来代替传统的K均值聚类法;在进行图像检索时,直接利用已有欧氏距离信息,减少向量之间距离的计算,对SIFT向量统一化处理;最后通过改进单位化处理方法,克服SIFT大数据造成的误差.数值结果表明,改进后vocabulary tree的节点有更强的差异性,克服了将训练集按数量均分而不是按距离均分和直接决定树的层数的缺陷;使得检索时间很好地满足了实时性的要求;改进的单位化方法消除了SIFT大数据的误差,从而极大地提高了检索精度.

  10. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle image matching based on SIFT algorithm%基于SIFT算法的无人机航空遥感影像匹配

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    索效荣; 齐苑辰

    2012-01-01

    当无人机低空飞行获取高分辨率遥感影像时,由于不同摄站点拍摄角度不同,使得建筑物等凸出地面的物体在立体像对上成像时产生投影差,导致物体成像几何形状发生畸变并且出现地面高层建筑物之间遮挡现象严重的问题,从而导致匹配困难,成为影响无人机航空遥感影像匹配质量的主要因素.本文采用对旋转、遮挡、缩放、图像局部灰度变化等都具有较强的稳定性的SIFT算法来进行匹配,并取得了很好的效果.%When the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ( UAV) flies at low altitude to obtain high spatial resolution images, the geometric distortions and occlusions phenomena of the stereoscopic images are serious because of central projection imaging and high buildings' projection differences which are caused by different cameras' shooting position. Besides, the buildings which produce projection difference bring the problem of shadow simultaneously, which makes the gray values of the shadowed regions change locally. As a result , it is difficult to match UAV remote sensing images. Therefore, for the low-altitude photography remote sensing platform-UAV, occlusions, distortions and shadow are the major factors on influencing UAV aerial remote sensing image matching quality. This phenomenon is most obvious in the remote sensing images of cities. By adopting SIFT algorithm, which has strong robustness is rotation, occlusion, scaling and shadow, the paper realized accurate image matching for UAV imagery.

  11. 基于改进SIFT算法的视频图像序列自动拼接%Automatic video mosaic imaging based on improved SIFT algorithm

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    卢斌; 宋夫华

    2013-01-01

    As the existing methods for video image mosaic take high computational costs and huge computation, this paper proposed a method for making panoramas by getting an adaptive frame and matching method of limiting behavior region. According to inter-frame rate and frame overlap interval of linear model, all frames were matched to their latest neighbor key frames. In the process of mosaic, at the aspect of feature extracting, this paper used the improved SIFT feature operator, and the improved RANSAC algorithm to reduce image registration error. This article used the linear weighting fusion algorithm to achieve the desired gradually-enter gradually-leave effect in the overlap image region. Experiments on video sequences showed that this algorithm could extract mosaic key frames with satisfying quality.%本文提出了一种自适应帧采样和限定特征提取区域的拼接方法,根据帧间重叠率和帧间隔建立线性模型,并把各帧图像对准到其前后的关键帧上.在特征点提取方面,提出了一种改进的SIFT算法进行特征点提取,并采用随机采用一致性(RANSAC)方法来更新匹配点,在图像融合中采用线性加权渐入渐出的自然融合算法.实验结果表明:该方法对一般场景能稳定的抽取到关键帧,并进行拼接,取得了较好的拼接效果.

  12. Bi-directional Flooding Protocol for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Tariq Ali

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs are getting more importance in the oceanic exploration. The planet earth is basically a planet of water with less than 30% land mass available for humans to live on. However, the areas covered with water are important to mankind for the various resources which have been proven to be valuable. Such resources are gas, oil, marine products which can be used as food and other minerals. In view of the vast area in which these resources can be found, a network of sensors is necessary so that they can be explored. However, sensor networks may not be helpful in the exploration of these resources if they do not have a sufficiently good routing mechanism. Node mobility, 3-D spaces and horizontal communication links are some critical challenges to the researcher in designing new routing protocols for UWSNs. In this study, we have proposed a novel routing protocol called Layer by Layer Angle-Based Flooding (L2-ABF to address the issues of continuous node movements, end-to-end delays and energy consumption. In L2-ABF, every node can calculate its flooding zone to forward data packets toward the sinks without using any explicit configuration or location information. The simulation results show that L2-ABF has some advantages over some existing flooding-based techniques and also can easily manage quick routing changes where node movements are frequent.

  13. Child: A Learning Model and a Bi-directional Phenomenon

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    Shastri, Priyvadan C.

    2015-01-01

    Forty-five years of work with children has enriched my knowledge. Child development and psychology has made basic concepts of general psychology and abnormal psychology clearer. ‘Meanings’ have become more meaningful. It has made me a better professional; large number of communication and teaching skill has been the end result of such a long association with diverse groups of children who needed special care. Apart from professional skills as a clinician and as a teacher, it has made me a bet...

  14. Impact of cloud inhomogeneity on bi-directional reflectance

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    2008-01-01

    This paper uses SHDOM(Spherical Harmonics Discrete Ordinate Method)to calculate the nadir bidirectionaI reflectanee distribution function(BRDF)of the cumulus and stratocumulus fields at the wavelengths of 0.67 μm and 2.13 μm,and discusses the impact of cloud inhomogeneity on BRDF.The cloud fields are adopted from 13RC Phase Ⅱ.which are used to compare 3D radiative transfer models.The simulation results show that the cu field has 6% abnormal BRDF values(BRDF>1)with the increase of solar zenith angle.Further analyses show that grid cells whose BRDF is greater than one gather together at the locaI trough of the top of cloud.These regions can receive not only the direct incident solar beam,but also the beam scattered by the higher cloud of its neighborhood.Hence,the BRDF of those regions is enhanced.The abnormal BRDF phenomenon shows that the cloud inhomogeneity can result in inconsistency between satellite observation and plane parallel theory,implying that the reflectance observed by high resolution satellite is maybe enhanced by the cloud 3D effects.Thus one should take this fact into account when using the product retrieved by these data.The dominant solar zenith angles are quite large in the mid-high altitude area,and the impact of cloud inhomogeneity on these areas may be more significant.

  15. Bi-directional x-ray phase-contrast mammography.

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    Kai Scherer

    Full Text Available Phase-contrast x-ray imaging is a promising improvement of conventional absorption-based mammography for early tumor detection. This potential has been demonstrated recently, utilizing structured gratings to obtain differential phase and dark-field scattering images. However, the inherently anisotropic imaging sensitivity of the proposed mono-directional approach yields only insufficient diagnostic information, and has low diagnostic sensitivity to highly oriented structures. To overcome these limitations, we present a two-directional x-ray phase-contrast mammography approach and demonstrate its advantages by applying it to a freshly dissected, cancerous mastectomy breast specimen. We illustrate that the two-directional scanning procedure overcomes the insufficient diagnostic value of a single scan, and reliably detects tumor structures, independently from their orientation within the breast. Our results indicate the indispensable diagnostic necessity and benefit of a multi-directional approach for x-ray phase-contrast mammography.

  16. Image Segmentation using bi directional of neural network

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    HimadriNath Moulick

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Now a days image processing methods are widely used in medical science, to improve critical disease detection and fast treatment for recovery. Mainly this mechanism detects the disease as soon as possible and also find out the exact point of disorder and calculate the growth of this disease,especially in Squamous cell carcinoma in lower lip. Actinic keratosis which is 1/4 inch in diameter, isa pink or flesh coloured rough spot is one of the most important cause of squamous cell carcinoma,which is mainly grown in sun-exposed area. It is usually grow slowly and affects epidermis layer todermis layer. Our proposed method focuses on five different modules. These methods are including inImage Acquisition module and respective Pre-processing ,Segmentation , Filtering Phase and Edge Detection modules.

  17. Child: A Learning Model and a Bi-directional Phenomenon

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    Priyvadan C Shastri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Forty-five years of work with children has enriched my knowledge. Child development and psychology has made basic concepts of general psychology and abnormal psychology clearer. ′Meanings′ have become more meaningful. It has made me a better professional; large number of communication and teaching skill has been the end result of such a long association with diverse groups of children who needed special care. Apart from professional skills as a clinician and as a teacher, it has made me a better person and a better parent. I have been fortunate to work with a large number and different groups of children who were in some way very special. Some were classified under various disabilities or diagnosed under different categories. I also had the privilege of working with different institutions, e.g., child guidance clinics run by a paediatrics department and a psychiatry department of a general hospital and a teaching hospital. Years of association with College of Special Work and Institute of Social Science have made me understand the very important facet of sociocultural influence on the development of human behaviour. I was further fortunate to work with children in closed and open institutions, residential care units and day care units, institutions where court committed children were observed, treated, trained and cared for, destitute children and delinquent children in remand homes, rescue homes and custodial care homes. I was fortunate to be part of the group which dealt with children who were in conflict with the law, belonging to diverse categories like street children, working children, child sex workers and sexually abused children. This paper is a reflection on experience gained over the decades.

  18. Fast Hierarchical Registration Method for Remote Sensing Image based on SIFT%一种基于SIFT特征的快速逐层遥感图像配准方法

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    侯鹏洋; 季艳; 高峰; 胡蕾

    2014-01-01

    当前SIFT特征分层配准方法中存在特征点匹配复杂度高以及不同时相地物变化导致特征点误匹配等问题,提出一种基于SIFT特征的“低分辨率配准、高分辨率验证”快速逐层遥感图像配准方法.该方法针对同源同分辨率不同时相的遥感图像,通过在金字塔的低分辨率图层匹配特征点对并建立仿射变换模型,在金字塔的高分辨率图层评估并修正模型.实验表明:提出的方法在保证配准精度的前提下,有效提高了配准算法的效率.%For the current automatic image registration based on SIFT,feature point matching algorithm is time-consuming,in addition,the changes of multi-temporal images affect the accuracy of registration,this paper proposes a SIFT-based feature of the "low-resolution matching,high resolution authentication" hierarchical image registration algorithm to improve the above issues.In the proposed algorithm,affine transformation model is established in low-resolution pyramid images and sequentially evaluated and revised by match points in high resolution pyramid images.Experimental results show that the improved SIFT algorithm can reduce the time complexity with rather considerable accuracy.

  19. 一种利用零交叉点理论的改进SIFT特征提取算法%An Improved SIFT Operator Based on the Theory of Zero-crossing on Feature Extraction

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    万雪; 张祖勋; 柯涛

    2013-01-01

    An improved SIFT operator based on the theory of zero-crossing is proposed for automatic remote sensing image matching. Firstly, in the improved SIFT algorithm based on zero-crossing theory, the array of scale space pyramid zero-crossing point detection is constructed. Then the search window around the center pixel for the zero-crossing point in the adjacent three layers from the array of scale space detection pyramids is established. If the result of zero-crossing detection is greater than the detection threshold, the center pixel will be marked as a feature point. Feature extraction based on the theory of zero-crossing in Gaussian scale space introduced the image geometry feature in scale space detection, resulting in higher repeatability and more stable characteristics. The experiments carried with close-range digital stereo image which has large rotation angle and low altitude aerial stereo-image showed significant increase in the aspects of feature repeatability rate, correct number of corresponding points and matching correct rate with the improved SIFT operator applied to automatic remote sensing matching image.%提出了一种利用零交叉点特征提取的改进SIFT算子用于遥感影像的自动匹配.将图像几何特征引入到尺度空间探测中,获得了重复性更高、更稳定的特征.采用近景数码大旋角数码立体像对和低空航摄立体像对进行了算法测试.实验表明,改进后的SIFT算子应用于遥感影像自动匹配,在特征提取重复率、匹配正确点数、匹配正确率上均有明显提升.

  20. Face Recognition with Facial Occlusion Based on SIFT Optimized by Statistical Learning%基于统计学习优化SIFT的面部遮挡人脸识别

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    魏林

    2014-01-01

    The traditional face recognition algorithms do not keep core information of original images with ro-bustness, for which the algorithm of scale-invariant feature transform optimized by statistical learning is proposed. Firstly, given training images are denoted by a group of local features descriptors by using SIFT. Then, probability distribution function (PDF) of facial images SIFT features is got by performing statistical learning, and PDF is used to detect abnormal SIFT features of testing images. Finally, similarities between testing and training images are calcu-lated and K near neighbor classifier is used to finish face recognition. The effectiveness and robustness of proposed algorithm has been verified by experiments on AR database. Experimental results show that proposed algorithm has stronger robustness than several advanced face recognition algorithms.%针对传统的人脸识别算法受面部遮挡的影响导致很难兼顾鲁棒性和保持原始图像核心信息的问题,本文提出了一种基于统计学习优化尺度不变特征变换的面部遮挡人脸识别算法。首先,利用SIFT将所有给定训练图像用一组局部特征描述符表示出来;然后,通过执行统计学习获得正常脸部图像SIFT特征的概率分布函数,利用获得的概率分布函数在新观察到的测试图像中检测异常SIFT特征;最后,计算测试图像与训练图像之间的相似度,并利用K近邻分类器完成人脸识别。在AR人脸数据库上的实验验证了本文算法的有效性及可靠性,实验结果表明,相比其它几种较为先进的人脸识别算法,本文算法取得了更强的识别鲁棒性。

  1. Establishment of a large-scale bi-directional sequencing and genotyping platform for MICA gene exons 2 to 4%MICA基因第2~4外显子大规模双向测序及分子克隆检测平台的建立

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    高素青; 邓志辉; 徐筠娉; 王大明; 何柳媚; 金士正

    2012-01-01

    Objective To establish a stable and large-scale bi-directional sequencing platform for genotyping MICA gene exons 2 to 4,and to analyze single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNP) of the region.Methods Primers for particular alleles of MICA gene exons 2 to 5 were designed.Optimal conditions for PCR amplification and sequencing reaction were explored.A commercialized one-way sequencing kit for MICA allele was used as a parallel control.Four samples carrying a MICA * 010 allele were subjected to cloning and haplotype sequencing.Results Results of MICA allele typing of 100 samples for a parallel control group were confirmed by the establish method.Twenty-two SNP in MICA gene exons 2 to 4 were detected in Chinese population.Two novel allelic sequences were accepted by GenBank and IMGT/HLA database and officially named as MICA * 065 and MICA * 066 by the WHO Nomenclature Committee.A novel SNP in MICA gene intron 3 was discovered,with allelic sequence submitted to GenBank and IMGT/HLA database.Conclusion The bi-directional sequencing genotyping platform may be applied for largescale study of MICA allelic polymorphisms,tissue typing,organ transplantation and disease research.%目的 建立稳定的、大规模的MICA基因第2~4外显子双向测序分型检测技术平台,并分析其单核苷酸多态性(single nucleotide polymorphism,SNP).方法 自行设计MICA基因第2~5外显子扩增引物及测序引物,探索PCR扩增及测序的最佳反应条件.用商品化的MICA基因单向测序分型试剂盒作为平行对照,对4个包含MICA* 010等位基因的样本采用自行设计引物扩增,并进行分子克隆和单倍体测序.结果 采用自行建立的MICA基因双向测序分型方法验证了100人份平行对照组单向测序分型结果.应用本研究建立的方法获得了中国人群MICA基因第2~4外显子22个SNP位点.两个新等位基因MICA* 065、MICA* 066获得了世界卫生组织的正式命名.首次发现了MICA等位基因第3内含

  2. A Data-Clustering Based Robust SIFT Feature Matching Method%一种基于数据聚类的鲁棒SIFT特征匹配方法

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    范志强; 赵沁平

    2012-01-01

    We present a data clustering method for robust SIFT matching. Our matching process contains an offline module to cluster features from a group of reference images and an online module to match them to the live images in order to enhance matching robustness. The main contribution lies in constructing a composite k-d data structure which can be used not only to cluster features but also to implement features matching. Then an optimal keyframe selection method is proposed using our composite k-d treef which can not only put the matching process forward but also give us a way to employ a cascading feature matching strategy to combine matching results of composite k-d tree and keyframe. Experimental results show that our method dramatically enhances matching robustness.%针对噪声敏感造成的SIFT特征匹配鲁棒性低问题,提出一种基于数据聚类的两阶段特征匹配方法.在满足特征匹配几何距离最邻近本质要求下扩展了k-d数据结构,使其不但能够完成算术平均化匹配特征离线聚类,而且能够实现第1阶段聚类特征在线匹配.在此基础上,给出一种概率最优投票策略选择关键图像进行第2阶段匹配,最后合并两阶段属于关键图像的所有匹配特征对.实验结果表明,对于大量存在重叠关系的图像集合,该方法能够有效减少重复特征数量,降低噪声信息对特征匹配的干扰,极大地提高特征匹配的鲁棒性.

  3. Error analisis of passager flow based on the bi-directional flow ratio of the section in crowd gathering early-warning%人群聚集预警中基于断面双向流量比的客流误差分析

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    李焘; 金龙哲; 刘建

    2013-01-01

    An early warning method for the risk of crowd gathering based on the bi-directional flow ratio of the section was proposed according to the characteristics of the opposite movement of pedestrian flow at the business street. Its error was analyzed in theory and verified by an example. It is found that using this method as a criterion of crowded events is feasible. Whether the measured values are greater or less than the true values, the error of the ratio between the inward and the outward flow across the section is less than that from a pedestrian flow statistic system, so the method is helpful for improving the accuracy of crowd statistic tools to some extent. In addition, the method can be used as a reference in selecting the type of a pedestrian flow statistic system according to requirements for the measuring accuracy of actual applications.%针对密集人群的安全预警管理,结合商业街人流相向运动的特点,提出通过断面双向流量比进行人群聚集风险预警的思路,并对该方法的误差进行了理论分析和实例验证.结果表明该方法用于商业街聚集人群的风险预警时,不论测量值大于真实值还是测量值小于真实值,经过断面进出比的比值误差均比客流统计系统本身误差更小,从而使客流统计产品在一定范围内精确度有所提高.此外,可应用此方法根据实际要求的测量精度为客流统计设备选型提供依据.

  4. 一种基于稠密SIFT特征对齐的稀疏表达人脸识别算法%Improved Sparse Representation Algorithm for Face Recognition Via Dense SIFT Feature Alignment

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    2015-01-01

    In order to address the non-rigid deformation (e.g., misalignment, poses, and expression) of facial images, this paper proposes a novel sparse representation face recognition algorithm using Dense Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) Feature Alignment (DSFA). The whole method consists of two steps: first, DSFA is employed as a generic transformation to roughly align training and testing samples; and then, input facial images are identified based on proposed sparse representation model. A novel coarse-to-fine scheme is designed to accelerate facial image alignment. The experimental results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method over other methods on ORL, AR, and LFW datasets. The proposed approach improves 4.3% in terms of recognition accuracy and runs nearly 6 times faster than previous sparse approximation methods on three datasets.%该文针对人脸图像受到非刚性变化的影响,如旋转、姿态以及表情变化等,提出一种基于稠密尺度不变特征转换(SIFT)特征对齐(Dense SIFT Feature Alignment, DSFA)的稀疏表达人脸识别算法。整个算法包含两个步骤:首先利用DSFA方法对齐训练和测试样本;然后设计一种改进的稀疏表达模型进行人脸识别。为加快DSFA步骤的执行速度,还设计了一种由粗到精的层次化对齐机制。实验结果表明:在ORL, AR和LFW 3个典型数据集上,该文方法都获得了最高的识别精度。该文方法比传统稀疏表达方法在识别精度上平均提高了4.3%,同时提高了大约6倍的识别效率。

  5. Multi-view Point Clouds Registration and Stitching Based on SIFT Feature%基于SIFT特征的多视点云数据配准和拼接算法

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    储珺; 聂春梅; 王璐; 张桂梅

    2011-01-01

    针对无特征标志点的大场景多视点云数据,提出了一种新的基于SIFT特征的配准和拼接算法.算法提出了有效纹理图像的概念,并对有效纹理图像进行SIFT特征提取和匹配;然后将提取的SIFT特征点和匹配关系反射到三维点云数据,获取多视点云数据的特征点和匹配关系,完成多视点云数据的拼接.算法在有效纹理图像中提取和匹配特征点,排除了点云数据中孔洞和无效数据的干扰,并且算法只利用较高鲁棒性的特征点对进行拼接,计算简单,匹配精度和效率都得到提高.对室内和室外两个大场景的2个视点数据进行实验,实验结果证明拼接速度和精度都有较大的提高.%In order to solve multi-view point clouds registration in large non-feature marked scenes, a new registrating and stitching method is proposed based on 2D SIFT (Scale-invariant feature transform) features. First, a texture mapping method is used to generate 2D effective texture image, from which SIFT features can be extracted and matched; then accurate key points and registration relationship between the effective texture images are obtained. The extracted SIFT key pionts and registration relationship are reflected on the 3D point clouds data to obtain key points and registration relationship of multi-view point clouds, so the multi-view point clouds stitching can be completed. In this method, the interference of the hole and ineffective points can be eliminated by using the texture mapping method. Experiments on two-view point clouds in indoor and outdoor scenes are carried out and the results prove that the matching precision and efficiency are greatly improved.

  6. Molecular damage in Fabry disease: characterization and prediction of alpha-galactosidase A pathological mutations.

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    Riera, Casandra; Lois, Sergio; Domínguez, Carmen; Fernandez-Cadenas, Israel; Montaner, Joan; Rodríguez-Sureda, Victor; de la Cruz, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Loss-of-function mutations of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (GLA) causes Fabry disease (FD), that is a rare and potentially fatal disease. Identification of these pathological mutations by sequencing is important because it allows an early treatment of the disease. However, before taking any treatment decision, if the mutation identified is unknown, we first need to establish if it is pathological or not. General bioinformatic tools (PolyPhen-2, SIFT, Condel, etc.) can be used for this purpose, but their performance is still limited. Here we present a new tool, specifically derived for the assessment of GLA mutations. We first compared mutations of this enzyme known to cause FD with neutral sequence variants, using several structure and sequence properties. Then, we used these properties to develop a family of prediction methods adapted to different quality requirements. Trained and tested on a set of known Fabry mutations, our methods have a performance (Matthews correlation: 0.56-0.72) comparable or better than that of the more complex method, Polyphen-2 (Matthews correlation: 0.61), and better than those of SIFT (Matthews correl.: 0.54) and Condel (Matthews correl.: 0.51). This result is validated in an independent set of 65 pathological mutations, for which our method displayed the best success rate (91.0%, 87.7%, and 73.8%, for our method, PolyPhen-2 and SIFT, respectively). These data confirmed that our specific approach can effectively contribute to the identification of pathological mutations in GLA, and therefore enhance the use of sequence information in the identification of undiagnosed Fabry patients. PMID:25382311

  7. The evaluation of tools used to predict the impact of missense variants is hindered by two types of circularity

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    Grimm, Dominik G.; Azencott, Chloé-Agathe; Aicheler, Fabian; Gieraths, Udo; MacArthur, Daniel G.; Samocha, Kaitlin E.; Cooper, David N.; Stenson, Peter D; Daly, Mark J.; Smoller, Jordan W.; Duncan, Laramie E.; Borgwardt, Karsten M.

