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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441770/direction-of-arrival-estimation-for-mimo-radar-via-unitary-nuclear-norm-minimization
#1
Xianpeng Wang, Mengxing Huang, Xiaoqin Wu, Guoan Bi
In this paper, we consider the direction of arrival (DOA) estimation issue of noncircular (NC) source in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar and propose a novel unitary nuclear norm minimization (UNNM) algorithm. In the proposed method, the noncircular properties of signals are used to double the virtual array aperture, and the real-valued data are obtained by utilizing unitary transformation. Then a real-valued block sparse model is established based on a novel over-complete dictionary, and a UNNM algorithm is formulated for recovering the block-sparse matrix...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441763/improving-passive-time-reversal-underwater-acoustic-communications-using-subarray-processing
#2
Chengbing He, Lianyou Jing, Rui Xi, Qinyuan Li, Qunfei Zhang
Multichannel receivers are usually employed in high-rate underwater acoustic communication to achieve spatial diversity. In the context of multichannel underwater acoustic communications, passive time reversal (TR) combined with a single-channel adaptive decision feedback equalizer (TR-DFE) is a low-complexity solution to achieve both spatial and temporal focusing. In this paper, we present a novel receiver structure to combine passive time reversal with a low-order multichannel adaptive decision feedback equalizer (TR-MC-DFE) to improve the performance of the conventional TR-DFE...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441754/improved-line-tracing-methods-for-removal-of-bad-streaks-noise-in-ccd-line-array-image-a-case-study-with-gf-1-images
#3
Bo Wang, Jianwei Bao, Shikui Wang, Houjun Wang, Qinghong Sheng
Remote sensing images could provide us with tremendous quantities of large-scale information. Noise artifacts (stripes), however, made the images inappropriate for vitalization and batch process. An effective restoration method would make images ready for further analysis. In this paper, a new method is proposed to correct the stripes and bad abnormal pixels in charge-coupled device (CCD) linear array images. The method involved a line tracing method, limiting the location of noise to a rectangular region, and corrected abnormal pixels with the Lagrange polynomial algorithm...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441751/implementation-issues-of-adaptive-energy-detection-in-heterogeneous-wireless-networks
#4
Iker Sobron, Iñaki Eizmendi, Wallace A Martins, Paulo S R Diniz, Juan Luis Ordiales, Manuel Velez
Spectrum sensing (SS) enables the coexistence of non-coordinated heterogeneous wireless systems operating in the same band. Due to its computational simplicity, energy detection (ED) technique has been widespread employed in SS applications; nonetheless, the conventional ED may be unreliable under environmental impairments, justifying the use of ED-based variants. Assessing ED algorithms from theoretical and simulation viewpoints relies on several assumptions and simplifications which, eventually, lead to conclusions that do not necessarily meet the requirements imposed by real propagation environments...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441749/using-wavelet-packet-transform-for-surface-roughness-evaluation-and-texture-extraction
#5
Xiao Wang, Tielin Shi, Guanglan Liao, Yichun Zhang, Yuan Hong, Kepeng Chen
Surface characterization plays a significant role in evaluating surface functional performance. In this paper, we introduce wavelet packet transform for surface roughness characterization and surface texture extraction. Surface topography is acquired by a confocal laser scanning microscope. Smooth border padding and de-noise process are implemented to generate a roughness surface precisely. By analyzing the high frequency components of a simulated profile, surface textures are separated by using wavelet packet transform, and the reconstructed roughness and waviness coincide well with the original ones...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441738/simulation-study-of-the-localization-of-a-near-surface-crack-using-an-air-coupled-ultrasonic-sensor-array
#6
Steven Delrue, Vladislav Aleshin, Mikael Sørensen, Lieven De Lathauwer
The importance of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to check the integrity of materials in different fields of industry has increased significantly in recent years. Actually, industry demands NDT methods that allow fast (preferably non-contact) detection and localization of early-stage defects with easy-to-interpret results, so that even a non-expert field worker can carry out the testing. The main challenge is to combine as many of these requirements into one single technique. The concept of acoustic cameras, developed for low frequency NDT, meets most of the above-mentioned requirements...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441570/neural-indices-of-phonemic-discrimination-and-sentence-level-speech-intelligibility-in-quiet-and-noise-a-p3-study
#7
Tess K Koerner, Yang Zhang, Peggy B Nelson, Boxiang Wang, Hui Zou
This study examined how speech babble noise differentially affected the auditory P3 responses and the associated neural oscillatory activities for consonant and vowel discrimination in relation to segmental- and sentence-level speech perception in noise. The data were collected from 16 normal-hearing participants in a double-oddball paradigm that contained a consonant (/ba/ to /da/) and vowel (/ba/ to /bu/) change in quiet and noise (speech-babble background at a -3 dB signal-to-noise ratio) conditions. Time-frequency analysis was applied to obtain inter-trial phase coherence (ITPC) and event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) measures in delta, theta, and alpha frequency bands for the P3 response...
