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Noise Cancellation

G D Ower, J Hunt, S K Sakaluk
Although the strength and form of sexual selection on song in male crickets have been studied extensively, few studies have examined selection on the morphological structures that underlie variation in males' song, particularly in wild populations. Geometric morphometric techniques were used to measure sexual selection on the shape, size and symmetry of both top and bottom tegmina in wild populations of sagebrush crickets, a species in which nuptial feeding by females imposes an unambiguous phenotypic marker on males...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Jordan Cheer
The active control of sound fields has been widely applied in both active noise control and sound field reproduction, however, relatively few studies have focused on active acoustic cloaking. In order to build upon the knowledge and understanding in the areas of active noise control and sound field reproduction, this paper investigates the corresponding physical limitations and compares them to the active cloaking problem when the three strategies are employed in the presence of an acoustic scatterer. The three sound field control strategies have been formulated within a consistent framework, and this has enabled insight into the physical control mechanisms...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
A Hosokawa
In this study, piezoelectric cells (PE-cells) of cancellous bone were experimentally produced to receive an ultrasound wave. In the PE-cell, a bovine cancellous bone specimen, in which the pore spaces were saturated with air, was electrically shielded to prevent electromagnetic noise. As a result, the piezoelectric signal generated in the cancellous bone specimen by irradiating an ultrasound burst wave at 1.0 MHz could be clearly observed in water. The experimental results showed that the ultrasound sensitivity per unit area of cancellous bone was estimated to be below 1/100 and 1/100 000 of cortical bone and poly(vinylidene fluoride), respectively...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Zhen Qu, Ivan B Djordjevic, Mark A Neifeld
We theoretically investigate and experimentally demonstrate a RF-assisted four-state continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) system. Classical coherent detection is implemented with a simple digital phase noise cancelation scheme. In the proposed system, there is no need for frequency and phase locking between the quantum signals and the local oscillator laser. Moreover, in principle, there is no residual phase noise, and a mean excess noise of 0.0115 (in shot-noise units) can be acquired experimentally...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Sayeed Chowdhury, Rakib Hyder, Md Samzid Hafiz, Mohammad Ariful Haque
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November 23, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Renata Coelho Borges, Márcio Holsbach Costa
Hearing aids are essential devices for social integration of hearing impaired people in order to improve their auditory perception. Recent studies have reported significant dissatisfaction factors that tend to reduce their daily use. The occlusion effect is one important source of complaints. This phenomenon stems from the partial or complete closure of the ventilation opening of the ear-mould, usually performed to prevent feedback effects in high-gain devices. This work presents a new adaptive active-noise-control system to reduce the occlusion effect in small- or unvented hearing aids...
October 18, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Ebadollah Kheirati Roonizi, Roberto Sassi
An extended nonlinear Bayesian filtering framework is introduced for the analysis of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), in particular with single channel electrocardiographical (ECG) recordings. It is suitable for simultaneously tracking the fundamental frequency of atrial fibrillatory waves (f-waves), and separating signals, linked to atrial and ventricular activity, during AF. In this framework, high-power ECG components, i.e. Q, R, S and T waves, are modeled using sum of Gaussian functions. The atrial activity dynamical model is instead based on a trigonometrical function, with a fundamental frequency (the inverse of the dominant atrial cycle length), and its harmonics...
November 4, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Ashok Kumar Thella, James Rizkalla, Neeraj Rathi, Monika Kakani, Ahdy Helmy, Paul Salama, Maher E Rizkalla
BACKGROUND: The non-invasive diagnostic approaches have gained high attention in recent years, utilizing high technology sensor systems, including infrared, microwave devices, acoustic transducers, etc. The patient safety, high resolution images, and reliability are among the driving forces toward high technology approaches. The thermal and acoustic responses of the materials may reflect the important research parameters such as penetration depth, power consumption, and temperature change used for the practical models of the system...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics
Yoshiko Yabe, Hemangi Dave, Melvyn A Goodale
In everyday life, actions and sensory events occur in complex sequences, with events triggering actions that in turn give rise to additional events and so on. Earlier work has shown that a sensory event that is triggered by a voluntary action is perceived to have occurred earlier in time than an identical event that is not triggered by an action. In other words, events that are believed to be caused by our actions are drawn forward in time towards our actions. Similarly, when a sensory event triggers an action, that event is again drawn in time towards the action and is thus perceived to have occurred later than it really did...
October 20, 2016: Cognition
Jing Mi, H Steven Colburn
Spatially separating speech maskers from target speech often leads to a large intelligibility improvement. Modeling this phenomenon has long been of interest to binaural-hearing researchers for uncovering brain mechanisms and for improving signal-processing algorithms in hearing-assistive devices. Much of the previous binaural modeling work focused on the unmasking enabled by binaural cues at the periphery, and little quantitative modeling has been directed toward the grouping or source-separation benefits of binaural processing...
October 3, 2016: Trends in Hearing
Mark A Georgeson, Andrew J Schofield
Combination of signals from the two eyes is the gateway to stereo vision. To gain insight into binocular signal processing, we studied binocular summation for luminance-modulated gratings (L or LM) and contrast-modulated gratings (CM). We measured 2AFC detection thresholds for a signal grating (0.75c/deg, 216ms) shown to one eye, both eyes, or both eyes out-of-phase. For LM and CM, the carrier noise was in both eyes, even when the signal was monocular. Mean binocular thresholds for luminance gratings (L) were 5...