    2015-01-01

    Prioritizing missense variants for further experimental investigation is a key challenge in current sequencing studies for exploring complex and Mendelian diseases. A large number of in silico tools have been employed for the task of pathogenicity prediction, including PolyPhen-2, SIFT, FatHMM, MutationTaster-2, MutationAssessor, CADD, LRT, phyloP and GERP++, as well as optimized methods of combining tool scores, such as Condel and Logit. Due to the wealth of these methods, an important pract...

  8. 贵州铜仁产广谱抑菌作用细菌素乳酸菌的筛选及鉴定%On the Sift and Identification of the Broad-spectrum Antibacterial Bacteriocin Produced in Tongren, Guizhou

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    胡美忠; 张新卓; 刘芸

    2014-01-01

    从贵州铜仁产发酵食品中分离纯化出70余株乳酸菌,采用Agar-spot-test初筛与排除酸、过氧化氢抑制后复筛出一株能产广谱抑菌作用细菌素的乳酸菌(编号G55),经生理生化及16S rDNA鉴定可知G55为植物乳杆菌。抑菌谱实验表明,G55产生的细菌素能抑制革兰阳性菌及革兰阴性菌的生长;蛋白酶实验表明,G55产生的细菌素对胃蛋白酶、蛋白酶K敏感,对胰蛋白酶、α凝乳蛋白酶部分敏感。%More than 70 strains of lactic acid bacteria are separated and purified from the fermented foods made in Tongren, Guizhou. First, they are preliminarily sifted by means of agar-spot-test and then excluded from the inhibition of the acid and hydrogen peroxide. After a second sift, a strain of lactic acid bacteria named G55 which can produce broad-spectrum antibacterial bacteriocin is chosen from them. After the physiobiochemical experiment and the 16SrDNA identification, it is concluded that G55 is an actobacillus plantarum. According to the antibacterial spectrum experiment, it shows that the bacteriocin produced by G55 can inhibit the growth of both gram-positive bacteria and gram-negative bacteria. Meanwhile, the experiment of protease shows that the bacteriorin is sensitive to pepsin and proteinase K and is partially sensitive to trypsin andαcurd protease.

  9. 粘钢加固损伤混凝土箱型桥墩的抗震性能Ⅰ:双向拟静力试验%Anti-seismic properties of damaged concrete bridge piers with hollow box-section strengthened with adhering steel plates Ⅰ:bi-directional quasi-static test

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    宗周红; 邓江东; 黎雅乐; 刘爱荣

    2013-01-01

    11 scaled models of reinforced concrete bridge piers with hollow box-section were de-signed and fabricated in the lab.Bi-directional quasi-static tests for these scaled pier models strength-ened with adhering steel plates were carried out.Several seismic performance indicators, such as load-displacement hysteretic and skeleton curves, ductility, degradation of rigidity, and energy dissi-pation were investigated.The experimental results show that all the strengthened piers present typical flexural failure modes, and plastic hinge appears in the superior margin of steel plates in stead of in the bottom for piers without strengthening.The improvement of anti-seismic properties exhibits that it was an effective method to change the plastic hinge position by adhering steel plates.The load ca-pacity and the lateral rigid along the strong axis direction are greater, while the energy dissipation a-long the weak axis direction is stronger.The hysteretic curves of the weak axis exhibit notable pinch effects.The initial damage only has small effect on the degradation of rigidity and energy dissipation of the strengthening piers.Meanwhile, the changes of axial compression ratio and slenderness ratio have a great impact on the seismic performance.With the increase of the axial compression ratio, the carrying capacity, the ductility performance and energy dissipation of models increase, but the ulti-mate displacement decreases.With the decrease of the slenderness ratio, the carrying capacity of piers strengthened with adhering steel plates increases;however the ultimate deformation capacity de-creases, while the degradation of rigidity becomes more serious.%设计制作了11个钢筋混凝土箱型截面桥墩缩尺模型,对其进行了粘钢加固后的双向拟静力试验,分析了加固桥墩的荷载位移滞回曲线、骨架曲线、延性能力、刚度退化和耗能能力等。结果表明,加固墩柱均发生以弯曲破坏为主的延性破坏,破坏塑性

  10. 基于单目双焦及SIFT特征匹配的深度估计方法%Depth Estimation Method Based on Monocular Bifocal Imaging and SIFT Feature Matching

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    杜立婵; 覃团发; 黎相成

    2013-01-01

    A depth estimation method based on monocular bifocal imaging and SIFT feature matching is proposed.According to the geometrical relationship between the position vector of space scene depth at different focal lengths and the corresponding formation of focal length,a single camera to get images is used in two different focal lengths,obtaines the position offset ratio of the pixel to the center.Finally,the pixel depth values is calculated by the formulation of geometrical relationship.Since this method is based on monocular focal imaging,compares to the multi-view images,avoids the problems of the multiple cameras location calibration and synchronization.Meanwhile,the arithmetic based on SIFT feature matching can solve the problem of extracting feature points better in two different brightness images with the characteristics of affine and zooming.%提出一种基于单目双焦及SIFT特征匹配的深度估计方法.根据空间景物的深度在不同焦距下其成像的矢量位置和对应的焦距形成几何关系的原理,通过单相机获取两幅不同焦距下的图像后,运用SIFT算法对两幅图像进行特征提取和特征匹配,得出同一景物像素点距中心点的偏移位置比,从而通过几何关系公式计算出像素点的深度值,以此获取深度图.经实验验证了该方法的可行性,实验结果表明,使用该方法获取深度值仅需单台相机这一设备,方法简单易行,且成本低,具有广阔的应用范围.

  11. Anti-shaking method for impurity detection in oral liquid using simpli-fied SIFT%基于简化SIFT的口服液杂质检测防抖方法

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    刘洋; 王耀南; 周雨蓉

    2014-01-01

    In the light inspection machine system for oral liquid impurity detection, due to slight vibration of oral liquid bottle caused by sudden halt of crawler belt used for bottle spinning, in the sequential two pictures of oral liquid bottle cap-tured from high-speed industry camera, pixels sharing the same partial positions cannot be overlapped, which may lead to incorrect result after differential operation of the two pictures. For impurity in oral liquid is very small about micrometer level, mechanical dithering or dirt on the bottle of oral liquid shall pose influence on inspection accuracy because of afore-mentioned reason. This paper will harness SIFT algorithm to register the sequential two pictures. SIFT algorithm is suit-able for high accuracy oral liquid impurity detection system on account of its stability. It improves SITF a little in the aim of adapting to slight vibration range which will generate satisfactory result. In the real process of detection, the algorithm is of high stability and high accuracy.%在口服液灯检机杂质检测系统中,口服液瓶体由于履带搓瓶的急停会有轻微的抖动,造成高速工业摄像机拍摄的前后两帧口服液瓶体图像中位于相同空间位置的像素无法重合在一起,导致前后两帧图像做差分结果出现错误。由于口服液中的杂质很小,一般会达到微米级别,因此机械的扰动以及口服液瓶体上的污点都有可能因位置偏差对检测结果造成影响。采用尺度不变特征检测(SIFT)对系统采集的前后两帧图像进行位置配准。SIFT算法稳定性精度很高,适用于高精度口服液杂质检测系统。基于抖动幅度微弱,对该算法进行了一定的改进与简化,以获得最佳配准结果。在实际检测过程中算法稳定,检测结果准确率很高。

  12. Prediction of Gap Asymmetry in Differential Micro Accelerometers

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    Xiaoping He

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Gap asymmetry in differential capacitors is the primary source of the zero bias output of force-balanced micro accelerometers. It is also used to evaluate the applicability of differential structures in MEMS manufacturing. Therefore, determining the asymmetry level has considerable significance for the design of MEMS devices. This paper proposes an experimental-theoretical method for predicting gap asymmetry in differential sensing capacitors of micro accelerometers. The method involves three processes: first, bi-directional measurement, which can sharply reduce the influence of the feedback circuit on bias output, is proposed. Experiments are then carried out on a centrifuge to obtain the input and output data of an accelerometer. Second, the analytical input-output relationship of the accelerometer with gap asymmetry and circuit error is theoretically derived. Finally, the prediction methodology combines the measurement results and analytical derivation to identify the asymmetric error of 30 accelerometers fabricated by DRIE. Results indicate that the level of asymmetry induced by fabrication uncertainty is about ±5 × 10−2, and that the absolute error is about ±0.2 µm under a 4 µm gap.

  13. RESEARCH ON SPORTING IMAGES CLASSIFICATION AND APPLICATION BASED ON SIFT ALGORITHM%基于SIFT算法的体育类图像分类与应用研究

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    朱飞; 王兴起

    2011-01-01

    For the huge volume of data and computational complexity of content-based image classification, the authors propose a SIFT-based image classification method and apply it to sporting images classification. The method extracts feature points from images, then use DBScan and K-Means algorithms to analyse feature data to obtain data that best represent image features. Images are classified with these data. Experiments and analysis show that the proposed method possesses advantages of speed and precision.%针对基于内容的图像分类检索方法的数据量巨大、计算复杂度高等的不足,提出一种基于SIFT算法的图像分类方法,并将其应用到体育类图像分类上.该方法从图像中提取出特征点之后,分别使用DBScan算法和K-Mean算法对特征数据进行分析,从而得到最能反映图像特征的数据,再利用这些数据对图像进行分类.实验分析表明:该方法具有速度快、分类精度高的优点.

  14. 基于SIFT特征及改进Gabor滤波器的低质量指纹增强算法%Enhancement Algorithm Based on SIFT Features and the Improvement of Gabor Filter Low-quality Fingerprint

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    张升斌; 李吉成; 陈小波

    2013-01-01

    Parameter values for the ridge orientation Gabor filtering process are not precise enough. Based on the frequency parameters of the ridge strike and the inefficient method shortcomings, this paper suggests improvements for the actual needs of the incomplete site low-quality fingerprint process, before the Gabor filter to increase the SIFT analysis method of noise suppression to some extent to improve the Gabor filter accuracy, thus obtaining the effective low-quality filtering of incomplete fingerprint enhancement. In this paper, the feasibility and applicability of the algorithm are verified by a series of theoretical analysis and experiments.%针对指纹增强Gabor滤波过程中指纹纹线方向参数取值不够精确、指纹纹线频率参数求取方法效率不高的缺点,对现场低质量残缺指纹处理过程中的实际需求提出改进,在Gabor滤波器前增加SIFT分析,通过在某种程度上抑制噪声来提高Gabor滤波精度,从而有效地实现对低质量残缺指纹的滤波增强.通过一系列理论分析和实验验证了算法的可行性和适用性.

  15. Predicting mendelian disease-causing non-synonymous single nucleotide variants in exome sequencing studies.

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    Full Text Available Exome sequencing is becoming a standard tool for mapping Mendelian disease-causing (or pathogenic non-synonymous single nucleotide variants (nsSNVs. Minor allele frequency (MAF filtering approach and functional prediction methods are commonly used to identify candidate pathogenic mutations in these studies. Combining multiple functional prediction methods may increase accuracy in prediction. Here, we propose to use a logit model to combine multiple prediction methods and compute an unbiased probability of a rare variant being pathogenic. Also, for the first time we assess the predictive power of seven prediction methods (including SIFT, PolyPhen2, CONDEL, and logit in predicting pathogenic nsSNVs from other rare variants, which reflects the situation after MAF filtering is done in exome-sequencing studies. We found that a logit model combining all or some original prediction methods outperforms other methods examined, but is unable to discriminate between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive disease mutations. Finally, based on the predictions of the logit model, we estimate that an individual has around 5% of rare nsSNVs that are pathogenic and carries ~22 pathogenic derived alleles at least, which if made homozygous by consanguineous marriages may lead to recessive diseases.

  16. Predicting mendelian disease-causing non-synonymous single nucleotide variants in exome sequencing studies.

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    Li, Miao-Xin; Kwan, Johnny S H; Bao, Su-Ying; Yang, Wanling; Ho, Shu-Leong; Song, Yong-Qiang; Sham, Pak C

    2013-01-01

    Exome sequencing is becoming a standard tool for mapping Mendelian disease-causing (or pathogenic) non-synonymous single nucleotide variants (nsSNVs). Minor allele frequency (MAF) filtering approach and functional prediction methods are commonly used to identify candidate pathogenic mutations in these studies. Combining multiple functional prediction methods may increase accuracy in prediction. Here, we propose to use a logit model to combine multiple prediction methods and compute an unbiased probability of a rare variant being pathogenic. Also, for the first time we assess the predictive power of seven prediction methods (including SIFT, PolyPhen2, CONDEL, and logit) in predicting pathogenic nsSNVs from other rare variants, which reflects the situation after MAF filtering is done in exome-sequencing studies. We found that a logit model combining all or some original prediction methods outperforms other methods examined, but is unable to discriminate between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive disease mutations. Finally, based on the predictions of the logit model, we estimate that an individual has around 5% of rare nsSNVs that are pathogenic and carries ~22 pathogenic derived alleles at least, which if made homozygous by consanguineous marriages may lead to recessive diseases. PMID:23341771

  17. HOTCFGM-2D: A Coupled Higher-Order Theory for Cylindrical Structural Components with Bi-Directionally Components with Bi-Directionally Graded Microstructures

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    Pindera, Marek-Jerzy; Aboudi, Jacob

    2000-01-01

    The objective of this two-year project was to develop and deliver to the NASA-Glenn Research Center a two-dimensional higher-order theory, and related computer codes, for the analysis and design of cylindrical functionally graded materials/structural components for use in advanced aircraft engines (e.g., combustor linings, rotor disks, heat shields, brisk blades). To satisfy this objective, two-dimensional version of the higher-order theory, HOTCFGM-2D, and four computer codes based on this theory, for the analysis and design of structural components functionally graded in the radial and circumferential directions were developed in the cylindrical coordinate system r-Theta-z. This version of the higher-order theory is a significant generalization of the one-dimensional theory, HOTCFGM-1D, developed during the FY97 for the analysis and design of cylindrical structural components with radially graded microstructures. The generalized theory is applicable to thin multi-phased composite shells/cylinders subjected to steady-state thermomechanical, transient thermal and inertial loading applied uniformly along the axial direction such that the overall deformation is characterized by a constant average axial strain. The reinforcement phases are uniformly distributed in the axial direction, and arbitrarily distributed in the radial and circumferential direction, thereby allowing functional grading of the internal reinforcement in the r-Theta plane. The four computer codes fgmc3dq.cylindrical.f, fgmp3dq.cylindrical.f, fgmgvips3dq.cylindrical.f, and fgmc3dq.cylindrical.transient.f are research-oriented codes for investigating the effect of functionally graded architectures, as well as the properties of the multi-phase reinforcement, in thin shells subjected to thermomechanical and inertial loading, on the internal temperature, stress and (inelastic) strain fields. The reinforcement distribution in the radial and circumferential directions is specified by the user. The thermal and inelastic properties of the individual phases can vary with temperature. The inelastic phases are presently modeled by the power-law creep model generalized to multi-directional loading (within fgmc3dq.cylindrical.f and fgmc3dq.cylindrical.transient.f for steady-state and transient thermal loading, respectively), and incremental plasticity and GVIPS unified viscoplasticity theories (within the steady-state loading versions fgmp3dq.cylindrical.f and fgmgvips3dq.cylindrical.f).

  18. Research on sifting of American ginseng as raw material with near infrared spectroscopy%西洋参原材料近红外光谱精选研究

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    威淑叶; 单婕; Ting Wong; 凌雷; 韩东海

    2012-01-01

    为确保药物成品质量的稳定均一,作为原材料的西洋参应保证纯正.采用近红外积分球漫反射光谱,首先对西洋参、人参原样光谱运用移动窗口偏最小二乘法(moving window partial least-squares regression,MWPLS)选择特征波段,建立最小二乘支持向量机(least-squares support vector machine,LS-SVM)种类鉴别模型挑选出西洋参样品,判别正确率为100%.然后将样品粉碎,人参以5%、10%、15%、20%掺入西洋参粉末,为增加样品代表性借助线性加和模拟光谱手段于4000 ~7000 cm-1建立主成分判别分析(principal component analysis discriminant analysis,PCA-DA)掺杂判别模型,预测判别正确率由97.2%上升至100%,区分出少量人参掺杂的西洋参样品,最终精选出西洋参原材料纯品.%To maintain the stability of drug products, it is necessary to ensure that American ginseng is pure as raw material. The near infrared integrating sphere diffuse reflective spectra are used. Firstly, moving window partial least-squares regression (MWPLS) is used to pick out the characteristic wavebands in the spectra of intact American ginseng and Panax ginseng. Then, the least-squares support vector machine (LS-SVM) model is built in the appointed wavebands to differentiate American ginseng from Panax ginseng with 100% accurate rate. Afterwards, all the samples are comminuted, and American ginseng powders are mixed with 5% , 10% , 15% and 20% Panax ginseng powders, respectively. To improve the representativeness of the samples, a principal component analysis discriminant analysis (PCA-DA) model is built with linear additive analog spectrum method at 4 000 ~7 000 cm-1; and the adulterant American ginseng is distinguished and the accurate rate is improved from 97.2% to 100%. As a result, the samples with a little Panax ginseng mixed are distinguished, and the pure American ginseng is sifted as raw material.

  19. BD-Func: a streamlined algorithm for predicting activation and inhibition of pathways

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    Charles D. Warden

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available BD-Func (BiDirectional FUNCtional enrichment is an algorithm that calculates functional enrichment by comparing lists of pre-defined genes that are known to be activated versus inhibited in a pathway or by a regulatory molecule. This paper shows that BD-Func can correctly predict cell line alternations and patient characteristics with accuracy comparable to popular algorithms, with a significantly faster run-time. BD-Func can compare scores for individual samples across multiple groups as well as provide predictive statistics and receiver operating characteristic (ROC plots to quantify the accuracy of the signature associated with a binary phenotypic variable. BD-Func facilitates collaboration and reproducibility by encouraging users to share novel molecular signatures in the BD-Func discussion group, which is where the novel progesterone receptor and LBH589 signatures from this paper can be found. The novel LBH589 signature presented in this paper also serves as a case study showing how a custom signature using cell line data can accurately predict activity in vivo. This software is available to download at https://sourceforge.net/projects/bdfunc/.

  20. A Novel Data Assimilation Methodology for Predicting Lithology Based on Sequence Labeling Algorithms

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    Park, E.; Jeong, J.; Han, W. S.; Kim, K. Y.

    2014-12-01

    A hidden Markov model (HMM) and a conditional random fields (CRFs) model for lithological predictions based on multiple geophysical well-logging data are derived for dealing with directional non-stationarity through bi-directional training and conditioning. The developed models were benchmarked against their conventional counterparts, and hypothetical boreholes with the corresponding synthetic geophysical data including artificial errors were employed. In the three test scenarios devised, the average fitness and unfitness values of the developed CRFs model and HMM are 0.84 and 0.071, and 0.81 and 0.084, respectively, while those of the conventional CRFs model and HMM are 0.78 and 0.091, and 0.77 and 0.099, respectively. Comparisons of their predictabilities show that the models designed for directional non-stationarity clearly perform better than the conventional models for all tested examples. Among them, the developed linear-chain CRFs model showed the best or close to the best performance with high predictability and a low training data requirement. Keywords: one-dimensional lithological characterization, sequence labeling algorithm, conditional random fields, hidden Markov model, borehole, geophysical well-logging data.

  1. [Plumbago - General sifting of small stuff] 776

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    W L H Skeen and Co

    2003-01-01

    279 x 210 mm. Showing workers, under the supervision of a Sinhalese manager, grading and sorting plumbago pieces with large metal sieves of various sizes. Annotated '776' on the bottom left hand corner of the photograph. Date approximate.

  2. [Plumbago - hand sifting for discoloured pieces] 775

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    W L H Skeen and Co

    2003-01-01

    278 x 211 mm. Showing female workers sorting plumbago in an open courtyard surrounded by barrels of plumbago awaiting shipment. Annotated '775' on the bottom left hand corner of the photograph. Date approximate.

  3. Volcanoes. MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluation.

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    Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT (Except for the Evaluation Summary Table): VERSION: 1.4E. PRODUCER: Earthware Computer Services, P.O. Box 30039, Eugene, OR 07403. EVALUATION COMPLETED: June 1982 by staff of NWREL and constituents of the Alaska Department of Education. COST: $49.50. ABILITY LEVEL: Secondary and College. SUBJECT:…

  4. Predicting the functional consequences of non-synonymous DNA sequence variants--evaluation of bioinformatics tools and development of a consensus strategy.

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    Frousios, Kimon; Iliopoulos, Costas S; Schlitt, Thomas; Simpson, Michael A

    2013-10-01

    The study of DNA sequence variation has been transformed by recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies. Determination of the functional consequences of sequence variant alleles offers potential insight as to how genotype may influence phenotype. Even within protein coding regions of the genome, establishing the consequences of variation on gene and protein function is challenging and requires substantial laboratory investigation. However, a series of bioinformatics tools have been developed to predict whether non-synonymous variants are neutral or disease-causing. In this study we evaluate the performance of nine such methods (SIFT, PolyPhen2, SNPs&GO, PhD-SNP, PANTHER, Mutation Assessor, MutPred, Condel and CAROL) and developed CoVEC (Consensus Variant Effect Classification), a tool that integrates the prediction results from four of these methods. We demonstrate that the CoVEC approach outperforms most individual methods and highlights the benefit of combining results from multiple tools. PMID:23831115

  5. Comparison of predicted and actual consequences of missense mutations.

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    Miosge, Lisa A; Field, Matthew A; Sontani, Yovina; Cho, Vicky; Johnson, Simon; Palkova, Anna; Balakishnan, Bhavani; Liang, Rong; Zhang, Yafei; Lyon, Stephen; Beutler, Bruce; Whittle, Belinda; Bertram, Edward M; Enders, Anselm; Goodnow, Christopher C; Andrews, T Daniel

    2015-09-15

    Each person's genome sequence has thousands of missense variants. Practical interpretation of their functional significance must rely on computational inferences in the absence of exhaustive experimental measurements. Here we analyzed the efficacy of these inferences in 33 de novo missense mutations revealed by sequencing in first-generation progeny of N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-treated mice, involving 23 essential immune system genes. PolyPhen2, SIFT, MutationAssessor, Panther, CADD, and Condel were used to predict each mutation's functional importance, whereas the actual effect was measured by breeding and testing homozygotes for the expected in vivo loss-of-function phenotype. Only 20% of mutations predicted to be deleterious by PolyPhen2 (and 15% by CADD) showed a discernible phenotype in individual homozygotes. Half of all possible missense mutations in the same 23 immune genes were predicted to be deleterious, and most of these appear to become subject to purifying selection because few persist between separate mouse substrains, rodents, or primates. Because defects in immune genes could be phenotypically masked in vivo by compensation and environment, we compared inferences by the same tools with the in vitro phenotype of all 2,314 possible missense variants in TP53; 42% of mutations predicted by PolyPhen2 to be deleterious (and 45% by CADD) had little measurable consequence for TP53-promoted transcription. We conclude that for de novo or low-frequency missense mutations found by genome sequencing, half those inferred as deleterious correspond to nearly neutral mutations that have little impact on the clinical phenotype of individual cases but will nevertheless become subject to purifying selection. PMID:26269570

  6. Improved signature prediction through coupling of ShipIR and CFD

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    Vaitekunas, David A.; Sideroff, Chris; Moussa, Christine

    2011-05-01

    Most existing platform signature models use semi-empirical correlations to predict flow convection on internal and external surfaces, a key element in the prediction of accurate skin signature. Although these convection algorithms are capable of predicting bulk heat transfer coefficients between each surface and the designated flow region, they are not capable of capturing local effects such as flow stagnation, flow separation, and flow history. Most computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes lack the ability to predict changes in background solar and thermal irradiation with the environment and sun location, nor do they include multi-bounce radiative surface exchanges by default in their solvers. Existing interfaces between CFD and signature prediction typically involve a one-directional mapping of CFD predicted temperatures to the signature model. This paper describes a new functional interface between the NATO-standard ship signature model (ShipIR) and the ANSYS Fluent model, where a bi-directional mapping is used to transfer the thermal radiation predictions from ShipIR to Fluent, and after re-iteration of the CFD solution, transfer the wall and fluid temperatures back to ShipIR for further refinement of local-area heat transfer coefficients, and re-iteration of the ShipIR thermal solution. Both models converge to an RMS difference of 0.3 °C within a few successive iterations (5-6). This new functional interface is described through a detailed thermal/IR simulation of an unclassified research vessel, the Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel (CFAV) Quest. Future efforts to validate this new modelling approach using shipboard measurements are also discussed.

