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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228007/unit-with-fluidized-bed-for-gas-vapor-activation-of-different-carbonaceous-materials-for-various-purposes-design-computation-implementation
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Eugene Strativnov
We propose the technology of obtaining the promising material with wide specter of application-activated nanostructured carbon. In terms of technical indicators, it will stand next to the materials produced by complex regulations with the use of costly chemical operations. It can be used for the following needs: as a sorbent for hemosorption and enterosorption, for creation of the newest source of electric current (lithium and zinc air batteries, supercapacitors), and for processes of short-cycle adsorption gas separation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228004/self-rectifying-resistive-switching-memory-with-ultralow-switching-current-in-pt-ta2o5-hfo2-x-hf-stack
#2
Haili Ma, Jie Feng, Hangbing Lv, Tian Gao, Xiaoxin Xu, Qing Luo, Tiancheng Gong, Peng Yuan
In this study, we present a bilayer resistive switching memory device with Pt/Ta2O5/HfO2-x /Hf structure, which shows sub-1 μA ultralow operating current, median switching voltage, adequate ON/OFF ratio, and simultaneously containing excellent self-rectifying characteristics. The control sample with single HfO2-x structure shows bidirectional memory switching properties with symmetrical I-V curve in low resistance state. After introducing a 28-nm-thick Ta2O5 layer on HfO2-x layer, self-rectifying phenomena appeared, with a maximum self-rectifying ratio (RR) of ~4 × 10(3) observed at ±0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228003/electrochemical-formation-of-multilayer-sno2-sb-x-o-y-coating-in-complex-electrolyte
#3
Antonina Maizelis, Boris Bairachniy
The multilayer antimony-doped tin dioxide coating was obtained by cathodic deposition of multilayer metal-hydroxide coating with near 100-nm thickness layers on the alloy underlayer accompanied by the anodic oxidation of this coating. The potential regions of deposition of tin, antimony, tin-antimony alloy, and mixture of this metals and their hydroxides in the pyrophosphate-tartrate electrolyte were revealed by the cyclic voltammetric method. The possibility of oxidation of cathodic deposit consisting of tin and Sn(II) hydroxide compounds to the hydrated tin dioxide in the same electrolyte was demonstrated...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227992/modeling-and-design-of-antennas-for-implantable-telemetry-applications
#4
Arun Venkatasubramanian, Brandon Gifford, Arun Venkatasubramanian, Brandon Gifford, Brandon Gifford, Arun Venkatasubramanian
Incorporating an RF communications link in an implanted medical device can increase its range of applicability and improve quality of life for the patient. Developments in support electronics decrease design risk, but the implanted antenna remains a critical component of a communications link that operates at very low received power. Transmitted power is limited both by regulatory restrictions and, for most implanted devices, by power source capacity. Dielectric losses and wave trapping in the body result in transmission losses much greater than seen in free space communications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227967/a-stimulation-driven-exoskeleton-for-walking-after-paraplegia
#5
Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Sarah R Chang, Mark J Nandor, Lu Li, Kevin M Foglyano, John R Schnellenberger, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, Ronald J Triolo, Mark J Nandor, Rudi Kobetic, Roger D Quinn, John R Schnellenberger, Sarah R Chang, Kevin M Foglyano, Lu Li, Ronald J Triolo
An untethered version of a stimulation-driven exoskeleton was evaluated for its ability to restore walking after paralysis from spinal cord injury. The hybrid neuroprosthesis (HNP) combined a passive variable-constraint exoskeleton for stability and support with functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) to contract the paralyzed muscles to drive limb movement. This self-contained HNP was operated by an onboard controller that sampled sensor signals, generated appropriate commands to both the exoskeletal constraints and integrated stimulator, and transmitted data wirelessly via Bluetooth to an off-board computer for real-time monitoring and recording for offline analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227965/multiscale-brain-machine-interface-decoders
#6
Han-Lin Hsieh, Maryam M Shanechi, Han-Lin Hsieh, Maryam M Shanechi, Han-Lin Hsieh, Maryam M Shanechi