April 18, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441484/fully-quantum-description-of-the-zundel-ion-combining-variational-quantum-monte-carlo-with-path-integral-langevin-dynamics
#8
Félix Mouhat, Sandro Sorella, Rodolphe Vuilleumier, Antonino Marco Saitta, Michele Casula
We introduce a novel approach for a fully quantum description of coupled electron-ion systems from first principles. It combines the variational quantum Monte Carlo solution of the electronic part with the path integral formalism for the quantum nuclear dynamics. On the one hand, the path integral molecular dynamics includes nuclear quantum effects by adding a set of fictitious classical particles (beads) aimed at reproducing nuclear quantum fluctuations via a harmonic kinetic term. On the other hand, variational quantum Monte Carlo can provide Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces with a precision comparable to the most advanced post Hartree-Fock approaches, and with a favorable scaling with the system size...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441420/mapping-of-the-brain-hemodynamic-responses-to-sensorimotor-stimulation-in-a-rodent-model-a-bold-fmri-study
#9
Salem Boussida, Amidou S Traoré, Franck Durif
Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent functional MRI (BOLD fMRI) during electrical paw stimulation has been widely used in studies aimed at the understanding of the somatosensory network in rats. However, despite the well-established anatomical connections between cortical and subcortical structures of the sensorimotor system, most of these functional studies have been concentrated on the cortical effects of sensory electrical stimulation. BOLD fMRI study of the integration of a sensorimotor input across the sensorimotor network requires an appropriate methodology to elicit functional activation in cortical and subcortical areas owing to the regional differences in both neuronal and vascular architectures between these brain regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441321/a-cost-effective-relative-humidity-sensor-based-on-side-coupling-induction-technology
#10
Yingzi Zhang, Yulong Hou, Wenyi Liu, Huixin Zhang, Yanjun Zhang, Zhidong Zhang, Jing Guo, Jia Liu, Liang Zhang, Qiu-Lin Tan
A intensity-modulated optical fiber relative humidity (RH) sensor based on the side coupling induction technology (SCIT) is presented and experimentally demonstrated. The agarose gel and the twisted macro-bend coupling structure are first combined for RH sensing applications. The refractive index (RI) of the agarose gel increases with the increase of the RH and is in linear proportion from 20 to 80%RH. The side coupling power, which changes directly with the RI of the agarose gel, can strip the source noise from the sensor signal and improve the signal to noise ratio substantially...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441318/retraction-yu-et-al-low-iron-diet-increases-susceptibility-to-noise-induced-hearing-loss-in-young-rats-nutrients-2016-8-456
#11
Nutrients Editorial Office
The Nutrients Editorial Office has recently been made aware that the figures in the title paper [1] are taken from the same micrographs as those of other papers by the same authors [...].
April 25, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441300/speech-detection-in-noise-for-young-bilaterally-implanted-children-is-there-evidence-of-binaural-benefit-over-the-shadowed-ear-alone
#12
Karyn L Galvin, Richard C Dowell, Richard J van Hoesel, Mansze Mok
OBJECTIVES: To measure binaural benefit over the shadowed ear alone for young bilateral cochlear implant (CI) users. It was hypothesized that children who received bilateral CIs at a young age (<4 years), and had significant bilateral experience, would demonstrate lower detection thresholds for speech sounds in background noise in the bilateral CI over the unilateral CI condition when the added CI was ipsilateral to the noise source. DESIGN: Children receiving bilateral CIs at the Eye and Ear Hospital Clinic in Melbourne were invited to participate in a wider research project evaluating outcomes; those participating in the wider project who were bilaterally implanted by 4 years and were approximately 2 years postoperative were included in the present study...
April 22, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441230/cochlear-implantation-in-adults-with-asymmetric-hearing-loss-benefits-of-bimodal-stimulation
#13
Maarten Caspar van Loon, Cas Smits, Conrad F Smit, Erik F Hensen, Paul Merkus
OBJECTIVE: This study addresses the outcome of cochlear implantation in addition to hearing aid use in patients with asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Seven adults with asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss, i.e., less than 30% aided speech recognition in their worst hearing ear and 60 to 85% speech recognition in their best hearing ear...