  7. Comparison and integration of deleteriousness prediction methods for nonsynonymous SNVs in whole exome sequencing studies.

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    Dong, Chengliang; Wei, Peng; Jian, Xueqiu; Gibbs, Richard; Boerwinkle, Eric; Wang, Kai; Liu, Xiaoming

    2015-04-15

    Accurate deleteriousness prediction for nonsynonymous variants is crucial for distinguishing pathogenic mutations from background polymorphisms in whole exome sequencing (WES) studies. Although many deleteriousness prediction methods have been developed, their prediction results are sometimes inconsistent with each other and their relative merits are still unclear in practical applications. To address these issues, we comprehensively evaluated the predictive performance of 18 current deleteriousness-scoring methods, including 11 function prediction scores (PolyPhen-2, SIFT, MutationTaster, Mutation Assessor, FATHMM, LRT, PANTHER, PhD-SNP, SNAP, SNPs&GO and MutPred), 3 conservation scores (GERP++, SiPhy and PhyloP) and 4 ensemble scores (CADD, PON-P, KGGSeq and CONDEL). We found that FATHMM and KGGSeq had the highest discriminative power among independent scores and ensemble scores, respectively. Moreover, to ensure unbiased performance evaluation of these prediction scores, we manually collected three distinct testing datasets, on which no current prediction scores were tuned. In addition, we developed two new ensemble scores that integrate nine independent scores and allele frequency. Our scores achieved the highest discriminative power compared with all the deleteriousness prediction scores tested and showed low false-positive prediction rate for benign yet rare nonsynonymous variants, which demonstrated the value of combining information from multiple orthologous approaches. Finally, to facilitate variant prioritization in WES studies, we have pre-computed our ensemble scores for 87 347 044 possible variants in the whole-exome and made them publicly available through the ANNOVAR software and the dbNSFP database. PMID:25552646

  8. Successful Predictions

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    Pierrehumbert, R.

    2012-12-01

    In an observational science, it is not possible to test hypotheses through controlled laboratory experiments. One can test parts of the system in the lab (as is done routinely with infrared spectroscopy of greenhouse gases), but the collective behavior cannot be tested experimentally because a star or planet cannot be brought into the lab; it must, instead, itself be the lab. In the case of anthropogenic global warming, this is all too literally true, and the experiment would be quite exciting if it weren't for the unsettling fact that we and all our descendents for the forseeable future will have to continue making our home in the lab. There are nonetheless many routes though which the validity of a theory of the collective behavior can be determined. A convincing explanation must not be a"just-so" story, but must make additional predictions that can be verified against observations that were not originally used in formulating the theory. The field of Earth and planetary climate has racked up an impressive number of such predictions. I will also admit as "predictions" statements about things that happened in the past, provided that observations or proxies pinning down the past climate state were not available at the time the prediction was made. The basic prediction that burning of fossil fuels would lead to an increase of atmospheric CO2, and that this would in turn alter the Earth's energy balance so as to cause tropospheric warming, is one of the great successes of climate science. It began in the lineage of Fourier, Tyndall and Arrhenius, and was largely complete with the the radiative-convective modeling work of Manabe in the 1960's -- all well before the expected warming had progressed far enough to be observable. Similarly, long before the increase in atmospheric CO2 could be detected, Bolin formulated a carbon cycle model and used it to predict atmospheric CO2 out to the year 2000; the actual values come in at the high end of his predicted range, for

  9. Prediction Markets

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    Horn, Christian Franz; Ivens, Bjørn Sven; Ohneberg, Michael;

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, Prediction Markets gained growing interest as a forecasting tool among researchers as well as practitioners, which resulted in an increasing number of publications. In order to track the latest development of research, comprising the extent and focus of research, this article...

  10. Bi-directional ACET micropump for on-chip biological applications.

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    Vafaie, Reza Hadjiaghaie; Ghavifekr, Habib Badri; Van Lintel, Harald; Brugger, Juergen; Renaud, Philippe

    2016-03-01

    The ability to control and pump high ionic strength fluids inside microchannels forms a major advantage for clinical diagnostics and drug screening processes, where high conductive biological and physiological buffers are used. Despite the known potential of AC electro-thermal (ACET) effect in different biomedical applications, comparatively little is known about controlling the velocity and direction of fluid inside the chip. Here, we proposed to discretize the conventional electrodes to form various asymmetric electrode structures in order to control the fluid direction by simple switching the appropriate electric potential applied to the discretized electrodes. The ACET pumping effect was numerically studied by solving electrical, thermal and hydrodynamic multi-physic coupled equations to optimize the geometrical dimensions of the discretized system. PBS solutions with different ionic strength were seeded with 1 μm sized fluorescent particles and electrothermally driven fluid motion was observed inside the channel for different electrode structures. Experimental analyses confirm that the proposed micropump is efficient for a conductivity range between 0.1 and 1 S/m and the efficiency improves by increasing the voltage amplitude. Behavior of the proposed electrode-electrolyte system is discussed by lumped circuit model. Frequency response of system illustrated that the optimal frequency range increases by increasing the conductivity of medium. For 0.18 S/m PBS solution, the constant pumping effect was observed at frequency range between 100 kHz and 1 MHz, while frequency range of 100 kHz to 5 MHZ was observed for 0.42 S/m. The characteristics of experimental results were in good agreement with the theoretical model. PMID:26790840

  11. Crowdsourced bi-directional disaster reporting and alerting on smartphones in Lao PDR

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    Frommberger, Lutz; Schmid, Falko

    2013-01-01

    Natural disasters are a large threat for people especially in developing countries such as Laos. ICT-based disaster management systems aim at supporting disaster warning and response efforts. However, the ability to directly communicate in both directions between local and administrative level is often not supported, and a tight integration into administrative workflows is missing. In this paper, we present the smartphone-based disaster and reporting system Mobile4D. It allows for bi-directio...

  12. Design of Nano-satellite Cluster Formations for Bi-Directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) Estimations

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    Nag, Sreeja

    2013-01-01

    The bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) of the Earth’s surface describes the directional and spectral variation of reflectance of a surface element. It is required for precise determination of important geophysical parameters such as albedo. BRDF can be estimated using reflectance data acquired at large 3D angular spread of solar illumination and detector directions and visible/near infrared (VNIR) spectral bands. This paper proposes and evaluates the use of nanosatellite c...

  13. Dosimetric characterization of a bi-directional micromultileaf collimator for stereotactic applications.

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    Bucciolini, M; Russo, S; Banci Buonamici, F; Pini, S; Silli, P

    2002-07-01

    A 6 MV photon beam from Linac SL75-5 has been collimated with a new micromultileaf device that is able to shape the field in the two orthogonal directions with four banks of leaves. This is the first clinical installation of the collimator and in this paper the dosimetric characterization of the system is reported. The dosimetric parameters required by the treatment planning system used for the dose calculation in the patient are: tissue maximum ratios, output factors, transmission and leakage of the leaves, penumbra values. Ionization chambers, silicon diode, radiographic films, and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters have been employed for measurements of absolute dose and beam dosimetric data. Measurements with different dosimeters supply results in reasonable agreement among them and consistent with data available in literature for other models of micromultileaf collimator; that permits the use of the measured parameters for clinical applications. The discrepancies between results obtained with the different detectors (around 2%) for the analyzed parameters can be considered an indication of the accuracy that can be reached by current stereotactic dosimetry. PMID:12148726

  14. Inductorless bi-directional piezoelectric transformerbased converters: Design and control considerations

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    Ekhtiari, Marzieh

    lamps, backlight for LCD displays in notebook computers. Piezoelectric ceramic devices vibrate at their mechanical resonance. The operating principle of the piezoelectric transformers is based on electromechanical energy conversion. There is electromechanical coupling between the primary...

  15. A Bi-directional Energy Splitable Model for Energy Optimization in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    A. Rajeswari

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Wireless Sensor Networks is a budding  prototype of networking and computing, where a node may be self powered and individual node have the capability to sense and compute and communicate. Wireless Sensor Networks have been proposed for variety of applications such as Industrial control and monitoring and home automation and consumer electronics and security andMilitary sensing, Asset tracking and supply chain management, Intelligent Agriculture, Missile directing, Fire alarming, Landslide Warning, Environmental monitoring and health monitoring and commercial applications. In Wireless Sensor Network large number of nodes are deployed randomly. Depends on the network architecture the application may be personalized such as Energy Efficiency, Routing and Power Management and data dissemination. Energy Optimization involves in minimizing an energy expenditure and maximizing the lifetime of the complete network. In the proposed work, the placement of nodes are directly involved with residual energy. Energy Optimization in sensor network is very difficult task to achieve it. The optimization of energy is performed through Bidirectional Energy Splitable Model. The data flow in both forward and backward directions are considered, In order to achieve the best QOS in transmission, some parameters such as load, delay and direction of individual nodes are considered. A mathematical model is developed to determine the data flow of  individual node based on the residual energy.

  16. Structure and Function of the Bi-Directional Bacterial Flagellar Motor

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    Yusuke V. Morimoto

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The bacterial flagellum is a locomotive organelle that propels the bacterial cell body in liquid environments. The flagellum is a supramolecular complex composed of about 30 different proteins and consists of at least three parts: a rotary motor, a universal joint, and a helical filament. The flagellar motor of Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica is powered by an inward-directed electrochemical potential difference of protons across the cytoplasmic membrane. The flagellar motor consists of a rotor made of FliF, FliG, FliM and FliN and a dozen stators consisting of MotA and MotB. FliG, FliM and FliN also act as a molecular switch, enabling the motor to spin in both counterclockwise and clockwise directions. Each stator is anchored to the peptidoglycan layer through the C-terminal periplasmic domain of MotB and acts as a proton channel to couple the proton flow through the channel with torque generation. Highly conserved charged residues at the rotor–stator interface are required not only for torque generation but also for stator assembly around the rotor. In this review, we will summarize our current understanding of the structure and function of the proton-driven bacterial flagellar motor.

  17. Mechanistic exploration of a bi-directional PDT-based combination in pancreatic cancer (Conference Presentation)

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    Huang, Huang-Chiao; Mallidi, Srivalleesha; Liu, Joyce; Chiang, Chun-Te; Mai, Zhiming; Goldschmidt, Ruth; Rizvi, Imran; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Neema; Hasan, Tayyaba

    2016-03-01

    It is increasingly evident that the most effective cancer treatments will involve interactive regimens that target multiple non-overlapping pathways, preferably such that each component enhances the others to improve outcomes while minimizing systemic toxicities. Toward this goal, we developed a combination of photodynamic therapy and irinotecan, which mechanistically cooperate with each other, beyond their individual tumor destruction pathways, to cause synergistic reduction in orthotopic pancreatic tumor burden. A three-way mechanistic basis of the observed the synergism will be discussed: (i) PDT downregulates drug efflux transporters to increase intracellular irinotecan levels. (ii) Irinotecan reduces the expression of hypoxia-induced marker, which is upregulated by PDT. (iii) PDT downregulates irinotecan-induced survivin expression to amplify the apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects. The clinical translation potential of the combination will also be highlighted.

  18. Bi-directional exchange of ammonia in a pine forest ecosystem - a model sensitivity analysis

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    Moravek, Alexander; Hrdina, Amy; Murphy, Jennifer

    2016-04-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is a key component in the global nitrogen cycle and of great importance for atmospheric chemistry, neutralizing atmospheric acids and leading to the formation of aerosol particles. For understanding the role of NH3 in both natural and anthropogenically influenced environments, the knowledge of processes regulating its exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere is essential. A two-layer canopy compensation point model is used to evaluate the NH3 exchange in a pine forest in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The net flux comprises the NH3 exchange of leaf stomata, its deposition to leaf cuticles and exchange with the forest ground. As key parameters the model uses in-canopy NH3 mixing ratios as well as leaf and soil emission potentials measured at the site in summer 2015. A sensitivity analysis is performed to evaluate the major exchange pathways as well as the model's constraints. In addition, the NH3 exchange is examined for an extended range of environmental conditions, such as droughts or varying concentrations of atmospheric pollutants, in order to investigate their influence on the overall net exchange.

  19. Rad-hard Reconfigurable Bi-Directional Level Shifters Technology for Micro- and Nanosatellites Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Various technologies available to space system designers that operate at different voltage levels. It is, however, important to interface, maintain, and update...

  20. RNA/peptide binding driven by electrostatics -- Insight from bi-directional pulling simulations

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    Do, Trang N.; Carloni, Paolo; Varani, Gabriele; Bussi, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    RNA/protein interactions play crucial roles in controlling gene expression. They are becoming important targets for pharmaceutical applications. Due to RNA flexibility and to the strength of electrostatic interactions, standard docking methods are insufficient. We here present a computational method which allows studying the binding of RNA molecules and charged peptides with atomistic, explicit-solvent molecular dynamics. In our method, a suitable estimate of the electrostatic interaction is ...

  1. Bi-directional Alfvén cyclotron instabilities in the mega-amp spherical tokamak

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    Sharapov, S. E., E-mail: Sergei.Sharapov@ccfe.ac.uk; Akers, R.; Ayed, N. Ben; Cunningham, G. [CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Lilley, M. K. [Physics Department, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Cecconello, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, SE-75105 Uppsala (Sweden); Cook, J. W. C.; Verwichte, E. [Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2014-08-15

    Alfvén cyclotron instabilities excited by velocity gradients of energetic beam ions were investigated in MAST experiments with super-Alfvénic neutral beam injection over a wide range of toroidal magnetic fields from ∼0.34 T to ∼0.585 T. In MAST discharges with high magnetic field, a discrete spectrum of modes in the sub-cyclotron frequency range is excited toroidally propagating counter to the beam and plasma current (toroidal mode numbers n < 0). At lower magnetic field ≤0.45 T, a discrete spectrum of Compressional Alfvén Eigenmodes (CAEs) with n > 0 arises, in addition to the modes with n < 0. At lowest magnetic fields, the CAEs with n > 0 become dominant, they are observed in frequency range from ∼250 kHz for n=1 to ∼3.5 MHz for n=15, well above the on-axis ion cyclotron frequency (∼2.5 MHz). The data is interpreted in terms of normal and anomalous Doppler resonances modified by magnetic drift terms due to inhomogeneity and curvature of the magnetic field. A Hall MHD model is applied for computing the eigenfrequencies and the spatial mode structure of CAEs and a good agreement with the experimental frequencies is found.

  2. Severe congestion handling approaches in NSIS RMD domains with bi-directional reservations

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    Dimitrova, Desislava; Karagiannis, Georgios; Boer, de Pieter-Tjerk

    2008-01-01

    Real time applications usually impose strict QoS requirements on communication networks. Several QoS frameworks have been developed and standardized to satisfy these QoS requirements. Among them is the NSIS QoS framework that is currently being standardized by the NSIS (Next Steps In Signaling) work

  3. Bi-Directional Effect of Increasing Doses of Baclofen on Reinforcement Learning

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    Andres Ort

    2011-01-01

    In rodents as well as in humans, efficient reinforcement learning depends on dopamine (DA) released from ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons. It has been shown that in brain slices of mice, GABA(B)-receptor agonists at low concentrations increase the firing frequency of VTA-DA neurons, while high concentrations reduce the firing frequency. It remains however elusive whether baclofen can modulate reinforcement learning in humans. Here, in a double-blind study in 34 healthy human volunteers, w...

  4. Modelling of laboratory data of bi-directional reflectance of regolith surface containing Alumina

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    Bhattacharjee, C; Das, H S; Sen, A K; Gupta, R

    2011-01-01

    Bidirectional reflectance of a surface is defined as the ratio of the scattered radiation at the detector to the incident irradiance as a function of geometry. The accurate knowledge of the bidirectional reflection function (BRF) of layers composed of discrete, randomly positioned scattering particles is very essential for many remote sensing, engineering, biophysical applications and in different areas of Astrophysics. The computations of BRF's for plane parallel particulate layers are usually reduced to solve the radiative transfer equation (RTE) by the existing techniques. In this work we present our laboratory data on bidirectional reflectance versus phase angle for two sample sizes of 0.3 and 1 $\\mu m$ of Alumina for the He-Ne laser at 632.8 nm (red) and 543.5nm(green) wavelength. The nature of the phase curves of the asteroids depends on the parameters like- particle size, composition, porosity, roughness etc. In our present work we analyse the data which are being generated using single scattering phas...

  5. Bi-directional 120 km long-reach PON link based on distributed Raman amplification

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    Kjær, Rasmus; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo;

    2006-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate a bidirectional PON link with 120 km reach and symmetric up and down stream data rate of 10 Gbit/s. Lossless transmission was achieved with >40 dB of received OSNR......We propose and demonstrate a bidirectional PON link with 120 km reach and symmetric up and down stream data rate of 10 Gbit/s. Lossless transmission was achieved with >40 dB of received OSNR...

  6. TCP and web browsing performance in case of bi-directional packet loss

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    Kooij, R.E.; Mei, R.D. van der; Yang, R.

    2010-01-01

    Performance modeling of the transport control protocol (TCP) has received a lot of attention over the past few years. The most commonly quoted results are approximate formulas for TCP throughput (Padhye et al. (2000) [1]) and document download times (Cardwell et al. (2000) [2]) which are used for di

  7. Numerical modelling of chirality-induced bi-directional swimming of artificial flagella

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    Namdeo, S.; Khaderi, S. N.; Onck, P. R.

    2014-01-01

    Biomimetic micro-swimmers can be used for various medical applications, such as targeted drug delivery and micro-object (e. g. biological cells) manipulation, in lab-on-a-chip devices. Bacteria swim using a bundle of flagella (flexible hair-like structures) that form a rotating cork-screw of chiral

  8. Visual and tactile interfaces for bi-directional human robot communication

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    Barber, Daniel; Lackey, Stephanie; Reinerman-Jones, Lauren; Hudson, Irwin

    2013-05-01

    Seamless integration of unmanned and systems and Soldiers in the operational environment requires robust communication capabilities. Multi-Modal Communication (MMC) facilitates achieving this goal due to redundancy and levels of communication superior to single mode interaction using auditory, visual, and tactile modalities. Visual signaling using arm and hand gestures is a natural method of communication between people. Visual signals standardized within the U.S. Army Field Manual and in use by Soldiers provide a foundation for developing gestures for human to robot communication. Emerging technologies using Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) enable classification of arm and hand gestures for communication with a robot without the requirement of line-of-sight needed by computer vision techniques. These devices improve the robustness of interpreting gestures in noisy environments and are capable of classifying signals relevant to operational tasks. Closing the communication loop between Soldiers and robots necessitates them having the ability to return equivalent messages. Existing visual signals from robots to humans typically require highly anthropomorphic features not present on military vehicles. Tactile displays tap into an unused modality for robot to human communication. Typically used for hands-free navigation and cueing, existing tactile display technologies are used to deliver equivalent visual signals from the U.S. Army Field Manual. This paper describes ongoing research to collaboratively develop tactile communication methods with Soldiers, measure classification accuracy of visual signal interfaces, and provides an integration example including two robotic platforms.

  9. Bi-directional high-side current sense circuit for switch mode power supplies

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    Ekhtiari, Marzieh; Bruun, Erik; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2014-01-01

    and secondary sides of the transformer which is internally implemented inside the transformer. Therefore, curren t must be measured from the high voltage line in the presence of hig h input switching voltage. This paper proposes a resistive current s ensing circuit based on discrete components useful for input...

  10. Dosimetric characterization of a bi-directional micromultileaf collimator for stereotactic applications.

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    Bucciolini, M; Russo, S; Banci Buonamici, F; Pini, S; Silli, P

    2002-07-01

    A 6 MV photon beam from Linac SL75-5 has been collimated with a new micromultileaf device that is able to shape the field in the two orthogonal directions with four banks of leaves. This is the first clinical installation of the collimator and in this paper the dosimetric characterization of the system is reported. The dosimetric parameters required by the treatment planning system used for the dose calculation in the patient are: tissue maximum ratios, output factors, transmission and leakage of the leaves, penumbra values. Ionization chambers, silicon diode, radiographic films, and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters have been employed for measurements of absolute dose and beam dosimetric data. Measurements with different dosimeters supply results in reasonable agreement among them and consistent with data available in literature for other models of micromultileaf collimator; that permits the use of the measured parameters for clinical applications. The discrepancies between results obtained with the different detectors (around 2%) for the analyzed parameters can be considered an indication of the accuracy that can be reached by current stereotactic dosimetry.

  11. Control of Fan Blade Vibrations Using Piezoelectrics and Bi-Directional Telemetry

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    Provenza, Andrew J.; Morrison, Carlos R.

    2011-01-01

    A novel wireless device which transfers supply power through induction to rotating operational amplifiers and transmits low voltage AC signals to and from a rotating body by way of radio telemetry has been successfully demonstrated in the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) Dynamic Spin Test Facility. In the demonstration described herein, a rotating operational amplifier provides controllable AC power to a piezoelectric patch epoxied to the surface of a rotating Ti plate. The amplitude and phase of the sinusoidal voltage command signal, transmitted wirelessly to the amplifier, was tuned to completely suppress the 3rd bending resonant vibration of the plate. The plate's 3rd bending resonance was excited using rotating magnetic bearing excitation while it spun at slow speed in a vacuum chamber. A second patch on the opposite side of the plate was used as a sensor. This paper discusses the characteristics of this novel device, the details of a spin test, results from a preliminary demonstration, and future plans.