Brain-machine interfaces (BMI) have vastly used a single scale of neural activity, e.g., spikes or electrocorticography (ECoG), as their control signal. New technology allows for simultaneous recording of multiple scales of neural activity, from spikes to local field potentials (LFP) and ECoG. These advances introduce the new challenge of modeling and decoding multiple scales of neural activity jointly. Such multi-scale decoding is challenging for two reasons. First, spikes are discrete-valued and ECoG/LFP are continuous-valued, resulting in fundamental differences in statistical characteristics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227961/balancing-accuracy-delay-and-battery-autonomy-for-pervasive-seizure-detection
#7
Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Wouter A Serdijn, Robert M Seepers, Christos Strydis, Marijn van Dongen
A promising alternative for treating absence seizures has emerged through closed-loop neurostimulation, which utilizes a wearable or implantable device to detect and subsequently suppress epileptic seizures. Such devices should detect seizures fast and with high accuracy, while respecting the strict energy budget on which they operate. Previous work has overlooked one or more of these requirements, resulting in solutions which are not suitable for continuous closed-loop stimulation. In this paper, we perform an in-depth design space exploration of a novel seizure-detection algorithm, which uses a complex Morlet wavelet filter and a static thresholding mechanism to detect absence seizures...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227956/a-wirelessly-powered-homecage-with-animal-behavior-analysis-and-closed-loop-power-control
#8
Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Donald Rainnie, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, Morgan Tinkler, Daniel Canales, Zheyuan Wang, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia
This paper presents a new EnerCage-homecage system, EnerCage-HC2, for longitudinal electrophysiology data acquisition experiments on small freely moving animal subjects, such as rodents. EnerCage-HC2 is equipped with multi-coil wireless power transmission (WPT), closed-loop power control, bidirectional data communication via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Microsoft Kinect® based animal behavior tracking and analysis. The EnerCage-HC2 achieves a homogeneous power transfer efficiency (PTE) of 14% on average, with ~42 mW power delivered to the load (PDL) at a nominal height of 7 cm by the closed-loop power control mechanism...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227924/a-hybrid-hardware-and-software-approach-for-cancelling-stimulus-artifacts-during-same-electrode-neural-stimulation-and-recording
#9
Stanislav Culaclii, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Stanislav Culaclii, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Brian Kim, Yi-Kai Lo, Wentai Liu, Stanislav Culaclii
Recovering neural responses from electrode recordings is fundamental for understanding the dynamics of neural networks. This effort is often obscured by stimulus artifacts in the recordings, which result from stimuli injected into the electrode-tissue interface. Stimulus artifacts, which can be orders of magnitude larger than the neural responses of interest, can mask short-latency evoked responses. Furthermore, simultaneous neural stimulation and recording on the same electrode generates artifacts with larger amplitudes compared to a separate electrode setup, which inevitably overwhelm the amplifier operation and cause unrecoverable neural signal loss...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227904/a-potential-function-based-scalpel-navigation-method-that-avoids-blood-vessel-groups-during-excision-of-cancerous-tissue
#10
Hiroshi Noborio, Kazuma Aoki, Takahiro Kunii, Kiminori Mizushino, Hiroshi Noborio, Kazuma Aoki, Takahiro Kunii, Kiminori Mizushino, Hiroshi Noborio, Kazuma Aoki, Kiminori Mizushino, Takahiro Kunii
This study developed support software for liver surgeons; the software can apply potential functions to blood vessels and cancerous tissue and can adjust repulsion and attraction accordingly. Thus, the scalpel can be directly provided with the power to operate on cancerous cells only from a fixed distance, and accidental cutting of blood vessels can be avoided. The direct support provided by this force navigation allows physicians to safely and reliably navigate past blood vessel groups in order to precisely perform excision surgery for liver cancer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227900/automated-assessment-of-postural-stability-system
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Alessandro Napoli, Christian R Ward, Stephen M Glassd, Carole Tucker, Iyad Obeid, Alessandro Napoli, Christian R Ward, Stephen M Glass, Carole Tucker, Iyad Obeid, Christian R Ward, Carole Tucker, Alessandro Napoli, Iyad Obeid, Stephen M Glass
The Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) is one of the most commonly used clinical tests to evaluate static postural stability deficits resulting from traumatic brain events and musculoskeletal injury. This test requires a trained operator to visually assess balance and give the subject a performance score based on the number of balance "errors" they committed. Despite being regularly used in several real-world situations, the BESS test is scored by clinician observation and is therefore (a) potentially susceptible to biased and inaccurate test scores and (b) cannot be administered in the absence of a trained provider...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227872/detection-of-different-types-of-noise-in-lung-sounds
#12
A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, R Couceiro, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda
Lung sound signal processing has proven to be a great improvement to the traditional acoustic interpretation of lung sounds. However, that analysis can be seriously hindered by the presence of different types of noise originated in the acquisition environment or caused by physiological processes. Consequently, the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary diseases can be severely affected, especially if the implementation of telemonitoring systems is considered. The present study is focused on the implementation of an algorithm able to identify noisy periods, either voluntarily (vocalizations, chest movement and background voices) or involuntarily produced during acquisitions of lung sounds...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227850/a-kalman-filter-to-estimate-altitude-change-during-a-fall
#13
Michael C Stevens, Wei Lu, Changhong Wang, Stephen J Redmond, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Wei Lu, Changhong Wang, Stephen J Redmond, Nigel H Lovell, Changhong Wang, Wei Lu, Stephen J Redmond, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens
Barometers have been incorporated into fall detectors in order to enhance the accuracy of fall detection algorithms, however they are power-hungry devices. We present an offline evaluation of a Kalman filter (KF) for estimating the pressure change during a fall that enables low-power operation of the barometer. The KF takes advantage of the fact that a semi-permeable air membrane on a waterproof fall detector enclosure causes a delay in the equilibrium between internal and external enclosure pressure, and this delay enables the barometer to be switched off until a free-fall is detected...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227841/comparing-eeg-its-time-derivative-and-their-joint-use-as-features-in-a-bci-for-2-d-pointer-control
#14
Dimitrios Andreou, Riccardo Poli, Dimitrios Andreou, Riccardo Poli, Riccardo Poli, Dimitrios Andreou
Efficient and accurate classification of event related potentials is a core task in brain-computer interfaces (BCI). This is normally obtained by first extracting features from the voltage amplitudes recorded via EEG at different channels and then feeding them into a classifier. In this paper we evaluate the relative benefits of using the first order temporal derivatives of the EEG signals, not the EEG signals themselves, as inputs to the BCI: an area that has not been thoroughly examined. Specifically, we compare the classification performance of features extracted from the first derivative, with those derived from the amplitude, as well as their combination using data from a P300-based BCI mouse...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227836/exerciser-for-rehabilitation-of-the-arm-era-development-and-unique-features-of-a-3d-end-effector-robot
#15
Marie-Helene Milot, Mathieu Hamel, Philippe-Olivier Provost, Julien Bernier-Ouellet, Maxime Dupuis, Dominic Letourneau, Simon Briere, Francois Michaud, Marie-Helene Milot, Mathieu Hamel, Philippe-Olivier Provost, Julien Bernier-Ouellet, Maxime Dupuis, Dominic Letourneau, Simon Briere, Francois Michaud, Philippe-Olivier Provost, Dominic Letourneau, Maxime Dupuis, Marie-Helene Milot, Francois Michaud, Mathieu Hamel, Julien Bernier-Ouellet, Simon Briere
Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Consequently, many stroke survivors exhibit difficulties undergoing voluntary movement in their affected upper limb, compromising their functional performance and level of independence. To minimize the negative impact of stroke disabilities, exercises are recognized as a key element in post-stroke rehabilitation. In order to provide the practice of exercises in a uniform and controlled manner as well as increasing the efficiency of therapists' interventions, robotic training has been found, and continues to prove itself, as an innovative intervention for post-stroke rehabilitation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227823/smartphone-based-swallowing-monitoring-and-feedback-device-for-mealtime-assistance-in-nursing-homes
#16
