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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531134/improving-video-segmentation-by-fusing-depth-cues-and-the-visual-background-extractor-vibe-algorithm
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Xiaoqin Zhou, Xiaofeng Liu, Aimin Jiang, Bin Yan, Chenguang Yang
Depth-sensing technology has led to broad applications of inexpensive depth cameras that can capture human motion and scenes in three-dimensional space. Background subtraction algorithms can be improved by fusing color and depth cues, thereby allowing many issues encountered in classical color segmentation to be solved. In this paper, we propose a new fusion method that combines depth and color information for foreground segmentation based on an advanced color-based algorithm. First, a background model and a depth model are developed...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530503/comparison-of-self-selected-walking-speeds-and-walking-speed-variability-when-data-are-collected-during-repeated-discrete-trials-and-during-continuous-walking
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Marcus J Brown, Laura A Hutchinson, Michael J Rainbow, Kevin J Deluzio, Alan R De Asha
A typical gait analysis data collection consists of a series of discrete trials, where a participant initiates gait, walks through a motion capture volume, and then terminates gait. This is not a normal 'everyday' gait pattern, yet measurements are considered representative of normal walking. However, walking speed, a global descriptor of gait quality that can affect joint kinematics and kinetics, may be different during discrete trials, compared to continuous walking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of continuous walking versus discrete trials on walking speed and walking speed variability...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530460/unravelling-motor-learning-processes-in-theatre-performers
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Emmanuel Jacobs, Ann Hallemans, Jan Gielen, Luc Van den Dries, Annouk Van Moorsel, Jonas Rutgeerts, Nathalie Roussel
Theatre performers, more than common actors, experience high physical loadings. This study aimed at analysing the motor behaviour ofnovice performers (dancers/actors who were introduced to the acting method of Jan Fabre), by investigating the kinematics of a physical acting exercises in a prospective study. Two measurement sessions were organised, before and after the novice performers (n = 13) took part in seven workshops. Total body kinematics were registered using a 3D motion capture system. By using a Principal Component Analysis (PCA), six factors were disseminated out of 30 kinematic parameters: Pelvic Motion, Speed of Progression, Lower Limb Position, Foot Motion, Lower Limb Motion and Trunk Position...
May 22, 2017: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528627/physical-risk-factors-identification-based-on-body-sensor-network-combined-to-videotaping
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Nicolas Vignais, Fabien Bernard, Gérard Touvenot, Jean-Claude Sagot
The aim of this study was to perform an ergonomic analysis of a material handling task by combining a subtask video analysis and a RULA computation, implemented continuously through a motion capture system combining inertial sensors and electrogoniometers. Five workers participated to the experiment. Seven inertial measurement units, placed on the worker's upper body (pelvis, thorax, head, arms, forearms), were implemented through a biomechanical model of the upper body to continuously provide trunk, neck, shoulder and elbow joint angles...
May 18, 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527457/role-of-quantum-coherence-in-shaping-the-line-shape-of-an-exciton-interacting-with-a-spatially-and-temporally-correlated-bath
#5
Rajesh Dutta, Kaushik Bagchi, Biman Bagchi
Kubo's fluctuation theory of line shape forms the backbone of our understanding of optical and vibrational line shapes, through such concepts as static heterogeneity and motional narrowing. However, the theory does not properly address the effects of quantum coherences on optical line shape, especially in extended systems where a large number of eigenstates are present. In this work, we study the line shape of an exciton in a one-dimensional lattice consisting of regularly placed and equally separated optical two level systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527433/partial-hydrodynamic-representation-of-quantum-molecular-dynamics
#6
Bing Gu, Ignacio Franco
A hybrid method is proposed to propagate system-bath quantum dynamics that use both basis functions and coupled quantum trajectories. In it, the bath is represented with an ensemble of Bohmian trajectories while the system degrees of freedom are accounted through reduced density matrices. By retaining the Hilbert space structure for the system, the method is able to capture interference processes that are challenging to describe in Bohmian dynamics due to singularities that these processes introduce in the quantum potential...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521951/validation-of-the-anybody-full-body-musculoskeletal-model-in-computing-lumbar-spine-loads-at-l4l5-level
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Tito Bassani, Elena Stucovitz, Zhihui Qian, Matteo Briguglio, Fabio Galbusera