  12. A programmable analog subthreshold biomimetic model for bi-directional communication with the brain.

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    Ghaderi, Viviane S; Song, Dong; Bouteiller, Jean-Marie C; Choma, John; Berger, Theodore W

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a hardware implementation of a second order Laguerre Expansion of Volterra Kernel (LEV) model with four basis functions. The model is versatile enough to be applied at different abstraction levels (synapse, neuron, or network of neurons) and is implemented with analog building blocks in a modular manner. These analog blocks, realized using low power subthreshold CMOS transistors, can serve as a basis for large-scale hardware systems that emulate multi-input multi-output (MIMO) spike transformations in populations of neurons. The normalized mean square error between the signals produced by the circuit LEV implementation and the ideal LEV model is 8.15%. The total power consumption of the analog circuitry is less than 33nW. PMID:24109805

  13. Light sensitive memristor with bi-directional and wavelength-dependent conductance control

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    Maier, P.; Hartmann, F.; Rebello Sousa Dias, M.; Emmerling, M.; Schneider, C.; Castelano, L. K.; Kamp, M.; Marques, G. E.; Lopez-Richard, V.; Worschech, L.; Höfling, S.

    2016-07-01

    We report the optical control of localized charge on positioned quantum dots in an electro-photo-sensitive memristor. Interband absorption processes in the quantum dot barrier matrix lead to photo-generated electron-hole-pairs that, depending on the applied bias voltage, charge or discharge the quantum dots and hence decrease or increase the conductance. Wavelength-dependent conductance control is observed by illumination with red and infrared light, which leads to charging via interband and discharging via intraband absorption. The presented memristor enables optical conductance control and may thus be considered for sensory applications in artificial neural networks as light-sensitive synapses or optically tunable memories.

  14. Architecture of a bi-directional Bluetooth-UPnP proxy

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    Delphinanto, A.; Lukkien, J.J.; Koonen, A.M.J.; Hartog, F.T.H. den; Madureira, A.J.P.S.; Niemegeers, I.G.M.M.; Selgert, F.

    2007-01-01

    The current service- and device discovery protocols are not platform- and network independent Therefore, proxy servers will be needed to extend the range of IP-based discovery protocols to non-IP domains. We developed an architecture of a proxy that enables UPnP devices and services to be discovered

  15. Out-of-plane platforms with bi-directional thermal bimorph actuation for transducer applications

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    Conchouso, David

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on the Buckled Cantilever Platform (BCP) that allows the manipulation of the out of plane structures through the adjustment of the pitch angle using thermal bimorph micro-Actuators. Due to the micro-fabrication process used, the bimorph actuators can be designed to move in both: Counter Clockwise (CCW) and Clockwise (CW) directions with a resolution of up to 110 μm/V, with smallest step in the range of nanometers. Thermal and electrical characterization of the thermal bimorph actuators showed low influence in the platforms temperature and low power consumption (< 35μW) mainly due to the natural isolation of the structure. Tip displacements larger than 500μm were achieved. The precise angle adjustment achieved through these mechanisms makes them optimal for a range of different MEMS applications, like optical benches and low frequency sweeping sensors and antennas. © 2015 IEEE.

  16. Interactive Furniture: Bi-directional Interaction with a Vibrotactile Wearable Sensate Vest in an Urban Space

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    Morrison, Ann Judith; Leegaard, Jack Højholt; Manresa, Cristina;

    2016-01-01

    with a vibrotactile wearable vest. The heart beats and breath rates of the vest wearers are vibroacoustically displayed at The Humming Wall. In addition, participants can swipe and knock on The Hum-ming Wall and the vest wearer is effectively swiped and knocked upon. We work with overlapping vibrotactile outputs...

  17. Direct modulation of GFAP-expressing glia in the arcuate nucleus bi-directionally regulates feeding

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    Chen, Naiyan; Barak, Boaz; Sur, Mriganka

    2016-01-01

    Multiple hypothalamic neuronal populations that regulate energy balance have been identified. Although hypothalamic glia exist in abundance and form intimate structural connections with neurons, their roles in energy homeostasis are less known. Here we show that selective Ca2+ activation of glia in the mouse arcuate nucleus (ARC) reversibly induces increased food intake while disruption of Ca2+ signaling pathway in ARC glia reduces food intake. The specific activation of ARC glia enhances the activity of agouti-related protein/neuropeptide Y (AgRP/NPY)-expressing neurons but induces no net response in pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-expressing neurons. ARC glial activation non-specifically depolarizes both AgRP/NPY and POMC neurons but a strong inhibitory input to POMC neurons balances the excitation. When AgRP/NPY neurons are inactivated, ARC glial activation fails to evoke any significant changes in food intake. Collectively, these results reveal an important role of ARC glia in the regulation of energy homeostasis through its interaction with distinct neuronal subtype-specific pathways. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.18716.001 PMID:27751234

  18. A bi-directional two-phase/two-phase heat exchanger

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    Ku, Jentung; Ottenstein, Laura

    1993-01-01

    This paper describes the design and test of a heat exchanger that transfers heat from one two-phase thermal loop to another with very small drops in temperature and pressure. The heat exchanger condenses the vapor in one loop while evaporating the liquid in the other without mixing of the condensing and evaporating fluids. The heat exchanger is bidirectional in that it can transfer heat in reverse, condensing on the normally evaporating side and vice versa. It is fully compatible with capillary pumped loops and mechanically pumped loops. Test results verified that performance of the heat exchanger met the design requirements. It demonstrated a heat transfer rate of 6800 watts in the normal mode of operation and 1000 watts in the reverse mode with temperature drops of less than 5 C between two thermal loops.

  19. Bi-directional Alfv\\'en Cyclotron Instabilities in the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak

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    Sharapov, S E; Akers, R; Ayed, N Ben; Cecconello, M; Cook, J W C; Cunningham, G; Verwichte, E; Tea, the MAST

    2014-01-01

    Alfv\\'en cyclotron instabilities excited by velocity gradients of energetic beam ions were investigated in MAST experiments with super-Alfv\\'enic NBI over a wide range of toroidal magnetic fields from ~0.34 T to ~0.585 T. In MAST discharges with high magnetic field, a discrete spectrum of modes in the sub-cyclotron frequency range is excited toroidally propagating counter to the beam and plasma current (toroidal mode numbers n < 0).

  20. Compute-and-forward: multiple bi-directional sessions on the line network

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    Ren, Zhijie; Goseling, Jasper; Weber, Jos H.; Gastpar, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Signal superposition and broadcast are important features of the wireless medium. Compute-and-Forward, also known as Physical Layer Network Coding, is a technique exploiting these features in order to improve performance of wireless networks. In this paper, the possible benefits for the line network

  1. Digital interface for bi-directional communication between a computer and a peripheral device

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    Bond, H. H., Jr. (Inventor); Franklin, C. R.

    1984-01-01

    For transmission of data from the computer to the peripheral, the computer initially clears a flipflop which provides a select signal to a multiplexer. A data available signal or data strobe signal is produced while tht data is being provided to the interface. Setting of the flipflop causes a gate to provide to the peripherial a signal indicating that the interface has data available for transmission. The peripheral provides an acknowledge or strobe signal to transfer the data to the peripheral. For transmission of data from the peripheral to the computer, the computer presents the initially cleared flipflop. A data request signal from the peripheral indicates that the peripheral has data available for transmission to the computer. An acknowledge signal indicates that the interface is ready to receive data from the peripheral and to strobe that data into the interface.

  2. Performance estimation of bi-directional turbines in wave energy plants

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    S. Anand; V. Jayashankar; S. Nagata; K. Toyota; M.Takao; T. Setoguchi

    2007-01-01

    Oscillating water column (OWC) based wave energy plants have been designed with several types of bidirectional turbines for converting pneumatic power to shaft power. Impulse turbines with linked guide vanes and fixed guide vanes have been tested at the Indian Wave Energy plant. This was after initial experimentation with Well's turbines. In contrast to the Well's turbine which has a linear damping characteristic, impulse turbines have non-linear damping. This has an important effect in the overall energy conversion from wave to wire. Optimizing the wave energy plant requires a turbine with linear damping and good efficiency over a broad range of flow coefficient. This work describes how such a design can be made using fixed guide vane impulse turbines. The Indian Wave Energy plant is used as a case study.

  3. Low torque hydrodynamic lip geometry for bi-directional rotation seals

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    Dietle, Lannie L.; Schroeder, John E.

    2009-07-21

    A hydrodynamically lubricating geometry for the generally circular dynamic sealing lip of rotary seals that are employed to partition a lubricant from an environment. The dynamic sealing lip is provided for establishing compressed sealing engagement with a relatively rotatable surface, and for wedging a film of lubricating fluid into the interface between the dynamic sealing lip and the relatively rotatable surface in response to relative rotation that may occur in the clockwise or the counter-clockwise direction. A wave form incorporating an elongated dimple provides the gradual convergence, efficient impingement angle, and gradual interfacial contact pressure rise that are conducive to efficient hydrodynamic wedging. Skewed elevated contact pressure zones produced by compression edge effects provide for controlled lubricant movement within the dynamic sealing interface between the seal and the relatively rotatable surface, producing enhanced lubrication and low running torque.

  4. Analysis of bi-directional piezoelectric-based converters for zero-voltage switching operation

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    Ekhtiari, Marzieh; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2016-01-01

    time, a comprehensive analysis is provided, which can be used as a design guideline for applying control techniques in order to drive switches in piezoelectric transformer-based converters. This study further conveys the proposed method to the region where all the switches can obtain soft switching......-directional piezoelectric power converter is a difficult task. However, the analysis in this work will be convenient for overcoming this challenge. The analysis defines the zero-voltage region indicating the operating points whether or not soft switching can be met over the switching frequency and load range. For the first....... Moreover, the analysis can be applied to other types of resonant converters with or without piezoelectric transformers. Experimental and simulation results are provided, verifying the performed analysis....

  5. Many amino acid substitution variants identified in DNA repair genes during human population screenings are predicted to impact protein function

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    Xi, T; Jones, I M; Mohrenweiser, H W

    2003-11-03

    Over 520 different amino acid substitution variants have been previously identified in the systematic screening of 91 human DNA repair genes for sequence variation. Two algorithms were employed to predict the impact of these amino acid substitutions on protein activity. Sorting Intolerant From Tolerant (SIFT) classified 226 of 508 variants (44%) as ''Intolerant''. Polymorphism Phenotyping (PolyPhen) classed 165 of 489 amino acid substitutions (34%) as ''Probably or Possibly Damaging''. Another 9-15% of the variants were classed as ''Potentially Intolerant or Damaging''. The results from the two algorithms are highly associated, with concordance in predicted impact observed for {approx}62% of the variants. Twenty one to thirty one percent of the variant proteins are predicted to exhibit reduced activity by both algorithms. These variants occur at slightly lower individual allele frequency than do the variants classified as ''Tolerant'' or ''Benign''. Both algorithms correctly predicted the impact of 26 functionally characterized amino acid substitutions in the APE1 protein on biochemical activity, with one exception. It is concluded that a substantial fraction of the missense variants observed in the general human population are functionally relevant. These variants are expected to be the molecular genetic and biochemical basis for the associations of reduced DNA repair capacity phenotypes with elevated cancer risk.

  6. Reward prediction-related increases and decreases in tonic neuronal activity of the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus

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    Ken-Ichi eOkada

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The neuromodulators serotonin, acetylcholine, and dopamine have been proposed to play important roles in the execution of movement, control of several forms of attentional behavior, and reinforcement learning. While the response pattern of midbrain dopaminergic neurons and its specific role in reinforcement learning have been revealed, the roles of the other neuromodulators remain elusive. Reportedly, neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus, one major source of serotonin, continually track the state of expectation of future rewards by showing a correlated response to the start of a behavioral task, reward cue presentation, and reward delivery. Here, we show that neurons in the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTN, one major source of acetylcholine, showed similar encoding of the expectation of future rewards by a systematic increase or decrease in tonic activity. We recorded and analyzed PPTN neuronal activity in monkeys during a reward conditioned visually guided saccade task. The firing patterns of many PPTN neurons were tonically increased or decreased throughout the task period. The tonic activity pattern of neurons was correlated with their encoding of the predicted reward value; neurons exhibiting an increase or decrease in tonic activity showed higher or lower activity in the large reward-predicted trials, respectively. Tonic activity and reward-related modulation ended around the time of reward delivery. Additionally, some tonic changes in activity started prior to the appearance of the initial stimulus, and were related to the anticipatory fixational behavior. A partially overlapping population of neurons showed both the initial anticipatory response and subsequent predicted reward value-dependent activity modulation by their systematic increase or decrease of tonic activity. These bi-directional reward- and anticipatory behavior-related modulation patterns are suitable for the presumed role of the PPTN in reward processing and

  7. The evaluation of tools used to predict the impact of missense variants is hindered by two types of circularity.

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    Grimm, Dominik G; Azencott, Chloé-Agathe; Aicheler, Fabian; Gieraths, Udo; MacArthur, Daniel G; Samocha, Kaitlin E; Cooper, David N; Stenson, Peter D; Daly, Mark J; Smoller, Jordan W; Duncan, Laramie E; Borgwardt, Karsten M

    2015-05-01

    Prioritizing missense variants for further experimental investigation is a key challenge in current sequencing studies for exploring complex and Mendelian diseases. A large number of in silico tools have been employed for the task of pathogenicity prediction, including PolyPhen-2, SIFT, FatHMM, MutationTaster-2, MutationAssessor, Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion, LRT, phyloP, and GERP++, as well as optimized methods of combining tool scores, such as Condel and Logit. Due to the wealth of these methods, an important practical question to answer is which of these tools generalize best, that is, correctly predict the pathogenic character of new variants. We here demonstrate in a study of 10 tools on five datasets that such a comparative evaluation of these tools is hindered by two types of circularity: they arise due to (1) the same variants or (2) different variants from the same protein occurring both in the datasets used for training and for evaluation of these tools, which may lead to overly optimistic results. We show that comparative evaluations of predictors that do not address these types of circularity may erroneously conclude that circularity confounded tools are most accurate among all tools, and may even outperform optimized combinations of tools. PMID:25684150

  8. Predicting protein structure classes from function predictions

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    Sommer, I.; Rahnenfuhrer, J.; de Lichtenberg, Ulrik;

    2004-01-01

    We introduce a new approach to using the information contained in sequence-to-function prediction data in order to recognize protein template classes, a critical step in predicting protein structure. The data on which our method is based comprise probabilities of functional categories; for given......-to-structure prediction methods....

  9. Nonparametric bootstrap prediction

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    Fushiki, Tadayoshi; Komaki, Fumiyasu; Aihara, Kazuyuki

    2005-01-01

    Ensemble learning has recently been intensively studied in the field of machine learning. `Bagging' is a method of ensemble learning and uses bootstrap data to construct various predictors. The required prediction is then obtained by averaging the predictors. Harris proposed using this technique with the parametric bootstrap predictive distribution to construct predictive distributions, and showed that the parametric bootstrap predictive distribution gives asymptotically better prediction tha...

  10. Prediction of the damage-associated non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms in the human MC1R gene.

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    Full Text Available The melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R is involved in the control of melanogenesis. Polymorphisms in this gene have been associated with variation in skin and hair color and with elevated risk for the development of melanoma. Here we used 11 computational tools based on different approaches to predict the damage-associated non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs in the coding region of the human MC1R gene. Among the 92 nsSNPs arranged according to the predictions 62% were classified as damaging in more than five tools. The classification was significantly correlated with the scores of two consensus programs. Alleles associated with the red hair color (RHC phenotype and with the risk of melanoma were examined. The R variants D84E, R142H, R151C, I155T, R160W and D294H were classified as damaging by the majority of the tools while the r variants V60L, V92M and R163Q have been predicted as neutral in most of the programs The combination of the prediction tools results in 14 nsSNPs indicated as the most damaging mutations in MC1R (L48P, R67W, H70Y, P72L, S83P, R151H, S172I, L206P, T242I, G255R, P256S, C273Y, C289R and R306H; C273Y showed to be highly damaging in SIFT, Polyphen-2, MutPred, PANTHER and PROVEAN scores. The computational analysis proved capable of identifying the potentially damaging nsSNPs in MC1R, which are candidates for further laboratory studies of the functional and pharmacological significance of the alterations in the receptor and the phenotypic outcomes.

  11. Predictive modeling of complications.

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    Osorio, Joseph A; Scheer, Justin K; Ames, Christopher P

    2016-09-01

    Predictive analytic algorithms are designed to identify patterns in the data that allow for accurate predictions without the need for a hypothesis. Therefore, predictive modeling can provide detailed and patient-specific information that can be readily applied when discussing the risks of surgery with a patient. There are few studies using predictive modeling techniques in the adult spine surgery literature. These types of studies represent the beginning of the use of predictive analytics in spine surgery outcomes. We will discuss the advancements in the field of spine surgery with respect to predictive analytics, the controversies surrounding the technique, and the future directions. PMID:27286683

  12. Nonlinear Combustion Instability Prediction

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    Flandro, Gary

    2010-01-01

    The liquid rocket engine stability prediction software (LCI) predicts combustion stability of systems using LOX-LH2 propellants. Both longitudinal and transverse mode stability characteristics are calculated. This software has the unique feature of being able to predict system limit amplitude.

  13. Testing earthquake predictions

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    Luen, Brad; Stark, Philip B.

    2008-01-01

    Statistical tests of earthquake predictions require a null hypothesis to model occasional chance successes. To define and quantify 'chance success' is knotty. Some null hypotheses ascribe chance to the Earth: Seismicity is modeled as random. The null distribution of the number of successful predictions - or any other test statistic - is taken to be its distribution when the fixed set of predictions is applied to random seismicity. Such tests tacitly assume that the predictions do not depend on the observed seismicity. Conditioning on the predictions in this way sets a low hurdle for statistical significance. Consider this scheme: When an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 or greater occurs anywhere in the world, predict that an earthquake at least as large will occur within 21 days and within an epicentral distance of 50 km. We apply this rule to the Harvard centroid-moment-tensor (CMT) catalog for 2000-2004 to generate a set of predictions. The null hypothesis is that earthquake times are exchangeable conditional on their magnitudes and locations and on the predictions - a common "nonparametric" assumption in the literature. We generate random seismicity by permuting the times of events in the CMT catalog. We consider an event successfully predicted only if (i) it is predicted and (ii) there is no larger event within 50 km in the previous 21 days. The P-value for the observed success rate is <0.001: The method successfully predicts about 5% of earthquakes, far better than 'chance' because the predictor exploits the clustering of earthquakes - occasional foreshocks - which the null hypothesis lacks. Rather than condition on the predictions and use a stochastic model for seismicity, it is preferable to treat the observed seismicity as fixed, and to compare the success rate of the predictions to the success rate of simple-minded predictions like those just described. If the proffered predictions do no better than a simple scheme, they have little value.

  14. Deployment and design of bi-directional corner reflectors for op-timal ground motion monitoring using InSAR

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    Caro Cuenca, M.; Dheenathayalan, P.; Rossum, W.L. van; Hoogeboom, P.

    2014-01-01

    SAR interferometry (InSAR) requires coherent radar reflections to measure ground displacements. Howev-er, natural coherent reflectors are not always available due to changes in the scattering properties of the ground, e.g., growing vegetation. Furthermore, the opportunistic nature of InSAR measureme

  15. Bi-directional routing of DNA mismatch repair protein human exonuclease 1 to replication foci and DNA double strand breaks

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    Liberti, Sascha E; Andersen, Sofie Dabros; Wang, Jing;

    2011-01-01

    (PIP-box) region on hEXO1 located in its COOH-terminal ((788)QIKLNELW(795)). This motif is essential for PCNA binding and co-localization during S-phase. Recruitment of hEXO1 to DNA DSB sites is dependent on the MMR protein hMLH1. We show that two distinct hMLH1 interaction regions of hEXO1 (residues...

  16. Bi-directional CB1 receptor-mediated cardiovascular effects of cannabinoids in anaesthetized rats: role of the paraventricular nucleus.

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    Grzeda, E; Schlicker, E; Luczaj, W; Harasim, E; Baranowska-Kuczko, M; Malinowska, B

    2015-06-01

    The activation of cannabinoid CB1 receptors decreases and increases blood pressure (BP) in anaesthetized and conscious rats, respectively. The aim of our study was to check the possible involvement of CB1 receptors in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) in the cardiovascular effects of cannabinoids in rats. Methanandamide (metabolically stable analogue of the endocannabinoid anandamide) and the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist CP55940 were microinjected into the PVN of urethane-anaesthetized rats twice (S1 and S2, 20 min apart). Receptor antagonists were administered intravenously (i.v.) 5 min before S1. Methanandamide and CP55940 decreased blood pressure by 15 - 20%. The CB1 receptor antagonist AM251 reversed the depressor effect into a pressor response of 20 - 30%. The pressor effect of CP55940 observed in the presence of AM251 i.v. was reduced by AM251 given additionally into the PVN but not by the i.v. injection of the CB2 antagonist SR144528 or the vanilloid TRPV1 antagonist ruthenium red. In the presence of the peripherally restricted CB1 receptor antagonist AM6545, CP55940 given into the PVN increased BP by 40%. AM6545 reversed the decrease in BP induced by CP55940 i.v. into a marked increase. Bilateral chemical lesion of the PVN by kainic acid abolished all cardiovascular effects of CP55940 i.v. In conclusion, the cannabinoid CP55940 administered to the PVN of urethane-anaesthetized rats can induce depressor and pressor effects. The direction of the response probably depends on the sympathetic tone. The centrally induced hypertensive response of CP55940 can, in addition, be masked by peripheral CB1 receptors.

  17. FACILITATION OF BI-DIRECTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN PIGEONS USING A TRANSFER TASK AFTER TRAINING IN DISCRIMINATION OF OWN BEHAVIOR

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    ANDRÉS GARCÍA

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was carried out in which 10 pigeons were trained in a task of conditional discrimination of their ownbehavior. The birds learned that when the sample had consisted on responding to the left (right with two white keys,they should choose the red (green comparison to be reinforced. Once the animals had learned this task, they werepassed to a test phase. In short, 5 pigeons were trained in a positive transfer, where the sample was now the red (greenkey they had to choose the left (right comparison to obtain the reinforcer. On the contrary, the other 5 pigeons receiveda training of negative transfer, where the task consisted in that with a red (green sample they should choose the right(left comparison to be reinforced. The obtained data indicate that the performance of those subjects of the group inwhich there was coherence among the phases went superior to that of those subjects of the group where there was notthis coherence. The results are interpreted in connection with the importance that the discrimination of the ownbehavior has in the derivation of bidirectional relationships.

  18. Boundary layer flow of three-dimensional viscoelastic nanofluid past a bi-directional stretching sheet with Newtonian heating

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    M. Ramzan

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with steady three dimensional boundary layer flow of an incompressible viscoelastic nanofluid flow in the presence of Newtonian heating. An appropriate transformation is employed to convert the highly non linear partial differential equations into ordinary differential equations. Homotopy Analysis method (HAM is used to find series solution of the obtained coupled highly non linear differential equations. The convergence of HAM solutions is discussed via h-curves. Graphical illustrations displaying the influence of emerging parameters on velocity, temperature and concentration profiles are given. It is observed that γ the conjugate parameter for Newtonian heating show increasing behavior on both temperature and concentration profiles. However, the temperature and concentration profiles are increasing and decreasing functions of Brownian motion parameter Nb respectively.