October 14, 2016: Vision Research
Iman Ghodratitoostani, Yossi Zana, Alexandre C B Delbem, Siamak S Sani, Hamed Ekhtiari, Tanit G Sanchez
Subjective tinnitus is the conscious (attended) awareness perception of sound in the absence of an external source and can be classified as an auditory phantom perception. Earlier literature establishes three distinct states of conscious perception as unattended, attended, and attended awareness conscious perception. The current tinnitus development models depend on the role of external events congruently paired with the causal physical events that precipitate the phantom perception. We propose a novel Neurofunctional Tinnitus Model to indicate that the conscious (attended) awareness perception of phantom sound is essential in activating the cognitive-emotional value...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Fintan Costello, Paul Watts
A common view in current psychology is that people estimate probabilities using various 'heuristics' or rules of thumb that do not follow the normative rules of probability theory. We present a model where people estimate conditional probabilities such as P(A|B) (the probability of A given that B has occurred) by a process that follows standard frequentist probability theory but is subject to random noise. This model accounts for various results from previous studies of conditional probability judgment. This model predicts that people's conditional probability judgments will agree with a series of fundamental identities in probability theory whose form cancels the effect of noise, while deviating from probability theory in other expressions whose form does not allow such cancellation...
September 2016: Cognitive Psychology
Shigeo Nagano, Motohiro Kumagai, Ying Li, Tetsuya Ido, Shoken Ishii, Kohei Mizutani, Makoto Aoki, Ryohei Otsuka, Yuko Hanado
We disseminated an ultra-broadband optical frequency reference based on a femtosecond (fs)-laser optical comb through a kilometer-scale fiber link. Its spectrum ranged from 1160 nm to 2180 nm without additional fs-laser combs at the end of the link. By employing a fiber-induced phase noise cancellation technique, the linewidth and fractional frequency instability attained for all disseminated comb modes were of order 1 Hz and 10<sup>-18</sup> in a 5000 s averaging time. The ultra-broad optical frequency reference, for which absolute frequency is traceable to Japan Standard Time, was applied in the frequency stabilization of an injection-seeded Q-switched 2051 nm pulse laser for a coherent light detection and ranging LIDAR system...
August 22, 2016: Optics Express
D Panigrahy, P K Sahu
Electrocardiogram (ECG) signal gives a lot of information on the physiology of heart. In reality, noise from various sources interfere with the ECG signal. To get the correct information on physiology of the heart, noise cancellation of the ECG signal is required. In this paper, the effectiveness of extended Kalman smoother (EKS) with the differential evolution (DE) technique for noise cancellation of the ECG signal is investigated. DE is used as an automatic parameter selection method for the selection of ten optimized components of the ECG signal, and those are used to create the ECG signal according to the real ECG signal...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Alexandre Chabot-Leclerc, Ewen N MacDonald, Torsten Dau
This study proposes a binaural extension to the multi-resolution speech-based envelope power spectrum model (mr-sEPSM) [Jørgensen, Ewert, and Dau (2013). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134, 436-446]. It consists of a combination of better-ear (BE) and binaural unmasking processes, implemented as two monaural realizations of the mr-sEPSM combined with a short-term equalization-cancellation process, and uses the signal-to-noise ratio in the envelope domain (SNRenv) as the decision metric. The model requires only two parameters to be fitted per speech material and does not require an explicit frequency weighting...
July 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Huadan Zheng, Lei Dong, Ying Ma, Hongpeng Wu, Xiaoli Liu, Xukun Yin, Lei Zhang, Weiguang Ma, Wangbao Yin, Liantuan Xiao, Suotang Jia
A sub-ppb-level nitrogen dioxide (NO<sub>2</sub>) QEPAS sensor is developed by use of a cost-effective wide stripe laser diode (LD) emitting at 450 nm and a novel background noise suppression method called scattered light modulation cancellation method (SL-MOCAM). The SL-MOCAM is a variant of modulation spectroscopy using two light sources: excitation and balance light sources. The background noise caused by the stray light of the excitation light sources can be eliminated by exposing the QEPAS spectrophone to the modulated balance light...
May 16, 2016: Optics Express
Terry G McRae, Silvie Ngo, Timothy T-Y Lam, David E McClelland, Jong H Chow, Daniel A Shaddock, Malcolm B Gray
This experiment uses digital interferometry to reduce polarisation noise from a fiber interferometer to the level of double Rayleigh backscatter making precision fiber metrology systems robust for remote field applications. This is achieved with a measurement of the Jones matrix with interferometric sensitivity in real time, limited only by fibre length and processing bandwidth. This new approach leads to potentially new metrology applications and the ability to do ellipsometry without polarisation elements in the output field...
May 16, 2016: Optics Express
Daisaku Hiraoka, Ryota Aono, Shin-Ichiro Hanada, Eiichi Okumura, Takeo Kishimoto
Extracellular ligands control biological phenomena. Cells distinguish physiological stimuli from weak noise stimuli by establishing a ligand-concentration threshold. Hormonal control of the meiotic G2/M transition in oocytes is essential for reproduction. However, the mechanism for threshold establishment is unclear. In starfish oocytes, maturation-inducing hormones activate the PI3K-Akt pathway through the Gβγ complex of heterotrimeric G-proteins. Akt directly phosphorylates both Cdc25 phosphatase and Myt1 kinase, resulting in activation of cyclin-B-Cdk1, which then induces meiotic G2/M transition...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Madhavi Mallam, K Chandra Bhutan Rao
In this paper, a new model for adaptive artifact cancelation in impedance cardiography (ICG) signals is presented. It is a hybrid model based on wavelet decomposition and an adaptive filter. A novel feature of this model is the implementation of reference-free adaptive artifact cancellers (AAC). For this implementation, the reference signal is constructed using a wavelet transformation. During critical conditions the filter weights may be negative and cause an imbalance in the convergence. To overcome this problem, we introduce non-negative adaptive algorithms in the proposed artifact canceller...
2016: SpringerPlus
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