In the panorama of available musculoskeletal modeling software, AnyBody software is a commercial tool that provides a full body musculoskeletal model which is increasingly exploited by numerous researchers worldwide. In this regard, model validation becomes essential to guarantee the suitability of the model in representing the simulated system. When focusing on lumbar spine, the previous works aimed at validating the AnyBody model in computing the intervertebral loads held several limitations, and a comprehensive validation is to be considered as lacking...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521803/physical-interface-dynamics-alter-how-robotic-exosuits-augment-human-movement-implications-for-optimizing-wearable-assistive-devices
#8
Matthew B Yandell, Brendan T Quinlivan, Dmitry Popov, Conor Walsh, Karl E Zelik
BACKGROUND: Wearable assistive devices have demonstrated the potential to improve mobility outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and to augment healthy human performance; however, these benefits depend on how effectively power is transmitted from the device to the human user. Quantifying and understanding this power transmission is challenging due to complex human-device interface dynamics that occur as biological tissues and physical interface materials deform and displace under load, absorbing and returning power...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520796/a-hierarchical-model-for-estimating-the-spatial-distribution-and-abundance-of-animals-detected-by-continuous-time-recorders
#9
Robert M Dorazio, K Ullas Karanth
MOTIVATION: Several spatial capture-recapture (SCR) models have been developed to estimate animal abundance by analyzing the detections of individuals in a spatial array of traps. Most of these models do not use the actual dates and times of detection, even though this information is readily available when using continuous-time recorders, such as microphones or motion-activated cameras. Instead most SCR models either partition the period of trap operation into a set of subjectively chosen discrete intervals and ignore multiple detections of the same individual within each interval, or they simply use the frequency of detections during the period of trap operation and ignore the observed times of detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520794/the-complex-dynamics-of-products-and-its-asymptotic-properties
#10
Orazio Angelini, Matthieu Cristelli, Andrea Zaccaria, Luciano Pietronero
We analyse global export data within the Economic Complexity framework. We couple the new economic dimension Complexity, which captures how sophisticated products are, with an index called logPRODY, a measure of the income of the respective exporters. Products' aggregate motion is treated as a 2-dimensional dynamical system in the Complexity-logPRODY plane. We find that this motion can be explained by a quantitative model involving the competition on the markets, that can be mapped as a scalar field on the Complexity-logPRODY plane and acts in a way akin to a potential...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520558/data-driven-event-by-event-respiratory-motion-correction-using-tof-pet-list-mode-centroid-of-distribution
#11
Silin Ren, Xiao Jin, Chung Chan, Yiqiang Jian, Tim Mulnix, Chi Liu, Richard E Carson
Data-driven respiratory gating techniques were developed to correct for respiratory motion in PET studies, without the help of external motion tracking systems. Due to the greatly increased image noise in gated reconstructions, it is desirable to develop a data-driven event-by-event respiratory motion correction method. In this study, using the Centroid-of-distribution (COD) algorithm, we established a data-driven event-by-event respiratory motion correction technique using TOF PET list-mode data, and investigated its performance by comparing with an external system-based correction method...
May 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516047/prospective-cardiac-motion-self-gating
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Fei Han, Stanislas Rapacchi, Peng Hu
BACKGROUND: To develop a prospective cardiac motion self-gating method that provides robust and accurate cardiac triggers in real time. METHODS: The proposed self-gating method consists of an "imaging mode" that acquires the k-space segments and a "self-gating mode" that captures the cardiac motion by repeatedly sampling the k-space centerline. A training based principal component analysis algorithm is utilized to process the self-gating data where the projection onto the first principal component was used as the self-gating signal...
April 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516045/exploration-of-highly-accelerated-magnetic-resonance-elastography-using-high-density-array-coils
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John C Bosshard, Naresh Yallapragada, Mary P McDougall, Steven M Wright
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) measures tissue mechanical properties by applying a shear wave and capturing its propagation using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). By using high density array coils, MRE images are acquired using single echo acquisition (SEA) and at high resolutions with significantly reduced scan times. METHODS: Sixty-four channel uniplanar and 32×32 channel biplanar receive arrays are used to acquire MRE wave image sets from agar samples containing regions of varying stiffness...
