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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212077/robust-guided-image-filtering-using-nonconvex-potentials
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Bumsub Ham, Minsu Cho, Jean Ponce
Filtering images using a guidance signal, a process called guided or joint image filtering, has been used in various tasks in computer vision and computational photography, particularly for noise reduction and joint upsampling. This uses an additional guidance signal as a structure prior, and transfers the structure of the guidance signal to an input image, restoring noisy or altered image structure. The main drawbacks of such a data-dependent framework are that it does not consider structural differences between guidance and input images, and that it is not robust to outliers...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195489/composition-and-stability-of-plasma-polymer-films-exhibiting-vertical-chemical-gradients
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Patrick Rupper, Marianne Vandenbossche, Laetitia Bernard, Dirk Hegemann, Manfred P Heuberger
Controlling the balance between stability and functional group density in grown plasma polymer films is the key to diverse applications such as drug release, tissue-engineered implants, filtration, contact lenses, microfluidics, electrodes, sensors, etc. Highly functional plasma polymer films typically show a limited stability in air or aqueous environments due to mechanisms like molecular reorganization, oxidation and hydrolysis. Stabilization is achieved by enhancing cross-linking at the cost of the terminal functional groups such as -OH and -COOH, but also -NH2 etc...
February 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191573/naybf4-nanoparticles-as-near-infrared-light-excited-inorganic-photosensitizers-for-deep-penetration-in-photodynamic-therapy
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J Y Zhang, S Chen, P Wang, D J Jiang, D X Ban, N Z Zhong, G C Jiang, H Li, Z Hu, J R Xiao, Z G Zhang, W W Cao
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive therapy with many advantages over other therapeutic methods, but it is restricted to treat superficial cancers due to the shallow tissue penetration of visible light. The biological window in the near infrared region (NIR) offers hope to extend the penetration depth, but there is no natural NIR excited photosensitizer. Here, we report a novel photosensitizer: NaYbF4 nanoparticles (NPs). By using a 1,3-diphenylisobenzofuran (DPBF) sensor, we show that the Yb(3+) ions can absorb the NIR light and transfer energy directly to oxygen to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
February 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178215/water-plume-temperature-measurements-by-an-unmanned-aerial-system-uas
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Anthony DeMario, Pete Lopez, Eli Plewka, Ryan Wix, Hai Xia, Emily Zamora, Dan Gessler, Azer P Yalin
We report on the development and testing of a proof of principle water temperature measurement system deployed on an unmanned aerial system (UAS), for field measurements of thermal discharges into water. The primary elements of the system include a quad-copter UAS to which has been integrated, for the first time, both a thermal imaging infrared (IR) camera and an immersible probe that can be dipped below the water surface to obtain vertical water temperature profiles. The IR camera is used to take images of the overall water surface to geo-locate the plume, while the immersible probe provides quantitative temperature depth profiles at specific locations...
February 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161205/comparison-of-three-dimensional-scanner-systems-for-craniomaxillofacial-imaging
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Paul G M Knoops, Caroline A A Beaumont, Alessandro Borghi, Naiara Rodriguez-Florez, Richard W F Breakey, William Rodgers, Freida Angullia, N U Owase Jeelani, Silvia Schievano, David J Dunaway
Two-dimensional photographs are the standard for assessing craniofacial surgery clinical outcomes despite lacking three-dimensional (3D) depth and shape. Therefore, 3D scanners have been gaining popularity in various fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including craniomaxillofacial surgery. Head shapes of eight adult volunteers were acquired using four 3D scanners: 1.5T Avanto MRI, Siemens; 3dMDface System, 3dMD Inc.; M4D Scan, Rodin4D; and Structure Sensor, Occipital Inc. Accuracy was evaluated as percentage of data within a range of 2 mm from the 3DMDface System reconstruction, by surface-to-surface root mean square (RMS) distances, and with facial distance maps...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147672/distance-magnetic-nanoparticle-detection-using-a-magnetoelectric-sensor-for-clinical-interventions
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D T Huong Giang, D X Dang, N X Toan, N V Tuan, A T Phung, N H Duc
Distance magnetic nanoparticle detections were investigated by using a magnetoelectric based magnetic sensor with a long type bilayer Metglas/PZT laminate composite. In homogeneous magnetic fields, the sensor exhibits a sensitivity of 307.4 mV/Oe, which is possible for a detection limit of 2.7 × 10(-7) emu. This sensor can detect an amount of 0.31 μg of the superparamagnetic Fe3O4-chitosan fluid at 2 mm height above the sensor surface. To detect a spot with magnetic nanoparticles at a distance of about 7...