  19. Bi-Directional Energy Cascades and the Origin of Kinetic Alfv\\'enic and Whistler Turbulence in the Solar Wind

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    Che, H; Viñas, A F

    2013-01-01

    The observed sub-proton scale turbulence spectrum in the solar wind raises the question of how that turbulence originates. Observations of keV energetic electrons during solar quite-time suggest them as possible source of free energy to drive the turbulence. Using particle-in-cell simulations, we explore how free energy in energetic electrons, released by an electron two-stream instability drives Weibel-like electromagnetic waves that excite wave-wave interactions. Consequently, both kinetic Alfv\\'enic and whistler waves are excited that evolve through inverse and forward magnetic energy cascades.

  20. Optimal space-time precoding of artificial sensory feedback through mutichannel microstimulation in bi-directional brain-machine interfaces

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    Daly, John; Liu, Jianbo; Aghagolzadeh, Mehdi; Oweiss, Karim

    2012-12-01

    Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) aim to restore lost sensorimotor and cognitive function in subjects with severe neurological deficits. In particular, lost somatosensory function may be restored by artificially evoking patterns of neural activity through microstimulation to induce perception of tactile and proprioceptive feedback to the brain about the state of the limb. Despite an early proof of concept that subjects could learn to discriminate a limited vocabulary of intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) patterns that instruct the subject about the state of the limb, the dynamics of a moving limb are unlikely to be perceived by an arbitrarily-selected, discrete set of static microstimulation patterns, raising questions about the generalization and the scalability of this approach. In this work, we propose a microstimulation protocol intended to activate optimally the ascending somatosensory pathway. The optimization is achieved through a space-time precoder that maximizes the mutual information between the sensory feedback indicating the limb state and the cortical neural response evoked by thalamic microstimulation. Using a simplified multi-input multi-output model of the thalamocortical pathway, we show that this optimal precoder can deliver information more efficiently in the presence of noise compared to suboptimal precoders that do not account for the afferent pathway structure and/or cortical states. These results are expected to enhance the way microstimulation is used to induce somatosensory perception during sensorimotor control of artificial devices or paralyzed limbs.

  1. The Bi-Directional Relationship between Parent-Child Conflict and Treatment Outcome in Treatment-Resistant Adolescent Depression

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    Rengasamy, Manivel; Mansoor, Brandon M.; Hilton, Robert; Porta, Giovanna; He, Jiayan; Emslie, Graham J.; Mayes, Taryn; Clarke, Gregory N.; Wagner, Karen Dineen; Keller, Martin B.; Ryan, Neal D.; Birmaher, Boris; Shamseddeen, Wael; Asarnow, Joan Rosenbaum; Brent, David A.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To examine the bidirectional relationship between parent-child discord and treatment outcome for adolescent treatment-resistant depression. Method: Depressed youth who had not responded to an adequate course of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) were randomized to either a switch to another SSRI or venlafaxine, with or…

  2. Functional characterization of a strong bi-directional constitutive plant promoter isolated from cotton leaf curl Burewala virus.

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    Zainul A Khan

    Full Text Available Cotton leaf curl Burewala virus (CLCuBuV, belonging to the genus Begomovirus, possesses single-stranded monopartite DNA genome. The bidirectional promoters representing Rep and coat protein (CP genes of CLCuBuV were characterized and their efficacy was assayed. Rep and CP promoters of CLCuBuV and 35S promoter of Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV were fused with β-glucuronidase (GUS and green fluorescent protein (GFP reporter genes. GUS activity in individual plant cells driven by Rep, CP and 35S promoters was estimated using real-time PCR and fluorometric GUS assay. Histochemical staining of GUS in transformed tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi leaves showed highest expression driven by Rep promoter followed by 35S promoter and CP promoter. The expression level of GUS driven by Rep promoter in transformed tobacco plants was shown to be two to four-fold higher than that of 35S promoter, while the expression by CP promoter was slightly lower. Further, the expression of GFP was monitored in agroinfiltrated leaves of N. benthamiana, N. tabacum and cotton (Gossypium hirsutum plants using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Rep promoter showed strong consistent transient expression in tobacco and cotton leaves as compared to 35S promoter. The strong constitutive CLCuBuV Rep promoter developed in this study could be very useful for high level expression of transgenes in a wide variety of plant cells.

  3. Bi-directional four wave mixing in semiconductor amplifiers for mid-span spectral inversion: theory and experiment

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    Bischoff, Svend; Buxens, Alvaro A.; Poulsen, Henrik Nørskov;

    1999-01-01

    Summary form only given. We have developed a large signal model to theoretically assess the performance of a mid span spectral inversion (MSSI) transmission system. The large signal model has previously been used to successfully model the fast gain dynamics of semiconductor optical amplifiers....

  4. Bi-directionally selective bone targeting delivery for anabolic and antiresorptive drugs: a novel combined therapy for osteoporosis?

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    J. Liu; H. Zhang; Y. Dong; Y. Jin; X. Hu; K. Cai; J. Ma; G. Wu

    2014-01-01

    Osteoporosis is a progressive systemic skeletal disease, in which the equilibrium of bone resorption and bone formation is disturbed. The drugs for osteoporosis can be divided into two categories according to their predominant effects: antiresorptive drugs and anabolic drugs. Antiresorptive drugs ar

  5. On the interaction of uni-directional and bi-directional buckling of a plate supported by an elastic foundation

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    Wadee, M. Khurram; Lloyd, David J. B.; Bassom, Andrew P.

    2016-01-01

    A thin flat rectangular plate supported on its edges and subjected to in-plane loading exhibits stable post-buckling behaviour. However, the introduction of a nonlinear (softening) elastic foundation may cause the response to become unstable. Here the post-buckling of such a structure is investigated and several important phenomena are identified, including the transition of patterns from stripes to spots and back again. The interaction between these forms is of importance for understanding t...

  6. MECHANICAL AND THERMO–MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BI-DIRECTIONAL AND SHORT CARBON FIBER REINFORCED EPOXY COMPOSITES

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    Agarwal, G; A. Patnaik; Sharma, R. K.

    2014-01-01

    This paper based on bidirectional and short carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites reports the effect of fiber loading on physical, mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties respectively. The five different fiber loading, i.e., 10wt. %, 20wt. %, 30wt. %, 40wt. % and 50wt. % were taken for evaluating the above said properties. The physical and mechanical properties, i.e., hardness, tensile strength, flexural strength, inter-laminar shear strength and impact strength are determined to re...

  7. MECHANICAL AND THERMO–MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BI-DIRECTIONAL AND SHORT CARBON FIBER REINFORCED EPOXY COMPOSITES

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    G. AGARWAL

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper based on bidirectional and short carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites reports the effect of fiber loading on physical, mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties respectively. The five different fiber loading, i.e., 10wt. %, 20wt. %, 30wt. %, 40wt. % and 50wt. % were taken for evaluating the above said properties. The physical and mechanical properties, i.e., hardness, tensile strength, flexural strength, inter-laminar shear strength and impact strength are determined to represent the behaviour of composite structures with that of fiber loading. Thermo-mechanical properties of the material are measured with the help of Dynamic Mechanical Analyser to measure the damping capacity of the material that is used to reduce the vibrations. The effect of storage modulus, loss modulus and tan delta with temperature are determined. Finally, Cole–Cole analysis is performed on both bidirectional and short carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites to distinguish the material properties of either homogeneous or heterogeneous materials. The results show that with the increase in fiber loading the mechanical properties of bidirectional carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites increases as compared to short carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites except in case of hardness, short carbon fiber reinforced composites shows better results. Similarly, as far as Loss modulus, storage modulus is concerned bidirectional carbon fiber shows better damping behaviour than short carbon fiber reinforced composites.

  8. Response analysis of a nuclear containment structure with nonlinear soil-structure interaction under bi-directional ground motion

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    Kumar, Santosh; Raychowdhury, Prishati; Gundlapalli, Prabhakar

    2015-06-01

    Design of critical facilities such as nuclear power plant requires an accurate and precise evaluation of seismic demands, as any failure of these facilities poses immense threat to the community. Design complexity of these structures reinforces the necessity of a robust 3D modeling and analysis of the structure and the soil-foundation interface. Moreover, it is important to consider the multiple components of ground motion during time history analysis for a realistic simulation. Present study is focused on investigating the seismic response of a nuclear containment structure considering nonlinear Winkler-based approach to model the soil-foundation interface using a distributed array of inelastic springs, dashpots and gap elements. It is observed from this study that the natural period of the structure increases about 10 %, whereas the force demands decreases up to 24 % by considering the soil-structure interaction. Further, it is observed that foundation deformations, such as rotation and sliding are affected by the embedment ratio, indicating an increase of up to 56 % in these responses for a reduction of embedment from 0.5 to 0.05× the width of the footing.

  9. In vitro large-scale experimental and theoretical studies for the realization of bi-directional brain-prostheses

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    Paolo eBonifazi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Brain-machine interfaces (BMI were born to control ‘actions from thoughts’ in order to recover motor capability of patients with impaired functional connectivity between the central and peripheral nervous system. The final goal of our studies is the development of a new proof-of-concept BMI - a neuromorphic chip for brain repair - to reproduce the functional organization of a damaged part of the central nervous system. To reach this ambitious goal, we implemented a multidisciplinary ‘bottom-up’ approach in which in vitro networks are the paradigm for the development of an in silico model to be incorporated into a neuromorphic device. In this paper we present the overall strategy and focus on the different building blocks of our studies: (i the experimental characterization and modeling of ‘finite size networks’ which represent the smallest and most general self-organized circuits capable of generating spontaneous collective dynamics; (ii the induction of lesions in neuronal networks and the whole brain preparation with special attention on the impact on the functional organization of the circuits; (iii the first production of a neuromorphic chip able to implement a real-time model of neuronal networks. A dynamical characterization of the finite size circuits with single cell resolution is provided. A neural network model based on Izhikevich neurons was able to replicate the experimental observations. Changes in the dynamics of the neuronal circuits induced by optical and ischemic lesions are presented respectively for in vitro neuronal networks and for a whole brain preparation. Finally the implementation of a neuromorphic chip reproducing the network dynamics in quasi-real time (10 ns precision is presented.

  10. Vision-based control of the Manus using SIFT

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    Liefhebber, F.; Sijs, J.

    2007-01-01

    The rehabilitation robot Manus is an assistive device for severely motor handicapped users. The executing of all day living tasks with the Manus, can be very complex and a vision-based controller can simplify this. The lack of existing vision-based controlled systems, is the poor reliability of the

  11. A general method for sifting linguistic knowledge from structured terminologies.

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    Grabar, N; Zweigenbaum, P

    2000-01-01

    Morphological knowledge is useful for medical language processing, information retrieval and terminology or ontology development. We show how a large volume of morphological associations between words can be learnt from existing medical terminologies by taking advantage of the semantic relations already encoded between terms in these terminologies: synonymy, hierarchy and transversal relations. The method proposed relies on no a priori linguistic knowledge. Since it can work with different relations between terms, it can be applied to any structured terminology. Tested on SNOMED and ICD in French and English, it proves to identify fairly reliable morphological relations (precision > 90%) with a good coverage (over 88% compared to the UMLS lexical variant generation program). For English words with a stem longer than 3 characters, recall reaches 98.8% for inflection and 94.7% for derivation.

  12. Real-time mosaicing of fetoscopic videos using SIFT

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    Daga, Pankaj; Chadebecq, François; Shakir, Dzhoshkun I.; Herrera, Luis Carlos G.; Tella, Marcel; Dwyer, George; David, Anna L.; Deprest, Jan; Stoyanov, Danail; Vercauteren, Tom; Ourselin, Sebastien

    2016-03-01

    Fetoscopic laser photo-coagulation of the placental vascular anastomoses remains the most effective therapy for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) in monochorionic twin pregnancies. However, to ensure the success of the intervention, complete photo-coagulation of all anastomoses is needed. This is made difficult by the limited field of view of the fetoscopic video guidance, which hinders the surgeon's ability to locate all the anastomoses. A potential solution to this problem is to expand the field of view of the placental surface by creating a mosaic from overlapping fetoscopic images. This mosaic can then be used for anastomoses localization and spatial orientation during surgery. However, this requires accurate and fast algorithms that can operate within the real-time constraints of fetal surgery. In this work, we present an image mosaicing framework that leverages the parallelism of modern GPUs and can process clinical fetoscopic images in real-time. Initial qualitative results on ex-vivo placental images indicate that the proposed framework can generate clinically useful mosaics from fetoscopic videos in real-time.

  13. Predictive systems ecology.

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    Evans, Matthew R; Bithell, Mike; Cornell, Stephen J; Dall, Sasha R X; Díaz, Sandra; Emmott, Stephen; Ernande, Bruno; Grimm, Volker; Hodgson, David J; Lewis, Simon L; Mace, Georgina M; Morecroft, Michael; Moustakas, Aristides; Murphy, Eugene; Newbold, Tim; Norris, K J; Petchey, Owen; Smith, Matthew; Travis, Justin M J; Benton, Tim G

    2013-11-22

    Human societies, and their well-being, depend to a significant extent on the state of the ecosystems that surround them. These ecosystems are changing rapidly usually in response to anthropogenic changes in the environment. To determine the likely impact of environmental change on ecosystems and the best ways to manage them, it would be desirable to be able to predict their future states. We present a proposal to develop the paradigm of predictive systems ecology, explicitly to understand and predict the properties and behaviour of ecological systems. We discuss the necessary and desirable features of predictive systems ecology models. There are places where predictive systems ecology is already being practised and we summarize a range of terrestrial and marine examples. Significant challenges remain but we suggest that ecology would benefit both as a scientific discipline and increase its impact in society if it were to embrace the need to become more predictive.

  14. Predictability of conversation partners

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    Takaguchi, Taro; Sato, Nobuo; Yano, Kazuo; Masuda, Naoki

    2011-01-01

    Recent developments in sensing technologies have enabled us to examine the nature of human social behavior in greater detail. By applying an information theoretic method to the spatiotemporal data of cell-phone locations, Song et al. (2010) found that human mobility patterns are remarkably predictable. Inspired by their work, we address a similar predictability question in a different kind of human social activity: conversation events. The predictability in the sequence of one's conversation partners is defined as the degree to which one's next conversation partner can be predicted given the current partner. We quantify this predictability by using the mutual information. We examine the predictability of conversation events for each individual using the longitudinal data of face-to-face interactions collected from two company offices in Japan. Each subject wears a name tag equipped with an infrared sensor node, and conversation events are marked when signals are exchanged between close sensor nodes. We find t...

  15. Visualizing Risk Prediction Models

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    Vanya Van Belle; Ben Van Calster

    2015-01-01

    Objective Risk prediction models can assist clinicians in making decisions. To boost the uptake of these models in clinical practice, it is important that end-users understand how the model works and can efficiently communicate its results. We introduce novel methods for interpretable model visualization. Methods The proposed visualization techniques are applied to two prediction models from the Framingham Heart Study for the prediction of intermittent claudication and stroke after atrial fib...

  16. Pyroshock prediction procedures

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    Piersol, Allan G.

    2002-05-01

    Given sufficient effort, pyroshock loads can be predicted by direct analytical procedures using Hydrocodes that analytically model the details of the pyrotechnic explosion and its interaction with adjacent structures, including nonlinear effects. However, it is more common to predict pyroshock environments using empirical procedures based upon extensive studies of past pyroshock data. Various empirical pyroshock prediction procedures are discussed, including those developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed-Martin, and Boeing.

  17. Predictability of Conversation Partners

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    Takaguchi, Taro; Nakamura, Mitsuhiro; Sato, Nobuo; Yano, Kazuo; Masuda, Naoki

    2011-08-01

    Recent developments in sensing technologies have enabled us to examine the nature of human social behavior in greater detail. By applying an information-theoretic method to the spatiotemporal data of cell-phone locations, [C. Song , ScienceSCIEAS0036-8075 327, 1018 (2010)] found that human mobility patterns are remarkably predictable. Inspired by their work, we address a similar predictability question in a different kind of human social activity: conversation events. The predictability in the sequence of one’s conversation partners is defined as the degree to which one’s next conversation partner can be predicted given the current partner. We quantify this predictability by using the mutual information. We examine the predictability of conversation events for each individual using the longitudinal data of face-to-face interactions collected from two company offices in Japan. Each subject wears a name tag equipped with an infrared sensor node, and conversation events are marked when signals are exchanged between sensor nodes in close proximity. We find that the conversation events are predictable to a certain extent; knowing the current partner decreases the uncertainty about the next partner by 28.4% on average. Much of the predictability is explained by long-tailed distributions of interevent intervals. However, a predictability also exists in the data, apart from the contribution of their long-tailed nature. In addition, an individual’s predictability is correlated with the position of the individual in the static social network derived from the data. Individuals confined in a community—in the sense of an abundance of surrounding triangles—tend to have low predictability, and those bridging different communities tend to have high predictability.

  18. Is Time Predictability Quantifiable?

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    Schoeberl, Martin

    2012-01-01

    -case execution time. To compare different approaches we would like to quantify time predictability. That means we need to measure time predictability. In this paper we discuss the different approaches for these measurements and conclude that time predictability is practically not quantifiable. We can only......Computer architects and researchers in the realtime domain start to investigate processors and architectures optimized for real-time systems. Optimized for real-time systems means time predictable, i.e., architectures where it is possible to statically derive a tight bound of the worst...... compare the worst-case execution time bounds of different architectures....

  19. Improved nonlinear prediction method

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    Adenan, Nur Hamiza; Md Noorani, Mohd Salmi

    2014-06-01

    The analysis and prediction of time series data have been addressed by researchers. Many techniques have been developed to be applied in various areas, such as weather forecasting, financial markets and hydrological phenomena involving data that are contaminated by noise. Therefore, various techniques to improve the method have been introduced to analyze and predict time series data. In respect of the importance of analysis and the accuracy of the prediction result, a study was undertaken to test the effectiveness of the improved nonlinear prediction method for data that contain noise. The improved nonlinear prediction method involves the formation of composite serial data based on the successive differences of the time series. Then, the phase space reconstruction was performed on the composite data (one-dimensional) to reconstruct a number of space dimensions. Finally the local linear approximation method was employed to make a prediction based on the phase space. This improved method was tested with data series Logistics that contain 0%, 5%, 10%, 20% and 30% of noise. The results show that by using the improved method, the predictions were found to be in close agreement with the observed ones. The correlation coefficient was close to one when the improved method was applied on data with up to 10% noise. Thus, an improvement to analyze data with noise without involving any noise reduction method was introduced to predict the time series data.

  20. Predicting AD conversion

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    Liu, Yawu; Mattila, Jussi; Ruiz, Miguel �ngel Mu�oz;

    2013-01-01

    To compare the accuracies of predicting AD conversion by using a decision support system (PredictAD tool) and current research criteria of prodromal AD as identified by combinations of episodic memory impairment of hippocampal type and visual assessment of medial temporal lobe atrophy (MTA) on MRI...

  1. Prediction of Antibody Epitopes

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    Nielsen, Morten; Marcatili, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    self-proteins. Given the sequence or the structure of a protein of interest, several methods exploit such features to predict the residues that are more likely to be recognized by an immunoglobulin.Here, we present two methods (BepiPred and DiscoTope) to predict linear and discontinuous antibody...

  2. Evaluating prediction uncertainty

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    McKay, M.D. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1995-03-01

    The probability distribution of a model prediction is presented as a proper basis for evaluating the uncertainty in a model prediction that arises from uncertainty in input values. Determination of important model inputs and subsets of inputs is made through comparison of the prediction distribution with conditional prediction probability distributions. Replicated Latin hypercube sampling and variance ratios are used in estimation of the distributions and in construction of importance indicators. The assumption of a linear relation between model output and inputs is not necessary for the indicators to be effective. A sequential methodology which includes an independent validation step is applied in two analysis applications to select subsets of input variables which are the dominant causes of uncertainty in the model predictions. Comparison with results from methods which assume linearity shows how those methods may fail. Finally, suggestions for treating structural uncertainty for submodels are presented.

  3. Predictable return distributions

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    Pedersen, Thomas Quistgaard

    This paper provides detailed insights into predictability of the entire stock and bond return distribution through the use of quantile regression. This allows us to examine speci…c parts of the return distribution such as the tails or the center, and for a suf…ciently …ne grid of quantiles we can...... predictable as a function of economic state variables. The results are, however, very different for stocks and bonds. The state variables primarily predict only location shifts in the stock return distribution, while they also predict changes in higher-order moments in the bond return distribution. Out......-of-sample analyses show that the relative accuracy of the state variables in predicting future returns varies across the distribution. A portfolio study shows that an investor with power utility can obtain economic gains by applying the empirical return distribution in portfolio decisions instead of imposing an...

  4. Structural prediction in aphasia

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    Tessa Warren

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available There is considerable evidence that young healthy comprehenders predict the structure of upcoming material, and that their processing is facilitated when they encounter material matching those predictions (e.g., Staub & Clifton, 2006; Yoshida, Dickey & Sturt, 2013. However, less is known about structural prediction in aphasia. There is evidence that lexical prediction may be spared in aphasia (Dickey et al., 2014; Love & Webb, 1977; cf. Mack et al, 2013. However, predictive mechanisms supporting facilitated lexical access may not necessarily support structural facilitation. Given that many people with aphasia (PWA exhibit syntactic deficits (e.g. Goodglass, 1993, PWA with such impairments may not engage in structural prediction. However, recent evidence suggests that some PWA may indeed predict upcoming structure (Hanne, Burchert, De Bleser, & Vashishth, 2015. Hanne et al. tracked the eyes of PWA (n=8 with sentence-comprehension deficits while they listened to reversible subject-verb-object (SVO and object-verb-subject (OVS sentences in German, in a sentence-picture matching task. Hanne et al. manipulated case and number marking to disambiguate the sentences’ structure. Gazes to an OVS or SVO picture during the unfolding of a sentence were assumed to indicate prediction of the structure congruent with that picture. According to this measure, the PWA’s structural prediction was impaired compared to controls, but they did successfully predict upcoming structure when morphosyntactic cues were strong and unambiguous. Hanne et al.’s visual-world evidence is suggestive, but their forced-choice sentence-picture matching task places tight constraints on possible structural predictions. Clearer evidence of structural prediction would come from paradigms where the content of upcoming material is not as constrained. The current study used self-paced reading study to examine structural prediction among PWA in less constrained contexts. PWA (n=17 who

  5. Wind power prediction models

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    Levy, R.; Mcginness, H.

    1976-01-01

    Investigations were performed to predict the power available from the wind at the Goldstone, California, antenna site complex. The background for power prediction was derived from a statistical evaluation of available wind speed data records at this location and at nearby locations similarly situated within the Mojave desert. In addition to a model for power prediction over relatively long periods of time, an interim simulation model that produces sample wind speeds is described. The interim model furnishes uncorrelated sample speeds at hourly intervals that reproduce the statistical wind distribution at Goldstone. A stochastic simulation model to provide speed samples representative of both the statistical speed distributions and correlations is also discussed.