April 24, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441042/aberrantly-expressed-long-noncoding-rnas-in-recurrent-implantation-failure-a-microarray-related-study
#14
Li-Juan Fan, Hong-Jing Han, Jing Guan, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Qing-Hua Cui, Huan Shen, Cheng Shi
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of noncoding RNAs longer than 200 nucleotides. They were long regarded as transcription noise for their low expression and non-protein coding features. Recent published reports indicate that lncRNAs are involved in virtually every aspect of human biology. We aimed to profile the endometrial lncRNA expression pattern in women with recurrent implantation failure (RIF) and predict the function of the genes of the dysregulated lncRNA transcripts. Endometrial samples (24) were collected during window of implantation (14 RIF women and 10 women who conceived after embryo transfer)...
April 25, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440838/detection-and-sizing-of-nanoparticles-and-dna-on-pdms-nanofluidic-chips-based-on-differential-resistive-pulse-sensing
#15
Ran Peng, Dongqing Li
The RPS (Resistive Pulse Sensing) technique is a popular tool for the label-free detection of particles. This paper describes a simple, cost-effective PDMS nanofluidic chip for the detection and characterization of nanoparticles based on the differential RPS technique with high resolution and sensitivity. The chip is composed of two layers of PDMS slabs. Microchannel systems fabricated by the photolithography method on the top layer are used for sample loading and differential signal acquisition, and a straight nanochannel on the bottom layer fabricated by an unconventional approach bridging the gap between the microchannels works as an RPS sensing gate...
April 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440435/mitochondria-targeting-and-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging-of-a-novel-heptamethine-cyanine-anticancer-agent
#16
Juewei Ning, Baozhan Huang, Zeliang Wei, Wen'en Li, Huajie Zheng, Limei Ma, Zhihua Xing, Hai Niu, Wen Huang
The future of personalized cancer treatments relies on the development of functional agents that have tumor-targeted anticancer activities and can be detected in tumors using imaging. However, application of these functional agents in the clinic has been limited due to inefficient drug delivery, low specificity for tumor imaging, development of drug resistance, low signal-to-noise ratio and safety concerns regarding potential toxicity. Currently, the most common strategy to develop these functional agents is to conjugate therapeutic agents with the appropriate fluorescent probe...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440286/size-and-shape-variations-of-the-bony-components-of-sperm-whale-cochleae
#17
Joseph G Schnitzler, Bruno Frédérich, Sven Früchtnicht, Tobias Schaffeld, Johannes Baltzer, Andreas Ruser, Ursula Siebert
Several mass strandings of sperm whales occurred in the North Sea during January and February 2016. Twelve animals were necropsied and sampled around 48 h after their discovery on German coasts of Schleswig Holstein. The present study aims to explore the morphological variation of the primary sensory organ of sperm whales, the left and right auditory system, using high-resolution computerised tomography imaging. We performed a quantitative analysis of size and shape of cochleae using landmark-based geometric morphometrics to reveal inter-individual anatomical variations...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439519/structured-illumination-diffuse-optical-tomography-for-noninvasive-functional-neuroimaging-in-mice
#18
Matthew D Reisman, Zachary E Markow, Adam Q Bauer, Joseph P Culver
Optical intrinsic signal (OIS) imaging has been a powerful tool for capturing functional brain hemodynamics in rodents. Recent wide field-of-view implementations of OIS have provided efficient maps of functional connectivity from spontaneous brain activity in mice. However, OIS requires scalp retraction and is limited to superficial cortical tissues. Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) techniques provide noninvasive imaging, but previous DOT systems for rodent neuroimaging have been limited either by sparse spatial sampling or by slow speed...
April 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439249/cross-modal-action-complexity-action-and-rule-related-memory-retrieval-in-dual-response-control
#19
Aleks Pieczykolan, Lynn Huestegge
Normally, we do not act within a single effector system only, but rather coordinate actions across several output modules (cross-modal action). Such cross-modal action demands can vary substantially with respect to their complexity in terms of the number of task-relevant response combinations and to-be-retrieved stimulus-response (S-R) mapping rules. In the present study, we study the impact of these two types of cross-modal action complexity on dual-response costs (i.e., performance differences between single- and dual-action demands)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439223/outer-hair-cell-and-auditory-nerve-function-in-speech-recognition-in-quiet-and-in-background-noise
#20
Richard Hoben, Gifty Easow, Sofia Pevzner, Mark A Parker
The goal of this study was to describe the contribution of outer hair cells (OHCs) and the auditory nerve (AN) to speech understanding in quiet and in the presence of background noise. Fifty-three human subjects with hearing ranging from normal to moderate sensorineural hearing loss were assayed for both speech in quiet (Word Recognition) and speech in noise (QuickSIN test) performance. Their scores were correlated with OHC function as assessed via distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and AN function as measured by amplitude, latency, and threshold of the VIIIth cranial nerve Compound Action Potential (CAP) recorded during electrocochleography (ECochG)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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