January 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138098/genetic-and-mechanistic-analyses-of-the-periplasmic-domain-of-the-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-ehec-qsec-histidine-sensor-kinase
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Christopher T Parker, Regan Russell, Jacqueline W Njoroge, Angel G Jimenez, Ron Taussig, Vanessa Sperandio
: The histidine sensor kinase (HK) QseC, senses autoinducer-3 (AI-3), and the adrenergic hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. Upon sensing these signals, QseC acts through three response regulators (RRs) to regulate expression of virulence genes in enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). The QseB, QseF and KdpE RRs that are phosphorylated by QseC constitute a tripartite signaling cascade having different and overlapping targets, including flagella and motility, the type three secretion system encoded by the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE), and Shiga toxin...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134826/a-quantitative-comparison-of-calibration-methods-for-rgb-d-sensors-using-different-technologies
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Víctor Villena-Martínez, Andrés Fuster-Guilló, Jorge Azorín-López, Marcelo Saval-Calvo, Jeronimo Mora-Pascual, Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, Alberto Garcia-Garcia
RGB-D (Red Green Blue and Depth) sensors are devices that can provide color and depth information from a scene at the same time. Recently, they have been widely used in many solutions due to their commercial growth from the entertainment market to many diverse areas (e.g., robotics, CAD, etc.). In the research community, these devices have had good uptake due to their acceptable levelofaccuracyformanyapplicationsandtheirlowcost,butinsomecases,theyworkatthelimitof their sensitivity, near to the minimum feature size that can be perceived...
January 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131892/using-generative-models-to-make-probabilistic-statements-about-hippocampal-engagement-in-meg
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Sofie S Meyer, Holly Rossiter, Matthew J Brookes, Mark W Woolrich, Sven Bestmann, Gareth R Barnes
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) enables non-invasive real time characterization of brain activity. However, convincing demonstrations of signal contributions from deeper sources such as the hippocampus remain controversial and are made difficult by its depth, structural complexity and proximity to neocortex. Here, we demonstrate a method for quantifying hippocampal engagement probabilistically using simulated hippocampal activity and realistic anatomical and electromagnetic source modelling. We construct two generative models, one which supports neuronal current flow on the cortical surface, and one which supports it on both the cortical and hippocampal surfaces...
January 25, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129196/edge-preserving-depth-map-upsampling-by-joint-trilateral-filter
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Kai-Han Lo, Yu-Chiang Frank Wang, Kai-Lung Hua
Compared to the color images, their associated depth images captured by the RGB-D sensors are typically with lower resolution. The task of depth map super-resolution (SR) aims at increasing the resolution of the range data by utilizing the high-resolution (HR) color image, while the details of the depth information are to be properly preserved. In this paper, we present a joint trilateral filtering (JTF) algorithm for depth image SR. The proposed JTF first observes context information from the HR color image...
January 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129158/motion-adaptive-depth-superresolution
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Ulugbek S Kamilov, Petros T Boufounos
Multi-modal sensing is increasingly becoming important in a number of applications, providing new capabilities and new processing challenges. In this paper we explore the benefit of combining of a low-resolution depth sensor with a high-resolution optical video sensor, in order to provide a highresolution depth map of the scene. We propose a new formulation that is able to incorporate temporal information and exploit the motion of objects in the video to significantly improve the results over existing methods...
January 25, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116075/effects-of-liquid-feeding-of-corn-condensed-distiller-s-solubles-and-whole-stillage-on-growth-performance-carcass-characteristics-and-sensory-traits-of-pigs
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Xiaojian Yang, Carissa Nath, Alan Doering, John Goihl, Samuel Kofi Baidoo
BACKGROUND: The immense growth in global bioethanol production has greatly increased the supply of by-products such as whole stillage and condensed distiller's solubles, which could be potentially used for animal feeding. The objective of this study was to investigate effects of liquid feeding high levels of corn condensed distiller's solubles (CCDS) and whole stillage (CWS) on growth performance, carcass characteristics, belly firmness and meat sensory traits of pigs. METHODS: A total of 256 pigs were blocked by sex and initial BW (13...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116055/the-development-of-an-intermediate-duration-tag-to-characterize-the-diving-behavior-of-large-whales
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Bruce R Mate, Ladd M Irvine, Daniel M Palacios
The development of high-resolution archival tag technologies has revolutionized our understanding of diving behavior in marine taxa such as sharks, turtles, and seals during their wide-ranging movements. However, similar applications for large whales have lagged behind due to the difficulty of keeping tags on the animals for extended periods of time. Here, we present a novel configuration of a transdermally attached biologging device called the Advanced Dive Behavior (ADB) tag. The ADB tag contains sensors that record hydrostatic pressure, three-axis accelerometers, magnetometers, water temperature, and light level, all sampled at 1 Hz...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113765/exploiting-depth-from-single-monocular-images-for-object-detection-and-semantic-segmentation
#14
Yuanzhouhan Cao, Chunhua Shen, Heng Tao Shen
Augmenting RGB data with measured depth has been shown to improve the performance of a range of tasks in computer vision including object detection and semantic segmentation. Although depth sensors such as the Microsoft Kinect have facilitated easy acquisition of such depth information, the vast majority of images used in vision tasks do not contain depth information. In this paper, we show that augmenting RGB images with estimated depth can also improve the accuracy of both object detection and semantic segmentation...