  6. Zephyr - The prediction models

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    Nielsen, T.S.; Madsen, H.; Nielsen, H.Aa. [Informatics and Mathematical Modelling - DTU, Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Landberg, L.; Giebel, G. [Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark)

    2006-07-01

    This paper briefly describes new models and methods for predicting the wind power output from wind farms. The system is being developed in a project which has the research organization Risoe and the department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (IMM) as the modelling team and all the Danish utilities as partners and users. The new models are evaluated for five wind farms in Denmark as well as one wind farm in Spain. It is shown that the predictions based on conditional parametric models are superior to the predictions obtained by state-of-the-art parametric models. (au)

  7. On Prediction of EOP

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    Malkin, Z

    2009-01-01

    Two methods of prediction of the Pole coordinates and TAI-UTC were tested -- extrapolation of the deterministic components and ARIMA. It was found that each of these methods is most effective for certain length of prognosis. For short-time prediction ARIMA algorithm yields more accurate prognosis, and for long-time one extrapolation is preferable. So, the combined algorithm is being used in practice of IAA EOP Service. The accuracy of prognosis is close to accuracy of IERS algorithms. For prediction of nutation the program KSV-1996-1 by T. Herring is being used.

  8. Genomic Prediction in Barley

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    Edriss, Vahid; Cericola, Fabio; Jensen, Jens D;

    Genomic prediction uses markers (SNPs) across the whole genome to predict individual breeding values at an early growth stage potentially before large scale phenotyping. One of the applications of genomic prediction in plant breeding is to identify the best individual candidate lines to contribute...... to next generation. The main goal of this study was to see the potential of using genomic prediction in a commercial Barley breeding program. The data used in this study was from Nordic Seed company which is located in Denmark. Around 350 advanced lines were genotyped with 9K Barely chip from...... Illumina. Traits used in this study were grain yield, plant height and heading date. Heading date is number days it takes after 1st June for plant to head. Heritabilities were 0.33, 0.44 and 0.48 for yield, height and heading, respectively for the average of nine plots. The GBLUP model was used for genomic...

  9. Genomic Prediction in Barley

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    Edriss, Vahid; Cericola, Fabio; Jensen, Jens D;

    2015-01-01

    Genomic prediction uses markers (SNPs) across the whole genome to predict individual breeding values at an early growth stage potentially before large scale phenotyping. One of the applications of genomic prediction in plant breeding is to identify the best individual candidate lines to contribute...... to next generation. The main goal of this study was to see the potential of using genomic prediction in a commercial Barley breeding program. The data used in this study was from Nordic Seed company which is located in Denmark. Around 350 advanced lines were genotyped with 9K Barely chip from...... Illumina. Traits used in this study were grain yield, plant height and heading date. Heading date is number days it takes after 1st June for plant to head. Heritabilities were 0.33, 0.44 and 0.48 for yield, height and heading, respectively for the average of nine plots. The GBLUP model was used for genomic...

  10. Epitope prediction methods

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    Karosiene, Edita

    leucocyte antigen (HLA) molecules, are encoded by extremely polymorphic genes on chromosome 6. Due to this polymorphism, thousands of different MHC molecules exist, making the experimental identification of peptide-MHC interactions a very costly procedure. This has primed the need for in silico peptide......-MHC prediction methods, and over the last decade several such methods have been successfully developed and used for epitope discovery purposes. My PhD project has been dedicated to improve methods for predicting peptide-MHC interactions by developing new strategies for training prediction algorithms based...... on machine learning techniques. Several MHC class I binding prediction algorithms have been developed and due to their high accuracy they are used by many immunologists to facilitate the conventional experimental process of epitope discovery. However, the accuracy of these methods depends on data defining...

  11. Predictable grammatical constructions

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    Lucas, Sandra

    2015-01-01

    My aim in this paper is to provide evidence from diachronic linguistics for the view that some predictable units are entrenched in grammar and consequently in human cognition, in a way that makes them functionally and structurally equal to nonpredictable grammatical units, suggesting...... that these predictable units should be considered grammatical constructions on a par with the nonpredictable constructions. Frequency has usually been seen as the only possible argument speaking in favor of viewing some formally and semantically fully predictable units as grammatical constructions. However, this paper...... semantically and formally predictable. Despite this difference, [méllo INF], like the other future periphrases, seems to be highly entrenched in the cognition (and grammar) of Early Medieval Greek language users, and consequently a grammatical construction. The syntactic evidence speaking in favor of [méllo...

  12. Predicting toxicity of nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    A statistical model based on a quantitative structure–activity relationship accurately predicts the cytotoxicity of various metal oxide nanoparticles, thus offering a way to rapidly screen nanomaterials and prioritize testing.

  13. Robust Distributed Online Prediction

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    Dekel, Ofer; Shamir, Ohad; Xiao, Lin

    2010-01-01

    The standard model of online prediction deals with serial processing of inputs by a single processor. However, in large-scale online prediction problems, where inputs arrive at a high rate, an increasingly common necessity is to distribute the computation across several processors. A non-trivial challenge is to design distributed algorithms for online prediction, which maintain good regret guarantees. In \\cite{DMB}, we presented the DMB algorithm, which is a generic framework to convert any serial gradient-based online prediction algorithm into a distributed algorithm. Moreover, its regret guarantee is asymptotically optimal for smooth convex loss functions and stochastic inputs. On the flip side, it is fragile to many types of failures that are common in distributed environments. In this companion paper, we present variants of the DMB algorithm, which are resilient to many types of network failures, and tolerant to varying performance of the computing nodes.

  14. 'Red Flag' Predictions

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    Hallin, Carina Antonia; Andersen, Torben Juul; Tveterås, Sigbjørn

    -generation prediction markets and outline its unique features as a third-generation prediction market. It is argued that frontline employees gain deep insights when they execute operational activities on an ongoing basis in the organization. The experiential learning from close interaction with internal and external...... stakeholders provides unique insights not otherwise available to senior management. We outline a methodology to agglomerate these insights in a performance barometer as an important source for problem identification and innovation....

  15. Stuck pipe prediction

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    Alzahrani, Majed

    2016-03-10

    Disclosed are various embodiments for a prediction application to predict a stuck pipe. A linear regression model is generated from hook load readings at corresponding bit depths. A current hook load reading at a current bit depth is compared with a normal hook load reading from the linear regression model. A current hook load greater than a normal hook load for a given bit depth indicates the likelihood of a stuck pipe.

  16. Operational Dust Prediction

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    Benedetti, Angela; Baldasano, Jose M.; Basart, Sara; Benincasa, Francesco; Boucher, Olivier; Brooks, Malcolm E.; Chen, Jen-Ping; Colarco, Peter R.; Gong, Sunlin; Huneeus, Nicolas; Jones, Luke; Lu, Sarah; Menut, Laurent; Morcrette, Jean-Jacques; Mulcahy, Jane; Nickovic, Slobodan; Garcia-Pando, Carlos P.; Reid, Jeffrey S.; Sekiyama, Thomas T.; Tanaka, Taichu Y.; Terradellas, Enric; Westphal, Douglas L.; Zhang, Xiao-Ye; Zhou, Chun-Hong

    2014-01-01

    Over the last few years, numerical prediction of dust aerosol concentration has become prominent at several research and operational weather centres due to growing interest from diverse stakeholders, such as solar energy plant managers, health professionals, aviation and military authorities and policymakers. Dust prediction in numerical weather prediction-type models faces a number of challenges owing to the complexity of the system. At the centre of the problem is the vast range of scales required to fully account for all of the physical processes related to dust. Another limiting factor is the paucity of suitable dust observations available for model, evaluation and assimilation. This chapter discusses in detail numerical prediction of dust with examples from systems that are currently providing dust forecasts in near real-time or are part of international efforts to establish daily provision of dust forecasts based on multi-model ensembles. The various models are introduced and described along with an overview on the importance of dust prediction activities and a historical perspective. Assimilation and evaluation aspects in dust prediction are also discussed.

  17. On analysis and prediction of failure frequency at subway train ATC system%地铁列车 ATC 系统故障频率的分析与预测

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    王征

    2014-01-01

    分析和研究了地铁列车 ATC 系统的常见故障,论述了对其故障频率进行科学预测的重要性,利用 Stata 对上海地铁故障日志进行了筛选分类及数据整理,并用泊松回归模型对 ATC 系统故障频率科学预测,以确保地铁安全运营。%The paper analyzes and researches the common failures at the subway train ATC system,indicates the importance of the scientific pre-diction of its failure frequency,adopts Stata to undertake the sifting sort and data compilation of the failure records of Shanghai Subway,and has the scientific prediction of the failure frequency of ATC system by adopting Possion distribution model,so as to ensure the safety of subways.

  18. Aircraft noise prediction

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    Filippone, Antonio

    2014-07-01

    This contribution addresses the state-of-the-art in the field of aircraft noise prediction, simulation and minimisation. The point of view taken in this context is that of comprehensive models that couple the various aircraft systems with the acoustic sources, the propagation and the flight trajectories. After an exhaustive review of the present predictive technologies in the relevant fields (airframe, propulsion, propagation, aircraft operations, trajectory optimisation), the paper addresses items for further research and development. Examples are shown for several airplanes, including the Airbus A319-100 (CFM engines), the Bombardier Dash8-Q400 (PW150 engines, Dowty R408 propellers) and the Boeing B737-800 (CFM engines). Predictions are done with the flight mechanics code FLIGHT. The transfer function between flight mechanics and the noise prediction is discussed in some details, along with the numerical procedures for validation and verification. Some code-to-code comparisons are shown. It is contended that the field of aircraft noise prediction has not yet reached a sufficient level of maturity. In particular, some parametric effects cannot be investigated, issues of accuracy are not currently addressed, and validation standards are still lacking.

  19. Solar Cycle Prediction

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    Petrovay, K

    2010-01-01

    A review of solar cycle prediction methods and their performance is given, including forecasts for cycle 24 and focusing on aspects of the solar cycle prediction problem that have a bearing on dynamo theory. The scope of the review is further restricted to the issue of predicting the amplitude (and optionally the epoch) of an upcoming solar maximum no later than right after the start of the given cycle. Prediction methods form three main groups. Precursor methods rely on the value of some measure of solar activity or magnetism at a specified time to predict the amplitude of the following solar maximum. Their implicit assumption is that each numbered solar cycle is a consistent unit in itself, while solar activity seems to consist of a series of much less tightly intercorrelated individual cycles. Extrapolation methods, in contrast, are based on the premise that the physical process giving rise to the sunspot number record is statistically homogeneous, i.e., the mathematical regularities underlying its variati...

  20. Prediction model Perla

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    Prediction model Perla presents one of a tool for an evaluation of a stream ecological status. It enables a comparing with a standard. The standard is formed by a dataset of sites from all area of the Czech Republic. The sites were influenced by a human activity as few as possible. 8 variables were used for prediction (distance from source, elevation, stream width and depth, slope, substrate roughness, longitude and latitude. All of them were statistically important for benthic communities. Results do not response ecoregions, but rather stream size (type). B (EQItaxonu), EQISi, EQIASPT a EQIH appears applicable for assessment using the prediction model and for natural and human stress differentiating. Limiting values of the indices for good ecological status are suggested. On the contrary, using of EQIEPT a EQIekoprof indices would be possible only with difficulties. (authors)

  1. Partially predictable chaos

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    Wernecke, Hendrik; Gros, Claudius

    2016-01-01

    For a chaotic system pairs of initially close-by trajectories become eventually fully uncorrelated on the attracting set. This process of decorrelation is split into an initial decrease characterized by the maximal Lyapunov exponent and a subsequent diffusive process on the chaotic attractor causing the final loss of predictability. The time scales of both processes can be either of the same or of very different orders of magnitude. In the latter case the two trajectories linger within a finite but small distance (with respect to the overall size of the attractor) for exceedingly long times and therefore remain partially predictable. We introduce a 0-1 indicator for chaos capable of describing this scenario, arguing, in addition, that the chaotic closed braids found close to a period-doubling transition are generically partially predictable.

  2. Predicting the Sunspot Cycle

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    Hathaway, David H.

    2009-01-01

    The 11-year sunspot cycle was discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1844. Visual and photographic observations of sunspots have been made by both amateurs and professionals over the last 400 years. These observations provide key statistical information about the sunspot cycle that do allow for predictions of future activity. However, sunspots and the sunspot cycle are magnetic in nature. For the last 100 years these magnetic measurements have been acquired and used exclusively by professional astronomers to gain new information about the nature of the solar activity cycle. Recently, magnetic dynamo models have evolved to the stage where they can assimilate past data and provide predictions. With the advent of the Internet and open data policies, amateurs now have equal access to the same data used by professionals and equal opportunities to contribute (but, alas, without pay). This talk will describe some of the more useful prediction techniques and reveal what they say about the intensity of the upcoming sunspot cycle.

  3. Linguistic Structure Prediction

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    Smith, Noah A

    2011-01-01

    A major part of natural language processing now depends on the use of text data to build linguistic analyzers. We consider statistical, computational approaches to modeling linguistic structure. We seek to unify across many approaches and many kinds of linguistic structures. Assuming a basic understanding of natural language processing and/or machine learning, we seek to bridge the gap between the two fields. Approaches to decoding (i.e., carrying out linguistic structure prediction) and supervised and unsupervised learning of models that predict discrete structures as outputs are the focus. W

  4. Atmospheric predictability revisited

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    Lizzie S. R. Froude

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the potential to improve numerical weather prediction (NWP by estimating upper and lower bounds on predictability by re-visiting the original study of Lorenz (1982 but applied to the most recent version of the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF forecast system, for both the deterministic and ensemble prediction systems (EPS. These bounds are contrasted with an older version of the same NWP system to see how they have changed with improvements to the NWP system. The computations were performed for the earlier seasons of DJF 1985/1986 and JJA 1986 and the later seasons of DJF 2010/2011 and JJA 2011 using the 500-hPa geopotential height field. Results indicate that for this field, we may be approaching the limit of deterministic forecasting so that further improvements might only be obtained by improving the initial state. The results also show that predictability calculations with earlier versions of the model may overestimate potential forecast skill, which may be due to insufficient internal variability in the model and because recent versions of the model are more realistic in representing the true atmospheric evolution. The same methodology is applied to the EPS to calculate upper and lower bounds of predictability of the ensemble mean forecast in order to explore how ensemble forecasting could extend the limits of the deterministic forecast. The results show that there is a large potential to improve the ensemble predictions, but for the increased predictability of the ensemble mean, there will be a trade-off in information as the forecasts will become increasingly smoothed with time. From around the 10-d forecast time, the ensemble mean begins to converge towards climatology. Until this point, the ensemble mean is able to predict the main features of the large-scale flow accurately and with high consistency from one forecast cycle to the next. By the 15-d forecast time, the ensemble mean has lost

  5. Zephyr - the prediction models

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    Nielsen, Torben Skov; Madsen, Henrik; Nielsen, Henrik Aalborg;

    2001-01-01

    This paper briefly describes new models and methods for predicationg the wind power output from wind farms. The system is being developed in a project which has the research organization Risø and the department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (IMM) as the modelling team and all the Danish...... utilities as partners and users. The new models are evaluated for five wind farms in Denmark as well as one wind farm in Spain. It is shown that the predictions based on conditional parametric models are superior to the predictions obatined by state-of-the-art parametric models....

  6. RETAIL BANKRUPTCY PREDICTION

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    Johnny Pang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reintroduces the famous discriminant functions from Edward Altman and Begley, Ming and Watts (BMW that were used to predict bankrupts. We will formulate three new discriminant functions which differ from Altman’s and BMW’s re-estimated Altman model. Altman’s models as well as Begley, Ming and Watts’s re-estimated Altman model apply to publicly traded industries, whereas the new models formulated in this study are based on retail companies. The three new functions will provide better predictions on retail bankruptcy and they will minimize the chance of misclassifications.

  7. Prediction method abstracts

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    This conference was held December 4--8, 1994 in Asilomar, California. The purpose of this meeting was to provide a forum for exchange of state-of-the-art information concerning the prediction of protein structure. Attention if focused on the following: comparative modeling; sequence to fold assignment; and ab initio folding.

  8. THE PREDICTION OF OVULATION

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    WANGXin-Xing; ZHAShu-Wei; WUZhou-Ya

    1989-01-01

    The authors present their work on the prediction of ovulation in forty-five women with normal menstrual cycles for a total of 72 cycles by several indices, including ultrasonography, BBT graph, cervical mucus and mittelschmerz, LH peak values were also determined for reference in 20 cases ( 20 cycles ), Results are as follows:

  9. Predicting coronary heart disease

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    Sillesen, Henrik; Fuster, Valentin

    2012-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of death and disabling disease. Whereas risk factors are well known and constitute therapeutic targets, they are not useful for prediction of risk of future myocardial infarction, stroke, or death. Therefore, methods to identify atherosclerosis itself have bee...

  10. Predicting Lotto Numbers

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    Jorgensen, C.B.; Suetens, S.; Tyran, J.R.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the "law of small numbers" using a unique panel data set on lotto gambling. Because we can track individual players over time, we can measure how they react to outcomes of recent lotto drawings. We can therefore test whether they behave as if they believe they can predict lotto number

  11. Prediction of resonant oscillation

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    2010-01-01

    The invention relates to methods for prediction of parametric rolling of vessels. The methods are based on frequency domain and time domain information in order do set up a detector able to trigger an alarm when parametric roll is likely to occur. The methods use measurements of e.g. pitch and roll...

  12. Predicting service life margins

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    Egan, G. F.

    1971-01-01

    Margins are developed for equipment susceptible to malfunction due to excessive time or operation cycles, and for identifying limited life equipment so monitoring and replacing is accomplished before hardware failure. Method applies to hardware where design service is established and where reasonable expected usage prediction is made.

  13. Gate valve performance prediction

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    The Electric Power Research Institute is carrying out a program to improve the performance prediction methods for motor-operated valves. As part of this program, an analytical method to predict the stem thrust required to stroke a gate valve has been developed and has been assessed against data from gate valve tests. The method accounts for the loads applied to the disc by fluid flow and for the detailed mechanical interaction of the stem, disc, guides, and seats. To support development of the method, two separate-effects test programs were carried out. One test program determined friction coefficients for contacts between gate valve parts by using material specimens in controlled environments. The other test program investigated the interaction of the stem, disc, guides, and seat using a special fixture with full-sized gate valve parts. The method has been assessed against flow-loop and in-plant test data. These tests include valve sizes from 3 to 18 in. and cover a considerable range of flow, temperature, and differential pressure. Stem thrust predictions for the method bound measured results. In some cases, the bounding predictions are substantially higher than the stem loads required for valve operation, as a result of the bounding nature of the friction coefficients in the method

  14. Predicting Classroom Success.

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    Kessler, Ronald P.

    A study was conducted at Rancho Santiago College (RSC) to identify personal and academic factors that are predictive of students' success in their courses. The study examined the following possible predictors of success: language and math test scores; background characteristics; length of time out of high school; high school background; college…

  15. Predicting Intrinsic Motivation

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    Martens, Rob; Kirschner, Paul A.

    2004-01-01

    Intrinsic motivation can be predicted from participants' perceptions of the social environment and the task environment (Ryan & Deci, 2000)in terms of control, relatedness and competence. To determine the degree of independence of these factors 251 students in higher vocational education (physiotherapy and hotel management) indicated the extent to…

  16. Predictability of critical transitions

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    Zhang, Xiaozhu; Kuehn, Christian; Hallerberg, Sarah

    2015-11-01

    Critical transitions in multistable systems have been discussed as models for a variety of phenomena ranging from the extinctions of species to socioeconomic changes and climate transitions between ice ages and warm ages. From bifurcation theory we can expect certain critical transitions to be preceded by a decreased recovery from external perturbations. The consequences of this critical slowing down have been observed as an increase in variance and autocorrelation prior to the transition. However, especially in the presence of noise, it is not clear whether these changes in observation variables are statistically relevant such that they could be used as indicators for critical transitions. In this contribution we investigate the predictability of critical transitions in conceptual models. We study the quadratic integrate-and-fire model and the van der Pol model under the influence of external noise. We focus especially on the statistical analysis of the success of predictions and the overall predictability of the system. The performance of different indicator variables turns out to be dependent on the specific model under study and the conditions of accessing it. Furthermore, we study the influence of the magnitude of transitions on the predictive performance.

  17. Towards Predictive Association Theories

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    Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Tsivintzelis, Ioannis; Michelsen, Michael Locht;

    2011-01-01

    Association equations of state like SAFT, CPA and NRHB have been previously applied to many complex mixtures. In this work we focus on two of these models, the CPA and the NRHB equations of state and the emphasis is on the analysis of their predictive capabilities for a wide range of applications...

  18. PREDICTION OF OVULATION

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    LIUYong; CHENSu-Ru; ZHOUJin-Ting; LIUJi-Ying

    1989-01-01

    The purpose or this research is: I) to observe the secretory pattern of five reproductive hormones in Chinese women with normal menstrual cyclcs, especially at the prc-ovulatory peroid; 2) to study whether urinary LH measurement could be used instead of serum LH measurement; 3) to evaluate the significance of LH-EIA kit (Right-Day) for ovulation prediction.

  19. Prediction in OLAP Cube

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    Abdellah Sair

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Data warehouses are now offering an adequate solution for managing large volumes of data. Online analysis supports OLAP data warehouses in the process of decision support and visualization tools offer, structure and operation of data warehouse. On the other hand, data mining allows the extraction of knowledge with technical description, classification, explanation and prediction. It is therefore possible to better understand the data by coupling on-line analysis with data mining through a unified analysis process. Continuing the work of R. Ben Messaoud, where exploitation of the coupling of on-line analysis and data mining focuses on the description, visualization, classification and explanation, we propose extending the OLAP prediction capabilities. To integrate the prediction in the heart of OLAP, an approach based on automatic learning with regression trees is proposed in order to predict the value of an aggregate or a measure. We will try to express our approach using data from a service management reviews to know that it would be the average obtained by the students if we open a new module, for a department at a certain criterion.

  20. Can observers predict trustworthiness?

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    M. Belot; V. Bhaskar; J. van de Ven

    2009-01-01

    We analyze experimental evidence on whether untrained subjects can predict how trustworthy an individual is. Two players on a TV show play a high stakes prisoner's dilemma with pre-play communication. Our subjects report probabilistic beliefs that each player cooperates, before and after communicati

  1. Chloride ingress prediction

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    Frederiksen, Jens Mejer; Geiker, Mette Rica

    2008-01-01

    Prediction of chloride ingress into concrete is an important part of durability design of reinforced concrete structures exposed to chloride containing environment. This paper presents experimentally based design parameters for Portland cement concretes with and without silica fume and fly ash in...