April 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515970/two-dimensional-video-analysis-is-comparable-to-3d-motion-capture-in-lower-extremity-movement-assessment
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Stacy A Schurr, Ashley N Marshall, Jacob E Resch, Susan A Saliba
BACKGROUND: Although 3D motion capture is considered the "gold standard" for recording and analyzing kinematics, 2D video analysis may be a more reasonable, inexpensive, and portable option for kinematic assessment during pre-participation screenings. Few studies have compared quantitative measurements of lower extremity functional tasks between 2D and 3D. PURPOSE: To compare kinematic measurements of the trunk and lower extremity in the frontal and sagittal planes between 2D video camera and 3D motion capture analyses obtained concurrently during a SLS...
April 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515238/labrid-cleaner-fishes-show-kinematic-convergence-as-juveniles-despite-variation-in-morphology
#15
Vikram B Baliga, Ze'ev J Bernstein, Shivani Sundaram, Rita S Mehta
Cleaning, a dietary strategy in which ectoparasites or mucous are removed and consumed off other taxa, is performed facultatively or obligately in a variety of species. We explored whether species in the Labridae (wrasses, parrotfishes) of varying ecological specialization employ similar mechanisms of prey capture. In investigating feeding on attached prey among juveniles of 19 species of wrasses, we found that patterns of biting in wrasses are influenced by the interaction between the maxilla and a feature of the premaxilla which we term the maxillary crest...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513545/a-study-on-immersion-and-presence-of-a-portable-hand-haptic-system-for-immersive-virtual-reality
#16
Mingyu Kim, Changyu Jeon, Jinmo Kim
This paper proposes a portable hand haptic system using Leap Motion as a haptic interface that can be used in various virtual reality (VR) applications. The proposed hand haptic system was designed as an Arduino-based sensor architecture to enable a variety of tactile senses at low cost, and is also equipped with a portable wristband. As a haptic system designed for tactile feedback, the proposed system first identifies the left and right hands and then sends tactile senses (vibration and heat) to each fingertip (thumb and index finger)...
May 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512630/hand-grasping-synergies-as-biometrics
#17
Vrajeshri Patel, Poojita Thukral, Martin K Burns, Ionut Florescu, Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Ramana Vinjamuri
Recently, the need for more secure identity verification systems has driven researchers to explore other sources of biometrics. This includes iris patterns, palm print, hand geometry, facial recognition, and movement patterns (hand motion, gait, and eye movements). Identity verification systems may benefit from the complexity of human movement that integrates multiple levels of control (neural, muscular, and kinematic). Using principal component analysis, we extracted spatiotemporal hand synergies (movement synergies) from an object grasping dataset to explore their use as a potential biometric...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511840/quantitative-assessment-of-trunk-deformation-during-running
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Shoma Kudo, Masahiro Fujimoto, Tadao Isaka, Akinori Nagano
The trunk has a multi-segmental structure and is composed of the cervical, thoracic, and lumber spines and surrounding soft tissue elements; this allows flexible deformation during dynamic movements. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively assess trunk deformation during dynamic movement. Ten male subjects performed running at four different speeds: 8km/h, 10km/h, 12km/h, and 14km/h. Forty reflective markers were placed on the backs of these individuals to define 56 small triangular areas, and three-dimensional kinematic data was recorded with a motion capture system...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511651/high-resolution-mucociliary-transport-measurement-in-live-excised-large-animal-trachea-using-synchrotron-x-ray-imaging
#19
Martin Donnelley, Kaye S Morgan, Maged Awadalla, Nigel R Farrow, Chris Hall, David W Parsons
BACKGROUND: The Australian Synchrotron Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) was designed as the world's widest synchrotron X-ray beam, enabling both clinical imaging and therapeutic applications for humans as well as the imaging of large animal models. Our group is developing methods for imaging the airways of newly developed CF animal models that display human-like lung disease, such as the CF pig, and we expect that the IMBL can be utilised to image airways in animals of this size. METHODS: This study utilised samples of excised tracheal tissue to assess the feasibility, logistics and protocols required for airway imaging in large animal models such as pigs and sheep at the IMBL...
May 16, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511120/stokes-flow-patterns-induced-by-a-single-cardiac-cell
#20
Yasser Aboelkassem
Stokes flow motions induced by a beating single cardiac cell (cardiomyocyte) are obtained numerically using the method of fundamental solutions (MFS). A two-dimensional meshfree-Stokeslets computational framework is used to solve the Stokes governing equations around an isolated cardiomyocyte. An approximate beating kinematical model is derived and used to approximate the cell-length shortening over a complete cardiac cycle. The induced flow patterns have been found to be characterized by the presence of counter-rotating vortices at both cell's edges...
May 4, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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