October 26, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113764/planelets-a-piecewise-linear-fractional-model-for-preserving-scene-geometry-in-intra-coding-of-indoor-depth-images
#15
Vahid Kiani, Ahad Harati, Abedin Vahedian
Geometrical wavelets have already proved their strength in approximation, compression, and denoising of piecewise constant and piecewise linear images. In this paper, we extend this family by introducing planelets toward an effective representation of indoor depth images. It uses linear fractional model to capture non-linearity of depth values in planar regions of the output images of Kinect-like sensors. A block-based compression framework based on planelet approximation is then presented which uses quadtree decomposition along with spatial predictions as an effective intracoding scheme...
October 26, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113752/depth-map-restoration-from-under-sampled-data
#16
Srimanta Mandal, Arnav Bhavsar, Anil Sao
Depth map sensed by low-cost active sensors are often limited in resolution, whereas depth information achieved from structure from motion or sparse depth scanning techniques may result in a sparse point cloud. Achieving a high resolution (HR) depth map from a low resolution (LR) depth map or densely reconstructing a sparse non-uniformly sampled depth map are fundamentally similar problems with dierent types of up-sampling requirements. The first problem involves upsampling in a uniform grid, whereas the second type of problem requires an up-sampling in a non-uniform grid...
October 25, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111644/3d-ultrasonic-needle-tracking-with-a-1-5d-transducer-array-for-guidance-of-fetal-interventions
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Wenfeng Xia, Simeon J West, Jean-Martial Mari, Sebastien Ourselin, Anna L David, Adrien E Desjardins
Ultrasound image guidance is widely used in minimally invasive procedures, including fetal surgery. In this context, maintaining visibility of medical devices is a significant challenge. Needles and catheters can readily deviate from the ultrasound imaging plane as they are inserted. When the medical device tips are not visible, they can damage critical structures, with potentially profound consequences including loss of pregnancy. In this study, we performed 3D ultrasonic tracking of a needle using a novel probe with a 1...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106718/an-improved-high-sensitivity-airborne-transient-electromagnetic-sensor-for-deep-penetration
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Shudong Chen, Shuxu Guo, Haofeng Wang, Miao He, Xiaoyan Liu, Yu Qiu, Shuang Zhang, Zhiwen Yuan, Haiyang Zhang, Dong Fang, Jun Zhu
The investigation depth of transient electromagnetic sensors can be effectively increased by reducing the system noise, which is mainly composed of sensor internal noise, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and environmental noise, etc. A high-sensitivity airborne transient electromagnetic (AEM) sensor with low sensor internal noise and good shielding effectiveness is of great importance for deep penetration. In this article, the design and optimization of such an AEM sensor is described in detail. To reduce sensor internal noise, a noise model with both a damping resistor and a preamplifier is established and analyzed...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104089/prediction-of-radiofrequency-ablation-lesion-formation-using-a-novel-temperature-sensing-technology-incorporated-in-a-force-sensing-catheter
#19
Guy Rozen, Leon Ptaszek, Israel Zilberman, Kevin Cordaro, E Kevin Heist, Christopher Beeckler, Andres Altmann, Zhang Ying, Zhenjiang Liu, Jeremy N Ruskin, Assaf Govari, Moussa Mansour
BACKGROUND: Real-time radiofrequency (RF) ablation lesion assessment is a major unmet need in cardiac electrophysiology. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess whether improved temperature measurement using a novel thermocoupling (TC) technology combined with information derived from impedance change, contact force (CF) sensing, and catheter orientation allows accurate real-time prediction of ablation lesion formation. METHODS: RF ablation lesions were delivered in the ventricles of 15 swine using a novel externally irrigated-tip catheter containing 6 miniature TC sensors in addition to force sensing technology...
February 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103193/comprehensive-use-of-curvature-for-robust-and-accurate-online-surface-reconstruction
#20
Damien Lefloch, Markus Kluge, Hamed Sarbolandi, Tim Weyrich, Andreas Kolb
Interactive real-time scene acquisition from hand-held depth cameras has recently developed much momentum, enabling applications in ad-hoc object acquisition, augmented reality and other fields. A key challenge to online reconstruction remains error accumulation in the reconstructed camera trajectory, due to drift-inducing instabilities in the range scan alignments of the underlying iterative-closest-point (ICP) algorithm. Various strategies have been proposed to mitigate that drift, including SIFT-based pre-alignment, color-based weighting of ICP pairs, stronger weighting of edge features, and so on...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
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