  2. Predicting Major Solar Eruptions

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2016-05-01

    Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and solar flares are two examples of major explosions from the surface of the Sun but theyre not the same thing, and they dont have to happen at the same time. A recent study examines whether we can predict which solar flares will be closely followed by larger-scale CMEs.Image of a solar flare from May 2013, as captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory. [NASA/SDO]Flares as a Precursor?A solar flare is a localized burst of energy and X-rays, whereas a CME is an enormous cloud of magnetic flux and plasma released from the Sun. We know that some magnetic activity on the surface of the Sun triggers both a flare and a CME, whereas other activity only triggers a confined flare with no CME.But what makes the difference? Understanding this can help us learn about the underlying physical drivers of flares and CMEs. It also might help us to better predict when a CME which can pose a risk to astronauts, disrupt radio transmissions, and cause damage to satellites might occur.In a recent study, Monica Bobra and Stathis Ilonidis (Stanford University) attempt to improve our ability to make these predictions by using a machine-learning algorithm.Classification by ComputerUsing a combination of 6 or more features results in a much better predictive success (measured by the True Skill Statistic; higher positive value = better prediction) for whether a flare will be accompanied by a CME. [Bobra Ilonidis 2016]Bobra and Ilonidis used magnetic-field data from an instrument on the Solar Dynamics Observatory to build a catalog of solar flares, 56 of which were accompanied by a CME and 364 of which were not. The catalog includes information about 18 different features associated with the photospheric magnetic field of each flaring active region (for example, the mean gradient of the horizontal magnetic field).The authors apply a machine-learning algorithm known as a binary classifier to this catalog. This algorithm tries to predict, given a set of features

  3. Prediction of Disease Causing Non-Synonymous SNPs by the Artificial Neural Network Predictor NetDiseaseSNP

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    Johansen, Morten Bo; Gonzalez-Izarzugaza, Jose Maria; Brunak, Søren;

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a sequence conservation-based artificial neural network predictor called NetDiseaseSNP which classifies nsSNPs as disease-causing or neutral. Our method uses the excellent alignment generation algorithm of SIFT to identify related sequences and a combination of 31 features...

  4. Comparing Spatial Predictions

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    Hering, Amanda S.

    2011-11-01

    Under a general loss function, we develop a hypothesis test to determine whether a significant difference in the spatial predictions produced by two competing models exists on average across the entire spatial domain of interest. The null hypothesis is that of no difference, and a spatial loss differential is created based on the observed data, the two sets of predictions, and the loss function chosen by the researcher. The test assumes only isotropy and short-range spatial dependence of the loss differential but does allow it to be non-Gaussian, non-zero-mean, and spatially correlated. Constant and nonconstant spatial trends in the loss differential are treated in two separate cases. Monte Carlo simulations illustrate the size and power properties of this test, and an example based on daily average wind speeds in Oklahoma is used for illustration. Supplemental results are available online. © 2011 American Statistical Association and the American Society for Qualitys.

  5. STRATEGY PATTERNS PREDICTION MODEL

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    Aram Baruch Gonzalez Perez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Multi-agent systems are broadly known for being able to simulate real-life situations which require the interaction and cooperation of individuals. Opponent modeling can be used along with multi-agent systems to model complex situations such as competitions like soccer games. In this study, a model for predicting opponent moves based on their target is presented. The model is composed by an offline step (learning phase and an online one (execution phase. The offline step gets and analyses previous experiences while the online step uses the data generated by offline analysis to predict opponent moves. This model is illustrated by an experiment with the RoboCup 2D Soccer Simulator. The proposed model was tested using 22 games to create the knowledge base and getting an accuracy rate over 80%.

  6. Predictive Hypothesis Identification

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    Hutter, Marcus

    2008-01-01

    While statistics focusses on hypothesis testing and on estimating (properties of) the true sampling distribution, in machine learning the performance of learning algorithms on future data is the primary issue. In this paper we bridge the gap with a general principle (PHI) that identifies hypotheses with best predictive performance. This includes predictive point and interval estimation, simple and composite hypothesis testing, (mixture) model selection, and others as special cases. For concrete instantiations we will recover well-known methods, variations thereof, and new ones. PHI nicely justifies, reconciles, and blends (a reparametrization invariant variation of) MAP, ML, MDL, and moment estimation. One particular feature of PHI is that it can genuinely deal with nested hypotheses.

  7. Predicting Lotto Numbers

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    Jørgensen, Claus Bjørn; Suetens, Sigrid; Tyran, Jean-Robert

    numbers based on recent drawings. While most players pick the same set of numbers week after week without regards of numbers drawn or anything else, we find that those who do change, act on average in the way predicted by the law of small numbers as formalized in recent behavioral theory. In particular......We investigate the “law of small numbers” using a unique panel data set on lotto gambling. Because we can track individual players over time, we can measure how they react to outcomes of recent lotto drawings. We can therefore test whether they behave as if they believe they can predict lotto......, on average they move away from numbers that have recently been drawn, as suggested by the “gambler’s fallacy”, and move toward numbers that are on streak, i.e. have been drawn several weeks in a row, consistent with the “hot hand fallacy”....

  8. Predictability of Critical Transitions

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    Zhang, Xiaozhu; Hallerberg, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    Critical transitions in multistable systems have been discussed as models for a variety of phenomena ranging from the extinctions of species to socio-economic changes and climate transitions between ice-ages and warm-ages. From bifurcation theory we can expect certain critical transitions to be preceded by a decreased recovery from external perturbations. The consequences of this critical slowing down have been observed as an increase in variance and autocorrelation prior to the transition. However especially in the presence of noise it is not clear, whether these changes in observation variables are statistically relevant such that they could be used as indicators for critical transitions. In this contribution we investigate the predictability of critical transitions in conceptual models. We study the the quadratic integrate-and-fire model and the van der Pol model, under the influence of external noise. We focus especially on the statistical analysis of the success of predictions and the overall predictabil...

  9. Predicting Bankruptcy in Pakistan

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    Abdul RASHID

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to identify the financial ratios that are most significant in bankruptcy prediction for the non-financial sector of Pakistan based on a sample of companies which became bankrupt over the time period 1996-2006. Twenty four financial ratios covering four important financial attributes, namely profitability, liquidity, leverage, and turnover ratios, were examined for a five-year period prior bankruptcy. The discriminant analysis produced a parsimonious model of three variables viz. sales to total assets, EBIT to current liabilities, and cash flow ratio. Our estimates provide evidence that the firms having Z-value below zero fall into the “bankrupt” whereas the firms with Z-value above zero fall into the “non-bankrupt” category. The model achieved 76.9% prediction accuracy when it is applied to forecast bankruptcies on the underlying sample.

  10. Chaos detection and predictability

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    Gottwald, Georg; Laskar, Jacques

    2016-01-01

    Distinguishing chaoticity from regularity in deterministic dynamical systems and specifying the subspace of the phase space in which instabilities are expected to occur is of utmost importance in as disparate areas as astronomy, particle physics and climate dynamics.   To address these issues there exists a plethora of methods for chaos detection and predictability. The most commonly employed technique for investigating chaotic dynamics, i.e. the computation of Lyapunov exponents, however, may suffer a number of problems and drawbacks, for example when applied to noisy experimental data.   In the last two decades, several novel methods have been developed for the fast and reliable determination of the regular or chaotic nature of orbits, aimed at overcoming the shortcomings of more traditional techniques. This set of lecture notes and tutorial reviews serves as an introduction to and overview of modern chaos detection and predictability techniques for graduate students and non-specialists.   The book cover...

  11. Candidate Prediction Models and Methods

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    Nielsen, Henrik Aalborg; Nielsen, Torben Skov; Madsen, Henrik;

    2005-01-01

    This document lists candidate prediction models for Work Package 3 (WP3) of the PSO-project called ``Intelligent wind power prediction systems'' (FU4101). The main focus is on the models transforming numerical weather predictions into predictions of power production. The document also outlines the...

  12. STRATEGY PATTERNS PREDICTION MODEL

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    Aram Baruch Gonzalez Perez; Jorge Adolfo Ramirez Uresti

    2014-01-01

    Multi-agent systems are broadly known for being able to simulate real-life situations which require the interaction and cooperation of individuals. Opponent modeling can be used along with multi-agent systems to model complex situations such as competitions like soccer games. In this study, a model for predicting opponent moves based on their target is presented. The model is composed by an offline step (learning phase) and an online one (execution phase). The offline step gets and analyses p...

  13. Nominal model predictive control

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    Grüne, Lars

    2013-01-01

    5 p., to appear in Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, Tariq Samad, John Baillieul (eds.); International audience; Model Predictive Control is a controller design method which synthesizes a sampled data feedback controller from the iterative solution of open loop optimal control problems.We describe the basic functionality of MPC controllers, their properties regarding feasibility, stability and performance and the assumptions needed in order to rigorously ensure these properties in a nomina...

  14. Multivariate respiratory motion prediction

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    In extracranial robotic radiotherapy, tumour motion is compensated by tracking external and internal surrogates. To compensate system specific time delays, time series prediction of the external optical surrogates is used. We investigate whether the prediction accuracy can be increased by expanding the current clinical setup by an accelerometer, a strain belt and a flow sensor. Four previously published prediction algorithms are adapted to multivariate inputs—normalized least mean squares (nLMS), wavelet-based least mean squares (wLMS), support vector regression (SVR) and relevance vector machines (RVM)—and evaluated for three different prediction horizons. The measurement involves 18 subjects and consists of two phases, focusing on long term trends (M1) and breathing artefacts (M2). To select the most relevant and least redundant sensors, a sequential forward selection (SFS) method is proposed. Using a multivariate setting, the results show that the clinically used nLMS algorithm is susceptible to large outliers. In the case of irregular breathing (M2), the mean root mean square error (RMSE) of a univariate nLMS algorithm is 0.66 mm and can be decreased to 0.46 mm by a multivariate RVM model (best algorithm on average). To investigate the full potential of this approach, the optimal sensor combination was also estimated on the complete test set. The results indicate that a further decrease in RMSE is possible for RVM (to 0.42 mm). This motivates further research about sensor selection methods. Besides the optical surrogates, the sensors most frequently selected by the algorithms are the accelerometer and the strain belt. These sensors could be easily integrated in the current clinical setup and would allow a more precise motion compensation. (paper)

  15. Predictive Game Theory

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    Wolpert, David H.

    2005-01-01

    Probability theory governs the outcome of a game; there is a distribution over mixed strat.'s, not a single "equilibrium". To predict a single mixed strategy must use our loss function (external to the game's players. Provides a quantification of any strategy's rationality. Prove rationality falls as cost of computation rises (for players who have not previously interacted). All extends to games with varying numbers of players.

  16. Time-predictable architectures

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    Rochange, Christine; Uhrig , Sascha

    2014-01-01

    Building computers that can be used to design embedded real-time systems is the subject of this title. Real-time embedded software requires increasingly higher performances. The authors therefore consider processors that implement advanced mechanisms such as pipelining, out-of-order execution, branch prediction, cache memories, multi-threading, multicorearchitectures, etc. The authors of this book investigate the timepredictability of such schemes.

  17. Multivariate respiratory motion prediction

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    Dürichen, R.; Wissel, T.; Ernst, F.; Schlaefer, A.; Schweikard, A.

    2014-10-01

    In extracranial robotic radiotherapy, tumour motion is compensated by tracking external and internal surrogates. To compensate system specific time delays, time series prediction of the external optical surrogates is used. We investigate whether the prediction accuracy can be increased by expanding the current clinical setup by an accelerometer, a strain belt and a flow sensor. Four previously published prediction algorithms are adapted to multivariate inputs—normalized least mean squares (nLMS), wavelet-based least mean squares (wLMS), support vector regression (SVR) and relevance vector machines (RVM)—and evaluated for three different prediction horizons. The measurement involves 18 subjects and consists of two phases, focusing on long term trends (M1) and breathing artefacts (M2). To select the most relevant and least redundant sensors, a sequential forward selection (SFS) method is proposed. Using a multivariate setting, the results show that the clinically used nLMS algorithm is susceptible to large outliers. In the case of irregular breathing (M2), the mean root mean square error (RMSE) of a univariate nLMS algorithm is 0.66 mm and can be decreased to 0.46 mm by a multivariate RVM model (best algorithm on average). To investigate the full potential of this approach, the optimal sensor combination was also estimated on the complete test set. The results indicate that a further decrease in RMSE is possible for RVM (to 0.42 mm). This motivates further research about sensor selection methods. Besides the optical surrogates, the sensors most frequently selected by the algorithms are the accelerometer and the strain belt. These sensors could be easily integrated in the current clinical setup and would allow a more precise motion compensation.

  18. Thinking about Aid Predictability

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    Andrews, Matthew; Wilhelm, Vera

    2008-01-01

    Researchers are giving more attention to aid predictability. In part, this is because of increases in the number of aid agencies and aid dollars and the growing complexity of the aid community. A growing body of research is examining key questions: Is aid unpredictable? What causes unpredictability? What can be done about it? This note draws from a selection of recent literature to bring s...

  19. Predicting helpful product reviews

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    O'Mahony, Michael P.; Cunningham, Pádraig; Smyth, Barry

    2010-01-01

    Millions of users are today posting user-generated content online, expressing their opinions on all manner of goods and services, topics and social affairs. While undoubtedly useful,user-generated content presents consumers with significant challenges in terms of information overload and quality considerations. In this paper, we address these issues in the context of product reviews and present a brief survey of our work to date on predicting review helpfulness. In particular, the performa...

  20. The Predictive Audit Framework

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    Kuenkaikaew, Siripan; Vasarhelyi, Miklos A.

    2013-01-01

    Assurance is an essential part of the business process of the modern enterprise. Auditing is a widely used assurance method made mandatory for public companies since 1934. The traditional (retroactive) audit provides after-the-fact audit reports, and is of limited value in the ever changing modern business environment because it is slow and backwards looking. Contemporary auditing and monitoring technologies could shorten the audit and assurance time frame. This paper proposes the predictive ...

  1. Predicting appointment breaking.

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    Bean, A G; Talaga, J

    1995-01-01

    The goal of physician referral services is to schedule appointments, but if too many patients fail to show up, the value of the service will be compromised. The authors found that appointment breaking can be predicted by the number of days to the scheduled appointment, the doctor's specialty, and the patient's age and gender. They also offer specific suggestions for modifying the marketing mix to reduce the incidence of no-shows. PMID:10142384

  2. Eclipse prediction in Mesopotamia.

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    Steele, J. M.

    2000-02-01

    Among the many celestial phenomena observed in ancient Mesopotamia, eclipses, particularly eclipses of the Moon, were considered to be among the astrologically most significant events. In Babylon, by at least the middle of the seventh century BC, and probably as early as the middle of the eighth century BC, astronomical observations were being systematically conducted and recorded in a group of texts which we have come to call Astronomical Diaries. These Diaries contain many observations and predictions of eclipses. The predictions generally include the expected time of the eclipse, apparently calculated quite precisely. By the last three centuries BC, the Babylonian astronomers had developed highly advanced mathematical theories of the Moon and planets. This paper outlines the various methods which appear to have been formulated by the Mesopotamian astronomers to predict eclipses of the Sun and the Moon. It also considers the question of which of these methods were actually used in compiling the Astronomical Diaries, and speculates why these particular methods were used.

  3. Is Suicide Predictable?

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    S Asmaee

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Background:The current study aimed to test the hypothesis: Is suicide predictable? And try to classify the predictive factors in multiple suicide attempts.Methods:A cross-sectional study was administered to 223 multiple attempters, women who came to a medical poison centre after a suicide attempt.The participants were young, poor, and single.A Logistic Regression Analiysis was used to classify the predictive factors of suicide.Results:Women who had multiple suicide attempts exhibited a significant tendency to attempt suicide again. They had a history for more than two years of multiple suicide attempts, from three to as many as 18 times, plus mental illnesses such as depression and substance abuse.They also had a positive history of mental illnesses.Conclusion:Results indicate that contributing factors for another suicide attempt include previous suicide attempts, mental illness (depression,or a positive history of mental illnesses in the family affecting them at a young age, and substance abuse.

  4. Aeroacoustic Prediction Codes

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    Gliebe, P; Mani, R.; Shin, H.; Mitchell, B.; Ashford, G.; Salamah, S.; Connell, S.; Huff, Dennis (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    This report describes work performed on Contract NAS3-27720AoI 13 as part of the NASA Advanced Subsonic Transport (AST) Noise Reduction Technology effort. Computer codes were developed to provide quantitative prediction, design, and analysis capability for several aircraft engine noise sources. The objective was to provide improved, physics-based tools for exploration of noise-reduction concepts and understanding of experimental results. Methods and codes focused on fan broadband and 'buzz saw' noise and on low-emissions combustor noise and compliment work done by other contractors under the NASA AST program to develop methods and codes for fan harmonic tone noise and jet noise. The methods and codes developed and reported herein employ a wide range of approaches, from the strictly empirical to the completely computational, with some being semiempirical analytical, and/or analytical/computational. Emphasis was on capturing the essential physics while still considering method or code utility as a practical design and analysis tool for everyday engineering use. Codes and prediction models were developed for: (1) an improved empirical correlation model for fan rotor exit flow mean and turbulence properties, for use in predicting broadband noise generated by rotor exit flow turbulence interaction with downstream stator vanes: (2) fan broadband noise models for rotor and stator/turbulence interaction sources including 3D effects, noncompact-source effects. directivity modeling, and extensions to the rotor supersonic tip-speed regime; (3) fan multiple-pure-tone in-duct sound pressure prediction methodology based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis; and (4) low-emissions combustor prediction methodology and computer code based on CFD and actuator disk theory. In addition. the relative importance of dipole and quadrupole source mechanisms was studied using direct CFD source computation for a simple cascadeigust interaction problem, and an empirical combustor

  5. Coal extraction - environmental prediction

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    C. Blaine Cecil; Susan J. Tewalt

    2002-08-01

    To predict and help minimize the impact of coal extraction in the Appalachian region, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is addressing selected mine-drainage issues through the following four interrelated studies: spatial variability of deleterious materials in coal and coal-bearing strata; kinetics of pyrite oxidation; improved spatial geologic models of the potential for drainage from abandoned coal mines; and methodologies for the remediation of waters discharged from coal mines. As these goals are achieved, the recovery of coal resources will be enhanced. 2 figs.

  6. Mathematics of Predicting Growth

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    Nielsen, Ron W

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. Mathematical methods of analysis of data and of predicting growth are discussed. The starting point is the analysis of the growth rates, which can be expressed as a function of time or as a function of the size of the growing entity. Application of these methods is illustrated using the world economic growth but they can be applied to any type of growth.Keywords. Growth rate, Differential equations, Gross Domestic Product, Economic growth.JEL. C01, C20, C50, C53, C60, C65, C80

  7. Foundations of predictive analytics

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    Wu, James

    2012-01-01

    Drawing on the authors' two decades of experience in applied modeling and data mining, Foundations of Predictive Analytics presents the fundamental background required for analyzing data and building models for many practical applications, such as consumer behavior modeling, risk and marketing analytics, and other areas. It also discusses a variety of practical topics that are frequently missing from similar texts. The book begins with the statistical and linear algebra/matrix foundation of modeling methods, from distributions to cumulant and copula functions to Cornish--Fisher expansion and o

  8. Asphalt pavement temperature prediction

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    Minhoto, Manuel; Pais, Jorge; Pereira, Paulo

    2006-01-01

    A 3-D finite element model (FEM) was developed to calculate the lemperature of an asphtalt rubber pavement localed in the Northeast of Portugal. The goal of the case study presented in this paper is to show the good accuracy temperature prediction tha can be obtained with this model when compared with the field pavement thermal condition obtained during a year. lnput data to the model are the hourly values for solar radiation and temperature and the mean daily value of wind speed obtained fr...

  9. Essays on Earnings Predictability

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    Bruun, Mark

    This dissertation addresses the prediction of corporate earnings. The thesis aims to examine whether the degree of precision in earnings forecasts can be increased by basing them on historical financial ratios. Furthermore, the intent of the dissertation is to analyze whether accounting standards...... forecasts can be generated based on historical timeseries patterns of financial ratios. This is done by modeling the return on equity and the growth-rate in equity as two separate but correlated timeseries processes which converge to a long-term, constant level. Empirical results suggest that these earnings...

  10. Predicting Lotto Numbers

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    Suetens, Sigrid; Galbo-Jørgensen, Claus B.; Tyran, Jean-Robert Karl

    2016-01-01

    as formalized in recent behavioral theory. In particular, players tend to bet less on numbers that have been drawn in the preceding week, as suggested by the ‘gambler’s fallacy’, and bet more on a number if it was frequently drawn in the recent past, consistent with the ‘hot-hand fallacy’.......We investigate the ‘law of small numbers’ using a data set on lotto gambling that allows us to measure players’ reactions to draws. While most players pick the same set of numbers week after week, we find that those who do change react on average as predicted by the law of small numbers...

  11. Predicting Lotto Numbers

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    Suetens, Sigrid; Galbo-Jørgensen, Claus B.; Tyran, Jean-Robert Karl

    2015-01-01

    formalized in recent behavioral theory. In particular, players tend to bet less on numbers that have been drawn in the preceding week, as suggested by the ‘gambler’s fallacy’, and bet more on a number if it was frequently drawn in the recent past, consistent with the ‘hot-hand fallacy’.......We investigate the ‘law of small numbers’ using a data set on lotto gambling that allows us to measure players’ reactions to draws. While most players pick the same set of numbers week after week, we find that those who do change react on average as predicted by the law of small numbers as...

  12. Vertebral Fracture Prediction

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    2008-01-01

    Vertebral Fracture Prediction A method of processing data derived from an image of at least part of a spine is provided for estimating the risk of a future fracture in vertebraeof the spine. Position data relating to at least four neighbouring vertebrae of the spine is processed. The curvature...... of the spine at at least two of the neighbouring vertebrae is calculated. The different curvature values are computed to obtain a value representative of the degree of irregularity in curvature of the spine and using the degree of irregularity, an estimate of the risk of a future fracture in vertebrae...

  13. Predicting Sustainable Work Behavior

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    Hald, Kim Sundtoft

    2013-01-01

    Sustainable work behavior is an important issue for operations managers – it has implications for most outcomes of OM. This research explores the antecedents of sustainable work behavior. It revisits and extends the sociotechnical model developed by Brown et al. (2000) on predicting safe behavior....... Employee characteristics and general attitudes towards safety and work condition are included in the extended model. A survey was handed out to 654 employees in Chinese factories. This research contributes by demonstrating how employee- characteristics and general attitudes towards safety and work...... condition influence their sustainable work behavior. A new definition of sustainable work behavior is proposed....

  14. Neurological abnormalities predict disability

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    Poggesi, Anna; Gouw, Alida; van der Flier, Wiesje;

    2014-01-01

    was performed. MRI assessment included age-related white matter changes (ARWMC) grading (mild, moderate, severe according to the Fazekas' scale), count of lacunar and non-lacunar infarcts, and global atrophy rating. Of the 633 (out of the 639 enrolled) patients with follow-up information (mean age 74.1 ± 5......, presence and number of neurological examination abnormalities predicted global functional decline independent of MRI lesions typical of the aging brain and other determinants of disability in the elderly. Systematically checking for neurological examination abnormalities in older patients may be cost...