Naomi Kuramoto, Dushyantha Jayatilake, Kikue Hidaka, Kenji Suzuki, Naomi Kuramoto, Dushyantha Jayatilake, Kikue Hidaka, Kenji Suzuki, Kenji Suzuki, Kikue Hidaka, Dushyantha Jayatilake, Naomi Kuramoto
As many of the elderly are prone to dysphagia, preventing aspirations during mealtime assistance is a huge concern, especially for institutions operated with limited staff. Two of the main course of actions that are taken usually to prevent aspiration are the altering of bolus consistency and altering of the swallowing posture. To assist prevention of pneumonia, we have been developing a smartphone-based wearable technology that can evaluate swallowing ability in real-time. In this paper we will introduce modified version of Swallwoscope adding a posture detection system and a remote swallowing activity visualisation system to our previous work...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227820/evaluating-respiratory-muscle-activity-using-a-wireless-sensor-platform
#17
Luis Estrada, Abel Torres, Leonardo Sarlabous, Raimon Jane, Luis Estrada, Abel Torres, Leonardo Sarlabous, Raimon Jane, Raimon Jane, Luis Estrada, Leonardo Sarlabous, Abel Torres
Wireless sensors are an emerging technology that allows to assist physicians in the monitoring of patients health status. This approach can be used for the non-invasive recording of the electrical respiratory muscle activity of the diaphragm (EMGdi). In this work, we acquired the EMGdi signal of a healthy subject performing an inspiratory load test. To this end, the EMGdi activity was captured from a single channel of electromyography using a wireless platform which was compared with the EMGdi and the inspiratory mouth pressure (Pmouth) recorded with a conventional lab equipment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227802/developing-a-one-channel-bci-system-using-a-dry-claw-like-electrode
#18
Xuhong Guo, Weihua Pei, Yijun Wang, Qiang Gui, He Zhang, Xiao Xing, Yong Huang, Hongda Chen, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhong Guo, Weihua Pei, Yijun Wang, Qiang Gui, He Zhang, Xiao Xing, Yong Huang, Hongda Chen, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Hongda Chen, Yijun Wang, Weihua Pei, Yuanyuan Liu, Ruicong Liu, He Zhang, Qiang Gui, Xuhong Guo, Yong Huang, Xiao Xing
An eight-class SSVEP-based BCI system was designed and demonstrated in this study. To minimize the complexity of the traditional equipment and operation, only one work electrode was used. The work electrode was fabricated in our laboratory and designed as a claw-like structure with a diameter of 15 mm, featuring 8 small fingers of 4mm length and 2 mm diameter, and the weight was only 0.1g. The structure and elasticity can help the fingers pass through the hair and contact the scalp when placed on head. The electrode was capable to collect evoked brain activities such as steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227797/human-robot-collaborated-path-planning-for-bevel-tip-needle-steering-in-simulated-human-environment
#19
Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia, Yangzhou Gan, Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia, Yangzhou Gan, Yangzhou Gan, Jing Xiong, Zeyang Xia
Clinical Application of linear percutaneous needle insertion is restricted due to issues such as limited path and deflection. Thus steering of flexible needle is critical demanded in the clinic. Previous studies tended to use autonomous methods to conduct path planning for needle steering. However, these methods had very limited adaptabilities, and they also decreased the human operator's domination of the operation, as clinically required. In this case, teleoperation has been an option, while in complicated environments sole teleoperation is not sufficient for a human operator to generate multi-curved insertion path...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227786/a-tunable-digital-ishihara-plate-for-pre-school-aged-children
#20
Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Orazio Gambino, Ester Minafo, Roberto Pirrone, Edoardo Ardizzone, Ester Minafo, Edoardo Ardizzone, Roberto Pirrone, Orazio Gambino
Colors play a fundamental role for children, both in the everyday life and in education. They recognize the surrounding world, and play games making a large use of colors. They learn letters and numbers by means of colors. As a consequence, early diagnosis of color blindness is an crucial to support an individual affected by this visual perception alteration at the initial phase of his/her life. The diagnosis of red-green color deficiencies (protanopia or deuteranopia) is commonly accomplished by means of the Ishihara test, which consists of plates showing dots with different sizes where some of them compose numbers within a gamut of colors while the ones composing the background have different colors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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