  15. Predicting Lotto Numbers

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    Jorgensen, C.B.; Suetens, S.; Tyran, J.R.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the “law of small numbers” using a unique panel data set on lotto gambling. Because we can track individual players over time, we can measure how they react to outcomes of recent lotto drawings. We can therefore test whether they behave as if they believe they can predict lotto numbers based on recent drawings. While most players pick the same set of numbers week after week without regards of numbers drawn or anything else, we find that those who do change, act on average in th...

  16. Predicting Alloreactivity in Transplantation

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    Kirsten Geneugelijk

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Human leukocyte Antigen (HLA mismatching leads to severe complications after solid-organ transplantation and hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. The alloreactive responses underlying the posttransplantation complications include both direct recognition of allogeneic HLA by HLA-specific alloantibodies and T cells and indirect T-cell recognition. However, the immunogenicity of HLA mismatches is highly variable; some HLA mismatches lead to severe clinical B-cell- and T-cell-mediated alloreactivity, whereas others are well tolerated. Definition of the permissibility of HLA mismatches prior to transplantation allows selection of donor-recipient combinations that will have a reduced chance to develop deleterious host-versus-graft responses after solid-organ transplantation and graft-versus-host responses after hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. Therefore, several methods have been developed to predict permissible HLA-mismatch combinations. In this review we aim to give a comprehensive overview about the current knowledge regarding HLA-directed alloreactivity and several developed in vitro and in silico tools that aim to predict direct and indirect alloreactivity.

  17. Compressor map prediction tool

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    Ravi, Arjun; Sznajder, Lukasz; Bennett, Ian

    2015-08-01

    Shell Global Solutions uses an in-house developed system for remote condition monitoring of centrifugal compressors. It requires field process data collected during operation to calculate and assess the machine's performance. Performance is assessed by comparing live results of polytropic head and efficiency versus design compressor curves provided by the Manufacturer. Typically, these design curves are given for specific suction conditions. The further these conditions on site deviate from those prescribed at design, the less accurate the health assessment of the compressor becomes. To address this specified problem, a compressor map prediction tool is proposed. The original performance curves of polytropic head against volumetric flow for varying rotational speeds are used as an input to define a range of Mach numbers within which the non-dimensional invariant performance curve of head and volume flow coefficient is generated. The new performance curves of polytropic head vs. flow for desired set of inlet conditions are then back calculated using the invariant non-dimensional curve. Within the range of Mach numbers calculated from design data, the proposed methodology can predict polytropic head curves at a new set of inlet conditions within an estimated 3% accuracy. The presented methodology does not require knowledge of detailed impeller geometry such as throat areas, blade number, blade angles, thicknesses nor other aspects of the aerodynamic design - diffusion levels, flow angles, etc. The only required mechanical design feature is the first impeller tip diameter. Described method makes centrifugal compressor surveillance activities more accurate, enabling precise problem isolation affecting machine's performance.

  18. Cooling pond temperature prediction

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    A model is described which predicts temperature responses in the environment that are associated with the operation of a natural gas fueled thermoelectric power generation station. The model is a piecewise computer simulation, limited at present to closed cooling water systems. However, the techniques developed should be applicable to a much larger class of cooling system. The problem encountered consists of two parts: (1) data characterization and (2) modeling. An efficient characterization scheme for the environmental variables greatly simplifies the task of modeling. Methods borrowed from signal theory, but not yet applied to this field are applicable to and greatly simplify the digital computer investigation of environmental data. An optimal data set, from the point of view of information per unit cost, is described for the model

  19. Permeability prediction in chalks

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    Alam, Mohammad Monzurul; Fabricius, Ida Lykke; Prasad, Manika

    2011-01-01

    The velocity of elastic waves is the primary datum available for acquiring information about subsurface characteristics such as lithology and porosity. Cheap and quick (spatial coverage, ease of measurement) information of permeability can be achieved, if sonic velocity is used for permeability......-permeability relationships were replaced by relationships between velocity of elastic waves and permeability using laboratory data, and the relationships were then applied to well-log data. We found that the permeability prediction in chalk and possibly other sediments with large surface areas could be improved...... significantly using the effective specific surface as the fluid-flow concept. The FZI unit is appropriate for highly permeable sedimentary rocks such as sandstones and limestones that have small surface areas....

  20. Motor degradation prediction methods

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    Arnold, J.R.; Kelly, J.F.; Delzingaro, M.J.

    1996-12-01

    Motor Operated Valve (MOV) squirrel cage AC motor rotors are susceptible to degradation under certain conditions. Premature failure can result due to high humidity/temperature environments, high running load conditions, extended periods at locked rotor conditions (i.e. > 15 seconds) or exceeding the motor`s duty cycle by frequent starts or multiple valve stroking. Exposure to high heat and moisture due to packing leaks, pressure seal ring leakage or other causes can significantly accelerate the degradation. ComEd and Liberty Technologies have worked together to provide and validate a non-intrusive method using motor power diagnostics to evaluate MOV rotor condition and predict failure. These techniques have provided a quick, low radiation dose method to evaluate inaccessible motors, identify degradation and allow scheduled replacement of motors prior to catastrophic failures.

  1. Motor degradation prediction methods

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    Motor Operated Valve (MOV) squirrel cage AC motor rotors are susceptible to degradation under certain conditions. Premature failure can result due to high humidity/temperature environments, high running load conditions, extended periods at locked rotor conditions (i.e. > 15 seconds) or exceeding the motor's duty cycle by frequent starts or multiple valve stroking. Exposure to high heat and moisture due to packing leaks, pressure seal ring leakage or other causes can significantly accelerate the degradation. ComEd and Liberty Technologies have worked together to provide and validate a non-intrusive method using motor power diagnostics to evaluate MOV rotor condition and predict failure. These techniques have provided a quick, low radiation dose method to evaluate inaccessible motors, identify degradation and allow scheduled replacement of motors prior to catastrophic failures

  2. Plume rise predictions

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    Anyone involved with diffusion calculations becomes well aware of the strong dependence of maximum ground concentrations on the effective stack height, h/sub e/. For most conditions chi/sub max/ is approximately proportional to h/sub e/-2, as has been recognized at least since 1936 (Bosanquet and Pearson). Making allowance for the gradual decrease in the ratio of vertical to lateral diffusion at increasing heights, the exponent is slightly larger, say chi/sub max/ approximately h/sub e/-2.3. In inversion breakup fumigation, the exponent is somewhat smaller; very crudely, chi/sub max/ approximately h/sub e/-1.5. In any case, for an elevated emission the dependence of chi/sub max/ on h/sub e/ is substantial. It is postulated that a really clever ignorant theoretician can disguise his ignorance with dimensionless constants. For most sources the effective stack height is considerably larger than the actual source height, h/sub s/. For instance, for power plants with no downwash problems, h/sub e/ is more than twice h/sub s/ whenever the wind is less than 10 m/sec, which is most of the time. This is unfortunate for anyone who has to predict ground concentrations, for he is likely to have to calculate the plume rise, Δh. Especially when using h/sub e/ = h/sub s/ + Δh instead of h/sub s/ may reduce chi/sub max/ by a factor of anywhere from 4 to infinity. Factors to be considered in making plume rise predictions are discussed

  3. Predicting the physics of particles

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    A brief account is presented of the goals and methods of particle theorists, stressing the measurable quantities they would like to predict, the conventional starting points for such predictions, and some of the techniques used to arrive at a prediction. (author)

  4. Update on protein structure prediction

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    Hubbard, T; Tramontano, A; Barton, G;

    1996-01-01

    Computational tools for protein structure prediction are of great interest to molecular, structural and theoretical biologists due to a rapidly increasing number of protein sequences with no known structure. In October 1995, a workshop was held at IRBM to predict as much as possible about a number...... of proteins of biological interest using ab initio pre!diction of fold recognition methods. 112 protein sequences were collected via an open invitation for target submissions. 17 were selected for prediction during the workshop and for 11 of these a prediction of some reliability could be made. We believe...

  5. Modeling and Prediction Overview

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    Ermak, D L

    2002-10-18

    Effective preparation for and response to the release of toxic materials into the atmosphere hinges on accurate predictions of the dispersion pathway, concentration, and ultimate fate of the chemical or biological agent. Of particular interest is the threat to civilian populations within major urban areas, which are likely targets for potential attacks. The goals of the CBNP Modeling and Prediction area are: (1) Development of a suite of validated, multi-scale, atmospheric transport and fate modeling capabilities for chemical and biological agent releases within the complex urban environment; (2) Integration of these models and related user tools into operational emergency response systems. Existing transport and fate models are being adapted to treat the complex atmospheric flows within and around structures (e.g., buildings, subway systems, urban areas) and over terrain. Relevant source terms and the chemical and physical behavior of gas- and particle-phase species (e.g., losses due to deposition, bio-agent viability, degradation) are also being developed and incorporated into the models. Model validation is performed using both laboratory and field data. CBNP is producing and testing a suite of models with differing levels of complexity and fidelity to address the full range of user needs and applications. Lumped-parameter transport models are being developed for subway systems and building interiors, supplemented by the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models to describe the circulation within large, open spaces such as auditoriums. Both sophisticated CFD transport models and simpler fast-response models are under development to treat the complex flow around individual structures and arrays of buildings. Urban parameterizations are being incorporated into regional-scale weather forecast, meteorological data assimilation, and dispersion models for problems involving larger-scale urban and suburban areas. Source term and dose response models are being

  6. Earthquake prediction with electromagnetic phenomena

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    Hayakawa, Masashi, E-mail: hayakawa@hi-seismo-em.jp [Hayakawa Institute of Seismo Electomagnetics, Co. Ltd., University of Electro-Communications (UEC) Incubation Center, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu Tokyo, 182-8585 (Japan); Advanced Wireless & Communications Research Center, UEC, Chofu Tokyo (Japan); Earthquake Analysis Laboratory, Information Systems Inc., 4-8-15, Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062 (Japan); Fuji Security Systems. Co. Ltd., Iwato-cho 1, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    Short-term earthquake (EQ) prediction is defined as prospective prediction with the time scale of about one week, which is considered to be one of the most important and urgent topics for the human beings. If this short-term prediction is realized, casualty will be drastically reduced. Unlike the conventional seismic measurement, we proposed the use of electromagnetic phenomena as precursors to EQs in the prediction, and an extensive amount of progress has been achieved in the field of seismo-electromagnetics during the last two decades. This paper deals with the review on this short-term EQ prediction, including the impossibility myth of EQs prediction by seismometers, the reason why we are interested in electromagnetics, the history of seismo-electromagnetics, the ionospheric perturbation as the most promising candidate of EQ prediction, then the future of EQ predictology from two standpoints of a practical science and a pure science, and finally a brief summary.

  7. Earthquake prediction with electromagnetic phenomena

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    Short-term earthquake (EQ) prediction is defined as prospective prediction with the time scale of about one week, which is considered to be one of the most important and urgent topics for the human beings. If this short-term prediction is realized, casualty will be drastically reduced. Unlike the conventional seismic measurement, we proposed the use of electromagnetic phenomena as precursors to EQs in the prediction, and an extensive amount of progress has been achieved in the field of seismo-electromagnetics during the last two decades. This paper deals with the review on this short-term EQ prediction, including the impossibility myth of EQs prediction by seismometers, the reason why we are interested in electromagnetics, the history of seismo-electromagnetics, the ionospheric perturbation as the most promising candidate of EQ prediction, then the future of EQ predictology from two standpoints of a practical science and a pure science, and finally a brief summary

  8. Protein Chemical Shift Prediction

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    Larsen, Anders S

    2014-01-01

    The protein chemical shifts holds a large amount of information about the 3-dimensional structure of the protein. A number of chemical shift predictors based on the relationship between structures resolved with X-ray crystallography and the corresponding experimental chemical shifts have been developed. These empirical predictors are very accurate on X-ray structures but tends to be insensitive to small structural changes. To overcome this limitation it has been suggested to make chemical shift predictors based on quantum mechanical(QM) calculations. In this thesis the development of the QM derived chemical shift predictor Procs14 is presented. Procs14 is based on 2.35 million density functional theory(DFT) calculations on tripeptides and contains corrections for hydrogen bonding, ring current and the effect of the previous and following residue. Procs14 is capable at performing predictions for the 13CA, 13CB, 13CO, 15NH, 1HN and 1HA backbone atoms. In order to benchmark Procs14, a number of QM NMR calculatio...

  9. Predictability of blocking

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    Tibaldi and Molteni (1990, hereafter referred to as TM) had previously investigated operational blocking predictability by the ECMWF model and the possible relationships between model systematic error and blocking in the winter season of the Northern Hemisphere, using seven years of ECMWF operational archives of analyses and day 1 to 10 forecasts. They showed that fewer blocking episodes than in the real atmosphere were generally simulated by the model, and that this deficiency increased with increasing forecast time. As a consequence of this, a major contribution to the systematic error in the winter season was shown to derive from the inability of the model to properly forecast blocking. In this study, the analysis performed in TM for the first seven winter seasons of the ECMWF operational model is extended to the subsequent five winters, during which model development, reflecting both resolution increases and parametrisation modifications, continued unabated. In addition the objective blocking index developed by TM has been applied to the observed data to study the natural low frequency variability of blocking. The ability to simulate blocking of some climate models has also been tested

  10. An exact prediction of

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    We propose that the expectation value of a circular BPS-Wilson loop in N=4 supersymmetric Yang--Mills can be calculated exactly, to all orders in a 1/N expansion and to all orders in g2N. Using the AdS/CFT duality, this result yields a prediction of the value of the string amplitude with a circular boundary to all orders in α' and to all orders in gs. We then compare this result with string theory. We find that the gauge theory calculation, for large g2N and to all orders in the 1/N2 expansion, does agree with the leading string theory calculation, to all orders in gs and to lowest order in α'. We also find a relation between the expectation value of any closed smooth Wilson loop and the loop related to it by an inversion that takes a point along the loop to infinity, and compare this result, again successfully, with string theory

  11. Predictive Analysis for Social Processes II: Predictability and Warning Analysis

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    Colbaugh, Richard

    2009-01-01

    This two-part paper presents a new approach to predictive analysis for social processes. Part I identifies a class of social processes, called positive externality processes, which are both important and difficult to predict, and introduces a multi-scale, stochastic hybrid system modeling framework for these systems. In Part II of the paper we develop a systems theory-based, computationally tractable approach to predictive analysis for these systems. Among other capabilities, this analytic methodology enables assessment of process predictability, identification of measurables which have predictive power, discovery of reliable early indicators for events of interest, and robust, scalable prediction. The potential of the proposed approach is illustrated through case studies involving online markets, social movements, and protest behavior.

  12. Melanoma risk prediction models

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    Nikolić Jelena

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. The lack of effective therapy for advanced stages of melanoma emphasizes the importance of preventive measures and screenings of population at risk. Identifying individuals at high risk should allow targeted screenings and follow-up involving those who would benefit most. The aim of this study was to identify most significant factors for melanoma prediction in our population and to create prognostic models for identification and differentiation of individuals at risk. Methods. This case-control study included 697 participants (341 patients and 356 controls that underwent extensive interview and skin examination in order to check risk factors for melanoma. Pairwise univariate statistical comparison was used for the coarse selection of the most significant risk factors. These factors were fed into logistic regression (LR and alternating decision trees (ADT prognostic models that were assessed for their usefulness in identification of patients at risk to develop melanoma. Validation of the LR model was done by Hosmer and Lemeshow test, whereas the ADT was validated by 10-fold cross-validation. The achieved sensitivity, specificity, accuracy and AUC for both models were calculated. The melanoma risk score (MRS based on the outcome of the LR model was presented. Results. The LR model showed that the following risk factors were associated with melanoma: sunbeds (OR = 4.018; 95% CI 1.724- 9.366 for those that sometimes used sunbeds, solar damage of the skin (OR = 8.274; 95% CI 2.661-25.730 for those with severe solar damage, hair color (OR = 3.222; 95% CI 1.984-5.231 for light brown/blond hair, the number of common naevi (over 100 naevi had OR = 3.57; 95% CI 1.427-8.931, the number of dysplastic naevi (from 1 to 10 dysplastic naevi OR was 2.672; 95% CI 1.572-4.540; for more than 10 naevi OR was 6.487; 95%; CI 1.993-21.119, Fitzpatricks phototype and the presence of congenital naevi. Red hair, phototype I and large congenital naevi were

  13. PREDICTING TURBINE STAGE PERFORMANCE

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    Boyle, R. J.

    1994-01-01

    This program was developed to predict turbine stage performance taking into account the effects of complex passage geometries. The method uses a quasi-3D inviscid-flow analysis iteratively coupled to calculated losses so that changes in losses result in changes in the flow distribution. In this manner the effects of both the geometry on the flow distribution and the flow distribution on losses are accounted for. The flow may be subsonic or shock-free transonic. The blade row may be fixed or rotating, and the blades may be twisted and leaned. This program has been applied to axial and radial turbines, and is helpful in the analysis of mixed flow machines. This program is a combination of the flow analysis programs MERIDL and TSONIC coupled to the boundary layer program BLAYER. The subsonic flow solution is obtained by a finite difference, stream function analysis. Transonic blade-to-blade solutions are obtained using information from the finite difference, stream function solution with a reduced flow factor. Upstream and downstream flow variables may vary from hub to shroud and provision is made to correct for loss of stagnation pressure. Boundary layer analyses are made to determine profile and end-wall friction losses. Empirical loss models are used to account for incidence, secondary flow, disc windage, and clearance losses. The total losses are then used to calculate stator, rotor, and stage efficiency. This program is written in FORTRAN IV for batch execution and has been implemented on an IBM 370/3033 under TSS with a central memory requirement of approximately 4.5 Megs of 8 bit bytes. This program was developed in 1985.

  14. Predictions From Eternal Inflation

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    Leichenauer, Stefan

    We investigate the physics of eternal inflation, particularly the use of multiverse ideas to explain the observed values of the cosmological constant and the coincidences of cosmological timescales. We begin by reviewing eternal inflation, the multiverse, and the resulting measure problem. Then follows a detailed study of proposals to solve the measure problem, both analytical and numerical, including an analysis of their predictions for cosmological observables. A key outcome of this investigation is that the traditional anthropic calculations, which take into account the necessity of galaxies and heavy elements to produce observers, are redundant in our framework. The cosmological coincidence problem, the seemingly coincidental equality of the timescales of observation and of vacuum domination, is solved for the first time without appeal to detailed anthropic assumptions: very general geometric considerations do the job automatically. We also estimate a 10% likelihood that evidence for eternal inflation will be found in upcoming measurements of the energy density of the universe. Encouraged by this success, we go on to construct a modified version of the light-cone time measure which has conceptual advantages but also reproduces the phenomenology of its predecessor. We complete our study of the measure problem by noting that for a wide class of proposed solutions, including the one developed here, there is an implicit assumption being made about a catastrophic end to the universe. Finally, as a by-product of this research program we find geometries which violate some of the accepted common knowledge on holographic entropy bounds. We point this out and conjecture a general result.

  15. Long Range Aircraft Trajectory Prediction

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    Magister, Tone

    2009-01-01

    The subject of the paper is the improvement of the aircraft future trajectory prediction accuracy for long-range airborne separation assurance. The strategic planning of safe aircraft flights and effective conflict avoidance tactics demand timely and accurate conflict detection based upon future four–dimensional airborne traffic situation prediction which is as accurate as each aircraft flight trajectory prediction. The improved kinematics model of aircraft relative flight considering flight ...

  16. Predicting cognitive change within domains

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    Duff, Kevin; Beglinger, Leigh J.; Moser, David J.; Paulsen, Jane S.

    2010-01-01

    Standardized regression based (SRB) formulas, a method for predicting cognitive change across time, traditionally use baseline performance on a neuropsychological measure to predict future performance on that same measure. However, there are instances in which the same tests may not be given at follow-up assessments (e.g., lack of continuity of provider, avoiding practice effects). The current study sought to expand this methodology by developing SRBs to predict performance on different tests...

  17. Predicting Acoustics in Class Rooms

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    Christensen, Claus Lynge; Rindel, Jens Holger

    2005-01-01

    Typical class rooms have fairly simple geometries, even so room acoustics in this type of room is difficult to predict using today's room acoustic computer modeling software. The reasons why acoustics of class rooms are harder to predict than acoustics of complicated concert halls might be explai......Typical class rooms have fairly simple geometries, even so room acoustics in this type of room is difficult to predict using today's room acoustic computer modeling software. The reasons why acoustics of class rooms are harder to predict than acoustics of complicated concert halls might...... with surface scattering is presented. Each of the two scattering effects is modeled as frequency dependent functions....

  18. Neural Correlates of Predictive Saccades.

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    Lee, Stephen M; Peltsch, Alicia; Kilmade, Maureen; Brien, Donald C; Coe, Brian C; Johnsrude, Ingrid S; Munoz, Douglas P

    2016-08-01

    Every day we generate motor responses that are timed with external cues. This phenomenon of sensorimotor synchronization has been simplified and studied extensively using finger tapping sequences that are executed in synchrony with auditory stimuli. The predictive saccade paradigm closely resembles the finger tapping task. In this paradigm, participants follow a visual target that "steps" between two fixed locations on a visual screen at predictable ISIs. Eventually, the time from target appearance to saccade initiation (i.e., saccadic RT) becomes predictive with values nearing 0 msec. Unlike the finger tapping literature, neural control of predictive behavior described within the eye movement literature has not been well established and is inconsistent, especially between neuroimaging and patient lesion studies. To resolve these discrepancies, we used fMRI to investigate the neural correlates of predictive saccades by contrasting brain areas involved with behavior generated from the predictive saccade task with behavior generated from a reactive saccade task (saccades are generated toward targets that are unpredictably timed). We observed striking differences in neural recruitment between reactive and predictive conditions: Reactive saccades recruited oculomotor structures, as predicted, whereas predictive saccades recruited brain structures that support timing in motor responses, such as the crus I of the cerebellum, and structures commonly associated with the default mode network. Therefore, our results were more consistent with those found in the finger tapping literature. PMID:27054397

  19. Predicting Marital Success with PREPARE: A Predictive Validity Study.

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    Fowers, Blaine J.; Olson, David H.

    1986-01-01

    Assessed the utility of the premarital inventory, PREPARE, in predicting marital success. Conducted a three-year follow-up study with couples (N=164) who took PREPARE during their engagement. Found that the PREPARE scores from three months before marriage could predict with 80-90% accuracy which couples were separated and divorced from those that…

  20. Predictability and Prediction for an Experimental Cultural Market

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    Colbaugh, Richard; Glass, Kristin; Ormerod, Paul

    Individuals are often influenced by the behavior of others, for instance because they wish to obtain the benefits of coordinated actions or infer otherwise inaccessible information. In such situations this social influence decreases the ex ante predictability of the ensuing social dynamics. We claim that, interestingly, these same social forces can increase the extent to which the outcome of a social process can be predicted very early in the process. This paper explores this claim through a theoretical and empirical analysis of the experimental music market described and analyzed in [1]. We propose a very simple model for this music market, assess the predictability of market outcomes through formal analysis of the model, and use insights derived through this analysis to develop algorithms for predicting market share winners, and their ultimate market shares, in the very early stages of the market. The utility of these predictive algorithms is illustrated through analysis of the experimental music market data sets [2].